When Star Trek The Original Series first hit the screens in 1966 few would have thought that 50 years later it would be considered the greatest Sci-fi series ever. Spawning five spin off series, 13 movies, novels and a reboot.
Gene Roddenberry’s original vision of this brill series was extensively revised before the first pilot “The Cage” was filmed. It wasn’t received too well by the NBC network executives who had selected the script. So they took the unusual step of commissioning a second pilot and recast some of the crew. Other familiar faces would join the show in the second season.
Only lasting for three seasons Star Trek The Original Series still managed to make its mark in history. Helping to break down race barriers by having a black female communications officer and a Japanese helmsman. Both on the bridge and involved in important story lines. Captain Kirk even kisses Nyota Uhura in the first interracial kiss on US television. At the height of the cold war a Russian, Pavel Chekov was a main character on the bridge too.
After 79 episodes Star Trek the Original Series was thought to have run its course but its fans had other ideas. keeping the Star Trek Universe alive through conventions and fan created content until Star Trek the Motion Picture was released in 1979. Even today many people argue over what made Star Trek The Original series so enjoyable. Some say it’s the story lines or the special effects. Others say it’s the dynamics between the characters especially between the main three characters of kirk, Spock and McCoy. But I think it’s a mix of things that make this series brill stuff. It broaches subjects that at the time were taboo and showed a more inclusive, non-profit driven way of living in a time where self improvement is as important as rampant commercialism is today. The acting can sometimes be wooden and the effects laughable (big hand in space?). But Star Trek The Original series is above all brill entertainment that attracts fans to it decades after the last episode was made.