Going Boldly for 45 Years
Here at Brownstone we feel it would be illogical not to mark the 45th Anniversary of the airing of the very first episode of Star Trek on September 8th, 1966. Given its cultural impact and warp-drive success of the franchise, it seems unbelievable that the series was cancelled after just three seasons.
Phrases such as ‘Beam me up, Scotty’, ‘Live long and prosper’ and even ‘Klingons off the starboard bow’ have entered common parlance. Whether we conisder ourselves Star Trek fans (‘Trekkers’ not ‘trekkies’) or not, we are all familiar with their origins.
The ratings-obsessed network and short-sightedness of advertisers doomed the original series which nonetheless spawned numerous spin-off series, films, merchandising and conventions and which has now enjoyed a re-boot thanks to JJ Abrams whose re-imagined 2009 film starring Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto and Leonard Nimoy became the highest grossing movie of the franchise.
Gene Roddenberry created an incredible legacy which continues to influence popular culture and which is still boldly going after 45 years with no sign of any slowing of its warp-drive success. We think that’s worth toasting with a glass of Romulan ale.