Star Trek TOS Parody-Turk Trek

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Star Trek TOS Parody-Turk Trek

Post  BoG on Sun Aug 08, 2010 5:14 pm

Turkish Star Trek aka Turk Trek (Turist Ömer Uzay Yolunda) (1973)
This made-in-Turkey film featured the character of Ömer the Tourist (or Turist Ömer), played by actor Sadri Alışık, who was like the Charlie Chaplin of Turkey. He played this character in several films, going back to 1964 and this was the latest (and possibly, the last), placing him into the Star Trek setting. See, this wasn't just a Star Trek-like setting, similar to TOS; this was a direct copy or steal of that show. The characters are named Kaptan Kirk and Mr. Spak, and there are even exact duplicates like Uhura. On the surface, if one knew nothing about this film, this appeared to be made by some resourceful Star Trek fans in Turkey around the same time as the Star Trek animated series, during the Trek drought of the seventies between the original series (ended in 1969) and the 1st Star Trek movie in 1979. But, this was in reality produced by professional filmmakers in Turkey; available copies of this, such as DVD-Rs, are usually of mediocre quality. As others have pointed out, it's not an attempt to clone Star Trek, as a cheap copy, but is a Turist Ömer film which happens to use the Star Trek universe.
One can also look at it as a lost episode of the original series, composed of Star Trek bloopers, discarded scenes, and an overabundance of the ridiculous. It begins with the standard Star Trek visuals of the Enterprise zooming about in outer space, but as if shot through a red filter and quite blurry. This also uses the standard Star Trek background music and FX sounds from the sixties show (the music, however, doesn't always fit the action in the scene).