Star Trek fans boast of the rich and coherent universe , so they become irritated if a new production does not take into account the vast history of the future, grounded in past episodes. Star Trek does not just mean series and movies, though for fans these productions are the backbone of continuity, the rest of the productions being just adjacent segments.
And we talk about it hundreds of books, dozens of video games or movies produced by fans and perhaps thousands of comics and fanzines which contributes to the many happenings and stories that can be said using the characters and places in Star Trek. To preserve the coherence of the events, and for some events not to contradict each other, fans believe that everything appearing on the little screen or on the big screen takes precedence over other genres of productions.
Extended continuity consists of books, atlases, or guides published with the agreement of the producers, sometimes signed by them. Books continue to remain open or cover unexplored periods in movies and serials. Then there is a third level of continuity, the weakest and probably the most numerous, consisting of fan productions, books published before the coagulation of a continuity, classic comics or various video games or happenings printed in the fanzines of the old fan clubs.
Gene Rodenberry’s vision is a a future in which mankind will win the battle with poverty, war and suffering after a new world war that resets the human race , ultimately succeeding in developing a super-lightweight supercharged engine. This draws the attention of the volcanoes, who invite us to take part in the founding of the Federation, a union of advanced technological species that only want to live in peace with each other and to contribute to the welfare of the galaxy, opening an unprecedented exploration era for the species human.
The adventures of Star Trek take place only in our galaxy, because a mysterious energy barrier makes it impossible to travel beyond the edge of the Milky Way, but it is large enough not to constrain the ideas of the writers. Star Trek presents the Federation as a utopia, because in the society of the future there is no disease, poverty or money , Roddenberry having a strong optimistic vision of the future, a key thing that distinguishes Star Trek from other science fiction productions. Of course, the Federation also has its enemies, but diplomacy and not weapons are the first when it comes to interaction.
Another specific aspect of Star Trek and, I think, essential to its success, is the inner coherence of the universe . Although it uses the terms invented to describe today’s non-existent physical processes (but obtained by extrapolating today’s scientific theories), in Star Trek this is consistent, and any real fan can make a brief description of how warp, teleporter or torpedoes work photon. Stellar data helps with the chronology of events, the invented warp physics has an internal sense from which scriptwriters do not deviate (too often), whether it’s serial, movie, comic or video games. Very rarely manufacturers are pretending to forget these pseudo-technical details for the sake of the scenario.
THE HISTORY OF THE FUTURE
- 1992-1996: Eugenic War, led by Khan Noonien Singh;
- 2049-2053: Third World War, followed by a nuclear holocaust;
- 2063: Zefram Cochrane uses for the first time a super-light engine designed by him and attracts the attention of volcanoes; the first contact between mankind and an alien species takes place;
- 2151: First episode of Star Trek: Enterprise, Jonathan Archer Captain of Enterprise NX-01;
- 2156-2160: The War between the Earth and the Romulan Empire;
- 2161: Foundation of the Federation; the last episode of “Star Trek: Enterprise”;
- 2223-2230: The Cold War between the Federeia and the Klingon Empire;
- 2254: Pilot episode of the original “Star Trek” series (Christopher Pike is captain of USS Enterprise NCC 1701);
- 2265: The first episode of the original “Star Trek” series (James T. Kirk is captain of USS Enterprise NCC 1701);
- 2267: There is a brief war between the Federation and the Klingon Empire;
- 2269: The last episode of the original “Star Trek” series; the first episode of “Star Trek: The Animated Series”;
- 2270: The last episode of “Star Trek: The Animated Series”;
- 2273: “Star Trek: The Motion Picture”;
- 2285: “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan”, “Star Trek III: The Search for Spock”;
- 2286: “Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home”;
- 2287: “Star Trek V: The Final Frontier”;
- 2293: “Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country”; the Khitomer agreement, between the Federation and the Klingon Empire, is signed; “Star Trek: Generations”, John Hariman, USS Enterprise NCC 1701-B;
- 2344: The Battle of Narendra III between the Klingons and the Romulans;
- 2364: The first episode of Star Trek: The Next Generations (Jean-Luc Picard is Captain of USS Enterprise NCC 1701-D);
- 2367: Battle of Wolf 359 (starting point for “Deep Space Nine”);
- 2369: The first episode of “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine”;
- 2370: The Last Episode of “Star Trek: The Next Generations”;
- 2371: The first episode of “Star Trek: Voyager”; “Star Trek: Generations”
- 2373: “Star Trek: First Contact”, Jean-Luc Picard is Captain of USS Enterprise NCC 1701-E; the war between the Federation and the Dominion begins – hostilities last for three years;
- 2375: The Last Episode of “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine”; “Star Trek: Insurrection”;
- 2378: The last episode of “Star Trek: Voyager”;
- 2379: “Star Trek: Nemesis”;
- 2387: The planet Romulus is destroyed by the explosion of a supernova and this event is the starting point for the new Star Trek movies in 2009 that take place in a new parallel universe.
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