Star Trek @50: Living long and prospering

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Today, 8 september, one of TV and film’s most successful franchises celebrates its 50th birthday. Created by the late Gene Roddenberry, Star Trek debuted in 1966.

Yes, it was campy at times, but the TV series broke new ground for broadcast TV in its era. The show dealt with social issues, the cast was racially, ethnically and species-wide diverse. The first interracial kiss between Captain Kirk and Lieutenant Uhuru raised many eyebrows. But perhaps Star Trek’s biggest fortune was only lasting three seasons. It left the die-hard Trekkies wanting more. And more. And more.

Star Fleet and the Enterprise have appeared in countless TV spinoffs and reboots, films and their reboots, film spoofs (Galaxy Quest – the best), conventions, and Comic-Coms. Star Trek has not only endured, it has flourished.

Here’s a round-up of fun reads relating to Star Trek:

Why has Star Trek endured? A few different takes.

  1. Via Comicsverse
  2. Via ScreenCrush

Live long, prosper on.

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