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FArFri — Vina and Captain Pike from MJBivouac

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!

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Hey, That Guy Was on Star Trek! — Biblical Edition

Hey Kids,

Here’s the next in my series of familiar faces you may recall from Star Trek in some of their other ventures.  This time, Bible epics!   This past week saw lots of Easter-themed movies on TV, and Trek extras were all over these.

First and foremost: King of Kings (1961) which starred Captain Pike himself, Jeffrey Hunter, as The Christ.  Hollywood always picks a beautiful man to play the Savior, and Jeff was one of the most beautiful!  The camera loves his sky blue eyes.  Yet this Jesus must be highly fastidious, as he apparently  shaves his armpits!   Alas, despite his remarkable easiness on the eyes, Hunter’s Jesus just isn’t as passionate as I hoped he’d be, and comes off a little dull.   He needs a phaser rifle or something…

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Then, in another great epic made just a few years later, you can’t swing a dead tribble without hitting someone who guest-starred on Star Trek;  it’s The Greatest Story Ever told (1965) which starred Max Von Sydow as Jesus, and a cast of thousands that boasted at least a dozen cameos of A-list stars of the time (Claude Rains, Jose Ferrer, John Wayne,Donald Pleasance, Ed Wynn, Roddy McDowall, Sidney Poitier, Dorothy McGuire) and a host of actors who would become famous for their TV Roles (Telly Savalas, Martin Landau, and David McCallum).  …Greatest Story was far superior to King of Kings, and it’s one of my favorite tellings of the passion of Christ*.   But get a load of how many familiar faces you’ll see here:

First, one of the three kings is…Sarek!

Mark Lenard as Balthazaar and Sarek.

Mark Lenard as Balthazaar and Sarek.

2)  Advisor Aben to Herod is…Ayelborne!

John Abbott as Aben and Ayelborne.

John Abbott as Aben and Ayelborne.

3) An old man who holds Jesus’ hands at the temple is..Dr. Robert Johnson!

Felix Locher as Old Man and Dr. Robert Johnson

Felix Locher as Old Man and Dr. Robert Johnson

4) One of Herod’s Centurions is…Kang!

Michael Ansara as Centurion and Kang.

Michael Ansara as Centurion and Kang.

5) Another Centurion is…the Klingon Lieutenant from Errand of Mercy!

Victor Ludin as Centurion and Klingon Lieutenant.

Victor Ludin as Centurion and Klingon Lieutenant.

6) Alexander, an informant of the Sanhedrin is…. Commissioner Ferris!

John Crawford as Alexander and Commissioner Ferris.

John Crawford as Alexander and Commissioner Ferris.

7) The sad woman a the gate watching the trial of Jesus is… T’Pau!

Celia Lovsky as Woman at Gate and T'Pau.

Celia Lovsky as Woman at Gate and T’Pau.

8) An old man who defends Jesus is also a survivor of Talos IV!…

Leonard Mundie as Jesus defender and Talos IV survivor.

Leonard Mundie as Jesus defender and Talos IV survivor.

9) Joseph of Arimathea is…The Thasian from Charlie X

Abraham Sofaer as Joseph of Arimathea and Thasian

Abraham Sofaer as Joseph of Arimathea and Thasian

*my favorite version of The Passion is 1978’s Jesus of Nazareth

10) And finally, a shout out to David McCallum, who plays Judas here.  Of course McCallum is famously known as Ilia Kuriakin from The Man From U.N.C.L.E., and Ducky on NCIS, and yeah, he was (sadly) never on Trek, but he is within one degree of Star Trek by being married at the time to Jill Ireland, who played Leila in This Side of Paradise!  (And both Nimoy and Shatner appeared together in one episode of U.N.C.L.E.!)  So here’s some McCallum for all you fangirls – He’s so beautiful here; what a fine young man.

David McCallum as Judas (*Sigh!*)

David McCallum as Judas (*Sigh!*)

My Weekly Spock 11/19/12 – Early Publicity Stills including a Rare Spock Image!

I came across a bunch of old publicity stills from Season 1 –many of these were used during Trek’s syndicated heyday in the 70’s; a fact I found a bit frustrating at the time because (and this will sound so geeky) the uniforms are not the final form used, but the ones used for the two pilots and the first episode filmed; Mudd’s Women.  Real Trekkies knew that the sleeker, more streamlined  uniform shirts with thinner contrasting collars were the norm on the show, whereas these were a bit chunkier.  I’ve noticed that the stills favor Nimoy’s right side, but both sides of that angular stone face looked fine to me! The other interesting note here is how prominently Grace Lee Whitney (Yeoman Rand) featured, although she only lasted 13 episodes and her look was radically altered.  (Although I must admit, I loved the women’s uniforms with pants; they were much more practical for scaling all all those fiberglass mountains!)  Also, I love Spock’s gentle smile in this group shot.

I’ve fixed the color and noise in most of these pictures, which is par for the course with this kind of thing.  As example, this quick shot of Nimoy and Hunter between scenes was faded and beat up.  But as  I look at this image afresh, one can only imagine how different Trek would have been if it had not been radically changed by the time it aired.  (You can read speculations about this  in the great guide,  Star Trek FAQ by Mark Clark)

BTW, the color photo here of Spock holding the Enterprise was a poster on my brother’s wall for years.  As a child of 5 when Trek first aired, the photo actually scared me a little, (!) for Mr. Spock seemed so…sinister! Of course by the time Trek hit syndication I was madly in love with him, and the poster had been transferred to my bedroom walls for a good 5 years! ( oh, how life’s opportunity was misused!)

I also have a new publicity photo of Spock as well as one of Kirk and McCoy from eBay that I’ve never seen before! This being Thanksgiving week here in America, it’s truly something to be thankful for! Boy, he looks mad here!

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!