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Posted at 03:34 PM ET, 09/07/2012

‘Star Trek’ Google doodle celebrates series’ 46th anniversary


William Shatner in his role as Capt. James Kirk in TV’s “Star Trek.” (NBC)
“Star Trek” turns 46 today and Google is celebrating in their traditional style: with a Google doodle.

( Read Michael Cavna’s take on the ”Star Trek” Google doodle. )

The doodle plays on some of the show’s traditional plot tricks, including a gaussian-lensed glamour shot of communications officer Lieutenant Nyota Uhura.

The characters, all represented as letters in the Google logo, don’t all respond to roll-overs and mouse clicks. But the doodle, run through a series of interactive frames, lets you beam down Capt. James T. Kirk and defeat an alien.

The alien-defeat scene — a great send-up of the “redshirts” tradition — reminded me of one of my favorite science-fiction film scenes:

At least in the case of the Google doodle, the redshirt survives.

Disclosure: My brother works for Google, but not on the doodle team.

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