The cult franchise “Star Trek” offers a show for its anniversary

2:00 p.m., September 9, 2022

If this Thursday September will henceforth be remembered in the history books as the day of the disappearance of Elizabeth II, for fans of series and science fiction, it is above all “Star Trek Day”, the anniversary day from the famous TV series. On September 8, 1966, American television viewers saw Mr. Spock and Captain Kirk for the first time aboard the USS Enterprise spacecraft. 56 years later, the date gives rise to an event celebrating this futuristic and utopian universe that has become a real franchise.

The 2022 edition was held yesterday at the Skirball cultural center in Los Angeles, with a show broadcast live on the web, with intervention by the actors and preview presentation of the trailers for the next seasons, all in front of an audience. of a few hundred fans.

“My dad would have loved it” told us Rod Roddenberry, the son of Gene Roddenberry, the creator of the original series, who died in 1991. “I think he never imagined that his creation could reach such a level. He disappeared at the start of the Star Trek: The Next Generation spin-off series as the success grew and he was very happy about it. Today, he would be totally amazed! »

Spin-off series

Four derivative series followed one another in the 1980s and 1990s, as well as a dozen films, before disappearing in a certain indifference at the beginning of the 2000s. After a first return via feature films directed by JJ Abrams (Lost) from 2009, it was the advent of streaming platforms and their appetite for recognizable titles that fueled a veritable resurrection of the franchise. Now, no less than five series are being broadcast and produced. Among them, the series Star Trek: Picard (on Prime Video), which honors the French captain of The new generation.

His interpreter, British actor Patrick Stewart (X-Men) himself launched the very first images of the third and final season, which sees him gathering his former crew. During the screening of this first trailer, the public could not help but applaud the appearance of each of the cult characters. “It’s not just a reunion” wanted to insist the actor. “It’s the assembly of the best elements of The Next Generation to do what they do best: act when there is danger. » As to whether this will really be the end for these fan-favorite characters, screenwriter Terry Matalas remains vague: “The last two episodes are gigantic, like a real movie. The ending is very satisfying for all of them, but having said that, I would love to be able to continue with them and I think the audience will too. » Answer from February 16, 2023 for US viewers (and probably the next day on Prime Video for the rest of the world).

The prize for the surprise announcement goes to filmmaker Nicholas Meyer (It was tomorrow) came to formalize the very first fiction podcast of the franchise! The director had already been developing a prequel mini-series of his film for a few years Star Trek II: Wrath of Khan (1982), one of the franchise’s most successful and beloved: titled Star Trek: Khan – Ceti Alpha Vit will therefore materialize not on the small screen but directly in our ears.

A living saga

Between teleshopping parodies with Trek merchandising sauce, a mini stand-up by comedian Brian Posehn and musical entertainment by Reggie Watts (James Corden’s sidekick in the Late Late Show from CBS), the emotional moment came from the tribute paid to Nichelle Nichols, who died on July 30 at the age of 89. A moment of silence was observed for the actress who played Uhura in the original series. “She represented black women, women in space and the importance of diversity to our future” told us Celia Rose Gooding, who plays a younger Uhura in the new series Star Trek: Strange New Worlds (to be discovered in France at the end of the year on the new Paramount+ platform). “She also represented the power of joy, song and dance, boundless love and warmth. I hope to pass it all on too,” adds this regular on the boards of Broadway.

Fifty-six years after its creation, the Star Trek saga is therefore more alive than ever. According to Kate Mulgrew, who played the first female captain in Star Trek: Voyager between 1995 and 2001, “Star Trek represents the noblest of ideas: the search for other worlds. And we must all work together to make it happen. That’s why I’m glad NASA is actively working on it again.” told us the one who was also the Red prisoner of Orange Is The New Black. A message visibly heard by Buzz Aldrin, the second man to have walked on the Moon splitting a tweet on this anniversary day: “The importance of Star Trek in inspiring generations to think about space, science and exploration cannot be ignored. I might even watch some old episodes today. »

The cult franchise “Star Trek” offers a show for its anniversary