Very few — if any — TV shows have had the lasting cultural impact of “Star Trek,” which first aired in 1966.
Since then, there have been five other “Star Trek” TV series as well as games, toys, books and 12 movies, including the new “Star Trek Into Darkness.”
Three of its stars weren’t alive when the first TV series aired.
John Cho (“Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle”), who returns as Sulu, loves hearing stories from fans, especially those about fathers and sons bonding over the show.
A newcomer to the series, English-born Alice Eve (“She’s Out of My League”) says she used to watch the original show on Saturday afternoons with her grandfather.
“I thought it was a bit boring. I just liked to hang out with him, really. Then I developed a crush on Shatner,” she admits.
How does Chris Pine, the new Capt. Kirk, compare to William Shatner?
“It is apples and oranges,” she says. “They both bring their own thing to Kirk. Shatner is a bit scatty. Chris is more together. I think they’re both very cool.”
Simon Pegg (“Shaun of the Dead”), who plays Scotty, remembers being terrified by a creepy alien in one early episode, “The Corbomite Maneuver.”
“I used to live in fear of seeing him,” Pegg says, describing the stills that ran over the end credits. “It was like Russian roulette whether he’d pop up.”
Not too surprisingly, the actors are huge fans now. Pegg says, “I got the script, and I was with my friend. I said, ‘I’m just going to read the first page,’ but I got sucked in.”
Cho insists that he wasn’t even concerned with his part. “It’s not so much picking apart what I’m doing. I read it as a fan, and enjoy the story.”
Another huge thrill was working with original cast member Leonard Nimoy. “You don’t see a set hush down the way it hushes down when Leonard walks on the set,” Cho says.
The cast also bonded over making music, writing and recording ridiculous songs — particulalry a 1980s-style ballad called “Touching the Sky” — together at cast member Bruce Greenwood’s house.
“You’ll never hear it,” says Pegg, who insists that it’s just far too embarrassing.
Eve says that just meeting fans has been a thrill. Her most commonly asked question?
“What was it like joining the Enterprise?” she laughs.