Roddenberry’s Mission Log Podcast Now Available on [UPDATE: Never Before Seen Photos & Documents from TMP]

missionlog_banner_header is happy to announce a new partnership with our favorite Star Trek Podcast: The Mission Log, A Roddenberry Entertainment podcast. Join hosts John Champion and Ken Ray as they explore Star Trek one episode at a time and in chronological order. And do it from the comfort of our home page! Having finished off all three seasons of The Original Series and both of The Animated Series, the Mission Log boys are now ready to tackle the Original Series movies, starting today. You can find the latest episode of The Mission Log in our sidebar.

UPDATE: Mission Log has released never before seen photos and a memo explaining the backstory of Spock for The Motion Picture. Check them out below!


This week’s Mission Log episode, Star Trek: The Motion Picture


Ten years after the original series and five years after the animated series, Kirk, Spock, McCoy and the crew of the Enterprise head to the cinema – and just in time, too! Something is headed to Earth, killing everything in its path. Big screen! Big…

Star Trek The Motion Picture on this week’s Mission Log Podcast

From start to finish, Mission Log will watch ALL of Star Trek
Starting with The Original Series’ initial pilot as the first episode (August 9, 2012. Episode 001: The Cage), the Mission Log crew have worked their way in chronological order through all three TOS seasons plus both seasons of The Animated Series. This week John and Ken start in on the Original Series movies. Don’t know where to start? Why not at the beginning? And check out the Mission Log archives for more episodes.

Check out the Mission Log Podcast archives for all of the episodes you’ve missed

UPDATE: Mission Log Releases Never Before Seen Documents and Photos from Star Trek: The Motion Picture
To go along with today’s episode on Star Trek: The Motion Picture, the guys over at Mission Log Podcast have released some supposedly never before seen photos and documents pertaining to the 1979 film. The first is a set of photos, mostly candid behind-the-scenes type shots, of cast and crew from the shooting. The second item is a memo, perhaps written by Leonard Nimoy, detailing the character of Spock in preparation for the film. It builds character background by telling the story of what Spock was doing on Vulcan for all those years, and it sounds like it was a pretty intense time for our pointy-eared friend.

“The first year of the process consisted of absolute silence in the absence of other beings. No sound was to be uttered or heard.”

Check out all of the photos and the memo on the Mission Log Discovered Documents Page.

“The Final Plain” – Introduction of Mr. Spock in Star Trek II (Phase II) for Leonard Nimoy

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I am not Herbert
June 12, 2014 12:09 pm


thanks for picking up the ball, and running with it Kayla! <3

Harry Ballz
June 12, 2014 12:15 pm

Kayla, you da best!

June 12, 2014 12:34 pm

Look at the Kay-la. Takin’ charge!

June 12, 2014 12:39 pm

Many thanks to Kayla for setting this up!

Mike Barnett
June 12, 2014 1:35 pm

Thanks, Kayla!! Super happy that things are ramping up again on Trekmovie. By the way, has anyone been able to contact Tony Pascale??

June 12, 2014 4:14 pm

I heartily agree. From the ashes of the dead, the site rises. Mongo approves as well.

I am not Herbert
June 12, 2014 7:20 pm

…even more excellence! =) (thanks Kayla!) <3

…and Mongo's here?!? =D

B Kramer
June 12, 2014 8:13 pm

“It’s alive again Jim!”

Great stiff Kayla, thanks for the great posts along with Matt & others for reviving & breathing new life again to this site (Genesis effect without protomatter :)

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B Kramer
June 12, 2014 8:14 pm

That was ‘Great stuff’

“I must be going senile” – JTK

June 12, 2014 9:10 pm

Been following these for quite awhile. they’re great fun…nice to have them available here.

June 12, 2014 11:14 pm

Thank you for this.

This is great news!

June 13, 2014 12:21 am
June 13, 2014 8:20 am

The final plain concept seems like a variation on the forge from TAS Yesteryear (and later, ENT The Forge). Which came first—the TAS episode or the pages up there on the final plain?

June 13, 2014 10:00 am

The TAS episode “Yesteryear” definitely came first, Cygnus. We guess that Nimoy’s memo was written sometime around summer of 1977.

June 13, 2014 11:10 am


If I’m here then Mongo is certainly lurking about.

The Squire of Gothos
June 13, 2014 8:52 pm

Great stuff. Looking forward to The Wrath of Khan podcast next week!

Hat Rick
June 14, 2014 12:57 am

Good to have another resources about the history of Trek.

The Transformed Man
June 14, 2014 4:36 pm

Great show. I’ve become a regular listener.

June 15, 2014 8:26 am
Blast from Starlog’s past: “When ‘In Thy Image’ became a feature, we were given a budget of about $8 million. Somewhere around that time, we were talking about special effects. Close Encounters was about to open, and the word around town was that it was spectacular. So, Roddenberry and I went down to the Pacific Theater and sat down for what I think was a noon performance. We came out, both pretty blown away by Close Encounters. I turned to him and said, ‘Well, there goes our low budget special effects.’ After Star Wars and Close Encounters, you couldn’t do low budget special effects anymore. That meant a whole new way of thinking and a whole reorganization of the production and concepts. They needed a great deal more money and time, and there were only a few people who could do it. We were preparing to make this picture, but the writing was on the wall. I was a television director who hadn’t done a feature film at that time. It was evident that they were going to hire somebody who had done a feature and was used to working with big budget special effects. Paramount wasn’t brave about such things, so I called up Jeff Katzenberg and said, ‘You’re going to replace me, right?’ He said, ‘No, Bob, never. Take my word for it, Bob. Trust me.’ Then, my agent, who at that time handled Robert Wise, called up and said, ‘Look, we’ve got an offer for Robert Wise… Read more »
June 15, 2014 10:25 am
Wow, I just came across this STARLOG Issue 117 from April of 1987 in which Carey Wilbur discusses how he first dreamed up Khan, who as it turns out has an origin surprisingly drawn from unexpected elements of previous television science-fiction [SF?], mythological magic and fairy tales: “Hell, the plot for ‘Space Seed’ came from an old CAPTAIN VIDEO I did some 30 odd years ago. Of course, we did some very far out things on that show, including the popular idea of people being transported in space while in suspended animation. … I was just thinking of an adventure story, although there was some of that out-of-place element. I had this idea, which I revived from Captain Video because I thought it was time to do it again. It was a crazy story where we did the legend of men being turned into beasts, and our villainess had been transported from the days of Greek mythology into the future. In doing ‘Space Seed,’ we took away the mythological powers and replaced them with a genetically altered human being. To be honest, I don’t remember very much about Khan. He was a criminal who had been deported in a seed ship, who tried to take over the Enterprise after he was more or less accidentally revived. I had no qualms about Gene [Coon] rewriting me. He was an excellent writer, and certainly knew the show better than just about anyone. I’m sure he rewrote the script to conform to the… Read more »