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Concept art for Phase II: the Star Trek series that never was

Today is the 50th anniversary of Star Trek, the science fiction phenomenon that has enchanted television viewers and movie-goers in its various forms and spin-offs for five decades. You don't have to be a sci-fi fanatic to know something about the Star Trek universe, but you may not be aware of the series that never was – Star Trek: Phase II.

The poster for 1979 movie Star Trek: The Motion Picture

The poster for 1979 movie Star Trek: The Motion Picture

Star Trek: Phase II was devised in 1977 to be a sequel to the original Star Trek – the TV series featuring William Shatner as Captain Kirk, Leonard Nimoy playing Spock, and so on. Although the series was canned, some of the design themes were adopted by the 1979 movie, Star Trek: The Motion Picture (including the redesigned Starship Enterprise art used in the movie poster, above), and storylines in the 1987 television series, Star Trek: The Next Generation

As Star Trek: Phase II reached a fairly late stage in production before its cancellation, there is some awesome concept and production art for the sequel that never was, all created by Mike Minor (opens in new tab). Trekkies and concept artists alike are sure to enjoy the images below – scroll through them to get a glimpse of what you missed on the small screen.

Discover much more about Star Trek: Phase II (opens in new tab) on the brilliant and comprehensive Star Trek fan site, Memory Alpha (opens in new tab).

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Craig Stewart is a writer, SEO strategist and content marketer, and is a former editor of Creative Bloq. Craig has written about design, typography, tech and football for publications including Creative Bloq, T3, FourFourTwo and DSG, and he has written a book on motoring for Haynes. When he's not writing, you'll usually find Craig under his old car learning about DIY repairs the hard way.