On this day in 1966, the very first episode of Star Trek has aired and our lives has never been the same ever since. Well, I cannot really look back for that long ago as I was born later with TNG, but the original show has been a massive influence on me and many people, and on pop-culture in general. As we set our phasers to fun to celebrate the 55th anniversary of Star Trek The Original Series and its legacy, let's see what are my 5 favourite things about the show that started it all.
5. All I need is a tall ship...
Not to cut the importance of any of the five things with this ranking, but the 5th on my list has to be the Enterprise. What a lovely and revolutionary way to reinvent space travel and sci-fi vehicles in many regards. The USS Enterprise has changed and had many variations over the 55 years leaving a legacy behind, but for many of us Star Trek fans, and even for the casual viewer, the look of this iconic ship will never get out of our head. Still, after all those years, this Constitution class ship is one of the most remarkable spaceship of all time that gave us - and still do - inspiration and moves our imagination to the undiscovered country.
4. One Mighty Crew
No ship is special without its crew. The original series has presented us for the first time in TV history the most diverse and multicultural group of people who had one goal in mind, to boldly go where no one has gone before. I always loved the trio of Kirk, Spock and Bones, but aside them I still, to this day, just cannot give enough love to the bond between Scotty, Uhura, Chekov and Sulu and all those characters we meet along the way. Pioneering the final frontier in the most diverse way possible was a big thing in the 60's and still continues to be a great example from early (and modern) sci-fi history that resonates with millions of people.
3. Endless Possibilities
Who said that 78 episode is all you have? Well, we know that the Star Trek Universe has expanded in ways that I don't think anyone could have imagined in the 60's. The show, the episodes and the brilliant topics certainly sparked the imagination to many creating their own in-universe stories, diving deep into the issues and also making changes. Human society certainly has changed a lot since, but we still have a long way to go...
2. Being Human
One of the most valuable aspect of Star Trek to show us how to be a better human. There are numerous examples in the history of the series that taught us to be open for new ideas and most importantly to BE KIND to one another. Showing us a way to be the better of ourselves is something that was new and still continues to be one of the driving quality of the classic show.
1. Hope for a Better Tomorrow
Our world is rapidly changing. That was the case in the 60's and even more so in our present days. Change and dealing with change is always something that comes as part of our human nature, but in some occasion the world has not been kind to us and that often can let us feel down. That's where Star Trek still has a powerful message to us, that there's a better tomorrow for all of us. A tomorrow that will be happier, more open and more kind.
And with that I wish to say happy birthday to you Star Trek. I'm glad hat you were with us in this past 55 years and I am content that you will keep inspiring us in this brave new world that we will all be going boldly. Live long and prosper. _\\//