In 2020, we live in a world where the nerds have taken over. Once relegated to the fringe of the entertainment world, science fiction and fantasy have become the mainstream. None of this would have ever happened if it wasn't for Gene Rodenberry's
The original series made its debut on September 8, 1966. On its surface, the idea behind the series wasn't exactly groundbreaking—Rodenberry pitched it as "'Wagon Train' in space"—but the cultural impact the series ended up having was enormous. "Star Trek" came out at the perfect time, during the space race, to connect with the masses.
The original series was actually only on the air for three seasons, as it was canceled in 1969 after 79 episodes. Fans had tried to save the show through a letter-writing campaign (this was a very different time), but NBC pulled the plug anyway.
That could have been it, but the series became a cult classic. Trekkies (or Trekkers) obsessed over the minute details of those 79 episodes for years. Long before Comic Con was a national obsession, Star Trek conventions popped up all over the country where people would gather to share their love of the series. Eventually, in 1979, the cast got back together to film "Star Trek: The Motion Picture," and a revival was born.
In the '80s things really got rolling as "Star Trek: The Motion Picture" was followed by five sequels and "The Next Generation" was born in 1987. Captain Picard and crew became as beloved, if not more so, than Captain Kirk's crew was. In the years since "The Next Generation" debuted there have been seven additional series and seven more films. Right now, in 2020, there are so many different ways to get your Star Trek fix.
One way to show your love for Rodenberry's creation is by getting a Star Trek tattoo. Sure, it may not be the most logical thing to do, but even a Vulcan like Spock knows how to have a little fun now and again.