Seven of Nine’s complete Star Trek backstory and future explained

It's time to step out of your regeneration alcove and check out our analysis of Seven of Nine's Star Trek history, future, and more!

Jeri Ryan as Seven of Nine in Star Trek Voyager and Star Trek Picard

James Osborne

Published: Nov 8, 2023

Alongside Kirk, Spock, Picard, and Data, Seven of Nine is right up there as one of Star Trek’s most iconic characters.

She’s helped to define Star Trek thanks to her prominent role in not just one, but two Star Trek series , and looks to be pivotal to the franchise’s near future too. So, whether you’re a newcomer or a veteran fan, now’s the perfect time for a refresher on Seven of Nine’s backstory, as well as thoughts on what’s next for her, and a selection of her best episodes. Thankfully, that’s a treat rather than a chore: she holds a prized position on our list of the best Star Trek characters , after all.

Who is Seven of Nine?

Seven of Nine, played by Jeri Ryan since the character’s introduction, is an ex-Borg Starfleet captain who now commands the USS Enterprise-G.

While Seven of Nine has been seen most recently in Star Trek Picard, serving as a main character throughout all three seasons, the character is best known for her role on Voyager. Ryan joined the main cast as Seven of Nine in the two-parter Scoprion, which ended season 3 and began season 4. Her arrival and status as a leading character marked the start of an overall uptick in the quality of Voyager, with Seven bringing a much-needed shake-up.

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Across her time in the series, Seven of Nine’s journey focussed on her attempts to regain her humanity after being separated from the Borg collective, and the crew’s attempts to help her. Throughout this, she developed especially close relationships with the EMH, Tuvok, and Captain Janeway, with the last of these being one of the most complex and fascinating bonds in Star Trek history.

She acts as a middle-ground between Spock and Data (simultaneously wanting to reconnect with her humanity and reject it), and like them, she brings a new perspective to her show as the ‘outsider looking in.’ It’s a trope that just works so well in Star Trek.

Jeri Ryan as Seven of Nine in Star Trek Picard

Seven of Nine’s backstory explained

Before she joined the USS Voyager, Seven of Nine had a tragic backstory that saw her assimilated by the Borg as a young girl aged only four, when her name was still Annika Hansen.

Her parents, Magnus and Erin Hansen were Federation exobiologists who studied the Borg. Starfleet gave the Hansens the USS Raven to begin a deep space research mission, which took them far outside the reaches of known territories. They encountered the Borg, as planned, but their research mission went wrong, and they were all assimilated, with Annika becoming Seven of Nine.

During the two-parter ‘Scorpion’, Seven of Nine is freed from the Borg by the crew of the USS Voyager, and her connection to the Borg is severed. In the time that follows between this and Voyager’s return to Earth, Seven learns a lot about herself and her humanity and begins to form her own identity and conception of who she is and wants to be. She demonstrates a mastery of science and technology and uses this knowledge of astrometrics to get the ship back to Earth more quickly.

After Voyager’s return to Earth, and before the events of Picard season 1, Seven applied to join with the support of Admiral Janeway, but her application was rejected due to her Borg past. Left jaded and hurt, Seven instead joined the peacekeeping vigilante group the Fenris Rangers. As a Fenris Ranger, Seven met Admiral Jean-Luc Picard and formed a friendship with him.

She followed him on a string of adventures, and he eventually gave her a field commission, which was officialized by Starfleet. Between Picard seasons 2 and 3, Seven joined the USS Titan-A as its first officer, serving under Captain Liam Shaw .

Shaw recommender her promotion, and after playing a pivotal role in the destruction of the Borg after the battle on Frontier Day, Tuvok promoted her to the rank of captain. She was given command of the newly christened USS Enterprise-G , making her the latest in a long line of Star Trek captains who’ve commanded the famous ship.

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What does the future hold for Seven of Nine?

As the captain of the USS Enterprise-G, we can expect to see a lot more from Seven of Nine.

Mostly, we expect her story to continue in the prospective Picard spin-off series, Star Trek Legacy . Terry Matalas, who was the showrunner for Picard season 3, has been vocal about wanting to create the spin-off show, which will see Seven of Nine put to the test in the captain’s chair.

Jeri Ryan as Seven of Nine in Star Trek Voyager

We’re hoping that Legacy, if it ever comes to fruition, will either take on an episodic format (so we can see Seven dealing with new challenges in each episode) or be a limited series focusing on one unique story.

So, where would you take a series with Seven of Nine as the central character? It would have to avoid the Borg, who are desperately overused at this point. And, really, it would be fun to see Seven dealing with entirely new species, villains, and plot points. It shouldn’t all need to tie back into what we’ve seen before, and that means Legacy can start from an entirely blank slate when it comes to the plot.

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Seven of Nine’s best Star Trek episodes

There are plenty of great Star Trek episodes focussing on Seven of Nine, between Voyager and Picard, and we’ve listed the highlights below. If you want to do a Seven of Nine-orientated binge, this is the place to start.

Star Trek’s best Seven of Nine episodes:

  • Scorpion parts 1 and 2 (Voyager, season 3, episode 26; season 4 episode 1 )
  • The Gift (Voayger, season 4 episode 2)
  • The Raven (Voyager, season 4 episode 6)
  • One (Voyager, season 4 episode 23)
  • Someone to Watch Over Me (Voyager, season 5 episode 21)
  • Relativity (Voyager, season 5 episode 24)
  • Body and Soul (Voyager, season 7 episode 7)
  • Võx (Picard, season 3 episode 9

Our favorites out of these are ‘Someone to Watch Over Me’ and ‘Relativity’. The first is one of the franchise’s most emotionally affecting episodes, as the EMH comes to terms with his unrequited feelings for Seven.

Jeri Ryan and Robert Picardo in Voyager

Meanwhile, ‘Relativity’ is perhaps Star Trek’s greatest time-travel adventure (aside from Kirk’s trip to ‘80s San Francisco), and it sees Seven repeatedly going back and forth through time to prevent a bomb being planted on Voyager before its maiden voyage. Both feature Seven in a leading role, at her very best, and Jeri Ryan absolutely shines.

That’s it on Seven of Nine. For more on Star Trek, check out our guide to the complete Star Trek timeline  and the best way to watch the Star Trek movies in order . Or, check out our guide to the Strange New Worlds season 3 release date  and see our thoughts on which Star Trek captain would win in a zombie apocalypse .

James Osborne After graduating from the University of York with a degree in archaeology (inspired by Captain Picard), James worked with the news team at Screen Rant while contributing features to Vulture, The AV Club, Digital Spy, FANDOM, and the official Star Trek website. Now, he writes about all things sci-fi and fantasy at The Digital Fix with an 'Enterprise-D ambiance' playlist on loop. He's a seasoned expert on all things Star Trek , Lord of the Rings , Star Wars , and Yellowstone , and is more than willing to share his hot takes on TNG which he believes is the greatest series ever made.

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She was assimilated , along with her parents, in 2356 , but was later liberated by the crew of the USS Voyager in 2374 . In the following years she began to reclaim her humanity, but still preferred to go by her Borg designation rather than her given name. She eventually returned to Earth aboard Voyager in 2377 .

  • 1.1 Annika Hansen
  • 1.2 Life as a drone
  • 1.3 Voyager
  • 1.4 In the Alpha Quadrant
  • 2.1 25th century
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Biography [ ]

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Annika Hansen in 2354 .

Annika Hansen was born on the Tendara Colony on stardate 25479 , to human exobiologists Erin and Magnus Hansen . Because her parents moved frequently because of their work, Annika spent a great deal of time with her aunts, Irene Hansen and Helen , on Earth . ( VOY episodes : " The Gift ", " Author, Author "; VOY short story : " Maturation ")

One of her ancestors was Sven "Buttercup" Hansen , a 22nd century prize fighter . ( VOY episode : " 11:59 ", ENT - Rise of the Federation novel : A Choice of Futures )

Her maternal grandmother, Elaine Bergstrom , was a security officer aboard the USS Enterprise during the 2270s . She died in 2349 . ( TOS novel : No Time Like the Past )

By the time that she was five, Annika was living with her parents on Heronius II . She often spoke to her Norwegian maternal grandfather via subspace . Shortly before her sixth birthday, she was visited by an older version of herself (though Annika did not realize her identity) who tried to dissuade her parents from their plans to leave Federation space. Following this encounter, Annika began to have disturbing dreams of black cube-shaped starships. ( VOY short story : " A Ribbon for Rosie ")

In 2354 , Annika and her parents left Heronius II aboard the USS Raven , as they finally had approval by the Federation Council to begin a study of the mysterious Borg Collective . After spending many months searching for a Borg ship, the Raven had broken regulations and had crossed the Romulan Neutral Zone . However, just as they were contemplating a return to Earth, they encountered a Borg Cube . After six months of observation, the Raven followed the cube into a transwarp conduit and into the Delta Quadrant .

Life as a drone [ ]


Seven of Nine in 2374 .

The Hansens gathered a large amount of data about the Borg over the next two years, however it came to an abrupt end in 2356 , when the Raven was detected by the Borg and attacked. The Borg pursued the Raven to a planet just inside B'omar space, where the science vessel crash landed. While her parents were quickly assimilated, Annika attempted to hide, but was later found and also assimilated. ( VOY episodes : " Dark Frontier ", " The Raven ")

Annika Hansen was given the designation Seven of Nine and served aboard a cube. In 2368 , Seven was briefly disconnected from the hive mind when she and several other drones in her unimatrix crash landed on Planet 1865-Alpha . Scared of being alone, she injected her fellow drones with nanoprobes and established another collective, before being rescued and re-assimilated. ( VOY episode : " Survival Instinct ")

In 2374 , Seven, working on Cube 3764 , was selected as a liaison to work with Captain Kathryn Janeway and Lieutenant Commander Tuvok as of the alliance against Species 8472 . Their mission was to develop a modified nanoprobe weapon that could destroy 8472 bio-ships and force them to withdraw back to fluidic space . After the mission was successful, Seven attempted to assimilate the Voyager crew, but her link to the collective was severed. ( VOY short story : " Seventh Heaven ", VOY episode : " Scorpion ")

Voyager [ ]

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Seven, initially resistant to life on Voyager

After many of her implants were successfully removed by Voyager 's EMH , her mental and emotional recovery as well as social training was going to be a huge task. After several attempts to communicate with the collective, Seven eventually accepted that her place was aboard Voyager as an individual. Earning the trust and respect of Captain Janeway, Seven began to work on several projects to enhance Voyager 's capabilities, such as working on transwarp drive and the construction of the astrometrics lab. ( VOY episodes : " The Gift ", " Day of Honor ", " Revulsion ")

On stardate 53689, Seven analyzed debris that was destroyed with Borg technology; She confirmed that it was Borg technology. During that time, Seven told Janeway that she was receiving a Borg message but was not sure what it meant. When Voyager was trapped by a Borg ship of some kind but found its tactics odd. After they failed to modulate their shields against the Borg ship, Seven suggested that she attempt to board the ship knowing that she might still be taken as Borg. Captain Janeway agreed but also advised sending Chakotay, Tuvok and an away team disguised as Borg to the ship. ( VOY comic : " False Colors ")

In mid 2374, shortly after discovering the Hirogen communication relay stations , ( VOY episode : " Message in a Bottle ") Voyager was intercepted by the individual Borg, Hugh . Hugh had learned about Seven's severance from the collective and wanted her to be his Second of the Independent Nation of Borg . After some deliberation, Seven decided to remain aboard Voyager . ( VOY short story : " Seventh Heaven ")

In 2375 , Seven suffered a telepathic assault by a race known as the Skedans . As a result, the personality of Annika Hansen briefly resurfaced, as part of a plan by the Skedans to exact revenge on the Borg after the near-completed annihilation of their race. ( VOY novel : Seven of Nine )

Later that year, Seven became the target of an assassin aboard Voyager after a series of potentially fatal accidents occurred. An in-depth investigation revealed that Voyager herself were responsible for the accidents, after a specially programmed bio-neural gel pack had been installed by Ensign Roberta Luke . Luke was revealed to be a Section 31 agent who had been assigned to Voyager in 2371 as part of an operation to destroy the Maquis . After re-establishing contact with the Federation in 2374, Luke was ordered to kill Seven, but she herself was killed by the Srivani shortly after. ( VOY - Section 31 novel : Shadow )

In 2377 , Seven and Lieutenant Tom Paris were abducted by the Chiar while Voyager was undergoing repairs in orbit. The Chiar were dependent on nanotechnology. After infecting Paris with memory suppressing nanites , Seven was tortured by the Chiar, and eventually removed and replicated Borg nanoprobes. Unfortunately, the nanoprobes began assimilating the Chiar, but Seven was able to modify Paris' memory nanites to disable the Borg nanoprobes. ( VOY novel : The Nanotech War )

In the Alpha Quadrant [ ]

Fenris Ranger Seven

2390s , as a Fenris Ranger .

After Voyager' s return to Earth, Admiral Kathryn Janeway fought unsuccessfully to get Seven into Starfleet . After the failure to do so, by 2386 Seven joined the Fenris Rangers . ( PIC episodes : " Stardust City Rag ", " Hide and Seek ")

During that time, she became friends with Bjayzl and told her about her surrogate "son" Icheb . However, Bjayzl had kidnapped Icheb and harvested his body for Borg components on Vergessen . Seven ended the operation, but was forced to euthanize Icheb due to the operation. Seven spent the next 13 years tracking Bjayzl down. ( PIC episode : " Stardust City Rag ")


Seven's Ranger ship.

Alternate timelines [ ]

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Seven was then recruited by Captain Jean-Luc Picard of the USS Enterprise -E to help Starfleet infiltrate the Borg . ( TNG - Hive comic : " Hive, Issue 2 ")

In 2385 , Seven left Starfleet after it decided the fact the Borg were no longer a threat after a decade of non-threatening actions from them. Seven saw their decision as dangerously reckless. Seven then accepted a job as a researcher for the Daystrom Institute . ( STO website  : The Path to 2409 )

In 2409 , Seven refused to return to Starfleet despite the return of the Collective and the Borg attacks on Vega colony . However, at the request of Admiral Tuvok , Seven accepted the position of science adviser to Tuvok's fleet and was assigned to the USS Callisto . ( STO video game : Delta Rising )

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Seven of Nine in 2410

In 2410 the Callisto was destroyed by a malfunction in the automated defense system of a Federation outpost in the Delta Quadrant's Yontasa sector . Seven was able to disable the defenses and beam the survivors aboard the outpost. After being rescued by an Alpha Quadrant Alliance starship, Seven helped the crew re-enable the planetary defense grid on the Turei homeworld , foiling a Vaadwaur invasion. When the USS Voyager arrived in orbit after the battle, Tuvok asked her to rejoin Voyager 's crew, and she accepted. ( STO - Delta Quadrant mission : " Revelations ")


Seven in 2411 .

In the year 2411 , Seven operated for the Fenris Rangers again. She followed up a report of Borg activity in the Traelus system when she and an Alliance vessel were pulled to Excalbia . The Excalbians put them through trials, alongside a construct of Michael Burnham , to help them decide whether to pursue the ideals of Good or Evil . ( STO - J'Ula's Discovery mission : " The Measure of Morality (Part 1) ")

The Excalbian constructs became sentient , and a construct of Seven of Nine, enhanced by Control 's nanites into a powerful Borg Queen , threatened the Excalbians. Seven, Burnham and their allies defeated the constructed queen and her minions, allowing Seven to conclude her mission in the Traelus system. ( STO - J'Ula's Discovery mission : " The Measure of Morality (Part 2) ")

In an alternate timeline , " Admiral Seven of Nine" married The Doctor in the late 25th century . A renowned Federation scientist with political ties, she and the former EMH contributed research to the Phoenix Project . Both were compelled out of mutual respect for the countless hours of dedication and sacrifice devoted to the Pathfinder Project years ago. ( DS9 novel : The War of the Prophets )

In another alternate timeline, she remained a member of the Collective until late 2374 , when an attack by Species 8472 liberated her and seven other members of Unimatrix Zero . They were subsequently rescued by the Vostigye ship Ryemaran , and Seven reasserted her identity as Annika Hansen.

In another alternate timeline, Species 8472 won the war with the Borg by using the Omega molecule to destroy approximately half of the Borg Collective while limiting the surviving Borg vessels to sublight velocity. As it had already moved beyond Borg space by this time, Voyager was not affected. In this timeline, Seven of Nine was never liberated from the Collective. It was believed that she was killed in the devastation caused by the Omega molecule. ( VOY - Myriad Universes - Infinity's Prism novella : Places of Exile )

In another alternate timeline, Annika Hansen was a member of Jean-Luc Picard 's resistance cell, until Wesley Crusher staged a coup, which she joined. She was subsequently killed by the Klingons . ( TNG - Myriad Universes comic : " Do Not Close Your Eyes ")

In another alternate timeline in which Voyager took twenty-three years to return to Earth, Seven married Chakotay at an unknown time and died some time between the wedding and their return to Earth. Grief over her death caused Chakotay's own death in 2394 . It was these events, along with Tuvok 's insanity, which caused Admiral Janeway to go back in time and bring Voyager home in 2377. ( VOY episode & novelization : Endgame )

In another alternate timeline in which the Borg were not absorbed by the Caeliar gestalt , Seven retained her Borg technology and link to the collective. When the Voldranaii attacked the Borg and started to purge the galaxy, Seven, operating undercover, was selected by the Borg Queen to be their ambassador again and to help Starfleet update their weapons. She confirmed the Voldranaii threat the Queen told them. When Starfleet realized the Borg's deception, Seven was coerced into betraying Starfleet when the Queen transmitted the Sentinel protocol to her. She was forced to give the Borg the prefix codes to all Starfleet ships, enabling the Borg to lower all the Starfleet ships' shields. Fortunately, Commander La Forge was able to disrupt the Queen's control over Seven.

Despite Lieutenant Kira Archer 's and Seven's call to terminate herself, Picard kept her alive and under guard. She, Captain Picard, and Data then devised a plan to use Seven's filter technology and the nano-virus that the future Locutus created to stop the Borg. The three of them then beamed to the Borg Vinculum , where Picard allowed himself to be assimilated by the Queen. Seven then used her filter to save as many drones as she could. However, Seven was mortally wounded during the attempt, when Lieutenant Archer fired torpedoes at the Borg cubes. Seven then died onboard the Enterprise . ( TNG - Hive comics : " Hive, Issue 2 ", " Hive, Issue 3 ", " Hive, Issue 4 ")

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Appendices [ ], connections [ ], appearances and references [ ], appearances [ ], external links [ ].

  • Seven of Nine article at Memory Alpha , the wiki for canon Star Trek .
  • Seven of Nine article at The Star Trek Online Wiki .
  • Seven of Nine article at the Star Trek Timelines Wiki .
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The Untold Truth Of Seven Of Nine

Seven of Nine on Star Trek: Picard

Some of the most popular good guys are former bad guys. In  Star Trek , there's no more perfect example of this than Jeri Ryan's Seven of Nine — a former member of the villainous Borg who became a fan favorite character on  Star Trek: Voyager . 

One of the more singular aspects of Seven's character is how popular she became in spite of how late she showed up. Seven of Nine isn't introduced to Voyager  until the season 4 premiere. Few regular characters introduced so late in a  Trek  series have proven quite so successful. But while her sex appeal, her ongoing struggles to resolve her Borg upbringing with her humanity, and her more badass posturing proved a hit with fans, it's clear her introduction to  Voyager  wasn't universally embraced behind the camera. 

Regardless, Seven of Nine's popularity endures. Not only does she remain one of fans' most beloved Trek  heroes of the past, her story has proven to continue beyond  Voyager  to the franchise's 21st century series. To learn about how a character named after a couple of numbers could earn so much adulation, keep reading for the untold truth of Seven of Nine.

Seven was inspired by an earlier episode

The special feature "Braving the Unknown" on Star Trek: Voyager 's season 4 home release reveals where the idea for Seven of Nine came from. Brannon Braga — a producer and writer on  Voyager — says the notion of a Borg character joining the crew came to him while watching an ad for the season 3 episode "Unity." 

In the episode, Commander Chakotay (Robert Beltran) finds a planet of Borg who have been disconnected from the Collective. Unfortunately, conflict rages on the planet as rivalries between different species re-emerge once ties to the Borg have been severed. An ex-Borg human named Riley (Lori Hallier) wants  Voyager 's help to create a new collective on the planet in order to restore harmony. In the meantime, Riley and other ex-Borgs temporarily connect Chakotay to their collective in order to heal life-threatening wounds and, eventually, to use that connection to force  Voyager 's First Officer to help them. Fittingly, Chakotay's experience in "Unity" becomes crucial in Voyager 's early dealings with Seven of Nine. 

Braga said after watching the promo for "Unity" he called other  Voyager  writer/producer Joe Menosky and co-creator Rick Berman "to make sure it wasn't a stupid idea." The consensus was that it was just the opposite. Braga said he and Berman "talked about it for a couple of hours and we just thought, 'This is a really cool idea. This could be really just the thing we need."

Seven, Ambassador of Borg

When Seven of Nine first comes aboard  Voyager , she isn't there as a friend. She first appears in "Scorpion, Part II," the season 4 premiere of  Voyager . 

Upon entering the area of space dominated by the Borg — a necessary hurdle on their journey back home — the crew of  Voyager  discovers that the Borg have bitten off more than they can chew. A race of vicious extra-dimensional aliens known only as Species 8472 is waging war on the Borg and winning. Captain Janeway (Kate Mulgrew) decides to use this to her advantage. After the Doctor (Robert Picardo) devises a technology that can defeat Species 8472, Janeway offers it to the Borg in exchange for safe passage through their space. The Borg assign Seven of Nine — a human assimilated when she was a child — to act as liaison to  Voyager 's crew. 

Once Species 8472 is defeated, Seven of Nine predictably turns on the crew of  Voyager . She tells them their agreement is over and the Borg will assimilate the ship and her crew. Expecting the betrayal, Janeway signals for her secret plan to be put in motion. Elsewhere on the ship, the Doctor puts a neuro-transceiver on Chakotay's neck which — because of his previous experience with ex-Borg — the First Officer is able to use to connect with Seven and distract her while Lt. Torres (Roxann Dawson) cuts Seven's connection to the Collective. 

Barbie of Borg

It didn't take long for some fans to call Seven of Nine " Barbie of Borg" among other, more explicit nicknames. The jokes suggested some fans thought Seven of Nine was brought on board mainly for sex appeal. From what we've heard from the creators and actors since  Voyager 's finale, it seems clear they weren't all that wrong. After all, while Brannon Braga's initial conception was just for a Borg crew member, when talking about that inspiration on the  Voyager  season 4 home release, he said it was co-creator Rick Berman who said "Make it a Borg babe." 

Jeri Ryan has no illusions about how much sex appeal played into her character's popularity, but she also feels her character offered a lot more regardless. Speaking to  HuffPost  in 2012, Ryan said , "I don't have a problem with Seven's overtly sexual physical appearance, if only because of the way she was written and developed. If it was a crappy character, then OK. But she was so nuanced and beautifully written."

Ryan has a point. After all, once she's introduced on  Voyager , so many stories revolve around Seven and her relationships with the rest of the crew. Without a layered, interesting character, none of those stories would have been possible. Fans may have shown up for the "eye candy," but they stayed for the stories.

She was meant to die

Making recurring appearances on  Star Trek: Picard , Seven of Nine is one of the only  Voyager  regular characters to show up in the franchise after the show's finale. It's ironic, considering that Brannon Braga planned for her to be one of the only regular characters to not even survive  Voyager . 

Speaking to  TrekCore  in 2013, Braga fielded a question about some fans feeling  Voyager  had "de-fanged" the Borg as villains. After talking about the Borg for a bit, he revealed his own ideas for Seven's fate: "I think Seven of Nine should have bit the dust. I think there had to be a real sacrifice for this crew getting home; a real blood sacrifice. Seven of Nine was, for me, designed to be a character that was gonna die tragically. I planned that."

He went on to describe how he planned for that death to take place, mentioning "Human Error," one of the final season's later episodes. Seven uses the holodeck to explore her human side, including a potential romance with Chakotay. As emotions begin to emerge, the Doctor discovers there's a Borg failsafe device within her — if she becomes too human, the implant will kill her. Braga said, "It was that moment in my mind that would set up the finale, where she realized she can't live here, can't live there."

For better or worse, Braga's concept got the thumbs down, and Seven continued her quest to become more human.

Seven vs. the Captain

Whle they start off as uneasy allies, the relationship between Captain Janeway and Seven of Nine eventually grows into something not unlike that between a mother and daughter. Behind the scenes, however, it seems clear that Mulgrew and Ryan were not the best of friends. 

When asked about her relationship with Ryan at the 2014 Star Trek Vegas Con, Mulgrew was diplomatic, saying , "We did not have a deep friendship." Mulgrew implied she'd initially resented Ryan's casting, saying, "It was very clear to anyone with eyes in their head that Jeri Ryan's beauty and sexual appeal were an important part of the numbers. I had thought 'damn, we were going to forgo all of this with a female captain.' But the demographics proved the audience wanted more sex and they got it in that beautiful, talented woman."

On 2013's  Girl on Guy  podcast, Ryan opened up about how ugly things got. She didn't specifically name Mulgrew as the actor in question, but her hints make it seem impossible for it be anyone else (e.g. she says most of her scenes were with "this person"). She gave examples of the actor refusing to let makeup and wardrobe crew work with Ryan before closeups and in some cases saying their lines to Ryan "off-camera picking their nails, thumbing through a book... without even making eye contact." 

Learning to date with the Doctor

When asked what her favorite episodes of  Voyager  were, Jeri Ryan has shared her  fond memories of episodes "when Seven was really starting to explore her humanity." In particular, she often cites season 5's "Someone to Watch Over Me."

Seven and Torres almost come to blows when the latter discovers that Seven has been observing and making notes on her and Tom Paris (Robert Duncan McNeill) in her study of mating rituals. When the Doctor suggests Seven should try dating on her own, the holographic physician becomes the reformed Borg's dating mentor. Among other things, he subjects Seven to a presentation reminiscent of a high school teacher's sex education lecture, brings her to the holodeck to try her hand at wooing holographic characters, teaches her to dance, and breaks into a sweet duet of "You Are My Sunshine."

Over the course of the episode, the Doctor realizes he's developing his own feelings for Seven. He's just about ready to open up about them when she tells him she will no longer need to be mentored because — after reviewing all the men on board — none are suitable as potential mates. The Doctor thanks Seven and keeps his longing to himself. 

Some of the crew felt crowded by Seven

Robert Beltran was known for being honest — even while  Voyager  was still on the air — when he wasn't happy about something. And one of the things he wasn't happy about was how he felt Chakotay and other characters were short-changed once Seven of Nine came board. 

Speaking to  in 2012, Beltran said , "when the Seven of Nine character made her entrance, the focus changed... That was fine with me, but I think writers have an obligation to fill out all the characters if they're regular characters on a series. I think several of the characters were diminished — Chakotay and Tuvok and Kim and Neelix." He went on to say he felt Seven was easier to write because she wasn't fully human.

Ryan told the Girl on Guy  podcast she thought so much focus was put on Seven because, simply put, she was new. "Now the writers, who have been writing for the same seven characters for three years, are salivating for something new to write with," Ryan said. "Consequently, all the scripts revolved around Seven of Nine and her relationship with the other characters, of course."

She also said she was aware of some of the other cast's resentments and understood them, though the understanding apparently didn't make things easier. "When the new kid comes in and suddenly it's all about them. That was tough," Ryan said. "It really made it an unpleasant work experience. "

Icheb, the son she never had

Seven of Nine isn't the only ex-Borg to join  Voyager  on its quest back to Earth. In season 6's "Collective," the crew encounters a Borg Cube whose only survivors are children. At the end of the episode, four of the children come aboard  Voyager ,   where the Doctor uses the same techniques he used on Seven to remove most of the children's Borg implants. The oldest of the four is Icheb (Manu Intiraymi), a member of a race called the Brunali, who becomes a recurring character on Voyager.  

We eventually learn that Icheb's assimilation into the Borg was somewhat unique. In "Child's Play," Icheb discovers he was genetically engineered by his parents with a deadly virus meant to eradicate the Borg. His parents willingly put him on a ship and steered him toward the Borg in the hopes they would assimilate him and subsequently be destroyed. 

Unfortunately, Icheb is brutally taken away from Seven in the season 1  Star Trek: Picard  episode "Stardust City Rag." In a flashback, we learn Icheb (now played by Casey King) has been captured and his body is being harvested for its cybernetic parts. Seven interrupts the procedure, but Icheb is already dying and in excruciating pain. He begs Seven to kill him, which she does while sobbing.

Seven in the Mirror

One of the most well-loved stories of any  Star Trek  show is the original series episode "Mirror, Mirror" in which a mirror universe is revealed where the tyrannical Terran Empire replaces the Federation, and evil counterparts of the  Enterprise 's crew replace the ones with which we're more familiar. Subsequent series like  Deep Space Nine ,  Enterprise , and  Discovery  return to the mirror universe, though  Voyager  never got a chance. That's something IDW's 2019 one-shot comic  Star Trek: Voyager — Mirrors & Smoke  corrects. 

In the mirror universe, Janeway is the Pirate Queen of the Delta Quadrant and is perfectly content to stay far from Earth, where she and her crew can plunder without anyone to interfere. In this universe, Annika Hansen was never assimilated by the Borg, but her parents were. When  Voyager  rescues her from Neelix and Kes, Annika discovers the Terrans know nothing about the Borg. 

Ironically, while Annika isn't a Borg in this universe, she  still  betrays  Voyager . Shortly after she's rescued, she plots with the Doctor to take over the ship and kill anyone who doesn't cooperate. Their plans are foiled, and interestingly Annika's motivations for turning against them are never revealed. Though toward the end of the comic she refers to her captors as "the humans," suggesting she may be more than she appears. 

She never expected to return

One of the most anticipated appearances of  Star Trek: Picard 's first season was the return of Seven of Nine. She saves Picard ( Patrick Stewart ) and his crew at the end of "Absolute Candor," and takes center stage in the following episode "Stardust City Rag." We learn that for years Seven has been a part of a group of vigilantes called the Fenris Rangers, trying to bring justice to the galaxy in the wake of the Romulan supernova. 

As much of a success as Seven's return has proven to be, Jeri Ryan never thought it would happen. On the  Picard  after show  Ready Room , Ryan told host Wil Wheaton, "This has been a two-year process since this was first broached to me. And I didn't think it was ever going to really actually come to fruition." She said one of the series writers, James Duff, pitched the idea to her two years earlier, but she thought it was a joke. 

Apparently, it wasn't until the 2018 Creative Arts Emmys when Ryan was shocked to discover her return to the role was actually a possibility. While she waited backstage,  Picard  co-creator Alex Kurtzman told her there was a lot of discussion about her in the series writers' room. Ryan's response? "And I was like 'What? Really? Okay. I guess it's actually happening.'"

Seven and Locutus, two of a kind

At first, it may seem strange for Seven of Nine to show up in  Star Trek: Picard . After all, the character wasn't around for  Star Trek: The Next Generation   and we've never seen the two characters meet before  Picard , but if you stop to think about it, Seven may have more in common with Picard than anyone he served with aboard the  Enterprise . 

In the two-part TNG  episode "Best of Both Worlds," Picard is assimilated by the Borg and turned into Locutus. The Collective uses his memories and knowledge to kill Picard's Starfleet comrades. He's eventually saved by his crew, but the experience leaves deep scars. We see him suffering from it in subsequent episodes as well as in 1996's  Star Trek: First Contact . 

While Seven was assimilated when she was a young girl and spent a much longer time with the Collective than Picard, they share this terrible bond with one another. This never comes through more clearly than in an exchange toward the end of "Stardust City Rag." Seven asks Picard if he thinks he regained his humanity once he was cut off from the Borg. He says he did. Seven asks, "All of it?"

Picard answers, "No. But we're both working on it. Aren't we?"

Seven says, "Every damn day of my life."

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This Novel is the Perfect Reintroduction to Seven of Nine

One fan's argument for revisiting the former Borg's eponymous 1998 novel before 'Star Trek: Picard'

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Midsummer at San Diego Comic-Con, the long-awaited trailer for Star Trek: Picard was released first to the avid sci-fi fans packed into Hall H, and then to the world. Excitement for Picard was everywhere, yet for many of us diehard Star Trek: Voyager fans , a certain five second scene in the middle stood out as the most captivating.

Her loaded delivery of “What the hell are you doing out here Picard?” marked the first new footage of Seven of Nine (Jeri Ryan) fans had seen in over eighteen years. Yet, some of those fans might be delighted to know that in the literary world, the life of their favorite ex-Borg drone and her escapades in the Delta quadrant have been fleshed out in much greater detail.

In both the Comic-Con trailer and the newly released second trailer , Seven seems to have made leaps and strides in regaining her humanity —something that would warm both Admiral Janeway’s heart and the Doctor’s subroutines. But, what about the days before Voyager ’s triumphant return to Earth? Before Seven learned to dream again in cargo bay 2? Before her link to the collective was severed? It’s important to remember that Seven of Nine, Tertiary Adjunct of Unimatrix O1, lived a long life as a Borg drone. Christie Golden’s novel Seven of Nine (Star Trek: Voyager) revisits these days, as the loved ones of the individuals Seven helped assimilate into the Collective return with a vengeance that endangers all of Voyager. And, for my money, Golden’s Seven of Nine is the perfect way to reintroduce yourself to Seven of Nine.

Star Trek: Voyager - Seven of Nine by Christine Golden

The tie-in novel sees Voyager traversing a region of space rife with civilizations that have fallen to, or been decimated by, the Borg. The novel is a conceptual sequel to the season four episode, “The Raven,” and is set shortly after Seven’s addition to the crew of Voyager. An alien dictatorship, The Lhiaarian Empire, struggles to maintain its hold over a region so vast that Lt. Tom Paris refers to it as, “the biggest piece of claimed space he’s ever seen.” A race of telepaths, the Skedans, have been all but eradicated by the Borg and abandoned by the empire in their time of need. In an attempt to mask their responsibility for the deaths of thousands, Emperor Bytek of the Lhiarrian Empire has ordered the assassination of the surviving Skedans, who (of course) take refuge aboard the U.S.S. Voyager .

Despite the refuge offered aboard Voyager, the Skedans still find a threat among the crew: Seven of Nine. They’re too devastated by the loss of their homeworld and nearly all of their people to view Seven as anything other than Borg, and a threat. The Skedans conclude that she should answer for the atrocities she committed while she was part of the collective. With their telepathy, they begin to torment her with dreams and hallucinations of people she was involved in assimilating.

The novel sees Seven of Nine grappling with her humanity and navigating her blossoming relationships with the crew of Voyager ; a much different Seven, it seems, than has been featured in the trailers for Star Trek: Picard . Much of the impact from Seven’s character stems from the navigation of her newfound humanity and individuality. She undergoes significant character development throughout her four seasons on Voyager , which allow her to engage in such integrally human acts as pursuing interpersonal and romantic relationships, and even eventually uses the holodeck in season seven's “Human Error” to practice such things as mingling with her crewmates and delivering a toast. These aspects of her characterization, taken into consideration with her exceptional combat abilities and extreme proficiency in astrometry, make for a truly complex character. In many ways, she is more capable and intelligent than the majority of Voyager ’s crew, while simultaneously lacking aptitude in social pursuits many of her crewmates take entirely for granted.

Janeway and Seven of Nine raise their glasses in cheers in 'Human Error'

Golden’s novel is an adept examination of this version of Seven of Nine—a woman that spent nearly her entire life in the collective, emerging into individuality to discover she is uncertain how to define herself. Seven is a woman who could give Vulcans a run for their money in logical debates, or stare down a Hirogen hunting party without flinching; she can wince at the thought of public speaking and requires thorough training in such activities as making friends. In these ways, Seven perfectly embodies this complex brand of character that challenges our concepts of humanity that the franchise had previously achieved with Spock (Lenord Nimoy) and Data (Brent Spiner).

It is a very different version of Seven of Nine than we’ve seen in the trailers for Star Trek: Picard . At the beginning of the new series, Voyager will have already been back in the Alpha Quadrant for about 20 years; Seven and the rest of the crew will have had two decades to build new lives for themselves. In particular, Seven seems to have grown exponentially as an individual—her humanity having become undeniably more apparent than the Borg aspects of her identity. Notably, her voice and diction seem to have become much less formal and monotonous; her attire has become much more casual and practical (though the catsuits were almost positively an attribute of Voyager ’s producers sexualizing the character to bolster viewership). It also seems the post-Delta Quadrant life Seven has built for herself involves taking on a role similar to the role Voyager ’s crew, and especially Admiral Janeway, fulfilled for her.

Personally, I hope that Seven will be working with the de-assimilation of Borg drones. As she is not wearing a Starfleet uniform in the Picard trailer, perhaps Seven is not an active member of Starfleet (as many theorized she would be following Voyager ’s return to Earth)?

Jeri Ryan stars as Seven of Nine in Star Trek: Picard

Whatever form her Picard reappearance takes, fans ought to familiarize themselves with the personal journey Seven had to take before becoming the woman we see in the trailers. Christie Golden’s Seven of Nine perfectly conveys this Seven—complete with all her apprehensions regarding individuality and fraternization. Moreover, the telepathic torment from the Skedans (a creation entirely of Golden’s) gives us a window into the very acts Seven is perhaps trying to make amends for. Seven of Nine gives us an in-depth view of Seven’s perspective and sense of guilt regarding her former life as a Borg drone; the novel will surely resonate well with her (perhaps redemptive) undertakings in Picard and will imbue her storyline with meaning that could otherwise be lost.

Jake Gallant (he/him) is a student at the University of Alberta and avid Trekkie, though being named after Jake Sisko assured both this and a career in writing. He has multiple works published through The Gateway, the University of Alberta’s Student Journalism Society. You can find him on Twitter and Instagram @MrJakeGallant.

Star Trek: Picard will premiere exclusively on January 23 on CBS All Access in the United States, in Canada on Bell Media’s CTV Sci-Fi Channel and OTT service Crave, and on January 24 Amazon Prime Video in more than 200 countries and territories

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Star Trek: Things You Didn’t Know About Seven Of Nine

Seven of Nine, the former Borg turned Starfleet crewmember, is a fan-favorite Star Trek character. Here's what fans might not know about her.

The world of Star Trek is compelling not just for the fascinating science fiction stories it tells, but for the characters who make those stories feel real. Seven of Nine , a former Borg played by Jeri Ryan, is a character from the Star Trek: Voyager series. Her level of popularity is comparable to other heroes that include Spock and Benjamin Sisko, and her story is one of the most interesting in a vast library of lore.

Seven of Nine was introduced in the episode "The Scorpion, Part II" and it remains one of the most popular Star Trek episodes ever, partly because of her introduction. Despite the popularity of everyone's favorite de-assimilated Borg, there's a lot even hardcore fans don't know about Seven of Nine.

6 Tertiary Adjunct Of Unimatrix Zero One


Seven's name on the show was derived from her name as a Borg. Her full title when she was part of the collective was Seven of Nine, Tertiary Adjunct of Unimatrix Zero One. Since that was a bit of a mouthful, and she was still too emotionally and physically distant from her former self to use her original name of Annika Hansen, the crew used the name "Seven."

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An important and interesting part of Seven's character arc was coming to terms with her former human life. She wasn't just assimilated, but was taken as a child and essentially raised by the Borg, which is a question that audiences had been asking ever since the Borg appeared as an entity in the Star Trek universe.

5 Her Birthplace

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Considering how popular Seven of Nine is in the Star Trek universe, it's odd that this bit of essential information was never determined. There are actually two possible locations for the birthplace of Annika Hansen: the planet of Heronius II, or a Federation settlement known as the Tenadra Colony.

Some details are the same regardless of what lore comes up first. Fans know that she never visited Earth, and that she joined her parents on their ill-fated mission to investigate the Borg. Their ship was brought into the Delta Quadrant through a wormhole the Borg had created, and they were able to study their subjects up close for an extended time before their shields failed.

4 Aboard The USS Raven

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This was the name of the ship that took the Hansen family into the Delta Quadrant, and in some versions of the lore it doesn't have a name. Although it was a Federation ship, the USS Raven was an Aerie class, which means it wasn't combat-capable but used for scientific research and basic transportation.

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After the Hansen family was assimilated , the ship was abandoned and eventually crashed on an unnamed moon in B'omar space. Seven would eventually find it again as a crew member of Voyager, when it appeared in a few episodes that shed more light on her past before it was finally destroyed.

3 She Turned Six In The Delta Quadrant

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Here's another instance where there seem to be two different versions of an important detail about Seven's life. In one version of the lore, she was six years old before the Hansens set off on their fateful trip to study the Borg. This detail was revealed by her Aunt Irene in the Voyager episode "Author, Author," along with describing Annika as a determined child who had a fierce desire for strawberry tarts.

However, this is contradicted by another Voyager episode, "The Raven." While Seven and her parents were aboard the ship, she had a birthday party, and the cake was decorated with six candles. It was a cheerful event, but had an ominous tone. This was the last birthday she had for some time, because after assimilation, she spent five years in a Borg maturation chamber. She would spend 18 years in the collective before the encounter with Voyager .

2 The False Colors Comics

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Graphic novels were popular in the late 1990s, and there was one that featured the lore of Voyager and Seven of Nine as the main character. The story takes place during the long voyage home when the crew finds what looks like a debris field from a destroyed Borg ship. Closer examination reveals some compelling pieces of technology that might prove useful, plus Seven is getting some unique signals from the wreckage, so the ship makes a stop for salvage and research purposes.

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It turns out the Borg ship is still functional after all, and a small team of crew members, including Seven of Nine , disguise themselves as drones to infiltrate the ship and try to take it over by building a miniature collective led by Seven. Their plan works until the Borg threaten to assimilate Seven again.

1 She Appears In Star Trek Online

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This MMORPG flies under the radar in what's now a saturated market, but the concept of Star Trek makes for a great massive multiplayer online game. Other video games that take place in the Star Trek universe don't use Jeri Ryan's voice, but the MMORPG does.

This isn't the older game from Perpetual Entertainment that dates from 2008, but the free-to-play game that's currently available from Perfect World, the gaming company previously known as Atari. In the game, Seven is known as Commander Hansen and her Borg implants are almost completely gone. She's left Starfleet to work for the Daystrom Institute and her specialty is, of course, the Borg.

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WHERE ARE THEY NOW: The cast of 'Star Trek: The Next Generation,' 36 years later

  • "Star Trek: The Next Generation" ("TNG") aired from 1987 to 1994.
  • It was the first live-action "Star Trek" show since the original series ended in 1969.
  • The cast will reunite for the final season of "Star Trek: Picard," which premieres February 16.

The captain of the Enterprise, Jean-Luc Picard, was played by Sir Patrick Stewart for all seven seasons.

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Stewart got his start as a theater actor and was a part of the Royal Shakespeare Company from 1966 to 1982. He then had various roles on British TV series until he was cast as the newest captain of the USS Enterprise in 1987 for "Star Trek: The Next Generation," kicking off decades of debates on who the superior captain is .

Arguably, "TNG" would never have been as successful as it was without the grounding presence of Stewart and his Shakespearean sensibilities. Some of the best episodes and arcs in "Trek" history come down to Stewart's performance, such as the iconic Locutus storyline and its aftermath in "Family," or classic episodes like "The Measure of a Man" and "The Inner Light."

He was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award for his performance in 1995. He won a Grammy in 1996 for best spoken word album for children for his reading of "Prokofiev: Peter and the Wolf."

Stewart, 82, will conclude Picard's story in 2023 after three seasons of "Star Trek: Picard" on Paramount+.

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By the time "TNG" wrapped up in 1994, Stewart had already  solidified his place in the hearts of nerds everywhere. He'd go on to star in four more "Trek" movies — "Generations" in 1994, "First Contact" in 1996, "Insurrection" in 1998, and "Nemesis" in 2002 — but that wasn't his last iconic role.

In 2000, he starred as the iconic Professor Charles Xavier, aka Professor X, in "X-Men." He reprised the role in 2003's "X2," 2006's "X-Men: The Last Stand," 2009's "X-Men Origins: Wolverine," 2013's "The Wolverine," 2014's "X-Men: Days of Future Past," and 2017's "Logan" — the latter of which got him some Oscar buzz . He reprised the role in 2022's "Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness."

Stewart was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 2010 for services to drama.

He's played various other roles throughout his decades-long career, returned to the stage many times, and secured a Tony nomination in 2008 for his performance in "Macbeth." But Picard wasn't done with him yet.

In 2018, it was announced that Stewart would be returning to the role of Jean-Luc Picard for a series on CBS All Access (now Paramount+) following the former captain 30 years after the events of "Nemesis." "Star Trek: Picard" premiered in 2020. The third and final season will premiere on February 16.

Commander William T. Riker, Picard's right-hand man and first officer, was played by Jonathan Frakes.

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Riker was more of the classic "Trek" rogue, similar in some ways to William Shatner's Captain James T. Kirk, namely, his penchant for getting into trouble and getting women across the galaxy to fall in love with him. But he was also a trusted colleague and friend to Picard across seven seasons and four movies. Picking up Riker from Farpoint Station is actually one of the crew's first missions in the pilot.

Before "TNG," Frakes had appeared in various episodes of '70s and '80s shows like "Charlie's Angels," "The Twilight Zone," "Hill Street Blues," and more. But he quickly became best known for "Trek."

Like Shatner and Leonard Nimoy before him, Frakes also became interested in directing, and he was behind the camera for eight episodes of "TNG," as well as episodes of spin-offs "Deep Space Nine," and "Voyager." He also directed films "First Contact" and "Insurrection."

Frakes, 70, has appeared in "Picard" and "Lower Decks." He's also a successful director.

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Soon after "TNG" wrapped up, Frakes began hosting the series "Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction?" from 1998 to 2002. A compilation clip of him saying things are false/fiction has since become a meme .

Frakes reprised his role as Riker in episodes of "Deep Space Nine" and "Voyager" in the '90s, the series finale of "Star Trek: Enterprise" in 2005, two episodes of "Star Trek: Picard" in 2020, and three episodes of "Star Trek: Lower Decks" in 2020 and 2021.

Over the last two decades, he's directed over 70 episodes of television, including shows like "Roswell," "Castle," "NCIS: Los Angeles," "The Librarians," "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.," Seth MacFarlane's loving "Trek" homage "The Orville," and, of course, the new "Trek" shows like "Star Trek: Discovery" and "Picard."

Like the rest of the original "TNG" crew, Frakes has joined the cast of "Picard" for season three.

Marina Sirtis played Deanna Troi, the ship's counselor and an empath.

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In some ways, Troi was like the exact opposite of Spock, a character from the original "Trek" who operated solely from a place of logic. Instead, Troi was a half-human, half-betazoid, which made her an empath (able to telepathically sense people's feelings and emotions). Her place on the ship was to counsel the captain and other members of the crew.

Notably, Troi and Riker were in a relationship before the events of the show, and they eventually get married during the movie "Nemesis," before moving to the USS Titan, where Riker would finally become captain.

Her mother, Lwaxana Troi, was a beloved "Trek" side character played by Majel Barrett, "Trek" creator Gene Rodenberry's wife and "Original Series" cast member. Barrett also played Christine Chapel.

Before "TNG," Sirtis had appeared in bit parts in films and was mainly doing theater in her native UK.

Sirtis, 67, reprised the role for one episode of "Picard" with her on-screen husband, Riker.

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Sirtis appeared in all four "TNG" films," and she also reprised her role as Troi in "Voyager," "Enterprise," "Picard," and "Lower Decks." She also appeared in an episode of "The Orville."

She's steadily worked in TV over the last two decades, appearing in shows like "Without a Trace," "Make It or Break It," "Grey's Anatomy," "NCIS," and "Scandal."

Sirtis has also had a steady voice-acting career, lending her voice to "Gargoyles," "Adventure Time," and perhaps most famously, as Queen Bee in "Young Justice."

Sirtis will don her Starfleet uniform yet again in 2023 for the final season of "Picard."

LeVar Burton played the engineering genius Geordi La Forge.

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Besides Stewart, Burton was easily the most well-known member of the cast. Ten years prior, he had played Kunta Kinte in the 1977 ABC miniseries "Roots," which was nominated for 37 Emmy Awards, winning nine, including a nomination for Burton . The series finale is still the second most-watched series finale of all time, garnering at least 110 million viewers. He reprised the role in the 1988 TV film "Roots: The Gift."

When he was cast as La Forge, the chief engineering officer who happened to be blind — a big step forward in disability representation at the time — Burton had already been hosting "Reading Rainbow" on PBS since 1983. "Reading Rainbow," which Burton produced, won a Peabody Award and 12 Daytime Emmys.

From 1990 to 1996, Burton also voiced Kwame on "Captain Planet and the Planeteers" for over 100 episodes. In 1999, he directed the Disney Channel Original Movie classic "Smart House."

Burton, 66, was recently at the center of a campaign to take over as the new host of "Jeopardy!"

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Like the rest of the main cast, Burton appeared in "TNG's" four feature films . He also appeared as La Forge in an episode of "Voyager."

He will reprise his role for the first time on TV since 1998 during the third and final season of "Picard" — and he'll be joined by his daughter, Mica Burton, who will play La Forge's daughter Alandra, an ensign in Starfleet.

Burton has had a successful career in Hollywood since, appearing as Martin Luther King Jr. in 2001's "Ali," playing himself in iconic appearances on both "Community" and "The Big Bang Theory," and hosting "Reading Rainbow" until its end in 2006.

Like Frakes, Burton is also a successful TV director. He's directed numerous episodes of "Star Trek" and its spin-offs, as well as episodes of "Charmed," "JAG," and "NCIS: New Orleans." He made his movie directorial debut in 2008 with "Reach for Me," starring Seymour Cassel.

After the death of Alex Trebek in 2020 , fans began campaigning for Burton to take over as the new host of "Jeopardy!" Almost 300,000 fans have signed a petition to that effect. However, after a brief stint as guest host, Burton said he wouldn't be interested in taking over as the permanent host.

In October 2021, he was named next year's grand marshal of the Rose Bowl Parade.

Gates McFadden played the chief medical officer Dr. Beverly Crusher for six seasons — she was replaced briefly in season two.

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Dr. Crusher was introduced as the chief medical officer of the Enterprise with a long relationship with Picard — her late husband, Jack, and Picard were close friends, and Picard even brought back Jack's body after death.

However, as the show progressed, Dr. Crusher and Picard's relationship evolved into love and they even got married (and divorced) in an alternate timeline. We want to see Beverly in "Picard," please — and it seems like we're finally getting our wish.

After the first season, McFadden was written out of the show due to issues with head writer Maurice Hurley and replaced with Diana Muldaur, who played Dr. Katherine Pulaski. Muldaur's character did not gel with the rest of the cast, and McFadden was subsequently brought back for season three (and Hurley was ultimately replaced with Michael Piller).

Before "TNG," McFadden was a choreographer and a puppeteer involved with the Jim Henson Company, in addition to her career as an actress . She appeared in and choreographed 1984's "The Muppets Take Manhattan" and choreographed "Labyrinth" in 1986 . McFadden directed an episode of "TNG" in 1994.

McFadden, 73, has appeared in episodes of shows like "Franklin & Bash," "NCIS," and "The Practice."

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McFadden appeared in all four "TNG" films , though she didn't have a huge role in them, considering how her relationship with Picard was left in the series finale. She even joked during a screening of the season three premiere of "Picard" that she didn't remember being in the films.

Hopefully, their bond will be addressed in season three of "Picard," which McFadden will return for, especially since season two of "Picard" seems very concerned with the lack of love in his life.

Since the end of the films in 2002, McFadden has mainly appeared on TV. She was in four episodes of "Franklin & Bash," an episode of "NCIS," and a TV movie called "A Neighbor's Deception." She was also in a 2009 holiday rom-com called "Make the Yuletide Gay."

Michael Dorn played Worf, the first Klingon in "Trek" history to be a main character.

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Worf was the first Klingon to be a main character in "Star Trek" — in three of the original films, Klingons were, if not the main antagonists, one of the secondary foes.

By the events of "TNG," Dorn's character Worf had enlisted in Star Fleet and slowly became one of the series' best and most beloved characters, as well as the chief security officer. He went on to star on "Deep Space Nine" for four seasons, from 1995 to 1999.

Before the show, Dorn had appeared in shows such as "CHiPS," "Knots Landing," and "Days of Our Lives."

Dorn, 70, has been in more episodes of "Star Trek" than any other actor. He'll add to his lead by appearing in "Picard."

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Overall, Dorn played Worf for 277 episodes and four films, making more appearances than any other actor in "Trek" history. The character was so popular that there were even talks to continue his story in his own show, called "Star Trek: Captain Worf" in 2012, though they never came to fruition.

He'll continue his reign, as Dorn was announced with the rest of the cast of "TNG" to be returning to "Trek" in season three of "Picard."

Besides acting in "Star Trek," Dorn also directed three episodes of "Deep Space Nine," as well as an episode of "Enterprise."

Like many of his co-stars, Dorn has had a successful voice-acting career . He used his voice in "Dinosaurs," "Superman: The Animated Series," "I Am Weasel," "Kim Possible: A Stitch in Time," "Regular Show," and "Arrow," among others. Most recently, he voiced Battle Beast in "Invincible."

Dorn appeared in two of the "Santa Clause" movies as the Sandman, and he was also in "Ted 2." In real life, he's also an accomplished pilot.

Wil Wheaton played Wesley Crusher, Dr. Crusher's son and a controversial character.

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Poor Wesley. It couldn't have been easy losing your dad at such an early age, only to be dragged onto a spaceship with the man who survived instead ... a man who pointedly hated kids to boot. But that was Wesley's plight, and it didn't make for a very enjoyable character. He was written off as a regular after season four, at which point he went to Starfleet Academy. Wesley reappeared in the final season for a send-off.

The year before Wheaton began appearing in "TNG," he starred in the classic '80s film "Stand by Me" alongside River Phoenix, Corey Feldman, Jerry O'Connell, Kiefer Sutherland, and John Cusack, all future stars in the making.

Wheaton, 50, made a surprise cameo at the end of season two of "Picard."

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As Wesley wasn't a  hugely  beloved character, he only appeared in one scene of one film , "Nemesis." He didn't even speak.

But Wheaton hasn't let the haters stop him from having a successful career. He's appeared in dozens of TV shows and movies, and he hilariously played himself across 17 episodes of "The Big Bang Theory." He also had a recurring role on "Eureka," another recurring role on "Leverage," and a talk show on SyFy called "The Wil Wheaton Project."

Wheaton has also acted in many web series, including "Welcome to Night Vale." He's also had great success in voice acting, most recently voicing the Flash in "Teen Titans Go to the Movies."

He also hosted the web series "TableTop," in which he and guests play a game (like Settlers of Catan or Pandemic) each episode, which aired from 2012 to 2017.

Currently, he hosts "The Ready Room," the official "Star Trek" aftershow that features interviews with the cast and crew. He also made a brief, surprise appearance at the end of season two of "Picard."

Brent Spiner played Data, an android who was on a quest to become more human.

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While most of the characters on "TNG" were almost entirely original, Data was clearly conceived as this show's version of Spock , another character who struggled with the concept of humanity.

However, as the show went on, Data solidified himself as his own character with his own fascinating backstory (Lore and Dr. Noonien Soong, anyone?) and a heartwarming desire to become human.

Before the series, Spiner enjoyed a successful career in theater , originating the role of Franz/Dennis in "Sunday in the Park with George" and starring as Aramis in "The Three Musketeers." He also appeared in six episodes of "Night Court."

In 1996, he appeared in the huge sci-fi blockbuster "Independence Day."

They keep finding ways for Spiner, 74, to stay in the "Trek" universe, even 21 years after Data's death in "Star Trek: Nemesis."

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Spiner appeared in all four "TNG" movies . In fact, his character might have had the most complete arc, when you take in his sacrifice at the end of "Nemesis." He also played an ancestor of his character's creator, Dr. Arik Soong, in four episodes of "Enterprise's" fourth season.

In 2016, Spiner reprised his role as Dr. Brackish Okun in the sequel "Independence Day: Resurgence." Over the years he's appeared in dozens of TV shows, including "Friends," "Star Wars Rebels," "Ray Donovan," "The Goldbergs," and "Warehouse 13."

Spiner has also voiced two iconic Batman villains. He played the Joker in an episode of "Young Justice," and he voiced the Riddler in "Justice League Action."

In 2020, Spiner reprised his role as Data in "Picard," appearing as the character in dream sequences and as a virtual consciousness throughout the first season.

He also appeared as a descendant of his creator, Dr. Altan Inigo Soong, and as a similar android named B-4 who was originally introduced in "Nemesis." In season two, he played another one of Noonien Soong's ancestors, Adam Soong.

Spiner was announced, like the rest of the cast , to be part of "Picard's" third season, this time playing Data's evil "brother," Lore.

Denise Crosby only starred in one season of "TNG" as Natasha Yar.

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Yar's death was one of the biggest shocks of "TNG" and proved this wasn't going to be like the original show — deaths weren't just reserved for "red shirts" here. No one was safe.

In actuality, Crosby asked to be written off the show , as she "was miserable. I couldn't wait to get off that show. I was dying." And so, her character was killed in the season one episode "Skin of Evil" by a malevolent tar-like creature. Yar would reappear two more times, in a season three episode called "Yesterday's Enterprise" (an all-timer), and the series finale.

Crosby also appeared in three episodes as a character called Sela, a future half-Romulan daughter of Yar's from an alternate timeline.

Before the show, Crosby, the granddaughter of Bing Crosby, had appeared in films like "48 Hrs.," "Pet Sematary," two "Pink Panther" films, and multiple episodes of "Days of Our Lives."

Crosby, 65, recently appeared in a few episodes of "General Hospital."

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Crosby didn't appear as Yar in any of the "TNG" films, but that doesn't mean she's totally stayed away from "Trek." She produced and presented a 1997 documentary about "Trek" fandom called "Trekkies," and its 2004 sequel "Trekkies 2." As of 2017, there were plans for a third installment.

She's also appeared in multiple direct-to-video movies , in addition to her roles in "Southland," "Ray Donovan," "The Walking Dead," "Suits," "Creepshow," and most recently "NCIS" and "General Hospital."

Colm Meaney had a recurring role as the transporter chief Miles O'Brien.

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Meaney appeared in over 50 episodes of "TNG" as O'Brien before he switched over to "Deep Space Nine," which he starred on from 1993 to 1999. His character got much more to do on the spin-off, though he did get married in a season four episode called "Data's Day," and he eventually had a child in the season five episode "Disaster."

During his run on "TNG," Meaney also appeared in a 1993 film called "The Snapper." He was nominated for a Golden Globe for his performance. 

Meaney, 69, continued to play O'Brien in "Deep Space Nine" through 1999.

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After wrapping up his role in "Deep Space Nine," Meaney went on to be nominated for a Gemini Award in 2002 for his role in Canadian series "Random Passage." He also appeared in three episodes of "Stargate Atlantis," the miniseries "Alice," two episodes of "Men in Trees," and more.

Meaney was also nominated for a Saturn Award in 2013 for his role in "Hell on Wheels," appeared in 10 episodes of "Will" and in British series "Gangs of London" and "The Singapore Grip."

In 2021, he appeared in the 15th season of "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" as the father of Charlie Day's character.

He's had success on the big screen, as well. He was nominated for the Irish Film and Television Award for best actor in 2007 for "Kings," and he has been in other films like "Law Abiding Citizen," "Get Him to the Greek," "Tolkien," "Seberg," and "Pixie."

He recently starred in "The Serpent Queen" as King Francis I on Starz.

Whoopi Goldberg won an Oscar for "Ghost" as she was recurring on "TNG" as Guinan, an alien bartender who was hundreds of years old.

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Goldberg had already been nominated for an Oscar (for "The Color Purple" in 1985) and had won a Grammy for Best Comedy Album in 1985 (Whoopi Goldberg: Original Broadway Show Recording), and had been nominated for an Emmy  for her performance on "Moonlighting" in 1986, when she was asked if she wanted to appear in "TNG" as Guinan, an alien bartender in the ship's lounge who acted as a sounding board for many characters.

She actually asked to be on the show due to her "Trek" fandom, which stemmed from seeing Uhura, a Black woman, in a position of power in the first "Star Trek" series. Goldberg appeared in 28 episodes across seven seasons.

At the same time, Goldberg was becoming a true A-lister. In 1990, she starred in "Ghost," which eventually won her an Oscar. In 1992, she starred in the classic "Sister Act" and its sequel the following year.

Goldberg, 67, accepted a personal invitation from Stewart during "The View" to return as Guinan in season two of "Picard."

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Goldberg appeared in two of the "Next Generation" films, "Generations" and "Nemesis." During that time, she also appeared in films like "The Lion King," "Girl, Interrupted," "Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella," and "How Stella Got Her Groove Back."

In 2002, Goldberg secured her Tony Award win for producing "Thoroughly Modern Millie." That same year, she completed her EGOT by winning an Emmy for outstanding special class series. She's also hosted multiple award shows, including the Tonys and the Oscars. 

Goldberg has consistently acted in both TV and movies in the 2000s, appearing in "Glee," "The Middle," "Toy Story 3," "Nobody's Fool," and more.

Since 2007, Goldberg has hosted "The View," which won her her second Emmy — she won outstanding entertainment talk show host at the 2009 Daytime Emmys.

During an appearance on "The View," none other than Patrick Stewart extended an invitation to Goldberg to reprise her role as Guinan during season two of "Picard," which she emotionally accepted.

Both Goldberg's version  and  a younger version played by Ito Aghayere of Guinan appeared during the show.

John de Lancie played Q, a mischievous, omnipotent being throughout all seven seasons of "TNG."

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In many ways, it would've been impossible to bring back Picard without bringing back Q. The Enterprise's captain meets Q in the very first episode of "TNG," and for almost every season after he pops back in to check in on the crew (and usually antagonize them a little bit). "TNG's" highly lauded series finale is also a Q episode, with Q attempting to conclude the trial of humanity he began in the first episode.

John de Lancie played Q in eight episodes of "TNG," along with one episode of "Deep Space Nine" and three episodes of "Voyager."

Throughout the '80s and '90s, de Lancie also appeared in "Days of Our Lives," "Trial and Error," and had small roles in films like "The Fisher King" and "Multiplicity."

De Lancie, 74, returned for season two of "Picard."

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De Lancie has continued to work frequently on TV, with arcs in shows like "Breaking Bad," "Charmed," "The Librarians," "The Secret Circle," and more.

The actor returned to the "Trek" universe to play Q once again on the first season of the animated series "Lower Decks" in 2020. Two years later, it was revealed that Q would play a major part in season two of "Picard" since, as Q would later say in the season, " even gods have favorites ."

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How to Watch Star Trek in Order: The Complete Series Timeline

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Ever since 1966’s premiere of the first episode of Star Trek: The Original Series, the entertainment world has never been the same. This franchise that has boldly gone where no property has gone before has captured the hearts and minds of millions around the world and has grown into a space-faring empire of sorts filled with multiple shows, feature length films, comics, merchandise, and so much more. That being said, the amount of Star Trek out in the world can make it tough to know exactly how to watch everything it offers in either chronological or release order so you don’t miss a thing. To help make things easier for you, we’ve created this guide to break down everything you need to know about engaging with this Star Trek journey.

It used to be a bit trickier to track down all the Star Trek shows and movies you’d need to watch to catch up, but Paramount+ has made it a whole lot easier as it has become the home of nearly all the past, present and future Star Trek entries.

So, without further ado, come with us into the final frontier and learn how you can become all caught up with the adventures of Kirk, Picard, Janeway, Sisko, Spock, Pike, Archer, Burnham, and all the others that have made Star Trek so special over the past 56 years.

And, in case you're worried, everything below is a mostly spoiler-free chronological timeline that will not ruin any of any major plot points of anything further on in the timeline. So, you can use this guide as a handy way to catch up without ruining much of the surprise of what’s to come on your adventure! If you’d prefer to watch everything Star Trek as it was released, you’ll find that list below as well!

How to Watch Star Trek in Chronological Order

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1. Star Trek: Enterprise (2151-2155)

Star Trek: Enterprise is the earliest entry on our list as it takes place a hundred years before the adventures of Kirk, Spock, and the rest of the crew of Star Trek: The Original Series. The show aired from 2001 to 2005 and starred Scott Bakula as Jonathan Archer, the captain of the Enterprise NX-01. This version of the Enterprise was actually Earth’s first starship that was able to reach warp five.

While the show had its ups and downs, it included a fascinating look at a crew without some of the advanced tech we see in other Star Trek shows, the first contact with various alien species we know and love from the Star Trek universe, and more.

2. Star Trek: Discovery: Seasons 1 and 2 (2256-2258)

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This is where things get a little bit tricky, as the first two seasons of Star Trek: Discovery take place before Star Trek: The Original Series but Seasons 3 and 4 take us boldly to a place we’ve not gone before. We won’t spoil why that’s the case here, but it’s important to note if you want to watch Star Trek in order, you’ll have to do a bit of jumping around from series to movie to series.

As for what Star Trek: Discovery is, it's set the decade before the original and stars Sonequa Martin-Green’s Michael Burnham, a Starfleet Commander who accidentally helps start a war between the United Federation of Planets and the Klingon Empire. She gets court-martialed and stripped of her rank following these events and is reassigned to the U.S.S Discovery.

3. Star Trek: Strange New Worlds (2259-TBD)

Star Trek: Strange New Worlds also begins before the events of Star Trek: The Original Series and is set up by Star Trek: Discovery as its captain, Anson Mount’s Christopher Pike, makes an appearance in its second season. If that name sounds familiar, it’s because Pike first appeared in the original failed pilot episode “The Cage” of Star Trek: The Original Series and would later become James T. Kirk’s predecessor after the original actor, Jefferey Hunter, backed out of the show.

Fast forward all these years later and now we get to learn more about the story of Christopher Pike and many other familiar faces from The Original Series alongside new characters. It’s made even more special as the ship the crew uses is the U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701, the very same that would soon call Kirk its captain.

4. Star Trek: The Original Series (2265-2269)

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The fourth Star Trek series or movie you should watch in the order is the one that started it all - Star Trek: The Original Series . Created by Gene Roddenberry, this first Star Trek entry would kick off a chain reaction that would end up creating one of the most beloved IPs of all time. However, it almost never made it to that legendary status as its low ratings led to a cancellation order after just three seasons that aired from 1966 to 1969. Luckily, it found great popularity after that and built the foundation for all the Star Trek stories we have today.

Star Trek: The Original Series starred William Shatner as James T. Kirk and Leonard Nimoy as Spock, but the rest of the crew would go on to become nearly as iconic as they were. As for what the show was about? Well, we think Kirk said it best during each episode’s opening credits;

“Space: the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise . Its five-year mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone before.”

5. Star Trek: The Animated Series (2269-2270)

While Star Trek: The Original Series may have been canceled after just three seasons, its popularity only grew, especially with the help of syndication. Following this welcome development, Gene Roddenberry decided he wanted to continue the adventures of the crew of the Enterprise NCC-1701 in animated form, and he brought back many of the original characters and the actors behind them for another go.

Star Trek: The Animated Series lasted for two seasons from 1973 to 1974 and told even more stories of the Enterprise and its adventures throughout the Milky Way galaxy.

6. Star Trek: The Motion Picture (2270s)

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The first Star Trek film was a very big deal as it brought back the crew of Star Trek: The Original Series after the show was canceled in 1969 after just three seasons. However, even it had a rough road to theaters as Roddenberry initially failed to convince Paramount Pictures it was worth it in 1975. Luckily, the success of Close Encounters of the Third Kind and other factors helped finally convince those in power to make the movie and abandon the plans for a new television series called Star Trek: Phase II, which also would have continued the original story.

In Star Trek: The Motion Picture, James T. Kirk was now an Admiral in Starfleet, and certain events involving a mysterious alien cloud of energy called V’Ger cause him to retake control of a refitted version of the U.S.S. Enterprise with many familiar faces in tow.

7. Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (2285)

Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry had a sequel to Star Trek: The Motion Picture written, but Paramount turned it down after the reception to that first film was not what the studio had hoped for. In turn, Paramount removed him from the production and brought in Harve Bennett and Jack B. Sowards to write the script and Nicholas Meyer to direct the film.

The studio’s decision proved to be a successful one as Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan is considered by many, including IGN, to be the best Star Trek film. As for the story, it followed the battle between Admiral James T. Kirk and the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise vs. Ricardo Montalban’ Khan Noonien Singh. Khan is a genetically engineered superhuman and he and his people were exiled by Kirk on a remote planet in the episode ‘Space Seed’ from the original series. In this second film, after being stranded for 15 years, Khan wants revenge.

8. Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (2285)

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Star Trek III: The Search for Spock continues the story that began in Wrath of Khan and deals with the aftermath of Spock’s death. While many on the U.S.S. Enterprise thought that was the end for their science officer, Kirk learns that Spock’s spirit/katra is actually living inside the mind of DeForest Kelley’s Dr. McCoy, who has been acting strange ever since the death of his friend. What follows is an adventure that includes a stolen U.S.S. Enterprise, a visit from Spock’s father Sarek, a run-in with Klingons, and so much more.

9. Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (2286 and 1986)

While it is undoubtedly great that Kirk and his crew saved Spock, it apparently wasn’t great enough to avoid the consequences that follow stealing and then losing the Enterprise. On their way to answer for their charges, the former crew of the Enterprise discover a threat to Earth that, without spoiling anything, causes them to go back in time to save everything they love. The Voyage Home is a big departure from the previous films as, instead of space, we spend most of our time in 1986’s San Francisco.

10. Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (2287)

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Star Trek V: The Final Frontier once again brings back our favorite heroes from Star Trek: The Original Series, but it’s often regarded as one of the weakest films starring Kirk, Spock, McCoy, etc. In this adventure, our crew’s shore leave gets interrupted as they are tasked with going up against the Vulcan Sybok, who himself is on the hunt for God in the middle of the galaxy.

11. Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (2293)

Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country is the final movie starring the entire cast of Star Trek: The Original Series, and it puts the Klingons front and center. After a mining catastrophe destroys the Klingon moon of Praxis and threatens the Klingon’s homeworld, Klingon Chancellor Gorkon is forced to abandon his species' love of war in an effort to seek peace with the Federation. What follows is an adventure that calls back to the fall of the Soviet Union and the Berlin Wall and serves as a wonderful send-off to characters we’ve come to know and love since 1966, even though some will thankfully appear in future installments.

12. Star Trek: The Next Generation (2364-2370)

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After you make it through all six of the Star Trek: The Original Series movies, it’s time to start what many consider the best Star Trek series of all time - Star Trek: The Next Generation . The series, which starred Patrick Stewart as Captain Jean-Luc Picard, ran from 1987 through 1994 with 178 episodes over seven seasons.

There are so many iconic characters and moments in The Next Generation, including William Riker, Data, Worf, Geordi La Forge, Deanna Troi, and Dr. Beverly Crusher, and many of these beloved faces would return for Star Trek: Picard, which served as a continuation of this story.

While we are once again on the U.S.S. Enterprise in Star Trek: The Next Generation, this story takes place a century after the events of Star Trek: The Original Series. However, there may just be a few familiar faces that pop up from time to time.

13. Star Trek Generations (2293)

While Star Trek Generations is the first film featuring the Star Trek: The Next Generation crew, it also features a team-up that many had dreamed of for years and years between Captain Jean-Luc Picard and Captain James T. Kirk.

Our heroes are facing off against an El-Aurian named Dr. Tolian Soran, who will do whatever is necessary to return to an extra-dimensional realm known as the Nexus. Without spoiling anything, these events lead to a meeting with these two legendary captains and a heartfelt-at-times send-off to The Original Series, even though not every character returned that we wished could have.

14. Star Trek: First Contact (2373)

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Star Trek: First Contact was not only the second film featuring the crew from Star Trek: The Next Generation, but it also served as the motion picture directorial debut for William Riker actor Jonathan Frakes. In this film, the terrifying Borg take center stage and force our heroes to travel back in time to stop them from conquering Earth and assimilating the entire human race.

This movie picks up on the continuing trauma caused by Jean-Luc Picard getting assimilated in the series and becoming Locutus of Borg, and we are also treated to the first warp flight in Star Trek’s history, a shout-out to Deep Space Nine, and more.

15. Star Trek: Insurrection (2375)

Star Trek: Insurrection, which unfortunately ranked last on our list of the best Star Trek movies, is the third film starring the Star Trek: The Next Generation crew and followed a story involving an alien race that lives on a planet with more-or-less makes them invincible due to its rejuvenating properties. This alien race, known as the Ba’Ku, are being threatened by not only another alien race called the Son’a, but also the Federation. Captain Jean-Luc Picard and his crew disobey Federation orders in hopes to save the peaceful Ba’Ku, and while it sounds like an interesting premise, many said it felt too much like an extended episode of the series instead of a big blockbuster film.

16. Star Trek: Nemesis (2379)

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The final Star Trek: The Next Generation movie is Star Trek: Nemesis , and it also isn’t looked at as one of the best. There are bright parts in the film, including Tom Hardy’s Shinzon who is first thought to be a Romulan praetor before it’s revealed he is a clone of Captain Jean-Luc Picard, but it also features a lot of retreaded ground. There are some great moments between our favorite TNG characters, but it’s not quite the goodbye many had hoped for. Luckily, this won’t be the last we’ll see of them.

17. Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (2369-2375)

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine is the fourth Star Trek series and it ran from 1993 to 1999 with 176 episodes over seven seasons. Deep Space Nine was also the first Star Trek series to be created without the direct involvement of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry, but instead with Rick Berman and Michael Piller. Furthermore, it was the first series to begin when another Star Trek Series - The Next Generation - was still on the air.

The connections between The Next Generation and Deep Space Nine don’t end there, as there were a ton of callbacks to TNG in Deep Space Nine, and characters like Worf and Miles O’Brien played a big part in the series. Other TNG characters popped up from time to time, including Captain Jean-Luc Picard, and certain Deep Space Nine characters also showed their faces in TNG.

Deep Space Nine was a big departure from the Star Trek series that came before, as it not only took place mostly on a space station - the titular Deep Space Nine - but it was the first to star an African American as its central character in Avery Brooks’ Captain Benjamin Sisko.

Deep Space Nine was located in a very interesting part of the Milky Way Galaxy as it was right next to a wormhole, and the series was also filled with conflict between the Cardassians and Bajorans, the war between the Federation and the Dominion, and much more.

18. Star Trek: Voyager (2371-2378)

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Star Trek: Voyager is the fifth Star Trek series and it ran from 1995 to 2001 with 172 episodes over seven seasons. Star Trek: Voyager begins its journey at Deep Space Nine, and then it follows the tale of Kate Mulgrew’s Captain Kathryn Janeway (the first female leading character in Star Trek history!) and her crew getting lost and stranded in the faraway Delta Quadrant.

The episodes and adventures that follow all see the team fighting for one goal: getting home. Being so far away from the Alpha Quadrant we were so used to letting Star Trek be very creative in its storytelling and give us situations and alien races we’d never encountered before.

That doesn’t mean it was all unfamiliar, however, as the Borg became a huge threat in the later seasons. It’s a good thing too, as that led to the introduction of Jeri Ryan’s Seven of Nine, a character who would continue on to appear in Star Trek: Picard and become a fan favorite.

19. Star Trek: Lower Decks (2380-TBD)

Star Trek: Lower Decks debuted in 2020 and was the first animated series to make it to air since 1973’s Star Trek: The Animated Series. Alongside having that feather in its cap, it also sets itself apart by choosing to focus more on the lower lever crew instead of the captain and senior staff.

This leads to many fun adventures that may not be as high stakes as the other stories, but are no less entertaining. There have already been three seasons of Star Trek: Lower Decks, and the fourth season is set to arrive later this summer.

The series is also worth a watch as it is having a crossover with Star Trek: Strange New Worlds that will mix the worlds of live-action and animation.

20. Star Trek: Prodigy (2383-TBD)

Star Trek: Prodigy was the first fully 3D animated Star Trek series ever and told a story that began five years after the U.S.S. Voyager found its way back home to Earth. In this series, which was aimed for kids, a group of young aliens find an abandoned Starfleet ship called the U.S.S. Protostar and attempt to make it to Starfleet and the Alpha Quadrant from the Delta Quadrant.

Voyager fans will be delighted to know that Kate Mulgrew returns as Kathryn Janeway in this animated series, but not only as herself. She is also an Emergency Training Holographic Advisor that was based on the likeness of the former captain of the U.S.S. Voyager.

The second season of Star Trek: Prodigy was set to arrive later this year, but it was not only canceled in June, but also removed from Paramount+. There is still hope this show may find a second life on another streaming service or network.

21. Star Trek: Picard (2399-2402)

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Star Trek: Picard is the… well… next generation of Star Trek: The Next Generation as it brings back not only Partick Stewart’s Jean-Luc Picard, but also many of his former crew members from the beloved series. The story is set 20 years after the events of Star Trek Nemesis and we find Picard retired from Starfleet and living at his family’s vineyard in France.

Without spoiling anything, certain events get one of our favorite captains back to work and take him on an adventure through space and time over three seasons and 30 episodes.

The show had its ups and downs, but the third season, in our opinion, stuck the landing and gave us an “emotional, exciting, and ultimately fun journey for Jean-Luc and his family - both old and new - that gives the character the send-off that he has long deserved.”

22. Star Trek: Discovery: Seasons 3 and 4 (3188-TBD)

While Star Trek: Discovery begins around 10 years before Star Trek: The Original Series, the show jumps more than 900 years into the future into the 32nd Century following the events of the second season. The Federation is not in great shape and Captain Michael Burnham and her crew work to bring it back to what it once was.

Star Trek: Discovery is set to end after the upcoming fifth season, which will debut on Paramount+ in 2024.

How to Watch Star Trek by Order of Release

  • Star Trek: The Original Series (1966 - 1969)
  • Star Trek: The Animated Series (1973 - 1974)
  • Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979)
  • Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982)
  • Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984)
  • Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1984)
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987 - 1994)
  • Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989)
  • Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991)
  • Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993 - 1999)
  • Star Trek: Generations (1994)
  • Star Trek: Voyager (1995 - 2001)
  • Star Trek: First Contact (1996)
  • Star Trek: Insurrection (1998)
  • Star Trek: Enterprise (2001 - 2005)
  • Star Trek: Nemesis (2002)
  • Star Trek (2009)
  • Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)
  • Star Trek Beyond (2016)
  • Star Trek: Discovery (2017 - Present)
  • Star Trek: Picard (2020 - 2023)
  • Star Trek: Lower Decks (2020 - Present)
  • Star Trek: Prodigy (2021 - TBA)
  • Star Trek: Strange New Worlds (2022 - Present)

For more, check out our look at the hidden meaning behind Star Trek’s great captains, why Star Trek doesn’t get credit as the first shared universe, if this may be the end of Star Trek’s golden age of streaming, and our favorite classic Star Trek episodes and movies.

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Why The Number 47 Is So Important In Star Trek: The Next Generation

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"Star Trek: The Next Generation" kept the iconic sci-fi franchise firmly in the mainstream mind, with over 100 memorable episodes and multiple movies detailing the adventures of the Enterprise-D and her captain, Jean-Luc Picard. "The Next Generation" is nearly as iconic and influential as the original "Star Trek" and helped launch the careers of LeVar Burton and Patrick Stewart into household names. 

Eagle-eyed Trekkies undoubtedly noticed a strange pattern throughout the show — the number 47 and its variations appear frequently in dialogue and on-screen. On  Stack Exchange , one fan claims 47 is spoken in some form over 200 times throughout the show's run and also finds its way onto computer screens and visuals. Picard receives a bottle of wine from "47," an authorization code will be Alpha-4-7, and so on. Interestingly, this running easter egg can be traced to one of the show's writers and his alma mater's strange superstition surrounding the number.

47 comes from a college tradition

The connection between "The Next Generation" and 47 began with writer Joe Menosky, according to Marketplace . Starting in Season 4, Menosky began sneaking in the number 47 as a reference to a superstition from Pomona College in California, his alma mater. Pomona has a fascination with the number 47, calling it the "quintessential random number," and references are found throughout campus. Other writers picked up on the inside joke, and soon, 47s were seen in practically every episode.

References to 47 were not just limited to TNG, as Menosky was also a writer for "Star Trek: Voyager" (via Memory Alpha ). Along with some of the movies of this era, 47 found its way into "Deep Space 9," although the writing staff eventually grew tired of the joke and began to phase out the mysterious number. The number has seen a revival recently, however, appearing in the J.J Abrams "Star Trek" movies and the MMORPG "Star Trek Online." Indeed, 47 and "Star Trek" have become intertwined, going where no number has gone before.

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The Gamma 7A system was an inhabited planetary system with a fourth-magnitude sun located in Sector 39J . The system was at one time populated with billions of inhabitants .

In 2268 , after contact had been lost with the system, Starfleet Command sent the USS Intrepid to investigate. Like the system, the Intrepid was destroyed by a space amoeba . Soon after contact with the starship ceased, Starbase 6 ordered the USS Enterprise to investigate; the ship was finally able to destroy the amoeba. ( TOS : " The Immunity Syndrome ")

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The Only Major Actors Still Alive From Star Trek: The Original Series

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Gene Roddenberry's celebrated sci-fi TV series "Star Trek" debuted on September 8, 1966, and it recently celebrated its 57th anniversary. Initially, "Trek" wasn't terribly popular, and it only managed to make a third season thanks to a coordinated letter-writing campaign (a campaign that Roddenberry was accused of orchestrating and encouraging himself). It wouldn't be until after "Star Trek" was canceled in 1969 that its popularity would significantly begin to grow. 

Thanks to a sweet infinite syndication deal, "Star Trek" reruns were common, and a cult began to form. By the early 1970s, the first "Trek" conventions began to appear. Naturally, conventions were a great place for the show's stars and creators to congregate and share production stories with a rising tide of obsessives. Fans were able to talk to and get autographs from William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, Nichelle Nichols, Majel Barrett, Walter Koenig, George Takei, James Doohan, and Grace Lee Whitney, as well as many of the show's more supporting players. 

Many decades have passed, but the surviving "Star Trek" cast members, now in their 80s and 90s, still appear at conventions to share details of their now-long and storied careers. Over 57 years ago, they were at the start of a phenomenon; none of them could have likely predicted just what a massive impact "Star Trek" would have on the pop culture landscape. Three members of the original "Star Trek" cast appeared at Creation Entertainment's 57-Year Mission convention in Las Vegas, and one of them is already confirmed for the 2024 con  next August. 

If you're eager to get an autograph or merely to hear an amusing anecdote from across many decades of interaction with the "Trek" franchise at large, the following surviving actors will still happily oblige.

William Shatner

In March of 2023, Shatner, who played the resolute Captain Kirk on "Star Trek," turned 92, yet he still makes convention appearances. Stories have been told throughout Trekkie-dom that Shatner can occasionally be spiky at cons, but has clearly embraced them, even going so far as to say that fans are the future  of anything so deeply beloved as "Star Trek." Indeed, in many cases, fans care more about carrying on the legacy of a show than the studios; in many ways, Trekkies take the show more seriously than the people who make it.

Shatner has, of course, had a textured career. Some of his earlier films include adaptations of "The Brothers Karamozov" (in which he played Alexey) and "Oedipus the King" (in which he played a masked member of the chorus), as well as genre films like "The Intruder" and "Incubus." Although Shatner is best known for "Trek" — a common side-effect for most any actor who appeared on any "Star Trek" show — he forged an interesting acting career beyond ii. He appeared in the hit cop show "T.J. Hooker," and appeared in spoof films like "Airplane II: The Sequel" and "National Lampoon's Loaded Weapon 1." He released several notorious albums of speak-singing, and directed several documentaries about "Star Trek," including "The Captains" and "Chaos on the Bridge." 

Shatner also authored several "Star Trek" novels and even launched his own modestly successful sci-fi book series with "TekWar" (ghost-written by Ron Goulart) in 1989. He won two Emmys in 2004 and 2005 for his role as Denny Crane in "The Practice" and "Boston Legal." He's also an equestrian enthusiast and has won a few horseback riding awards. Shatner is spry for 92.

George Takei

In 2019, George Takei , who played the practical and intelligent Hikaru Sulu on "Star Trek," authored a graphic novel all about his childhood experiences of being rounded up and imprisoned in a Japanese internment camp during World War II. Takei was born in Los Angeles in 1937 (he's the only main cast member from the original show who is an L.A. native), and recalls being held against his will by the U.S. government as a child. It may have been that experience that made Takei as political as he is. In the early 1970s, after "Star Trek," Takei ran for a set on the Los Angeles City Council, and served as an alternate delegate at the 1972 Democratic National Convention. At conventions, Takei has spoken at length about his beliefs in civic infrastructure, encouraging L.A. to improve its long-beleaguered public transportation.

Takei came out as gay in 2005, revealing that he had been with his long-term partner, Brad Altman, for the last 18 years. He and Altman married in 2008, one of the first same-sex couples to be granted a marriage license in West Hollywood, California. Takei has been an outspoken queer rights activist ever since, raising money for charities and speaking at charity events regularly. He makes appearances at fan conventions on the regular. 

As an actor, Takei began reading English-language dubs for imported Toho monster movies prior to "Star Trek." He also starred in movies like "The Green Berets" and "Mulan." On TV, Takei guest-starred on many, many programs, including a notable regular role on the hit show "Heroes." His deep voice also afforded him an opportunity to regularly contribute to dozens of animated programs, most recently in Max's "Gremlins: Secrets of the Mogwai."

Walter Koenig

There were rumors circulating through the Trekkie community for years that Walter Koenig was hired to appear on the second season of "Star Trek" because the then-30-year-old actor looked an awful lot like Davy Jones from "The Monkees." This wasn't the case, but Koenig provided a youthful, heartthrob quality with his character, Pavel Chekov. His character was Russian, a notable character decision to make in the mid-1960s as the U.S. was still embroiled deeply in the Cold War. Chekov was a symbol that peace would eventually come. Koenig was never anything less than 100% committed, and reacted to extreme sci-fi scenarios with fire and aplomb. 

In the early '60s, the actor worked his way through smaller roles in multiple well-known TV series like "Mr. Novak," "Gidget," and "I Spy" before joining "Star Trek" in its second season. After, he continued apace, working on TV regularly, eventually landing a recurring role on a second beloved sci-fi series  "Babylon 5." He has also stayed a part of "Star Trek" up until the present, having provided a voice cameo in the most recent season of "Star Trek: Picard," as well as reprising his role as Chekov in the semi-professional and well-respected fan series "Star Trek: New Voyages." He's also dabbled in many amusing B-movies like "Mad Cowgirl" and "Scream of the Bikini," as well as animated shows like "Stretch Armstrong and the Flex Fighters."

Additionally, Koenig has served as an advocate for civil rights in Burma, having visited refugee camps there. Koenig still appears at conventions, happy to talk about his various projects and acting endeavors. Just please, whatever you do, don't ask him to say "nuclear wessels." The man just turned 87. He deserves a break from that. 

‘Star Trek’ Fans: Please Do Not Spoil ‘NOPE’ for Everyone Else

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Undoubtedly, “ Star Trek ” is a worldwide pop culture phenomenon. Even outside of the guarded walls of Paramount+, fans of the franchise can spot Trek references and nods in hundreds of other shows, movies, comic books, video games, and more. 

In a way, Trek “spotting” or understanding small “Star Trek” references in other media can be fun. Fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe films might have trouble keeping track of all the Trek references in those movies over the years. A recent Trek reference in MCU films was in 2019’s “Avengers: Endgame,” where Rhodes ( Don Cheadle ) and the other heroes listed ways that time travel works in movies and TV. One of those cited was “Star Trek.” The animation at the film’s end, which featured the main actor signature’s, was also borrowed from “Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country.” 

Marvel boss  Kevin Feige  is a big “ Star Trek: The Next Generation ” fan, so having small nods to Trek in Marvel movies makes sense. In a roundtable discussion with some of the stars of the “Avengers” films, Feige described the ending of “ All Good Things… ” from memory. Fans can  watch that clip on YouTube . 

‘Star Trek’ in ‘The Croods’

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Here I am… minding my own business and watching “The Croods: A New Age,” and #StarTrek hits me right in the face!! Thank you @brothershageman

Another fun reference to Trek was in the animated film, “ The Croods: A New Age ,” which debuted in 2020. For this quick reference, the Stone Age-era grandmother ( voiced by the late Cloris Leachman ) prepared for battle against an unknown opponent. As she did, the character yelled, “Today is a good day to die!” As any Trek fan knows, that is a line made famous by Mr. Worf (Michael Dorn) from his years on TNG, “Deep Space Nine,” and the five movies he appeared in.

The connection between “The Croods” and “Star Trek” is not hard to understand. On the team of writers for “The Croods: A New Age” are the  Hageman Brothers , who are also the minds behind “Star Trek: Prodigy.” 

If fans want to watch a show with multiple Trek references per episode, they can try “For All Mankind,” which streams on Apple TV+. The show, whose executive producer is  Ronald D. Moore  — the person who was behind many of the most significant Klingon episodes — is packed with talk about Trek. In Season 2, the characters even wondered if Spock would return after watching “ Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan .” 

Read more about “For All Mankind” as Heavy spoke with technical advisors  Mike and Denise Okuda  about the new show and how it all leads to “Star Trek.”

The “ELVIS” movie also had a few guest appearances by Trek actors, including William Shatner. Check out our round-up of “Star Trek” in “ELVIS. ”

‘NOPE’ and ‘Star Trek’

This summer, fans have a bunch of great movies to watch in the theaters. As of this publication, “Top Gun: Maverick” and “Dr. Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” have made more than $400 million, and a few other films have made more than $300 million in the United States. The new movie, “NOPE,” by writer and director Jordan Peele , came out on July 22, 2022, and made an impressive $58 million in its first week.

There is a lot of talk about this film, as Peele has merged the cowboy / western, science fiction, and horror genres into one movie. The Ringer asked  what the film was actually about , while Collider speculated that the  story was a parable about animals forced to entertain . 

“First and foremost, I wanted to make a UFO horror film,” Peele  said in an interview on CBS . “And then, of course, it’s like, where is the iconic Black UFO film? And whenever I feel that my favorite movie out there hasn’t been made, that’s the void I’m trying to fill with my films. It’s like trying to make the film that I wish someone would make for me.”

GQ noted that “NOPE”  is influenced by Gene Roddenberry  and “Star Trek,” which is true. Diehard Trek fans who saw “NOPE” might recognize a plot device that allows them to figure out the movie’s twist before anyone else in the theater.


“NOPE” starts with a brother and sister team running a company that provides horses for Hollywood movies. The duo, O.J. Haywood (Daniel Kaluuya) and Emerald Haywood (Keke Palmer), are struggling with the business after the death of their father. O.J. deals with a local entertainer, Ricky ‘Jupe’ Park (Steven Yeun), to supply horses for Park’s theme park. 

Meanwhile, the Haywoods realize that a UFO is stalking their property and may have been responsible for the death of their father. They enlist the help of a local electronics big box employee Angel Torres (Brandon Perea), to film the UFO. When that doesn’t work, they turn to filmmaker Antlers Holst (Michael Wincott), who has alternate photographic methods for help. 

Park used the horses to lure the UFO onto his theme park as a way to entertain his patrons. The ruse worked, but the UFO “consumed” Park and 40 of his theme park guests. O.J., Emerald, Angel, and Antlers set a trap for the UFO to get the object on film. That also worked, but the UFO revealed itself as a living creature, not a ship with aliens inside.

The Space Jellyfish

This twist might shock audiences who are used to classic horror movies, where a group of scaly aliens will eventually disembark from the saucer to kill humans in all directions. However, in “NOPE,” Peel chose to make the ship a life form. Peele’s movie took an essential element of the first “ Next Generation ” to create a horror film. 

In the pilot for TNG,  which aired in 1987 , Picard ( Patrick Stewart ) and his new crew needed to solve the riddle of Farpoint Station. Throughout the space station, objects would appear if thought of. To anyone who didn’t know better, the space station was magic. But soon, the Enterprise crew realized that the station was harnessing the abilities of a gigantic space being, which was held against its will. Known to many fans as the “space jellyfish,” the creature was freed by the Enterprise and rejoined its mate in space.

While the “NOPE” creature looked like a kite crossed with a jellyfish, it was also an enormous, living creature the humans perceived as a ship. The big difference between Roddenberry’s story and Peele’s was that the “NOPE” creature was wild, and the creature on TNG was tame or held captive. The twist at the end of the story remains the same. 

NOTE: Writer  D.C. Fontana wrote the majority  of “Encounter at Farpoint,” but Roddenberry created the beginning and end of the episode, which contained the space jellyfish. 

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7 Episodes From Star Trek: TNG's Worst Season Are Better Than You Remember

  • TNG season 1 had a rocky start but still produced episodes with interesting backstories and potential for greatness.
  • "Where No One Has Gone Before" introduced a fascinating alien and showcased the potential of TNG.
  • "Conspiracy" is a controversial episode that uncovers a threatening conspiracy within Starfleet and delivers a surprising and gory climax.

Star Trek: The Next Generation season 1 is widely considered the show's worst season, but these 7 episodes are still worth watching. With its premiere in 1987, TNG introduced the world to an entirely new USS Enterprise crew, led by Patrick Stewart's Captain Jean-Luc Picard. TNG got off to a rough start, with complications behind the scenes leading to a constantly shifting team of writers. More than once, filming had to be delayed because the episode's script was still being written. Despite these struggles, something about the cast of characters clicked and audiences fell in love with Captain Picard and his crew.

Although some episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation season 1 are notoriously bad (see TNG episode 4, "Code of Honor" ), others are surprisingly good considering the actors and characters were still finding their footing. TNG season 1 established many important backstories for its characters that would reverberate throughout all seven seasons . When compared with later seasons, it's easy to see why TNG season 1 has a poor reputation, but taken on its own, it's not a bad season of television. Despite TNG season 1's inconsistency, here are 7 episodes that are better than you remember.

10 Good Things TNGs Bad Season 1 Gave Star Trek

"where no one has gone before" (tng season 1, episode 6), the enterprise travels to the edge of the universe..

After the feature-length premiere episode, the next few episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation season 1 felt like rehashes of plots from Star Trek: The Original Series . The characters hadn't come into their own yet, and the show was still in the process of figuring out what it wanted to be. TNG episode 6 felt like a significant step forward, as "Where No One Has Gone Before" introduced a fascinating alien and sent the Enterprise-D to the very edge of the universe. The Traveler (Eric Menyuk) would become an important part of Star Trek lore, appearing in two more TNG episodes before eventually recruiting Wesley Crusher (Wil Wheaton) to join him on his adventures. "Where No One Has Gone Before" embodies what Star Trek is all about and offers the first glimpse of greatness for TNG .

"The Battle" (TNG Season 1, Episode 9)

Captain picard gets hit with a blast from the past..

A couple of episodes later, Star Trek: The Next Generation 's "The Battle" shifts the focus to Captain Picard's life before he took over command of the Enterprise-D. Star Trek: The Original Series rarely provided backstories for its characters, only revealing small snippets of their past when it was relevant for a particular episode. TNG , on the other hand, began introducing more serialized elements into Star Trek, showing that TNG' s characters had a past before the show began. In the case of Picard, his past comes back to haunt him when a desperate Ferengi seeks revenge for the death of his son. Picard had unknowingly destroyed a Ferengi vessel several years prior, and he's forced to relive that day in "The Battle."

After being introduced a few episodes previously (in TNG episode 5, "The Last Outpost"), the Ferengi were originally supposed to be the next big Star Trek villains. However, the profit-focused aliens came across as more comedic than frightening.

"The Big Goodbye" (TNG Season 1, Episode 12)

The tng crew plays gangster on the holodeck..

In Star Trek's first holodeck episode , Captain Picard embodies his inner hard-boiled detective by taking on the persona of the fictional 1940s private eye, Dixon Hill. What should be a fun and diverting adventure turns deadly when the holodeck's safeties malfunction . It's fun seeing the Enterprise crew decked out in period wear, and all of the actors seem to be having a good time. Picard's love of Dixon Hill would become a running theme throughout TNG and Star Trek: First Contact . With numerous references to film noir classics, "The Big Goodbye" is an incredibly fun episode that establishes the pattern for holodeck episodes moving forward, for both good and ill.

"The Big Goodbye" won a Peabody Award in 1987 and also nabbed an Emmy for Outstanding Costume Design for a Series.

"Datalore" (TNG Season 1, Episode 13)

Data's evil twin pays a visit to the enterprise..

Following "The Big Goodbye," Star Trek: The Next Generation 's next episode focuses on Lt. Commander Data (Brent Spiner). "Datalore" introduces Data's evil twin Lore (also Brent Spiner), and reveals more about the android's backstory. From the beginning, Brent Spiner was one of TNG's most talented actors, and that's never more apparent than when he portrays multiple characters in the same episode . Spiner makes Data and Lore distinct characters, and he appears as Lore in three more episodes of TNG and one episode of Star Trek: Picard . Lore serves as a nice contrast to Data, and the history established in "Datalore" reverberates throughout the rest of Data's story arc.

"11001001" (TNG Season 1, Episode 15)

The bynars take over the enterprise rather than asking for help..

Although "11001001" does not introduce any major story developments, it's a solid Star Trek: The Next Generation episode with a cool new alien species. With their fascinating relationship with technology and indecipherable speech patterns, the Bynars feel truly alien and help the universe of TNG feel bigger . "11001001" follows an entertaining storyline, as the Bynars take over the Enterprise-D in order to save their homeworld. After everyone evacuates the ship, Picard and Commander William Riker (Jonathan Frakes) find themselves alone, as they work to figure out what the Bynars want. "11001001" may not be a perfect episode of Star Trek , but it's a solid TNG entry that proved the first season was moving in the right direction.

Though the Bynars have not been seen again in live-action, they do make a couple of appearances in Star Trek: Lower Decks season 4.

"The Arsenal of Freedom" (TNG Season 1, Episode 21)

Captain picard and his crew face off against a weapons sales display..

When the Enterprise-D investigates the disappearance of a Federation starship, the crew finds themselves under attack from an automated weapons system. There's quite a bit going on in Star Trek: The Next Generation' s "The Arsenal of Freedom," and every main character gets something to do. When Captain Picard beams down to the planet to offer assistance, he and Dr. Beverly Crusher (Gates McFadden) wind up trapped in a cavern. With Crusher injured, Picard must keep her awake and alive until the Enterprise can rescue them. While the crew members on the surface of the planet deal with deadly drone weapons, Lt. Geordi La Forge (LeVar Burton) commands the Enterprise against a planetary defense system . While La Forge doesn't get a dedicated episode in TNG season 1, "The Arsenal of Freedom" is a great showcase for Geordi as he proves to be a quick thinker in a crisis.

"Conspiracy" (TNG Season 1, Episode 25)

Picard and riker make a guy's head explode..

One of Star Trek: The Next Generation's most controversial episodes, "Conspiracy" follows Captain Picard as he uncovers an insidious conspiracy threatening all of Starfleet. When the Enterprise-D returns to Earth to investigate, they discover that parasites have taken over the brains of several officials at the highest levels of Starfleet . These parasitic creatures cannot be reasoned with, and Picard and Riker handle the problem with phaser fire. As both officers fire their phasers at the parasite leader within Lt. Commander Remmick (Robert Schenkkan), Remmick's body explodes in a surprisingly gory display for Star Trek . This scene got "Conspiracy" banned in the United Kingdom , but the episode remains an unconventional and entertaining episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation .

Star Trek: The Next Generation is available to stream on Paramount+.

Star Trek: The Next Generation

Cast: Patrick Stewart, Marina Sirtis, Brent Spiner, Jonathan Frakes, LeVar Burton, Wil Wheaton

Release Date: 1987-09-28

Genres: Sci-Fi, Superhero, Drama, Action

Story By: Gene Roddenberry

Writers: Gene Roddenberry

Network: CBS

Streaming Service(s): Amazon Prime Video

Franchise(s): Star Trek

Directors: David Carson

Showrunner: Gene Roddenberry

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Live long and prosper! Mike Polk Jr. checks out the International Federation of Trekkers, Inc. in Sandusky

Their cause is noble, to be sure. And their base of operations is a Star Trek fan’s dream, with no shortage of show memorabilia.

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SANDUSKY, Ohio — Space -- themed charity organizations -- the final frontier. These are the voyages of the 3News Enterprise. 

Our mission: to explore strange new worlds! To boldly go… to the Sandusky Mall!

Somewhere in here past the food court, beyond the Aeropostale and wait, there it is! Nestled between CHAMPS Sports and Books-a-Million, stands the world headquarters of “ The International Federation of Trekkers, Inc .”

It’s an organization of Star Trek enthusiasts that devotes time to charitable causes. But how did this happen and why are we in Sandusky?

Fortunately, I found a high ranking officer to issue me a status report - the organization's president, Russ Haslage, explained that The Federation is celebrating it's 40th anniversary this year.

"The Federation is a nonprofit organization. It's the creation of [Star Trek creator] Gene Roddenberry and myself," Haslage said. "I contacted him after I became a fan because I didn't like what was available out there for fans. A week and a half or so later, Gene called me back and I said, 'what do you think a true Star Trek fan organization should do'? He said 'they'd go places and help people. So that's what we should do in this new federation.'"

But how did this international organization end up in the Sandusky Mall?

"The Federation started in Northern Ohio and all of the chapters are powered from us here," Haslage explained. "Each chapter gets to pick what they want to focus on because of their location. In LA (Los Angeles) right now, they're working with the floods, and our chapter out in New Orleans is always [focused on] hurricane relief. And we've got a chapter in Zimbabwe that's an orphanage."

Local chapters have helped deliver adaptive bikes to kids with disabilities, and last year made regular deliveries of bottled water to East Palestine. Haslage explained that the mission of the Federation is rooted in the philosophy of the series itself.

"In order to get to a better future, like the future in Star Trek that Gene envisioned, is where there's no greed. There's no hunger because we all get along."

Their cause is noble, to be sure. And their base of operations is a Star Trek fan’s dream, with no shortage of show memorabilia. All revenue supports their missions.

"Nobody's paid. So we don't have administrative costs, and that allows us to give 100% of donations to the humanitarian fund to go to help people," Haslage said. "So we have collectibles from '80s, '90s or maybe a couple of '70s things here."

The new Federation HQ here at Sandusky Mall is already impressive, But Russ says they’re just getting started, with new installations in progress and plans to expand, as I learned on my space tour of the facility. And inspired by the space moment, I decided to go all in and join the cause.

In the Star Trek series, the prime directive of the Federation states that Starfleet does not interfere in the lives of other cultures, even to help them. But much like the crew of the Enterprise, this squad tends to bend the rules a bit, lending a helping hand to those in need when they can. And of course, it’s also just a fun world to hang out in for a while.

So from all of us here at the Federation headquarters in Sandusky to all of you: may you live long and prosper. 

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Best star trek: tng episode from each of the show’s 7 seasons.

In its seven-season run, Star Trek: The Next Generation produced some truly amazing episodes of sci-fi television but which ones truly stand out?

  • "The Big Goodbye" is TNG Season 1's best, giving insight into Picard's character with a fun holodeck adventure.
  • TNG Season 2's "The Measure of a Man" explores what it means to be human through Data's trial.
  • Season 3's "The Best of Both Worlds, Part 1" delivers a gripping Borg cliffhanger and Riker's heroism.

Star Trek: The Next Generation produced some truly amazing episodes throughout its seven seasons, but what is the best episode from each season? For 178 episodes, Captain Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart) led the USS Enterprise-D in its quest to seek out new life and new civilizations. Despite a rocky first season due to a chaotic writers' room, TNG soon became just as iconic as its predecessor, Star Trek: The Original Series . Not only did the show capture the magic of Star Trek , but it also introduced an entire new era of fans to the franchise.

Star Trek: The Next Generation' s 7 seasons contain epic highs and some real lows, but even the worst TNG episodes still meant spending time with the wonderful characters. From the Starfleet Klingon Lt. Worf (Michael Dorn) to the android Lt. Commander Data (Brent Spiner) to the empathic Counselor Deanna Troi (Marina Sirtis), it was the characters of TNG that made the show a success. While TNG told mostly stand-alone stories throughout its run, later seasons began to incorporate more character development and told more character-focused stories. Every season of TNG had its ups and downs, but the show produced some of Star Trek's best stories.

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7 star trek: tng season 1's best: episode 12 - "the big goodbye", "she's a lady all right. and her name is enterprise.".

Picard Data And Crusher In The Star Trek The Next Generation Episode The Big Goodbye

Not only does TNG season 1's "The Big Goodbye" hold the distinction of being the first Star Trek holodeck episode , but it also offers a glimpse into the character of Captain Picard. Until this point, Picard has only ever been the Captain, but "The Big Goodbye" shows how Jean-Luc likes to spend his free time. As Picard, Dr. Beverly Crusher (Gates McFadden), and Lt. Commander Data embrace their inner hard-boiled detectives , a fun adventure on the holodeck quickly turns deadly. "The Big Goodbye" may not be perfect, but everyone looks great in their period costumes, and the whole episode is simply a joy to watch.

Honorable Mention - Episode 6, "Where No One Has Gone Before"

6 Star Trek: TNG Season 2's Best: Episode 9 - "The Measure of a Man"

"your honor, starfleet was founded to seek out new life. well, there it sits waiting.".

Star Trek TNG Measure of a Man Captain Picard Data trial Maddox

Star Trek has always sought to explore the question of what it means to be human, and the franchise, at its heart, has always been a celebration of compassion for all kinds. TNG season 2's "The Measure of a Man" exemplifies everything that Star Trek stands for, as Data's very right to exist is put on trial . It is clear to anyone who has watched TNG that Data represents the best of humanity , making it grating every time the visiting Dr. Bruce Maddox (Brian Brophy) refers to the android as an "it." "The Measure of a Man" tells an incredibly powerful story that centers around Data, but also gives Captain Picard and Commander William Riker (Jonathan Frakes) a chance to shine.

Honorable Mention - Episode 16, "Q Who"

5 Star Trek: TNG Season 3's Best: Episode 26 - "The Best of Both Worlds, Part 1"

"i am locutus of borg. resistance is futile.".

Even nearly 35 years later, Star Trek's first cliffhanger remains one of the most memorable season-enders in the history of television. The Borg are at their most frightening as they assimilate Captain Picard and force him to become their mouthpiece, Locutus. In many ways, Commander Riker steals the episode , as he does everything in his power to stop the Borg, even if that means the death of his friend and former captain. "The Best of Both Worlds, Part 1's" story beats play out perfectly, leading to the jaw-dropping final moments that made the summer of 1990 a particularly long one for Trek fans.

Honorable Mention - Episode 16, "The Offspring"

4 Star Trek: TNG Season 4's Best: Episode 3 - "Brothers"

"i am not less perfect than lore.".

Star Trek TNG Brothers 2

When Data's creator, Dr. Noonien Soong (Brent Spiner), triggers a homing command in the android, Data hijacks the Starship Enterprise and travels to the lab of his cyberneticist "father." Data's evil twin brother Lore (Brent Spiner) is not far behind, and Soong soon tells both androids that he does not have long to live. Soong has created an emotion chip for Data that will allow him to feel, which prompts a jealous outburst from Lore. "Brothers" offers more insight into Data as a character, and once again proves that Data is far more human than even he realizes.

Honorable Mention - Episode 2, "Family"

The always impressive Brent Spiner does triple duty in "Brothers," playing not only Data and Lore but also the elderly Dr. Noonien Soong.


Data's 10 Best TNG & Star Trek Picard Episodes

3 star trek: tng season 5's best: episode 2 - "darmok", "darmok and jalad at tanagra.".

Star Trek TNG Darmok Picard 1

Star Trek: The Next Generation season 5 has some of Captain Picard's finest moments, but "Darmok" shows the captain at his absolute best . In a classic Star Trek premise, Picard is stranded on a planet with the captain of an unknown alien species whose language he cannot understand. As Picard and Captain Dathon (Paul Winfield) struggle to find ways to communicate, they begin to respect and better understand one another . Dathon sacrifices his life for peace and a chance at a future relationship between his people and the Federation. And Picard learns a great deal about himself and his new friend.

Honorable Mention - Episode 25, "The Inner Light"

Although Dathon's species, the Tamarians, are not seen again in TNG, a Tamarian named Kayshon (Carl Tart) has joined Starfleet by the time of Star Trek: Lower Decks, proving that Dathon's sacrifice was not in vane.

2 Star Trek: TNG Season 6's Best: Episode 11 - "Chain of Command, Part 2"

"there are four lights".

Star Trek TNG Chain of Command Part 2 Captain Picard

In one of Star Trek's most brutal and difficult-to-watch episodes, Captain Picard finds himself at the mercy of the particularly cruel Cardassian, Gul Madred (David Warner). The story of Captain Jellico (Ronny Cox) and Commander Riker on the Enterprise has its moments, but "Chain of Command, Part 2" belongs to Patrick Stewart and David Warner . Picard remains strong in the face of torture , but after being rescued, he admits to Counselor Troi that he broke at the very end and saw five lights. As heartbreaking as it is to watch Picard suffer, Patrick Stewart delivers one of his best performances of the series.

Honorable Mention - Episode 15, "Tapestry"

1 Star Trek: TNG Season 7's Best: Episode 25 & 26 - "All Good Things..."

"so, five-card stud, nothing wild. and the sky's the limit.".

In one of Star Trek's best finales , TNG sticks the landing, delivering a final episode that brings the entire series full circle and gives a satisfying conclusion to each character's story. With the return of John de Lancie's always-welcome Q, "All Good Things..." finds Picard jumping through time in yet another test of humanity . Picard eventually succeeds, with some help from Q, saving the galaxy and impressing the Q Continuum. Every character gets a moment to shine in "All Good Things...," and Star Trek: The Next Generation ends on the perfect note, with Captain Picard finally sitting down to a game of poker with his crew.

Honorable Mention - Episode 15, "Lower Decks"

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