Happy 50th Anniversary to Star Trek!

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This month is the 50th anniversary of Star Trek! Congratulations to extraordinary longevity and influence for a television show that ran 3 seasons beginning in September of 1966.  What had been seen initially as only an action-adventure space opera, the influence and importance of this series would grow slowly.

The series was scheduled to be canceled after only two seasons, but an onslaught of mail and calls from fans convinced the television executives to renew it for one more season, but it still was finished after a partial 3rd season. This run of circumstances ordinarily would have been the end of most shows, but something was happening.

Star Trek was in many ways a response to the turmoil of the 1960s, but it was also a vision that transcended that particularly chaotic era. Gene Roddenberry, the creator, of the series, imbued it with a sense of optimism and humanism that suggested it was possible for humanity to confront and overcome its enormous problems. It was the first series to create a multi-cultural, indeed multi-planetary, crew.  In many of its episodes it dealt with issues that were then, and still are, current and facing humanity; among these themes: racism, war, and the spread of weapons in various cultures.

After a short period of dormancy, Star Trek went into syndication and soon would spin off 5 other series, and a 6th is coming out soon. Additionally, many feature movies have been made, including the most recent from this year Star Trek Beyond.

I am a proud Trekkie, especially favoring the original series. The humanism and optimism of the show has resonated with me, and I find the writing especially to be at the top level of television science-fiction shows, right along with The Twilight Zone and The Outer Limits. I hope that the messages of  this show continue to inspire people for many years to come.

“Live Long and Prosper!”

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Best TV Shows of the 1950s and 1960s—Part Two: Star Trek

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I am continuing the series I began about what I consider to be the best TV shows of the 1950s and 1960s and representative example episodes of those shows. For this post, I am going to talk about Star Trek, the original version, which ran from 1966-1969. I will be dating myself, but this show ran when I had just become a young teenager, and it had huge influence on me.

I remember looking forward all week to the next episode and wondering what that week’s episode would be about.  Star Trek was filled with what were, at the time, wonderful special effects, but much more than that, great stories and deeply developed characters.

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I have many episodes that I think were very good, but one, in particular, stands out as excellent: “City On The Edge Of Forever.” It was written by the noted science-fiction author Harlan Ellison and ran towards the end of the first season. It dealt with time travel and insanity, which were always good themes for science-fiction, but it also dealt with an issue that continues to confront our society: what does someone do when seeing the existence of evil? Do they act at the risk of enormous sacrifice, or ignore it? Other questions also emerge from the show: what matters more—the fate of an individual or of society? How do we judge what is necessary to do in a difficult ethical situation? And where is the place of love in our world? These are very heady issues for a young teenager to struggle with; in fact, they continue to influence my thinking and my writing.  It was also a series that infused hope, optimism, and humanism in its message, the idea that humanity can improve itself but always with struggle.

I am wondering: did you like the original Star Trek series, and if so, what episode was your favorite?

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Dragon’s Loyalty Award

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It is always wonderful to be recognized by fellow bloggers.  A big thanks you to Tricia at Never Less Than Everything   http://threehandsoneheart.com/  for this wonderful nomination.  She has a moving, informative, and entertaining blog, so be sure to give her a look.  This award, in particular, is given to those who have commented and/or followed a blog.  So, once again thank you!

Here Are The Rules For This Award:

 * Display the award certificate on your website.
*  Announce your win with a post, and link to whomever presented your award.
* Present 15 awards to deserving bloggers.
* Drop them a comment to tip them off after you’ve linked them in the post.
* Post 7 interesting things about yourself.
Here are my nominees:
Lori L MacLaughlin lorilmaclaughlin.wordpress.com Virginia
S. Anderson http://virginiasanderson.com
insearchofitall.wordpress.com
Jean M. Cogdell  jeanswriting.com
https://inmyclutteredattic.wordpress.com
Marc Alexander Valle https://mavtheauthor.wordpress.com
Cindy Knoke  cindyknoke.wordpress.com
Kritika Vashist krivashist.wordpress.com
Kait King kaitking.wordpress.com
Sarah Higbee http://www.sjhigbee.com
Carolina http://yesterdayafter.com/
Becky Due https://beckydue.wordpress.com/
Next Step to Nirvana https://poonamallee.wordpress.com
Mitch Teemley  mitchteemley.com
Old Man Running https://usabaker.wordpress.com/
OK, 7 interesting things about myself:
1.) I am a die hard original Star Trek fan.
2.) I am hopelessly clumsy.
3.) I love coconut.
4.) I read Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings once every 10 years or so.
5.) I love hot dogs with chili, mustard, and onions.
6.) I consider coffee to be a food group.
7.) I love Beethoven, CCR, and Johnny Cash.