In a move sure to stun fans of the franchise, Foxtel today announced a second pop-up movies channel arriving in July featuring an incredible collection of twelve Star Trek movies starting with the original 1979 Star Trek: The Motion Picture epic up through the blockbuster hit, Star Trek: Into Darkness.
The news comes on the heels of this month’s launch of Foxtel Movies More, a brand new movies channel that increases the choice and variety of movies and boosts the total number of movie channels available on Foxtel to 10. Foxtel Movies More is available on channel 400 and will also be home to Foxtel’s special pop up channel events such as the upcoming Foxtel Movies Star Trek and last weekend’s Foxtel Movies Fast & Furious pop up channels. Foxtel Movies More and the Pop up channels continue Foxtel’s recent moves to bring fans some of the most popular movie series to enjoy as part of their Foxtel Movies or Foxtel Platinum subscription.
The Star Trek movie franchise has fed the imaginations of sci-fi fans everywhere from the early exploits that followed Admiral James T. Kirk (William Shatner), Mr. Spock (Leonard Nimoy) and Dr. Leonard ‘Bones’ McCoy (DeForest Kelley), played by the original TV series cast, through to the Star Trek: The Next Generation films and into to the newly rebooted films featuring a new Kirk (Christopher Pine), Spock (Zachary John Quinto) and McCoy (Karl-Heinz Urban).
Recognised as a pop culture, sci-fi phenomenon that crosses multiple generations, Star Trek has captivated fans who have watched the crews of the U.S.S. Enterprise explore strange new worlds and seek out new life and new civilisations since the original TV series debuted in 1966, and the movies that spawned from the TV shows continue to keep the passion alive.
The Foxtel Movies Star Trek Pop-Up channel will be available in HD* to Foxtel Platinum and Foxtel Movies subscribers on channel 400 from Friday 22nd July at 7pm to Sunday 31st July and features 12 of the action packed interstellar films, including:
· Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979) – The Federation calls on Admiral James T. Kirk (William Shatner) and the crew of the Starship Enterprise to contain an immense object that’s on a crash course with Earth. After investigating, the crew discovers that the object harbors an artificial intelligence with an ominous primary directive.
· Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan (1982) – As Kirk and Capt. Spock (Leonard Nimoy) monitor trainees at Starfleet Academy, another vessel from the United Federation of Planets is about to try out the planet-creating Genesis Device in a seemingly deserted portion of space. In the process, two of Kirk’s officers are captured by Khan (Ricardo Montalban), an enemy Kirk thought he’d never see again. Once more, Kirk takes command of the Enterprise helm, to meet Khan’s ship in an intergalactic showdown.
· Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984) – Kirk has defeated Khan, but at great cost. Spock has been killed, the USS Enterprise is being scrapped, and Dr. Leonard “Bones” McCoy (DeForest Kelley) has taken ill. McCoy’s odd behaviour is evidence he’s harbouring Spock’s katra (animating spirit), and Kirk takes the Enterprise back to the Genesis Planet to find his friend, only to encounter a party of deadly Klingons.
· Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986) – Living in exile on the planet Vulcan, the former crew of the Enterprise takes off in a commandeered Klingon a starship after receiving a planetary distress call from Earth: a space probe has entered into orbit around Earth, disabled global power on the planet and is evaporating the oceans. Kirk, Spock and the rest of the officers travel back in time to retrieve now-extinct humpback whales, which are Earth’s only hope.
· Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989) – A renegade Vulcan forces Kirk, Spock, McCoy and the Enterprise go to a mysterious planet at the centre of the galaxy in search of the unknown.
· Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991) – Kirk and the crew of the Enterprise are carrying a Klingon chancellor to Earth to negotiate a peace treaty with the Federation. The ship appears to fire on a Klingon vessel, and the chancellor is killed in the confusion. Kirk and McCoy are arrested for murder, leaving Spock to figure out who really is behind the attack.
· Star Trek Generations (1994) – In the 23rd century, the Enterprise is dispatched to the scene of a giant energy field about to engulf two ships. Kirk averts calamity, but is exposed to the field and presumed dead. Years later, the Enterprise’s new commander, Capt. Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart), learns that one of the disaster’s survivors plans to enter the field by destroying a neighbouring star. Picard now must collaborate with an unlikely ally in order to stop him.
· Star Trek: First Contact (1996) – Captain Picard and the crew of the newly commissioned Enterprise battle the insidious Borg to restore the rightful future of Earth. The Borg is trying to stop the invention of the warp drive by going back in time in order to alter the course of human history.
· Star Trek: Insurrection (1998) – A Federation mission takes a dangerous turn when a malfunctioning android, Data (Brent Spiner), takes a cultural task force hostage. When Capt. Picard and his crew investigate, they uncover the truth about the Federation mission – a ploy to displace the peaceful inhabitants. Now Picard and his crew must thwart the plot even while experiencing strange side effects from exposure to the planet’s surface.
· Star Trek: Nemesis (2002) – Captain Picard leads his crew on a diplomatic mission to initiate peace with the Romulans. But upon arrival on the alien planet, the crew is faced with a threat that could lead to the Earth’s destruction as Picard meets his most dangerous adversary yet.
· Star Trek (2009) – In a re-boot of the original Star Trek, a novice crew embarks on the maiden voyage of the Enterprise. Their path takes them on a collision course with a Romulan commander whose mission of vengeance threatens all mankind. If they’re to survive, a rebellious young James T. Kirk (Chris Pine) and a coolly logical Spock (Zachary Quinto) must move beyond their rivalry and locate the Romulan ship before it is too late.
· Star Trek: Into Darkness (2013) – The crew of the Enterprise returns home after an act of terrorism destroys most of Starfleet, leaving Earth in a state of crisis. With a personal score to settle, Kirk leads his people on a mission to capture a one-man weapon of mass destruction, propelling all of them into an epic game of life and death (Star Trek: Into Darkness will be added to the Star Trek Pop-Up line-up from Friday 29th July).
In addition to the Foxtel Movies Star Trek Pop-Up channel, subscribers can enjoy Foxtel Movies when and where they want both live or in Anytime (on demand) with an internet connected iQ box^. For customers without an internet connected iQ box, Foxtel’s Star Trek Pop-Up movies can be recorded to a Foxtel iQ set top box and played back at their convenience.
For customers not on the Foxtel Platinum or Foxtel Movies subscription all films will be available to rent via the Foxtel Store.