Here’s today’s flashback: In it’s 70’s rebirth through syndication, Star Trek was a marketer’s dream! Everything you could imagine was found in ads from Starlog and Media Spotlight, among other Sci-Fi magazines. A lot of the stuff you see here could be bought at conventions too, and there was also Lincoln Enterprises, the company started by Gene Roddenberry to sell everything a Trekkie could want. The man knew how to make money! I wonder if anyone still has any of these fan-tastic items? A Trekkie’s Paradise to be sure!
Here’s today’s flashback: From Starlog Magazine, August 1979 – the latest progress report on Star Trek: The Motion Picture. We discover here that Trek had now doubled its original budget of 15 million; mainly because special effects alone were costing 16 million, and that it was Robert Wise who was partially responsible for the look of the horrible bland polyester uniforms in the film, mainly because, as Roddenberry mentions : “…Wise kept to the idea that the uniforms should be utilitarian” Yuck! And for heaven’s sake, I hated that De Kelley had to wear such revealing mommy stretch pants in his first scene (with the beard). Thank goodness the tunics covered the uniform hip-areas! (By the way, this is the last article from my second Star Trek scrapbook! Volume III starts tomorrow!)
Here’s today’s flashback: From Starlog September 1979, David Gerrold (of Tribble fame) compares Star Trek to Space:1999 and Battlestar Galactica. Guess who wins? 😉 I remember watching S-1999 and Battlestar... and yeah, they definitely weren’t Trek, but they did fill my need to watch bright, shiny people in the future. Gerrold rightly points out the absurdity of the 1999 premise, which I agree with, but it was still fun to watch. However, 1999 doesn’t hold up as well today as TOS, and of course Battlestar Galactica was remade into a wonderfully gritty, intense reboot.
Here’s today’s flashback: From an 1978 issue of Starlog, an in-depth preview of Phillip Kaufman’s remake of Invasion of the Body Snatchers which starred Donald Sutherland, Brooke Adams, Leonard Nimoy and a young Jeff Goldblum. It’s been so long since I’ve seen this remake I had forgotten about actor Art Hindle, who’s featured prominently in this piece– (should’a been more Nimoy here!) It’s a very well done and VERY creepy remake, as good the original, but miles and miles better than the 2007 version! Highly recommended.
Here’s today’s flashback: From an August 8, 1978, Starlog Magazine their monthly update on the set making the Trek movie. I gotta say, the black and white picture I saw in a previous article didn’t have me too thrilled about the new Starfleet uniforms, and seeing the color pictures in this article had me even less thrilled. Gray and Beige Uniforms? Ugh! How non-original technicolor dream Star Trek uniform could you get? Even the cast doesn’t look too happy in these shots, maybe they sensed something wasn’t quite right… Well, at least it was nice to see that The Enterprise bridge would have a ceiling! Dig the very hairy disco dudes in the background of the first picture!