Yesterday, September 8th was the 53rd Anniversary of Star Trek, and aren’t we lucky to have had this happyplace in our lives? Wishing Happy Anniversary to the surviving cast of The Original Series, William Shatner, Nichelle Nichols, George Takei and Walter Koenig, and happy memories of our beloved other cast members, Leonard Nimoy, Deforest Kelley, James Doohan, Majel Barret, Grace Lee Whitney, and of course the creator, Gene Roddenberry. The dream of a better future lives on with Star Trek in all of it’s incarnations! May its vision of a peaceful and caring society truly live long and prosper!
One thing I loved about the original series is that even though not all characters had equal time, there were countless little moments where we’d see the human (or otherwise) nature of characters that would give us a peek into their personalities. Little quirks anyone could understand. In honor of 53 years of Star Trek, here are 53 moments of my favorite TOS episodes, 🙂
Also, more coverage of my visit to TreKonderoga in August coming this week!
Vina gets her wish in The Cage
“Jim.” A sad second of helplessness from Gary Mitchell.
“I can hear it too!”
Uhura bored at a meeting in Corbomite Manuever
Spock nearly apoligizing to Kirk in Corbomite Manuever
Christine hears Corby for the first time in years
Eve tells Ben Childress what to do with his pots and pans
And he does.
Spock grins while playing his harp.
Uhura sings the charms of Spock
Riley in full cowboy mode
Spock collapses against door
Spock’s first mind-meld.
Jim’s beautiful eyes.
RUk lifts Kirk like a baby.
Sulu casually says ‘No’ to Trelane’s food.
Uhura does NOT like Trelane’s
“They are as high above us as we are above the ameoba.”
McCoy and his fantasy showgirls
“With all due respect to the young lady…”
“You’re holding a knife at your physcian’s throat.
Marla entranced by Kahn
‘WE offered the world ORDER!”
“You couldn’t pronounce it”
Kirk misty-eyed after Edith’s kiss.
McCoy gently giggles with Edith.
“Athena! You were right!”
Evil Spock’s first appearance.
Jim reminding Marlena how a lover should kiss.
“Why are you monitoring my communications Mr. Sulu?”
Found another one! It’sDrums of Africa (1963), an exciting tale of love and slavery in the darkest continent! that is, A teen dream musical with Frankie Avalon! What I mean to say is, it’s marvelous really a marvelous piece of crap!
Let’s see…A guy goes to Africa in the 1910’s to survey a railroad site for his boss, brings along his boss’s lightweight teen son and goes on safari, employing ‘the best guide in Africa’ and falling for the lovely young missionary woman who works with the guide. Unfortunately, there are greedy slavers loose in the jungle, and his lady love is their main target! Sounds exciting right? Well…
Here’s our hero, David Moore (Lloyd Bochner, right) and teen-sidekick-that-he-didn’t-want-to-bring-along Brian Ferrers (Frankie Avalon) seeking out their guide.
With all this nice manliness on screen, the film inexplicably gives viewers a major beefcake valentine of…Marplon! (Torin Thatcher as Jack Cuortemayn )
(Okay, Sorry about that — I better cleanse your memory palate here…)
Anyway, Marplon spends the rest of the movie proving his virility to the other two guys by insisting on keeping his shirt unbuttoned…
And on the way out of his office, who should come screaming out of the jungle and into the arms of our hero but Zarabeth.(Mariette Hartley as Ruth Knight)
She’s being chased by slavers who find her pure whiteness a perfect target for their evil trade. Zarabeth’s Ruth’s fresh faced beauty has the three men gaga for her and pitching woo. Of course for Frankie, that means–
This was a step down for Hartley’s career. She had recently finished the brilliant Ride the High Country and compared this job to going from president to janitor in two days. Of course she’s virginal and sweet here, and has been too busy in her young life to know love. In one of queasiest moments of dialogue, Marlpon confides in Zarabeth that the only problem with their relationship is that they’re friends. Ugh!
But Zarabeth isn’t into a May-December with Marplon, or a December-May with Frankie, and despite the awesome gorgeousness of Marplon’s man-servant Kasongo (Hari Rhodes)…
…she can’t help but find herself attracted to bland white bread David (no surprise there). But first she has to do an obligatory Dovesoap commercial…
He meets her after she’s squeaky clean, of course, compares trunks with a baby elephant, and she admits that his kiss ‘brought her world alive!” Please. Little does she realize that years later, her lover will change his name to Cecil Colby and die while copulating with Edith Keeler (In her Alexis Karrington years) on Dynasty! But that’s another post…
After much inter-cut animal action from King Soloman’s Mines, the pair live happily ever after in the jungle. Did the railroad come through? Did Marplon ever button his shirt? Did Frankie find Annette? Can’t remember, think I fell asleep… All in all 2 stars our of 5.
This week’s art, ‘Old Days’ by artist Athew on Deviant Art — A nice rendition of Kirk and Spock in “The City on the Edge of Forever” Athew is a great comic artist, although I think he goes a little too far into the “Spirk” (Kirk/Spock) slash elements. But this is really nice.
Here’s #28, The City On the Edge of Forever. I aimed at a different approach here, as most of the story is set in the past in Manhattan. At a glance you may not know it’s a Star Trek episode, and that’s just the effect I wanted.