Celebrate “Star Trek Day” By Sharing Your Memories of the Final Frontier

“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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  • Butch Knouse

    My favorite line from all of the movies and TV shows. Scotty “We’ll never able to hold orbit.” Spock “Would you rather stay here?”

  • richardpeck

    On my first job as a newspaper reporter I had a chief editor who was a huge Star Trek fan. I knew this because he faithfully took his “lunch break” at 9 p.m. every Friday (reasonable, since we worked from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m.) but never any other night, and he explained why. Don’t know how many Star Trek fans watched it on their lunch break!

  • Mike Jensen

    Loved it as a child, but have nothing but contempt as an adult.

  • John

    Simply put I prefer The Original Series to this day not because I’m nostalgic but because it’s good. Peaks and troughs, sure, what would you expect from any television series? But, over 50 years from viewing the Stateside broadcast premiere of most of the episodes (“In Living Color!”) and I STILL want to see them? Binge if you must, but watch the genre when it was young, fun, on as much of an edge as the network censors would allow, and (by gosh) had a message that stuck.

  • garykevinware

    My least favorite episode is one that many seem to consider one of the best episodes, The Trouble With Tribbles. My favorite episode has changed over the years but I would now go with Amok Time.

  • Kendall

    Next Generation was one that I actually loved! The Original Series was good, but the only reason that I watched Original was for the character of Spock. The best of all of the films (NOT including the JJ Abrams ones–yuck!) was First Contact. Jonathan Frakes (Riker) did a heck of a good job on it. And Riker was my favorite character with a tie as Troi and Picard as the worst (IMHO).

  • Billy

    Best episode: The Galileo 7. It contained every possible human extreme reaction to an unpredictable event happening with no warning. Spock’s move to ignite the shuttle craft fuel as a flare so the Enterprise could see it was utterly brilliant. To do this in a TV show was unbelievable at the time, show’s writers used ‘real’ scientists from rand Corp. and t.r.w. for technical input. Second best episode, Spectre of the Gun, also unbelievable good.
    From, Billy, Hollywood