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  • 16 Sep 2016
    A new infographic from the Star Trek Online game shows how the game fits into the Star Trek timeline. It shows “when...
  • 16 Sep 2016
    Four Star Trek uniform t-shirts from Trevco will be of interest to Trek fans. The Star Trek Uniform Shirts w/Liquid Gold Ink...
  • 16 Sep 2016
    In a media conference yesterday, CBS President Les Moonves spoke about why Star Trek: Discovery was delayed. “We’ve delayed our Star Trek...
  • 16 Sep 2016
    While Seven and Kim work on an astrometrics lab, the Doctor and Torres meet an alien hologram who is the sole survivor...
  • 15 Sep 2016
    A new partnership between Perfect World Entertainment and Cryptic Studios, and 3D printing company Eucl3d will mean that soon captains will now...
  • 15 Sep 2016
    The latest edition of Robert Picardo‘s The Planetary Post celebrates the Fiftieth Anniversary of Star Trek with a trivia quiz. While at...
  • 23 Sep 2016
    Last month Star Trek fans celebrated their love of Trek at Creation Entertainment’s 50 Year Mission Tour in Cherry Hill, NJ. The convention was held at the Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, a much smaller venue than what Star Trek Las Vegas fans may be used to, but don’t let size fool you! This convention was filled with guests from The Original Series and every spin-off Trek television show. One of the great things about smaller conventions is the ability to spend more time interacting with actors (see, for example, the image above of the author rocking out with Nicole DeBoer). Fans had the chance to talk to their favorite stars in the autograph room about everything from their favorite episodes to convention memories. Garrett Wang (VOY) entertained guests with great stories and memories from Voyager. Fans enjoyed the one on one interaction that doesn’t always happen at larger cons. One of the most popular and memorable events of the convention was karaoke night with Nicole DeBoer (DS9) Dominic Keating (ENT), Connor Trinneer (ENT). To say that actors and fans rocked karaoke to the end of the universe and back that night would be an understatement. Almost every great song was sung at the top of everyone’s lungs from Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons to Sir Mix-A-Lot’s “Baby Got Back.” The phrase “one more song,” was chanted and demanded many times, and the “last song” was sung multiple times. Connor brings down the house While the con offered a more personal experience with actors it also offered fans the chance to relax and mingle. Larger conventions are sometimes as hectic as they are enjoyable, rushing from panels to photo ops and trying not to miss anything. With a smaller convention there was ample time to enjoy drinks in the Crowne Plaza’s lounge, relax in large comfortable chairs with a drink and talk until the late hours of the evening about all things Trek. Deniz Cordell, a composer from New York, made use of the lobby piano and entertained fellow fans with many a variety of renditions of Star Trek theme songs. Gerry Ferretti, an independent writer/producer, was surprised with tickets to the con as a gift and enjoyed meeting fellow fans and taking pictures of cosplayers. Liz Lyons from Pennsylvania took the opportunity to mix family and fandom and brought her Mom to the con as a mother-daughter bonding trip. Fans got to enjoy the convention, fellow Trekkies, and build personal memories. Overall the Creation team members were extremely professional, hospitable, and put on a great show. The next Creation Entertainment convention in New Jersey will be in Parsippany in 2017, and we look forward to it! Cover photo credit Ron Snowden
  • 22 Sep 2016
    Cryptic, makers of the hit game Star Trek Online, have just released this handy infographic explaining where the video game’s story fits into Star Trek canon, which can get confusing what with six series, thirteen movies, and multiple timelines. Download the full resolution version here
  • 22 Sep 2016
    John Byrne’s latest photocomic has the Enterprise face an unknown force. Time capsules were all the rage at one time, taking items distinct to the period and burying them in the ground, only to be dug up again one day in the future. John Byrne’s Star Trek New Vision series is a lot like digging up a time capsule from the late 1960s and finding lost episodes of The Original Series. Byrne’s latest “found” episode entitled “Swarm” once again entertains like only TOS can as the crew of the Enterprise faces a phenomenon capable of destroying stars in an instant. Remaining true to the show and the era, “Swarm” opens as a typical episode of Star Trek, with a teaser before jumping into the credits and the episode. When illustrating these throwback issues, the temptation exists to update the graphics of the effects or ship, but Byrne does not alter a thing. For example, displays and monitors above stations on the bridge portray the information with minimalistic graphics as they would have when the actual episodes were being filmed. “I think I may have a solution to that problem, Jim.” What’s nice about “Swarm” is that each member of the crew gets a moment to shine, which was not often the case during the show. Byrne knows the characters like the back of his hand, which he demonstrates by adeptly representing the relationship between Bones and Spock, as well as Kirk and Bones and of course, Kirk and Spock. It’s the relationships of the Star Trek trinity that make these stories go, and Byrne understands that well. Visually, Byrne is at the top of his game when he gives the reader the illusion of the ship being hit by something. During the series, when the Enterprise would shake, the actors would move in unison from side to side. While this is something Byrne could most likely easily accomplish, the director in him takes a new approach and the results are fascinating as the reader can not help but feel what the characters feel as they lurch around the bridge. At one point, the Enterprise loses gravity and Byrne’s depiction is next level imagery. “Swarm” is not a straightforward tale. The crew encounters a strange new life, but while attempting to alleviate a threat to billions of lives in an inhabited system, Kirk may have to make a difficult moral decision. Bones’ final words leaves the viewer/reader with something deep to think about as far as humanity’s understanding of the unknown and how it responds to that lack of knowledge. Star Trek New Visions: Swarm is Star Trek at its finest and would make Gene Roddenberry proud.
  • 22 Sep 2016
    Paramount Home Entertainment gave USA Today an exclusive clip of a deleted scene from the forthcoming Star Trek Beyond home video release. The clip comes from right after the Enterprise docks at Yorktown and the crew starts to go explore the station. The clip shows a moment between Kirk and Scotty. We see Kirk feel the loneliness of being at the top, and Scotty has a dinner date with a familiar name from Season 3 of TOS. Click on for the video. Scotty of course is referring to Lt. Mira Romaine from the TOS Season 3 episode “The Lights of Zetar“, where she was possessed by aliens, while dating Scotty.
  • 20 Sep 2016
    We finally have an official release date from Paramount Home Entertainment for Star Trek Beyond. It will be available on physical media in 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D , standard Blu-ray, and DVD versions on November 1. As is becoming common, the digital version (sold through digital stores like iTunes) will be available to purchase earlier, on October 4. Full details are after the break. FROM DIRECTOR JUSTIN LIN AND PRODUCER J.J. ABRAMS COMES ONE OF THE BEST-REVIEWED ACTION MOVIES OF THE YEAR STAR TREK BEYOND The All-New Star Trek Adventure Takes Off on 4K Ultra HD™, Blu-ray™ and Blu-ray 3D™ Combo Packs November 1, 2016 Get it on Digital HD Four Weeks Early on October 4!      HOLLYWOOD, Calif. – The intrepid crew of the USS Enterprise returns in “the best action movie of the year” (Scott Mantz, “Access Hollywood”). The “highly entertaining” (David Rooney, Hollywood Reporter) new installment in the iconic franchise, STAR TREK BEYOND sets a course on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray 3D and Blu-ray Combo Packs, DVD and On Demand November 1, 2016 from Paramount Home Media Distribution. The sci-fi adventure will also be available as part of the STAR TREK TRILOGY Blu-ray Collection. The film warp speeds to Digital HD four weeks early on October 4, 2016. Director Justin Lin (Fast & Furious) delivers “a fun and thrilling adventure” (Eric Eisenberg, Cinemablend) with an incredible all-star cast including Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto, as well as newcomers to the STAR TREK universe Sofia Boutella (Kingsman: The Secret Service) and Idris Elba (Pacific Rim). In STAR TREK BEYOND, the Enterprise crew explores the furthest reaches of uncharted space, where they encounter a mysterious new enemy who puts them and everything the Federation stands for to the test. The STAR TREK BEYOND 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray 3D and Blu-ray Combo Packs are loaded with over an hour of action-packed bonus content, with featurettes from filmmakers and cast, including J.J. Abrams, Justin Lin, Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto. Go beyond the movie’s incredible edge-of-your-seat action and see how an unprecedented 50 new alien species were created, including STAR TREK’s newest villain Krall and the rebellious warrior Jaylah. Journey through the iconic franchise in celebration of STAR TREK‘s 50th Anniversary, enjoy a hilarious gag reel and explore deleted scenes you didn’t see in theaters. In addition, the sets include tributes to actors Leonard Nimoy and Anton Yelchin. The film also boasts a Dolby Atmos® soundtrack remixed specifically for the home theater environment to place and move audio anywhere in the room, including overhead. Star Trek Beyond Blu-ray Combo Pack The STAR TREK BEYOND Blu-ray is presented in 1080p high definition with English Dolby Atmos, French 5.1 Dolby Digital, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital, Portuguese 5.1 Dolby Digital and English Audio Description and English, English SDH, French, Spanish and Portuguese subtitles. The DVD in the combo pack is presented in widescreen enhanced for 16:9 TVs with English 5.1 Dolby Digital, French 5.1 Dolby Digital, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital and English Audio Description and English, French, Spanish and Portuguese subtitles. The combo pack includes access to a Digital HD copy of the film as well as the following: Blu-ray Feature film in high definition Bonus Content: Deleted Scenes – Go Beyond the final cut of the movie with scenes you didn’t see in theaters. Beyond the Darkness – Meet visionary producer J.J. Abrams, director Justin Lin and co-writers Simon Pegg and Doug Jung as they discuss the inspiration for the Star Trek Beyond storyline and how it came to life. Enterprise Takedown – Experience edge-of-your-seat action and see how a shocking attack destroys the USS Enterprise. Divided and Conquered – Learn how filmmakers pushed the boundaries in Star Trek Beyond by forcing the Enterprise crew into their most challenging situations yet. A Warped Sense of Revenge – Meet Star Trek‘s newest villain, Krall, as actor Idris Elba reveals the backstory behind his character’s terrifying ambitions. Trekking in the Desert – Go on set to Dubai and discover how its futuristic architecture became the foundation for the most innovative Starbase yet. Exploring Strange New Worlds – Tour the incredible production sets of Star Trek Beyond with director Justin Lin. New Life, New Civilizations – See how special effects designers met the challenge to create an unprecedented 50 new alien species for the film to celebrate Star Trek‘s 50th Anniversary. To Live Long and Prosper – Journey through the past 50 years of Star Trek with J.J. Abrams and the cast as they reflect on the evolution of this iconic sci-fi series. For Leonard and Anton – Watch a touching tribute to the legendary Leonard Nimoy and beloved crew member Anton Yelchin. Gag Reel – Join in on the fun with this hilarious gag reel of on-set bloopers. DVD Feature film in standard definition Star Trek Beyond Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack The Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack includes all of the above, as well as a Blu-ray 3D presented in 1080p high definition with English Dolby Atmos, French 5.1 Dolby Digital, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital, Portuguese 5.1 Dolby Digital and English Audio Description and English, English SDH, French, Spanish and Portuguese subtitles. The Blu-ray 3D disc includes the feature film in high definition and 3D. The Combo Pack also includes access to a Digital HD copy of the film. Star Trek Beyond 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack Fans can enjoy the ultimate viewing experience with the 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack, which includes the Blu-ray detailed above, as well as an Ultra HD Disc presented in 4K Ultra HD with English Dolby Atmos, French 5.1 Dolby Digital, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital, Portuguese 5.1 Dolby Digital and English Audio Description with English, English SDH, French, Spanish and Portuguese subtitles. The Combo Pack also includes access to a Digital HD copy of the film. Star Trek Trilogy Blu-ray Collection The STAR TREK TRILOGY Blu-ray Collection includes Blu-ray Discs™ of STAR TREK (2009), STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS and STAR TREK BEYOND with access to a Digital...
  • 23 Sep 2016
    In February of 2014, shortly before the USS Enterprise studio model was packed up and hauled over to the Emil Buehler Conservation Laboratory at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, my friend Matt and I made a pilgrimage into Washington D.C. We needed to see the ship buried on display in the basement of the Air […]
  • 22 Sep 2016
    At the Star Trek Mission convention in New York in early September, TrekNews.net had the opportunity to catch up with David Heron, lead designer behind the hit mobile game Star Trek Timelines. Heron touched on the game’s success, directions the team wants to explore, Star Trek in gaming, and working with John de Lancie. Developed […]
  • 22 Sep 2016
    Star Trek Beyond is scheduled to hit store shelves on November 1, but you’ll be able to watch the film in the comfort of your living room a month earlier. The third installment in the “Kelvin Timeline” film series will be released on October 4 via digital streaming platforms and as part of the Star […]
  • 19 Sep 2016
    What a time to be alive. The amount of activity surrounding the 50th anniversary of the Star Trek fills me, and I imagine each of you, full of geeky joy. All the television coverage, interviews, magazines, books, and conventions – not to mention the release of Star Trek Beyond and the upcoming debut of Star […]
  • 19 Sep 2016
    One of my biggest dreams was achieved a couple of weekends ago when I visited the Starfleet Academy Experience at the Intrepid Air and Space Museum in New York City with my TrekNews.net colleagues. We were in town to attend Star Trek Mission: New York and it was the perfect opportunity to hop on over […]
Forgotten Trek Latest Posts
  • 09 Sep 2016
    Most of the time, this blog is publishing items in my collection. But sometimes, when something extraordinary from Trek's past shows up, I will feature it, like the time the original Phaser Rifle turned up. Today, I saw a post shared by Trek contributor Doug Drexler that came from one Edward Barocela that revealed a wonderful story of a visit to the Star Trek soundstages and a photo not seen since.

    Here is the photo:

    And the story behind the photo:

    Edward Barocela‎ posted to the group STAR TREK - The Original and ONLY Timeline:

    "Nearly 49 years ago, my father Edward Sr., a motion picture engineer, was hired by Film Effects of Hollywood to work on upgrading the optical printers. One Saturday, my brother and I were out with Dad as he ran some errands. He stopped off at work and left us in the lobby of the building as he went inside to do something. Presently, a man walked by and noticed us by ourselves, bored and fidgeting. He said, "Hey, kids, do want to see a real spaceship?" Naturally we said yes, and he gave us directions to a set of double doors. We went through the doors and found ourselves on a small soundstage. And there she was: the Starship Enterprise. They let us work the control console to turn the big model's lights on and off, and to run the engine dome rotors at different speeds. They also let us handle the shuttlecraft and Romulan ship models. Needless to say, this experience made huge impression on me. I was 10 years old. Years later, my mother sent me this photo. I didn't even remember that anyone had taken pictures at the time."

    Too cool!

  • 09 Sep 2016
    Indeed, far beyond anyone's imagination, it has lived long and prospered.
  • 22 Mar 2016
    Happy 85th birthday to the best Captain in Starfleet; past, present, future, alternate future, alternate universe and beyond! He doesn't let age slow him down, and we wish him many more.
    Now would be a good time to revisit some of the many posts here devoted to The Shat by clicking here!
  • 20 Jan 2016
    DeForest Kelly's birthday is today, January 20th. This true Southern gentleman (born in Taccoa, GA) never let the lights of Hollywood get in his eyes and change him from the kind and humble man he was.
    Here is a link to all the posts on this blog that are tagged with his name. A great way to celebrate his memory!

    Bonus: a behind-the-scenes photo of Kelley getting his old-age makeup applied for "The Deadly Years." He had a great time acting in this episode as he took his "crusty old country doctor" persona to the ultimate level!

  • 28 Dec 2015
    Lovely Nichelle Nichols is 83 today. We hope she has a wonderful day of love and appreciation, and that her New Year has much health and happiness. We love you, Nichelle!
    Celebrate by reading some or all of the entries I have made of the past few years, right here.
  • 07 Dec 2015
    On this date in 1979, Star Trek: The Motion Picture premiered across the country. How well I remember the excitement that I, and many other fans, felt! It was to us back then, what the new Star Wars movie is to fans this December. Today's post is devoted to the memories we have of this red-letter date in Trek history. Read a few, a lot, or all of the ST:TMP related posts I have made on this blog by clicking here.

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  • 24 Sep 2016
    In our newest Trek Comics review, we take a look at John Byrne's latest photonovel creation - "Swarm" - and thoughts on the ongoing "New Visions" artistic endeavor as a whole, as new reviewer John Kirk joins the team for our ongoing comics coverage. Read on and share your thoughts about this unique Trek publication!
  • 22 Sep 2016
    The new STAR TREK 50th ANNIVERSARY Blu-ray box set is out, and we sat down with Trek Blu-ray bonus feature producer Roger Lay, Jr., to discuss the new collection - and that exclusive bonus disc, with more than two hours of new interviews on the post-TOS era. PLUS: Our annual check-in on DS9/VOY!
  • 21 Sep 2016
    News of the first standalone release of Star Trek: The Animated Series on Blu-ray – currently available only in the big 50th Anniversary box set – is out today, with an expected street date of November 15 in North America, and November 28 in the UK.
  • 21 Sep 2016
    STAR TREK BEYOND will be released on Digital HD in the UK on November 14, and will arrive on Blu-ray / 3D / 4K there on November 21.
  • 20 Sep 2016
    Two weeks ago, La-La Land Records finally announced their next Trek soundtrack release, a follow-up to their December 2014 Star Trek: Enterprise collection. Today, we’ve now got a look at the cover art and track listing for the upcoming four-disc set – which will go up for order on September 27 – with music from all four years of the series.

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Sep

1912 Michael Dugan is born.
1924 Shimon Wincelberg is born.
1925 Seamon Glass is born.
1927 Charles Macauley is born.
1932 Richard Herd is born.
1938 Jonathan Lippe is born.
1943 Teresa E. Victor is born.
1944 Victoria Vetri is born.
1945 Stephen Markle is born.
1946 Louise Jones is born.
1958 Ron King is born.
1962 Bob Kirsh is born.
1966 Third day of filming on TOS: "The Galileo Seven". Final script draft for TOS: "Court Martial" is submitted. Story outline for TOS: "A Taste of Armageddon" is submitted.
1967 Fourth day of filming on TOS: "Journey to Babel". The arrival of Sarek and Amanda to the USS Enterprise is filmed today. Second revised final draft script of TOS: "Journey to Babel" is revised again.
1970 The Sixteenth UK Story Arc continues in TV21 & Joe 90 #53 with the second of six installments.
1972 Anita Hart is born.
1977 David Gautreaux is signed on for the role of Lieutenant Xon for Star Trek: Phase II.
1978 Thirty-sixth day of filming on Star Trek: The Motion Picture.
1983 Thirtieth day of filming on Star Trek III: The Search for Spock.
1988 Makeup tests for Sybok, Korrd and J'onn are filmed for Star Trek V: The Final Frontier.
1990 BBC begins airing Star Trek: The Next Generation.
1991 Sixth and final day of filming on TNG: "Unification I".
1993 DS9: "The Homecoming" airs.
1994 DS9: "The Search, Part I" airs. Fourth day of filming on DS9: "Meridian". Fifteenth day of filming on VOY: "Caretaker". CIC Video releases Next Generation volumes 88 & 89 and Deep Space Nine volume 22 on VHS in the UK. This marks the end of the original release of The Next Generation.
1995 Fourth day of filming on VOY: "Resistance".
1996 Star Trek Monthly issue 20 released.
1997 Sixth day of filming on DS9: "Resurrection". Final draft script for DS9: "Statistical Probabilities" is submitted.
2000 Sixth day of filming on VOY: "Body and Soul".
2001 Star Trek: Enterprise premieres with ""Broken Bow".
2002 Fourth day of filming on ENT: "Singularity".
2003 Fifth day of filming on ENT: "North Star".
2014 Jim Boeke dies.
Unknown year Aldric Horton is born.

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Memory Alpha New Articles
  • 08 Sep 2016

    On this historic anniversary date, it is truly a thrill for me to announce the release of "To Boldy Go - Rare Photos from the TOS Soundstage: Season Two", the second volume in my trilogy of Original Series rare, behind-the-scenes photography books. The entire book series has been greatly honored by the incredibly talented Star Trek (and Hollywood) legend - Academy Award and two-time Emmy Award winning artist Doug Drexler - who has authored the foreword to this brand new publication! (And I am still in a state of disbelief that he has been so very kind to do this and has taken an interest in such a relatively unknown book project!)

    The "To Boldly Go" second season book is a 232 page, full-color interior, softcover and contains a little over 400 rare photos - the majority in vivid color - on large 8.5" x 11" pages, displayed in a similar format to the first season edition. Considering both the Season One & Season Two publications together, over 700 rare, behind-the-scenes production shots, NBC publicity images and candid stills from the making of the first 55 episodes (including the pilots) of TOS are now presented in total!

    As was the practice for the first book, I personally digitally restored all of the rare images that appear in this edition, with the specific goal of recreating the bold and vivid colors that were present in the original episode broadcasts. These rare photos, which originate from my personal collection that is over four decades in the making - beginning in the early '70s with the purchase of about 700 to 800 film clips from Gene Roddenberry's Lincoln Enterprises TOS fan mail order store - have been arranged into individual chapters for each episode; and are accompanied by usually brief but sometimes quite extensive descriptions about the filming or history of the related scene.

    The following article, which I wrote in January of 2014 at the time that about 70% of these images appeared in smaller and entirely black-and-white format in the outstanding Saturn Award winning Jacobs/Brown Press books "These Are The Voyages - TOS" by Marc Cushman, still provides a good overview and introduction to my rare Star Trek image collection: http://www.startrekpropauthority.com/2014/01/special-report-behind-scenes-look-at.html

    Presented below are some samples of the interior pages of "To Boldly Go - Rare Photos from the TOS Soundstage: Season Two" (just click on any of the following pictures to enlarge them).

    The book is available for immediate purchase at this Createspace store link (where you can save just over $5 off the purchase price and obtain it for $36.96 instead of its regular price of $42 by using the Discount Code BNWTGQDF when you check out):

    https://www.createspace.com/6426155

    Additionally, this volume will appear on sale at Amazon.com (and international Amazon websites) sometime in the next few days at its full list price (but will likely be subject to free or discounted Amazon member shipping services or other offers). Please Note: The above Discount Code will not work at Amazon.com and is just a special incentive to make the purchase at Createspace, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Amazon.

    It is my hope that my fellow Star Trek fans who decide to obtain a copy of this work will be pleased with the presentation of, ideally, a number of rare TOS images that they have not previously seen, and that they will consider the Season Two volume of "To Boldly Go" to be an enjoyable addition to their personal libraries!

    Kindest Regards,

    Gerald

    9/9 UPDATE: The Season Two volume of "To Boldly Go" is now available at Amazon.com at this link (and Amazon Prime members can take advantage of Free 2-Day shipping):

    https://www.amazon.com/Boldly-Go-Photos-Soundstage-Season/dp/069275671X

  • 08 Sep 2016

    It was 50 years ago today - by coincidence, also a Thursday - on September 8, 1966 , that the first episode of Star Trek, called "The Man Trap", was broadcast to an audience in the United States at 8:30 pm on the NBC television network. Two days earlier, on Tuesday, September 6th, the series had first aired in Canada on the CTV network. Of course, while the cast and the production crew were busy working on what seemed to many of them to be just another television job, (and, indeed, this supposedly low ratings sci-fi show would be cancelled after only three seasons on the air); they never realized at the time what a major worldwide phenomenon the series would become.

    Star Trek : The Original Series was truly unlike any other television program of its era. It featured a multiracial and multinational cast working together as equals, and spoke of a positive and hopeful future for mankind, with heroic figures that embraced the most noble characteristics of humanity boldly exploring the vast reaches of outer space hundreds of years in the future. With state-of-the-art special effects for its time period, it not only offered exciting, action-packed entertainment that would appeal to all demographics; but also dared to challenge it's audience with intelligent and thought provoking concepts, and used its futuristic surroundings as a platform from which to launch meaningful, social commentary on modern day issues. It spoke to us of the absurdity of racial prejudice, and indeed broke new ground in America with the broadcast of the first interracial kiss on network television. It commented on a wide array of other issues - ranging from war, superweapons, and man versus machine to labor, aging and man versus himself to human sexuality and drug use. And it proposed the philosophy of embracing diversity - known as IDIC (Infinite Diversity in Infinite Combinations) - though, of course, one must also acknowledge that creator Gene Roddenberry was partially motivated by the prospect of selling custom jewelry to TOS fans when he developed the concept.

    So, after experiencing a tremendous growth of popularity during its "rebirth" throughout the '70s in broadcast syndication, where it was seen in over 150 domestic markets and 60 countries around the world at that time (and translated into dozens of languages); TOS stands today as the most successful television series ever created. With a 5th live-action spinoff series, Star Trek: Discovery, scheduled to premiere on CBS in January, 2017 before becoming a headline offering of the streaming CBS All Access service, and a 14th feature film recently announced to follow Star Trek: Beyond; the Star Trek universe can truly claim to have inspired the lives of millions (and more likely tens of millions) of fans and is certainly acknowledged to have motivated the development of many technological innovations across the decades. You need not look further than your communicator, errr, ... cell phone to confirm that.

    I wish my fellow fans a particularly enjoyable day as they, hopefully, find time to celebrate Star Trek's historic 50th anniversary this evening. I plan to rewatch "The Man Trap" starting at 8:30pm! (Though younger fans could easily enjoy any one of their favorite 727 existing episodes from across the franchise - including TOS, TNG, DS9, Voyager and Enterprise; not to mention the motion pictures!) To honor "The Man Trap", presented below are some behind-the-scenes photos from the making of that historic premiere episode!

Inside Star Trek Latest Posts
  • 14 Mar 2015
    A prop energy pistol featured in Star Trek: Insurrection for use by characters portraying the Son’a. The item is sturdy molded foam rubber painted black, metallic silver, and gold. The pistol shows signs of wear from production use. Several areas on the item depict rubbing and paint flaking off. The item is rigid but has some give and measures approx. 8 X 7 X 1.5 inches.

    Like the Son'a shotgun the pistol was designed by Ed Natividad. He was both a storyboard and conceptual artist for Star Wars Episode I and II. As a conceptual artist he helped shape the look of Episode I's architectural elements, costumes and weaponry.

    Ed started working at George Lucas' special effects company Industrial Light & Magic in 1994. His work in the film industry has been on various productions such as Star Wars: Episodes I & II, Armageddon, Batman & Robin, Forrest Gump, Matrix II & III and Terminator 3, Transformers and many of the major blockbuster films.

  • 26 Dec 2014
    A screen used vest worn by members of the Maquis. The Maquis were a rebellious organization of Federation-born colonists and discontented Starfleet officers who organized against the Cardassian occupation of their homes in the Demilitarized Zone after their colonies were ceded to the Cardassian Union by Federation Cardassian Treaties in the late 2360s and early 2370s. Starfleet Command considered members of the Maquis to be traitors, while Cardassia considered the Maquis to be terrorists.

    The vest was worn by actor John Franklyn Robbins in his role as Macias throughout the episode "Preemptive strike" of Star Trek: The Next Generation in 1994. Macias was a citizen of Juhraya, a Federation colony that came under Cardassian rule after a treaty was signed with the Federation. He was the leader of a Maquis cell that opposed the treaty. Macias become a friend with Ro Laren who joins the Maquis in "Preemptive Strike".

    The vest was also used on the set of Voyager by stunt actor Steve Blalock. In the episode "Worst Case Scenario" he plays a Maquis rebel, too. The production team added a velcro patch to the vest for a Starfleet combadge.

  • 17 Nov 2014
    Deleted scene with the new Klingons from Star Trek (2009) © Paramount Pictures
    The Klingon baldric was a sash that traditionally went over the left or right shoulder of noble Klingons. It contained the symbol of a Klingon House or it was used to hold knives and disruptors. In 2009 the look of the famous alien warriors was redesigned by costume designer Michael Kaplan for J.J. Abrams' reboot of Star Trek.

    The Klingons wear helmets and grey thick coats with a large black baldric. Kaplan described them as his favorite costumes for the film, explaining he modeled the helmets on a horseshoe crab, while the coats were intended to resemble the texture of an elephant or rhinoceros. The baldric is made of leather. The outer layer is calf skin. Two snaps and velcro are mounted inside to fasten the baldric.

    Unfortunately the scenes with the new Klingons set on Rura Penthe were cut in Star Trek. Director J.J. Abrams tried to avoid a disruption of narrative flow. But the Klingons returned in the sequel Star Trek Into Darkness (2013). Michael Kaplan revised the costumes again. Although the Klingons got new outfits with a different kind of baldric you can see a Klingon with a black baldric which was designed for its predecessor.

    Klingons in Star Trek Into Darkness © Paramount Pictures

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