In 1964, former pilot Gene Roddenberry drafted his first pitch for a new science-fiction series, giving rise to Star Trek. Showcasing the possibility that humanity could evolve beyond conflict and xenophobia.
“It first came out at a time 20 years after the second World War ended and there was Mr. Sulu, a Japanese guy, front and center, and there was Chekov, a Russian guy, three or four years after the Cuban Missile Crisis. Look, we’ll get there one day.” — Creator Gene Roddenberry
Star Trek celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. To mark the occasion, I reflect upon the legacy the franchise has set in its half-century.
Here’s a fun fact, In 1970 Paramount Pictures wanted to sell all rights to Star Trek to Roddenberry, but he could not afford the $150,000 price.
The original series ran for only three seasons before it was cancelled. However, the franchise refused to die, spawning four TV spin-offs (The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, Voyager and Enterprise) and an animated series. There have also been 13 films.
You might not be a Trekkie but Fifty years later, it is still going strong, with Star Trek Beyond in cinemas this month and a new television series set to air in early 2017.
Not to forget all the technological inspirations this franchise gave us, from wacky cell phone to tablet computers.
“I don’t think anybody in 1966 had any idea that it would get this big, It was a day-to-day struggle to keep the show on the air, frankly.” — Leonard Nimoy (a.k.a. Spock)
Meanwhile if you by any chance haven’t seen Star Trek yet, Here’s a quick guide to the franchise by Adam Holmes from Cinema Blend which might help you get started!