Star Trek Truns 45.
September 8, 1966 is the official Birthday of Star Trek as this was the day the first episode aired. ‘The Man Trap’
But Star Trek beginning history start five years before this. Gene Roddenberry drafted a proposal for the science fiction series that would become Star Trek. Although he publicly marketed it as a Western in outer space—a so-called “Wagon Train to the Stars”.
It was different than any other draft handed in and had many ideas years before it time. One of the most notable Enovation was that a woman would have a command role on a military ship. But not just a low rank command role but that of the first officer.
The draft was given a green light for a Pilot to make. Unfortunately there was tom many ideas a head of it time and the executive’s did not green light a full series. It would not be until a few years later when NBC took another look at Star Trek; they commissioned Gene to write another pilot but this time to bring it more in line with views of the time. The second pilot still had idea head of it time and Gene refined his universe a bit more. The only actors to come back where Leonard Nimoy & Majel Barrett. NBC liked the second pilot and greened lighted the show.
However Star Trek early history was still rocky as the original series only lasted three years. This was due to the show time slot being moved around. The show went into syndication and re-runs started to play. This brought new fans that fell in love with it. By the early 70’s the first conventions where being held. There was only one thing the fan demanded was new episodes. Paramount pictures which had bought out NBC took not of this and started to put a new Star Trek series into works. This was to be called Star Trek Phase II. This was all change with the release of Star Wars. Due to popularity of the film, Paramount decides to move focus of making a new Star Trek series to a film.
While the story of The Motion Picture, is not great and the film is a little slow. It gave the fans what they demanded. The film made enough money that the studio green light a second film. This would was a even bigger success and is considered by many to be one of the best Trek films.
It would not be until 1987 That Star Trek would return to the small screen with Star Trek: The Next Generation. This was with a new crew and set 80 years after the movie adventures of the original crew. From this point Star Trek would not be off the small screen until 2005. To this date there are not been any other franchise to run continue for 18 years, though Stargate was on it way, until SGU was canceled.
In 2009 Star Trek was rebooted with a new movie going back to Kirk and co early days. The movie was a huge success. However some of the fan’s hated it as it engorged a lot the history and the essence of the show. But it did draw in a large number of new fans.
To date there has been 6 TV shows (Star Trek, Star Trek: The Animated Series, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: Voyager and Star Trek: Enterprise.), 11 movies.
Even with all of this Star Trek is far from dying out as book and comics are still very popular, the merchandise side of things keeps getting bigger each year. To top that off the 12 Star Trek movies has just gone into product, with a release date of 2014.
Star Trek will be with us for a long time to come.