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Google Doodle Boldly Goes Where No Doodle Has Gone Before

Submitted by on September 9, 2012 – 11:59 amNo Comment

Yesterday’s Google Doodle paid tribute to the 46th anniversary of the premiere of Star Trek, the original series, with a fully interactive mini-movie. Not surprisingly, the animators at Google appear to be fluent in the cult favorite, deftly dropping a few inside jokes and references to the show’s most famous episodes.

The opening screen showed the ship’s bridge, with the Google letters cleverly standing in for the shows most recognizable characters, with just small details (Spock’s ears, the bags under Bones’ eyes) to indicate each clearly. Clicking on the “O” produced a close-up glamour shot of the letter representing Uhura, intergalatic sex symbol and one of the first black women to have a scripted kiss with a white man on national television. Clicking on the control panel produced authentic ship sounds, while clicking on the door produced the signature whooshing sound, and began the next scene in the transporter room.

Other references include Tribbles pouring out of a panel, and Kirk being beamed down to face a Gorn with a homemade cannon.

By far, my favorite part was the terrified Red Shirt “e”, a reference to all of the anonymous red-shirted crew members of the Enterprise who were doomed as soon as they were selected to accompany Kirk, Spock, and Bones down to the surface of an alien planet (also known as “Ensign Rickys” thanks to an episode of Family Guy). Considering all that, I don’t know why he was so annoyed considering he made it back to the ship alive!

What do you think? What’s you’re favorite Google Doodle?

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