Calling all geeks! Neil deGrasse Tyson is back with an all-new late night talk show where pop culture and science collide. Each week, Neil interviews a celebrity guest about cool moments in their career, while also trying to unleash their inner-nerd.
On the series premiere of StarTalk, Neil is joined by guest, George Takei. In addition to being an actor, activist, writer, director and social media superstar, George Takei is best known for his role as Hikaru Sulu in the original Star Trek series, which made its television debut in the late 1960s – a time of drastic change in American culture and society. Star Trek creator Gene Rodenberry used a futuristic scenario to relate to current moral and social issues we faced on Earth such as slavery, warfare, and discrimination, and showed how they could be remedied by humanitarianism and optimism.
George discusses interviewing for his role on Star Trek:
On tonight’s episode, Neil is joined in the American Museum of Natural History’s Hall of the Universe by comedian co-host Leighann Lord, who was named one of New York’s 10 Hottest Comics and has appeared on several TV stand-up comedy shows. Also joining them is special guest Charles Liu, professor of astrophysics at the City University of New York’s College of Staten Island and an associate with the Hayden Planetarium. Tyson and guests, all avid Star Trek fans, discuss his interview with George Takei about life before, during and after Star Trek, and the changes that he’s seen come to reality that were once portrayed only as science fiction.
Science educator Bill Nye weighs in as well, noting the advances made in technology and civil rights since the 1960s. For Nye, the popularized post-apocalyptic view of the future commonly seen in science fiction could be made a future of the ideas of Star Trek promote, if we can “embrace the processes of science for a better tomorrow for all of us.”
Don’t miss the series premiere of StarTalk, tonight at 11/10c!