George Takei Salutes CBS' 'Star Trek' Reboot: "Now, I Do Believe in the Vulcan Greeting"

"We were 'boldly going on a five-year mission,' but those Klingons in the programming department of NBC canceled us and ruined that five-year mission in three!"
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George Takei

CBS is rebooting Star Trek — and George Takei approves.

"I think it's great," Takei, who played Hiraku Sulu in the original 1966 NBC series, told The Hollywood Reporter at Sunday's opening of his Broadway musical, Allegiance.

The property, in multiple forms, continues to appeal to an audience of "geeks and nerds" because "Star Trek is about the future and innovative technology, and we're living that right now," he explained. "We are living in an amazing sci-fi world, so a digital Star Trek TV series is that future world."

Though Star Trek continues to enjoy the big-screen treatment with another Chris Pine-Zachary Quinto starrer in 2016, it wasn't until last week's CBS announcement that Takei believes the franchise has made good on its own well-known line: "Live long and prosper."

"Well, we certainly have lived long for a failed television series," he laughed. "At the beginning of each episode, we announced that we were 'boldly going on a five-year mission,' but those Klingons in the programming department of NBC canceled us and ruined that five-year mission in three!"

"Now, I do believe in the Vulcan greeting," he added. "We will live long and prosper."

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