Facebook Celebrates 50 Years of 'Star Trek' With New Reaction Emoji

  • Facebook Celebrates 50 Years of 'Star Trek' With New Reaction Emoji

Facebook Celebrates 50 Years of 'Star Trek' With New Reaction Emoji

People often wonder how Star Trek wound up getting canceled: A big reason is they ran out of compelling villains.

On the 50th anniversary of the first airing of Star Trek's initial episode, Star Trek: Discovery showrunner Bryan Fuller dropped some news that may be a major aspect of the upcoming series.

"Like" long and prosper - your Facebook reactions are boldly going where they have never gone before.

Captain James Kirk and his faithful crew, it said, journeyed to distant galaxies and discovered new civilizations "in order to propose peaceful relations (built) on a foundation of equality". Spock, shockingly, expresses emotion as the "Wow" icon.

The thumbs-up for "Like" adds some intergalactic sparkle.

As demonstrated in the picture below, the classic "like" button is still there, but available for a limited time are updates that include the Vulcan salute for "love", Kirk for "haha", Spock for "wow", Geordi for "sad", and those feisty Klingons for "angry".

Users in the U.S. and Canada who have expressed interest in Star Trek by liking the official page or related content may see a personalised greeting on their news feed which offers a custom profile frame.

And, like so many other pop culture phenomenons, fans have projected all sorts of sociopolitical meanings onto "Star Trek" in the decades since it first aired, NBC News reported. After updating the "Like" button to a set of emotional reactions earlier in the year, the social network is temporarily giving each reaction a Star Trek themed makeover to celebrate the franchise's premiere on September 8, 1966.