The show: Capt. James T. Kirk (William Shatner) leads his crew on their five-year mission "to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, [and] to boldly go where no man has gone before." These voyages of the starship Enterprise are chronicled in "Star Trek." The spinoffs: Capt. Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart) leads his crew aboard a new Enterprise in "The Next Generation," continuing with the exploratory mission set forth in the original series. "Deep Space Nine" differs from the previous two series as it moves the setting from a starship to space station. Deep Space Nine, a space station jointly operated by the Federation and Bajoran goverment, is under the command of Starfleet officer Benjamin Sisko (Avery Brooks). In "Voyager" the focus is back on a starship crew. Led by Capt. Kathryn Janeway (Kate Mulgrew) the Voyager crew is attempting to journey home after being flung to a far edge of the galaxy while chasing a rebel Maquis ship. "Enterprise" is a prequel series following the interstellar exploits of the very first starship Enterprise led by Capt. Jonathan Archer (Scott Bakula).
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