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Star Trek’s 50-year mission: to shine a light on the best of humankind. There is no grand political statement in the first episode of Star Trek, 50 years ago.

Star Trek’s 50-year mission: to shine a light on the best of humankind

The Man Trap is a languid little thriller about a monster that eats salt and has a curious habit of shape-shifting into the image of your ex-girlfriend. If you happened to tune in on 8 September 1966, you would have had no concept of the utopian idealism favoured by Star Trek’s creator, Gene Roddenberry, no inkling of the socialist concepts of the sharing of resources that would pop up in later incarnations of the franchise. It was high adventure set in space, nothing more. But there’s no question that what defines Star Trek today is an egalitarian, pluralistic, moral future society that has rejected greed and hate for the far more noble purpose of learning all that is learnable and spreading freedom throughout the galaxy.

That doesn’t exactly chime with the world we live in: one that is increasingly polarised, violent, and arguably teeming with existential despair. Star Trek One Trek Mind: Nimoy's Other Best Roles. Stern, bereft of emotion, perhaps even a tad diabolical.

Star Trek One Trek Mind: Nimoy's Other Best Roles

These were not the words to describe Leonard Nimoy. Nor are they even accurate for Mr. Spock, his most famous character, once you get to know him. But Nimoy's striking visage (aided a bit by some tweaked eyebrows and earlobes) and alien presence made him an instant icon when Star Trek: The Original Series first went on the air. For many, Spock IS Star Trek, and the Vulcan philosophies of logic and infinite diversity in infinite combinations are a path we try to walk here on Earth.

As we celebrate what would have been Nimoy's 86th birthday, let's take a few minutes to recall some of his greatest non-Star Trek accomplishments. Mission: Impossible You need an advanced degree from the Daystrom Institute to work the Nimoy-Landau vertex. Now consider this: both Rollin Hand and “The Great Paris” were masters of disguise. Land of the Lost. How Patrick Stewart Changed The Way We Say 'Data'

Posted on Dec 21, 2016 11:25pm The first time Star Trek: The Next Generation's cast sat down together with the script, Patrick Stewart (Captain Jean-Luc Picard) made a small change—one that might have influenced the way you speak today.

How Patrick Stewart Changed The Way We Say 'Data'

Brent Spiner (Lt. Commander Data) tells the story. Star Trek: Discovery premieres May 2017 on CBS with the premiere and all subsequent episodes available exclusively on CBS All Access. Star Trek 28 Years Later... It's Still "Elementary, Dear Data" It was December 5, 1988, or 28 years ago, that the fan-favorite Star Trek: The Next Generation episode “Elementary, Dear Data” debuted.

Star Trek 28 Years Later... It's Still "Elementary, Dear Data"

And it remains one of TNG's most-entertaining episodes. A second-season outing, it focused on Data, Geordi and Dr. Pulaski, who got caught up in a Sherlock Holmes-style holodeck mystery involving a quick-thinking, fast-learning and (arguably) sentient Professor James Moriarty (Daniel Davis). 'Beyond' Screenwriter Thinks 'Star Trek' Deserves a Cinematic Universe. The voyages of the starship Enterprise might not be the only Star Trek adventures we’ll see on the big screen.

'Beyond' Screenwriter Thinks 'Star Trek' Deserves a Cinematic Universe

The Original Star Trek is Still Driving Innovation at Apple and Google. By Robert Montenegro When George Takei visited us last month, we were fascinated with his explanation of Star Trek's influence on the social progress and emerging technologies of today.

The Original Star Trek is Still Driving Innovation at Apple and Google

Series creator Gene Roddenberry was a visionary figure in so many ways that 50 years later we're still trying to turn his dreams into reality. Farhad Manjoo covers Star Trek tech-made-incarnate in this piece for The New York Times, commenting on major improvements to the Siri software for the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus. The new Siri is hands free; you can access it via voice at any time. Its capabilities have been boosted to the point where we're awfully close to what Captain Kirk is able to do in the video below.

‘Star Trek’: Best Movies and TV Shows, Ranked. Beyond the 19 films and TV shows that make up official on-screen “Star Trek” canon, there are quite a few more efforts that could, philosophically, be a part of this list.

‘Star Trek’: Best Movies and TV Shows, Ranked

There’s the rich legacy of officially licensed novels and comic books that brought the characters to life in print form. There’s the technology invented by production designers that eventually became real-life wizardry. There’s the 1999 film “Galaxy Quest” — technically a parody, but spiritually one of the best “Star Trek” movies ever made. READ MORE: ‘Star Trek’ Wants to Regulate Fan Culture, But It’s Not Going to Be Easy There are the vibrant fan communities that, even during the franchise’s many dormant periods, ensured that “Star Trek” would never actually die.

Thus, we seek balance. Hopefully, Kirk and Spock (in all of their many iterations) would approve. 19. 18. “Enterprise” tried. 17. Leaving aside J.J. Best 'Star Trek' original series episodes ranked. Star Trek Sandra Piller Reveals Her Late Husband's Insurrection Book. Michael Piller, when he passed away in 2005, was just 57 years old.

Star Trek Sandra Piller Reveals Her Late Husband's Insurrection Book

He left behind many things: his family, including wife Sandra; hours and hours of Star Trek television and also Star Trek Insurrection, not to mention the millions of fans who enjoyed them; and episodes of other shows he'd written, produced and/or created, such as Simon & Simon, Miami Vice, Wildfire and The Dead Zone. Piller also mentored numerous writers during his time with Trek, and they continue his legacy. But now, finally, something else he left behind is seeing the light of day... FADE IN: THE MAKING OF STAR TREK: INSURRECTION -- A Textbook on Screenwriting from within the Star Trek Universe.

Piller wrote the book years before, and some fans found copies of it online, but it was never officially published... until now. It's been your mission, really, to get this book published properly. I wanted to help Michael's dream come true. What did this book mean to Michael? What do you remember of him writing the book?