Believe it or not, it’s been 40 years since Star Trek first lifted off the launch pad, bringing TV audiences a positive vision of the 23rd century. But with four decades of hindsight, can we conclude that Gene Roddenberry’s space opera was important, or merely campy?
We look at the legacy of this popular show, talking to a Star Trek actor, scientists, writers, and even the occasional Klingon. What would the holodeck really be used for? And what about those flip-lid communicators… were they the inspiration for today’s cell phones?