Site ColumnsBy Michelle
September 15, 2006 - 8:50 PM
Sorry for the long silence. I had meant to write something about what Star Trek has meant to me for the 8th, in celebration of the series' premiere date, but that night I was at synagogue for the service before my son's Bar Mitzvah and it just didn't get posted. Since I'm a bit past the fact, and because the reason for it was a Jewish life cycle event, I am going to repost some of what I said on the tenth anniversary of Gene Roddenberry's death in 2001.
In my childhood, Star Trek had as much influence on my values and philosophy as my religious upbringing. Though I was born midway through the original series' first season, I'm really a second-generation Trekker - I watched nightly reruns with my father over the course of several years and discovered organized fandom through the books of those who helped shape it. The Great Bird of the Galaxy was already a being of mythic proportions by the time I learned anything about the life and career of Gene Roddenberry. To me he was the man who put a woman on the bridge of the Enterprise, who insisted that beings from radically different backgrounds could live and work together, who never stopped believing that human beings would reach the stars - if not during his lifetime, then during mine.
I remember crying the first time I saw 'City on the Edge of Forever' in elementary school, being upset about the choice Captain Kirk had been forced to make between the needs of the many and the needs of the one - though Spock hadn't yet articulated that Vulcan phrase about the former outweighing the latter. That episode kept me thinking for weeks about social obligations and personal honor; only much later did I consider the fantastic elements, the hazards of time travel and the conundrums of history. I didn't think of myself as a science fiction fan in those days. Star Trek was not about the special effects, the explosions and makeup. It was about people and ideas, a belief in our ability to evolve past current prejudices, a positive vision of the future.
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These were some of the major news items from September 2004:
- Shatner Wins Emmy For 'The Practice'
After a career in television spanning many decades, William Shatner won an Emmy Award for his guest role as Denny Crane on ABC's The Practice, saying, "What took you so long?" StarTrek.com joked that Captain Kirk had beaten Darth Vader, for Shatner defeated Star Wars star James Earl Jones; he also beat Space: 1999's Commander Koenig, Martin Landau.
- 'Enterprise' Wins Two Emmy Awards
Star Trek: Enterprise also won Emmy Awards, for Outstanding Special Visual Effects and Outstanding Music Composition (Dramatic Underscore), taking home trophies in two of the three categories in which it was nominated.
- Berman Anticipates Break From Trek After 'Enteprise' Ends
Longtime executive producer Rick Berman anticipated that after Enterprise completed its television run, there would not be another Star Trek series on the air right away, though he hoped that his proposal for a film that would be a prequel to the original series would be made.
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