14. Star Dates Had No Meaning To Them
Each and every episode of Star Trek began and ended with Captain Kirk narrating in a journal-like manner, supposedly recording his “Captain’s Log”. Each of those entries would begin with a “star date” which supposedly placed the events of the episode at a specific date and time span.
Dates that not not based on the current Gregorian calendar that most non-hippies use. As it turns out, at least in the original series, those star dates were purely random. Don’t believe us? Feel free to compare a few episodes that aired within a couple weeks of each other. You’ll notice that they were set decades apart.
I thought the crew of the Enterprise was on a five year mission…Anyways, the star dates selected were just meant to sound futuristic. There was an ongoing debate about the time period of the original series. Roddenberry helped shed light on the matter by suggesting that it was set anywhere between 21st to 31st centuries. (sarcasm) I guess we’ll never know.
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