Google doodles are fun, more so when they are interactive
such as Saturday's 'Star Trek: The Original Series' doodle, posted to
commemorate the 46th anniversary of the cult science fiction television series
that aired on NBC in the US from September 8, 1966 to June 3, 1969. It appears that the 'Star Trek: The Original Series' doodle
is best experienced on Google's Web browser - Chrome. Is Google using its
popular home page doodles to promote its browser or is it only showcasing the
abilities of Chrome in taking advantage of modern Web technologies?
The interactive doodle that appears on the Google home page
on Saturday shows the characters of the cult science fiction television series
that aired on NBC in the US from September 8, 1966 to June 3, 1969 as letters
of the Google logo and also lets you participate a little interactive tale, but
there are no points to earn though. The letter 'G' in the Google logo is Mr Spock, perhaps the
most memorable character from the series. The first 'O' plays the character of
Nyota Uhura and the second that of James T Kirk, the commanding officer of the
USS Enterprise. The letter 'L' seems to resemble Hikaru Sulu.The doodle opens in the bridge of the Starship Enterprise
and then the second 'O' and the 'E' go out of the red door to the transporter
room and the transporter beams them to an unfriendly planet where they are
challenged by an alien.
On defeating the enemy they return to the Enterprise.
All this doesn't happen on its own, but you need to click your way through the
doodle to make the action happen. The iconic instrumental Theme from Star Trek by Alexander
Courage continuously plays in the background. The doodle ends in classic Star
Trek style with the USS Enterprise zipping past in the backdrop of stars and
the Google letters appear in yellow. The first doodle that Google posted to
commemorate a television programme was on September 30, 2010 for the 50th
Anniversary of the popular animated series The Flintstones.