Here’s today’s flashback: From August 13, 1977, the test flight of the new Space Shuttle Enterprise. This was a pretty big deal at the time and I remember being excited about this new technology! Having it named “Enterprise” was a bonus, although it never went into space. You may recall from this post that the Enterprise is now in it’s permanent home in Manhattan at the Intrepid Air and Sea Museum — hope it was safe from Sandy! I definitely want to see it next time I’m there!
Space Shuttle Enterprise
The Daily Scrapbook 10/30/12 June 1977- The real Enterprise flies, and Trek will return!
Well, Hurricane Sandy kind of fizzled in my area, still on a high wind watch but no notable damages. Hope everyone reading this is okay, and that your managing well.
Here’s a little distraction, today’s flashback is from June of 1977. Trekkies were having a great time nationally on two fronts. The experimental space shuttle Enterprise had made its first successful flight and to make the joy complete, Paramount announced that, yes, Star Trek would be coming back as a TV series!! I admit, I was excited at the prospect of Trek being back on TV, but I was wary of it too. After all, it had been 9 years since the original was canceled, and if if was coming back, I was in the camp that wanted it to look and feel exactly like the original, same uniforms, same ship, same crew. I remember having doubts about this venture, and was concerned that since many of the actors, especially Nimoy, had moved on, that this just wasn’t going to work, at least not in a TV series. My doubts proved right as the proposed Star Trek 2 pretty much died on the drawing board. But at the time, it was still a possibility. Yet I knew that if Trek came back in this form, it would lose its distinctly 60’s feel, and I really wasn’t looking forward to a polyester-disco Trek. Now if the series hadn’t been canceled in the first place I think it would have concluded its mission in a satisfactory condition, and probably would have been canceled a year or two later. But then, it would have never evolved into the eventual movie and TV ‘franchise’ it is today, and we never would have had its ultimate rebirth in J.J. Abrams 2009’s Star Trek, which in the end was the movie I had been waiting 30 years for! In hindsight, it worked out pretty good, but I still wonder how Trek might have been if it lasted an extra two seasons in its original form. I’ll write a speculation on this soon, for now, enjoy the euphoria, excitement, and speculation as Trekkies the world over anticipated the return of their favorite show .