September 8 in Sci-Fi History: Star Trek & The Mighty Orbots

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Sep 8, 2017

Fine, let’s get this out of the way. The original Star Trek series premiered on this day in 1966.

It's the brainchild of Gene Roddenberry, who wanted to create a future that reflected a form of Utopian diversity with stories that followed the formula of westerns and adventure novels. It's given birth to, wowzers -- a TON of spinoffs. You know them all, but let's remember -- the first anyone saw of the show was this groovy thing:

Today also happens to be the day that gave us another show that takes place in the deepest of space. It was on this day in 1984 that Mighty Orbots premiered.

An American/Japanese co-production, Mighty Orbots ran as a Saturday morning cartoon and was, let's be honest, a LOT like Voltron. A delighted audience was disappointed when it was canceled in December 1985 after 13 episodes.

Look, the opening often definitely used the phrase "hot action" in a way that was weird. So, it's fine. But we suspect Season 3 would've been great.

Tomorrow: Fringe.