Forty-seven years after NBC killed it off, Star Trek celebrates its half-century in a state of rude health. Boldly going where several other people have been before, Marcus Berkmann tells the story of this sturdy science fiction vehicle from its first mission, through the dark years of the 1970s, the triumphant film series and The Next Generation, to the current 'reboot' films. He asks all the important questions: why did Kirk’s shirt always get torn in a fist-fight? What’s the most number of times Uhura said ‘Hailing frequencies open, sir’ in a single episode. Trekkies, phasers at the ready!