Space: the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. Its five-year (continuing) mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man (no one) has gone before.
On September 8, 1966, the original Star Trek premiered on NBC. Over the past fifty years, it has spawned seven hundred and twenty-eight episodes and movies (with a new movie being released this summer and a new TV series in production for next winter).
My family introduced me to the repeats of the exploits of Captain Kirk, Spock, and the original Enterprise warping through the galaxy on various adventures, and at the age of seven I was captivated by similar exploits of Jean-Luc Picard’s crew (Star Trek:The Next Generation). I was particularly struck by the way the crew embraced Wesley Crusher, a boy a few years older than me… and they even let him fly the ship!
With both series’, I’ve loved the adventures, the technology, and the challenges the crews of have overcome. I also appreciate the friendships among members of the crew and the way they made an effort to consider the consequences of their actions.
Perhaps because I’m in the middle of graduation & grade 8 farewell season, these themes – adventure, challenges, friendships, and future consequences – are all on my mind lately.
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