Saturday, September 08, 2012

Interactive Google Doodle celebrates the 46th anniversary of 'Star Trek'

It's Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012, and it's the 46th anniversary of "Star Trek: The Original Series" (TOS), which debuted in the United States on NBC on Sept. 8, 1966. Google has gone to great lengths to create an elaborate, interactive Google Doodle for the occasion.

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It's not just your typical static Doodle, either on the site's home page, either. Mr. Spock (Leonard Nimoy) is the first G, while Uhura (Nichelle Nichols) and Captain James T. Kirk (William Shatner) play the parts of the O's. Meanwhile, Dr. James McCoy (the late DeForest Kelley) is the second G while Sulu (George Takei) and Montgomery "Scotty" Scott (the late James Doohan) are the L and the E respectively. Unfortunately, there aren't enough letters to include Chekov (Walter Koenig).

The Doodle, as we said, is pretty elaborate. For example, you can click on Uhura to see a close-up image of the communications officer, clicking on the main bridge console lets you hear the bridge noises familiar to viewers of TOS: whines and whirs.

If you click on the turbolift doors, you are taken to the transporter room. There, you can beam down to a planet, where the Gorn from the episode "Arena" awaits. You can even make Kirk "fight" the Gorn.

Finally, if you take the Gorn out with a makeshift cannon (you'll see it) similar to the one used in the actual episode, you will return to the bridge, and then seen the Enterprise as above, but with "Google" instead of "Star Trek," displayed on the screen.

After that, you get the typical Google Doodle search results displayed, for "Star Trek."

We have embedded a video showing the action, if you'd prefer that to actually having to do all the clicking yourself.

Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, Ryan Germick, who was behind this particular Google Doodle, said:

“We often talk at Google about how awesome it would be to talk to a computer and get exactly what you want and have that kind of engagement, where the computer just knows all (like in Star Trek), and that’s what we’re moving toward. Other than that, it (this Doodle) just seemed like a perfect fit. There are so many Star Trek fans, myself included, it seemed like such a fun thing to celebrate.”

Ironically, on the same day as the anniversary and Google's Doodle, it seemed apparent that the "Star Trek" reboot sequel finally had a name.

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