Here’s my conversation with Ed Gross, co-author (with Mark Altman) of “The Fifty Year Mission: The Complete, Uncensored, Unauthorized Oral History of Star Trek.” It’s a two-part project, starting with a volume covering the first 25 years, so that’s what we talked about, including:

  • Why is “Star Trek” still a thing a half-century later?
  • What was it like when you attended the first “Star Trek” convention?
  • Did JJ Abrams save the franchise with his movie reboots?
  • What’s the next movie, “Star Trek Beyond,” about?
  • How is Lucille Ball responsible for “Star Trek” getting made?
  • Does anyone involved in the original show look back at it as cheesy?
  • Is it true Gene Roddenberry was given less money each year to make the show?
  • What was the off-screen relationship between William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy?
  • When they killed Spock at the end of “Wrath Of Khan,” did they have a plan for “The Search for Spock”?
  • Was “The Voyage Home” the most successful of the original movies because it had a sense of humor?

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