Star Trek: Discovery
Star Trek: Discovery is an American web television series created for CBS All Access by Bryan Fuller and Alex Kurtzman. It is the first series developed for that service, the first Star Trek series since Star Trek: Enterprise concluded in 2005. Set a decade before the events of the original Star Trek series and separate from the timeline of the concurrently produced feature films, Discovery follows the crew of the USS Discovery on various adventures. Sonequa Martin-Green stars as a science specialist on the Discovery. Doug Jones, Shazad Latif, Anthony Rapp, Mary Wiseman star, they are joined by Jason Isaacs for the first season, Anson Mount and Wilson Cruz for the second. The series was announced in November 2015, with Fuller joining as showrunner and wanting to make an anthology series. CBS wanted a single, serialized show first, with an idea for a prequel to the original series developed. After further disagreements with CBS and struggles with other commitments, Fuller left the series in October 2016, replaced as showrunner by Gretchen J. Berg and Aaron Harberts for the first season, with producing support from Akiva Goldsman.
Goldsman did not return after the first season, while Berg and Harberts were fired by CBS during production on the second. Star Trek: Discovery premiered on September 19, 2017, at ArcLight Hollywood, before debuting on CBS and CBS All Access on September 24; the rest of the 15-episode first season was streamed weekly on All Access. The series' release led to record subscriptions for All Access, positive reviews from critics who highlighted Martin-Green's performance. A 14-episode second season was ordered in October 2017, premiered on January 17, 2019. A third season was ordered in February 2019. Set ten years before the events of Star Trek: The Original Series, the show sees the united Klingon houses in a war with the United Federation of Planets that involves the crew of the USS Discovery. Sonequa Martin-Green as Michael Burnham: A Science Specialist on USS Discovery. Burnham was First Officer of the USS Shenzhou, where she was referred to as "Number One" to honor the character of the same name portrayed by Majel Barrett in the original Star Trek pilot "The Cage".
Burnham is a human, raised following Vulcan culture and traditions by Sarek. Unlike the protagonists of previous Star Trek series, she was not made a starship captain, in order "to see a character from a different perspective on the starship—one who has different dynamic relationships with a captain, with subordinates, it gave us richer context". Fuller deliberately gave the character a traditionally male name, which he had done with the female leads on three of his previous series. Doug Jones as Saru: First Officer of the USS Discovery, Saru was Science Officer of the USS Shenzhou. Saru is the first Kelpien to enter Starfleet. Kelpiens, a new species created for Discovery, were hunted as prey on their home planet and thus evolved the ability to sense the coming of death, giving them a reputation for cowardice. Jones based Saru's walk on that of a supermodel, out of necessity thanks to the boots he had to wear to portray the character's hooved feet, forcing Jones to walk on the balls of his feet.
The producers compared Saru to the characters Data from previous series. Shazad Latif as Voq / Ash Tyler: A Klingon who undergoes surgery to pose as the human Tyler, chief of security for the USS Discovery. Tyler’s mind is altered, so he believes he was held as a prisoner of war by the Klingons. Latif was cast in the role of Kol. Voq was credited as being portrayed by Javid Iqbal, an invented actor named for Latif's father, to hide the connection between the characters. Latif described his character as "a complex and painful and deep character", noted that "there's a chemistry, a relationship" with Burnham. Latif's accent for Voq is Arabic-inspired, he tried to maintain "a kind of pharyngealness" to Tyler's American accent. For the second season, Latif felt that he was playing a third character that meshed Voq and Tyler together, comparing their relationship to that of Bruce Banner and Hulk in Marvel Comics. Anthony Rapp as Paul Stamets: Chief engineer aboard the USS Discovery and a science officer specializing in astromycology whose research led to development of an experimental organic propulsion system on the Discovery.
The character is inspired by a real-life mycologist of the same name. He is the first gay character in a Star Trek series, the showrunners "wanted to roll out that character's sexuality the way people would roll out their sexuality in life." Rapp noted that Hikaru Sulu was portrayed as gay in the film Star Trek Beyond, calling that "a nice nod. But in this case, we get to see me with my partner in conversation, in our living quarters, you get to see our relationship over time, treated as any other relationship would be treated". Mary Wiseman as Sylvia Tilly: A cadet in her final year at Starfleet Academy, assigned to the Discovery, she works under Stamets aboard the Discovery. The character was included to represent people "at the bottom of this ladder" of the Starfleet hierarchy, she is "the most optimistic... has the biggest heart", showrunner Aaron Harberts described her as "sort of the soul of our show." Jason Isaacs as Gabriel Lorca: Captain of the Discovery, a "brilliant military tactician".
Isaacs described the character as "probably more fucked up than any of" the seen Star Trek captains. He plays the character with a slight southern U. S. accent, had wanted to ad-lib a catchphrase for the character feeling that all Star Trek captains should have one, coming up with "git'r done" w
Star Trek is an American space opera media franchise based on the science fiction television series created by Gene Roddenberry. The first television series called Star Trek and now referred to as "The Original Series", debuted in 1966 and aired for three seasons on NBC, it followed the interstellar adventures of Captain James T. Kirk and his crew aboard the starship USS Enterprise, a space exploration vessel built by the United Federation of Planets in the 23rd century; the Star Trek canon includes The Original Series, an animated series, five spin-off television series, the film franchise, further adaptations in several media. In creating Star Trek, Roddenberry was inspired by the Horatio Hornblower novels, the satirical book Gulliver's Travels, Westerns such as the television series Wagon Train; these adventures continued in the 22-episode Star Trek: The Animated Series and six feature films. Five other television series were produced: Star Trek: The Next Generation follows the crew of a new starship Enterprise, set a century after the original series.
The most recent Star Trek TV series, entitled Star Trek: Discovery, aired on the digital platform CBS All Access. The adventures of The Next Generation crew continued in four additional feature films. In 2009, the film franchise underwent a "reboot" set in an alternate timeline, or "Kelvin Timeline," entitled Star Trek; this film featured a new cast portraying younger versions of the crew from the original show. Its sequel, Star Trek Beyond, was released to coincide with the franchise's 50th anniversary. Star Trek has been a cult phenomenon for decades. Fans of the franchise are called Trekkers; the franchise spans a wide range of spin-offs including games, novels and comics. Star Trek had a themed attraction in Las Vegas that opened in 1998 and closed in September 2008. At least two museum exhibits of props travel the world; the series has Klingon. Several parodies have been made of Star Trek. In addition, viewers have produced several fan productions; as of July 2016, the franchise had generated $10 billion in revenue, making Star Trek one of the highest-grossing media franchises of all time.
Star Trek is noted for its cultural influence beyond works of science fiction. The franchise is noted for its progressive civil rights stances; the Original Series included. Star Trek references may be found throughout popular culture from movies such as the submarine thriller Crimson Tide to the animated series South Park; as early as 1964, Gene Roddenberry drafted a proposal for the science-fiction series that would become Star Trek. Although he publicly marketed it as a Western in outer space—a so-called "Wagon Train to the Stars"—he told friends that he was modeling it on Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels, intending each episode to act on two levels: as a suspenseful adventure story and as a morality tale. Most Star Trek stories depict the adventures of humans and aliens who serve in Starfleet, the space-borne humanitarian and peacekeeping armada of the United Federation of Planets; the protagonists have altruistic values, must apply these ideals to difficult dilemmas. Many of the conflicts and political dimensions of Star Trek represent allegories of contemporary cultural realities.
Star Trek: The Original Series addressed issues of the 1960s, just as spin-offs have reflected issues of their respective decades. Issues depicted in the various series include war and peace, the value of personal loyalty, imperialism, class warfare, racism, human rights, sexism and the role of technology. Roddenberry stated: " a new world with new rules, I could make statements about sex, Vietnam and intercontinental missiles. Indeed, we did make them on Star Trek: we were sending messages and they all got by the network." "If you talked about purple people on a far off planet, they never caught on. They were more concerned about cleavage, they would send a censor down to the set to measure a woman's cleavage to make sure too much of her breast wasn't showing"Roddenberry intended the show to have a progressive political agenda reflective of the emerging counter-culture of the youth movement, though he was not forthcoming to the networks about this. He wanted Star Trek to show what humanity might develop into, if it would learn from the lessons of the past, most by ending violence.
An extreme example is the alien species, the Vulcans, who had a violent past but learned to control their emotions. Roddenberry gave Star Trek an anti-war message and depicted the United Federation of Planets as an ideal, optimistic version of the United Nations, his efforts were opposed by the network because of concerns over marketability, e.g. they opposed Roddenberry's insistence that Enterprise have a racially diverse crew. The central trio of Kirk, McCoy from Star Trek: The Original Series was modeled on classical mythological storytelling. There is a mythological component with science fiction. It's people looking for answers – and science fiction offers to explain the inexplicable, the same as religion tends to do... If we accept the premise that it has a mythological element all the stuff about going out into space and meeting new life – trying to explain it and put a human element to it – it's a hopeful visio
Star Trek Generations
Star Trek Generations is a 1994 American science fiction film directed by David Carson and based on the franchise of the same name created by Gene Roddenberry. It is the seventh film in the Star Trek film series, as well as the first to star the cast of the series Star Trek: The Next Generation. In the film, Captain Jean-Luc Picard of the USS Enterprise-D joins forces with Captain James T. Kirk, to stop a villain from destroying a planet. Parts of the film were shot at the Valley of Fire State Park near Overton, Paramount Studios, Lone Pine, California; the film performed well at the box office. In the year 2293, retired Starfleet officers James T. Kirk, Montgomery Scott and Pavel Chekov attend the maiden voyage of the USS Enterprise-B, under the command of the unseasoned Captain John Harriman. During the shakedown cruise, Enterprise is pressed into a rescue mission to save two El-Aurian ships from a strange energy ribbon, despite not being equipped for service. Enterprise is able to save some of the refugees before their ships are destroyed, but the starship becomes trapped in the ribbon.
Kirk volunteers to modify the ship's deflector dish, allowing Enterprise to escape, but the trailing end of the ribbon strikes Enterprise's hull, exposing Kirk to space and leaving him presumed dead. 78 years in 2371, the crew of the USS Enterprise-D celebrate the promotion of Worf to Lieutenant Commander. Captain Jean-Luc Picard receives a message from Earth that his brother and nephew were killed in a fire. Since Picard never fathered children of his own, he is distracted by the knowledge that the family line will end with him. Enterprise receives a distress call from an observatory in the Amargosa star system, where they rescue an El-Aurian named Dr. Tolian Soran, eager to return to complete his research. Data and Geordi La Forge discover. Soran appears, knocks La Forge unconscious, launches a trilithium probe at the Amargosa star; the probe causes the star to implode, sending a shock wave toward the observatory that will destroy it and everything else in the system. Soran and La Forge are transported away by a Klingon Bird of Prey belonging to the Duras sisters, in league with Soran.
Data is rescued just before the station is destroyed by the shock wave, Enterprise warps away from the system. Guinan tells Picard more about Soran. Guinan explains that Soran is obsessed with reentering the ribbon, a portal to the "Nexus", an extra-dimensional realm that exists outside of normal space-time. Picard and Data determine that Soran, unable to fly a ship into the ribbon, is instead altering the path of the ribbon by destroying stars, plans to bring the ribbon to him on the planet Veridian III by destroying its sun; as a neighboring planet in that system is host to millions, Picard orders the Enterprise there at maximum warp. Upon entering the Veridian system, Enterprise makes contact with the Duras Bird of Prey. Picard offers himself to the sisters in exchange for La Forge, but insists that he be transported to Soran first to reason with him. La Forge is returned with his VISOR under surveillance by the Klingons; this causes him to inadvertently reveal Enterprise's shield frequency, allowing the Duras sisters to fire weapons directly through them and inflict crippling damage.
Enterprise has sustained irreversible damage to its warp core. Commander William Riker orders an evacuation to the forward saucer section of the ship, which separates from the engineering section; the shock wave from the warp core's detonation sends the saucer crashing to the surface of Veridian III. Picard is too late to stop him from launching his missile; the collapse of the Veridian star alters the course of the Nexus ribbon as predicted, sweeps Picard and Soran away while the resulting shock wave obliterates everything in the system. In the Nexus, Picard finds himself surrounded by an idealised family, but realizes it is an illusion, he is confronted by an "echo" of Guinan, after being told that he may go wherever and whenever he wishes within the Nexus, Guinan sends him to meet Captain Kirk safe in the Nexus. Though Kirk is at first wrapped up in the illusion, he realizes that nothing in the Nexus is real, therefore does not matter. Picard convinces Kirk to leave the Nexus for Veridian III to help him stop Soran.
Kirk and Picard arrive on Veridian III only minutes. Working together, they distract Soran long enough for Picard to lock the missile in place, causing it to explode on the launchpad and kill Soran. Kirk is fatally injured in the effort. Picard buries Kirk on a mountainside, before a shuttle arrives to transport him to the Enterprise wreckage. Three Federation starships arrive to retrieve Enterprise's survivors; as Riker laments that he will never sit in the captain's chair of this ship, Picard muses that given the name's legacy, this won't be the last ship to carry the name Enterprise. Patrick Stewart as Captain Jean-Luc Picard William Shatner as Captain James T. Kirk Jonathan Frakes as Commander William T. Riker Brent Spiner as Lieutenant Commander Data LeVar Burton as Lieutenant Commander Geordi La Forge Michael Dorn as Lieutenant Commander Worf. Unlike his TNG co-stars, this was his second Star Trek film, having appeared on Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, portraying Worf's grandfather Colonel Worf, who defended Kirk and McCoy at their trial.
Gates McFadden as Chief Medical Officer Commander Beverly Crusher Marina Sirtis as ship's counselor Commander Deanna Troi Alan Ruck as Enterprise-B captain John
Star Trek uniforms
Star Trek uniforms are costumes worn by actors portraying personnel from the fictitious organization Starfleet in the Star Trek science fiction franchise. Costume design changed between various television series and films those representing different time periods, both for appearance and comfort. Deliberately mixing styles of uniforms from the various series was used to enhance the sense of time travel or alternative universes; the rank system of the Star Trek universe resembles that of the United States Navy in contrast to other science fiction franchises that use an army ranking system. In Star Trek: The Original Series and Star Trek: The Motion Picture, ranks are indicated by sleeve stripes. In television series, ranks are indicated by varying numbers of pips or bars on the individuals' uniform collars; the insignia are worn on the left breast by all personnel. They were metallic gold, with a black border. However, the specific shape differed based on the ship or base to which the person was assigned, as seen in such TOS episodes as "Court-Martial" or "The Doomsday Machine."
In the case of the Enterprise, the insignia was an arrowhead shape. A black symbol within the insignia indicated the wearer's division — a star with an elongated top point indicated command, a circle crossed by an oval science and medical, an angular spiral operations and engineering; these same symbols were used on most of the different insignia. In the second pilot, the science/medical and engineering/operations symbols were reversed, there were other slight variations between the insignia as used in the pilots and in the regular series; the original uniform designs were the product of designer William Ware Theiss. The original series uniforms consisted of a colored top and dark pants, with significant variations between the designs used in the pilot episodes and the rest of the series; the first uniforms, as seen in the unaired pilot "The Cage" and again in the second pilot "Where No Man Has Gone Before", are somewhat different from the Starfleet uniform seen in the rest of the original series.
The original concept used a heavy, ribbed turtle neck collar of the same color as the tunic for the men, with a cowl neck variation for the women, each in three colors: gold and light blue. Officers in the first Star Trek pilot, "The Cage," wore a single gold sleeve stripe, only the officer grades of "lieutenant" and "captain" were used in dialog. A "chief" was visible, but wearing a different sleeve stripe. Characters addressed. In the first pilot, the uniforms included gray coats with silver rank stripes on the sleeves, worn on away missions and identical for men and women, an optional gray cap. In the second pilot episode, "Where No Man Has Gone Before," most officers again wore a single stripe. Kirk wore two stripes; these differences between the rank indicators used in the pilots and those used in the main series could be explained by the fact that creator Gene Roddenberry and wardrobe designer William Ware Theiss had not yet worked out a consistent system for officer-grade indicator markings on the uniforms.
This they would work out after the second pilot, "Where No Man Has Gone Before," succeeded in selling the series. The original uniform material was velour; this was used in the first and second seasons because it was cheap and easy to care for, but it shrank after it was dry-cleaned, it tore easily. Thus, it was replaced, in the third season, by a nylon fabric used in professional baseball uniforms. Differently colored shirts were worn with dark gray trousers — which appeared black on camera — for the men. Miniskirt-length dresses with cheer briefs and dark tights were worn by the women. Black boots were worn by both sexes. Nichelle Nichols did not believe that the miniskirts were unusually short or revealing: I was wearing them on the street. What's wrong with wearing them on the air? I wore'em on airplanes, it was the era of the miniskirt. Everybody wore miniskirts. On certain occasions, the characters would wear dress uniforms that are made of a shinier fabric a polyester satin, are decorated with gold piping and colored badges that vary depending on rank.
Montgomery Scott's dress uniform as seen in "The Savage Curtain," includes a Scottish tartan. It is the tartan of the Clan Scott, one of Scotland's oldest clans. Jumpsuits in the same colors with black undershirts were worn by background characters. Beginning with the first regular series episode "The Man Trap", the department colors were altered from the pilot versions: command and helm personnel wear gold shirts; the most used Command Section shirts were olive-green in color, but they appeared to be a golden-yellow color called "tenne" both under the lights used on the set and in the post-development film stock. In series, the gold color was canonized in dialog. However, some uniforms – the alternate shirts worn by Captain Kirk, the Command Section dress uniforms – were made of a different material which, while the same color, showed up as olive-green under the lights and when photographed; the green shirts (seen in TOS: "The Trouble with Trib
Diana Charlton Muldaur is an American film and television actress. Muldaur's television roles include L. A. Law's Rosalind Shays and Dr. Katherine Pulaski in the second season of Star Trek: The Next Generation, she has been nominated for an Emmy three times: twice for L. A. Law and once for Born Free, she was nominated twice for a Q award for L. A. Law. Born in Brooklyn, New York, raised on the Massachusetts island of Martha's Vineyard, Muldaur started acting in high school and continued on through college, graduating from Sweet Briar College in Virginia in 1960, she made her name on the New York stage. She was at one point a board member of the Screen Actors Guild and was the first woman to serve as president of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. In 1965, Muldaur landed the role of Ann Wicker in the CBS daytime soap opera The Secret Storm, she did a five-episode arc as Jeannie Orloff in the final season of Richard Chamberlain's NBC medical drama, Dr. Kildare. Various roles as a guest star in episodes of numerous television shows followed, including Gunsmoke, Bonanza, I Spy, The Courtship of Eddie's Father, The Invaders, Mod Squad, Hawaii Five-O, The F.
B. I; the Virginian, a two-episode arc on the Ben Gazzara drama Run for Your Life. Multiple collaborations between Muldaur and Burt Reynolds began when Muldaur appeared in an episode of Hawk, a weekly procedural with Reynolds in the title role. Subsequently, they both guest-starred in a third-season episode of The F. B. I. and Muldaur turned in a memorable guest performance in an episode of Reynolds' series Dan August. In 1967, Muldaur guest-starred on the Gunsmoke episode "Fandango" with James Arness. An excerpt of that episode's dialogue was sampled on the Pink Floyd album The Wall, after "Hey You" and before the brief song "Is There Anybody Out There?"In 1968, she appeared in the original Star Trek episodes "Return to Tomorrow", in "Is There in Truth No Beauty?" as Dr. Miranda Jones. During this time, a friendship with creator Gene Roddenberry formed that led to him casting Muldaur as Marg in the television movie Planet Earth with John Saxon, she appeared as Dr. Katherine Pulaski in 20 episodes of the second season of Star Trek: The Next Generation.
Harold Robbins' The Survivors afforded Muldaur her first big break, when in 1969, she landed the role of Belle in the high-profile new ABC primetime serial. The soap, a comeback vehicle for Hollywood icon Lana Turner, was canceled early into the 1970 television season after 15 episodes; the cast included Ralph Bellamy and George Hamilton. After the cancellation of The Survivors, Muldaur accepted a bevy of critically acclaimed supporting roles in many high-profile motion pictures: She received critical acclaim for a pivotal supporting role in The Swimmer with Burt Lancaster, which she filmed prior to gaining renown in Star Trek and The Survivors. In actuality, her more substantial film roles during this time were those that garnered the most commercial success: Sidney J. Furie's The Lawyer, One More Train to Rob with George Peppard, the John Wayne crime drama McQ. Muldaur appeared in the ensemble-apocalypse thriller Chosen Survivors with Jackie Cooper, Richard Jaeckel and Barbara Babcock. In 1977, she played Elaine Mati, the concerned wife of mentally-unstable doctor Telly Savalas in the independent film Beyond Reason.
Muldaur guest starred in a first-season episode of Alias Smith and Jones, "The Great Shell Game" in 1971. In the second season of Kung Fu in 1973, opposite David Carradine, she guest-starred in the episode "The Elixir" playing a traveling show-woman who yearned for freedom from men—topical at the time—and starred in the pilot episode of Charlie's Angels. In a 1972 Hawaii Five-O episode she was guest star along with Ricardo Montalban, she had a recurring role as Judge Eleanor Hooper on The Tony Randall Show during the show's 1976–1978 run, was a guest star in season 2 of Fantasy Island. Muldaur guest-starred on The Incredible Hulk, playing the part of Helen Banner, David Banner's sister, in the Season 3, episode "Homecoming" in November 1979. In 1981, she played a nun in the fifth-season episode "Sanctuary". In 1975, she made a guest appearance in an episode of The Rockford Files as "Mrs. Bannister", a woman who has an affair with a former cellmate of the series' title character. During this time, Muldaur appeared on Police Woman, Quincy M.
E. The Streets of San Francisco, The Love Boat, The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries and Hart to Hart, among others, she appeared in the first season of Angela Lansbury's Murder, She Wrote. During the seven season course of the show, Muldaur had a recurring role on the Dennis Weaver mystery anthology McCloud as dependable fan-favorite Chris Couglin, her character is introduced in the pilot episode in 1970 and makes her last of 16 appearances in April 1977. She reprised her role as Chris for the 1989 reunion movie The Return of Sam McCloud. Muldaur was cast as conservationist Joy Adamson in the television drama Born Free about Elsa the Lioness. Filming for the ambitious project, which co-starred Gary Collins, took place in Kenya and the NBC series, which debuted in Fall of 1974, lasted one season; the series was released on DVD in 2012 by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Guest stars on Born Free included Peter Lawford and several of Muldaur's future co-stars, including: Alex Cord and Susan Dey. In 1979, Muldaur starred with David Huddleston in the short-live
William Thomas "Will" Riker is a fictional character in the Star Trek universe appearing as a main character in Star Trek: The Next Generation. Throughout the series and its accompanying films, he is the Enterprise's first officer, captain, until he accepts command of the USS Titan at the end of Star Trek: Nemesis. Riker is played by actor Jonathan Frakes. Frakes went to seven auditions over six weeks before being cast as Riker. Frakes stated: I started with the cattle call the casting director, the producer other directors, to Gene Roddenberry, through the Paramount execs, including the vice-president himself and the heads of television. For the first two seasons, Riker is portrayed as a bold and sometimes arrogant, ambitious young officer, he becomes comfortable on the Enterprise turning down offers of his own command, he learns to cherish the company of his fellow officers. Nonetheless, Riker retains a willingness to disregard the chain of command. Riker is referred to as "Will", he is usually called "Number One" by Captain Picard, because of his position as first officer on the Enterprise.
Riker's background is first explored in the second-season episode "The Icarus Factor". In the episode, Riker's estranged father, visits the Enterprise to offer his son the command of the USS Aries, which Riker refuses. We learn that: Riker grew up in Alaska. In the episode, Riker had not spoken with his father for 15 years, but they manage to mend their relationship over a game of martial-arts sparring called Anbo-jitsu. In the episode "Lower Decks" a waiter at Ten Forward mistakenly states that Riker is Canadian, in the same episode Riker clarifies that he grew up in Alaska. According to the Voyager episode "Death Wish", Riker's distant ancestors lived in the United States: during the American Civil War, his ancestor Colonel Thaddeus Riker fought on the Union side, as an officer in the 102nd New York Infantry Regiment during the Atlanta Campaign. In the two-part episode "The Best of Both Worlds" Riker takes command of the Enterprise, assuming the rank of captain through a field promotion, orchestrates Picard's rescue.
This episode explores the idea of Riker being unwilling to take chances since he had grown comfortable in his role as First Officer aboard the Enterprise. By the end of the episode, when he orders the Enterprise to fire on former Captain Picard, now Locutus of Borg, Riker has grown into a more confident leader; the sixth-season episode "Second Chances" reveals that Will Riker was duplicated long ago by a transporter malfunction. The "second" Riker takes the name "Thomas", revealed to be William Riker's middle name. In the seventh-season episode "The Pegasus", Riker must confront his former commanding officer, Admiral Erik Pressman, over a cover-up related to the destruction of the USS Pegasus; the Pegasus had illegally developed a radically different type of cloaking device that allowed it to phase through matter, resulting in it becoming fused within an asteroid when unstable power consumption forced the cloaking device offline. In the Enterprise series finale, Riker appears as a never before seen cook discussing matters of life and sacrifice with the crew.
It is revealed that his presence is part of a holodeck simulation of historic events that Riker initiated in order to help himself make the decision to inform Captain Picard of the illegal research once conducted by Admiral Pressman aboard the Pegasus. Before the beginning of the series, Riker was involved in a romantic relationship with Counselor Troi on her home planet Betazed, they refer to each other as imzadi, a Betazoid term of endearment meaning "beloved". The novel Imzadi takes place before the beginning of the series and explores the history of the relationship between the two characters; the two characters are close friends throughout the series, but their relationship does not resume until Star Trek: Insurrection, the third Star Trek film set in the Next Generation era, although Thomas Riker, the duplicate created by a transporter malfunction, attempts to respark their relationship in "Second Chances". The following movie, Star Trek Nemesis, begins with their wedding on board the Enterprise-E.
At the start of the film, Riker accepts a promotion to Captain and an offer to command the USS Titan. Riker was scripted as a much more serious, by-the-book officer—by the middle episodes of the first season, however, it was felt that he was too "official", his character was toned down and became more of a ladies' man. Although Riker was clean-shaven for the first season, he grew a beard at the start of the second season that would become something of a trademark. Frakes had grown a beard between seasons, for his role in the Civil War miniseries "North and South", Gene Roddenberry asked him to keep it, because he thought it made Riker look more nautical; because Frakes' growing of a beard coincided with what fans and critics perceived of as an improvement of the show's writing quality, "growing the beard" has become an internet colloquialism for a once subpar television series achieving a dramatic level of improvement. Frakes appeared in dual roles in "Second Chances", a TNG episode in which it was established that Riker had a "twin" created years earlier by a transporter malfunction.
Frakes appeared as the twin, Thomas Riker, in the Star
Commander Deanna Troi is a main character in the science-fiction television series Star Trek: The Next Generation and related TV series and films, portrayed by actress Marina Sirtis. Troi half-Betazoid and has the psionic ability to sense emotions, she serves as the ship's counselor on USS Enterprise-D. Throughout most of the series, she holds the rank of lieutenant commander. In the seventh season, Troi takes the bridge officer's examination and is promoted to the rank of commander, but continues as counselor. Deanna and Riker are the last Star Trek: The Next Generation main cast members to appear on television, in the 2005 finale of the Star Trek: Enterprise TV show. Deanna appears in all four TNG theatrical films, in three episodes of Star Trek: Voyager, her romantic interests and personal life are plot elements in many Star Trek: The Next Generation episodes over the course of the series. Deanna Troi was born on March 2336, near Lake El-Nar, Betazed. Deanna's parents are Betazoid Ambassador Lwaxana Troi, deceased human Starfleet officer Lt. Ian Andrew Troi.
An older sister, died in a drowning accident during Deanna's infancy. Although Deanna Troi has little exposure to Earth culture, she attended Starfleet Academy from 2355 to 2359, as well as the University on Betazed, earned an advanced degree in psychology. Deanna Troi serves as the ship's counselor aboard the Starfleet starships USS Enterprise and Enterprise-E under the command of Captain Jean-Luc Picard. In Star Trek: Nemesis, Troi leaves the Enterprise with her new husband William Riker, who has just been promoted to captain of the USS Titan, assuming the newly created position of Diplomatic Officer. Troi's empathic abilities prove key to main shows, another popular area is her relationships and sexuality. In "The Child", she gives birth to an alien child; the Betazoid race has telepathic abilities. Due to her half-human heritage, Troi has only partial telepathic abilities and as a result is more of an empath with clairsentience. In Star Trek: Nemesis, Troi has expanded her empathic abilities as she is able to connect to another psychic and follow that empathic bond to its source.
In this instance, her ability enables Enterprise-E to target and hit the Romulan vessel Scimitar, despite the fact that it is cloaked. She is able to communicate telepathically with her mother and other telepathic Betazoids or races with sufficient aptitude. There are several species who are resistant to the telepathy and empathy of Betazoids such as the Ferengi, the Breen and the Ulians. Early in the series, Troi finds herself working with a former lover, the newly assigned First Officer to USS Enterprise, Commander William Riker. In season 1 she meets a potential spouse in "Haven". In episodes, Troi has romantic involvements with several others, including a brief relationship with Klingon Starfleet officer Lieutenant Worf. A major exploration of their relationship begins with "Parallels", in which Worf encounters parallel universes where they are married with children. Another episode that explores a Troi-Worf relationship is "Eye of the Beholder". However, in both cases they are not revealed to be dating aboard the "real" ship, although both episodes are oriented towards exploring this concept.
In "All Good Things...", the beginnings of real-world relationship are explored, though this is abruptly dropped as Worf explores other love interests in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Troi's romantic relationship with Riker is rekindled through the Next Generation films. As a main cast member Troi appears in nearly every TNG episode, though particular episodes, starting with "The Child", feature her as the primary protagonist, her name is included in the show title "Ménage à Troi", oriented towards an adventure she and her mother have. Other episodes principally about Troi include: "Face of the Enemy", "Man of the People", "Violations", "Night Terrors", she is addressed in various ways by fellow officers. Captain Picard calls her "Counselor", but when he is concerned about her, or in emergencies, he calls her Deanna. Picard refers to her as "Commander" in the pilot episode Encounter at Farpoint, consistent with her uniform's rank pips. Riker addresses her as "Lieutenant" a single time in the pilot episode.
Doctor Crusher calls her "Troi". Data rarely calls her by her first name calling her "Counselor Troi". Depending on the situation, Commander Riker will call her "Deanna" or "Imzadi", which means "beloved" in the Betazoid language. In several episodes, Troi falls victim to aliens. In an episode of Season 4 the Enterprise’s crew lose a day's memory; as events unfold, Troi is taken over by an entity. She temporarily gains "super-human" strength and effortlessly tosses Worf across the bridge, breaking his wrist. In the season 5 episode "Violations", the Enterprise encounters an alien species who are telepathic and specialize in being able to bring back lost memories. One of the aliens mentally assaults Deanna and tries to physically assault her in her quarters, she is saved by one of his security teams. In the film Star Trek Nemesis, she is mentally violated by Shinzon's viceroy, telepathic; this occurs in her quarters. She is able to turn the tables on the