Category Archives: Sci-Fi

To Boldly Go

The Beginnings

I guess I could talk about Obama’s boring, pointless speech today like every other blogger is. I feel that much like Robert Mitchum’s death was over shadowed by Princess Di’s death, Current political events is towering above the 45th birthday of Star Trek. On September 8, 1966 NBC aired the first episode. The show’s creator Gene Roddenberry pitched the show as a Wagon Train to the Stars. But more importantly he secretly used the show to address social events of the day. He tackled war, interracial dealing, to the moral questions technology raised. Despite two fan based letter writing campaigns, the show was canceled after it’s third season.

Rebirth

After cancellation, Paramount studio sent the show into reruns in the fall of 1969, and by the late 1970s had been sold in over 150 domestic and 60 international markets. The reruns helped the show to develop a cult following greater than its popularity during its original run. In 1987 the show Star Trek: The Next Generation aired. It was set 100 years in the future and introduced a new cast, a newer Starship Enterprise, and a whole new set of aliens. I at first, being an old fuddy duddy, didn’t like it. But after the first season I came to like it just as good if not better than the original one. This was followed by Start Trek: deep space Nine (pretty good). Star Trek: Voyager (meh). And Star Trek: Enterprise (let it die already). There where also eleven feature films in the original Star Trek franchise.

Reboot

In May 2009 producer J.J. Abrams and Paramount released the reboot titled Star Trek. It introduced the original characters in a universe that implores the viewer to forget all other versions and accept the show as a new beginning. The film has earned considerable critical and financial success, grossing in inflation-adjusted dollars the most box office sales of any other Star Trek film. It also won the first Academy award for the Star trek franchise, for makeup. Paramount is planning to release a sequel to the reboot on June 29, 2012. Seek Out New Civilizations