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Star Trek is an American media franchise based on the science fiction television series created by Gene Roddenberry. The first television series, simply called Star Trek and now referred to as "The Original Series", debuted in 1966 and aired for three seasons on NBC. It followed the interstellar adventures of Captain James T. Kirk (William Shatner) and his crew aboard the starship USS Enterprise, a space exploration vessel built by the United Federation of Planets in the 23rd century. The Star Trek canon includes The Original Series, an animated series, five spin-off television series, the film franchise, and further adaptations in several media.

In creating Star Trek, Roddenberry was inspired by the Horatio Hornblower novels, the satirical book Gulliver's Travels, and Westerns such as the television series Wagon Train. These adventures continued in the 22-episode Star Trek: The Animated Series and six feature films. Five other television series were eventually produced: Star Trek: The Next Generation follows the crew of a new starship Enterprise, set a century after the original series; Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Star Trek: Voyager are set contemporaneously with The Next Generation, and Enterprise is set before the original series in the early days of human interstellar travel. The most recent Star Trek TV series, entitled Star Trek: Discovery, aired exclusively on the digital platform CBS All Access. The adventures of The Next Generation crew continued in four additional feature films. In 2009, the film franchise underwent a "reboot" set in an alternate timeline, or "Kelvin Timeline," entitled simply Star Trek. This film featured a new cast portraying younger versions of the crew from the original show; their adventures were continued in Star Trek Into Darkness (2013). Its sequel, Star Trek Beyond (2016), was released to coincide with the franchise's 50th anniversary.

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Patrick Stewart portrayed Captain Jean-Luc Picard
"Lessons" is the 19th episode of the sixth season of the science fiction television series Star Trek: The Next Generation and was originally aired on April 5, 1993 in broadcast syndication. Directed by Robert Wiemer, the episode was written by Ron Wilkerson and Jean Louise Matthias, with uncredited revisions by René Echevarria. The series follows the adventures of the crew of the Starfleet starship Enterprise. In this episode, Captain Picard's (Patrick Stewart) shared love of music with Lt. Commander Nella Daren (Wendy Hughes) leads to romance. After sending her on a dangerous mission which results in her death being incorrectly reported, he realises that he is incapable of carrying out a relationship with someone under his command. The episode saw a reprisal of Picard’s flute which had been introduced in the fifth season episode "The Inner Light". Stand-ins were used to perform the pieces by Picard and Daren, which required the use of close-up camera angles by the director. "Lessons" featured a variety of pieces of classical music, including works by Ludwig van Beethoven and Johann Sebastian Bach. The episode was received warmly by critics reviewing it after the end of the series, who praised by the performances of Hughes and Stewart.

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The Borg Assimilator in 2007.
Nighthawk, is a flying roller coaster in California's Great America which originally opened as Stealth on April 1, 2000. It was subsequently decided to re-locate the roller coaster, and it was moved to Carowinds in South Carolina where it replaced the Carolina Sternwheeler Riverboat. It reopened on March 20, 2004 as the Borg Assimilator having been repainted grey and green - the first coaster in the world to be themed for the Star Trek franchise. The intention was to allow the riders to have an unobstructed view of the surrounding theme park. The track is 2,760 feet (840 m) in length and the height of the lift is approximately 115 feet (35 m). The coaster takes 48 passengers at a time, with each of the two trains carrying 24 passengers across six cars each. The coaster includes five inversions, including a double corkscrew and a vertical loop. An incident occurred in 2007 when seven employees received minor injuries during a pre-season run. After Cedar Fair purchased the park, the Paramount theming was removed, with the coaster renamed to Nighthawk and repainted prior to the 2008 season. The coaster is one of only three Flying Dutchman models in existence which were built by Vekoma.

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Robert O'Reilly in 2013

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