Thursday, October 11, 2007

TREK Links

In honor of Ms. Nichols' appearance in the HEROES TV show on Monday night, here is her first appearance ("Introducing Nichelle Nichols" says the credits), in a pre-TREK Gene Roddenberry created/produced TV series titled THE LIEUTENANT. There are other TREK people on both sides of the camera as well.

Gary Lockwood smiling his Pepsodent smile into the camera at the end of the titles is now very funny and even a little creepy. It reminds me of the stuff they did in the POLICE SQUAD comedy series. Here's a link to all of the endings of this 1980s comedy. Click on that link and hang in there for the "And neither did Sally" line at 40 seconds in to see what I mean.

And, under the what's-old-is-new-again motif, is this bit of news:

The 2-part STAR TREK episode "The Menagerie" will be shown in hi def in 200 movie theatres nationwide. Yeah, go to the movies and see an old TV show! Aw, c'mon! It'll be fun! Press release here. And while we're on the topic of disfigured former captains of the Enterprise, Scott Meyers' Ask Captain Pike Web site is the place to go and ask Captain Pike a question! It's kinda like a Magic 8-Ball toy, but, you know, with a radiated captain! It's fun!

Some more TOS video links you may have missed:

And here is the entire TOS cast in what I guess would be its last appearance together (well, edited all together) from a year after their last movie together: an MCI phone company commercial.

No, wait, there's more ...

About an hour of video of Shatner, Nimoy & Kelley on Merv Griffin promoting STAR TREK IV. Parts one, two, three and four.

Gene Roddenberry's routine "Letter to a Network Censor;" a speech he would perform at conventions. And much more from Trekdom's YouTube page.

"After They Were Famous," a 2002 British TV documentary in 4 parts: one, two, three and four. More at ENTERPISENX01's YouTube page.

Saving the best for your blog reading digestif: some of the best TOS Web sites which deserve a moment of your clicking:

The Guide to the Gold Key STAR TREK comic books of the 1960s and 70s. Wonderful stuff here.

STAR TREK - Behind the Scenes Restoration is one my favorites. Curt McAloney preserves unseen shots, missing footage and missing scenes from TOS. Some amazing stuff here. It's the only site where I read everything there was to read and then, started over. If you're a TOS fan like me, then this, baby, is just so much catnip!

1 comment:

Brian Fies said...

Darn it, Mike, I had other things I wanted to get done today.

I've read about "The Lieutenant" in every Roddenberry bio but never seen it. It's a characteristic Roddenberry way. And Ms. Nichols: ROWR!

Unfortunately, there's no theater nearby showing The Menagerie. If there were I'd probably show up just to see who else did.

Thanks for the time-wasters.