Trek 101: V'ger

Star Trek 101 serves two functions: succinctly introduce Star Trek newcomers to the basic foundations and elements of the franchise and refresh the memories of longtime Trek fans. We're pulling our entries from the book Star Trek 101: A Practical Guide to Who, What, Where, And Why, written by Terry J. Erdmann & Paula M. Block and published in 2008 by Pocket Books. An invaluable resource, it encompasses The Original Series, The Animated Series, The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, Voyager and Enterprise, as well as the first 10 Trek feature films.

Today, we share Star Trek 101's file on V'ger from Star Trek: The Motion Picture:

V'ger started out as Voyager VI, a twentieth-century space probe launched by NASA to study the cosmos. The probe encountered a planet of living machines on the far side of the galaxy. The alien machines apparently saw Voyager as an unsophisticated device in need of improvement, so they modified it, enhancing its ability to gather intformation and return its knowledge to its creator. Unfortunately, they also gave it the ability to destroy, which complicated matters when the confused probe -- no longer clear on its original mission, let alone its ultimate purpose -- set course for Earth, the home of its creator.


Paula M. Block and Terry J. Erdmann are coauthors of numerous books about the entertainment industry, including Star Trek 101; Star Trek Costumes: Fifty Years of Fashion from the Final Frontier; Star Trek: The Original Series 365; and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Companion. They currently are writing the latest in their series of Ferengi novellas, which (so far) includes Lust’s Latinum Lost (and Found); and Rules of Accusation. Their most recent non-Star Trek book is Labyrinth: The Ultimate Visual History.

 





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