Star Trek (1966 - 1969)

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Star Trek (1966 - 1969)

Post  BoG on Tue Mar 09, 2010 4:54 pm


STAR TREK (1966 - 1969): 79 episodes that began the journey...
starring WILLIAM SHATNER  Like a Star @ heaven  LEONARD NIMOY  Like a Star @ heaven  DeFOREST KELLEY
co-starring JAMES DOOHAN * GEORGE TAKEI * NICHELLE NICHOLS * WALTER KOENIG
MAJEL BARRETT * GRACE LEE WHITNEY
* created by GENE RODDENBERRY


_____ABOVE: The Star Trek NBC Promo in 1966
Way back in the first issue of STARLOG, in 1976, that magazine ran its first article on the phenomenon known as  STAR TREK - TOS - The Original Series - the classic series which began the entire Star Trek franchise. I was already a big fan of the show but this magazine reminded me that I wasn't the only one.  

The original series introduced us to the dynamic Capt. James T. Kirk (Shatner), his first officer & science officer, the logical Spock (Nimoy), and the irascible yet humanistic Dr. McCoy (Kelley). They, along with about 430 crew members, served aboard a magnificent starship, the Enterprise, one of several such ships in Starfleet, the military/scientific branch of the Federation. Other prominent crew were Scotty or Mr. Scott (Doohan), the engineer who could fix most mechanical/hardware problems just in time; helmsman Sulu (Takei); communications officer Uhura (Nichols); ensign Chekov (Koenig), who came aboard in the 2nd season; nurse Chapel (Barrett), who had a crush on Spock; and Yeoman Janice Rand (Whitney), who left the ship in the middle of the 1st season. Lt. Kyle also popped up in a few episodes.

What really worked for most fans from the outset, even before the show gained a huge cult (then mainstream) following, was the central theme of exploration and that panorama of an ever-expanding Federation of planets & civilizations, of which Earth was a member (this was the 23rd century, though the year was never spelled out in the original series). Spock himself was an alien, a Vulcan, an example of the alliances Earth held with many extraterrestrial races. More to the point, Spock was half-human, so the alliances had reached a more personal level by this time. This was all very optimistic - the concept that mankind would not only survive, but thrive as its scientific capabilities increased.
Arrow The 2nd Season Promo:
For those who wonder why the majority of the alien races encountered on this show were so similar to us (physically/biologically), well, there was no other way to do it, was there? Not in a sixties show and not one geared towards platforming various social & political issues of the time. The alien Klingons, for example, represented all the fascistic regimes we knew of to that point, military dictatorships and so on.
There was at least one episode which hinted at the reason for all the similar biped ape-like races in the galaxy; in Return to Tomorrow, the survivors of an ancient race stated that they had spread their seeds to many planets about half-a-million years ago, which, if true, might explain why Vulcans & Earthlings, as one example, are so much alike, despite superficial differences (differences which arose due to different environments). There was also a similar episode on the TNG (The Next Generation) series. But, exploration was the key here - mankind as explorers, searching, sometimes finding something, sometimes not...but always striving, looking, maybe learning.

Recently, the original episodes underwent an overhaul of sorts - remastered with new computer FX for all the outer space scenes - and there's a lot of debate among fans as to whether this improved or subverted the series. I personally don't think it made all that much difference. The stories themselves, the content of the plot and themes, were what made the original Star Trek an exciting show; whether Kirk is looking at the old-style Doomsday Machine or the new upgrade doesn't really affect my enjoyment of the episode all that much.

Arrow The 3rd season Promo:


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Post  BoG on Mon Mar 15, 2010 11:18 pm

8mm HOME MOVIES TAKEN DURING STAR TREK TOS in THE SIXTIES:
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