2012 proved to be another memorable year for Star Trek fans across the globe. There were anniversaries celebrated, amazing reunions held, and tons of great new Trek products introduced. A Star Trek legend received a long-overdue Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the next Star Trek film warped closer to reality and we all bade farewell to several Star Trek actors and behind-the-scenes figures who passed away. Here’s a look back at some of what made the news on StarTrek.com in 2012 – and let us know what was most newsworthy to you.
Speaking of anniversaries, September 8, 2012, marked the 46th anniversary of Star Trek. To commemorate it, Google, on September 7, unveiled an awesome interactive Google Doodle that took over Google’s global homepages. Countless millions of fans had a blast clicking through the Doodle and finding Easter eggs along the way – did you find the Tribbles? Click HERE to see our coverage and HERE to check out the Star Trek Doodle in the Google Doodle archive.
J.J. Abrams finished shooting the next Star Trek big-screen adventure, and fans, throughout the year, got a title – Star Trek Into Darkness – as well as a poster, an announcement trailer, a 9-minute preview and a teaser trailer. The film will be released on May 17, 2013.
Star Trek products galore were introduced by licensees. Among the highlights were...
Federation: The First 150 Years
An eight-issue TNG/Doctor Who crossover comic book series
A gold-plated Enterprise pizza cutter
TNG 25th anniversary PEZ Dispenser set
Star Trek: The Next Generation 365
Our weekly StarTrek.com polls typically generate tons of energetic debate and thousands of votes. However, no polls we did resulted in more debate or votes than when, in January and February, we gauged fan opinion as to which Star Trek captain was the most confident, most courageous, most decisive, most intelligent and most inspiring. Kirk was named most confident, Janeway was tabbed most courageous, Picard was deemed most decisive, most intelligent and most inspiring. Tabulating all the results, fans considered Picard the best Star Trek captain. Fans are STILL arguing over that one.
Finally, in 2012 we bade farewell to some beloved Star Trek figures. Among the Trek guest stars who passed away were George Murdock, Lance LeGault, Richard Lynch, William Windom and Biff Elliot. StarTrek.com also mourned the losses of Trek author Josepha Sherman, director Winrich Kolbe and composer Joel Goldsmith.
So, what did you feel was the biggest Star Trek story in 2012?