Star Trek …coming soon

I’ve been a fan of Star Trek since I was 13 and I saw a 24-hour marathon of the original Star Trek. I did watch some of the Next Generation, the movies, and some of the newer ones but I’ve always liked the original the best. The cast was great and Spock has to be one of the best TV characters ever written.

I enjoyed covering The Twilight Zone so I want to do that again with a classic TV show. It’s hard to pick them out. It would be hard covering a sitcom episode by episode but The Twilight Zone and Star Trek are so different in every episode (especially TZ) that I thought I would give this one a shot.

The show was only on for 3 seasons… that is hard to believe since we know it so well. The show inspired many inventors at the time and after. Either Gene Roddenberry (the show’s creator) knew about inventions that were being developed or inventors took his cue to make things real…probably both. Here is a list of things that were made popular after Star Trek.

Tablet computers
Tractor beams
Tricorders (there’s also an X Prize for that)
Flip communicators (and wearable badge communicators)
Hyposprays
Replicators
Cloaking devices
Voice interface computers (hello Siri)
Transparent aluminum
Bluetooth headsets (Uhura had one first)
Google Glass
Portable memory (from floppy disks to USB sticks)
Focused ultrasound technology
Biometric data tracking for health and verifying identity
GPS
Automatic doors
Big screen displays
Real-time universal translators
Teleconferencing
VISOR bionic eyes for the blind
Diagnostic beds

Anyway, next week I hope to start posting Star Trek episodes. My target is Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays. 79 episodes in all which should take around 26-27 weeks if there are no interruptions. I hope Star Trek fans will visit…if not I will still be posting music on most days as well.

Thank you as always.

Author: Badfinger (Max)

Power Pop fan, Baseball fan, old movie and tv show fan... and a songwriter, bass and guitar player.

43 thoughts on “Star Trek …coming soon”

  1. Reblogged this on and commented:

    To all you original Star Trek fans out there. This looks to be a great “Coming Attraction”. There are some great tidbits in Max’s announcement post, too. Check it out.

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  2. Spock was really a good character, unique at the time I’m sure.
    There is a branch of conspiracy theories which says that not only was the US in possession of UFOs and their technology, but some conferences took place with aliens and that Roddenberry somehow attended and based the show on things he heard there and technology he was able to witness . Seems entirely far-fetched, but hey, weirder things may have happened. I can’t remember details, but there did seem reasonable evidence that Roddenberry did have some access to military info and higher-ups for awhile.

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    1. I’ve never heard that before…that is awesome. Yea some of this stuff was probably in the development stages at the time. The show…for being not that popular while it was on made a huge culture impact….so I guess it does fit my pop culture theme.

      I remember in high school some of us would try to go through the day like Spock and not show any emotions….we had a lot of fun doing a stupid thing lol. I think those Star Trek marathons got a lot of our age group into this along with the second series….the tv marathons also put the Twilight Zone on the map for people our age.

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      1. Hah! Not showing emotion at school- not only a good survival technique against knuckle draggin’ small minded Klingmoronic bullies but also a way of tuning out the droning of robotic teachers. I look forward to the series, Max since, well it’s only logical to.

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    1. That is me also Beth…I like some of the newer ones but the original is the one I love. I can’t believe I’m going to do this again Beth but at least this will be a little shorter.

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  3. I’m geeked up for this, Max. I’m 18 episodes in and the other half of the first season is waiting for me at the library. I had forgotten how good they are. Back then they used “half Vulcan” to describe Spock’s demeanor. Nowadays they would call him “neurodivergent.” Whatever label you slap on him I agree with your assessment. Let the voyage begin!

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    1. I like them also….I’m going to do them from when they aired…except the pilot called “The Cage” which didn’t air until the 80s…that’s the one I’m doing first. I have the template made.

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      1. It really is a good one. It was rejected by NBC in1965, and the network ordered another pilot episode, It was not broadcast on television in its complete form until 1988…. I thought it was 87 but it’s 88. They did use a lot of the footage for one of my favorite episodes…. The Menagerie

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  4. Wow, Max, you have a major project ahead of you. However, ff somebody I know can pull it off, it’s you, my friend!

    “Star Trek” was also popular in Germany, and I remember watching some of the episodes as a kid. It’s funny to recall how they translated that monologue at the beginning of each episode. I also remember how back then I was fascinated with the way the starship suddenly emerged, seemingly out of nowhere.

    And who would have ever thought Captain James T. Kirk would become a real astronaut flying into space – at age 90!

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    1. That is right about Shatner! I forgot about that…he did fly up to space briefly.
      It will be easier than the Twilight Zone for sure…almost exactly half the episodes so this won’t be going on next Christmas lol.

      It’s a lot of fun and one good thing about doing these….you don’t have to search for content…its ready.

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  5. Star Trek was my all time fave show till deep space 9. Still love it of course and yes so much technology is now reality. My fave fact about bluetooth is it was invented by Austrian Hollywood actress Hedy Lamarr as immortalised to her chagrin in Blazing Saddles. It sounds like a made up history rewrite…but she has the co patent, it was a world war 2 signal spreading radio guidance device that forms the basis of bluetooth and gps. Yet shes remembered primarily for doing a nude film scene and not being Hedley Lamarr…!

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    1. I had no clue about Hedly Lamarr….that is awesome! I’ll remember that thanks,

      Deep Space Nine…I watched a few and liked them especially the one they did on the Tribbles.

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  6. When my dad was in Vietnam and my mom was clinically depressed, Star Trek was a huge comfort to me. Dependable, logical Spock was my first crush at age 11. Many years ago, I met Majel Barrett at a convention, and she signed the photo you have in the header. She was as intelligent, caring, and professional. Now, I’m thankful to get the Heroes and Icons channel that shows the original episodes, Next Generation, DS9, Voyager, and Enterprise 6 nights a week. Thank you for honoring this hopeful and insightful series.

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    1. Thank you for reading!
      I forgot that she married Gene Roddenberry. She was really good as Nurse Chapel.
      I’ve only done this once with the Twilight Zone and I had a lot of fun. Not many shows I would do this with but Star Trek is a no brainer.
      That is cool that the show helped you out a bit.

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