Any time deleted footage from TOS is found, I’m like a kid on Christmas morning! There’s only two lines of extra dialogue, but it adds to the drama!
Just came across this great article from the 1975 magazine
Movie Monsters. The magazine had printed a scathing, negative letter to the editor about Trek in its issue of Dec. 1974 (You can see that one here). And Trek fans were so incensed they protested mightily. The magazine responded with this very positive article about the best Trek had to offer as opposed to Lost In Space among others. It’s fun to see how the article addressed the growing popularity of a canceled TV show as it began its resurrection. I’m sure at this point they never would have thought that Roddenberry’s ‘oddball creation’ would become the rich franchise it is 50 years on!
There are some funny mistakes here too, like incorrectly identifying Michael Ansara (Kang) as Steve Ihnat (Garth) (and they spelled Ihnat wrong with an extra ‘t’) ! Also, why is a space station with no connection to Trek on the front page?
Holy Cow – McCoy kissed Yeoman Barrows! I can’t wait to see what other gems this video will reveal! You also see some smiling Nimoy here <3
Today is a special anniversary! It was 50 years ago today, November 17, 1966, that Star Trek aired the first part of it’s only 2-part episode, The Menagerie, on NBC.
The episode conveniently helped keep production costs down by recycling Star Trek’s original pilot The Cage into a new story about Spock’s loyalty to his first captain, Christopher Pike. Pretty clever, actually, and aren’t we grateful for it! Gene didn’t want the pilot to be forgotten, and by making it the center of a new episode, it built up the canon of the original series.
But even more importantly, it offered first insights into Mr. Spock’s past, and revealed his devotion to his first captain, now seriously paralyzed, and willingness to risk court martial and even death to give his captain a better life. It also gave us our first inklings into just how human this logical, stoic Vulcan could be. I’ll discuss more about it in a future post. But for now, I really loved this episode. A shame there were not more two-parters made.
Do you have a favorite moment? Here’s some images from the classic episodes – with my silly captions, of course! (Hmm, maybe I should turn this into a full fledged comic…) But if you haven’t seen it, get thee to thy nearest streaming site! (Netflix, Amazon, etc)
This is all kinds of wonderful. Just a few days ago at the the Destination: Star Trek Convention in Birmingham, England, the stars the many Trek incarnations as well as special guests posed on a lovely recreation of the Enterprise bridge! But most importantly, Captain Kirk, Mr. Chekov and Mr. Sulu were back at their stations!
This picture got me a little emotional! Seeing William Shatner, Walter Koenig and George Takei sitting so fine just made my heart swell (and break just a little)! Unfortunately, Nichelle Nichols couldn’t make it, but I’m sure she was there in spirit. And as beautiful as this is, it made me miss the crew now watching from above: Leonard Nimoy, Deforest Kelley, James Doohan, Majel Barrett, and Grace Lee Whitney <3 <3 <3 <3 <3
Fortunately, the legendary three here had plenty of support in their Trek family. Most notable is Leonard’s son, Adam Nimoy, standing in for his beloved father. As much as I wish that Leonard was still here, I’m so thankful that Adam was there for him.
I also LOVE that George Takei wore a black shirt with a bright yellow sweater, mimicking his original uniform, and look how proudly his sits back at his helm! Steady as she goes!
Now enjoy this moment of Star Trek Awesomeness!
Lately I’ve been reacquainting myself with the animated Star Trek series (TAS -1973-4). I remember being a 12-year old and excited that my favorite show was being brought back (at least in animation) and that maybe the Enterprise could finally finish its five year mission! For the most part, it was pretty good, I only wished I had a color TV to watch it on! Anyway, recently I’ve seen a few episodes on Netflix and it really seemed all new to me again, as I hadn’t since the early 70’s. I was taken by the lovely backgrounds and the simple, but accurate way the animation captured the faces and subtle nuances of the original actors. (Can a cartoon male be handsome? You bet!). But something that also stood out for me was how the series often mimicked the original (TOS) in angles and style; the creators at Filmation clearly did their homework as you’ll see in these examples. Lets’ start with some opening Enterprise shots. The makers of the series did a beautiful job recreating the ship. There’s much more detail in the orbital images than the character scenes, but it’s lovely. Rotoscoping anyone?
But wait, there’s more. There were several detail and character scenes that were clearly influenced by the original (if sometimes with subtlety):
In Once Upon a Planet, the Enterprise crew visits the amusement park planet again as they did in Shore Leave – so of course Alice and the White Rabbit are there, but then there’s a clear reference to Catspaw, when a giant cat menaces the crew from a doorway:
Another revisited character was Harry Mudd – this time in Mudd’s Passion, peddling love potion to Nurse Chapel in her eternal quest for Spock’s affections. Here, he offers her pills, just as he did to his ‘cargo’ in Mudd’s Women:
Well, this was a fun visit to the Saturday morning cartoons of my youth (modern kids don’t know what they were missing!) If anyone here knows of any more similarities between TAS and TOS, let me know! I’ll post them!
Next Time: The Backdrops of TAS.
Hey all! I’ll be heading to Star Trek:Mission New York this coming Sunday! Looking forward to it! Any of you going?
I’ve been to a few conventions in my time, but I realize the last time I was in at a major convention in NYC was 40 years ago this month! It was Star Trek Bi-Centennial-10 in 1976, a when I was 15! So much has changed in that time. With the advent of Comic-Cons and such, there is more emphasis on all different types of fantasy and sci-fi creations (and that is great), but it’ll be really fun to be among mostly Trekkies here 🙂 I admit, when I’ve gone to our local ‘RoberCon’ in the past few years, it’s a tad frustrating (or at least a reminder that I’m getting old!) that the younger kids have no idea who I’m dressing up as. Kids thought I was an elf from Lord of the Rings when I dressed up as T’Pau the other year, and you’d be amazed how many people thought I was Nurse Chapel when I dressed up as Yeoman Rand last year!
But at Star Trek Mission New York, I’m sure that true Trekkers will know that I’m Dr. Miranda Jones from “Is There in Truth No Beauty?” (Assuming I finish my costume on time!!)
I’ll be getting a few photo ops with several of the celebs (will post as soon as I get them)! Should be a blast!
Are any of you going? Let me know, I’d love to meet you!!! See you Sunday, I’ll be wandering around! 😀
Have fun and LLAP, Therese
Update! 9/3 — I just finished my ‘sensor robe’ like Miranda’s but I’ll be wearing black under it (didn’t finish the blue in time) Here’s my bargain basement version of the sensor robe 🙂
Well this must be a historic day! I just checked my statistics here and it appears that I’ve just hit 430 e-mail subscribers! I guess I have my own Enterprise crew! Ever since I started this blog 5 years ago, I hoped I would have at least as many subscribers as Enterprise crew! Thanks to all my subscribers and there’s always room for one more on my ship!
Browsing the net yesterday and came across this fantastic auction of Star Trek items! There are props, scripts and costumes from all the Trek series, but I’m focusing on TOS here 🙂
The Auction is being held by the site invaluble.com, and you can see the entire list of Trek items here. Note: This auction started yesterday (6/29) and ends tomorrow (7/1) — the bidding is going on as I write this, (on unpublished photo negatives, scripts, etc>) and they’re saving the real iconic stuff for the last day! Costumes!!! (Spock’s Shirt! Carolyn Palamas’ pink toga!!!)
I’m amazed to see how so many of these survived 50+ years in remarkable shape! Of course, if I had money to burn, you know I’d bid heavily on the Spock Tunic! The story of the tunic is incredible — this original screen-worn tunic of Nimoy’s was won in a movie magazine contest in 1968, and the owner has kept it quietly in her dark closet all these years; preventing fading and damage (thank goodness there wasn’t a fire in all those years!) Seeing the condition of some of these gives an insight to how backstage work went; there’s an insignia missing 0n a couple, probably re-used) And the Klingon pants were see-through??? (worn with black pants underneath!) You gotta hand it to the auction company Profiles in History to find all the coolest stuff!
It’s a TOS fans dream! Get a load of these! (No drooling on your device!)
Okay, so it isn’t really a battle, but it’s definitely a siren call to the hearts of Trekkies everywhere; lifelike Star Trek dolls that celebrate the series’ 50th anniversary. From Mattel to Matchbox, every toy dealer wants a piece of the anniversary cake!
Just this week it Mattel released pictures of its new line of commemorative Star Trek
Barbies dolls: A trio featuring Kirk, Spock, and Uhura. I’m happy to see Uhura in the mix, but the first question popping up all over is “Where’s McCoy and Scotty?” And I agree, but I’d amend that to “Where’s Everyone Else?”
Now I confess, for a while there, I was a Barbie collector (I still have a dozen or so unboxed, sleeping peacefully in a storage bin). But I’ve seen other movie and TV-based Barbie collections over the years; Twilight, Mad Men, Hunger Games, and often the company has created more than 3 characters from each franchise. I just hope they’ll consider adding McCoy, Scotty, Sulu, Chekov, Chapel and Rand too!
At $35 each, these Mattel ones are not top-of-the-line, but they do have beautiful facial recreations of Bill, Leonard, and Nichelle. I love that they included Uhura’s classic green hoop earrings and her distinct eye makeup. I only wish they gave her seamless bendable knees, as they do in regular Barbie dolls. I think she would have looked more realistic with the wonderful curvy body mold of the new dolls coming out. The Kirk doll has Bill’s intense stare, and Spock is a handsome recreation of young Nimoy (right down to his eye- shadow)
Of course this isn’t the first time Mattel has aimed itself at Trek fans — back in 1996, they produced a cute Star Trek Barbie and Ken. Barbie’s high ponytail with a braid was a direct rip-off of Yeoman Martha Landon from The Apple, (unfortunately, Celeste Yarnall didn’t receive a cent). Ken was the standard Ken, but with a ready Kirk grin. The box featured a backdrop still of K& S on the bridge, making it perfect for display.
Mattel gambled (and lost) a bundle in overproducing the Anniversary set; they must have presumed that they’d make a fortune off of rabid fans, but it didn’t come to pass, and you can still find quite a few on secondary markets. It’s a cute set, I actually had one, and let my boys play with them when they were youngsters.
Not to be outdone– the San Diego Comic Con has two retro Trek dolls to die for. The first is another from Mattel, but only exclusive to Comic Con attendees. 🙁 It’s a fully articulated Vina from The Cage! ($50) It’s more a green Orion than Susan Oliver, but it’s a joy to see; especially the recreation of the lizard dress.
Then from (Mattel’s) Hot Wheels, there’s a diorama of Nimoy dressed as Spock, leaning against his beloved ’64 Buick Rivera. It’s the 3D version of this iconic photograph. These are both fabulous!
For even higher-end merchandise, there’s two companies with dazzling, and remarkably realistic figures. There are figures of Kirk and Spock from Quantum Mechanix. These beauties will set you back @ $180 each, but if you’re die-hard enough for incredible likenesses, this is for you. The figures are thoroughly articulated with all the accoutrements of phaser, communicator, and tricorder. One surprising aspect of the costuming is that includes the rarely seen light brown phaser belt that hung under the uniforms in season 1! Truly remarkable, heck, they even have 5 0’clock shadow!
Not to be outdone, but the next set is my favorite of all– from the Mezco One: Twelve Collective comes the ultimate and truly most astonishing Trek figures I’ve ever seen! There are three figures so far, Kirk, Spock, and Sulu, and I do believe there are more to come. They each have great accessories and a stand with the Trek delta patch on them, and Sulu even gets a sword! But the best part is that they have interchangeable hands and heads! (two facial expressions each). The likenesses are so lovingly rendered it’s like they’ve walked right off the screen! Kirk’s face has both serious and gentle Kirk-smirk expressions, Sulu has a serious helm expression and a true Sulu smile, and Spock’s has a cool demeanor or his ultimate arched eyebrow! Spock also has mind-meld hands, communicator/phaser hands, and of course the Vulcan Salute) Can’t wait to see what they’d do with McCoy, Uhura, and the rest… (Spock and Sulu are out now, Kirk in July)
Mezco has also made a masterful limited edition replica of Spock as he appeared in The Cage. The details are meticulous as always, right down to the shorter haircut, away-team jacket, and vintage phaser. Just gorgeous.
All I can say after seeing these is that one is never too old to play with dolls!