Today should always be a holiday for Trek fans everywhere! On this day, September 8, 1966, Star Trek premiered on NBC. I doubt anyone then thought it would become a milestone in modern science fiction, and glancing at some of these reviews you could see a sense of doubt. But aren’t we lucky that it got on the air after all? To my knowledge, Star Trek was the only network TV series that got two pilots made!
Unfortunately, the original episodes were not shown in shooting order, but rather the first episode the network preferred, which was The Man Trap. (even the artwork for its premiere featured Where No Man has Gone Before!). Man Trap was a good episode, but not the best offering for a show that was attempting to be seen as serious. Although the Salt Vampire was seen sympathetically, she was still, alas, a monster, and some early critics saw little potential beyond that, probably laughing it off as another kiddie sci-fi like Lost in Space. Bit other critics saw potential, and I think if the original Trek wasn’t shoehorned into a cemetery-shift time-slot by its 3rd and final season, it might have made it to a full 5-year journey.
There’s a part of me that would have loved to see the original Trek progress into 5 seasons (up to 1971) but somehow, I think without Roddenberry as the main producer (Fred Freiberger took over in season 3) I suspect it may have gotten worse. Freiberber preferred action over deeper philosophical themes. In a way, we were lucky it ended in 1969, for I doubt it would become the timeless phenomenon it became in the decade long gap between TOS and the first movie.
It was syndication that brought it more to the masses, nation and world-wide, and when more people saw it then, NBC realized what a treasure it cast away. Fortunately for us, we can say the catchphrase which started in the ’70’s with ferocious pride: “Star Trek Lives!”
Recently I posted a picture of young Leonard on an FB page that caters to vintage images (1st picture below) and, to me at least, it was surprising to read the comments. Many seemed ‘shocked’ that he was ‘attractive’ in his youth, readers compared him to Paul Newman, Kevin Costner, and Chris Evans! And comments ranged from ‘So Handsome!’, ‘Swoon’ and ‘Who knew?’ to “He’s positively scary looking to me!” and ‘Yuck!”
Well, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Personally (of course) he was perfection to me as a 13 year old. 40+ years on it seems he still had something that just made him beautiful. Not just the soft brown eyes, the hair, perfect jawline and warm smile, but especially that he was a genuinely good, loving, creative, and compassionate human being. It’s easy for someone who wasn’t familiar with him to scoff at his ‘unconventional’ handsomeness. To me it was enough that Nimoy himself didn’t find himself attractive, but he didn’t have to; we all saw it for him, and we loved him for himself.
The world could use more Leonard Nimoys. ❤
Painting below by artist Tafafa (wow!)
For all my readers here in the United States, here’s a great DIY eclipse viewer you can slap together quickly to view the event! Be careful and enjoy, but remember to NEVER stare at the eclipse unless you you have certified protected glasses. I’m also posting another article here with everything you need to know: http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/08/16/541132645/heres-what-you-need-to-know-about-the-total-solar-eclipse
Isn’t life amazing? Take care and enjoy, Therese 🙂 ❤
Here’s the DIY eclipse viewer – easy!
Here’s a few more of those rare Trek stills from dealer exliv on eBay I found. he’s offering the original negatives along with prints! These are from Catspaw and Spock’s Brain
Sylvia toys with The Enterprise
Man, that wig was awful!
Sylvia and Kirk; The wig might be awful, but I loved that caftan!
Luma From Spock’s Brain “I am Luma, I am Eymorg, I am in the worst Star Trek episode ever!”
Kirk Checks out the hardware
Before the day ends, just to let you all know that today is our friend Celeste Yarnall’s Birthday! Let’s make it an even happier Birthday and please contribute anything you can to her cancer fund! She’s getting closer; less than $6000 away from the final goal of $50,000! We love you Celeste! Stay strong and may you truly LLAP! ❤ Here’s a little collage for you! ( I think you know the ‘Captain’!) 😉