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Star Trek is an American media franchise based on the science fiction television series created by Gene Roddenberry. The first television series, simply called Star Trek and now referred to as "The Original Series", debuted in 1966 and aired for three seasons on NBC. It followed the voyages of the starship USS Enterprise on it’s five year mission, the purpose of which was “to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone before!“. The USS Enterprise was a space exploration vessel built by the United Federation of Planets in the 23rd century. The Star Trek canon includes The Original Series, an animated series, five spin-off television series, the film franchise, and further adaptations in several media.

In creating Star Trek, Roddenberry was inspired by the Horatio Hornblower novels, the satirical book Gulliver's Travels, and Westerns such as the television series Wagon Train. These adventures continued in the 22-episode Star Trek: The Animated Series and six feature films. Five other television series were eventually produced: Star Trek: The Next Generation follows the crew of a new starship Enterprise, set a century after the original series; Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Star Trek: Voyager are set contemporaneously with The Next Generation, and Enterprise is set before the original series in the early days of human interstellar travel. The most recent Star Trek television series, Star Trek: Discovery, airs exclusively on the digital platform CBS All Access. The adventures of The Next Generation crew continued in four additional feature films. In 2009, the film franchise underwent a reboot with the creation in an alternate timeline, or the Kelvin Timeline, named after a starship featured in the film Star Trek. This film featured a new cast portraying younger versions of the crew from the original show; their adventures were continued in Star Trek Into Darkness (2013). Its sequel, Star Trek Beyond (2016), was released to coincide with the franchise's 50th anniversary.

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Patrick Stewart portrayed Captain Jean-Luc Picard
"Lessons" is the 19th episode of the sixth season of the science fiction television series Star Trek: The Next Generation and was originally aired on April 5, 1993 in broadcast syndication. Directed by Robert Wiemer, the episode was written by Ron Wilkerson and Jean Louise Matthias, with uncredited revisions by René Echevarria. The series follows the adventures of the crew of the Starfleet starship Enterprise. In this episode, Captain Picard's (Patrick Stewart) shared love of music with Lt. Commander Nella Daren (Wendy Hughes) leads to romance. After sending her on a dangerous mission which results in her death being incorrectly reported, he realises that he is incapable of carrying out a relationship with someone under his command. The episode saw a reprisal of Picard’s flute which had been introduced in the fifth season episode "The Inner Light". Stand-ins were used to perform the pieces by Picard and Daren, which required the use of close-up camera angles by the director. "Lessons" featured a variety of pieces of classical music, including works by Ludwig van Beethoven and Johann Sebastian Bach. The episode was received warmly by critics reviewing it after the end of the series, who praised by the performances of Hughes and Stewart.

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Eric Bana, photographed in 2009
Eric Bana (born 9 August 1968), is an Australian film and television actor. He began his career as a comedian in the sketch comedy series Full Frontal before gaining critical recognition in the biographical film Chopper (2000). After a decade of roles in Australian TV shows and films, Bana gained Hollywood's attention by playing the lead role as Bruce Banner in the Ang Lee directed film Hulk (2003). He has since played Hector in the movie Troy (2004), the lead in Steven Spielberg's Munich (2005), and the Romulan villain Nero in JJ Abrams' science-fiction film Star Trek (2009). His character attempts to exact revenge on Spock, whom he blames for the destruction of his homeworld and its inhabitants. The film was a critical success and grossed over US$380 million worldwide. Bana is an accomplished dramatic actor and comedian, he received Australia's highest film and television awards for his performances in Chopper, Full Frontal and Romulus, My Father. Bana has performed across a wide spectrum of leading roles in a variety of low-budget and major studio films, ranging from romantic comedies and drama to science fiction and action thrillers. He has also been involved in charity work, in a variety of campaigns across the youth and medical sectors.

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