Gene Roddenberry's Star Trek: The Original Cast Adventures by Douglas BrodeGene Roddenberry's Star Trek: The Original Cast Adventures by Douglas Brode

Gene Roddenberry's Star Trek: The Original Cast Adventures

EditorDouglas Brode, Shea T. Brode

Hardcover | May 14, 2015

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When it premiered on NBC in September 1966, Star Trek was described by its creator, Gene Roddenberry, as "Wagon Train to the stars." Featuring a racially diverse cast, trips to exotic planets, and encounters with an array of alien beings who could be either friendly or hostile, the program opened up new vistas for television. Along with The Twilight Zone and The Outer Limits, Star Trek represented one of the small screen's rare ventures into science fiction during the 1960s. Although the original series was a modest success during its three-year run, its afterlife has been nothing less than a cultural phenomenon. To celebrate the show's debut fifty years later, it's time to reexamine one of the most influential programs in history. In Gene Roddenberry's Star Trek: The Original Cast Adventures, Douglas and Shea T. Brode present a collection of essays about the series and its various incarnations over the years. Contributors discuss not only the 1960s show but also its off-shoots, ranging from novels and graphic novels to toys and video games, as well as the films featuring Captain Kirk, Mr. Spock, and the rest of the Enterprise crew. Essays address the show's religious implications, romantic elements, and its role in the globalization of American culture. Other essays draw parallels between the series and the Vietnam War, compare Star Trek II to Milton's Paradise Lost, posit Roddenberry as an auteur, and consider William Shatner as a romantic object. With its far-reaching and provocative essays, this collection offers new insights into one of the most significant shows ever produced. Besides television and film studies, Gene Roddenberry's Star Trek-a companion volume to The Star Trek Universe-will be of interest to scholars of religion, history, gender studies, queer studies, and popular culture, not to mention the show's legions of fans.
Douglas Brode is a screenwriter, playwright, novelist, graphic novelist, film historian, and multi-award-winning journalist. He is the coauthor (with Carol Serling) of Rod Serling and The Twilight Zone: The Official 50th Anniversary Tribute (2009) and coeditor (with Leah Deyneka) of Sex, Politics, and Religion in Star Wars, Myth, Media...
Title:Gene Roddenberry's Star Trek: The Original Cast AdventuresFormat:HardcoverDimensions:234 pages, 9.2 × 6.32 × 0.88 inPublished:May 14, 2015Publisher:Rowman & Littlefield PublishersLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

AcknowledgmentsIntroduction - Star Trek: In the Beginning, Roddenberry Said . . .Douglas BrodeChapter One - "Wagon Train to the Stars": Star Trek, The Western Frontier, and American ValuesJohn WillsChapter Two - Of Television and the 1960s: Star Trek, Vietnam, and the Transformation of the United StatesH. Bruce FranklinChapter Three - Milton and Rodenberry: Structural Parallels between Star Trek II and Paradise LostShari Hodges HoltChapter Four - Boldly Unruly: Star Trek in PlayScott DuchesneChapter Five - Warp Speed: The Physics of Star TrekPhil KestenChapter Six - From the United States to the Federation of Planets: Star Trek and the Globalization of American CultureLane CrothersChapter Seven - Minimalist Interiors/Imagined Exteriors: Spatial Complexity in the Star Trek SagaMervyn NicholsonChapter Eight - Decaying Orbits: Men, Women, and Fear of Extinction in TOSIna Ray HarkChapter 9 - The Matter of Gender in "Metamorphosis": Women, Romance, and the Queerness of DesireDavid GrevenChapter 10 - Captain Kirk 4-EVER: William Shatner as Romantic ObjectVictoria AmadorChapter 11 - Pragmatism and Meaning: Assessing the Message of TOSAnne Collins Smith and Owen M. SmithChapter 12 - Belief System in TOS: Secular Humanism, Traditional Religion, and Cultural ImperialismSara BoslaughChapter 13 - "What Does a Starship Need With God?": Divinization, Deicde, and the Re-Affirmation of Faith in Star Trek I-VIMichael SmithChapter 14 - Always Bring Phasers to an Animated Canon Fight: Trek's Saturday Morning Original Cast AdventuresDavid S. SilvermanChapter 15 - The Audience as Ultimate Auteur: Female Fans and Early Trek 'Vidding"Francesca CoppaChapter 16 - Sarek's Tears: Classical Music, Star Trek, and the Exportation of CultureDaniel Sheridan Chapter 17 - Of Authorial Primacy and Literary Adaptation: TOS and William Shatner's "Captain's Trilogy"Alexis FinnertyIndexAbout the Editors and Contributors

Editorial Reviews

This is an excellent addition to the growing scholarship related to the Star Trek franchise.