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Star Trek
Star Trek TOS
Name Star Trek
Mentioned In All the Best Cowboys Have Daddy Issues, Born to Run, Everybody Hates Hugo
Genre Science Fiction
Created by Gene Roddenberry
Seasons 3
Episodes 80 (Including pilot)
Running Time 51 minutes
Channel NBC
Original Run 1966-1969
Starring William Shatner
Leonard Nimoy
DeForrest Kelley
Nichelle Nichols
James Doohan
George Takei
Walter Koenig

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Star Trek, or Star Trek: The Original Series, as it is referred to distinguish it from other Star Trek series or films, was an American science fiction television series that aired from September 8, 1966 to September 2, 1969. In all, 79 episodes were produced before the series was canceled by NBC, the network that broadcast first-run episodes of the show. Despite its relatively short run in network televison, Star Trek developed a strong cult following while being broadcast in syndication, which spawned numerous television, film, novel and video game spin offs and adaptations. Star Trek: The Original Series itself has achieved iconic status, and is often referred to as a piece of Americana. It remains one of the most influential science fiction productions in the history of the medium, in terms of both influence on the genre itself as well as on American culture as a whole.


Star Trek is set in the 23rd century aboard the Starship Enterprise, and follows the adventures and exploits of its crew during its five-year mission of exploration. Led by Captain James T. Kirk (William Shatner), his first officer, the half-Vulcan, half-human Mr. Spock (Leonard Nimoy), and his chief medical officer Dr. Leonard McCoy (DeForrest Kelley), the crew of the Enterprise traverse the galaxy in hopes of making first contact with new species and discovering new galactic phenomena in the name of Starfleet and the United Federation of Planets. The show's opening narrative, provided by William Shatner, summarizes the ship and crew's mission statement:

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.

Other prominent members of the crew included are the ship's chief engineer, Lieutenant Commander Montgomery Scott (James Doohan), chief communications officer Lieutenant Uhura (Nichelle Nichols), helmsman Lieutenant Hikaru Sulu (George Takei), and navigator and tactical officer Ensign Pavel Chekov (Walter Koenig).


In All the Best Cowboys Have Daddy Issues, while searching for Claire and Charlie, Boone began to tie red pieces of cloth to trees along their path, in order for him and Locke to be able to find their way back to the beach. While doing this, Boone asks Locke if he had ever watched Star Trek. When Locke responded that he hadn't, Boone said "The crew guys that would go down to the planet with the main guys, the captain and the guy with the pointy ears, they always wore red shirts. And they always got killed." To which Locke answered that it sounded like they had a "piss poor captain". Interestingly enough, Boone (the one with the red shirt) later died while being led by Locke (the captain, of sorts). The term "redshirt" has also been used in the LOST fan community to describe background survivors of Flight 815.

In Born to Run, Sawyer calls Jin "Sulu". This is an obvious reference to the Star Trek character Sulu, and Sawyer's apparent insensitivity to different Asian cultures (The character of Sulu, as well as the actor who portrays him, is Japanese-American, while Jin is Korean).

In Everybody Hates Hugo, Sawyer makes reference to a famous Star Trek line of dialog when he asks, "What are you going to do -- beam us up?". This is in reference to the famous "Beam me up, Scotty" quote attributed to Star Trek. This is despite the fact that this exact phrase was never spoken in the show, and only variations of it have been heard on screen.

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