It is seriously hilarious watching all these fandoms cry over a hiatus or their thing ending and then the Trekkies show up out of freaking NOWHERE like some kind of fandom drug dealer dangling our six shows, twelve movies, years of comics and novels, and fanfiction dating back to the 1960s in front of their faces like:
“Hey. Hey kid. Get into Star Trek. Get in and you’ll never run out. Ever.”
Nichols planned to leave the show to sing and dance on broadway.
She remembers MLK saying to her: “‘I am the biggest Trekkie on the planet, and I am lieutenant Uhura’s most ardent fan… Do you not understand what God has given you? … You have the first important non-traditional role, non-stereotypical role. … You cannot abdicate your position. You are changing the minds of people across the world, because for the first time, through you, we see ourselves and what can be.”
Nichols:“I met Whoopi Goldberg when [she] was doing The Next Generation and she had told me when Star Trek came on she was 9 years old and she said she turned the TV on and saw me and ran through the house screaming: ‘Come quick, come quick. Theres a black lady on TV and she ain’t no maid!’ And that did something to my heart, so I knew that I had made the right decision, because as Dr. King said, you have been chosen.”
“I think it’s been one of the most remarkable things in my career … that this one character that was a gift to me … became this iconic image and inspired and impacted so many people’s lives in positive ways.”
I love Trekkies because we are so aware of how ridiculous Star Trek can be, and we will pick apart the episodes and point out how completely nonsensical the situation is and how the $20 budget was really showing in this one and how that ten-second-long significant look was entirely unnecessary and like we talk smack about our own show all the time, but you say something that tries to dismiss the originality or the purpose or the spirit of Star Trek and we will boldly defend it like no man has done before.