Forty-three years after Captain Kirk and Spock and Bones and Scotty and the starship Enterprise first hit television screens in a burst of 1960s deep space idealism, Star Trek is back, in movie theaters, in what critics are calling the “ultimate prequel.”
Kirk’s a baby and bad-boy up-and-comer. Spock’s old and very young. The Enterprise is on its maiden voyage. And it’s pretty great.
This hour, On Point: Leonard Nimoy — Mr. Spock himself — joins us for a sweet fresh blast of Star Trek.
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Joining us from New York is Leonard Nimoy. He played Mr. Spock in the original Star Trek series in the 1960s and in six subsequent feature films. He returns as Spock Prime in the new Star Trek film.
From New York we're joined by Steve Daly. An entertainment writer and film critic, he contributes to Newsweek and Entertainment Weekly. His article "We're All Trekkies Now" was on the cover of Newsweek's May 4 issue.
Joining us from Columbia, S.C., is Ina Rae Hark, professor of English and film at the University of South Carolina and author of "Star Trek" in the British Film Institute's "Classic TV" series.
The official website for Star Trek (2009) is pretty slick.
You can watch full episodes of Star Trek: The Original Series, starring William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy, on the CBS YouTube Channel.
Here's an essay by former Star Trek writer Leonard Mlodinow on making The Next Generation.
Check out "Highly Illogical," the video for a Leonard Nimoy song first released on his 1967 album "Mr. Spock's Music from Outer Space." You can hear more of his music at his MySpace page.
This program aired on May 8, 2009.