On September 8th, 1966, Star Trek premiered originally produced from September 1966 to December 1967 by a company called Norway Productions and Desilu Productions. Then Paramount took over from January 1968 to June 1969, airing on NBC. Star Trek became a franchise, made up of 8 series', 13 feature films, also spawning games, books and toys. Star Trek was controversial when it premiered back then because of the diversity of the crew. Star Trek's number one strength is featuring all the diversity they have on the show, since it is about people who are different from each other working towards a common goal, that of exploring space, while keeping each other safe and taking care of each other.
Star Trek has evolved into Star Trek: The Animated Series, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: Voyager, Star Trek: Enterprise, Star Trek: Discovery, Lower Decks, and Star Trek: Picard. It's hard to keep all the Star Treks straight isn't it? Star Trek: The Original Series became a huge hit despite obstacles like its original cancellation fit on January 9th, 1969 because the network didn't think it would be successful. The show went into rerun mode after that. Next came Star Trek: The Next Generation, which was set 100 years after the 2260s when Star Trek: The Original Series was set.
Star Trek also spawns comic books, along with normal science fiction books. Star Trek was revolutionary for having women in high ranking positions aboard ship, and not being sexist or racist on any level. Their theory goes that in the future, the human race may attain a state of racial and social equality. Then again, with all the drama surrounding police brutality lately, it is hard to think of a future where that doesn't necessarily exist, along with mental illness, which in the 23rd century has somewhat of a treatment.
Star Trek fans, or Trekkies as we are called, know that some stuff could get better in the future. Star Trek has episodes set in alternate universes for the duration of the episode. In fact, time travel paradoxes make up the subject of whole episodes. Why is this? That happens only because time travel paradoxes create a universe in of itself. Star Trek is a brightly designed series but organizational workplace conflict is an underlying theme in how the series works even without Gene Roddenberry at the helm. Every story thrives off of conflict, and that is why we entertain ourselves with stories.
Star Trek is always controversial only because it makes us think about things. That is why it is as controversial as it has always been. Strong female leads are something that Star Trek does very well. Star Trek is very entertaining but a series that has attracted its own fair share of criticism. Star Trek is worldwide in its reach and popularity, only because it has earned this. Episodic fiction used to end with the episode but now in modern TV shows it stretches the plot arc further.
The Star Trek: Picard series goes into what happened to Captain Picard between Star Trek: Nemesis and his new show. Star Trek: Picard is rather exciting, only because it is interesting. Star Trek is all about great stories, that teach us something useful about how to get a long with people different from you. Each story is about something changing for a character or a people that the Enterprise encounters. Star Trek truly has a lot of material out there, it is hard to find and keep up with all of it. Why, Star Trek invented the convention scene from its early days, since this kept it going for as long as it has kept going.
Canceling the show only made it more popular. Paramount has become as successful as it is only because of Star Trek. Star Trek has longevity, and is going to keep going forever. Star Trek is an opportunity for many people, who enjoy just how entertaining it is. Star Trek is a hopeful series only because it means the human race might yet be able to improve itself, learning to handle its own problems after a certain point if that is possible.
Works Cited https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Star_Trek:_The_Original_Series