Star Trek first voyaged “where no man has gone before” on September 8, 1966. Since then, the show has delighted and thrilled audiences with its wit and wild adventures. Star Trek is set in the future when the human race has reached farther into the galaxy than we could imagine. With superior space-vessels, and warp drive in particular, humans had reached planets we have only dreamed of and made contact with aliens we can only hypothesize about. In the future of Star Trek, Earth, along with 150 other planets have formed the United Federation of Planets, agreeing to function as semi-autonomous worlds under one central governing body. Star Trek: The Original Series followed the crew of the starship Enterprise as they traveled through space, sent on missions by central control by Starfleet.
Each distinct character was loved for different reasons. Capt. Kirk, the captain of the Enterprise, is bold, rash, and charming. Mr. Spock, First Officer and Science Officer, is logical, witty, and scientific. He is half human and half Vulcan, an alien race prominent in the series and known for their rigid discipline of logic over emotions. Dr. McCoy, Chief Medical Officer, is dedicated to his career, he is rash and proud but extremely competent and fiercely loyal. Lt. Commander Montgomery Scott or Scotty, the chief technical officer and second officer, is comical and proud. He is often referred to as “the miracle worker” among the crew as he always manages to pull together the impossible and keep the ship functional. Lt. Uhura, Chief Communications Officer, is kind and capable. Ensign Pavel Checkov, navigations, is convinced that everything good came from his mother Russia. Lastly, Lt. Hirkau Sulu, helmsman, is Checkov’s best friend, a capable officer, and witty. He is also a wonderful fencer.
One of the best things about the show is the humor. It is extraordinarily clever and witty at times, while at other times the humor is not intended. Because the show was made when special effects were not what they are now, the valiant effort to look real can appear a bit amusing. Campy or clever, the humor adds to the show’s enjoyment.
The ideas of the show are wonderful as well. Gene Rodenberry, the creator of Star Trek, used the science fiction setting to soften his social commentary. The episodes contained messages, some of them overt, some of them not, on slavery, feminism, race relations, militarism, exploration, and peace.
Finally, the messages of peace and unity in the show are wonderful and quite progressive, especially for the era in which the show was produced. In the world of Star Trek, within the federation of Planets at least, there is no discrimination, hate crimes, genocide, or war. In the world of Star Trek, the Earth is no longer divided into countries but is one unified member planet of the United Federation of Planets. In the world of Star Trek, everyone lives in peace.
Live Long and Prosper.