September 8: Celebrating the 54th anniversary of Star Trek’s premiere in 1966. Gene Roddenberry’s space adventure with a vision has become so much more. The show’s creation of a better tomorrow has inspired millions – including us here – to believe in a future in which our science and our compassion inspire us to reach for the stars, achieve better understanding of the cosmos and improve life for all. Astronauts, doctors, scientists, technologists, storytellers, judges, so many lives changed. Thanks, Gene Roddenberry and the thousands who made this vision real!
September 8th is also the 47th anniversary of the first Star Trek animated series. When fans thought there were never going to be any new Star Trek episodes, this was like water in the desert.
Star Trek eventually spawned a franchise, consisting of eight television series, 13 feature films, and numerous books, games, and toys, and is now widely considered one of the most popular and influential television series of all time. Approximately 800 episodes in all! And counting.
‘Star Trek: Discovery’ drops epic new trailer for season 3 today
Following the departure of the Discovery from its original timeline for the far future, a move intended to take Discovery out of reach of the Starfleet AI known as Control, its crew – and the character lead of the series Michael Burnham (played by Sonequa Martin-Green) struggle to find purpose in a universe that has all but forgotten them. Despite the series’ rocky start, Star Trek: Discovery embraces the true spirit of Star Trek.
Panels covering every “Trek” TV series, from the original TV series to the recently announced new series “Strange New Worlds,” unfolded over a three-and-a-half-hour period on Tuesday, hosted by “Star Trek: The Next Generation” co-star Wil Wheaton and Mica Burton (daughter of “The Next Generation” star LeVar Burton), in between a day-long marathon of classic episodes from every “Trek” series.
You can watch the panels here:
David Raiklen wrote, directed and scored his first film at age 9. He began studying keyboard and composing at age 5. He attended, then taught at UCLA, USC and CalArts. Among his teachers are John Williams and Mel Powel.
He has worked for Fox, Disney and Sprint. David has received numerous awards for his work, including the 2004 American Music Center Award. Dr. Raiklen has composed music and sound design for theater (Death and the Maiden), dance (Russian Ballet), television (Sing Me a Story), cell phone (Spacey Movie), museums (Museum of Tolerance), concert (Violin Sonata ), and film (Appalachian Trail).
His compositions have been performed at the Hollywood Bowl and the first Disney Hall. David Raiken is also host of a successful radio program, Classical Fan Club.