It was Sept. 8, 1966, when US television watchers were treated to Captain James Kirk and his crew for the first time. Today, 45 years on, the franchise called Star trek still draws devoted viewers.
It was Sept. 8, 1966, when US television watchers were treated to Captain James Kirk and his crew for the first time. Today, 45 years on, the franchise called Star trek still draws devoted viewers, a newly rebooted series successfully started at film box offices, old TV series airing widely in syndication and lots of new fans appearing all the time.
Any Trekkie could give you lots of reasons for their devotion, memorable characters, futuristic technologies etc, but underlying everything are some unifying themes. This iconic series evidently believes in human progress and, addressing important topics without preaching, giving a rare, hopeful view of the future. Lawrence Krauss, writer of the book The Physics of Star Trek, calls the series a look at a future in which human science and technology knowledge actually makes society a better place. Of course, the fact that Star Trek came out at the height of the space race, when the US Apollo program was riding high, gave the show a real boost. That first, original series -fitted in perfectly with the ethos of the 1960s, not afraid to engage social issues such as race relations, for example, with a crew featuring an African American, an East Asian, a Russian and even an alien in the guise of Spock, different races working well together.Later spin off series always highlighted the co-operation between different genders and races , be they human or alien sending out a glorious subliminal message about getting along together, whatever the situation, the show always making useful social and political commentary, taking such issues seriously, but not itself. Every following series and spin-off continued in the vein of non heavy-handed social progress, powerful stuff for TV viewers. Overall, the franchise looks set to be warming Trekkie hearts for years yet, a new movie due to be released next year, and Star Trek generally looking as if it will live long and prosper for many years yet.