When he debuts his new talk show in April, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson won’t talk about the formation of the universe, the evolution of man, or even global warming. Instead, the first episode of “StarTalk” will be all about another star, Star Trek.
The first episode will not only talk about Star Trek, but how it “served as an inspiration for the future,” according to the Los Angeles Times. It’s likely Tyson will spend time talking about the growing influence of computers, mobile communication devices like cellphones, Siri and even the recent development of technology inspired by Dr. McCoy’s medical tricorder in the original “Star Trek.”
Among Tyson’s early guests in his first season are “Star Trek” star George Takei as well as astronaut Chris Hadfield, biologist Richard Dawkins, “Interstellar” director Christopher Nolan and President Jimmy Carter. Also making weekly appearances to talk about the topic in question is Bill Nye, who many growing up in recent years would know as “The Science Guy.”
The series debuts April 20 on the National Geographic Channel and will air Mondays with reruns on the following Friday. The first season is expected to run through June 22. It will be taped in front of a live studio audience at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, where Tyson is the director of the Hayden Planetarium.