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Almost as soon as the series ended it was taken into syndication (that is where a series is broadcast by local television stations on a daily basis) - and suddenly Star Trek found a new lease of life.
It would not be the early 1970s that anyone seriously proposed any revival of Star Trek, and that would be by an animation company!
Filmation announced production on a new animated series featuring Captain Kirk and the crew of the Enterprise (with the exception of Ensign Chekhov) and 26 episodes were made during 1973 and 1974.
It is interesting to note that the animated series is not considered as official Star Trek by Paramount, the owners of the Star Trek series and copyright. Although Paramount did not make the original series they did inherit it when they purchased Desilu back in the late 1960s. It would not be until 1978 that Paramount would actually make use of their copyright in a new film...
The Movie Series
With the success of Star Wars, Paramount were prompted to finance a big screen version of the series (up until that point they had been extremely close to producing a new series, called Trek II).
Hiring the veteran director Robert Wise (who had made the classic Day the Earth Stood Still) all of the original cast were reunited in a special effects laden movie. Although the film did make money Paramount next asked tv producer Harve Bennett to make the second movie.
Judged by many fans to be the best in the film series: Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan reintroduced an old villain from the television series, and killed off one of the crew! An immediate success, it prompted four further films in the series (the most popular being Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home in terms of making money for the studio). The last film to feature all the original crew being Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country - however, it was not to be the last film in the Star Trek series, as during the mid 1980s Paramount thought again about making a new Star Trek television series...
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The majority of these pictures were used from Star Trek In Sound & Vision with their kind permission.
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