TOS Trek fan Spockboy has made many funny and marvelously intricate TOS video in the past and here’s his latest Sepia Trek (Episode 1) He and his crew do a fantastic job here and re-imagines the plot of The Search for Spock as both in the original series and as a silent movie. It’s brilliant, as usual, and also a touching tribute for Leonard Nimoy <3 Note the tiny details, like how the Constellation ‘Crew’ had their insignias all modified to match Commodore Decker’s. and fans of the first Science Fiction movie ever made, Melies Trip to the Moon (1902)will appreciate a particular reference… The blending of old and new footage is seamless, and just wonderful.
The whole idea of remaking Trek episodes as sepia silents opens a a universe of funny possibilities — Thanks to Spockboy (Paul) for letting me know about this, and lets hope this is the first of many ‘silent’ episodes!
Here’s today’s flashback: From 1973, this is a parody from a middle school monthly mag that we all had to read out loud in class (I think it was seventh grade). I was delighted, of course! My geekdom finally had some credibility if we were reading a Star Trek parody in English class! Titled Star Heck by students Garry Nolan and Christopher Johnson St. Gabriel School of Windsor, Connecticut. It featured Captain Jerk and Mr. Spark! Jerk lives up to his name and Spark is a pyromaniac! Pretty good satire for a couple of middle school kids, but there were no drawings of the crew so I added my own patented doodle of Mr. Spock that I was always drawing on my notebooks. However, I wasn’t too pleased with this doodle, as I wrote ‘terrible’ next to it! I notice that I circled all of Mr. Spark’s lines — I do recall if I was chosen to read them aloud, but I do know that we all found it awfully funny. It inspired me in my own parody writing, and I did indeed write my own Star Trek Parody in High School, I think for 9th Grade. I wonder what Misters Nolan and Johnson do these days? Thanks for the inspiration, guys.