Sep. 08, 1966
60 min.
NBC TV Network

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Star Trek: The Original Series

Set in the 23rd century. Earth has survived World War III and has moved on to explore the stars. Humanity has allied itself with alien races and formed the United Federation of Planets, and Star Fleet serves as its exploratory and military branch. James T.Kirk the Captain of the Starship Enterprise explores the galaxy with a crew of 430.

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Hikaru Sulu was born in the city of San Francisco, Earth, in 2237 and was a Human Starfleet officer in the 23rd century. He served as the physicist and helmsman aboard the USS Enterprise and later as helmsman aboard the Enterprise-A. He was later promoted to Captain and served as the commanding officer of the USS Excelsior.
In 2265, Lieutenant Sulu was assigned to the starship Enterprise, serving as the head of the astrosciences department. By 2266, Sulu had transferred to the operations division and was assigned to the helmsman station with responsibilities as shift tactical officer.
In 2266, Sulu, along with most of the other Enterprise crewmembers, came under the effects of the Psi 2000 intoxication. During this period he fancied himself the reincarnation of D'Artagnan, imperiling other crew members with a fencing foil.
In 2267, Sulu and the rest of the Enterprise crew were overcome by the effects of the spores on Omicron Ceti III. Again, along with the rest of the crew, Sulu desired to leave Starfleet to live on the planet, but was cured of the spores influence and resumed his duties. The same year, Sulu was injured when a technical malfunction caused his console to overload in his face.
Both the helm and navigational stations were able to access weapons and shield functions, and so accordingly both helmsmen and navigators including Chekov and Sulu, shared this "tactical" officer function.
In 2269, the crew of the Enterprise had been reduced in size by spiroid epsilon waves emanating from a planet that was the location of the Terratin colony. While in miniaturized state, Sulu broke his leg from a fall on the bridge. Dr. McCoy, assisted by Nurse Chapel, treated his leg.
In 2270, Sulu, McCoy and Uhura were trapped in the holographic recreation room. Some of the crew experienced accelerated reverse aging, and Sulu was reduced to infancy. Following the vessel's return to normal space, Sulu and the other crewmembers were returned to their normal ages, by use of the transporter.
Later Career
Upon the Enterprise's return to Earth in 2270 Sulu was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Commander. In 2273, Enterprise Captain Willard Decker was relieved from command by then-Rear Admiral Kirk.
Sometime before 2285, Sulu was promoted to Lieutenant Commander and accepted an assignment teaching at Starfleet Academy. He "served" aboard the training vessel Enterprise under the command of Captain Spock.
In 2286, Sulu piloted the Klingon Bird-of-Prey, HMS Bounty, as the Enterprise crew returned to Earth to face certain court martial. Upon their arrival, they found Earth under attack by an unknown alien probe, which was later determined to be attempting to communicate with the long-extinct humpback whale. The Enterprise crew traveled back in time, to Earth's 1986, in an attempt to locate a humpback whale and to thus save Earth from destruction.
In that time Sulu discovered a Huey 204, a ship which he had a nostalgic admiration for. He described it to its pilot, as like something he flew in his Academy days.
Sulu was able to borrow the Huey to carry the enormous panes of plexiglass, that Scott and McCoy procured, and hauled them across San Francisco, to Golden Gate Park.
Following the dismissal from their court martial, he was pleased to be assigned to the newly-commissioned USS Enterprise-A.
One year later, while the Enterprise was still in spacedock, she and her crew were assigned to resolve a conflict on Nimbus III; the planet of galactic peace. There they found Sybok, Spock's half-brother. He commandeered the Enterprise and traveled to the center of the galaxy, where he hoped to find "Sha Ka Ree".
In 2290, Sulu was promoted to the rank of captain, and offered command of the USS Excelsior. Lieutenant Commander Janice Rand was assigned as the ship's communications officer at Sulu's request. While he displayed a more authoritarian manner once taking command of the Excelsior, contrasting his more easygoing, laid back demeanor shown previously, he was still very loyal to both his new and his old crew.
In 2293, the Excelsior, nearing completion of a three-year mission cataloging gaseous anomalies in the Beta Quadrant, encountered a subspace shock wave resulting from the destruction of the Klingon moon Praxis.

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02x26 - Assignment: Earth
Season 2, Episode 26
02x07 - Catspaw
Season 2, Episode 07
03x12 - The Empath
Season 3, Episode 12
01x03 - Where No Man Has Gone Before
Season 1, Episode 03
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