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Dig These Great Star Trek Original Series Behind-the-Scenes Photos

Science fiction props, artifacts, and ephemera are very easy to find on auction sites although they can often be expensive to obtain. And one of the great sources of cool stuff is Star Trek. So today I have a set of behind-the-scenes photographs taken on the set of Star Trek in 1966.

Most of these pictures feature Leonard Nimoy as Mr. Spock, although we also get appearances from Capt. Kirk and Mr. Sulu. Based on some of the props seen in these shots, I’m guessing at least some of them were taken during the filming of “The Galileo Seven,” which aired in January 1967.  Look for the pictures of Spock with the giant spear and Yeoman Mears (Phyllis Douglas) fending off one of the ape-like creatures of Taurus II.

Capt. Kirk (William Shatner) on the set of Star Trek: The Original Series
Is that Romulan Ale?
Mr. Spock (Leonard Nimoy) and Capt. Kirk (William Shatner) on the set of Star Trek: The Original Series
Checkmate, captain.
Yeoman Mears (Phyllis Douglas) on the set of Star Trek: The Original Series
You lucky ape.

Mr. Spock (Leonard Nimoy) on the set of Star Trek: The Original Series

Mr. Spock (Leonard Nimoy) on the set of Star Trek: The Original Series
Emerging from the Galileo shuttlecraft.
Mr. Spock (Leonard Nimoy) on the set of Star Trek: The Original Series
I wonder if he knows “The Ballad of Bilbo Baggins.”
Mr. Spock (Leonard Nimoy) on the set of Star Trek: The Original Series
Vulcan lute solo!
Mr. Sulu (George Takei) on the set of Star Trek: The Original Series
Oh my, nice plant Sulu!

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Vintage Toys: 1970s Star Trek Inter-Space Communicator

The original Star Trek TV series ended in 1969, but its enduring popularity was evident not long after. Fan demand for new adventures led to the 1973-74 animated series, and it’s from that period that this neat Star Trek toy comes from. It’s an Inter-Space Communicator, released in 1974 by a British company called Lone Star. Hell, I’d like just the packaging, featuring a surprisingly decent illustration of Kirk and Spock.

Star Trek Toy: Inter-Space Communicator (Lone Star, 1974)

In case it wasn’t immediately obvious, the communicators here worked with a string attached between them. To the future!

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These 1980s Star Trek Illustrations Are My Favorite Things Ever

Sometimes, my friends, fate smiles upon you. Such was the case for me recently when I stumbled upon a series of 1980s Star Trek illustrations in chalk pastel, some of which I will now share with you. Credit for these goes to artist Doug Little, who apparently produced these for commemorative posters around the time of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.

Enough chit chat, let’s boldly go. By the way, I’ve saved the best for last.

Star Trek pastel painting - The Man Trap

Awww. Posing for the sweetest prom photo I’ve ever seen are Dr. McCoy and the salt creature from the Star Trek: The Original Series episode “The Man Trap.”

Star Trek pastel painting - Khan and Gonzo

Yes, this is Khan and Gonzo. And Gonzo is holding a yo-yo that actually says, “Khan Is a Yo-Yo.” Let that seep for a few minutes.

Star Trek pastel painting - Spock and Richard Nixon

Of course! All we had to do to figure out what was on the missing segment of the Watergate tapes was to get Spock to do the mind-meld on Richard Nixon. Who needs to bother with a pesky Congressional subpoena?

Star Trek pastel painting - Ronald Reagan and a Klingon

Fear not, Republicans, because the GOP is redeemed thanks to the Great Communicator. Ronald Reagan looks strangely right in his Federation uniform. He’s just pretending to not see the Klingon giving him the stink-eye.

Star Trek pastel painting - Spock and Jeffrey Hunter Jesus

OK, so this actually makes a little sense. Yes, this is Spock with Jesus. But it’s actually Jeffrey Hunter, who played both Capt. Christopher Pike in the Star Trek pilot episode and Jesus Christ in the King of Kings movie. See? Total sense.

Star Trek pastel painting - Khan and Darth Vader

Hmmm. You know, I think I could throw my support behind a Khan/Vader ticket. I’m not in favor of their Kirk-killing policy, but I do like their planet-exploding policy.

Star Trek pastel painting - Khan and Kirk

And there it is. Totally innocent I assure you. I mean sure, the background is pink and Kirk and Khan are holding hands but… oh.

Here’s some stuff I enjoyed this week

Here’s a fresh batch of some quality interweb finds I’ve come across over the last 7 days:

  • Like a scene from one of those apocalypse movies, a graphic photo of San Francisco after the earthquake and fire of April 18, 1906. (Shorpy)
  • The Rock is disturbed to find out that Christina Aguilera was not debuting a new song at the Super Bowl. (Blame It On The Voices)
  • Bet you didn’t know so many NFL teams had marching songs, did you? (Album Art Exchange)
  • Now this is what we need to spend time researching – which Chicago Cubs game did Ferris Bueller and friends attend the day they skipped school? (Big League Stew)
  • Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan in 60-Seconds With Papercraft and Computer Graphics (Geekologie)
  • Really long but really good article detailing film director Paul Haggis‘ involvement with, and eventual estrangement from, the Church of Scientology (The New Yorker)
  • Speaking of Scientology – Come for the auditing, stay for the Stallone! (Gawker)
  • You all know I’m a sucker for vintage ads, and this batch of ones from a pair of 1967 NFL guides is spectacular. (Neato Coolville)
  • New license plate slogans for 2011; Hawaii and Texas are my favorites (Esquire)
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GFS at the Movies: Star Trek

Spock and Kirk - Star Trek (2009)

It wasn’t all that long ago that the Star Trek brand was about as interesting and relevant as…well, let’s just say I can’t have been the only one who left Gene Roddenberry’s creation for dead after their last outings on the big screen and the boob tube.  Turns out it just needed a bit of a breather (not to mention some fresh creative blood).

Putting aside painful cliches like “set phasers for stunning!” or “Star Trek will now live long and prosper”, I’ll just say that J.J. Abrams’s Star Trek takes its place among the greatest realizations of Roddenberry’s franchise in any medium.  The film succeeded on nearly every level possible, not the least of which was making it resonate with longtime fans – who, let’s face it, are probably the most fanatical and detail-obsessed of any fictional franchise – as well as curious newcomers.

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Geek alert: New Star Trek photos

Courtesy the MTV Movies Blog, a half-dozen production photos from the upcoming J.J. Abrams Star Trek movie are online for your geek pleasure.  Actually, they’ve just collected the photos from various other sites, and so I’ve done the same for you.  Enjoy!

1. Eric Bana as Nero, waiting to hear back from the casting director for the new reality series Romulan Ink.

2. A Federation ship identified as the USS Kelvin takes a wrong turn and ends up somewhere over Camden, NJ.

3. Ain’t no party like a Federation party, ’cause a Federation party don’t stop!  (l to r.: Anton Yelchin as Chekov, Chris Pine as James T. Kirk, Simon Pegg as Lt. Montgomery Scott, Karl Urban as Dr. McCoy, John Cho as Sulu, and Zoe Saldana as Uhura)

4. Zachary “Sylar” Quinto shows some of that famous Vulcan even temper.  I can’t wait for him to flick his finger and cut a guy’s head open.

5. I hope Kirk saved the receipt for his GPS navigation system, because he looks pretty screwed here.  “Tom Toooooooooooooooom!”

6. And the money shot!  Apparently J.J. Abrams’ vision of the future involves lots of blue light and a ton of Plexiglas.

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Showdown: Hasselhoff vs. Shatner

Hasselhoff v. Shatner

Truly these are great times to be alive, my friends, for we have walking among (amongst?) us mortals two men of such legendary accomplishments, that to even utter their names is to inspire greatness. I am speaking of course about David Michael Hasselhoff and William Alan Shatner. And while we are lucky in that we would never have to choose between the two, I thought I’d take a minute to compare the careers of these two titans to see just which one comes out on top. It’s on!

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Star Trek – The Lost Logs (Kirk)

Star Trek - The Lost Logs (Captain Kirk)
Don’t ask me how I got a hold of these.  All I’ll say is that many brave Bothans died to bring me this information.  That’s right, I said Bothans. Here now is a never-before revealed entry written by Capt. James T. Kirk himself…

Captain’s Log, Stardate 4732.4 –

I will never understand women. I’ve explored the far reaches of the galaxy, I’ve defeated more enemies than I can remember, and I’ve bedded more alien women than anyone in Starfleet history. And yet that damned ice princess, Nurse Chapel, eludes me.

It’s not as if I haven’t tried, believe me. Just last week I went to sickbay for my regular checkup, and when she walked in I was wearing nothing but my boots and a hint of Skagaran Musk. She ran away screaming something about violating Starfleet protocol and formal complaints and blah blah blah. Next thing I know Bones is cupping Little Tiberius and telling me to turn my head and cough. He sure does have soft hands though, I have to give him that.

Ah Christine Chapel, you are mine and you don’t even know it yet!