Google Doodle celebrates Star Trek
Date: 9/8/2012 3:40:00 AM
Today (Sat, 8th Sep) is the 46th Anniversary of the Star Trek - the original TV show. To celebrate it, Google has released an interactive Doodle. This must be the most interactive, captivating and interesting Google Doodle ever.
Star Trek the original TV show is the brainchild of Gene Roddenberry and debuted on Sat, 8th Sep, 1966. I remember watching the replays in the 80’s, and being ribbed by my friends - the worst were the jokes about ‘hand held communicators’. I got my own back when the mobile phones became a reality in India.
In the Google Doodle,
- the capital ‘G’ represents the Vulcan, Commander Spock originally played by Leonard Nimoy,
- the first ‘o’ is Captain James T. Kirk, played by William Shatner,
- the 2nd ‘o’ is Lieutenant Nyota Uhura, played by Nichelle Nichols,
- the smaller ‘g’ is Dr. Leonard “Bones” McCoy, played by DeForest Kelly,
- the ‘l’ is Lieutenant George Sulu, originally played by George Takei, and
- the last ‘e’ presumably is the ‘redshirt’, who thankfully doesn’t die in this Doodle.
The Doodle team seems to have left out the Chief Engineer Montgomery "Scotty" Scott, originally played by James Doohan.
To interact with the Star Trek Google Doodle, you’ve to know where to click. Clicking on the Helm (command console) plays various Star Trek sounds. Clicking on Capt. Kirk (the big ‘G’) gives the transporter materialising sounds. Clicking on the Bridge doors moves the scene to the transporter room.
Here we find Uhura (the 2nd ‘o’) and the redshirt ‘e’, ready to transport. Clicking on the redshirt ‘e’, will make it cry. Clicking on the transporter console transports both of them down to the planet, moving the scene to the planet.
Here Uhura (the 2nd ‘o’) and the redshirt ‘e’ meet a Gorn-like alien. How they overcome the half-Gorn and get back to the ship makes the rest of the interactive Doodle. (Tip: Try clicking the tree stump and the phaser gun - in that sequence).
BTW, there is a suggestion that the Star Trek Google Doodle is better experienced in Google Chrome while the transition effects in Firefox aren’t as good. What I found was I couldn’t hear any sound with my Google Chrome browser, while with Firefox (and Opera) it was alright.
So, forget the bullcrap and enjoy the Google Doodle. Though I still think that Google missed out on the James Bond 50th anniversary Doodle.
BTW did you know that the first Space Shuttle was named ‘Enterprise’ in honour and due to demands by the Star Trek fans? Ironically, Enterprise is the only shuttle to never make it to orbit. She was only used for landing tests, launched from the back of Boeing 747 ‘Shuttle Carrier Aircraft’, was even mated with the external tank and boosters in launch configuration, but never flew in space.