With the Star Trek franchise celebrating its 50th anniversary this week, Paramount Pictures is paying tribute to the sci-fi saga with a new video that celebrates the big-screen history of the franchise.
Titled “Celebrating 50 years of Star Trek … and Beyond” the video features a montage of scenes culled from each of the Star Trek movies, from the (somewhat forgettable) 1979 original film, Star Trek: The Motion Picture, on through the “Next Generation” era, and all the way to this year’s Star Trek Beyond, featuring the new cast and rebooted “Kelvin” timeline.
The video was posted on Facebook’s official Star Trek page, and offers a nice mix of iconic moments and imagery that put the spotlight on the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise over the years in all of the ship’s various iterations, and that reminds fans of how much things have changed — and how much they’ve remained the same from those early days.
The first episode of Star Trek aired September 8, 1966, making yesterday the official 50th anniversary of the television show’s premiere. The series went on to spawn 13 feature-length films, as well as six spinoff series (including a short-lived animated series). The sixth of those series, Star Trek: Discovery, will premiere in 2017.
To date, the 13 films in the Star Trek franchise have collectively earned nearly $1.4 billion in U.S. theaters and $1.7 billion worldwide.The most recent film, Star Trek Beyond, has earned $155.4 million domestically and $294 million worldwide so far. A 14th film — the fourth film in the rebooted timeline — was confirmed by the studio to be in development.