Happy 45th Birthday, Star Trek

September 8, 1966. It seems like only yesterday… Especially for those of us who weren’t born until 1979. πŸ˜›

Seriously, even though I wasn’t there to see it, it is definitely a red letter day in the history of TV and Sci-Fi in general. The first aired episode, The Man Trap, went on the air on Thursday, September 8, 1966 at 8:30 PM. (on the east coast of the United States) Of course, the history of the show itself was rocky one, they ran for only 3 seasons, the 3rd one being moved to the (then) dreaded Friday night at 10 PM slot, the slot where, back in those days, you put a show to kill it. It was known as the Friday night death slot. However, Star Trek would endure. Shortly after cancelling it, the powers-that-be started doing TV ratings by demographics. When it was broken down, the ratings showed that Star Trek was very popular among young men and, if they’d realized that in 1969, they never would have cancelled it. So, they immediately began running the episodes in syndication. And, of course, Star Trek books were being written, models were being built by adoring fans, etc. The 1970s brought us animated Star Trek and, finally Star Trek: The Motion Picture. The comics resumed in the 1980s, and more books were written, 4 more movies were made and Star Trek: The Next Generation started up in 1987. The 1980s also brought us the very first Star Trek video games. The 1990s was a great decade for Star Trek. Four more movies would come in this decade, two more TV series and lots more books, comics, video games, novels, you name it. Star Trek was everywhere. Things started to slim down around 2000-2001, Voyager ended its run and Enterprise took the helm. Only one more movie would follow, Star Trek: Nemesis. Then, in 2006, Paramount announced the unthinkable: they were auctioning off all things Star Trek that they could and they were trashing what they could not. However, by then, the Star Trek fan series were in full swing and being released on the internet. Some, like Hidden Frontier, had been going for years. Others, like Starship Farragut, were in the development phase. And, of course, 2009 brought us JJ Abrams’ reimagined Star Trek, the sequel is in the works. Plus, there’s always the MMORPG Star Trek Online, released last year and set to go F2P (free to play) later this year or very early next year. Not too shabby for a show that NBC cancelled after only 3 seasons for “low ratings,” if you ask me. πŸ˜€

For me, Star Trek has been an important part of my life since TNG began in 1987. I started catching episodes when I could, especially around the 3rd-4th season. The Original Series episodes were even harder to find back then, so it was a treat when I could catch one on TV or on VHS tape. Of course, now I have them all on DVD. It’s nice to not have to worry about TV schedules, I can watch them when I want. πŸ™‚ I became a full-blown Trekkie in the ’90s, I began watching it more, building models, (plastic ones back then) reading the books, playing the games and drawing Star Trek stuff. It’s been a good run. πŸ˜€ Anywho, here’s a little something to celebrate the 45th anniversary:

Anywho, lots more Star Trek goodness is still to come. From me, expect to see more CGI, hopefully it will be good. I have some plans for the blog, including trueSpace tutorials on building the Enterprise from start to finish and other stuff. So stick around, it may be fun. πŸ˜€

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