Star Trek could be awfully romantic at times. And although most of the love stories featured Kirk, there was an occasional nod to lesser character’s love life. In honor of Valentine’s Day, I present to you 14 relationships that warmed or chilled our hearts. Be sure to relate your faves in the comment section. Happy Valentines Day ❤
Happy Thanksgiving to my fellow Americans, and I wish a peaceful blessed day to all the world. Please remember the victims of the awful fires in California, and be thankful for the brave firefighters who are risking their lives to contain the fire and save as many lives as possible.
Today we take time to reflect on the blessings in our lives, and how grateful we are for them. Despite hard times, we do have so much to be thankful for, and the turkey is a bonus!
Bless you all as we head into this blessed Holiday season, and don’t sweat the small stuff. Reflect on the little blessings and the love we have. love, Therese 🙂
This week in America is Thanksgiving, and I’m sure Leonard was thankful for all the friendships in his life. Yeah, I know that his relationship with Shatner soured at the end, but you cannot deny that they were very close. He loved his all his Star Trek friends, especially De Kelley, and I’m happy that he found a family in his cast-mates. ❤ Be sure to check the funny captioned photo below where Leonard doesn’t quite help De do the Vulcan salute!
Here’s an idea I’ve had for a LONG time and I finally got it to come to fruition. As I’m sure many of you have seen, in the past I have made many silly collages which combine the two best pop culture phenomenons of the 1960’s; Star Trek and The Beatles! You can see my previous ‘Beatle Trek’s’ here.
Anyway, for ages I wanted to recreate the famous Sgt.Pepper’s Lonely Heart’s Club Band except make it with memorable Star Trek Characters. As the centerpiece, Kirk, Spock, McCoy and Scotty replace the Fab Four, and I poured over many pictures to find just the right character to fill in for all the originals (and a few more) for this cover.
You’ll note that the Klingons replace the waxworks figures of The Beatles, Mohammed Ali’s robed boxer is replaced with robed Lord Garth from Whom Gods Destroy, glamorous Droxine and Carolyn Palamas take over for Marlene Dietrich and Diana Dors. I’ve added many other characters in positions close to the originals: notice Miranda Jones’ hand behind Kirk, just as Issy Bonn’s hand was behind Paul McCartney’s head in the original! I also have many more women in this version than the Pepper album. But as The Beatles chose their favorite heroes for their album, I chose my favorite characters for this. And of course you will find our dear Celeste Yarnall (Martha Landon in The Apple) in the mix. Although she sadly passed before she could see it, her widower, Nazim assured me she would have enjoyed it. Indeed, I have always found creativity a balm for sorrow, and I recommend creating something yourself, anything with your heart and hands, to help you at your sad times.
You’ll notice that most of these characters are not crew members, as I did a massive collage of as many Enterprise members as I could in the past. I also intentionally posted some characters in black and white instead of color, like on the original. If you look closely, you’ll see Alexander from Plato’s Stepchildren in Shirley Temple’s place and Balok from The Corbomite Maneuver flopped out like the doll in Rolling Stones sweater too! I even used Star Trek plants to replace the flora of the original. And be sure to look out for 4 hidden Spocks (as well as the main one in the center)!
If you can’t identify all the characters, I created a numbered key for the poster below. Enjoy, and please let me know what you think! Thanks, Therese ❤
Key to Characters in“Captain Jim Kirk’s Comely Starfleet Brand
Ruk (Ted Cassidy) in What are Little Girls Made Of?
Hard to believe a week has passed already since my wonderful visit to Ticonderoga, NY to attend TreKonderoga with my great friend Bobbie.
TreKonderoga is the annual mini-Trek Convention that takes place annually at the marvelous Star Trek Original Series Set Tour in the middle of Ticonderoga, NY. How did this incredible recreation of the TOS set come about? Well, as Wikipedia so deftly puts it:
In the middle of Ticonderoga lies the wonderful Star Trek Original Series Set Tour! Built by James Cawley, the sets were built to make Star Trek: New Voyages was created by James Cawley in April 2003. Jack Marshall came aboard as a producer with the idea to market the series on the internet. The first episode, “Come What May” debuted on the internet on January 2004. The first episodes were filmed on new sets at a long-shuttered car dealership in Port Henry, NY, but production eventually moved to a former Family Dollar store at 112 Montcalm St. in downtown Ticonderoga, NY. This facility is currently open to the public for tours and is officially licensed by CBS. Tour information is available at http://www.startrektour.com
I took a zillion pictures so I’ll be breaking this report up into several sections – Enjoy! First up: Welcome to TreKonderoga! Part II -Touring the Enterprise! – next!
The sign out front
I bet he was the most comfortable man there!
The lovely ‘MB’ welcomed us out front.
The schedule had been revised, but still full!
AAAAAHHH! Salt Vampire!
A pretty nice model, complete with suction cups!
Gorn! (with Yonada ‘God’ in the back’)
These 60’s chairs were pretty comfy! (I’m pretty sure chairs like these were used in TOS too!)
A gallery of Trek stars in the lobby -George Takei
Grace Lee Whitney
James, De, and Bill.
Spock’s original costume from Star Trek V…Must. Touch.
…with accompanying pics.
Lots of great costumes in t display case with Klingon Ship!
Detail of Klingon model.
Original Klingon top.
Kirk’s iconic Mirror Mirror tunic& sash (recreated right down to the insignias)
An Uhura uniform, and behind it, a gold “casual” top for Captain Kirk in the never-realized Star Trek Phase II series.
The police captain from Bread & Circuses (note lion emblem details)
Great repro of Balok puppet. The cloak appeared to made of header fabric.
Tribbles! The 2 brown on top are actual TOS tribbles from the episode!
More detailed props
I. AM. NOMAD.
Our beloved Enterprise.
Great repro of Captain Pike’s uniform w/ phaser and communicator.
Spock’s computer from ‘The Cage’
Let’s see, I had that, and that, and that too…
Lots of Tee Shirts and souvenirs of course.
My old pal Bill from our local Trek club in the ’70s, with some familiar faces.
My friend Bobbie with her favorite Vulcan!
Even the wax Kirk seems to be sweaty!
Vulcans don’t sweat, of course; love the eyebrow action!
Jim who? Spock & me 😉
A logical posture.
Nice hands, but the rank on the sleeves is wrong! (should be two solid stripes) I think Spock is wearing McCoy’s shirt!
Thanks for your patience, for it is truly rewarded today!
A while back I posted some wonderful black and white photos from the eBay dealer rexliv who had come across rare negative directly from the original series sets, taken by studio photographers to capture rehearsal and publicity photos for the series. Just when I thought these were the holy grail of Trek memorabilia, rexliv strikes again with COLOR NEGATIVES!
How the dealer describes his find is nothing short of miraculous, and the fact that these have not been destroyed in over 50 years and are in remarkable condition is astonishing. As the dealer states in his descriptions:
This authentic Color original Film Negative from the Original Star Trek TV Series is in excellent Condition for its age. During the Production of Star Trek, Photographers were hired to take Publicity Photo’s of the Series for magazine distribution and for advertising purposes. I recently obtained quite a few of these Publicity Negatives from a woman in new York City. She stated that she obtained them from a friend who worked in a professional Photo Lab as a Custom Photo Printer in New York City during the Mid-1980s. He stated to her that he was assigned to clean out the Dead Photo Files at the Lab when he found the Star Trek Negatives. The woman had kept them in their original envelopes along with their original Contact Sheets ever since the Mid-1980s when her friend had given them to her. Each five frame negative strip was enclosed in a clear plastic sleeve. Since the negatives were taken by an On Set Photographer, they are obviously a “One Of A Kind” Film Negative and display different angles of the actors as they posed for Publicity Photo’s and during live action scenes from the Episodes. They are quite RARE indeed.
Well Yes indeed! Welcome to Trekkie Heaven Everyone!
NOTE: Currently many of these negatives are NOT up for sale, and some of them have been sold. However, they are VERY LIKELY to go back up for auction. So for you diehards, I highly recommend you check out the dealer’s current auctions here. You can see the completed (and may unsold) auctions here. He is also currently selling positive contact sheets of the full color negatives. These auctions will end TOMORROW (Friday, October 27) So check it out before they end!
I’ve posted the photos of the positive images that the dealer posted that are not included in the actual auctions but used as examples of how the negatives would look when processed. I’ve enhanced a few of these positive images to improve their tone and contrast. And man, what a find! From De Kelley’s incredible baby blues to Shatner’s smirks and the occasional Nimoy grin, it’s like I’ve traveled in a time machine back to 1966!
Wow. Just Wow. You can see why not all of these were used (lighting off, or someone coughed) But they are totally iconic, regardless. Man, how I would have loved that job! I’ll post more in the coming weeks. Enjoy!
No matter what this new year brings, you gotta start your day with a smile! Here’s some previously unseen out-take Spock smiles from the new blu-ray The Roddenberry Vault! (I got it for Christmas! Will review soon!) Wishing you all a blessed and healthy new year! Love, Therese
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)
Fun fact: Did you know that ‘The Menagerie’ and ‘Court Martial’ were filmed back-to-back? Maybe they had narrow window for dress uniform rentals! 😉
Lovely Miss Piper looks out for the Avon representative.
Kirk forgot her order, but immediately goes into flirt mode…
Pike says you can’t trust rival Mary Kay products. Look what it did to me!
Jim, I can’t get the online Avon to order properly!
Meanwhile, Spock is on his own mission…
Finding a new home for his Shopkins collection…
Uhura can’t believe what a bad commander Hansen is; she takes over the bridge.
Nobody touches my Shopkins!
They still use paper in the future?
Spock practices his sexy serious look
Kirk shows Mendez his new goldfish
What do you mean I can’t take over?
Spock has secret shame over his Shopkins collection
Spock denies he has Shopkins.
We’ll see about that…
Is it true you and Pike shared Shopkins?
Oh great, movie night…
Yes, that was before my Avon make-over!
You won’t let me take over the ship either? Damn glass ceiling!
She’ll never get command, Chris; it’s a man’s world!
No sense being excited about rescue, I’m just gonna die again in 2 episodes…
Nothin’ but old guys here…
Oh, wait. Except for this remarkably clean Barbie Avon rep.
This story’s too big for one week!
Are you dramatic enough? Yes.
Oh sure, the cute young Vulcan gets to be in every single episode while I vanish after this!
Barbie’s dream castle.
I found my Ken doll!
Avon Barbie said these remove eye bags
I had an allergic reaction to the foundation.
I’m gonna eat all your Shopkins!
I warned her about the foundation
Avon has jewelry too!
And great nailpolish!
Avon Barbie accidentally used Mary Kay moisturizer.
Spock is content with his Purple Pop eyeshadow
I told Jose not to use the vanishing cream!
Spock is freed, and runs off with Pike; his Shopkins safely stashed in Pike’s scooter…