By the time Season 2 was ending, the series had delved into the ‘commander gone wrong’ scenario twice before (and better) in The Doomsday Machine and Bread and Circuses. This episode was not only repetitive, but Captain Tracy was completely unlovable too, whereas Decker and Merrick evoked more sympathy. If you haven’t seen it, it’s still a fair episode (Spock’s mind link is notable). I think I hit the key points here without giving too much away.
Turning into Spock isn’t easy! Here’s some rare color stills of Leonard during and after makeup. In the regular lighting, you can see how thick the pancake was. Spock should have dressed in a button down shirt all the time 🙂
The shirt he’s wearing is his own, but very similar to the one he wore in The City on the Edge of Forever.
For this week’s Fan Art, and amazing commission by artist MJBivouac! Vina’s ready to take a bite out of Pike! Of course, we know that Vina’s actual costume didn’t reveal that much voluptuousness, (if any) but I suspect that the customer who ordered this is always right! Note Pike’s blazing blues and the the background detail. Hard to believe that The Cage was filmed 50 years ago!
The M-5 is Alive! I modified Commodore Wesley’s quote to make it more dramatic. I love Chekov’s knuckle nibbling as he realized there is nothing he can do to stop Dr. Daystrom’s ultimate computer!
I intentionally chose the deco font on this which is so very typical of late ’60’s early ’70’s styling of ‘futuristic’ lettering. And of course I had to use those most popular decor colors of the time: Avocado Green, Harvest Gold, and Burnt Orange as accents!
For this week’s fan art, I found some fun Gifs (I understand it’s pronounced ‘Jif’, but whatever!) These are by artist iwanttorentawombat and she’s picked some prime moments! Hope she does more!
Let’s see, is it a Star Trek poster or a Kotex Ad?! I admit, as I watched Kelinda ‘bloom’ the whole time I was creating this, all I could think of the the old Kotex box (of feminine products) that we used to get as teenagers. Must be all the roses!
For this week I found a great group of personal photos from Joan Winston, who was the author of The Making of Star Trek Conventions, and the co-author of Star Trek Lives!. Joan was a legendary superfan and Trek fandom was a lot happier because of her! Enjoy these candids of Joan with Leonard, De, Bill, and Jimmy on the Star Trek set during the filming of Turnabout Intruder! (Funny how flat the sets look without the right lighting!)
What a great caricature piece by artist Wally Hindle of WNMHGB-era Spock! Wow.