Leonard Nimoy was kind enough to take to Twitter two days ago and remind us that fifty years before that day was the first day of shooting for the first pilot of Star Trek. I say first because NBC said it was boring and told them to shoot another pilot, in which Roddenberry fired everybody except Spock and found himself a little James Tiberius Kirk.
50 years ago today we 're shooting the first Star Trek pilot. LLAP— Leonard Nimoy (@TheRealNimoy) December 3, 2014
Niftily, the header picture above is purported to be from the first day of shooting of The Cage and has the date written on that little movie set thing that I can’t find a noun for in the back of my mind, but everyone knows is the thing that get snapped down with authority when the director yells “action!”
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In any case, the date says “12/3/64” so we have evidence that Nimoy isn’t viciously lying through his teeth. On the other hand, it’s awfully convenient that a three second Google search finds an image that supposedly backs his fifty year old story. Too convenient. Almost as if the image was planted there on purpose. I mean, it was 1964, cameras had barely been invented, and we’re supposed to believe that someone just happened to take a picture with a date on it. Oh there are other potential explanations: after fifty years he remembered the day as one different, or that photo isn’t actually from shooting but from some test footage the day before. But these are the blinders that rationality tries to throw down over your eyes. Something wicked is afoot, something that Leonard Nimoy (if that’s even his real name) doesn’t want you to know about.
So Star Trek is fifty years old. I could serenade you with the nostalgic memories I have of the show, and of the universe it inspired, but I’ve done it before on many occasions in this space. So I leave the comments to you, to fill with what Star Trek has meant to you.