“Space: the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. Its five-year mission: to explore strange new worlds. To seek out new life and new civilizations. To boldly go where no man has gone before!”
On September 8, 1966, those words kicked off a new science fiction series debuting on NBC. Pitched by show creator Gene Roddenberry to the network as “Wagon Train to the stars,” Star Trek set a new course for science fiction…and pop culture (and the world) was never the same since.
The original 79 episodes thrived in syndication, spawning endless feature films, television spin-offs, and a galaxy of merchandise. 53 years later, and Star Trek is still an unmatched phenomenon — which is why fans of the enduring franchise celebrate Star Trek Day each September 8th. You can do just that by discussing all things Trek in the comments below. Not sure what to talk about? Here are some discussion points:
• What is your favorite Star Trek episode and why?
• Your least favorite?
• From William Shatner to Leonard Nimoy, Patrick Stewart to Sonequa Martin-Green, there have been so many incredible actors on the various Trek series across the decades. Who are some of your favorites?
• Who are some of your favorite Star Trek aliens?
• What is your favorite Star Trek film? Your least favorite?
• Name the Star Trek series that you’ve seen most. Least?
• Do you own any Star Trek merchandise? If so, what are some of your favorite pieces?
• Why do you think that Trek has touched lives across the globe?
• Have you ever attended a Star Trek convention? If so, what was the experience like?
• Which character from any of the Star Trek series do you relate with the most?
These are just some suggested topics, feel free to boldly go into the comments to discuss anything Trek-related you like. And, of course, live long and prosper!
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