Intolerance in the 23rd century? Improbable! If man survives that long, he will have learned to take a delight in the essential differences between men and between cultures. He will learn that differences in ideas and attitudes are a delight, part of life’s exciting variety, not something to fear. It’s a manifestation of the greatness that God, or whatever it is, gave us. This infinite variation and delight, this is part of the optimism we built into Star Trek.
Imagine showing up for your first day of Advanced Subspace Geometries, and watching this kid grind out LNS metrics for spacetime curvature without breaking a sweat. Relativistic warp-masses and non-Newtonian mechanics and Lagrangians for hyperdimensional systems, and he’s just swinging his feet in his chair.
Seth MacFarlane on Gene Roddenberry: Hall of Fame 2010"Now how many science fiction franchises are so well-founded that they could tell a purely character based story with no pyrotechnics. Gene knew Star Trek was not about the space battles the special effects, the action - anybody could do that. It was about the people, and the ideas. Some of the best star trek installments looked like they cost a nickel. They did comedy beautifully - maybe you'd remember Leonard Nimoy got the job directing "Three Men And A Baby" because of Star Trek V. Also not to be undervalued is that Gene's shows took science seriously and as a result Roddenberry left his mark on generations of scientist, physicians and astronauts who credit star trek as the reason they entered their professions. Roddenberry's vision of the future literally shaped our presen" (x)
Some very hard-to-find snapshots of Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley and William Shatner during the filming of “Spectre of the Gun.” These were featured in the excellent Pioneers of Television episode about science fiction programming in the 1960s.
james t kirk is an incredibly important fragile unexpected beautiful character who’s flawed and melodramatic and dorky and handsome and sexual and weird and HUMAN and cranky sometimes and deeply in love other times and a li’l chubby most of the time and he needs to be protected from everyone who thinks he’s a dumb hick who goes through women like tissues. protect james t kirk. this is the new prime directive
The reason Star Trek has endured is because Leonard.