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Origins & Analysis

First Pilot

Welcome to the web's only complete reference to Assignment: Earth (Æ) .

This episode of the original Star Trek was intended to spin off into a series of its own.

Thanks to everyone who has written in. Your comments are always appreciated. This site first appeared on the net in 1998 – this is the seventh major revision – and its growth is due, in part, to those people who wrote in and said, "Hey, did you know…?" Well, no, no I didn't, but now I do, and thanks for your help. If you have info, please feel free to @ me.

– Scott Dutton

The Original Pilot Script : November 14, 1966

Gene Roddenberry developed the first version of Æ as he worked on Star Trek 's first season, and pitched it to Desilu in a 47-page script.

Gary Seven is a man sent back in time from the 24th century, the only Earth man to ever survive the transit. His goal is to defeat the Omegans, a race of shape-changing aliens who have sent agents back in time to change Earth's history so they can defeat Earth in the future. Harth and Isis would be the primary Omegan antagonists. Roberta Hornblower is described as she appeared in the final episode, but as a 20 year old.

Seven's cover in the 1960s is The -7- Agency, a private investigations firm. We meet Roberta as she enters the office looking for Mister Seven. The gadgets from the final episode are here, including the servo, and a pair of working x-ray glasses. She sits down at the typewriter to leave him a note. Roberta had nearly been killed by a falling chunk of a building, and had been pushed out of the way by a woman who instead died. The woman looked very much like her, and Roberta found Seven's address on her body.

Seven and Roberta meet and come into conflict with Isis and Harth, setting up the series' premise. After their initial adventure together involving going back in time to reset a mishap and Roberta transporting instantly around to different locations, Seven tells Roberta he needs an assistant.

The Series Proposal : December 5, 1967

While developing the script, they also generated a 13-page series proposal.

Now conceived of as a Star Trek spin-off pilot, the new Æ had Roddenberry and Wallace selling themselves as individuals respected in the business who were teaming up for the series. They made the clear distinction that while futuristic like Trek , Æ would be set against modern-day 1968.

One of Roddenberry's strengths and benefits was to go to specialised individuals and organisations (like NASA) and ask them, "What if?" By going outside entertainment circles, he gave his work a depth and credibility that became a model for a better-informed process.

Some of the connecting-the-dots promotion of the series' ideas to already known commercial quantities is a bit funny to read now. Having done enough creative briefs and seeing the tell-tale signs in this proposal, I get the feeling studio execs have the same thought processes as other businessmen.

The First-Draft Trek Script : December 4–20, 1967

In the middle of Star Trek 's second season, Roddenberry and writer Art Wallace reworked the Æ premise:

"Assignment: Earth is interesting in a sense," Wallace points out, "because I had gone to Paramount and pitched a series idea to them. They had said that Gene Roddenberry had come up with a very similar idea. So I saw Gene and we decided to pool the idea, which was about a man from tomorrow who takes care of the present on Earth. That was intended to be the pilot, although it was never made into a series. It was a good pilot and it's a shame, because I think if they had done it as a series with just Gary Seven, it would have been a very successful show." Source: Captain's Logs: The Unauthorized Complete Trek Voyages.

There were some differences from the final episode in this version:

No black cat! Isis – either human or feline – is nowhere to be seen.

Gary Seven's transporter beam came from even farther across the galaxy than it did in the episode.

After Seven was confined in the Enterprise brig, he revealed his mission to Dr. McCoy, turning the tables on Bones by asking him to think like a doctor, not a mechanic.

Roberta London, recruited by Mr. Seven, was beamed up to the Enterprise for interrogation. The frightened Roberta was soothed by Uhura, who reassured her that she was still among Earth people.

About 30–50 per cent of the Seven-Lincoln-Isis story is not developed yet. It feels much more like a Trek episode with Seven and Lincoln as guest stars, instead of the back-door pilot it became. A lot of re-writing was done over the holidays by Art Wallace to deliver the episode we know.

The Final-Draft Trek Script : January 1, 1968

Notable changes from the final-draft script to the produced episode include:

The supplemental Captain's log which immediately follows Seven's capture where Kirk describes "A man in a 20th-century business suit. What is he? Not even Spock's…etc." was not in this script.

In the briefing room, a line by Spock is cut:

Spock: Medi-scanners indicate it is a cat, Captain. Female… as we've seen, remarkably intelligent…

McCoy was to enter the briefing room scene earlier, with Kirk showing impatience with him to report.

Just before the Beta 5 says, "In response to nuclear warhead…" an exchange between Seven and the Beta 5 is cut:

Seven: Computer, how much longer? Beta 5: Useless questions will only prolong search. Seven: Are you a one-relay machine? Clear a circuit; describe present mission of agents 201 and 347.

Immediately following Seven saying, "That's the same kind of nonsense that almost destroyed planet Omicron IV," a line has been cut:

Seven: Balance of power won't work. The other side will launch still more, they'll end up with the sky full of H-bombs waiting for just one mistake.

The scene where we first see Roberta Lincoln was scripted to include Kirk and Spock in the background, following her. In the episode we see Roberta make a comedic entrance, and Kirk and Spock travel the same sidewalk a few minutes later.

When Seven poses as a CIA agent to Roberta, some of the dialogue was softened to make it a more friendly exchange. Originally, it was to be more combative, as it was in the first part of this scene.

After Seven transports out from his vault, the scene with Kirk, Spock and Roberta has been restructured. The three were scripted to come into Seven's private office together, they weren't aware of the vault transporter, and it was Spock who found the map of McKinley Base. In the episode, Kirk rushes into the office alone, sees the vault close before he can reach it, and brings the map back out to Spock and Roberta in the outer office.

During the scene with Sergeant Lipton phoning in the security check on Seven, Isis was scripted to be following Seven. Knowing cats, this was most likely impossible to accomplish on set, and so Seven carried Isis and the unscripted line for Seven to put down the cat was necessary to have her under foot to finish the scene as written.

Seven and Isis on the gantry arm is unscripted, though what they're doing is detailed. As written, Seven and Isis walk out of the elevator in one scene, and in the next Seven is removing the panel. Perhaps Wallace did not describe the exact environment because he knew that it would depend on matching the stock footage supplied by NASA with the sets that Desilu would build in response, and that happened after the scripting process was completed.

The cigar box Roberta uses to konk Seven in the back of the head was originally scripted to be a heavy art object. Given Teri Garr whacked Robert Lansing with the small padded box hard enough for the actor to see stars, it's probably just as well.

The call from Scotty to Kirk about all powers being on alert was scripted for Spock earlier in the scene.

Roberta was to lower the servo on her own, rather than having Seven intervene. As shot, the scene works better, building trust between Seven and Kirk.

Roberta's plea to Kirk, "He's telling the truth." was to have another piece:

Roberta: A woman feels things about a man. Spock: A point against him, Captain. They are usually 100 per cent wrong.

Probably a good idea to have excised all that.

Kirk says, "Spock, if you can't handle it I'm going to have to trust him." As scripted:

Kirk (agony): Spock, it's all mankind at stake. No man should have to make this decision.

During the wrap-up, a whole piece of the scene was removed:

Kirk (glancing at Roberta): One other thing is needed to maintain history as it is supposed to go, Mr. Seven. A permanent secretary. (indicates) Our historical records indicate that one Roberta Lincoln resided at this address many years. Roberta: 'Resided'? Now wait just one minute, friend… Seven: Living here will be no threat to your 20th century moral code, Miss Lincoln… Seven: It's a separate adjoining apartment which was leased for Agent 201… You'd find it quite luxurious…

Much of this happens while Roberta is looking at the human Isis, and as such, it probably didn't work because everyone else's attention was on Roberta and they would have seen Isis too.

After the "Simply my cat, Miss Lincoln" gag, Roberta's living arrangement dialogue continues:

Seven: Can you use the apartment? It would be convenient for the new agents to have a secretary nearby. Seven (to Kirk): I expect to be replaced shortly. Your record tapes showed other names listed at this address. (waits, then frowning) They did, didn't they, Captain? Kirk: I'm afraid we can't tell you everything we've learned, Mr. Seven. (glancing at Roberta, back at Seven) It might change history if you knew too much.

The line Spock says about "interesting experiences in store for Seven and Lincoln" is absent from the script, and was most likely used to replace the longer explanation for a quicker and cleaner wrap up, and perhaps to leave things more open ended for how Æ might eventually be produced.

"Assignment: Earth" aired as the last episode of Star Trek 's second season. It failed to generate interest, and the series never materialised.

Roads Untaken : 2013

gary seven star trek episode

Adam Riggio Ï is a writer/philosopher, and he created a series of posts for his blog on his version of an Æ series. Fascinating stuff.

Available as a PDF above.

VHS

The episode has been released as part of the numerous video series by Paramount/CBS. The remastered version can also be purchased as a download through iTunes Ï and Amazon Ï . The trailer is below.

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The first servo appears to be the original prop. The antennae are curved and the knurled rings are flush with the barrel. It has a chromed finish.

The second is a typical replica made for the collectors' market. The antennae are straight and the knurled rings are raised.

The last is from the Star Trek Experience in Las Vegas, and is a third version of the servo.

Map and IDs

McKinley Rocket Base Map

Courtesy of Michael Davis, fantastic re-creations of the map to McKinley Rocket Base and Gary Seven's IDs. (For personal use only.)

Roberta's Dress

It was very bright

Roberta Lincoln's distinctive dress was a sore spot for actress Teri Garr. The dress' hemline started out being more modest, but the powers-that-be kept that hem rising until it was almost a micro skirt instead of a mini.

"This dress was important since it was worn by the Roberta Lincoln character, who was intended to be the co-star of a new television series. The mid Sixties are reflected visually whenever Roberta appears. The colours and material [William Ware] Theiss used for this dress, although mildly psychedelic, are really quite mainstream for the time." Source: The Star Trek Sketchbook: The Original Series .

Set Blueprints

Seven's Office

This started out as me wanting to re-create the set plans for the episode and it quickly got out of hand. The script called for an attached apartment Roberta would live in, so that was next. And with Seven and Isis remaining on Earth, they'd need more space.

Available as a PDF above, with layer control to focus on different details.

Behind-the-Scenes Info

Star Trek Giant Poster Book 9

Adaptations

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James Blish adapted the episode as one of the stories included in the Star Trek 3 anthology. In his version, the Trek characters dominate. When I came to do mine, I went in the opposite direction, writing the story from Seven, Isis, and Lincoln's point of view, leaving out the Trek crew's scenes which didn't include the Æ characters.

Both are available as ebooks above in ePUB (iBooks, etc.) and KF8/MOBI (Kindle) formats.

Star Trek 3

The original series episodes were adapted into short story form by noted science fiction author James Blish ( Cities in Flight , etc.), with Æ appearing in the third volume.

The three novels have been authored by Greg Cox. While one might hope for an Æ project that isn't tied to Trek , we'll take what we can get. Assignment: Eternity is fun and involved, and we get to see a possible outcome for the team of Seven and Lincoln.

The Eugenics Wars pair open in 1974. Gary Seven watches with growing concern as the children of a top secret human genetic engineering project called Chrysalis grow to adulthood. In particular, he focuses on a brilliant youth named Khan Noonien Singh. Can Khan's dark destiny be averted, or is Earth doomed to fight a global battle for supremacy?

The Strange New Worlds series is an annual collection of fan fiction. Each of these volumes contains a story with Gary Seven as a major or supporting character.

Star Trek 49

Beginning in the 1980s, DC Comics held the licence to publish Star Trek comic books. Previous publishers included Gold Key and Marvel Comics. However, DC produced a consistent, high-quality product, and the books remain fan favourites.

To celebrate the 50th issue of Star Trek , they decided to bring back Gary Seven. An interesting story, it adds some new elements to his tale.

The trade paperback collects Star Trek 22–24 with Harry Mudd, and 49–50 with Gary Seven and Isis.

Star Trek Assignment: Earth 1

Veteran comic book artist and writer John Byrne Ï produced a five-issue mini series (also collected in trade paperback) which showed his version of what an independent Æ series might have been like.

Alternate Credits

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These credits sequences were made by Andy Patterson Ï and friends, and are ideas for a non- Trek opening for Æ . They combine episode footage with new pieces.

Video Vignette

This video – with Roberta Lincoln and the Beta Five desk cube – was made by The Outer Rim Ï (formerly Star Trek Anthology).

It has been a number of months since Miss Roberta Lincoln has been working for Agent Gary Seven. Her duties have tended to consist of 90 per cent boredom, 10 per cent chaos. In this vignette, we get a glimpse of that 90 per cent, but all of that is about to change…

Mego Action Figures

Mego Gary Seven, Roberta Lincoln and Isis

These fantastic custom figures were made by James "Captain Dunsel" Brady and are featured on his Mego Madhouse Ï website.

Playmates Action Figures

Playmates Seven, Lincoln, Isis and Beta 5

Here's another set of nicely-done custom figures. Seven, Lincoln, Isis and the Beta 5 done in the style of the Playmates line by customiser Matthew Hackley Ï . And check out the Sixties orange shag carpet.

These photos and info come courtesy of James Sawyer's A Piece of the Action Ï blog.

Episode Poster

CBS commissioned Juan Ortiz Ï to create an original print for each Star Trek episode.

Trading Cards

Gold Plaque Card G55 (front)

Robert Lansing

The Great God Brown

Robert Lansing had already established himself as a stage, movie and television actor in leading roles when Gene Roddenberry asked him to appear in this back-door pilot. In the interview below, he speaks about his Assignment: Earth experience, and the bio goes into detail on his entire career.

Join the Robert Lansing group on facebook Ï . Ï , created and maintained by Paige Schoolcraft. -->Lansing also has IMDB Ï and Wikipedia Ï entries.

1989 Interview

Approached by Gene Roddenberry to guest star as Gary Seven in "Assignment: Earth," Robert Lansing at first refused. "At the time," he confides, "Gene was a good friend, but I was a New York snob actor, come out to Hollywood. Many folks in my self-perceived position didn't do Star Trek because it was considered a kid's show, or a young show at any rate. Gene said, 'I'm writing this for you and we can play with it. It might be a series.' He said, 'Well, you don't have to, but just do this one thing for me.' So, I did. It was a damn good script and a lot of fun. "What Gene had done," Lansing continues, "was to go to futurists and scientists and ask them what advanced societies out in space might do towards more primitive societies like ours. "One of the futurists said that they would probably kidnap children from various planets, take them to their superior civilisation, raise them, teach and enlighten them, and then put them back as adults to lead their worlds in more peaceful ways. That was the idea behind Gary Seven. "The fun with that show," he discloses, "was working with the cats." With obvious pleasure, Lansing confesses that whenever he meets fans, he always asks them, "What was the name of my cat?" "We had three black cats. That was because in those days, the theory was that you couldn't train cats. Cats would have a certain propensity: One would like somebody, would want to follow them around, so that day, you would release the cat that would probably do what you wanted it to do. One of the cats took a great liking to me. It was always loose on the set when I was working, so it happened that the stuff on the rocket gantry was all ad lib. I would say something like, 'Isis, come on, you're getting in the way. You know, there is a bit of a hurry. This is not the time to be jealous.' We added meows in later." Not a practical joker himself, Lansing confirms that the Star Trek set was still full of fun and pranks. "William Shatner and I would get mixed up and start 'camping' a scene," he remembers. "We did plenty of outtakes." Of his fellow guest, Teri Garr, Lansing recalls, "She hadn't had much experience then, but she had this kooky personality that certainly worked. Gene saw that very early on and dressed her for it and worked her with it. "She had a terrible time with this bit where she had to hit me with a box and knock me out. It was a small box and it was padded, just a box. She was so nervous that finally I said, 'Teri, hit me.' And she gave me such a clobber that she nearly did knock me out. Gene said it didn't look right and we had to do it again. "I was never asked to do another episode. That was my Star Trek swan song. "It turned out, though, that I'm better remembered for Star Trek than any of the Broadway plays I've done," he says with a bemused smile. Source: Starlog 149. The full interview can be read by clicking on the thumbnail above.

The following biography was written by Jeanne DeVore Ï , who was kind enough to grant me permission to reprint it here. It was written as a tribute and to help raise money for cancer research Ï .

Robert Lansing was born Robert Howell Brown on June 5, 1928, in San Diego, California, and died October 23rd, 1994 in New York of the cancer he had been suffering from for some time. His career spanned more than a generation, in film, on stage, and on television.

Born at the dawn of the Great Depression, Robert Lansing's early years were spent traveling around the country with his salesman father. When he was nine, he snuck under a loose flap into a visiting tent show in Texas and fell in love with the make-believe world of the theatre. Determined to become an actor, he volunteered for his grammar-school play, and immediately began driving himself with total commitment.

Back in California a few years later, he kept polishing the dream, appearing in every amateur theatrical he could. He dropped out of high school to enlist in the army, served his two years, and started hitchhiking from Los Angeles to Broadway.

Stopping in Fort Wayne, Indiana to visit an aunt, he became an actor with a local civic theatre group, a radio announcer, and a teen-age husband. Two years later, the Lansings took off for New York. Using his GI Bill benefits, Robert enrolled at the American Theatre Wing's dramatic school.

These were lean years, as he struggled to make a living. He and his first wife divorced, and he married actress Emily McLaughlin (best known as nurse Jessie Brewer in General Hospital ).

Soon after, their fortunes changed. Cast as the psychiatrist in Tennessee Williams' Suddenly Last Summer , Robert Lansing was named one of that season's two best off-Broadway actors (the other was George C. Scott). That success led to his first Hollywood TV part in Alcoa Presents .

His first Broadway role was in 1948 in Stalag 17 , and his first feature film was 1959's The 4-D Man . His career encompassed all genres, though he was well-known to science fiction fans through his appearances in cult films like Empire of the Ants , and his appearance as Gary Seven in the Star Trek episode "Assignment: Earth."

Lansing's television work won him critical acclaim, if not financial success. Of his role as Detective Steve Carella in the series 87th Precinct (based on the books), author Ed McBain was reported as saying, "He is Carella." And his replacement as the lead in the series 12 O'Clock High caused a great deal of furor. TV Guide critic Cleveland Amory, who liked to refer to himself as a curmudgeon, wrote, "Make no mistake about it. Robert Lansing is magnificent."

Robert Lansing's final television role was that of Police Captain Paul Blaisdell, on the series Kung Fu: The Legend Continues . Executive Producer Michael Sloan, who had been friends with Lansing since both men worked together on Sloan's series The Equalizer in the 80s, wrote the part expressly for Lansing, who had already been diagnosed with the cancer which would eventually kill him. Despite failing health, Lansing appeared in almost two dozen episodes during the series' first two seasons. But eventually, the strain became too much. The final episode of the second season "wrote out" the character of Blaisdell, though left the door open for his return, should Lansing's health rally. As it was, the episode "Retribution," filmed in February of 1994, was Lansing's final appearance. It aired a month after Lansing's death and was dedicated to his memory.

Robert Lansing was survived by his wife, Anne, and two children from previous marriages: Robert Frederick Orin Lansing and Alyiki Lansing West.

Biographical information source: "The General Died at Dusk," Jerry D Lewis, TV Guide , May 15, 1965. The full interview can be read by clicking on the thumbnail above.

Pajama Party

Teri Garr started off as a dancer, but it was this early acting appearance as Roberta Lincoln that set her on her future path.

After Assignment: Earth , Teri Garr went on to become a star. Her films include Young Frankenstein , Close Encounters of the Third Kind and Tootsie . She also played Phoebe's mom on Friends . In 2002, she went public with her battle with multiple sclerosis.

Garr's IMDB Ï and Wikipedia Ï entries.

1991 Interview

In a 1991 interview, Teri Garr expressed a negative opinion of her Star Trek experience:

Teri Garr appeared in "Assignment: Earth". However, Garr responds, "I have nothing to say about it. I did that years ago and I mostly denied I ever did it." She does admit that she would have been in the TV series that the episode was a pilot for, but it didn't sell. "Thank god," she says with genuine relief. "Otherwise, all I would get would be Star Trek questions for the rest of my natural life – and probably my unnatural life. You ever see those people who are Star Trek fans? The same people who go to swap meets." How about Marc Daniels, who directed that episode? "He's dead. I liked Gene Roddenberry, but I don't remember those people. I really don't want to talk about Star Trek . That's what I told them about this interview. If it's a science fiction magazine, they're going to ask me about this stuff I don't—" She breaks off abruptly. So much for that line of inquiry. Source: Starlog 173.

2005 Autobiography

In her 2005 autobiography, Garr took a more neutral position:

And then I got my first big break as an actress. A friend in my acting class told me that they were casting a guest role on Star Trek .… This role was supposed to spin off into its own series – Assignment: Earth . It was going to be tough to get an audition – all the big agents were clamouring to get their clients seen, and my agent wasn't in that league.… Luckily my friend from acting class had an in and helped me get through the door. I never thought I would get the part because I was still really just a dancer.… I had no real credibility as an actress.… Then I read the script and saw that in the first scene my character was flustered because she was late. I thought: Well, I'm always late. I can do late. After I did the reading they asked me to come in for a screen test. I'd never had a screen test before! They cut my hair short and put me in front of a camera. They had me turn in a circle very slowly. Then they asked me easy questions.… I was overjoyed to be having a screen test. I didn't dare hope I'd get any further, but the next thing I knew, they were calling me to appear on set. I was dizzy with joy – and that dizziness helped me get into character. …Had the spin-off succeeded, I would have continued on as an earthling agent, working to preserve humanity.… But it was not to be. Source: Speedbumps: Flooring It Through Hollywood .

April Tatro

Assignment: Earth

A number of Trek -related sites – including this one – previously identified Victoria Vetri as the human version of Isis. Turns out we were mistaken. Thanks to the folks at The Trek Files podcast Ï , we now know that contortionist/actress April Tatro played Isis.

Of her cameo in “Assignment: Earth,” she said, “I’d never had so much attention in all my life.”

In addition to her role on Trek , Tatro appeared in Laugh-In , Wonder Woman , Big Top Pee Wee , as well as other films and TV shows.

Tatro's IMDB Ï entry.

This could be Sambo

Courtesy of collector William McCullars Ï , an NBC press release dating from the original broadcast names Sambo as the cat who played Isis.

According to Robert Lansing:

"We had three black cats. That was because in those days, the theory was that you couldn't train cats. Cats would have a certain propensity: One would like somebody, would want to follow them around, so that day, you would release the cat that would probably do what you wanted it to do. One of the cats took a great liking to me. It was always loose on the set when I was working, so it happened that the stuff on the rocket gantry was all ad lib. I would say something like, 'Isis, come on, you're getting in the way. You know, there is a bit of a hurry. This is not the time to be jealous.' We added meows in later." Source: Starlog 149. The full interview can be read by clicking on the thumbnail in the Robert Lansing section.

I think it's safe to say that it was Sambo he developed the working relationship with.

Roddenberry's 1970s Pilots

Genesis II Script

In between the original Star Trek series and Star Trek Phase II (which would become Star Trek - The Motion Picture in 1979), Roddenberry tried to sell three concepts as ongoing series: Genesis II/Planet Earth , The Questor Tapes and Spectre . All three had their merits.

Sources: Some materials courtesy of John Fraraccio and Frank Stone.

Assignment: Earth , Star Trek and all prominent characters are © & ® CBS Studios Inc. Ï All Rights Reserved. Beta Five source render © Geoffrey Edwards Ï . Design and original material © Scott Dutton Ï , who is in no way affiliated with CBS Studios Inc., but would consider any offers.

In 1968, at the end of the second season of Star Trek the Original Series, Gene Roddenberry, seeing the writing on the wall when the show was about to be canceled (before the famed letter writing campaign that brought it back for a third season) wrote an episode finale called Assignment: Earth that he hoped would be a spin off for a new series of the same name. It was ingeniously centered around a character that the crew of the Enterprise comes in contact with who is essentially James Bond from outer space.

The character, played by Robert Lansing, was called Gary Seven. (It took me years to see the correlation with 007 -- I know...it really it did. I wonder if it was subconscious on Roddenberry's part. Surely not. It seems too obvious now.) At any rate, Seven was a human whose ancestors had been plucked from Earth thousands of years ago, brought to another planet to train for generations until this time in Earth history. The product of all this training was Supervisor 194 -- codename Gary Seven. And as he said, he was here at "the most critical time in Earth's history." He was here to help us poor dumb humans from blowing ourselves up and such.

Mr. Seven had a black cat named Isis, his companion,we find out is more than she seems. Also, In her first TV appearance, a young Teri Garr as his, 60's youth point of view, nice to look at, bit of a comedic foil, assistant. And a whole arsenal of gadgets and devices that the Star Trek episode cleverly displays within the confines of a single episode. In fact the episode cleverly and efficiently introduces all the key players and premise of this new show while leaving the viewer wanting the answers to many more intriguing unanswered questions.

Among these gadgets was a powerful computer with artificial intelligence known as the Beta5 computer (voiced by Barbara Babcock -- who also did the growls and meows for Isis the cat). There was a little green cube that was a tie in device to this computer when he was away from it that seems to be the worlds first PDA or Blackberry. A far out hidden wall safe bank vault served as his transporter device to go carry out missions. And I think the coolest device of all -- a Servo. The Servo looked like a silver fountain pen but was really a catch all device for anything he might need in any given circumstance. James Bond had Q to make and introduce the latest gadget to him that he ironically just happened to have a use for in every James Bond movie. The servo, we see in the Star Trek episode is a weapon that can be set on a groovy neutralizing effect that sedated victims. It could do all variations in between and up to a setting of kill. It was also demonstrated to be a lock pick and it was inferred to be a remote control for other devices too. In the recent Star Trek novels that have utilized the Gary Seven character it is extrapolated (and really a logical progression/assumption) that it was also a communication device, a flashlight, and it activated Seven's transporter to retrieve him when the mission was done. It was a major cool spy gadget. I want one when Master Replicas comes out with it.

This show was primed perfectly for the 60's. It was the height of the fascination with all things Bond; with gadgets and gadgetry. Admittedly and unapologetically there was a certain amount of chauvinism, style and sensibility that I think would have worked to make this show unique just in this time period. Also in the 60's the imagination of things to come and the understanding of technology (or lack of knowledge of what was possible) of the times that could have really made this show unique. I really think this show would have worked best in the 60's. Although if Paramount wants to update it I hope they consider doing it in a retro 60's type of way.

Now we come to why this site exist.

Late one night in Feb (05) I was up at 3:00 in the morning. It was the middle of the work week, I was beat and still couldn't sleep. I got up as to not wake the woman with my stirrings and went in and sat at the computer. I typed Gary Seven into Google for whatever reason. I noticed lot's of references and sites discussing the character. I had long thought, along with my brothers and friends what a cool episode that was and what a cool show it could have been had it been picked up. As I sat there sleepy eyed at 3:00 in the morning I thought all the things outlined above. The 60's was really the only time it could have been done right,...sensibilities of the time...all things Bond...cool gadgets...and then it hit me like a bolt of lightning.

"What a cool theme song it would have had!"

That really was the impetus. Having kind of been a student of TV themes and movie music...I thought "Wow." "Who would have written it?" "Dave Grusin (Baretta, theme)?" "John Williams (Lost in Space, Time Tunnel, themes and killer incidental music...check out those old Lost in Space sometime)?" "Stu Phillips (The Monkees, incidental music, Battlestar Galactica theme)?" "Gerry Goldsmith(Twilight Zone, incidental music)?" "Elmer Bernstein (Magnificent 7, Ghostbusters)?" I knew that given the times and the subject matter it would have been super cool. Let's face it...the theme song and opening credits of some shows have elevated TV shows in the minds of viewers and vaulted them to legendary cult status. A mediocre show can be made fun and faddish by a good opening theme. A good show is made a classic by a great opening theme. I'm convinced that's why I watched some shows as a kid that I hated like Cagney and Lacey. I wanted to hear Ernie Watts multiple sax lines of that show's theme. It's always to me, about the theme song.

I would have watched The Incredible Hulk anyway because I was a Marvel Comics fan and a fan of Bill Bixby, however it just wouldn't have been the same show without Joe Harnell's sad piano theme called "The Lonely Man" at the end of each show.

This to me this is crucial. The music.

For the next few days I was consumed by this notion of a theme song for a show that never was. Ideas just came popping through my head all day at work. "What would this song have sounded like?" I decided, "I'll write one myself."

For the next three days I wrote one theme song a day. I actually have four versions but settled on just two. The first was more of an espionage "Man From Uncle", "Mission Impossible" style theme. Seven was slick looking, to the point; a cool customer in a suit and tie. I tried to write something appropriate to that approach to the show. That cold war feel. This version's credits would have been very straight forward, with pictures of armies and bombs, explosions, action sequences with perhaps some of the above mentioned soldiers, and of course all the gizmos Seven has at his disposal.

Then I thought, since it was apparent to me they were trying to sell Lansing's as a cool looking playboy type towards the end of the Assignment: Earth episode with his groovy red turtle neck and white sweater then I'd write another theme that was more jazzy or playboyish. In this version the opening credits might show Seven and Roberta in a casino (for some reason if you're a spy you have to go to a casino at least once) with a rolling roulette wheel and drinks flowing, maybe show Teri Garr on the slope of a ski resort, more action sequences and again scenes of all the gizmos Seven has at his disposal.

These are my two approaches to a theme as they might have sounded with the show going in two slightly different directions. In each case I tried to write something that sounded appropriate of the genre and something that might come out of 1968.

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WARNING: The following contains spoilers for Star Trek: Picard Season 2, Episode 5, "Fly Me to the Moon," streaming now on Paramount+.

With Star Trek: Picard Season 2 leaving Jean-Luc Picard and his crew scrambling to restore the timeline after it was tampered with by the omnipotent Q , La Sirena traveled back to Los Angeles 2024. Learning that a mysterious figure known as the Watcher was their best hope for preserving human history, Picard sought them out, with the Guinan of this time period facilitating their meeting. And upon introducing himself to the Watcher, Picard learns they hold a similar role to forgotten Star Trek: The Original Series character Gary Seven, continuing the show's trend of being inspired by -- and celebrating -- Star Trek history .

Meeting with the Watcher after they guide Picard to a portal through the use of a series of temporary host bodies, Picard is surprised when the enigmatic figure takes on the form of Picard's Romulan friend Laris from the 25th century. The Watcher explains that they are in charge of ensuring the natural flow of Earth's history progresses as planned, with time-travelers like Picard being held under intense suspicion for intruding in on the timeline. Picard observes that this makes the Watcher hold a similar role to Gary Seven, aware of his 20th century encounter with Captain James T. Kirk and his crew on their own time-travel mission.

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Gary Seven was introduced in the TOS Season 2 finale "Assignment: Earth," which saw the crew of the USS Enterprise travel back to 1968 for historical research of the time period. Gary Seven's arrival on the 20th century Earth is intercepted by the Enterprise , with him eventually identified with a human traveling back from the 24th century. Gary Seven is assigned to ensure the flow of history progresses as planned on Earth after his two predecessors are killed in a traffic accident. Raised on a faraway planet in his time, Gary Seven works for that planet's unseen time-keeping agency along with feline companion Isis and human assistant Roberta Lincoln, from a New York City office loaded with advanced tech.

Gary Seven and his supporting characters were intended to star in their own spinoff series from Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry, with "Assignment: Earth" serving as a backdoor pilot episode. However, the network passed on picking up the pilot for a full series order, leaving the TOS episode as their sole on-screen appearance. Gary Seven, Roberta and Isis would show up in tie-in Star Trek novels and comic books expanding on their backstory and mission, but the official canonicity of all this ancillary material remains in question.

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The Watcher that Picard encounters in 2024 does not dispute his comparison of them to Gary Seven, suggesting they may be carrying out the same role in safeguarding human history. This suggests that Gary Seven and his associates have left, for reasons unknown, in the 60 years since they encountered Kirk and Spock in Manhattan. This also raises the question of why the Watcher was unable to stop Q's tampering in the first place, before Picard and his friends arrived from the resulting divergent timeline.

The Watcher agrees to help Picard and his friends stop Q from altering history, though more of her capabilities and any other links to Gary Seven remain a mystery. The Watcher has identified Picard's ancestor Renee as Q's target, leaving La Sirena's crew to scramble to protect her from the omnipotent ne'er-do-well's mischief. And now with someone holding the same temporal safeguarding role as Gary Seven on their side, Picard may finally have the edge in ensuring galactic history proceeds as it's supposed to.

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Captain Kirk first encountered Gary Seven on twentieth-century Earth . Now Seven, a time-traveling operative for unknown alien forces, makes a surprise visit to the USS Enterprise . Kirk is on an urgent mission to bring relief to a disaster-ravaged planet, but Seven has an agenda of his own -- and he's not above hijacking the Starship Enterprise and sending it on a perilous journey deep into the heart of the Romulan Empire .

Kirk must dare to trust Gary Seven once again, as he confronts the possibility that the enigmatic stranger may bring death and destruction to Kirk's own era.

Summary [ ]

Romulan Commander Dellas of the Tal Shiar witnesses the failed assassination attempt on the Federation president at the Khitomer conference, then herself assassinates Captain Spock.

After ensuring the success of the Apollo 11 moon landing, Gary Seven is alerted to a disruption of the timeline. He, Isis, and Roberta Lincoln transport themselves through time and space to 2269, the apparent divergence point, aboard the Enterprise .

2269 Stardate 6021.4

The Enterprise, en route to deal with an environmental disaster threatening the Federation colony on Duwamish, intercepts Seven's transporter beam. He insists on Kirk's help in carrying out a vital mission within Romulan space, though he refuses to share any of the details. When Kirk refuses, Seven imbalances the starship's warp engines, creating a wormhole that delivers the vessel deep within the Empire. The ship soon comes under attack by a squadron led by Commander Motak of the Gladiator, and is forced to flee deeper into Romulan space. Sensors detect an uninhabited star system that apparently contains a cloaked planet and Kirk decides to investigate, fearing a secret Romulan base and an incredible Romulan technological advance. The Enterprise hides from the Gladiator within the cloaking field while Kirk, Sulu, and Chekov beam to the surface. Seven escapes from the brig and invites himself on the landing party. Kirk tries to have him returned to the Enterprise, but a force field blocks transporters and communications.

Seven finally shares minimal details of his mission—his contemporary in this area and region, Supervisor 146 (aka Septos), has been discovered and captured by Romulan forces, and plan to use their newfound advanced technology to alter the timeline. The team meets up with Septos' pet/partner, a large sentient feline named Osiris. While Sulu and Chekov create a diversion, Kirk, Seven, and Osiris slip inside the captured base, and Septos escapes from Dellas' intensive interrogation and reach the control center.

In orbit, Spock prepares to abandon the landing party and escape Romulan territory to safeguard the ship and crew, but Roberta uses her superior technology to seize control of the ship. Spock conducts a mind-meld so that both sides can trust each other and learns of his own future assassination, though he convinces Roberta to return control of the ship. The Enterprise departs the cloaking field, drawing the Gladiator away from the planet and ultimately disabling the battlecruiser by tying Roberta's interface cube into a torpedo's sensors. The ship then returns to the planet to rescue the landing party.

Kirk, Seven, and Osiris find Septos just as Dellas beams in and murders him, then Osiris. A firefight ensues, but Dellas wins out by overloading her disruptor and stunning them all. The paranoid Dellas sends her troops away, guarding Kirk and Seven herself until using the transporter to travel to 2293 to kill Spock. Seven sets the base's autodestruct before following her into the future, leaving Kirk to hold off the rest of the Romulan troops. He narrowly succeeds and returns to 2269 moments before the explosion, but Isis, aboard the Enterprise, reconfigures the transporter to rescue everyone from the planet. The base is destroyed, keeping its advanced technology out of Romulan hands, and Spock mind-melds with Dellas and her technologist, Vithrok, to remove all knowledge of the same. Seven repeats his wormhole trick to deliver the Enterprise to Duwamish several days in the past, allowing the crew to complete their vital mission, before returning himself, Isis, and Roberta to 20th century Earth.

References [ ]

Characters [ ], starships and vehicles [ ], locations [ ], races and cultures [ ], states and organizations [ ], ranks and titles [ ], science and technology [ ], other references [ ], appendices [ ], related media [ ].

  • TOS episode Assignment: Earth
  • TOS episode Turnabout Intruder
  • TOS film Star Trek: The Motion Picture
  • TOS film Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country
  • TOS novel The Eugenics Wars : The Rise and Fall of Khan Noonien Singh, Volume 1
  • TOS novel The Eugenics Wars : The Rise and Fall of Khan Noonien Singh, Volume 2
  • TNG episode Unification, Part I
  • TNG episode Unification, Part II
  • TAS episode The Counter-Clock Incident

Background [ ]

  • This novel is a sequel to TOS episode : " Assignment: Earth ".
  • The 2269 sequences take place a week after the events of TOS episode : " Turnabout Intruder " and almost three years after those of TOS episode : " The City on the Edge of Forever ".
  • After the Enterprise was force through a wormhole, Kirk worried that the distance to return could take 75 years. He even thought it could make quite an adventure. This was in reference to Star Trek: Voyager .

20th century references [ ]

  • Roberta Lincoln tells Spock that he reminds her of an extraterrestrial from the science fiction film The Brain Eaters . This is a reference to a real life 1958 film in which Leonard Nimoy made a brief appearance. However, he did not play an alien in the film but a human character named Professor Cole.
  • Roberta refers to Rod Serling , the creator of The Twilight Zone . In real life, William Shatner , Leonard Nimoy , James Doohan and George Takei all made guest appearances on the series, as did numerous other Star Trek actors. She also refers to Mission: Impossible , in which Shatner and Nimoy likewise appeared.
  • Roberta's comment regarding Chekov's resemblance to Davy Jones is an in-joke, referring to the fact that after Walter Koenig was cast in the second season of Star Trek: The Original Series , he was made to look like Jones in order to draw in younger viewers. The ploy worked. [1]
  • The Girl from U.N.C.L.E. WP : Lincoln thinks to herself, "Yeah, that's me. The Girl from U.N.C.L.E."
  • James Bond WP and Mission: Impossible WP : Roberta tells Kirk that Gary Seven "...works on a strictly need-to-know basis, you know? James Bond style. For your eyes only and all that. This tape will self-destruct in five seconds..." Kirk has never heard of the James Bond franchise.

Crossovers [ ]

In addition to merely mentioning TV series and films from the 20th Century, this novel also references several in terms of indicating that they could have analogous events within the Star Trek universe:

  • The Avengers WP : Spock says that Seven and Lincoln contributed to "the defeat of the so-called 'cybernauts' in conjunction with a pair of British intelligence operatives". Lincoln thinks to herself, "I bet Mrs. Peel never has to go poking around under the furniture."
  • Kolchak: The Night Stalker WP and The Questor Tapes WP : Roberta tells Spock, "There was this other time, while we were teamed up with this wise guy reporter from Chicago, when Seven actually sneaked in and out of the Pentagon with the top secret plans for a new type of robot soldier. The Quasar Tapes, or something like that."
  • The Prisoner WP : "All this covert infiltration reminded [Seven] of that time he and Isis had attempted to liberate a former British intelligence agent from the artificial village where he was being held captive as part of an elaborate psychological conditioning experiment. That mission had ended badly, he remembered, primarily because he had underestimated the forces arrayed against them."
  • The Andromeda Strain WP : Spock says that Seven and Lincoln contributed to "the destruction of fourteen deadly biological weapons, including one spaceborn virus".
  • James Bond WP : Seven recalls the time Lincoln "...had outwitted that power-hungry megalomaniac with the white Persian kitten."

Assignment Eternity

  • ↑ Vejvoda, Jim and Phil Pirrello. "Star Trek: The Original Series - Season 2 Review." IGN.com, [1]

Connections [ ]

Timeline [ ], external link [ ].

  • Assignment: Eternity article at Memory Alpha , the wiki for canon Star Trek .
  • 1 Ferengi Rules of Acquisition
  • 2 USS Voyager (NCC-74656-A)
  • 3 Lamarr class

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Robert Lansing

Lansing filmed his scenes between Tuesday 2 January 1968 and Wednesday 10 January 1968 at Desilu Stage 9 , Stage 10 , Paramount Stage 5 and on location at the Paramount lot.

Nonetheless, Lansing was the star of three other series during the 1960s: 87th Precinct in 1961, Twelve O'Clock High in 1964, and The Man Who Never Was (which was produced and directed by John Newland ) in 1966. Of those three, Twelve O'Clock High was the most successful, lasting three seasons (compared to the one season of the other two). However, Lansing left the show after only one year. This series also co-starred fellow Original Series guest actors Sally Kellerman , Lou Antonio , Frank Overton , and Bert Remsen . Just after Twelve O'Clock High , Lansing shot a pilot for a series called The Long Hunt of April Savage which was created by Sam Rolfe and produced by Gene Roddenberry . The unsold pilot also featured Charles Dierkop .

Lansing also made guest appearances in a number of shows, including Bonanza , Gunsmoke , Ironside , Law & Order , The Mod Squad (with Clarence Williams III and Tige Andrews ), Murder, She Wrote , Simon & Simon , Thriller , The Twilight Zone (with Mariette Hartley ), and The Virginian .

In 1983, he starred in Automan . In 1985, he again became part of a regular cast in a TV series, this time as a co-star, on The Equalizer . He remained with this show until its end in 1989. Keith Szarabajka co-starred in this series. Both Lansing and Szarabajka also co-starred in the 1988 Equalizer TV movie called Memories of Manon , which also featured Anthony Zerbe and Mark Margolis .

In 1959, Lansing co-starred with fellow Original Series guest star Lee Meriwether in the science fiction film 4D Man . Guy Raymond also starred in this film. Lansing and Meriwether co-starred again in Namu, the Killer Whale (1966). In 1963, he had a supporting role in the war drama A Gathering of Eagles , which featured Louise Fletcher in an uncredited role. The following year, he appeared in the romantic comedy Under the Yum Yum Tree , which also featured Gloria Calomee and Bill Erwin . In 1971, he co-starred with fellow Original Series alumni Kim Darby , Hal Baylor , and Don Keefer in The Grissom Gang , and in 1977, he co-starred with Joan Collins and Robert Pine in Empire of the Ants . Lansing's other film credits include An Eye for an Eye (1966, with Paul Fix and Clint Howard ), Namu, the Killer Whale (1966, with John Anderson and Lee Meriwether, and featuring a score by Samuel Matlovsky ), and Bittersweet Love (1976, with Gail Strickland ).

Lansing also appeared in a number of made-for-TV movies and specials, including Killer by Night (1972, with Theodore Bikel and Jason Wingreen ), The Astronaut (1972, with Monte Markham , James B. Sikking , and Paul Kent , and written by Harve Bennett ), Crime Club (1975, with David Clennon ), The Deadly Triangle (1977, with Diana Muldaur ), and Bionic Showdown: The Six Million Dollar Man and the Bionic Woman (1989, with Jeff Yagher ).

In his later years, Lansing served as president of The Players, the New York City theatrical and literary club on Gramercy Park, where his portrait still hangs. In 1993, he became a recurring cast member on Kung Fu: The Legend Continues . Sadly, his role only lasted until the following year, when he died of cancer at the age of 66.

Lansing was married to Emily McLaughlin, who married Jeffrey Hunter after she and Lansing divorced.

Further reading [ ]

  • "From the Files of Gary Seven", Peter Bloch-Hansen, Starlog , issue 149, December 1989, pp. 23-26, 36

External links [ ]

  • Robert Lansing at the Internet Movie Database
  • Robert Lansing at Wikipedia
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  • 2 World War III

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Star Trek's The Galileo Seven Was A 'Rip-Off' Of A Forgotten Lucille Ball Film

I n the "Star Trek" episode "The Galileo Seven" (January 5, 1967), Spock (Leonard Nimoy), Dr. McCoy (DeForest Kelley), Lieutenant Commander Scott (James Doohan), and three specialists are assigned to take Enterprise's shuttlecraft, the Galileo, on a special survey to map the Murasaki-312 quasar. A mysterious spatial phenomenon pulls the shuttle off course, however, and it crash lands on a nearby world inhabited by vicious 10-foot-tall cavemen. 

The seven people on board the Galileo have to repair their ship and find a way to contact the Enterprise through the signal-scrambling mists of the quasar. Their job is made more difficult by the attacking cavemen, who want to murder them with spears. The collected and logical Spock attempts to scare off the brutes, while his more emotional, human counterparts encourage deadly force. When two of the Galileo Seven are killed, Spock discourages a memorial service. The episode is ultimately about how Spock's logic isn't always a practical tool when it comes to desperate command situations. Spock, we see, wouldn't necessarily be a good captain . At least not until he learns more about leading by instinct and intuiting what his crew requires of him.

Meanwhile, back on the Enterprise, Kirk (William Shatner) wants to search for the downed Galileo but is discouraged by an uffish dignitary named Ferris (John Crawford). 

The teleplay for "The Galileo Seven" was written by Oliver Crawford and S. Bar-Davis, and it was based on an obscure 1939 feature film that few remember to this day. It's explained in the oral history book "Captains' Logs: The Unauthorized Complete Trek Voyages," edited by Mark A. Altman and Edward Gross that the writers were inspired by "Five Came Back," a plane crash melodrama directed by John Farrow and co-written by Dalton Trumbo.

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But First, The Flight Of The Phoenix

In "Captains' Logs," longtime Trek writer David Gerrold points out that, for its first 10 episodes, "Star Trek" was still finding its footing and establishing an identity. As such, none of the writers had yet given the show its own voice and had to rely on borrowed plots from recent hit films. Gerrold noted that "The Galileo Seven" was at least partially taken from a 1965 Robert Aldrich film. He said: 

"If you look at the episodes that Roddenberry was responsible for in the beginning, [...] which was pretty much like the first 10 episodes, there's not a lot of [...] noble purpose there. There's bumbling around trying to find out what the show is about [...]. Because no one knew what 'Star Trek' was, they were continually inventing it. [...] They also a lot of rip-offs — 'The Galileo Seven' was 'Flight of the Phoenix,' 'Balance of Terror' was 'The Enemy Below' — and so they didn't really know what they could do with the show yet." 

"The Enemy Below" was, of course , a 1957 World War II submarine film with Robert Mitchum. Transpose submarine action into space, and you have "Balance of Terror." 

Aldritch's "The Flight of the Phoenix," meanwhile, was about an airplane that crashed in the Sahara, and the crew that had to survive the heat and get the plane working again. It was remade in 2004. One can see the blueprint of "The Galileo Seven" in "The Flight of the Phoenix." 

Screenwriter Oliver Crawford, however, admitted that "Galileo" was a direct ripoff of "Five Came Back," a film that predates "Phoenix" by 16 years. 

It Was Actually Inspired By 'Five Came Back'

"Five Came Back" is about a plane that, while en route from Los Angeles to Panama City, is blown far, far off course. It crashes somewhere in northern Brazil, and the passengers have to learn to survive. A lot of personal confessions begin to flow out of the terrified travelers. Lucille Ball plays a character named Peggy , a woman with a mysterious past. Chester Morgan and John Carradine also appear. Crawford admitted to being a fan of "Five Came Back," and deliberately used the film as the basis of "The Galileo Seven." Crawford said:

"Most of my approach as a writer had been to look at old movies and say, 'Gee, this would make a good "Star Trek" or a good western or a good detective story.' The foundation for 'The Galileo Seven' was actually an old motion picture called 'Five Came Back.' That was about a plane crash in the Andes and the survivors who have to deal with headhunters over the next hill. I remembered it because it was such a dramatic gimmick, a very tight one."

"Five Came Back" is more of a traditional Hollywood melodrama, while "The Galileo Seven" was more action-forward and survival-focused. That might have been the result of Crawford's co-screenwriter Shimon Wincelberg, credited as S. Bar David, who was called in to re-write the script independently. 

"The Galileo Seven" is, as Gerrold noted, classic "Star Trek" in that it doesn't quite feel like the heady, more sci-fi-oriented series that "Star Trek" would eventually become.

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Star Trek Is About to Boldly Go Where It’s Never Gone Before: Netflix

For Trekkies old and new, the highly anticipated Prodigy Season 2 will be worth the wait.

Ma'jel and Dal in 'Star Trek: Prodigy' Season 2.

Dan and Kevin Hageman seem relieved.

It makes sense. The brother duo behind the first Lego Movie and Trollhunters scored a big win back in 2021 when their Star Trek series Prodigy got picked up by Paramount+ and Nickelodeon. But despite signing a two-season deal, Star Trek: Prodigy was quietly canceled after Season 1 — until Netflix swooped in. Now, we’re just days away from the Season 2 premiere , so it’s no surprise that the look on the Hageman Brothers’ faces reads as a mix of glee and exhaustion.

“We’re very excited to be able to tell this story,” Kevin Hageman tells Inverse .

Over Zoom, the Hageman Brothers seem less like siblings and more like two friends who’ve been playing Dungeons & Dragons with each other for decades. Kevin clearly wants to be the DM, while Dan is the guy who wants the quest to get bonkers. When it comes to crafting epic, animated projects, this geeky dynamic clearly gets he job done. But now, it’s up to the algorithmic streaming gods to decide Prodigy’s fate.

“I think it really all rests on the success of the Netflix platform,” Kevin says.

Star Trek: Prodigy began as a newcomer’s introduction to the massive canon of Star Trek, but Season 2 hits the ground at proto-warp speed with most of the main cast — Dal (Brett Gray), Jankom (Jason Mantzoukas), Rok (Rylee Alazraqui), Murf (Dee Bradley Baker), Zero (Angus Imrie), and Gwyn (Ella Purnell) — all, more or less, assigned to Starfleet duties. However, any cozy status quo is quickly up-ended by even more time-travel shenanigans than in the first season. It’s a big, surprising season-long arc, but the Hagemans were determined to sneak in some classic Star Trek standalone stories, too.

Dan Hageman hopes that’s enough to win over not just Netflix’s massive audience but the hardcore Trekkies. He says he’ll know Season 2 was a success “if it really sticks in the grill of the Star Trek fandom.”

So ahead of this historic drop — the first time that 20 new Star Trek episodes will be available all at once — Inverse caught up with the Hageman Brothers to talk about the flavor of Prodigy Season 2, balancing episodic adventures with an epic serialized arc, how the show fits into Star Trek canon, and their hopes for the future.

Star Trek’s Greatest Hits

Admiral Janeway (Kate Mulgrew) in 'Star Trek: Prodigy' Season 2.

Admiral Janeway (Kate Mulgrew) is back in Prodigy Season 2. But it’s not only Voyager references this season.

“Going into Season 2, we wanted to continue with that idea of what are the greatest hits [of Star Trek]?” Kevin says. “What are concepts and episode ideas that we can introduce to new fans that make up that Star Trek DNA? But we also we found ourselves it is a little more serialized, so the challenge was how to do that and also wrap up a lot of these bigger stories.”

In addition to introducing a new regular Vulcan character named Ma’jel (Michaela Dietz) — who is clearly inspired by Majel Barrett Roddenberry, the late “ First Lady of Star Trek” — Prodigy Season 2 has a slew of Trekkie greatest-hits moments. Without getting into any big-time spoilers, these include parallel universes, some classic aliens for The Original Series , a big shout-out to the 1986 film The Voyage Home , at least one doppelgänger dilemma, and a lot of time travel.

But in addition to creating a diversity of very different stories and completing a bigger arc, Prodigy Season 2 is also a kind of Rosetta Stone for a certain point in the Star Trek timeline. Because Season 2 takes place mostly in 2384, aspects of Lower Decks and Picard canon are fully addressed and integrated. ( Lower Decks occurs between 2380 and 2383, while the earliest Picard Season 1 flashbacks happen in 2385. But the way Starfleet feels in the early days of Picard’s 2380s has seemed a bit incongruous with Lower Decks and Prodigy. In Prodigy Season 2, there’s a very deliberate fix for that.)

“We always wanted Prodigy to embrace the whole canon of Star Trek.”

It’s also worth noting that while Admiral Janeway didn’t appear in Picard Season 3, Prodigy Season 2 elucidates her post- Voyager role a little more clearly. In fact, because Prodigy Season 2 includes recurring roles from Voyager regulars The Doctor (Robert Picardo) and Chakotay (Robert Beltran), it’s tempting to think of the series as a follow-up to that version of Trek, rather than a midquel between Lower Decks and Picard . But for the showrunners, Prodigy’s canonical scope is bigger than either of those options.

“Everyone would say, oh, it’s like a Voyager spinoff, and we were like, no, we’re not a Voyager spinoff,” Dan says. “We are Voyager- adjacent just because Janeway is one of our leads. But we always wanted Prodigy to embrace the whole canon of Star Trek. The things that pop up are things that happen in that timeline.”

Major Trek Twists

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Kevin Hageman and Dan Hageman (center), with some of the Prodigy cast including Angus Imrie, Kate Mulgrew, Ella Purnell, and director Ben Hibon in 2022.

The specifics of these events from elsewhere in the Star Trek pantheon range from minor Easter eggs to major events. And some twists and details have been planned since 2021, well before Picard Season 2 or Season 3 aired. The Hagemans reveal that, three years ago, with multiple Trek projects in production, they were in contact with other Star Trek showrunners to make sure Prodigy not only lined up with the rest of canon but also expanded upon a few specific plot points.

“We were all talking and sharing what we were planning and making sure we were all in sync,” Kevin says. “So there was some collaboration.”

By the final episode of Prodigy Season 2, several aspects of Star Trek are fully connected, but there’s also an open-ended notion that the series could continue in some way, shape, or form. But will there be a Prodigy Season 3? The Hageman brothers offer a surprising response.

“Just a lot of dreaming on Season 3,” Kevin says. “Maybe it’s something that happens down the line. I could see something happening in 10 years. Maybe sooner.”

“Maybe there’s a live-action version of it,” Dan adds. “We’re hoping.”

Star Trek: Prodigy Season 2 hits Netflix on July 1.

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  • Seven of Nine's late introduction to Star Trek: Voyager and initial disadvantages led to her becoming a complex, popular character.
  • Seven's portrayal of trauma and journey back to humanity set her apart as one of the most interesting characters in Star Trek.
  • Picard season 3 provided new opportunities for Seven, including promotion to Captain, setting up her bright future in the franchise.

I love a lot of Star Trek characters, but to me, Seven of Nine (Jeri Ryan) is the most impressive character in the franchise. My obsession with Star Trek: Voyager began at an early age after I had already watched Star Trek: The Original Series and Star Trek: The Next Generation . While I loved previous installments, Voyager 's cast of characters captivated me like no other, particularly the show's strong female representation in Captain Janeway (Kate Mulgrew), B'Elanna Torres (Roxann Dawson), and later, Seven of Nine.

Although she became one of the most fascinating characters in any Star Trek movie or TV show , Seven's tenure in the franchise started humbly enough. As a late addition to Voyager 's crew, Seven was created for the show to replace Kes (Jennifer Lien), who left Voyager at the beginning of season 4 due to diminishing popularity. Being brought on halfway through Voyager 's run was just one of the many hurdles Seven had to overcome to reach her current level of popularity, hurdles she ended up clearing beautifully.

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Seven Of Nine Had To Overcome A Lot To Achieve Her Current Star Trek Popularity

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Aside from her late arrival status, Seven of Nine was given few advantages as a character upon her introduction. For one thing, it was clear from the start that Seven was brought on to add extra sex appeal to Voyager . This became evident after many of her Borg components had been removed, and she began dressing in skin-tight catsuits for the rest of the series. While I completely support female characters embracing their sexuality, it became confusing why Seven wasn't permitted to wear a Starfleet uniform like the rest of Voyager 's crew at a certain point in the show.

Despite the sympathetic aspects of her storyline, Seven still needed to get out from under the cloud of suspicion that can follow a Borg or former Borg character.

One other major aspect of Seven's character was also ostensively a strike against her from the start. Seven was a Borg drone when she first came onboard Voyager , and acted as something of an antagonist in her first two episodes on the show. The Borg are one of Star Trek 's most notable villains, so despite the sympathetic aspects of her storyline, Seven still needed to get out from under the cloud of suspicion that can follow a Borg or former Borg character.

Seven’s Story Arc Is Amazing Considering Where She Started

Seven has achieved a lot during her time in the franchise.

However, Seven surpassed all usual expectations for a member of a villainous race being used for her looks. When I think about what Jeri Ryan was likely given to work with, it astounds me that a character with so many disadvantages could rise to become one of the most complex, nuanced, and interesting characters that Star Trek has ever created . Seven broke the mold in terms of how she would be defined, not by how she looked, or her past, but instead by how she began to rediscover herself and cope with the trauma of her time with the Borg.

In my opinion, Seven is the best exploration of trauma the Star Trek franchise has ever depicted, and the singular portrayal of the psychological effects of being assimilated . Seven came to define what it means to be "ex-Borg", not just in Voyager but in Star Trek: Picard as well. Seven's journey back to humanity is one of the most interesting parts of Voyager 's later seasons, and her time on Picard enhanced her character without playing too hard into nostalgia. It is a testament to Jeri Ryan and Seven's writers that they were willing to take her to such narrative heights.

Seven Of Nine’s Star Trek Future Is Still Bright After Picard Season 3

Picard season 3 gave seven endless opportunities to return.

Despite no longer being in any active projects, I can't wait to see where Seven goes next after Picard season 3. Picard 's final season provided perhaps the biggest character update to Seven since her return, showing her being promoted to Captain and taking command of the new USS Enterprise-G. Watching Seven's old Voyager friend Tuvok (Tim Russ) bestow the captaincy upon her in Picard 's finale was a particularly emotional moment for me, and the finale set up endless possibilities for Seven to return as the newest character to captain a ship named Enterprise .

Commander Raffi Musiker (Michelle Hurd) became Seven's First Officer at the end of Picard, setting up an interesting new dynamic between the former couple.

Although the proposed Star Trek: Legacy has begun to look less and less likely, I find it hard to believe that Star Trek will completely waste the potential that was created by Seven's promotion . Her time as Captain of the Enterprise-G doesn't only have her presence going for it, but also the continued storylines of other popular Picard characters, like Sidney La Forge (Ashlei Sharpe Chestnut) or Jack Crusher (Ed Speleers). If and when the Star Trek franchise decides to bring Seven of Nine back in the future, I will be eagerly anticipating news of her return.

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After starring in Star Trek: The Next Generation for seven seasons and various other Star Trek projects, Patrick Stewart is back as Jean-Luc Picard. Star Trek: Picard focuses on a retired Picard who is living on his family vineyard as he struggles to cope with the death of Data and the destruction of Romulus. But before too long, Picard is pulled back into the action. The series also brings back fan-favorite characters from the Star Trek franchise, such as Seven of Nine (Jeri Ryan), Geordi La Forge (LeVar Burton), Worf (Michael Dorn), and William Riker (Jonathan Frakes).

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Roberta Lincoln : [indicating Isis]  Would you mind telling me who that is?

Mister Seven : That, Miss Lincoln, is simply my cat.

Mister Seven : Where is 347?

Roberta Lincoln : With 348?

[last lines] 

Mister Seven : What else do your record tapes show?

Captain James T. Kirk : I'm afraid we can't reveal everything we know, Mister Seven.

Mr. Spock : Captain, we could say that Mister Seven and Miss Lincoln have some... interesting experiences in store for them.

Captain James T. Kirk : Yes, I think we could say that. Two to beam up, Scotty.

Mr. Spock : Live long and prosper, Mister Seven.

Captain James T. Kirk : And the same to you, Miss Lincoln. Energize.

Mister Seven : Computer, I caution you. I have little love for Beta-5 snobbery. Override!

Mister Seven : [stuns the facility policeman with his servo]  You're tired. Go to sleep.

Scott : It's impossible to hide a whole planet.

Mister Seven : Impossible for you, not for them.

Beta 5 Computer : In response to nuclear warhead placed in sub-orbit by other major power, United States today launching sub-orbital platform with multi-warhead capacity. Purpose: to maintain balance of power.

Mister Seven : That's the same kind of nonsense that almost destroyed planet Omicron IV.

Roberta Lincoln : [frustrated]  Okay. That does it. I quit!

Mister Seven : Wait a minute, what're you...

Roberta Lincoln : I'm quitting right now!

Mister Seven : You're not acting, are you?

Roberta Lincoln : [puts on her coat and grabs her purse]  Acting? I'm leaving! Goodbye.

[walks to the door. Gary locks it with his servo] 

Roberta Lincoln : Hey. Hey!

Mister Seven : [activates cube on desk]  Tie into computer.

Beta 5 Computer : Computer on.

Mister Seven : Scan unidentified female present.

Beta 5 Computer : Roberta Lincoln, human. Profession: secretary.

Roberta Lincoln : [nervously]  Ha...

Beta 5 Computer : Employed by 347 and 201. Description: age 20; five feet, seven inches; 120 pounds. Hair presently tinted honey-blonde. Although behavior appears erratic, possesses high I.Q.

Roberta Lincoln : Heh!

Beta 5 Computer : Birthmarks:...

Roberta Lincoln : Hey.

Beta 5 Computer : Small mole on left shoulder; somewhat larger star-shaped mark on her...

Roberta Lincoln : [deactivates cube]  Hey! Watch it! Okay, I'll bite. What is it?

Mister Seven : [realizing he has given himself away]  Miss Lincoln... Miss Lincoln, um... What kind of work did your employers say they were doing here?

Roberta Lincoln : Research for a new encyclopedia?

[Seven looks at her] 

Roberta Lincoln : No? No.

Mister Seven : Roberta, you've gotta let me finish what I've started, or in six minutes World War III begins!

Mister Seven : Problem: Earth technology and science has progressed faster than political and social knowledge. Purpose of mission: to prevent earth's civilization from destroying itself before it can mature into a peaceful society.

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What Happened To Avery Brooks After Star Trek: Deep Space Nine?

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The "Star Trek" franchise has had many amazing captains over the years, but one of the most mysterious is Captain Benjamin Sisko of "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine."  After "Deep Space Nine," fans wondering what happened to Captain Sisko could check out some of his continual adventures in a comic book series. However, there may also be questions about what happened to Avery Brooks, the actor who played the character throughout the show's seven season run.

Brooks led the charge on some of the best "Deep Space Nine" episodes , and he acted in other projects here and there. He had a role in the 1998 film "American History X" and served as a narrator on a 2004 episode of "Bible Mysteries." His last credited acting performance came in the 2006 video game, "Star Trek: Legacy," where he reprised his role as Captain Sisko. For all intents and purposes, it would appear Brooks has effectively retired from professional acting, whether it's by choice or just not being able to secure a gig.

He has appeared as himself in various projects, including a documentary series spearheaded by William Shatner chronicling various actors who played captains across the "Star Trek" franchise. That came out in 2013, but such gigs have been few and far between for Brooks. 

There's debate as to why Avery Brooks hasn't gotten much work after Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

Avery Brooks has kept working in various capacities, even if it's not to the extent of other "Star Trek" actors. He recorded an audiobook for "Roots" and even worked as a music supervisor for William Shatner's "The Captains Close Up" series. In 2012, the actor made headlines after getting arrested for allegedly driving while under the influence. There's not much to go off of, and according to one of his former co-stars, it may not be due to Brooks retiring by choice.

Cirroc Lofton, who plays Jake Sisko on "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine," spoke about Brooks at length on a livestream for the YouTube channel Orville Nation  in 2020. Lofton asserted that Brooks is "kind of being discriminated against" when it comes to other "Star Trek" actors continuing to be part of the franchise and getting work, but he's been largely sidelined. Lofton went so far as to claim that "there's no question that [Brooks is] willing" to come back to acting, but the opportunities simply aren't there. 

Skepticism might be healthy with such claims, as there's no official word from Brooks directly about what he wants in terms of an acting career and if he'd come back to "Star Trek." However, bringing back Captain Sisko would be an ace in the hole for "Star Trek"  to get fans invested again, especially with "Picard" having ended. Who knows what could've happened behind-the-scenes that may have hampered Brooks' career? Regardless of what's actually going on, there's little doubt "Star Trek" fans would welcome Captain Sisko back with open arms should he ever return in live-action.

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The Bear Recap: Sleight of Hand

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Things haven’t fallen apart yet at the Bear, but they’re teetering ever closer. In “Legacy,” it’s beginning to seem like the future of the restaurant is starting to be called into question. Not the fiscal viability, but who’s going to remain to fulfill the vision. Richie seems down in the dumps, listless and unsure of himself. Syd’s been handed an offer from Ever’s Shapiro, who’s taking Chef Terry’s departure and using it as momentum to start his own place. He wants her to be his Chef de Cuisine, helming the whole vision, staff, and menu of the restaurant. It’s a huge offer for someone who didn’t have much of a name before she started working with Carmy, and it comes with partner status, benefits, bonuses, the whole nine.

But what if she has all of that already? We wouldn’t know because she hasn’t opened the goddamn Docusign. She’s got one foot out the door, too sure things will fail, and frankly, Carmy’s not helping. He’s an open book to Marcus, but he shuts down her menu ideas without even saying, “Sorry.” He wants to be partners, but he still wants to run the show, and, unfortunately, Sydney’s also not calling him on it. She’s alluded to it in the past, saying she’s not his babysitter when he was about to melt down, but if she’s pissed, she needs to say it, period.

Just like how Carmy needs to fucking apologize to Claire. He’s back in group finally, and the leader is talking about how the longer you wait to apologize, the deeper the apology buries itself into your throat, guts, brain. That apology, the leader says, gets “stuck in your ribs and heart and lungs and every mistake you ever made, everything you’ve ever done wrong grabs onto them and holds onto those words so tight, they ain’t never letting go.” While we know Carmy is thinking about this about Claire, I wonder if he’s exploring it on a broader level. I think he still owes Richie and Natalie an apology for being unable to go to Mikey’s funeral and maybe even other things, like how he is around Donna. I don’t want to see him go through the “making amends” stage of recovery since that’s not what he’s doing, but if he’s going to move forward as a person, he really has to start getting his house in order.

He knows that, too. When he’s talking to Marcus about legacy, Carmy says that he thinks if he were to leave something behind when he moves on, he hopes that it would be panic-free and anxiety-free, but that to do that, he’d have to be “square with everybody and everything.” Carmy explains that he’d have to filter out all the bad to make it good.

That’s especially interesting, considering that Marcus and Carmy had just been discussing how legacy in a restaurant is like a family tree. Carmy takes the best of what he’s accrued elsewhere (and maybe the worst, in the case of Joel McHale’s nightmare dome) and brings it to his spot. His staff, in turn, takes the best of what they learned at The Bear and will bring it to the spots they will eventually open. So, will Syd take what she learned at The Bear to Shapiro’s new joint? Or does Carmy need to get things in order and step back to take care of himself, leaving Syd to make her mark, too? I would put a buck or two on it being the former, but where does that leave the show? Certainly easier to shoot, production-wise, with burgeoning stars and all that, but also perhaps weirdly divided? Maybe that’s the point, and what we’re learning from Chef Terry’s departure, too: No restaurant is forever. Your legacy isn’t the spot. It’s the people you inspired along the way.

It’s also, it would seem, your family. Not just your cousins, but your kids. Natalie’s little one is on the way now, and Richie and Tina, The Bear’s resident parents, lent a little moral support during the hours running up to the start. Richie started to cry when he was telling Nat about how chill the experience was, with Tiffany going into labor on the way out of a Thai restaurant. Tina said at first you wait and wait, but then when the baby comes, everything goes by in an instant. It’s not unlike The Bear , really, which you wait and wait and wait for and then it breezes by in a flash, binged over a couple of nights. With only three episodes left now, it’s time to push.

Small Bites

• I’m still unclear how Shapiro and Syd became acquainted. They could be hanging out at industry nights, but have we seen them interact?

• Chi-Chi is played by Christopher J. Zucchero , who I believe is the owner of Mr. Beef, the restaurant where they film The Bear . The other guy helping Ebra is Paulie James , who owns L.A.’s Uncle Paulie’s deli. So both dudes clearly know a lot about sandwiches. I truly have no idea who plays “Uncle Gary” Fak, despite my best Googling. He definitely does share that Fak shape.

• Things we learned from this episode: “Legerdemain” is French for sleight of hand or magic, Sweeps played AAA baseball, Ted used to be into gambling, and Richie needs a new notebook.

• Also, if you don’t know, anyone off the street can shop at Restaurant Depot . You just have to stop at the front desk to get a day pass. It’s a great place to get not just C-Folds, but also stuff for huge BBQs, very cheap basics, kitchen supplies like cutting boards and stainless pots, and fish or meat. It’s also the perfect place to kill time in the summer because it’s positively freezing in parts, like where they keep the produce.

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Mike McMahan Talks “Amazing Sendoff” For ‘Star Trek: Lower Decks’ In Season 5, Hints At Potential Spinoffs

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| June 27, 2024 | By: Aaron Bossig 14 comments so far

Paramount+ recently announced the upcoming fifth season of Star Trek: Lower Decks will be its last . Fans who have appreciated the show’s fusion of animated humor and Star Trek tropes are frustrated it is coming to an end, but the creator and showrunner is now offering a glimmer of hope.

The ending of a chapter…

Lower Decks executive producer Mike McMahan sat down with the team at The ‘Verse podcast to set expectations for the big wrap-up of the series. McMahan’s excitement over the upcoming season is apparent even as he restrains himself from revealing specifics about specific plotlines. Acknowledging earlier comments that he had a plan to take Lower Decks years beyond Season 4, McMahan went into Season 5 knowing the future of the show was uncertain and he couldn’t count on resolving story arcs years later. A balance had to be struck between crafting a satisfying single season and consciously wrapping up the whole series. As he said to The ‘Verse :

“The ending of season 5 it is the ending of a chapter that I knew I wanted to do. There are things that happen in it… I’m being very careful… that are sort of setting up spinoffs and setting up backdoor pilots. There’s characters I’m introducing that you’ll see clearly I wanted to do more with.”

Despite his high expectations for season 5, Mike McMahan shares in the the audience’s disappointment that Lower Decks is seemingly at its end. With each season’s poster art sequentially honoring a Star Trek movie, it’s suggested that Lower Decks had ambitions of going ten seasons. McMahan tempers that expectation, insisting that it was “a miracle” Lower Decks got the five seasons it did (and that miracle was one he attributed to fan support). He did, with trepidation, tell The ‘Verse that there’s still more to the Lower Decks story:

“Season 5… like, I almost couldn’t believe it would be the end, because these characters don’t feel like they’re ready to resolve for me. So like, season 5 feels like an amazing sendoff, but it certainly feels like… it feels like the end of a chapter, not the end of a series. I would always be into doing more seasons, movies, comics, novels…”

Continuing a Star Trek series through comics and novels is a long tradition, one Lower Decks has already embraced . Returning for new seasons or a movie is a more interesting proposition for Lower Decks , however, as its animated nature would make it much easier and cheaper to revive than one of its live-action counterparts. Indeed, it was suggested that Lower Decks could find itself in a Prodigy situation, where finding a different distribution channel might mean the difference between having a show and not. McMahan acknowledged the possibility , but chose not to weigh in on the likelihood:

“I don’t want to get into any of that. Listen, I don’t wear a tie, and that’s tie questions. What I would say is, these characters are like my heart and soul. I put all of myself into this show, I really really love it. And I’m always down to make more if the cards align.”

Conceptually, an animated show would be easier to bring back after a hiatus due to fewer practical concerns. There are no sets to rebuild and the actors aging is never a factor. McMahan did make references to Futurama and Family Guy , two other animated series that were brought back for new seasons under very similar circumstances.

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From the Lower Decks season 4 finale (Paramount+)

Holding nothing back in season 5

Not everything McMahan has said about the next season has changed following the cancellation. Season 4 ended with the cliffhanger of D’Vana Tendi returning to Orion, seemingly leaving Starfleet behind. While some fans feared this would signal the character leaving the show, McMahan insists that is not the case , and that Tendi will continue to be a big part of season 5. In addition to promising more Tendi and T’Lyn, he suggested other classic Star Trek characters might appear:

“Pretty cool stuff with Tendi… There’s some cool stuff with T’Lyn… I got to work with some pretty cool legacy actors.”

Podcast hosts Lucas Longacre and Norm Felker fondly recalled the inclusion of Deep Space Nine actors Armin Shimerman, Nana Visitor, Chase Masterson, and Max Grodénchik on Lower Decks . McMahan is proud of the strong love for earlier Trek, and of Deep Space Nine specifically, and insists that Lower Decks wants to open its doors to the veteran actors if the show can offer their characters something both new for the actor and respectful of existing fandom. He explained:

“It’s tricky because, whenever we have legacy actors, I don’t want them to just pop in and be like ‘Hey, it’s me! Bye-bye!’ I want to expand them even just a little bit.”

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McMahan is careful when bringing back legacy characters, like Armin Shimerman’s Quark in season 3. (Paramount+)

Crafted by Trekkies, for Trekkies

Whether discussing the past, present, or future of Lower Deck s, McMahan asserts that the show found its niche by giving Star Trek fans something new wrapped in the humor of something they already love. The basic structure of Star Trek allows for a great deal of variety and innovation in what stories are told and how those stories can be framed. This was what sets Lower Decks   apart while still being unquestionably part of the legacy Star Trek universe. McMahan credits Gene Roddenberry for setting up the structure that let other shows follow:

“I think Gene Roddenberry created this really brilliant format. Not just the stuff he worked on, the type of storytelling as like a methodologically appealing thing for television and movies. He really, really nailed it.”

Though new stories in established universes always run the risk of upsetting canon, the balance McMahan spoke of earlier is what he credits to Lower Decks’ almost universal popularity with longtime fans. The audience wants something new, but they tend to not want to see what they already love being “undone.”  Even taking a new look at classic worlds, now a part of the Star Trek universe for decades, the same feel has to be kept. Using just one example from DS9 , McMahan told The ‘Verse :

“We don’t want to homogenize anything. We like the idea of everything having its own kind of cultural impact and weirdness. So you’ll see in the background of our Ferenginar episode, there’s still Ferengi females who are just naked and walking around.”

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Extra care is taken not to “undo” the worldbuilding done by earlier series (Paramount+)

The fifth and final season of Star Trek: Lower Decks is set to arrive on Paramount+ later in 2024, but the streaming service has not yet set a release date.

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Can’t Wait. BRING IT ON!

Please give the Lower Decks crew *their own* send off. Don’t bring in a million cameos and make it some rehash of a previous Trek. Respect your own new characters enough to finish their story on this series, on their own terms.

This has never been something Lower Decks had a problem with so Im sure they’ll be fine on that front

It would be hilarious if the Lower Decks finale pokes fun at the Enterprise finale.

Crisis Point 3 – The Search for a voyage home to the final frontier: the undiscovered country.

Lower Decks and Strange New Worlds are my two favorites of the new Trek things. I love Lower Decks so much, was so disappointing that it was canceled. Could keep going for years.

CBS doesn’t really have an animated sitcom, do they? Maybe they’d like to give that a try. Or Hulu for the opposite reason, they have a lot of animated sitcom stuff.

“The audience wants something new, but they tend to not want to see what they already love being “undone.”

This is why I’m a fan of both Mike McMahan and the Hagemann Brothers. They’re adding to the Star Trek story, not trying to change its history. I’m a fan of canon and what I wanted since 2016 was a continuation of the universe in the 24th/25th centuries, post nemesis.The animated shows filled that void. And yes, S3 Picard too.

I’m really hate to see it go, it’s the only modern Trek show I’ve consistently enjoyed.

Crossing my fingers that they at least got to make an hour-long finale.

Lower Decks was some good silly fun, but do we really need more? Rather than more animation, I’d love to see the characters return in live-action, even in a drama (with comedic undertones).

this show i was so skeptical of when it was announced and by the 3rd episode it had won me over and now its one of my fav ST shows and definitely the best of the new Paramount+ shows. its hard to spark that tone of ‘laughing with’ and not ‘laughing at’ and LDs does that perfectly.

I like the idea of a movie (or movies) using the South Park direct-to-stream “Specials” format. Maybe they need to dump the stupid Section 31 Yeoh garbage and just make an animated short series with clone Boimler and Mariner.

Season 1 left me excited for Season 2. Season 2 left me incredibly hyped for Season 3. Season 3 left me cautiously optimistic for Season 4. Season 4 left me ambivalent about Season 5.

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  1. "Star Trek" Assignment: Earth (TV Episode 1968)

    Assignment: Earth: Directed by Marc Daniels. With William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, Robert Lansing. While back in time observing Earth in 1968, the Enterprise crew encounters the mysterious Gary Seven who has his own agenda on the planet.

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    In the second season of the Star Trek canon series Star Trek: Picard, the character Tallinn is introduced. She is shown to be a supervisor, in 2024, carrying out the same role of guiding important human events that Gary Seven did in 1968. In the episode "Watcher", Guinan tells Jean-Luc Picard that there is a supervisor in Los Angeles.

  3. Assignment: Earth (episode)

    This episode was designed partly as a pilot for a new series featuring Gary Seven and his mission. Star Trek was teetering on the brink of cancellation late in its second year, and Roddenberry hoped to get a new show going for the fall season. The first draft pilot script (14 November 1966) had no mention of Star Trek or its characters.

  4. Assignment: Earth

    "Assignment: Earth" is the twenty-sixth and final episode of the second season of the American science fiction television series Star Trek. Written by Art Wallace (based on a story by Wallace and Gene Roddenberry) and directed by Marc Daniels, it was first broadcast on 29 March 1968.. In the episode, engaged in "historical research", the USS Enterprise travels back through time to 1968 Earth ...

  5. Gary Seven

    Gary Seven was the code name for a Human male whose ancestors were abducted from Earth around 4000 BC and taken to another planet. He was a Class 1 supervisor, and listed as Supervisor 194. Seven was grown and conditioned in some way which allowed him to have a completely healthy and flawless body; furthermore, he was insensitive to the effects of the Vulcan nerve pinch. Seven was sent to ...

  6. "Star Trek" Assignment: Earth (TV Episode 1968)

    Richard Carter ... assistant: producer Andreea Kindryd ... assistant: John Meredyth Lucas Bill Blackburn ... stand-in: DeForest Kelley (uncredited)

  7. Gary Seven

    Gary Seven was the code name used by Supervisor 194 of the mysterious alien group known as the Aegis. He was a human male, born as Caleb Howell on a cloaked planet in System Zeta Gamma 537 in 1932, the descendant of humans captured by the Aegis circa 4000 BC, in order to train them as agents to aid in the development and survival of humanity. (TOS episode: "Assignment: Earth"; TOS novel: The ...

  8. "Star Trek" Assignment: Earth (TV Episode 1968)

    Synopsis. The ENTERPRISE, on a historical research mission to observe earth in 1968 (they traveled back in time using the light-speed breakaway factor). It intercepts a powerful transporter beam from a distant part of the galaxy (from at least a 1000 light yrs away). A human male dressed in 20th century business suit and carrying a black cat ...

  9. Assignment: Earth

    This video - with Roberta Lincoln and the Beta Five desk cube - was made by The Outer Rim Ï (formerly Star Trek Anthology). It has been a number of months since Miss Roberta Lincoln has been working for Agent Gary Seven. Her duties have tended to consist of 90 per cent boredom, 10 per cent chaos.

  10. 'Star Trek' Mystery Solved

    The focus of the episode was on the mysterious character Gary Seven, trained by aliens to save the Earth from itself. Gary's constant companion was a shapeshifting pet cat named Isis. While Isis ...

  11. Assignment: Earth

    It's the Star Trek episode that isn't quite Star Trek. At the end of itssecond season, the return of The Original Series was in doubt and creator Gene Roddenberry wanted to find something to replace his imperiled show. ... Gary Seven. The object beaming aboard the Enterprise is actually a dapper gentleman by the name of Gary Seven. He holds ...

  12. Gary Seven

    Gary Seven was the code name ... This was Gary 7's first appearance on Star Trek, a dramatic entrance in the episode "Assignment: Earth" of the original series. Gary Seven was the code name ...

  13. About Gary Seven

    In 1968, at the end of the second season of Star Trek the Original Series, Gene Roddenberry, seeing the writing on the wall when the show was about to be canceled (before the famed letter writing campaign that brought it back for a third season) wrote an episode finale called Assignment: Earth that he hoped would be a spin off for a new series of the same name.

  14. Star Trek: Assignment: Earth

    Plot Summary for Star Trek Episode "Assignment: Earth" Star Trek Epsiode 55, Season 2: Assignment: Earth Excrutiatingly Detailed Plot Summary by Eric W ... is also hidden behind a bookcase. Gary Seven asks the Beta 5 computer the status of agents 201 and 347, and discovers that their location has not been reported for 3 days. In order to access ...

  15. Picard's Final Season Makes Way for Star Trek's Gary Seven Series

    Assignment: Earth Debuted Gary Seven as a Secret Agent with Star Trek Values On March 29, 1968, NBC aired the Star Trek TOS episode "Assignment: Earth" as the Season 2 finale. The episode, intended to be a backdoor pilot for a series of the same name, introduced Gary Seven, a human being who'd been raised, trained and modified by an alien race ...

  16. Star Trek "Assignment: Earth" Phaser on Stun

    A precisely metered dose of energy to safely stun your target. It's logical. Unlike the unrealistic continuous beam stun effects in later episodes, series an...

  17. Picard's Watcher Is the Successor to TOS' Gary Seven

    Gary Seven and his supporting characters were intended to star in their own spinoff series from Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry, with "Assignment: Earth" serving as a backdoor pilot episode. However, the network passed on picking up the pilot for a full series order, leaving the TOS episode as their sole on-screen appearance.

  18. "Star Trek" Assignment: Earth (TV Episode 1968)

    So begins "Assignment: Earth", a Star Trek episode that was actually a pilot for a proposed series, a marrying of Ian Flemming's James Bond with Gene Rodenberry's socially relevant themes. Robert Lansing plays Gary Seven, a human trained by an unnamed alien race to protect humanity against threats to world peace.

  19. Assignment: Eternity

    Captain Kirk first encountered Gary Seven on twentieth-century Earth. Now Seven, a time-traveling operative for unknown alien forces, makes a surprise visit to the USS Enterprise. Kirk is on an urgent mission to bring relief to a disaster-ravaged planet, but Seven has an agenda of his own -- and he's not above hijacking the Starship Enterprise and sending it on a perilous journey deep into the ...

  20. Whatever happened to Gary Seven? : r/startrek

    Gary Seven is something I'd like to see take off with this new spate of Trek series. It would be a very unique take and flavor. Set in the 60s as originally intended. With Gary, and others, being descendants of humans taken from Earth long ago and trained to be temporal agents solely dedicated to making sure the Federation comes into existence.

  21. Robert Lansing

    Robert Lansing (5 June 1928 - 23 October 1994; age 66) was an actor who played Gary Seven in the Star Trek: The Original Series second season episode "Assignment: Earth". This episode was actually to serve as a pilot for a possible television series that would have starred Lansing as the Gary Seven character, but the series was not picked up. Lansing filmed his scenes between Tuesday 2 ...

  22. Gary Seven, Time Agent / main titles

    Star Trek's episode "Assignment Earth" should have been used as the pilot for a whole new series. It introduced the character of Gary Seven, a human from the...

  23. Star Trek's The Galileo Seven Was A 'Rip-Off' Of A Forgotten ...

    In the "Star Trek" episode "The Galileo Seven" (January 5, 1967), Spock (Leonard Nimoy), Dr. McCoy (DeForest Kelley), Lieutenant Commander Scott (James Doohan), and three specialists are assigned ...

  24. Netflix's First Star Trek Show Is About to Solve a Timeline ...

    Kevin and Dan Hageman open-up to Inverse about the new 'Star Trek: Prodigy' Season 2 arc, creating Trekkie greatest hits, the future of the show, plus, collaborating with other Trek showrunners.

  25. To Me, Seven Of Nine Is Star Trek's Most Impressive Character

    One other major aspect of Seven's character was also ostensively a strike against her from the start. Seven was a Borg drone when she first came onboard Voyager, and acted as something of an antagonist in her first two episodes on the show. The Borg are one of Star Trek's most notable villains, so despite the sympathetic aspects of her storyline, Seven still needed to get out from under the ...

  26. "Star Trek" Assignment: Earth (TV Episode 1968)

    Mister Seven : Impossible for you, not for them. Beta 5 Computer : In response to nuclear warhead placed in sub-orbit by other major power, United States today launching sub-orbital platform with multi-warhead capacity. Purpose: to maintain balance of power. Mister Seven : That's the same kind of nonsense that almost destroyed planet Omicron IV.

  27. What Happened to Avery Brooks After Star Trek: Deep Space Nine?

    Brooks led the charge on some of the best "Deep Space Nine" episodes, and he acted in other projects here and there.He had a role in the 1998 film "American History X" and served as a narrator on ...

  28. 'The Bear' Recap, Season 3, Episode 7: 'Legacy'

    Season 3 Episode 7. Editor's Rating 3 stars * * * ... So both dudes clearly know a lot about sandwiches. I truly have no idea who plays "Uncle Gary" Fak, despite my best Googling. He ...

  29. Mike McMahan Talks "Amazing Sendoff" For 'Star Trek: Lower Decks' In

    They're adding to the Star Trek story, not trying to change its history. I'm a fan of canon and what I wanted since 2016 was a continuation of the universe in the 24th/25th centuries, post ...