There were really three groups of actors on the original Star Trek series:
The leading actors: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, and Deforrest Kelley.
There were the weekly and occasionally recurring guest stars. These were people like Richard Kiel (Jaws in the Bond films), Joan Collins, Roger C. Carmel (Harry Mudd), etc.
But the strength of the show is often measured in the strength of its supporting regular cast. Scotty (James Doohan), Uhura (Nichelle Nichols), Sulu (George Takei) and Checkov (Walter Koenig) were often used as set dressing and had little to do. But when they had something to do, they did it well and memorably.
Here are some facts about the actors that gave space for Shatner’s overacting:
We’re all still coming to grips with the loss of Leonard Nimoy and people are celebrating his life and contributions in a number of ways. The day he passed away a number of fans and Star Trek Onlineplayers gathered on Vulcan to pay their respects. Cryptic Studios, the creative group behind Star Trek Online announced an in-game memorial and it went live today. (more…)
We all kinda scratched our heads when Paramount suddenly changed gears and announced that Roberto Orci was out as director, while still hanging around as a producer for Star Trek 3. The Internet blinked, and then we’re off and running with short lists of possible replacement directors. What wasn’t really revealed was why Paramount and Orci decided to go separate ways in regards to his directing career. Now word around the Internet Water-cooler has a possible reason, James Gunn‘s Guardians of the Galaxy. (more…)
There’s a new movie poster and international trailer for J.J. Abrams‘ Star Trek Into Darknesshitting the Internet today. New scenes, a first look at Peter Weller as Admiral Marcus and the above shot of Carol Marcus (Alice Eve) in her skivvies. She works out, just look at those abs.
This movie is pushing all the right buttons for this NerdBastard. Action, drama, the music is incredible, and that Cumberbatch voice, it’s raising the hair on the back of my neck. This trailer seems to hint at the motivations of, and the questionable past moral grey areas of, Starfleet Command’s decisions.
After the trailer there’s the new poster to check out.
This poster brings Kirk, Spock, and Uhura into the chaos and destruction that Cumberbatch’s character creates.
Star Trek Into Darkness hits theater screens on May 17th. Directed by J.J. Abrmas, it stars Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, Simon Pegg, Anton Yelchin, John Cho, Bruce Greenwood, Benedict Cumberbatch,and Peter Weller.
We’ve had to settle for that blurry image above from the 6 seconds of Star Trek Into Darkness that J.J. Abrams trotted out a few months ago. Now we’ve got another small piece of the puzzle. The official website of the upcoming J.J. Abrams‘ movie Star Trek Into Darkness went live yesterday with the image of the first movie poster after the jump.
YouTube user twilight1138 is one of those creative nerds with lots of time on his hands. Not satisfied with the “Single Episode” experience of watching Star Trek, twilight1138 smashed all 56 episodes of the first two seasons of Star Trek (TOS) onto one screen, playing simultaneously with sound!
It’s like being in a crowed Star Trek Mall with voices all around you. Could this be what schizophrenia feels like?
Like many shows of the time period, many of the episodes written for the original series of Star Trek were conceived as vehicles for special guests stars. So it was with Norman Spinrad‘s screenplay, He Walked Among Us, intended to showcase Milton Berle. That’s right, “Mr Television” Milton Berle was being actively solicited to be a guest star on Star Trek the original series.
Not surprising considering that Berle was perhaps the all-time biggest TV personality and certainly the first real TV star, Gene Roddenberry wanted to feature him on Trek.
“This original version was rewritten into an unfunny comedy by the line producer Gene Coon apparently unaware that Uncle Miltie was also a serious dramatic actor and a good one. It was so bad that I complained to Roddenberry… and he agreed with me. I killed my second Star Trek, which, down through the years has cost me tens of thousands of dollars in lost residuals.”
Spinrad always thought the original script was destroyed, and was surprised when he recently met a fan with a hard copy. In return for Spinrad’s signature, the fan made a PDF of the whole thing, and now it’s been published for the Kindle.
It might not make up for the lost residuals, but one would expect hardcore Trek fans will be snapping up enough to give Spinrad a few gallons of gas.
A quick read shows the story to be about a self-made god who needs to be taken down a peg or two by Kirk and co. Milton Berle as a self inflated ego maniac? Sounds like he could have had fun with that.
Back in the day all you had to know about Spock was:
Beard = Evil Spock
No Beard = Good Spock
Recently Nichelle Nichols dropped a casting photon torpedo while being interviewed on the Science Channel’s special documentary Trek Nation. Nichols let loose with the story that when she first auditioned for Star Trek, she was asked to read the script for the part of Spock, Kirk’s beloved Vulcan bromance. Nichelle said:
“They gave me a three-page script to read from that had three characters named Bones, Kirk and somebody called Spock, and they asked me if I would read for the role of Spock. When I looked at this great text, I said to myself, ‘I’ll take any one of these roles,’ but I found the Spock character to be very interesting, and I asked them to tell me what she [Spock] was like.”
Think about that. Not only would Spock have been female, but African American as well. Could 60’s television America handle that one? Paramount executives and Star Trek producers obviously couldn’t. Of course many changes are made in the production process of putting a show on television or making a movie. There must have been rewrites galore. Not that I am complaining, without Nimoy as Spock, SciFi fandom would has lost one of the greatest Bromances ever known.
What I’m interested about is that this story has never come up in the last 20 years of conventions, interviews, and apperances. This story would be convention panel gold.
(Post by nerdbastards contributor Melissa Fouch Machowsk)
There’s a world of horrible artwork out there in the realm of Star Trek fan art. I’m sure I missed some amazing examples, but I really do need some sun after scouring the internet for hours on hours for my picks for the worst. Go grab a glass of Romulan Ale and enjoy a little stroll through this fan art gallery.
Remember that episode of Star Trek TOS where Kirk fought the Gorn? If you don’t know what I am talking about then you should be ashamed to call yourself a nerd! That shit is a right of passage! Anyways, as the rest of you know, in the episode “Arena” Captain Kirk and a Gorn Captain are pulled off their ships by superbeings (the Metrons) and put onto a planet to fight it out old school. Eventually, Kirk finds the ingredients for gunpowder (potassium nitrate, sulfur and coal) and uses them to create a makeshift cannon from some kind of bamboo-like plant with diamonds as his projectile. Well, have you ever called into question the plausibility of this make shift weapon? I never really put much thought into it, but the question has stirred up enough interest that it caught the attention of the Mythbusters! Grant Imahara, one of the Mythbusters, reported (on his Twitter page), that he was going to discuss the gorn cannon idea at a story meeting . After the meeting he reported the good news:
“YesssssKirk!!! It’s official. Gorncannon is a go for next season’s Viewer’s Special. Thanks to all fans 4 your help!” 🙂