Where no one has gone before
At first I wondered if I would like watching Star Trek. The Original Series was more than fifty years old for one. The Next Generation ended over twenty years ago. Science fiction is something best enjoyed fresh. Or so I thought before watching Star Trek: The Original Series. Life was never the same.
The Original Series was light years ahead of its time. It offered us a look into the future. A future in which people of different races worked together harmoniously. Where everyone was equal. A future, set amid the peak of cold war tensions, where solutions and compromises could be reached without resorting to violence.
Since then the show has spawned hundreds of episodes and several films. It has become multibillion dollar franchise with countless fans. And for good reason, as it showed us a positive vision of the future. It inspired us and gave us something to strive for. To boldly go where no one has gone before.
“Star Trek was an attempt to say that humanity will reach maturity and wisdom on the day that it begins not just to tolerate, but take a special delight in differences in ideas and differences in life forms.
If we cannot learn to actually enjoy those small differences, to take a positive delight in those small differences between our own kind, here on this planet, then we do not deserve to go out into space and meet the diversity that is almost certainly out there.”
— Gene Roddenberry
“Advertising is based on one thing: happiness. And do you know what happiness is? Happiness is the smell of a new car. It’s freedom from fear. It’s a billboard on the side of a road that screams with reassurance that whatever you’re doing is OK. You are OK.”
— Don Draper
“What do you want me to say?
Lie to me.
Yes, it’s terribly simple. The good guys are always stalwart and true, the bad guys are easily distinguished by their pointy horns or black hats, and, uh, we always defeat them and save the day. No one ever dies, and everybody lives happily ever after.
— Buffy and Giles
“Space: the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. Its 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!”
— Captain James T. Kirk
“Many people (fans) were skeptical about it, but I went to the World Science Fiction Convention in Toronto in September of 1973, with only the animated opening credits to show to an expectant audience. But I have to tell you, when that familiar starship flashed across the screen in the old way, with the music, and with the names of the actors involved - there was a standing ovation.”
— Dorothy Fontana
— Captain James T. Kirk