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Yvonne Craig – 1937-2015 :-(

I interrupt my hiatus to bring you some sad news — Yvonne Craig, whom legions of fans remember as BatGirl on the original Batman series, passed away on Monday; she was 78, from complications of breast cancer.

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She was a wonderful dancer and actress, and her memorable Marta, the Green Orion in Whom Gods Destroy was the perfect crazy sidekick to Garth.

I remember watching her on Batman as BatGirl, and thinking how cool she was!  As a child though, I couldn’t understand how her hair was so short and black as  Barbara Gordon but so long and luxuriously red as Bat Girl! (my 7 year old brain hadn’t figured out wigs yet!).  After the series ended, she did a funny promo for the Federal Equal Pay Law; something we’re still waiting for…

Here’s the NPR report on her passing:

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2015/08/19/432862575/yvonne-craig-best-known-as-batgirl-dies-at-78

Here’s the compelling statement from her family:

“Wish Number One, is that her family, friends and fans would know how much she loved them and always treasured her time with them. Wish Number Two, was that no one waste a moment of their time in mourning for her loss in sadness but instead celebrate the awesome life she had been fortunate enough to live. She felt that she lived a wonderful life and was blessed in many ways.”

Rest in Peace lovely lady, actress, and dancer.  😦

(I’ll be back on September 30th)

#71 — Whom Gods Destroy

Coming down the wire on the last 9 TOS movie-style posters! Hard to believe! I’ll miss this series when I’m done, but where TOS is concerned, I’m sure I’ll always come up with something else!

Here’s Whom Gods Destroy, yet another  Captain-gone-mad episode and a semi-rehash of Dagger of the MindBut Steve Inhat as Garth was deliciously loony, and Yvonne DeCarlo’s a lovely limber dancer!

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FArF: Stained Glass Trek (by Me!)

Hey Kids,

I’ve always been fascinated by the beautiful use of light and color on the Original Series.  Those colored gels on what were really just grey walls gave the series a magical, yet cozy feel.  For a sci-fi show on a tight budget, it gave the whole series a special nuance of calm; like stained glass windows in a church.

Inspired by this lighting magic, I started playing around with images on Photoshop the other night and created these ‘stained-glass’ images. I kept the faces clear of lines so as not to distract from their beauty.

I bet I’ll do a lot of these! (I’m even giving them their own category).Here’s Spock from Whom Gods Destroy and Uhura from The Tholian Web.

Enjoy the serenity, Therese ❤

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“Gridlock” (by Me!) Trek Screens as Art.

One  aspect of the Original Series production design that always intrigued me was the use of openwork grids as dividers in crew quarters, engineering, and other areas on the Enterprise and sometimes on planets.  The honeycomb grids were often repainted in different colors and used wherever needed. They were definitely reflective of mid-century style, which was probably considered most futuristic.  Yet somehow, as industrial as the grids looked, I somehow found them strangely cozy; maybe it was the way they were lit or especially the way their shadows fell on the characters at stealthy or dramatic moments.

All the grid-work inspired me to manipulate screen caps into this little collage, along with some other fancy openwork panel dividers that set the mood!  If you zoom in on this, you can see some of the characters. 🙂

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Toon Tuesday: 7/16/13 ‘The Party’

Been a while since I’ve done one of these. And Kang, you got some ‘splainin’ to do!  Enjoy!

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Wideo Wednesday 1/9/13

Yesterday , January 8th, would have been Elvis’ Birthday — in that spirit, here’s a couple of videos showing the Elvis/Star Trek connection! (Well, some of  the Elvis movies and Star Trek were both made by Paramount, so that’s not too surprising!) I always thought Kirk was the Elvis of the Galaxy!

Haven’t I Seen That Before? (GALLERY) Part One: Star Trek Costumes

(NOTE: This is a repost of one of my earliest articles from way back in 2011 when I started this blog!  Posting it again today since I am finally writing Part II, about Star Trek Props)

As I reviewed old episodes of Trek, it was enlightening to see where the costume and production departments saved money and cut costs while making the the episodes. In this first article in the series, I’ll discuss Costume Recycling.

William Ware Theiss ( to be referred here always as WWT) , the supreme costume designer/wunderkind for Star Trek TOS, was always on a tight budget and a tighter schedule.  Not only could this genius improvise a bolt of cloth into a ‘how-does-it-stay-on’ gown for an alien princess, but he knew when and how to re-use elements  when needed.

*In S1’s The Conscience of the King, Lenore Karidian has the wardrobe that keeps on giving. Early on, she basically wears a luxuriant  gray mink bath wrap.  At its center is a lovely cats eye oval brooch with a pearl drop.   In a later episode, (s2’s Assignment: Earth) the gray mink dress turns up on  a modern (read 1967) passerby in the crowd on Gary Seven’s Earth–this time with a longer skirt under it. Two seasons later, (S3’s Plato’s Stepchildren) the Lenore’s brooch shows up on the bosom of Lt. Uhura when she is forced into Grecian gear by the Platonians.   Just goes to show that a good piece of jewelry never goes out of style!

*Another of Lenore’s gowns had been re-purposed from an earlier episode.  The first time, in Dagger of the Mind, it was seen as a tie-closure tunic in foamy green and aqua stripes and a pale pink lame border. When Lenore wore it for her observation deck flirtation with Kirk, the gown has been reversed, sewn up at the shoulders, caftan style, and green marabou added at the sleeves, hints of the pink lining are glimpsed.   Seems a bit ironic that Lenore’s gown was recycled from the gown of a  a sanitarium resident,  since Lenore herself,  (although never seen there), ends up in a sanitarium too.

*Lenore’s Father, Karidian, wears a dramatic olive green robe of a coat with a dark blue swirly branch design running through it, with faux yellow-green fur trim. The very same coat is worn two seasons later by the mad Captain Garth in S3’s Whom Gods Destroy.  Then Garth himself has borrowed a blue suit from Commissioner Ferris from S1’s The Galileo Seven–the collar tabs were changed from white to sparkly blue, The ascot is gone,  and Garth has added jewelry. (Accessories, ladies!)

*In Season 1, Mudd’s Women, we see Eve and Ruth, two of Harry’s “cargo” looking the stunners in  rose pink and mint green sparkly gowns that Diana Ross would kill for.  In S2’s I, Mudd, who should turn up in these same gowns but the Annabelle and Maisie Series among Mudd’s improved androids.  Gives you a bit of insight into how  60’s TV worked.  I’m guessing that WWT made two gowns for the originals, especially Eve since she had more action scenes, and kept them around for incidentals.   And Harry Mudd must know a wholesale retailer for glam space lady gowns!  Also in I, Mudd, Norman and the other male androids wear tight gray knit long underwear that leave very little to the imagination.  Later two of the same gray tights show up on Lokai and Beale in Let That Be Your Last Battlefield, only with silver spangly trim added at the shirt hem and cuffs.

This recycling on WWT’s part became commonplace.  Usually, it’s the gowns of central female characters that end up on extras in later scenes.  For example:

*Attorney and Kirk-Ex Ariel Shaw wore a vibrant yellow, green and pink paisley caftan at the bar in Court Martial. (WWT loved caftans!) It shows up later on a female alien ambassador extra in Journey To Babel. And in that same scene, extra is talking to a man in another recycled suit, Lazarus’ blue suit from The Alternative Factor (Yet the suit from the later episode seems to be untorn and clean– maybe WWT made two versions?)

*In The Deadly Years, Dr. Janet Wallace first appears in brightly pink and yellow dyed burlap jumpsuit (What was WWT thinking?!) And later, in a swirly purple multi-print.  Yet both of these outfits suffer a nasty fate in the  S3 episode Where the Children Shall Lead where  (blink and you’ll miss it) they are seen on two of the doomed mothers on the planet Triacus.  (Heck, if I had to wear an itchy burlap jumpsuit, I’d die too!)  In another flashback on Triacus, we see a happy mother in a pink cowl-necked mini dress, which was originally worn in the S1 episode of  The Conscience of the King  by character Martha Leighton.  Then another of Martha Leighton’s gowns is being worn and slightly modified with straps and fluff  by the android version of Harry Mudd’s wife, Stella, in  S2’s I, Mudd.

Obsessed fashionistas will find The Ultimate Recycled Moment came from Seasons 1, 2,  and from another TV series.  In S2′s Catspaw, the wizard  Korob   wears a pumpkin colored robe with gold lame hood and front panel, with an all-watching eye at its center. In S1′s  The Squire of Gothos, spoiled brat General Trelaine wears a grand blue velvet suit and cape trimmed with gold leaves in his castle. But wait! Didn’t we see BOTH of these costumes in an episode of Gilligan’s Island?  Yup, Korob’s gown was worn by Bob Denver  as the Fairy God-Father in Lovey’s Cinderella Dream in Lovey’s Secret Admirer.  And then, Mr, Howell himself as the Prince, dances the night away in Trelane’s Cape!  UPDATE! 6/15/14:  A reader here pointed out that they may have seen Trelane’s coat on Mike Nesmith in an episode of The Monkees (Also anNBC series) and he was right: In the episode The Prince and The Pauper, we first see the coat on an old footman, then Mike dons it when pretending to be Davy’s footman.  Later we see two of Trelane’s coats in the same scene, which begs the question, how many were made?  I’ve also see a later photo of William Campbell, posing  in his Trelane finery; I’m glad the costumers let him have one!

(11/22/12 — Found another one! Another series crossover is from the 1966 Daniel Boone episode, SeminoleTerritory, where character of Fletcher wears a splendid Indian feathered cape.  Fast Forward to 1968, In The Paradise Syndrome, and Jim Kirk, a.k.a. ‘Kirok’ is wearing the same cape to marry Miramanee!   I bet some of the other native costumes were reused here too, Boone was another NBC series).

Well!  I can only presume that capes were expensive to make, and someone’s been digging into Western Costume’s warehouse!

Check the Gallery here to see each of these costume switcheroos and a few more!

Next time: Props Recycled.