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50 Years On, 'Star Trek' Fandom Continues To Prosper06:55
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Actors in the TV series "Star Trek," from left, Leonard Nemoy as Commander Spock, William Shatner as Captain Kirk, DeForest Kelley as Doctor McCoy and James Doohan as Commander Scott.  (AP/HO)MoreCloseclosemore
Actors in the TV series "Star Trek," from left, Leonard Nemoy as Commander Spock, William Shatner as Captain Kirk, DeForest Kelley as Doctor McCoy and James Doohan as Commander Scott. (AP/HO)

Fifty years ago, "Star Trek" aired across the country Captain Kirk, Spock, Scotty and the crew of the Starship Enterprise.

On Friday, "Star Trek Beyond" — the third movie in the rebooted Star Trek film franchise — opens in theaters.

What's behind the franchise's enduring appeal, and why is Boston such a Trekkie haven?

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Ethan Gilsdorf, pop culture correspondent for the Globe and a frequent contributor to WBUR's The ARTery. He tweets @ethanfreak.

This segment aired on July 21, 2016.

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