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‘STAR TREK’ DOODLE: Google boldly celebrates TV series’s 46th birthday with stellar animation

TODAY, GOOGLE IS boldly going where few of its animated Doodles have gone before.

To celebrate tomorrow’s anniversary of Gene Roddenberry’s original “Star Trek” TV series — which debuted Sept. 8, 1966 — Google has posted a stellar interactive Doodle a day early.


On the bridge of the Doodle are original chief crew members of the Starship Enterprise, including Capt. Kirk (immortally played by William Shatner), Mr. Spock (Leonard Nimoy), Uhuru (Nichelle Nichols), Dr. “Bones” McCoy (DeForest Kelley), Sulu (George Takei) and Scotty (James Doohan). Apparently MIA is Chekov (Walter Koenig).

Captain’s Log: The interactive ad­ven­ture lets the viewer (on some platforms) click from the bridge to the transporter room, where Tribbles tumble from a hatch. The Doodle’s next setting is a perilous planetscape, where — apparently in a nod to the “Arena” episode — Capt. “James...T...Kirk” faces down a Gorn captain with a grenade launcher.

Although the original series’ famed narration said the Enterprise was on “a five-year mission,” the original “Star Trek” lasted only three years and was off the air by the summer of 1969. Roddenberry’s brainchild, however, spread like Tribbles throughout pop culture, from spinoff TV series to the feature films to Trekkie conventions.

Google Doodle team leader Ryan Germick told Entertainment Weekly that he grew up watching the show and likes that “it was multicultural, pro-science, and full of curiosity and passion.” (At least several of these descriptions apply to “Star Trek’s” boldly airing TV’s first interracial kiss.) Germick adds that now, as an adult, he can especially “appreciate how progressive it was.”

Now, he notes, “some of the realities from the vision of ‘Star Trek’ are coming true.”

Writer/artist/visual storyteller Michael Cavna is creator of the "Comic Riffs" column and graphic-novel reviewer for The Post's Book World. He relishes sharp-eyed satire in most any form.


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