Star Trek is at its best when it aims to be the smartest show on TV, that's why it's endured for fifty years...
For many people who grew up watching Star Trek, it was as much a formative influence as any sermon or religious text. Even now, it still has a timeless quality which has made it a perennial fixture on every entertainment medium over the last five decades, and for good reason.
With another blockbuster film success in Star Trek Beyond and a new series titled Discovery on the horizon for 2017, few would say that after 50 years Star Trek's future is looking bleak. Yet what is the source of Trek's enduring popularity? Is it as simple as an original idea taking hold in the public consciousness, or is there more to it?
Look at the original Star Trek television series (latterly referred to as The