There is big news this week for fans of Star Trek soundtracks, is that the full soundtrack to Jerry Goldsmith’s Star Trek: Nemesis is being released in an expanded deluxe edition by Varèse Sarabande. Also if you’ve ever wanted to play Spock’s Vulcan lyre now you can via iPad app. With the release of the […]
While this isn’t 100% official, The Hollywood Reporter just broke a story that says two new writers will be joining Roberto Orci in writing the 3rd Star Trek movie script. Alex Kurtzman and Damon Lindelof are out. The new blood comes in the form of J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay. These relatively unknowns do have a relationship with […]
Star Trek Stellar Cartography: The Starfleet Reference Library is the latest and greatest book out from trekspert Larry Nemecek. Inside Stellar Cartography is so much more than a book. It comes with 10 large, high-quality posters suitable for framing or simply admiration, plus the 48-page book with additional prints of the larger maps and the […]
In a recent interview with MTV, J.J. Abrams reflects on Into Darkness and now admits that it “probably would have been smarter just to say upfront” that Khan was in the movie. On Khan: “The truth is I think it probably would have been smarter just to say upfront ‘This is who it is.’ […]
New Takei cologne “Eau My” George Takei has joined the long list of celebs who have released their own fragrance. The name of the cologne is of course a take on his catchphrase “oh myyyyy” It is described thusly: Set Phasers to Stunning. George Takei’s Eau My is a clean, refreshing fragrance for Men and Women. […]
Collectors waiting for the J.J. Abrams USS Enterprise model from the Star Trek The Official Starships Collection can have a peek at the ship now. Based on the ship from 2009′s Star Trek, the model is eight-and-half-inches long. The die-cast precision model is hand-painted, and comes complete with its own collector’s magazine. For this USS […]
For those looking for holiday gifts, several new Star-Trek themed items will be of interest. The Trek-themed items include wine stoppers, a cookie jar, and a clock. The Star Trek Wine Stoppers come courtesy of Westland Giftware, and there are three different ones; the Enterprise Wine Stopper, the Kirk Wine Stopper, and the Spock Wine […]
Scratch Joe Cornish as director for Star Trek 3. Several days ago, TrekToday reported that two new writers were joining Star Trek 3 in place of Alex Kurtzman and Damon Lindelof, and now comes word that Cornish, who had been discussed as a possible director for the movie, is out. At one point Cornish was […]
A new Star Trek comic is a sequel to an original series episode. The comic, Star Trek Annual 2013, is a “one-of-a-kind” fotonovel. In the Star Trek Annual 2013, James T. Kirk saved his ship years ago, but “the price was the life of his oldest friend in Starfleet – or was it?” Kirk and […]
The next batch of shot glasses featuring original series art of Juan Ortiz has been announced. The art for these four glasses are taken from the episodes: Errand of Mercy, The Changeling, The Deadly Years, and Return to Tomorrow Selling for $17.99 for the set, the Ortiz art shot glasses will ship in April of […]
Screen Used has a Klingon Rifle for sale. At $ 4,999 this is a pretty fair deal. These are incredibly rare and I was lucky to get one from It's a Wrap. Made for Star Trek III, these were basically disruptor pistols with an added "stock". The pistol was an entirely new design from the "Death STing" used in The Motion Picture. This design was used through Star Trek: The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine and Voyager. The only change being the tip, which was constantly breaking, resulting in the "beak nose" version. You can see it on Screen Used's website.
Over the last two years I have been able to help CBS with their Star Trek archive. First, flying to ST. Louis and Orlando and cataloging the props & costumes at the Star Trek exhibition, then by housing and cataloging the props from the Las Vegas Star Trek Experience museum exhibit.
Now CBS has a great young lady named Holly who is in charge of the cataloging everything and she is doing an amazing job. The other day she sent me these photos and asked me to identify this prop.
Of course I sent it off to Jorg Hillebrand in Germany. As many of you know, Jorg is simply the best at identifying props from Star Trek. He has a near photographic memory and is the go to guy when you need to get a screen cap of a prop or costume.
So Jorg came up with this:
Jorg wrote to me:
I can tell you that the small device was originally made for Geordi's interface suit in "Interface". The prop was modified after this, though, and I seem to remember having seen it in a later episode, can't place it at the moment though.
Holly then sent me this image from the CBS inventory. So supposedly, according to this doc, it was used as Soren's communicator in Generations. Jorg is still looking, but I didn;t find it in Trekcore. But this is the type of thing that is fun about this hobby. Alec
Starfleet Uniform seen in Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979). This was the main attire for the Enterprise crew during the first movie directed by Robert Wise.
The Class-B uniforms which were designed by Robert Fletcher, are more casual, with either long or short sleeves. The uniforms are worn daily around the ship. There are three uniform colors in Star Trek: The Motion Picture (white, brown, beige). The shoulder tabs and insignia showing department and rank. A white shirt and grey pants are worn by command level officers, and the lower officers wear beige. Enlisted personnel wear light and dark brown. The insignia worn on the breast match the tabs in color (Red: Engineering and maintenance). The Rank is indicated by stripes, except for the yellow squares worn on the tabs of Chiefs.
The uniform is accompanied by a attached bio-monitor prop. It's made of plastic, the interior is filled with foam and a back panel holds into place a pair of elastic strips with dried glue residue.
This Ru’afo uniform was worn by F. Murray Abraham’s stunt double Perry Barndt. "Ru'afo" (played by F. Murray Abraham) was the leader of the Son'a people. They were featured prominently in Star Trek IX: Insurrection (1998) where they were fighting a loosing battle to overcome the affects of aging without access to the regenerative effects of the Ba’ku planet’s metaphasic radiation. The species is a humanoid race decended from the Ba’ku who are known for their egotistical and materialist nature.
The costume consits of a gold colored vinyl jumpsuit with patterned shoulders. Down each side are black strips of capillary rubber, the bottom of each leg has black elastic stirrups and there is a zip up the back.
The jumpsuit has bronze ribs that Velcro onto the sides. The lined waistcoat is made of pleated velvet with black bubbled latex trim. Four bronze ribs Velcro onto each shoulder denoting Ru’afo’s rank as leader. The knee high black boots are padded with four metal rings around each calf. Ru'afo wears a cowl with a bronze skull plate on his head. Ru'afos uniform was designed by Sanja Milkovic Hays.
The costume is believed to be used during the filming of the ending of Star Trek: Insurrection. When Captain Picard (Patrick Stewart) boards the Son'a Particle Collector ship to destabilize and thus destroy it, he is confronted by a winded Ru'afo. They are surrounded by puffs of plasma which vents all around them. Picard fires and the plasma explodes, sending Ru'afo flying off his feet and down to a lower level, where he is barely able to hang on.
Amazon.com have cut the price of Star Trek: The Next Generation -- Season 4 on Blu-ray to just $49.99 in a temporary sale. If you don't already own the set, grab it now before the price shoots up again!
It's finally here: "The Best of Both Worlds, Part I," the final Season Three entry in our ongoing comparison series showcasing the monumental high-definition upgrades to "Star Trek: The Next Generation." Be sure to watch this special extended video in 1080p to see Captain Picard's kidnapping by the Borg in full effect!
Amazon have once again slashed the price of the complete collection of Star Trek: The Original Series on Blu-ray for Cyber Monday - it's now just $72.99! This is an amazing deal, and well worth it for such a wonderful collection of HD Trek. Grab yours today!
It's the one you've all been waiting for! Resistance is well and truly futile as we embark on our HD visual journey through TNG Season 3's cliffhanger finale, "The Best of Both Worlds". Overflowing with potential wallpaper material, we hope you enjoy the last Season 3 gallery!
A standalone release of David A. Goodman's fascinating "Star Trek Federation: The First 150 Years" -- minus the large electronic pedestal display -- is available now. If you didn't pick this up last year, now's a great chance to get this wonderful book at a significant discount!
Recently I have been posting articles from issue #17 of the magazine Enterprise Incidents, published in May of 1984 (see the cover here). I am still mining this issue, this time with an interview with actress/model Angelique Pettyjohn that portrayed the exotic drill thrall Shahna from the episode "The Gamesters of Triskelion." (Read her Wiki entry here.) With a script that just as easily could have been written for "Lost In Space," (with some more dumbing-down) it is nevertheless fun to watch, as Kirk once again uses his sex appeal on an innocent alien woman to achieve escape. Another notable example of this was when he blew the mind of Kelinda in "By Any Other Name," and I'm sure you could think of a few more without really trying. "Cheesy" is the word of the day on this episode. But even bad Trek is good, and this is not as bad as some others. The character of Shahna is best remembered by the casual viewer of the show as the "green-haired girl in the tinfoil bikini" that critics hold up as a typical example of the exploitation of women in the original series. It's true that the actress was a Vegas showgirl, and her impressive physique was put on full view in the now-famous silver halter that would have looked right at home on a Vegas stage. The voluminous green-tinted wig completed the outfit, and you just know the producers -particularly Roddenberry- were all giggity over her, so for once the detractors who call TOS sexist were somewhat justified. (One has to wonder why a warrior such as Shahna would take such time to tease her hair and apply all that make-up just to go out and fight the other thralls.) Angelique did some other TV shows and B-movies, and later went on to act in some adult films, and sadly passed away in 1992 of cancer. This article reveals the poor layout that was sometimes a problem in the magazine once it went national, with most of the pages mostly empty space with one small photo. But it is a nice interview, and it's just for you Shahna fans out there that were so struck with her as a kid! Me, I was too enthralled (ouch!) with the fact that Uhura got to go on an adventure to be very smitten with Shahna. But I can certainly understand the attraction she must have had on a lot of adolescents, and I won't claim there weren't a few hormones stirred up by her "Jiffy-Pop" outfit!
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Below, a couple of publicity photos taken during the filming.
"One quick flip over the hip, and it's roll in the hay time!"
Shahna appears to be directing traffic in this photo, and in that getup she would be a traffic-stopper; but more likely causing some accidents!.
Bonus: Below, from a coloring book put out as a tie-in with ST:TMP (featured only on the covers) are a couple of pages with activities that will amuse you for hours on end. Or, the kids in your life. Print them out and color away!
Andrew Probert has been responsible for the look of Star Trek since 1979 in so many ways, and the influence of his work still is evident today even in the new Trek movies. Here is an interview with this amazingly talented production designer and artist from Enterprise Incidents #17 published in May of 1984. Most of the article is concerned with his work on ST:TMP, which expanded the look of Trek universe from the low-budget TV series to motion-picture quality detail and design. Sharp-eared fans (pun intended) may have heard his name used on-screen in TMP, during the subspace radio chatter that was audible over the Epsilon Nine outpost exterior scenes. "Commodore Probert" was the officer named by the voice that was relaying orders for various ships... ships that even more attentive fans may have noticed as having been named and numbered in the Star Fleet Technical Manual!
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My first exposure to Mr. Probert's work was when I ordered prints of his awesome paintings of the TOS cast members from Lincoln Enterprises in the early 70's. Below is a photo of the three I ordered and are now framed on my home office wall. I wish I had gotten the entire set, but my funds were limited back then. Come to think of it, they still are...
Bonus: below, from the same issue, is a short feature that looks at the environmental suits used in the third season of the show. The rare photo of Walter Koenig in the suit is the highlight.
Bonus #2: A pensive-looking Kirk is featured in a publicity still taken during the filming of the third-season clunker "Spock's Brain."
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