History sets phasers to stun for 50 Years of Star Trek

History sets phasers to stun for 50 Years of Star Trek
It has been 50 years since the U.S.S. Enterprise set out to explore strange new worlds

Tonight History is celebrating 50 Years of Star Trek with a two hour special that includes one of the last interviews with actor Leonard Nimoy.

The documentary features tons of great clips, interviews with the cast, chats with the people who created it and anecdotes from the some of the crew who have brought the iconic show to life over the years.

The groundbreaking sci-fi show was created by Gene Roddenberry for CBS and first aired in 1966. Since then it has gained a loyal following of diehard fans and spawned numerous spin-off shows, movies and reboots.

Star Trek has also left its mark on modern pop culture, a show that was sometimes criticised as frivolous nonsense saw a multinational crew working peacefully together and even features the first interracial TV kiss.

Former cast members and creators like Whoopi Goldberg, Jonathan Frakes, Nichelle Nichols, J.J. Abrams and Bryan Fuller all share their experience of working on the show and why they love it so much.

Also interviewed is Simon Pegg, who plays Scotty in the reboot movies and co-wrote the latest one. He is a massive fan and his enthusiasm is genuine and contagious.

Some famous Trekkies also sing the show’s praises with Bruce Campbell, Olivia Munn and Michael McKean sharing their thoughts about the series and how it affected their lives.

Perhaps the most poignant part of the special is one of the last full-length interviews with the late Leonard Nimoy, his portrayal and development of the character Spock being one of the most enduring parts of Star Trek.

If you can’t wait until tonight then check out this clip of the Star Trek 50 Years panel at Comic-Con early this year, which included William Shatner.

Beam up for 50 Years of Star Trek tonight 8/7c on History.

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