When Star Trek comes to mind, I think of a series that exploded into mass popularity among many around the world. Since it’s start in 1966, the name of the franchise has been a household television legend that everyone would recognize for it’s outstanding stories and captivating immersion with the theme of space, the final frontier. To think of Star Trek being beyond a television show is definitely apparent throughout media, but also in the sense that Star Trek has made an impact in our real world beyond the television screen.
The impact of television shows can easily push inspiration by Transmedia and Star Trek, since it’s early years, has made great impacts into science and culture as we know it today. One of the most common impacts that we know today is a pretty easy one to see, the everyday cell phone. Martin Cooper, the chief engineer of Motorola, was influenced by Star Trek and the means of the show’s technology and sparked his inspiration to invent the cell phone that we all know of as this moment. Also spanning towards dynamics in science and space technology, Star Trek has given inspiration to Dr. Marc D. Rayman, the chief propulsion engineer at NASA to develop the newest form of ion propulsion in deep space probes.
Even in other television series or films, Star Trek leaves it’s marks by comedic quips that Star Trek fans could only understand and even nods to the series that producers would implement in their scripts of famous shows we are modernly familiar with. Some examples I relate towards would be shows such as The Big Bang Theory, Robot Chicken, Family Guy, That 70’s Show, and The Wonder Years. Through out the years that Star Trek has traveled through media and it’s amazing style of development, it’s easy to see how successful this titan of a series can be influential through Transmedia.