How Star Trek's Lame Final Episode Changed Sci-Fi Fandom Forever

The original Star Trek TV series ran for three years and was canceled. The final episode aired on June 3, 1969. That episode, “Turnabout Intruder,” was not written as a finale, since back then that's not how TV worked, especially when a series was canceled. It was the one where Captain Kirk was the victim of a body-switching scheme launched by a vengeful ex-girlfriend. Inverse explains how that episode didn't live up to Star Trek standards, which weren't all that high to begin with. While Star Trek was notably progressive in most areas, it was still quite sexist.

But then we find out that the plot of the final episode wasn't what saved "the fandom and the franchise" at all. That had to do with the person who was on set while the episode was filming, and spent the next few years making Star Trek into something more than a short-lived science fiction series. Fifty-five years later, read about "Turnabout Intruder" and what it led to at Inverse.

(Image credit: CBS/Paramount)


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