Fifty years ago today the very first episode of Star Trek aired. In “The Man Trap,” viewers saw Captain Kirk, Spock, McCoy, and the rest of the USS Enterprise crew battle a shapeshifting alien attempting to steal the salt in their bodies, which of course would kill them. (Spoiler Alert: The crew survives and the mission continues… otherwise we probably wouldn’t be publishing this article!) Reviews of the episode were mixed. For what it’s worth, I like it.
Most people, including many in the cast and crew, expected the show to last only a season or two and to be nothing more than a footnote in television history. As they say, the rest is history. The Star Trek franchise is now valued in the billions of dollars and a cultural phenomenon that permeates many sectors, including the simming and online role playing community that we’re all a part of. Just imagine, for a moment, simming without Star Trek. Gene Roddenberry surely could not have foreseen all of this!