A man wearing a Star Trek shirt.[1]

"Purple ray?" It sounds like somethin' outta Star Trek!

Star Trek was a sci-fi franchise that started out as a television series, first airing on NBC in 1966.

Some of the characters in Star Trek was James T. Kirk, played by Bill Shatner; Spock, played by Leonard Nimoy; Leonard McCoy played by DeForest Kelley; and Montgomery Scott, the chief engineer of the Starship Enterprise. Saavik was a character that appeared in some of the Star Trek films.

The television series eventually launched a film franchise as well, beginning in 1979. One of these films was called Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, which was released in movie theaters in 1984.

Multiple spin-off animated and live-action Star Trek series were released over a period of several years, with the first in 1973,[2] the second in 1987,[3] the third in 1993,[4] the fourth in 1995,[5] the fifth in 2001,[6] the sixth in 2017,[7] the seventh in 2018[8] and finally the eighth[9] and ninth[10] in 2020.



Circa 1981, when Garfield Logan, aka Changeling was hurt, Donna Troy mentioned they should use the Purple Ray to revive him. Vic said that it sounded like "somethin' outta Star Trek!.[11]

Circa 1984, a Star Trek fan (a man wearing a Star Trek shirt) that was on the streets of Metropolis was; like everyone else on the streets; doing a sky watch, observing what he thought was Aurora Borealis.

But it was actually a Boom Tube opening up, unleashing Darkseid's minions to Earth.

It is not known if the Trekkie survived the military assault or not.[12]

Somewhere around 1985, Katma Tui and John Stewart were flying around through outer space, and John said "Space -- the final frontier...", which was a famous line from Star Trek.[13]


Circa 1981, a certain Collector's Convention had many Star Trek fanzines, as well as baseball tickets, movie mags and jewelry.

Psycho-Pirate and the Mist once robbed this convention of its' jewels.[14]

Star Trek in the real world

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Star Trek is a science fiction television and film franchise owned by ViacomCBS. There have been seven television shows, one of the seven was an animated series which was animated by Filmation, and thirteen motion pictures.



Star Trek premiered in 1966 on television. It was made by Paramount Pictures and Desilu Studios and lasted three seasons. There was a two-season animated series in the '70s, then a film series began in 1980. There were four films, and then in 1987, Star Trek: The Next Generation came out. The show lasted seven seasons and during this time, two more films came out, and during TNG's last season, a new seven-season series, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine came out in 1993. In 1994, another film is released, and in early '95, Star Trek: Voyager, another television series comes out. This show lasts seven seasons. During the run of this show, two more films are released in theaters once again. And in 2001, Star Trek: Enterprise, which is canceled after four seasons, begins. During the run of this show, only one film is released, Star Trek: Nemesis, which was considered a box-office failure. It wasn't until J.J. Abrams directed the next film, simply called Star Trek, that the franchise got back to making money. The next film, Star Trek Into Darkness, was released on May 16th, 2013. Three years later, the next film was released. Finally, in 2017, a new Star Trek series was released on CBS All Access, the first series to be released in 12 years.

Star Trek has also enjoyed success in video games, comics, novels and audio dramas. In this media, Star Trek has had a number of crossovers with other franchises such as Doctor Who, X-Men, Legion of Super-Heroes and Green Lantern.


The concept of the franchise was to make a series that dealt with human issues that are relevant in the modern world, in a science fiction setting. The stories typically dealt with the captain of a starship, who has to make difficult decisions because he's exploring the unknown frontier.

Although space exploration was heavy in the plot of many episodes, it wasn't really what Star Trek was about. Star Trek was really a moral play, that just happened to be set in outer space. The creator, Gene Roddenberry, never intended to make it a space western like the network was interested in, he wanted to make something more cerebral. At first, the original pilot, "The Cage," was rejected by NBC because it was considered to be too cerebral, but Roddenberry was fortunate enough to have a second pilot, "Where No Man Has Gone Before," to get accepted.

Super Friends references

Star Trek didn't necessarily have references to the Super Friends series, however there were allusions to Star Trek in episodes of the Super Friends.

People who have been in or worked on both Super Friends and Star Trek


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