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“Star Trek” fans have been boldly going where no man has gone before for more than half a century. The first season of the original sci-fi series, which premiered in 1966 and starred William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, and Nichelle Nichols, served as a springboard for a billion-dollar film and TV franchise that brought us several spin-offs including “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine,” “Star Trek: Voyager,” and “Star Trek: Discovery.”
After 55 years, “Star Trek” remains more popular than ever. So much so, that there are more additions to the franchise on the way. Among them are the forthcoming Paramount+/Nickelodeon animated series “Star Trek: Prodigy” and drama series “Star Trek: Strange New Worlds.” The History Channel is also slated to release “The Center Seat: 55 Years of Star Trek,” an eight-part documentary series that takes viewers on an in-depth journey behind the scenes of the groundbreaking TV franchise.
“‘Star Trek’ from before I was 10 years old, gave me the closest thing I have to a code to follow in my life,” director Brian Volk-Weiss said. “If it wasn’t for the words ‘I don’t believe in the no-win scenario,’ I’d be very alone, broke, and miserable in this world. So to say this is a passion project would be a tremendous understatement.”
In addition to the new series, Trekkies can stream “Star Trek” episodes on Hulu, and Paramount+. If you’re not subscribed to either platform, Paramount+ offers a 30-day free trial (until March 31), and subscription plans starting at $5.99 a month, or $59.99 a year. The subscription gives you access to tons of shows and films, plus exclusive releases. Hulu’s also costs $5.99 a month to stream thousands of shows and films, or $13.99 a month for ad-free streaming, and $59.99 a year for an annual subscription.
To mark over five decades of “Star Trek,” we rounded up the Blu-ray best box sets from the various TV shows, and films. See our list below.
With just over 68 hours of TV, fans of the first series will enjoy remastered versions of the classic “Star Trek” series starring Shatner, Nimoy, and Nichols. The series takes place in the 23rd century, after Earth had survived World War III two centuries earlier, founded Starfleet, and joined an interstellar United Federation of Planets. The five-year mission aboard the USS Enterprise finds the Starfleet voyagers exploring new civilizations.
Writes Brian Dyball, “I wasn’t sure about buying this, but after buying the movie box set my nostalgia took over and I gave in. My initial reticence was down to the fact that I’ve lost count how many times I’ve seen every episode and I wasn’t sure if I wanted to pay to watch them again as they are always on TV somewhere. And boy, am I glad I did. The remastering has to be amongst the best I’ve seen, especially for a show made in the 60’s. The picture is crystal clear and the new effects add that little bit extra, there is an option to watch the episodes as they were originally shot, without the special effects enhancements, but I’m going to watch the newer versions first. The newer effects have been done as sympathetically as possible but they do still stand out a bit at first. After a few episodes you adjust and can just sit back and enjoy.”
If you love Captain Jean-Luc Picard, Data, Worf, Geordi La Forge, and the rest of the “Star Trek: The Next Generation” crew, then you’ll want to get this box set. The successful series starring Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes, LeVar Burton, Denise Crosby, Michael Dorn, Brent Spiner, and Whoopi Goldberg, premiered in 1987, and became the highest rated series in the franchise. The series came to an end in 1994 after seven seasons on air.
Writes SuperMacGuy, “The video is absolutely perfect. The color is rich and skin tones accurate. The darks are deep but still have all the detail. The lighting is perfect and has not be re-balanced (TOS was sort of richened up a little too much for my liking as a lot of shots look darkish or extra contrastly). All the video effects were re-composited and look fantastic. Some bits of new CGI were added but it’s not intrusive at all – one example is the Crystaline Entity. It looks great and just a tad updated and goes with the overall improved look of the show but isn’t overdone; it appears to the be the same visual design as originally intended.”
This epic box set includes 30 Blu-ray discs, with every feature film from the original “Star Trek” series, plus the animated series remastered for the first time on Blu-ray. The collection includes a director’s cut of “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan” featuring a documentary detailing the fan-favorite film’s development and production, in addition to over 20 hours of bonus content, and more. The box set also includes mini-posters commemorating the first six films.
Writes Brian A. Foster, “I am only halfway through the first season, but am amazed at the quality of work performed on these [Blu-ray] discs. The color and clarity restoration is superb. I have found only a few scenes where artifacts appear on the screen, and they are noticeable only because everything else is pristine. The same can be said of the audio.”
With over 98 hours of programming, the “Star Trek: Enterprise” box set is great for fans of the spin-off series, or anyone looking to get familiar with the show. Starring Scott Bakula, Dominic Keating, John Billingsley, and Jolene Blalock, “Star Trek: Enterprise” was a prequel series that aired on TV from 2001-2005. The plot takes place about a century before the original “Star Trek,” and chronicles the adventures of the crew of an earlier starship — when Starfleet existed but not yet the Federation.
Writes Jinzo Ningen, “The episodes are complete and uncut, and have been cleaned up, with excellent-looking/sounding transfers. Nothing in the way of artifacting, edge enhancement, pixelation, crush or DNR to ruin your viewing experience. The quantity [and] quality of bonus content is quite impressive, with lots of vintage segments and newly-shot features, spread across all 24 discs. A lot of neat stuff to sift through. More than enough to keep even hardcore Trekkers happier than a Tribble in a silo full of Quadrotriticale.”
Catch up on the first season of “Star Trek: Picard” with this three-disc set. The series, which follows Capt. Picard embarking on a new chapter (alongside some familiar faces), premiered on CBS All Access (now Paramount+) last year. Stewart reprises his role as the iconic starship captain, alongside an ensemble cast that includes Santiago Cabrera, Alison Pill, Michelle Hurd, Isa Briones, and Jonathan Frakes. Writes iMike, “Much has already been written about season one of “Picard.” It brings Jean-Luc Picard  years from where he was at the conclusion of ”Star Trek: Nemesis.” We also get some great flashbacks. The writing, the casting, the direction and production … everything was on point.”
This “Star Trek: The Next Generation” movie set features all four spinoff films from the series, including “Star Trek: Generations,” “Star Trek: First Contact,” “Star Trek: Insurrection,” and “Star Trek: Nemesis.” The four-disc collection has more than seven hours of film footage to keep you occupied. Writes John W. Allen, “These films look fantastic in [Blu-ray]. I had the DVDs for years, and if you don’t think you can wear out a DVD, I beg to differ. I figured it was time to upgrade, and saw a great deal in this set. All of the movies look so good it’s like watching a new Trek film. You will notice details you didn’t see before at lower resolutions. That alone is fun, but I think you’ll enjoy the great color and sound, too.”
This three-disc pack includes the 2009 J.J. Abrams-directed “Star Trek” film, along with “Star Trek: Beyond,” and “Star Trek: Into Darkness.” The film trio stars Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Simon Pegg, Zoe Saldana, and John Cho. Writes Teisha Priest, “This is a good value if you want to purchase all three of the reboot movies. I had the first two in other formats, and decided to shell out the extra few dollars to get all three on [Blu-ray]. The three discs are in a single cardboard folding case inside a cardboard sleeve. Not the greatest quality packaging, but more movies seem to come packaged like this now. It looks like there are special features included on the discs for the first and third movies, but not the second. I wasn’t particularly interested in the special features, so this didn’t bother me. Keep that in mind if you enjoy having those to watch though.