Thursday 8 September 2016

Where No One Had Gone Before

Happy birthday, Star Trek.

Fifty years ago today, the franchise began with the broadcast of "The Man Trap," which introduced the world to Jim Kirk, Mr Spock, Dr McCoy, Uhura, Sulu, Yeoman Rand, the Starship Enterprise and the Salt Vampire. Since then, it has expanded to include six television series (soon to be seven), thirteen feature films, an online gaming universe, countless books and comic strips, dozens of fanfilms and a host of inspired viewers. 

A lot has changed in those fifty years, and while Star Trek is forward thinking in some respects, it often seems very set in its ways. Nothing ages faster than the future. Still, I can't wait to see how the newest series, Star Trek: Discovery, takes on the challenge of updating the franchise for a modern audience. 

Blog followers can look forward to more Captain's Blogs, and new retrospectives on the films, plus the occasional special article. More time spent with the Enterprise (NCC-1701, A through to E and the NX-01) , Deep Space Nine and the Defiant, Voyager, and the Discovery.

In another fifty years we'll have passed the fictional date of First Contact and be well into the imagined future history of Star Trek. Here's to the future and what surprises it may bring.

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