THE ORIGINAL SERIES
Space. The final frontier. These are the voyages of the Starship Enterprise, it's 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.
This familiar passage is one of the best ways there is to explain The Original Series, but even with this action-promising paragraph, there is more that can be said. This series was created in the 1960's by a man named Gene Roddenberry, Gene's advertisement for this series to the NBC producers was that it would be a "wagon train to the stars", this saying caught NBC's attention because at the time the popular shows were westerns, and because this series turned out to be their first color series, they wanted something that would be popular with the viewers.
After many attempts NBC finally agreed to air the show in 1966, Star Trek dealed with the crew of the Starship Enterprise and the missions and dangers that they faced while away from Earth, it would be one of the first series to have a mixed racial cast that were not servants or villains, on board was an Asian-American known as Sulu, helmsmen of the Enterprise, and he held a position in command, along with Sulu was Uhura, an African American woman who was in charge of communications and also held a position in command, there was Chekov, a Russian navigator who the actor that portrayed him in real life was born in Manhattan to Russian parents, and Scotty, a Scottish Chief Engineer, and third in command, however, the actor that played him was born in Vancouver. Both Chekov and Scotty was played so well that viewers believed that they were actually Russian or Scottish, thus making the show have a huge (for the time) mixed racial cast.
This show also was the first to ever air an interracial kiss from Kirk and Uhura. Though this show made television history, some called it radical and wanted it taken off the air, however, Star Trek got away with a lot of its plot lines, which focused on current events such as the Koran War, because it was based in the future, but beneath all the science fiction and current events there were many moral lessons and many questions that it forced its viewers to ask of themselves, Star Trek was the first show that actually made people stop and think about what was going on, it didn't just create viewers and new fans of science fiction, it made them better people in the long run.
To find out about the characters and the actors that played them in this exciting show, click on the links below.
U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701
Captain James T. Kirk
Cmdr. Mr. Spock
Lt. Cmdr. Dr. McCoy
#Jackson DeForest Kelley
Lt. Cmdr. Chief Engineer Montgomery Scott
Lt. Hikaru Sulu
Ensign Pavel Andreievich Chekov
Nurse Christine Chapel
#Majel Lee Hudec
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Star Trek: The Original Series