Today if you are not hip enough to already know is the 40th Anniversary of the First Airing of Star Trek on NBC. September 8th, 1966 saw the entry into the world of pop culture a force that though initially short lived would only get more popular as time went by. I didn’t see the show in its inital airing I was only 7 months old in September of 66. I didn’t see the show until the 1970’s when it was in synidication. My first memories of Star Trek include begging, pleading, bargining and threatening my sister to get to watch the second part of the 2 part episode “The Menagerie” when she wanted to watch “The Brady Bunch”. The two shows came on at the same time in syndication in those years and we had to trade off every other night.
I would get my revenge years later in 1979 when, my mother tired of my pestering her every 2 minutes about seeing Star Trek: The Motion Picture, dragged my sister out of bed to go with us to see the Midnight showing of the film. My sister was miserable and my mother was annoyed because the guy in front of us was translating the film to his friend in to some foreign language the entire picture. I don’t remember any of that. I remember only waiting impatiently to see the starship Enterprise again after a long draught.
Today I’m feeling somewhat the same way. The last series “Enterprise” has been off the air for a while. The last movie was ages ago and I’m ready for something new in the Star Trek Universe. The new versions of the old series will be a pleasant diversion of a few months to see what the CGI artists come up with to guess which graphical issues they will fix and which they will preserve for the next generation of Original Show fans. But I’m looking forward to the rumored Trek 11 film. I think I might even be ready to see someone else play those iconic characters. Its been long enough now I think. I could get into seeing Captain Kirk in all his youthful glory again.
Tonight though its time for a Trek marathon on TVLand.
Beam me up!