Charlie Jane and Annalee have some thoughts on Star Trek and its unlikely contributions.
Charlie Jane’s “What if Star Trek Had Never Existed?”
What if NBC hadn’t wanted another [Star Trek] pilot? Or if Roddenberry had been too busy producing the first season of Police Story to make one? In that mirror universe, the next 50 years of sci-fi TV and movies look much different. So does the cultural breadth of television casts. So does your yearly pilgrimage to Comic-Con International. Our lives would be very different without Trek—and we almost didn’t get it.