MeTV celebrates ‘Star Trek’ 50th anniversary

MeTV celebrates ‘Star Trek’ 50th anniversary

Classic TV network MeTV will boldly take viewers back in time with a three-hour event celebrating the 50th anniversary of the premiere of “Star Trek: The Original Series.”

Cult TV host Svengoolie will be the MC for the special "Star Trek" block.

Cult TV host Svengoolie will be the MC for the special “Star Trek” block.

At 9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, the official series premiere episode “The Man Trap” will air. The rarely seen original pilot “The Cage” will follow at 10 p.m. Cult favorite host Svengoolie will be on hand to host the special “Sci Fi Saturday Night” programming block.
“The Man Trap” originally premiered on Sept. 8, 1966. With this premiere, Star Trek promised to take viewers on a five-year mission where no one had gone before. However, that mission almost ended before it began.

MeTV celebrates the 50th anniversary of "Star Trek: The Original Series" this weekend.

MeTV celebrates the 50th anniversary of “Star Trek: The Original Series” this weekend.

“The Cage” takes place 13 years prior to James T. Kirk taking command of the USS Enterprise. It had a different Captain, Christopher Pike (Jeffrey Hunter), and with the exception of R. Spock (Leonard Nimoy) it had an entirely different crew and a very different feel. The network rejected this original version, and the episode did not air on television in its completed form until 1988.

“The Cage” was eventually replaced by “Where No Man Has Gone Before” — a second pilot that introduced the show as it would eventually air. But series creator Gene Roddenberry did something unusual — he inserted footage from the failed pilot into the show’s first season as flashbacks to an earlier time, ensuring that the original crew would live on as part of Trek universe.

For more information and channel listings in your area, visit www.metv.com

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