‘Star Trek: The Original Series’ is captured in an interactive Google doodle

7 Sep 2012

It’s 46 years since the first Star Trek was beamed onto our television screens and Google celebrates the cult hit today with an interactive Google doodle referencing beloved characters Captain Kirk, Mr Spock and Hikaru Sulu as well as iconic moments from the series.

The original series of Gene Roddenberry’s successful sci-fi TV franchise first aired on 8 September 1966 and made household names of William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy and George Takei.

Today’s doodle, which comes with sound, sees Google’s letters take the form of Mr Spock, Nyota Uhura, Captain James T Kirk, Hikaru Sulu and two other crew members of the USS starship Enterprise – going where no doodle has gone before.

As you click through the scenes, Captain Kirk and another crew member are beamed to another planet and attacked by an alien. According to Mashable, Google released the doodle a day earlier than the anniversary to give users a chance to explore the storyline, suggesting that there could be more to this doodle than first meets the eye.

Elaine Burke is the editor of Silicon Republic