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End of the trek

The final series of Star Trek marks a cowardly retreat from exploration-not just of the final frontier, but the entire mission of American liberalism once symbolised by Kirk and Spock

Like few television shows before or since, Star Trek has soaked deeply into the grain of contemporary popular culture. Appearing in four distinct incarnations over the past three and a half decades (with a fifth on the way), it is the longest-running and most popular television series of all time, as well as a highly successful movie franchise with nine feature films released to date and a tenth in preparation. Scarcely a day goes by without some headline punning on its catchphrases: “the final frontier,” “to boldly go,” “it’s life, Jim but not as we know it.” Lobby correspondents routinely…

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