Star Trek, The Bible, & Censorship
“Star Trek” debuted on television on September 8, 1966.
It was a Thursday.
NBC had advertised it heavily as taking the
7:30-8:30 PM time slot on Tuesdays,
well within my grade school television viewing hours.
Unfortunately, by the time it aired,
it was given an 8:30-9:30 PM time slot on Thursdays.
I had to have special permission from
my wise old grandmother
to stay up that late,
especially if all I was going to do
was watch a science fiction television show.
Science fiction wasn’t her thing,
but it was my heart and soul at the time.
All I had to do was
make sure all my homework was done,
wash and dry the supper dishes (child labor, bribery),
and make sure that Bosco (our dog) had food and water.
I think I didn’t quite tell the truth,
the whole truth,
and nothing but the truth
a couple of times concerning having all my homework done….
I have been a fan of “Star Trek” in all its iterations
ever since that fateful Thursday evening in 1966.
Television has always had censors who approved TV shows, plots, and language. If the plot was too heavy on sex, it was not approved. Bad language? Not a chance.
Listen to this 4:37 clip of Gene Roddenberry—”Star Trek” creator and producer—discussing what the censors might say if The Bible were to be produced as a TV series. It’s hilarious.
That clip, titled “A Letter From A Network Censor,” was taken from the CD release of the soundtrack from the first Star Trek film, “Star Trek: The Motion Picture.” The film and original soundtrack on vinyl were released in 1979. The CD was released in 1998, and as with all re-releases, included bonus tracks.
I could not find it on YouTube, so I cut it from my digital file, added “Star Trek” music and Wikipedia pictures using Corel VideoStudio Pro, and uploaded it to YouTube.
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