‘Star Trek’ turns 50

“Star Trek” turns 50 years old this year, and I’d say it looks pretty good for the big 5-0.  And, it’s still going strong. We talked with “Star Trek” stars, both new and old, about this 50 year mission and where it can go from here.

Boldly going where no franchise has gone before, “Star Trek” is celebrating it’s 50th anniversary with a loyal fan base that continues to grow.

George Takei: “It’s the fans that created this phenomenon, this longevity and this prosperity for ‘Star Trek.’ It’s their undying love, passion and support that they have given to us that has given us this 50 years.”

The science fiction TV series created by Gene Roddenberry in 1966 only ran for three seasons, but warped into five more shows and 13 films, including the latest “Star Trek Beyond” starring Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto and Simon Pegg.

Zachary Quinto: “I think it’s got themes and ideas that set it apart as a franchise, because they are actually relevant and resonant to today’s society, and that’s something that has always been a corner stone of ‘Star Trek.'”

Simon Pegg: “It’s a stand-alone adventure, we wanted it to feel like almost like an episode of the original series had been injected with a little bit of, you know,  modern super-pizzazz.”

And with a new original series called “Star Trek Discovery” set to hit the web in 2017, Star Trek continues to live long and prosper.

George Takei: “We feel very grateful for the fans, because Gene Roddenberry created the series. It was his vision and his philosophy and his belief, his confidence in humankind’s ability to solve problems and move forward.”

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