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Welcome to io9's Trek Week

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On Thursday, Star Trek will turn 50 years old. It was on September 8, 1966, that the first episode of the original series aired on NBC, spawning one of the best-loved franchises in all of science fiction. To celebrate, io9 will spend this week looking back at 50 years of all things Trek with a Tribble-pile’s worth of features, essays, and more on Gene Roddenberry’s beloved creation.

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And I do mean celebrate. There’s plenty of things to mock about the series—the face painted aliens, William Shatner’s cadence, that episode of TNG where the crew turned into big bugs or something—but there’s a reason we’re still talking about it now, half-a-century after that first episode debuted. Star Trek is science fiction at its purest, thoughtful, imaginative, and questioning. It was never just phasers and starships and Klingons; it’s about showing us a better, brighter future for humanity, a goal to strive towards, a destination of hope we can boldly go toward.

So raise a glass of Saurian Brandy in celebration as io9 brings you a week-long fete of all the Enterprises and their respective crews, of the show and movies, of the tie-ins and personal memories and much, much more. And may Star Trek live long and prosper for another 50 years.

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[Correction: Star Trek originally debuted on NBC, not CBS, although the latter currently own the TV rights.]

Rob Bricken was the Editor of io9 from 2016-18, the creator of the poorly named but fan-favorite news site Topless Robot, and now writes nerd stuff for many places, because it's all he's good at.

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that episode of TNG where the crew turned into big bugs or something

Or that episode where we learn Data is “fully functional.” Or that episode where Crusher has sex with a candle ghost. Or that episode of Voyager where Janeway and Paris became lizards and had sex. Or that episode of the original series where Spock’s brain was removed, but he was able to talk perfectly fine during the surgery. Or that episode of Enterprise where Archer was a bastard.

Or that episode of DS9 where...wait, there were no bad episodes of DS9.