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TV Diary: Beaming up 'Star Trek'

Tuesday, May 14, 2013 - 12:01 am

“Star Trek” is always a popular pick for TV viewing, and tonight does not disappoint Trekkies. “Star Trek,” the 2009 film starring Chris Pine as James T. Kirk and Zachary Quinto as Spock, airs at 8 p.m. on FX.

This film focuses on the young Kirk and Spock, how they met and how the crew of the Enterprise came about.

Chris Pine is the son of actor Robert Pine, who played Sgt. Joseph Getraer on “CHiPs” (1977-83) and appeared in guest-starring roles on “Bones,” “Parks and Recreation,” “The Office” and “The Bold and the Beautiful.”

While the TV series of the 1960s failed to generate viewers necessary for a long run, “Star Trek” has enjoyed life on the big screen. It also has spawned a few TV series (“Star Trek: The Next Generation,” “Voyager,” “Deep Space Nine”) that also have done well.

Sometimes I wonder if some TV series fail because they are ahead of their time. When “Star Trek” was touting “warp speed” on the little screen during the '60s, the U.S. was still in the process of trying to get to the moon. At that time, space travel sure was a remote thought in the back of people's minds.

As science and technology have advanced all facets of our space program, so have our filmmaking skills benefited. Sets are more than cheap boards with red and black buttons glued to them. Storylines are plausible and the characters themselves are explored as much as the final frontier.

Trekkies, enjoy “Star Trek” tonight, then head to the movie theaters Friday to see Pine and Quinto reunite in their latest film, “Star Trek Into Darkness.”