Star Trek Honored by Interactive Google Doodle on its 46th Birthday: The legendary show that inspired a whole generation will be celebrating its 46th birthday on Saturday. Google paid homage to the epic Star Trek TV series with an interactive Google doodle. The letters of the name of the search engine were dressed up as Star Trek characters that could be moved around and played with using a single mouse click.
The animated doodle showed the inspired characters in the Enterprise control room. The identifiable characters from the famous series were Spock, Uhura, Kirk, McCoy and Sulu. Using a mouse click you may move to the transporter, or battle in the outside world. Unique sound effects are also present with the doodle, and you have the option to mute as well.
The doodle was designed by Google’s Ryan Germick, who intended it to be ultimate geek homage. He told the media that for him Star Trek was a vision of the future world. For him the show had multicultural, scientific, passionate and curious elements. He added that Star Trek’s contribution in the past was a great deal, especially considering that it all happened a long time back. Star Trek taught the people to be considerate and compassionate towards everyone, even the alien creatures.
Star Trek was definitely ahead of its current era in terms of the empathy and compassion it portrayed. It also gave a great lesson regarding interracial tolerance. The cast was full of America, African American and Asian American actors. In 1968 an episode titled ‘Plato’s Stepchildren’ showed one of television’s first interracial kisses, the one between Lieutenant Uhura and Captain Kirk.
The Star Trek franchise was first created by Gene Roddenberry in 1966, and launched as Star Trek: The Original Series. From that time onwards a total of five Star Trek series’ have graced television screens, the most recent one being Star Wars: Enterprise (2001-2005). Not to mention the Star Trek series has a great cult following and a huge fan base.