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Star Trek: The Animated Series Available For Online Streaming February 17, 2011

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CBS has added more streaming Star Trek content to the web. Star Trek: The Animated Series is now available online via free (ad-supported) streaming, joining the original Star Trek and Star Trek: Enterprise. Details below.

 

Watch Kirk and Spock animated on the web

CBS has added Star Trek: The Animated Series to its online streaming offerings.  All 22 episodes of the series are available for ad-supported streaming  at StarTrek.com, on the Star Trek page at CBS.com, and also at the CBS-owned TV.com

The animated Star Trek series ran for two seasons in 1973 and 1974. With the exception of Ensign Chekov, all the regular characters from Star Trek appear in the series, and all are voiced by the original actors. James Doohan, Nichelle Nichols, and Majel Barrett voiced most of the guest characters as well. Although the Filmation-produced series was aimed at kids and made on a budgetary shoe-string, Star Trek: The Animated series still produced some good Star Trek. The show included episodes written by veteran Star Trek writers D.C. Fontana, David Gerrold and Samuel A. Peeples as well as sci-fi author Larry Niven. The show even offered follow-on stories to some original Star Trek episodes, such as Gerrold’s "More Tribbles, More Troubles". But in the end the show was still kids TV, as this clip demonstrates.

Star Trek: The Animated Series is the third Star Trek show for CBS to make available for online streaming. The original Star Trek became available in 2008 and in 2010 they added Star Trek: Enterprise, with both shows available in HD. Hopefully soon we will see Next Generation, Deep Space Nine and Voyager also make it online, even if they could only be made available in standard definition.

Comments

1. DeBeckster - February 17, 2011

Wish they would put the Remastered episodes back on line again. First!

2. davidfuchs - February 17, 2011

Having never seen these before, this is excellent.

3. Ro Lando - February 17, 2011

WIsh they could/would do these in all CGI. Maybe “Final Fantasy” quality?

4. Dr. Cheis - February 17, 2011

It will be that much harder for people to ignore this series now.

5. Dr. Cheis - February 17, 2011

@3 I’d be satisfied with redoing it in a modern 2d animation style (with semi-3d for the space scenes as is typical for cartoons these days). Although many of the voices (not the main cast of course) and/or music I feel would need to be re-recorded as the originals often sucked.

6. Sebastian - February 17, 2011

The animated series was an interesting experiment. Cheesy and sometimes pretty goofy, but to me? They’re just as ‘official’ as “Spock’s Brain”, “And the Children Shall Lead” or “Omega Glory”. If you can look past the cheese, some of the stories are actually quite interesting. Dorothy Fontana’s moving “Yesteryear” easily being the very best offering of the series (combining elements from “Journey to Babel” and “City on the Edge of Forever”; two of TOS’ best).

One nagging distraction throughout the series however is the overuse of series regulars James Doohan, Majel Barrett and even Nichelle Nichols as ‘guest voices’ in EVERY episode. Sometimes it was a bit much to hear Uhura’s voice come out of a new character, and then hear Uhura in the very next scene! Even George Takei got in on the act in one or two episodes. I realize the budget was very low, but was new voice talent really that expensive?

I kind of like to think of them as ‘illustrated audiobooks’ with original cast recordings. They’re a bit more palatable that way. ;- )

7. Izmunuti - February 17, 2011

It’s nice to see Animated Trek getting internet distribution. It includes animated sequences that would never have been affordable to film in the original Trek. Also, some really nice moments – feels a lot like home in TOS.

I’ve seen TOS more times than I can count, but I’ve only seen the Animated episodes a couple times. I like the music too. Looking forward to re-viewing!

8. Rocket Scientist - February 17, 2011

It’s canon, baby! (or at least it should be…)

The continuity was pretty remarkable. TAS scripts often made mention of events that happened in TOS.

Also, I really liked some of the spacecraft designs using TOS elements. Like the grain ships in “More Tribbles, More Troubles”. Those were just sweet!

8^D

9. Chasco - February 17, 2011

And, as usual, if you’re not in the US, all you get is a message saying “You can’t watch this, nyah, nyah”
And they wonder why piracy happens.

10. Kevin - February 18, 2011

“I realize the budget was very low, but was new voice talent really that expensive?”

As I understand it, it wasn’t an issue of voice talent… but had something to do with only being able to afford to use so many recorded tracks at once. Basically, I think it was the sound mixing that was the expense… not necessarily the actors.

Unfortunately, I read that somewhere and can’t remember where. So I have no source to site.

As for whether this should be regarded as canon… I just don’t think so. Some episodes and some of the things done were great… while others were bad sci-fi and childish. Basically, the best that can be done is to pick and choose what to use and what not to use.

11. Kevin - February 18, 2011

I’m glad to get a chance to see more of these though. I haven’t been able to see much other than a few episodes I found on youtube, since they aired on Nickelodeon when I was a kid.

12. Jim Nightshade - February 18, 2011

Tas wasnt bad–it was a lot better than nothin for a couple years anyway–aside from purple tribbles, overuse of the same music n sound efx n yes every voice being chapel or uhura although scotty was good at doing diff. voices like the alien pilot–the storis were the best limited mainly by sat morning ratings n only half n hour to tell stories—i remember roddenberry saying yes were making trek–no its not a cartoon–its animated—when i saw it on tv i thought–not so much-ha

13. Ian K - February 18, 2011

Hahaha I love TAS, I have it on DVD, but its still cool!

14. Dr. Cheis - February 18, 2011

In regards to cannon, I think the single biggest strike against TAS is the environmental-belts they used. It negated the need to animate space suits, but it begs the question why all the later series continued using space suits instead of magic belts with built-in atmosphere.

15. Robert H. - February 18, 2011

It would be nice if it were available in ALL regions.

16. "Silence will fall!" - February 18, 2011

And this is for free?

I thought everything on storetrek.com cost an arm and a leg.

17. Damian - February 18, 2011

14–CBS/Paramount has since added the animated series back into canon. Some of the novels even reference events from the series. I remember the Crucible series explaining the environmental belts, that Starfleet was experimenting with them but discontinued their use because of technical problems. In reality, the belts were used to save money from not having to illustrate space suits.

18. Commodore Mike of the Terran Empire - February 18, 2011

As a Kid I love TAS. Now I enjoy them a lot. But would love to see a little Remastering of TAS as well. That would be fantastic. I have the Tos Remastered on Bluray and the TAS Ep More tribbles More Troubles is on there and that I think is a realy good Ep. Would be much better if it had better Animation.

19. CmdrR - February 18, 2011

Yes, it was low budget fair… but, some of the stories could easily have been jazzed into good TOS eps. If you’ve never read the novelizations, you’re in for a treat. Alan Dean Foster frequently took two episodes and added a thread to connect them… then added a third story that grew out of that. Cool stuff for a Trek-starved youth.

As for “affording” extra voice talent… I saw Casey Kasem speak on a panel once about doing Super Friends with Ted Knight. Kasem kept volunteering to do extra voices until Knight told him to knock it off. Later, he found out actors got paid by the role. Ha!

20. Max - February 18, 2011

I’d rather watch Yesteryear than The Lights of Zetar any day.

21. StalwartUK - February 18, 2011

Outside the US… no luck.

22. Thorbury - February 18, 2011

That clip was better than a lot of the Trek made from ’95 onwards.

23. Squire Of Gothos - February 18, 2011

Awesome! How about a blu ray release? Is there going to be any future blu ray Star Trek titles in 2011?

24. SPOCKBOY - February 18, 2011

Here is an entirely new full episode a friend of mine put together for a laugh.

http://www.vimeo.com/4438987

:)

25. Iva - February 18, 2011

Gene was involved with the cartoon for a time, but did not consider the animated series canon. Therefore, they are not.
On the other hand, if you feel like watching it, do, who cares?

26. star trackie - February 18, 2011

#25 “Gene was involved with the cartoon for a time, but did not consider the animated series canon. Therefore, they are not.”

Well it DID have the involvement of TOS verterans, like DC Fontana, David Gerold, the original cast, original guest stars like Mark Lenard, Stanley Adams and Roger C. Carmel…along with science fiction scribes who worked on the original show returning to pen new stories. In fact, they crafted the only Trek series to ever win the “best of” emmy…for best childrens series. Yes, this was very much Star Trek…and after watching The Motion Picture and TNG, I don’t think Gene would know “STar Trek canon”…circa 1966… if it hit him over the head anyway.

I don’t even mind the stilted animation. Was it full blown DIsney, no, but It is every bit as “fluid” as any of that jerky anime nonsense that saturates the airwaves today. Also, the backgrounds and likenesses of the crew were spot on, more so than many comic books.

Oh yeah, I love me some animated Trek, glad to see it readily available online…whether Gene liked it or not! :)

27. Iva - February 18, 2011

“, I don’t think Gene would know “STar Trek canon”…circa 1966… if it hit him over the head anyway.”

Of course, because he had no life whatsoever outside of “1966″, in fact, that is the year he died too. Everything that happened post 1966 is just a mass hallucination.

28. Kurt - February 18, 2011

I’ve often thought the animated series is a gold mind of possibilities. Many of the episodes are silly, but some like Yesteryear and Time Trap are actually quite good.

I think the powers that be could go farther than just re-animating the episodes. Reports have it that serval filmmakers (George Lucas among others) are looking at techniques to bring Avatar-like photo realism with long-dead actors, essentially “bringing them back to life.”

Imaging, then, a new Star Trek episode made from the voice track of Yesteryear, complete with photo real effects, settings, etc. The guest stars could be shot with real actors, but the old crew could be digital renditions of Shanter, Nimoy, etc. New music and sound could be used.

Of course, there are ethical/legal/artistic arguments whether it should happen. But it would be interesting to see.

29. MJ - February 18, 2011

Yea, its canon, as in lets put my DVD set of it into a cannon, light the fuse and launch it into the ocean for a burial at sea. :-)

30. MJ - February 18, 2011

The best thing about TAS was the Alan Dean Foster Star Trek logs — those are really good, especially the latter full novelizations.

31. MJ - February 18, 2011

@27 “Of course, because he had no life whatsoever outside of “1966″, in fact, that is the year he died too. Everything that happened post 1966 is just a mass hallucination.”

OK Iva, while the first couple times you tried LSD, it was pretty cool, I think the rest of us would now say that it is time for you to detox. :-))

32. Pro-Khan-Sel - February 18, 2011

@#14 Dr. Cheis

I agree about the enviormental belts, I remember seeing them in action for the first time and thinking it was a good idea. At the time, It was the newest star trek to be had. I accepted it. Of course you get older and think about it scientificly and it leaves alot of unanswered questions about oxogen supply and heat.

Taking it one step further, In the show “Jason Of Star Command” which co-starred James Doohan, There is a scene where james doohan’s charactor is floating unconscience in space without a suit of any kind.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HTQdr4x_2HI&feature=related

Starts at 7:21

Kids shows?….Yeah..

By the way, Jason of star command wasn’t a bad show, I watched all the available shows uploaded to youtube. Good villain, forgettable leading man..the resemblance of the hero to Han Solo is uncanny and is definitly a rip off. The only thing missing was a chewbacca clone.

33. rogue_alice - February 18, 2011

While we might dog the animated series for having a “low budget” can you imagine the burnrate for the TOS stars? I am sure they didn’t work on the cheap even lending their voices.

Though, as stated why not hire one good character voice actor for “bit parts”. It is amazing the vocal variety that some voice actors can bring.

34. son-of-shatner - February 18, 2011

AHA! I WILL TAKE THE ANIMATED SERIES OVER THAT LAST MOVIE ROT ANY DAY!

ALSO WHEN CAN WE EXPECT THE SOUNDTRACK ALBUM????!!!!!

35. Spockanella - February 18, 2011

19: Did we grow up together? I can remember watching these, and buying any novelizations (and even picture books) that I could get my hands on, just to feed that Trek-starved part of me. I LOVED these episodes. To me they really weren’t any cheesier than the original show itself (c’mon, you know it’s true). One of my favorite Christmas gifts was the DVD series of the animated series.

36. Damian - February 18, 2011

The heads of CBS/Paramount in charge of Star Trek have since re-added Star Trek as official canon.

Regarding Gene Roddenberry, loved the guy’s creation, but his interpretation of what was canon sometimes changed with his mood. Sometimes he did not feel parts of the original series were not canon. When it first came out he said it was canon, then someone at Paramount (sometime in the 80′s or 90′s) who Roddenberry gave a title too rather than a pay raise decided it was not anymore (you can read it on memory alpha). I agree with 26, many of the legendary writers of the series wrote episodes of the original series, including well known sci-fi writers.

Gene Roddenberry also felt parts of Star Trek V and VI were not canon, though he did not specify what wasn’t. In general, canon is anything on screen.

Frankly, I think we obsess more about canon that Roddenberry ever did. He was more of a big picture guide. Did Star Trek adhere to what he envisioned for the future. I think that is what he mainly cared about. He left the day to day minutae to the writers and fans.

Now me, I accept all on screen stuff as canon. All the writers involved did a reasonably good job of trying to keep to the overall story, considering it spanned over 40 years and different eras of television (don’t forget, what was important to tv in the 60′s was much different than today). I’m also an avid novel reader and while not canon, as long as they are not contradicted on screen I accept as the continuing story. I’m reading the Typhon Pact novels now, and for me, since a continuation of Deep Space Nine and The Next Generation will almost definitly not happen on screen, I accept as an ongoing story. Same goes for the Voyager, Enterprise and original series books from the prime universe.

37. Damian - February 18, 2011

Oh, the grammar–

in my 36 comments I should have said

Sometimes did not feel parts of the original series were canon

and many of the legendary writers of the TV series wrote episodes of the animated series.

Sometimes I wish you could edit your prior comments. I usually proofread but I screwed up.

38. THX-1138 - February 18, 2011

#31 MJ

You know that Iva was making a joke, yes? Although I don’t happen to worship at the alter of Gene.

As far as I am concerned TAS is canon. Same actors. Same writers. Gene Roddenberry approved (since he was involved and signed off on it as well as got paid). Whether HE considered it canon is of little consequence to me. He didn’t like the way the TOS movies were going and that doesn’t exclude them from canon.

It would be nifty if we could let some of the canon nonsense go. Canon is a term that was used to guide the series writers as to what can be and what cannot be. I don’t think it was intended to be the holy word on whether or not evry single detail fits into the universe. Otherwise most of the new film would be non-canonical. The TOS writers broke canon all the time starting with the original series. Read the nitpickers guide sometime. As a matter of fact, breaking canon’s rules is a long tradition with Trek and has occured in EVERY incarnation.

So there you have it. The definitive word. TAS is canon. Because I say it is. You shall never change my mind. Nyah, nyah, na, nyah, nyah.

39. MJ - February 18, 2011

@38. We’ll I’ll meet you half way and say that I will consider TAS, as supplemented by the A D Foster Logs, as canon.

40. THX-1138 - February 18, 2011

MJ

You’d do that for me? I don’t know what to say….*sniff*….I am touched.

Now will you watch Voyager and Enterprise?

41. Dr. Cheis - February 18, 2011

I don’t think “Gene said so” is much of a reason to exclude TAS from cannon, since as a few have already said, he said some of the movies weren’t cannot. To me it makes no sense for Star Trek IV to be cannon but Star Trek V not to be. There, I said it. Spock has a half-brother. But it’s not a great story so we’re going to avoid making references to it.

I would like to consider TAS cannon, but I do think it’s worth considering the fact that it’s a *cartoon* as reason to not consider it. There have been many sci-fi franchises with live-action tv shows and movies that had cartoon spinoffs, and many of them exclude the cartoons from their cannon, the same way many of them may (or may not) exclude their novels.

By the way, if Paramount is looking to make some $$ off of TAS, I think they should strongly consider re-animating and partially re-voicing the show so they can air it on Cartoon Network or something. After they run out of episodes they could just make new ones with the cast from the 2009 film (or a mix of old stars and new stars, but somehow I doubt Shatner and the rest would be willing).

42. Dee - February 18, 2011

I never laughed, too! … Captain! … I swear! :-) :-)

43. Imrahil - February 18, 2011

Why aren’t these available via netflix streaming? Bastards.

44. MJ - February 18, 2011

@40. Well THX-1138, I gotta throw you a bone now and then. But I must draw the line on your request that I watch Voyager and Enterprise:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cGF1NP-FrCU

….but DS9 works for me. :-)

45. Michael Hall - February 18, 2011

LOL. Trust a thread on TAS to turn into a debate on what does and does not constitute Star Trek “canon.” It’s a legit concept, like “political correctness,” that usually boils down to meaning what the given individual wants it to mean. For me, “canon” basically refers to Trek which meets some minimal standard of entertainment or storytelling value that makes it worth the trouble of fitting it within Trek’s often incohate internal continuity. Which is why “Yesteryear,” along with a few other of the animated shows (as well as New Voyages’ “World Enough and Time,” for that matter) fits within my Trek canon, while the 2009 movie, sadly, does not.

46. Donald G - February 18, 2011

In 1977, I attended a lecture by Gene Roddenberry (his roadshow at the time of a lecture, Q and A session, showing of the bloopers and his b&w print of “The Cage”) in which he was discussing the plans for “Star Trek: Phase Two” acompanied by a slideshow of the sets under construction.

In the Q and A, he was very positive and complementary toward the animated series and intimated that some aspects of the Animated Series might show up in “Phase Two” (story and budget permitting), specifically, the holographic rec room (although that doesn’t appear in any of the extant scripts and story treatments), the aquashuttle, and – believe it or not – the life support belts.

In fact, if you read Harold Livingston’s draft script of “In Thy Image”, there is a reference to “life support system belts” [sic].

Now, Roddenberry’s view of what counted as “Star Trek” and did not was changeable, as we have seen, further complicated by being mediated through to the licensees and fan-press by Richard Arnold’s diktats issued in Gene’s name.

As far as I’m concerned, TAS aired on network television, DC Fontana was the story editor (as she was for a good bit of TOS), a number of TOS writers wrote for it, including but not limited to Sam Peeples, Paul Schneider, Margaret Armen, David Gerrold, Stephen Kandel, along with Fontana, herself, and it had a number of the original actors reprising their roles; consequently, TAS is about as canonical as it gets, no matter what Roddenberry or Richard Arnold maintained.

No one seriously talks about firing the Gene Coon, John Meredith Lucas, or Fred Freiburger produced episodes of TOS out of the canon.

47. MJ - February 18, 2011

@46 “No one seriously talks about firing the Gene Coon, John Meredith Lucas, or Fred Freiburger produced episodes of TOS out of the canon.”

Well, I think a few of us we might consider firing a couple of the Freidburger episodes out of the canon. ;-)

48. Donald G - February 18, 2011

@47: I think DCF might like having “The Enterprise Incident” and “the Way to Eden” fired out of the canon. “Leonard, I didn’t write that [love] scene.”

:-)

49. Gene L. Coon was a U. S. Marine. Stand at ease. - February 18, 2011

@ 46 “No one seriously talks about firing the Gene Coon, John Meredith Lucas, or Fred Freiburger produced episodes of TOS out of the canon.”

Hold on thar, Babalooey! Are we saying bad things about the great Gene L. Coon? Not on my watch! The man is as responsible for the tone and texture of the Star Trek universe, and characters, as is Roddenberry, and wrote many of the very best episodes. You could look it up, as Casey Stengel would say.

As for TAS, I remember watching it as a 10 year old back in 73. It is more “Star Trek” than TNG, Voy, DS9, Ent, or ST09, as far as I am concerned. It features all the actual voices of the original TOS cast (not losing any sleep over no Chekov). Any opportunity to enjoy those comforting friends in the roles we love is OK by me.

Star Trek had two Genes. The other one is named Roddenberry!

50. Basement Blogger - February 18, 2011

Okay, we can all agree with the following stuff be removed from canon.

Alien 3 and Alien Resurrection.

Oops, sorry wrong sci-fi franchise. David Fincher (“The Social Nework”) directed Alien 3?! Joss Whedon did the screenplay for Alien Resurrection?!

51. Basement Blogger - February 18, 2011

Time for my regular rant at CBS. Could CBS do anything with the franchise other than post the shows online? How about a new mini-series on AMC or HBO? I’ll take an animated TV movie so you don’t have to get all worried about franchise fatigue. How about turning the abandoned game that D.C. Fontana wrote “The Secret of Vulcan Fury” into that animated TV movie? Yes, I raise this a lot. It’s because the original actors recorded work for it. And check out the cut scenes below.

Cool cutscenes from the 1997 videogame. Second video has William Shatner do the prologue again.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IQHyg6nFpAY

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8o4YtpKnT00&feature=related

TrekMovie article where D.C. Fontana (at the end) where she wants the rights back so she can novelize it.
http://trekmovie.com/2007/08/16/dorothy-fontana-on-new-comics-new-novel-canon-ds9-ent-new-movie/

52. Red Dead Ryan - February 18, 2011

I wonder if Fred Freiburger liked fries with his burgers? :-)

53. MJ - February 18, 2011

@49 “Hold on thar, Babalooey! Are we saying bad things about the great Gene L. Coon? Not on my watch!”

Agreed!!! New rule guys — Gene Coon is not to mentioned in the same sentence with Fred Frieburger…ole Freddy did not what the hell was doing in season 3.

54. keachick - February 18, 2011

A little while ago, on this site, a question of canon arose and Bob Orci replied that anything that has gone on FILM and is “signed off” by the Star Trek franchise owners, Paramount/CBS, is considered CANON. There has been controversy over whether TAS is canon as well. It seems that Paramount has decided to include TAS as canon also, as it is also on FILM. That makes sense. Star Trek V is canon and so is Star Trek 09, irrespective of what some people may think or feel about certain TV series or movies.

It is unclear as to whether deleted scenes may also be canon. I asked Bob Orci on this site but have received no answer. I guess the powers-that-be are still deciding on this point.

55. MJ - February 18, 2011

@52…you do realize don’t you that the burger know as “The Freiburger” in late 60′s was made with a secret “3rd seasoning” that nobody could stand.

56. Red Dead Ryan - February 18, 2011

Maybe TAS can be included in a future encyclopedia, if indeed another one is published.

57. Red Dead Ryan - February 18, 2011

55

Freiburger was made of bullsh*t…..regular burgers are made of beef!

58. Red Dead Ryan - February 18, 2011

Although a lot of people still have a “beef” with the Freiburger!

59. Kirk, James T. - February 19, 2011

So… Anyone for a 2012 Animated like The Clone Wars style Star Trek TV show shown on Nickelodeon? Yes please!

60. Trekboi - February 19, 2011

Far underrated!
They should do a new animated series like transformers prime- could do better than clone wars.

61. Donald G - February 19, 2011

@49: Stand at ease, soldier. The point of including the wonderful work of the illustrious Mr Coon was to point out the folly of tossing aired episodes not directly helmed by the Great Bird out of the canon.

Sorry if I was too subtle or flippant.

62. Dr. Cheis - February 19, 2011

@59 I’d love it, though I think Cartoon Network is a more appropriate venue. Either way I’d watch it. :)

63. Dom - February 19, 2011

Actually, TAS (which, let’s face it, is simply called Star Trek on screen) is a kind of missing link between TOS and TMP. And, of course, retroactively, it influenced the remastered TOS. I’ll always consider it ‘canon.’

I agree that new animation, TOS stock music and FX and some revoicing for some of the additional roles would give us a great pseudo extra season of TOS.

I’m still disappointed that we didn’t get a cartoon series based on Star Trek 2009.

64. Hat Rick - February 19, 2011

TAS? Now available for streaming? I know what I’ll be watching for hours very soon.

65. MJ - February 19, 2011

@63 “I agree that new animation, TOS stock music and FX and some revoicing for some of the additional roles would give us a great pseudo extra season of TOS.”

I think we are almost at the point technologically where you could use the audio only from TAS and create, via computer technology, original “live action looking” new TOS Trek episodes that visually match TOS — i.e. with CGI created TOS Kirk, Spock McCoy, the Enterprise, etc.

66. Gene L. Coon was a U. S. Marine. Stand at ease. - February 19, 2011

@61 “soldier”? “soldier?!” Never call a Marine a soldier, fyi. You and I agree about TAS. I just didn’t like GLC mentioned in the same sentence as Freiberger.

67. Gene L. Coon was a U. S. Marine. Stand at ease. - February 19, 2011

Truce!

68. MJ - February 19, 2011

@66

Well GLCWAUSMSAE, Donald G was not familiar with Marine training…in fact, in an unusual situation, his boot camp company completed their own training. Here is a record of my conversation with him on this:

MJ: Where have you been soldier?

Donald G: Training, sir.

MJ: What kind of training?

Donald G: Arrrrrrrrrmeeeeeeee training, sir.

MJ: Are you telling me that you finished your training on your own?

Donald G: That’s the fact, Jack.

69. Donald G - February 20, 2011

Despite my having grown up around Norfolk, for a dirty rotten hippie like me, I think Starfleet’s the only option for me. :-)

Oh, and truce.

70. Konar - February 20, 2011

Pay for voice acting was relatively lowk, particularly for Saturday morning cartoons. The ST actors were not expensive, and were probably happy to have the work. The lower paid “crew members” (everyone other than shatner and nimoy) were given the additional parts to make their participation worthwhile — meaning a bigger paycheck.

71. Vernon Wilmer - February 20, 2011

Awesome! Cause I didn’t want to buy the DVDs!

72. Phil Maigroin - February 21, 2011

Why wasn’t the original theme music used?

73. Sarek66 - February 22, 2011

@51 and 65 I agree with you guys. The potential is there to reanimate the animated episodes and the video games from the 90s(25th anniversary edition, Judgement Rites and the unreleased Secret of Vulcan Fury). Get the remaining actors together again and record more scenes and presto we have over 40 new hour long episodes of Star Trek to watch. Eventually the animation is going to become very realistic. It could potentially be seen as the final two years of the five year mission.

74. Redo TAS in Flash! - February 22, 2011

I am surprised no fans have “re-mastered” the animated series in Flash. That animation style would be super easy to copy. Isn’t there already a fan-series made in that style? I’d like to see it as the constant re-use of stock shots is pretty distracting while watching TAS. It’s more like a radio show with a few images to help you along the way.
For those who want a super deluxe redux of the show – I doubt the multitrack audio tapes are still available. I would imagine the final mix that’s in the show is what we’ve got. So it would be tough to re-record some of the voices because of all the background music (which, just like the stock shots, is the same three themes over and over). Just a guess, but if they didn’t have access to the original negatives to remaster TOS, I doubt anyone kept the original audio for the cartoon.
The other issue is that the voice acting is really pretty bad. The actors didn’t record their parts together and they sound like they are just reading the script and phoning it in most of the time. Especially DeForest Kelly and really really especially Shatner. So even if you re-do the visuals, you’ll still have poor performances… And as the savior of Star Trek, Nick Meyer, says in his TWOK commentary, “THE SOUND DRIVES THE PICTURE.”
But still, it would be a really fun project… somebody remaster TAS in Flash!

75. Dom - February 22, 2011

65. MJ

Well, if you were to cherrypick shots from TOS episodes, use James Cawley’s sets, hire body doubles, then use CGI to sample the actors’ faces from existing TOS episodes, you could blend it with the original actors’ voices and do something interesting! I mean, how hard could it be to find a shot of Spock on the bridge from an old episode raising an eyebrow and saying ‘Fascinating?’

76. Dom - February 22, 2011

74. Redo TAS in Flash

Even if the sep audio no longer exists, it is still feasible to lift out the voices. Filmation’s eps didn’t have that dense a sound mix!

77. TrekOne - August 14, 2011

I think remastering the series would be great. They could eliminate the cheesy reuse of frames, and substitute new voices so the alien does not sound exactly the same in every episode.

I think in some episodes while some of the crew is on an away mission you can still see them in shots on the bridge – definitely noticed this with Sulu in one ep. Reminded me of the superfriends – one of the superhereos would be out somewhere fighting villains or being held prisoner yet you would see them in the hall of justice shots.

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