50 Years of Boldly Going | Connecticut Public Radio

50 Years of Boldly Going

Feb 10, 2017

  At 8:30 pm on Thursday, September 8, 1966, NBC aired the premiere of a new series called "Star Trek". The episode was "The Man Trap." The star date was 1513.1, in case you're interested in that kind of thing.

I am not interested in that kind of thing.

The "Star Trek" canon encompasses seven TV shows -- 725 episodes, so far -- and 13 movies. I've just never been into it. I tried to get into it for this show, but it didn't work.

But here's the thing: It doesn't matter. "Beam me up." "Live long and prosper." "Redshirt." "Vulcan." "Klingon." The English language's best known split infinitive. Regardless of whether or not you're a fan of "Star Trek," Star Trek is a big damn deal, with nearly boundless influence.

"'Star Trek' is more than pop culture; it’s 20th century mythology," said The AV Club's Caroline Siede. This hour, a look at some of the more than 33,000 minutes -- more than 23 days -- of television and movies that is "Star Trek."


Colin McEnroe, Rebecca Castellani, Greg Hill, and Chion Wolf contributed to this show, which originally aired on September 8, 2016.

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