|NCC 1701 U.S.S. Enterprise|
|Main crew of the Enterprise in TOS (the original series)|
|Yeoman Janice Rand in the second episode ever broadcast, "Charlie X."|
Forty-seven years ago today, on the 8th of September in the year 1966, the most amazing television series ever broadcast, Star Trek (usually called "Star Trek - The Original Series," or "ST:TOS," but which I prefer to call "Star Trek Classic," or "Trek Classic") debuted on the NBC television network in the USA.
|Sulu gone wild, from the episode "The Naked Time."|
This series took on pressing social concerns of the day, including racism, sexism, intolerance of dissident opinions, cultural imperialism (the famous "Prime Directive" forbade cultural contamination by Starfleet officers), the possibility of progress without the naïveté of utopianism, etc.
|Spock of the Mirror Universe, in the episode "Mirror, Mirror."|
The first interracial kiss ever broadcast was in the Star Trek Classic episode "Plato's Stepchildren," as seen in this scene:
Worth noting is that the first episode of Star Trek: The Animated Series was first broadcast also on the 8th of September, but in the year 1973.
When the new Trek series began in the 1980s, Star Trek: The Next Generation, it continued the pattern of addressing assorted social concerns, ranging from racism and sexism to homophobia and transphobia, the perils of a police state, cultural imperialism, etc. Subsequent series have likewise followed this model, taking on social, political, economic, religious, and cultural issues and providing a progressive perspective, showing us what we could become if we strive for such betterment by promoting education and seeking liberty, equality, and justice for all -- and warning us of what we could become if we instead choose to glorify and perpetuate ignorance, intolerance, prejudice, superstition, and irrationality.
More pictures follow, starting and ending, appropriately, with Romulans and their vessels (in an era before the Tal'Shiar had polluted the Romulan Star Empire with their fascist police state mentality).
|The "Romulan Mini Skirt Commander," as many have called her, unnamed in the original episode ("The Enterprise Incident"), but named Di'on Charvon in non-canon literature.|
|The Klingon-built D7 Flagship of Commander Di'on Charvon, in the espisode "The Enterprise Incident."|
|Marta, an Orion woman played by Yvonne Craig (Barbara Gordon / Batgirl in the 1960s Batman TV series).|
|Spock of the Mirror Universe with his bodyguards and the Prime Universe Captain Kirk (masquerading as the Kirk of the Mirror Universe)|
|Commander Kang of the Klingon Empire, from the episode "Day of the Dove"|
|Klingon D7 from the episode "Errand of Mercy" (Remastered)|
|Lieutenant Uhura of the Prime Universe (masquerading as her Mirror Universe counterpart), engaged in psych ops versus the Sulu of the Mirror Universe|
|The Romulan Bird of Prey commanded by "Keras" in the episode "Balance of Terror"|