If there has ever been a franchise destined to live long and prosper it is Star Trek. Way back in 1964, Gene Roddenberry began putting together the original television series that would debut in 1966. But, of course everyone knows, Star Trek has morphed well beyond what it was in those early days, and today is nothing short of a phenomenon. A total of six Star Trek television shows have been produced, along with eleven movies, hundreds of books, a Las Vegas Attraction, and the language, Klingon. Star Trek may have started out as a work of fiction, but to Trekkers everywhere, this world is very real.
Many Trekkers gather annually for the Star Trek convention, and Star Trek is mentioned frequently in television, movies, in music, and across pop culture. Trekkers will even regularly create their own fan fiction that helps to continually breathe new life into the Star Trek Franchise.
Actors from the original Star Trek series have become household names not only with those who profess themselves to be Trekkers, but even those who have only seen Star Trek shows and films a handful of times. Anyone would have a hard time not recognizing and associating Star Trek with names such as William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, and George Takei. In Takei’s case he has taken his popularity with Trekkers to become a social media marvel.
Whether someone is getting ready for a Star Trek Convention, preparing for a Star Trek themed wedding. (Hard core Trekkers have been known to exchange vows in the Star Trek language, Klingon.) Or are choosing a Star Trek themed costume for Halloween or some other costume party, Star Trek Costumes are a popular choice. You don’t have to be a Trekker to appreciate the straight forward style of most Star Trek apparel. The most serious Trekkers can also incorporate make up in order to get the full Star Trek experience.
What makes Trekkers so serious about something that began with a single television show over four decades ago will no doubt remain one of the mysteries of the universe, but it is likely the popularity of Star Trek will remain strong for many years to come.