Star Trek Celebrates 50 Years
To commemorate 50 years of boldly going where no one has gone before, And There Came A Day presents a weekly countdown to September 8, 2016 – 50 years to the day of the premiere of Star Trek.
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Star Trek the Motion Picture is a very interesting movie. It was the result of a years-long process aimed at getting Star Trek back on television. A new Star Trek television series was in the planning stages, off-and-on, for over five years. When Star Wars hit it big, Paramount changed the Star Trek revival from a tv show to a film, we got the Enterprise’s search for V’Ger and the rest is history.
Star Trek turns 50 this year. It is the most important of the great pop culture franchises, maybe, the first realized vision of a cross-platform fictionalized universe. There are long-running narrative ideas that predate Trek’s 1966 TV debut, sure: James Bond, Middle-Earth, Godzilla, Spider-Man, Superman, Sherlock Holmes. But the Star Trek half-century is the half-century of fandom, canon, mythology, spin-offs, young faces growing old across sequels and reboots. It is the age that fandom took over the movie industry – or the age of the movie industry co-opting fandom. Consider: The other franchises had to come to Hollywood. Trek started here – to the south, in Culver City, at Desilu Productions, rescued from development oblivion because Lucille Ball had serious sway.
I actually really like Star Trek the Motion Picture. Perhaps this is because there is very little Star Trek I don’t like.
And I LOVE the Orson Welles voiced preview for it.
And the poster is pretty darn cool, too.