Creative Arts Emmys: William Shatner Says 'Star Trek' "Shows Us What We Can Be Tomorrow"

Star Trek (NBC) 1966 - 1969 - William Shatner - Photofest- H 2017

The Television Academy on Saturday saluted Star Trek with the Governors Award at the Creative Arts Emmys. Cast and crew, past and present, appeared onstage, and Captain Kirk himself — William Shatner — accepted the Emmy on behalf of CBS Television Studios.

“Fifty-two years, what a gift to live in this story and this historic moment,” said Shatner. "Star Trek represents an ideal. One that is greater than the sum of its parts. … It shows us what we can be tomorrow."

The actor added, "Keep hope. There is possibility in the chaos. We will rise together.”

Created in 1966 by writer-producer Gene Roddenberry, the original Star Trek series sparked a cultural phenomenon which has extended over 50 years on-air, with more than 700 episodes and 13 movie franchises. Star Trek's multiple television series have garnered 30 Emmy Awards.