Star Trek: Did You Know?

Five fun facts you probably didn't know

In 1966, an iconic sci-fi series hit the small screen and spawned a devoted cult following. Five decades later, “Star Trek” is still one of the most prominent franchises in popular culture. In celebration of this landmark, Star Trek Beyond releases to coincide with the 50th anniversary of Gene Roddenberry’s creation of the Original Series.

Star Trek Beyond is the Star Trek movie we’ve all been waiting for! The international reviews have been super, as the movie strikes a perfect balance between what made the original series so appealing, and also has enough action and excitement that it can fill seats with some new fans as well. Director Justin Lin, best known for his work on The Fast and Furious movies, shows pacing that reflects itself throughout Star Trek Beyond, in the best ways possible.

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As India gears up to watch Star Trek Beyond, here are five fun facts you probably didn’t know about Star Trek.

  1. In 2000, Star Trek was listed in the Guinness Book as having the maximum number of spin-off productions, including the feature film series and numerous TV series.
  2. Actor George Takei (who starred on the original Star Trek series) once called for peace between Star Wars and Star Trek fans to unite against Twilight fans.
  3. Being a Star Trek fan can get you a $500 college scholarship from an organization called Starfleet. And if you don’t believe me, you can check them out here!
  4. Stephen Hawking guest starred in an Episode of Star Trek, as himself, playing a game of poker with Albert Einstein, Sir Isaac Newton and Data
  5. Star Trek has always been ahead of it’s times – One of the many reasons the original Star Trek TV series was so beloved by fans was because it presented a vision of the future in which diversity and multiculturalism were the norm. The first scripted interracial kiss on US television was on Star Trek. It was meant to be filmed with and without the kiss. Actors Shatner and Nichols deliberately flubbed every take of the shot without the kiss, so that they could not be used. The movie franchise is continuing that tradition of embracing diversity by revealing that one of the major characters is gay in Star Trek Beyond.

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