Hard to believe it’s been 50 years ago this very day, September 8, 1966, that a little science fiction show called Star Trek premiered on the NBC television network. And the world of Sci-Fi entertainment was never the same!
The first episode aired was actually the seventh episode filmed: The Man Trap. Probably not the most cerebral of Season One episodes, but it did strike a balance between the action associated with the genre and the emotional strangeness of the unknown. One felt the terror facing an unknown shape-shifting, salt vampire, but also felt the emotional tug of a last of its species just trying to survive. We also had the conflicting drama of McCoy’s feelings for his old love, who wasn’t what she seemed. It’s really a great tragedy, even with it’s campy elements.(Spock belting Nancy is so bizarre, but I know Spock wasn’t fully developed yet!) I always wished the vampire could have just been stunned instead of killed.
I’m working on a 50th Anniversary poster right now, and hope to have it finished before the day is through. But for now, here’s my movie-style poster from 2011 for the episode that introduced Captain Kirk, Mr. Spock, Dr. McCoy, and the stalwart crew of the beautiful U.S.S. Enterprise. Long may she ‘trek’! Live Long and Prosper! love, Therese xo