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:
Unless you’ve got access to Mr. Peabody’s Way Back Machine, it’s only videos like this one from 1976 that can shed light on the early days of Star Trek fandom. You’d expect that there would be a lot of changes since then and you’d be right, conventions have gotten much bigger, there are a lot more fans, a lot more merchandise, and Cosplayers continue to roam the convention halls, but some things never change, including those awkward convention interviewers. (more…)
The great ping-pong game of is Benedict Cumberbatch playing Khan Noonien Singh in J.J. Abrams’ currently in production Star Trek 2 (or whatever it’s going to be called) continues. Well, it appears that the scales are tipping back again with the following statement from reboot Scotty Simon Pegg courtesy of The Telegraph, via Cinemablend:
It’s not Khan. That’s a myth. Everyone’s saying it is, but it’s not. I think people just want to have a scoop. It annoys me – it’s beyond the point to just ferret around for spoilers all the time to try to be the first to break them.
Pegg’s at least half right about that because so many people have reported that Cumberbatch is Khan or have denied it, you’d have to put a gun to my head for me to decide where I stand either way. Sure, this could be disinformation, but are the producers willing to let Pegg look like an uninformed ass just so that they can keep a secret everybody knows? I doubt it
I know it infuriates us all to no end how J.J. Abrams keeps $#!% such a big secret all the time, but maybe it’s time for us to chill out on this whole Khan or not Khan question till we get some kind of on the record confirmation.
We’ve already heard praise about the Star Trek 2 script from Simon Pegg, in fact, I’m quoting here, “the new script is AMAZEBALLS!” Today Chris Pine, Captain Kirk 2.0, posted a message on his Facebook page of his reactions to the script,
After a thousand questions regarding the Star Trek sequel I can finally say I am holding the draft script in my hand. I can also now tell you I have a love interest and it’s all looking very exciting. Sorry but I cant give you a date for filming yet, but you guys are going to love it!
A love interest for Captain Kirk? FINALLY! Anyone familiar with Trek know there’s only one thing that can distract Kirk from his captaining duties, women. A new planet, a new woman to woo, and often they’ll be all sorts of colors and species. Kirk seeks equality among all the women he beds. In J.J. Abrams‘ first Star Trek Kirk hooks up with an green-skinned, Orion slave girl…err space cadet before being busted by her roommate, Uhura. But hinting at a love interest for the Captain implies something less one-night-standy. Could this be the long-awaited appearance of Dr. Carol Marcus? First appearing in The Wrath of Khan Marcus was a woman Kirk had a previous relationship with years prior. Of course, in Wrath we also learn Marcus has a child who oh-so-coincidentally is Kirk’s son, David.
Blastr figured out the space math,
We know the two of them were involved in the late 2250s or early 2260s, with David born in 2261. Abram’s Star Trek film took place between 2255 and 2258, so it’s highly possible if they keep elements from the original timeline.
But remember this Star Trek is occurring in a completely separate and new time line thanks to Spock and the Romulans (great band name, no?) coming back in time and mucking everything up. Meaning this love interest could be a whole new character, Carol Marcus might not even exist in this reality! The possibilites are endless but I know one thing for sure, this Star Trek movie is gonna rock. If Abrams and crew can pull off even a fraction of the incredible awesomeness of their first film I’m going to love it. One part fan appeasement, one part enough newness to make it feel fresh, mix in a dramatic score and some lensflare and we’ve got another fantastic Star Trek film. Something to make us Trekkies (Trekkers?) proud and say “Haha! The most recent film incarnation of our beloved sci-fi franchise is better than yours!” to Star Wars nerds.
UPDATE: Trek Movie is reporting that the Facebook post in question was a fake. The page has already been removed. So, damn. The internet pulled one over one us.