Sure, it’s typically constructed in full-on CGI these days, but once upon a time the Star Trek Enterprise was built with nothing but tender love and care. Want to meet the gentlemen who made the first one?
Today marks the 25th Anniversary of Stark Trek: The Next Generation's pilot, Encounter at Farpoint, premiere. That's 25 years since Picard stared out into the great and infinite vastness of space and said "Let's see what's out there." To celebrate, here's 25 things you might not know about the seminal series.
Though we remember Gene Roddenberry's original Star Trek series as a groundbreaking, iconic (and OK, a little uneven) sci-fi show, not every science fiction enthusiast was so impressed. Among them was strong candidate for Greatest Sci-Fi Writer Ever Isaac Asimov, who wrote a public critique of the show's science that led Roddenberry to draft a lengthy private retort.
When Star Trek TOS first aired in 1966, the sci-fi series had one of the most racially diverse casts ever seen on TV and featured minorities like no one else had done before. And from the stories that were passed on for years, everyone thought it was Gene Roddenberry himself who pushed for the idea. Now an historian is saying that's not what really happened.