New Art Series — Star Trek TOS as Movie Posters Poster #1– “The Cage”

Hi Kids!

I’m a great fan of old movies, I watch TCM whenever I can, and I am especially a fan of old movie poster art. After doing my StarTreKomics for several months now, (and yes, there will be more) all the collage  work I had been doing  suddenly lit a compact fluorescent bulb over my head.  Hey!  Trek has always been a great adventure/romance/drama in the most cinematic way, and wouldn’t it be fun to re-imagine episodes as if they were weekly serials at the movies? Of course, they’d need a thrilling poster to attract attention. hope to do all 79 episodes, but for now, here is the first in my series of Trek Episode Movie posters; Ladies and Gentleman of all species, here is “The Cage”  -Be sure to click on the image to see in in it’s full size glory!

The Great Gink

I just wanted to share with you, the story of our legendary stray cat Gink, who was my favorite cat of all the cats we had as a children.

One Saturday afternoon in 1971, when I was 10, my father, mother and I went grocery shopping in the old Grand Union Supermarket in Endicott. As we came out of the store, a storm had come about and it was raining very heavily.

I noticed a small black kitten zipping about in the parking lot, looking for a place to stay dry.

“Dad, there’s a poor kitten out there!” I said, and my heart immediately went out to this helpless, shelterless feline.

We looked around the parking lot for it as we rolled the cart out to our olive green Country Squire station wagon but to no avail. As Mom and Dad loaded up the groceries, I kept watch from the back seat, but no kitten anywhere.

Then as we pulled out of the lot, and turned up toward Main Street, we kept hearing a small “Meow! Meow!” Mom couldn’t hear it, but Dad and I did. So much so that when we stopped at the first red light, Dad got out of the car and looked under the hood, but saw nothing there. We kept hearing it all the way up Main Street, heading west toward home, about a half mile total distance. When we pulled into the driveway, and out from UNDER the car scoots that soggy little homeless kitten — straight under the back porch!

As far as we could tell, the little guy must have ridden on the axle all the way home! I named him “Gink” after the black cat from one of my favorite stories, “Dory’s Magic”

It always amazed me that of all the cars he could have taken shelter under he chose OURS!

Although Gink was a ‘black’ cat, you can see that when he was outside, his fluffy fur was more of reddish brown. He wasn’t always friendly at first, but he really mellowed with age in the love he received all around. When he was in the mood, would let you rub his tummy (he liked flopping on his back to sleep in on the living room rug). I loved the magnificent ruff of fur on his chest. and he used to sit tall on the banister at the top of the stairs, awaiting all who would scratch him under his chin, which he reveled in. As you scratched, he’d point his chin high and close his eyes in pure delight.

From that first day on, Gink lived a charmed life in our family home until his passing in 1986. One reason we think he lived so long was that at one time,while he was still young, Gink had followed Mom into the pantry as she went to get something out of the big freezer we used to have. Well, several HOURS later, someone said “Has anybody seen Gink?” And Mom remembered that the last time she had seen him was…. Uh Oh! She rushed to the freezer, and there several shelves down was Gink, cold, but not frozen, curled up on a shelf, probably wondering what the heck happened! (I like to think he was in suspended animation) The shelf was empty, except for a box of baking soda that he had knocked over, white soda all over his black fur! It must have been enough of an air pocket, for he recovered well, and never held it against us!

I’ll never forget Gink. As I left home for a six month trip in late ’86, I held Gink for a long time before I left. I felt it might be the last time I saw him, and sadly, I was right. A month later, Mom called me to let me know he was gone. He was buried in the back yard under the lilac bush. So appropriate, since he loved being outside, soaking up the sun.

Happy 100th Birthday In Heaven, Lucille Ball!

America loves Lucy, as does the whole world! But Trek fans have a special place in their hearts for her, for without Lucille Ball and Desilu, there wouldn’t be the original Star Trek in the first place!   Happy, Heavenly Centennial Birthday, Lucy! You’re queen of the Trek Universe! (Now that’s Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds!)

See this latest addition to StarTreKomics today!  At first I was going to make Lucy like her Ricardo character, trying to navigate the Enterprise, but since Trek was after the I Love Lucy years, I wanted her to have a little fun!

Haven’t I Seen That Before? (GALLERY) Part One: Star Trek Costumes

(NOTE: This is a repost of one of my earliest articles from way back in 2011 when I started this blog!  Posting it again today since I am finally writing Part II, about Star Trek Props)

As I reviewed old episodes of Trek, it was enlightening to see where the costume and production departments saved money and cut costs while making the the episodes. In this first article in the series, I’ll discuss Costume Recycling.

William Ware Theiss ( to be referred here always as WWT) , the supreme costume designer/wunderkind for Star Trek TOS, was always on a tight budget and a tighter schedule.  Not only could this genius improvise a bolt of cloth into a ‘how-does-it-stay-on’ gown for an alien princess, but he knew when and how to re-use elements  when needed.

*In S1’s The Conscience of the King, Lenore Karidian has the wardrobe that keeps on giving. Early on, she basically wears a luxuriant  gray mink bath wrap.  At its center is a lovely cats eye oval brooch with a pearl drop.   In a later episode, (s2’s Assignment: Earth) the gray mink dress turns up on  a modern (read 1967) passerby in the crowd on Gary Seven’s Earth–this time with a longer skirt under it. Two seasons later, (S3’s Plato’s Stepchildren) the Lenore’s brooch shows up on the bosom of Lt. Uhura when she is forced into Grecian gear by the Platonians.   Just goes to show that a good piece of jewelry never goes out of style!

*Another of Lenore’s gowns had been re-purposed from an earlier episode.  The first time, in Dagger of the Mind, it was seen as a tie-closure tunic in foamy green and aqua stripes and a pale pink lame border. When Lenore wore it for her observation deck flirtation with Kirk, the gown has been reversed, sewn up at the shoulders, caftan style, and green marabou added at the sleeves, hints of the pink lining are glimpsed.   Seems a bit ironic that Lenore’s gown was recycled from the gown of a  a sanitarium resident,  since Lenore herself,  (although never seen there), ends up in a sanitarium too.

*Lenore’s Father, Karidian, wears a dramatic olive green robe of a coat with a dark blue swirly branch design running through it, with faux yellow-green fur trim. The very same coat is worn two seasons later by the mad Captain Garth in S3’s Whom Gods Destroy.  Then Garth himself has borrowed a blue suit from Commissioner Ferris from S1’s The Galileo Seven–the collar tabs were changed from white to sparkly blue, The ascot is gone,  and Garth has added jewelry. (Accessories, ladies!)

*In Season 1, Mudd’s Women, we see Eve and Ruth, two of Harry’s “cargo” looking the stunners in  rose pink and mint green sparkly gowns that Diana Ross would kill for.  In S2’s I, Mudd, who should turn up in these same gowns but the Annabelle and Maisie Series among Mudd’s improved androids.  Gives you a bit of insight into how  60’s TV worked.  I’m guessing that WWT made two gowns for the originals, especially Eve since she had more action scenes, and kept them around for incidentals.   And Harry Mudd must know a wholesale retailer for glam space lady gowns!  Also in I, Mudd, Norman and the other male androids wear tight gray knit long underwear that leave very little to the imagination.  Later two of the same gray tights show up on Lokai and Beale in Let That Be Your Last Battlefield, only with silver spangly trim added at the shirt hem and cuffs.

This recycling on WWT’s part became commonplace.  Usually, it’s the gowns of central female characters that end up on extras in later scenes.  For example:

*Attorney and Kirk-Ex Ariel Shaw wore a vibrant yellow, green and pink paisley caftan at the bar in Court Martial. (WWT loved caftans!) It shows up later on a female alien ambassador extra in Journey To Babel. And in that same scene, extra is talking to a man in another recycled suit, Lazarus’ blue suit from The Alternative Factor (Yet the suit from the later episode seems to be untorn and clean– maybe WWT made two versions?)

*In The Deadly Years, Dr. Janet Wallace first appears in brightly pink and yellow dyed burlap jumpsuit (What was WWT thinking?!) And later, in a swirly purple multi-print.  Yet both of these outfits suffer a nasty fate in the  S3 episode Where the Children Shall Lead where  (blink and you’ll miss it) they are seen on two of the doomed mothers on the planet Triacus.  (Heck, if I had to wear an itchy burlap jumpsuit, I’d die too!)  In another flashback on Triacus, we see a happy mother in a pink cowl-necked mini dress, which was originally worn in the S1 episode of  The Conscience of the King  by character Martha Leighton.  Then another of Martha Leighton’s gowns is being worn and slightly modified with straps and fluff  by the android version of Harry Mudd’s wife, Stella, in  S2’s I, Mudd.

Obsessed fashionistas will find The Ultimate Recycled Moment came from Seasons 1, 2,  and from another TV series.  In S2′s Catspaw, the wizard  Korob   wears a pumpkin colored robe with gold lame hood and front panel, with an all-watching eye at its center. In S1′s  The Squire of Gothos, spoiled brat General Trelaine wears a grand blue velvet suit and cape trimmed with gold leaves in his castle. But wait! Didn’t we see BOTH of these costumes in an episode of Gilligan’s Island?  Yup, Korob’s gown was worn by Bob Denver  as the Fairy God-Father in Lovey’s Cinderella Dream in Lovey’s Secret Admirer.  And then, Mr, Howell himself as the Prince, dances the night away in Trelane’s Cape!  UPDATE! 6/15/14:  A reader here pointed out that they may have seen Trelane’s coat on Mike Nesmith in an episode of The Monkees (Also anNBC series) and he was right: In the episode The Prince and The Pauper, we first see the coat on an old footman, then Mike dons it when pretending to be Davy’s footman.  Later we see two of Trelane’s coats in the same scene, which begs the question, how many were made?  I’ve also see a later photo of William Campbell, posing  in his Trelane finery; I’m glad the costumers let him have one!

(11/22/12 — Found another one! Another series crossover is from the 1966 Daniel Boone episode, SeminoleTerritory, where character of Fletcher wears a splendid Indian feathered cape.  Fast Forward to 1968, In The Paradise Syndrome, and Jim Kirk, a.k.a. ‘Kirok’ is wearing the same cape to marry Miramanee!   I bet some of the other native costumes were reused here too, Boone was another NBC series).

Well!  I can only presume that capes were expensive to make, and someone’s been digging into Western Costume’s warehouse!

Check the Gallery here to see each of these costume switcheroos and a few more!

Next time: Props Recycled.