Star Trek turns 50 years old this week, in the USA the first episode, “The Man Trap” aired today, September 8, at 8:30PM in 1966. Our friends to north in Canada got to see “The Man Trap” two days earlier on September 6. “The Man Trap” was part of the first batch of finished episodes which also included: “Where No Man Has Gone Before”, “The Corbomite Maneuver”, “Charlie X”, “The Naked Time”, and “Mudd’s Women”. Read on for some trivia about the first ever Star Trek episode to air.
Tomorrow marks 50 years since the first episode of Star Trek hit the television air waves. The TrekMovie staff take this opportunity to talk about how some of us came to love the franchise. If you’re reading this, it’s probably safe to assume that Star Trek means something special to you. Whether you’re a super fan, a new fan, a Trekkie, or a Trekker, we want you to tell us: what does the franchise mean to you?
10 years ago, the 40th Anniversary of Star Trek was fast approaching. HDTV was the future. CBS knew they needed to do something to be sure the “one that started it all”, The Original Series, was ready for that future. Produced from 2006-2008, The Original Series – Remastered (TOS-R) was a huge undertaking that came with a variety of challenges and fan controversies. Keep reading for an in-depth look back at the project.
CBS and Paramount have teamed up to combine all the HD content with The Original Series cast in one box. This includes the six movies, the three seasons of The Original Series, and, this box set is the debut of The Animated Series on Blu-ray. Plus the set includes an exclusive documentary and collectible goodies.
On September 8th, 1966, television changed forever. 50 years later we find ourselves looking for new ways to celebrate the Star Trek franchise. Each day during Trek’s “anniversary week”, a member of the TrekMovie staff will take to the @TrekMovie twitter to live tweet one of our favorite TOS episodes, plus a special live tweet of For the Love of Spock on September 10th. Hit the jump for the complete schedule so you can follow along.
CBS Home Entertainment has released the full details of the much anticipated The Roddenberry Vault on Blu-ray. We first found out about the existence of this exciting 3-disc collection at the San Diego Comic Con. The set is due out on December 13. CBS has shared two video clips from the Vault set, along with the full press release. Read on for the details.
The Smithsonian’s recent restoration of the Enterprise shooting model has the old girl looking better than ever, and our old friend Paul Sibbald has created some new videos using photos of the restored physical model in celebration.
In a happy surprise from the Rod Roddenberry San Diego ComicCon panel, it was announced that Rod had culled through archives and found cut segments of Star Trek Original Series episodes, plus other behind-the-scenes bits. It will be released on a Blu-ray later in 2016 with a brand new documentary by Roger Lay, Jr (who was part of the team that did the awesome TNG and ENT Blu-ray documentaries). The full press release is after the break.
A very heartfelt and emotional trailer for Adam Nimoy’s documentary about his Dad and Spock has hit the interwebs.
Own all original series crew adventures in a giant Blu-ray set! CBS and Paramount have teamed up to combine every TOS cast movie along with the three seasons of The Original Series, and as a special treat, this box set is the debut of The Animated Series on Blu-ray, plus exclusive swag all in one 30-disc collector’s set.
Adam Nimoy’s highly anticipated documentary, For The Love of Spock, officially has a release date. You’ll be able to catch it in select theaters in the US and on demand this September 9th, exactly 50 years + 1 day after the premiere of the first episode of the original series.
The US Postal Service isn’t the only one honoring Star Trek in a new line of postage stamps. As part of a 50th anniversary celebration, Canada Post has been unveiling Star Trek themed postage stamps, including one featuring 1st officer Spock, which was unveiled last week in where else but Vulcan, Canada.
The first trailer for For The Love of Spock, the Leonard Nimoy documentary that raised over $660,000 on kickstarter, released its first trailer, warming hearts and watering eyes everywhere.
CBS Home Entertainment has announced that it is releasing new Blu-ray complete series sets for the The Original Series and The Next Generation in brand new packaging in time for the 50th anniversary. For fans in North America this is the first time a nicely boxed up complete set has been made available for the Blu-ray releases of the two series. Pics of the new boxes after the break.
A new Star Trek art exhibit entitled “Star Trek: 50 Artists. 50 Years” will feature Trek-themed art pieces by 50 artists from 10 countries around the world and will include a photographic tribute to Mr. Spock by the late Leonard Nimoy.
Long time friend of the site Paul “Spockboy” Sibbald has a great new goofy Trek video out. This time he’s made a mashup that celebrates two classic TV shows that turn 50 this year, Batman and of course Star Trek. Click through for the full video.
The Hollywood Reporter’s Scott Feinberg spoke at length to our intrepid starship captain about Star Trek’s 50th Anniversary, his friendship with Leonard Nimoy, Star Trek Beyond, and much more.
“Have no fear, O’Riley’s here, and one Irishman is worth ten thousand of you!” – Kevin Riley to Spock, “The Naked Time” TrekMovie is saddened to report that Bruce Hyde, who played Lieutenant Kevin Riley so memorably on two episodes of The Original Series, died of throat cancer on October 13 at 74.
Dressing in drag is old hat in the theater world. Back in the olden days when women were not allowed to be professional actors it was a utilitarian device. In modern times it’s often used for comedic effect. For me, however, drag is best when it doesn’t just entertain, but makes us reexamine the traditional roles of men and women. A new Star Trek drag show, now playing this month at the Oasis Bar in San Francisco, does just that.
It may be just another Star Trek DVD box set to add to your collection, but the TOS Megapack is one you might want to invest in. The 25-disc set, which is now available for pre-order and ships November 3rd, contains all 79 episodes of the original series, remastered to absolutely stunning quality, alongside a trove of previously released bonus material. What’s more is that this baby is available on Amazon for a measly $54.88 USD.
A few months ago, TrekMovie writer Jared Whitley made a casual comment that the TOS episode “The Changeling” was better than Star Trek: The Motion Picture. Fellow TM writer Brian Drew picked up the gauntlet Jared threw down, and the two decided to debate the respective merits of the two tales, which are similar in plot if not in tone, theme, or scope. To carry out the debate, we have inaugurated Shuttle Pod: The TrekMovie Podcast. Let us know in the comment section what you think about the debate and the idea of TM podcast in general.
With the three-day holiday weekend now behind us (at least in the US), perhaps a new kind of labor is in order – one that involves plastic, hobby knives, styrene cement, and some spray paint. Marking 49 years of Star Trek, TrekMovie takes a look at the latest release from Round 2 Models, a take on the beauty that started it all, the 1:537 U.S.S. Enterprise Cutaway in this video preview of the kit.
Nichelle Nichols (Uhura of Star Trek The Original Series) suffered a mild stroke while in her LA home last night. She is currently undergoing testing, with no word yet on how severe the stroke was. We will bring you updates as they are reported. [UPDATE] CAT scan results are back and Nichelle is reported to be in good spirits. [UPDATE 2] MRI results are back indicating the stroke was minor. Nichelle starts therapy today and is reportedly bright and cheerful
TrekMovie is saddened to report that actress Grace Lee Whitney, who portrayed Janice Rand in the original Star Trek series and in many of the movies and spinoffs, died of natural causes on May 1 in Coarsegold, California. She was 85.
IDW Publishing and BOOM! Studios present the conclusion of Star Trek/Planet of the Apes: The Primate Directive this week. Kirk and Kor show the apes how it’s done; Taylor makes a decision; and the apes prove that deft hands with opposable thumbs are good survival tools. Spoiler review after the break.
Long time TrekMovie readers will remember our friend Paul “Spockboy” Sibbald for his hilarious TOS gag edits of episodes. He let us know there was a new creation up on his YouTube channel for our viewing pleasure. He says he was inspired by: the gentlemen who took pictures of the original Enterprise model and Photoshopped them into scenes from the various Star Trek films. That story, plus the recent very sad death of Leonard Nimoy, inspired me to create this video. It is the sequence from Star Trek III when the crew steals the Enterprise. In this video however it is the TOS crew (and ships) and is done as a 1927 silent film. It is certainly unique and I think you’ll like it. It was shot completely with models and required a great deal of rotoscoping to make it work. There’s some major TOS love in this one, Matt Decker is sent after Kirk in this version of events, and there’s a fun homage to the first Sci-Fi silent film – Méliès’ A Trip to the Moon. Click through for the full video.
IDW Publishing and BOOM! Studios have released the penultimate chapter of Star Trek/Planet of the Apes: The Primate Directive. The gorillas are on the move. Kirk is on the move. When will Kor make his move? Spoiler review after the break!
IDW Publishing and BOOM! Studios present the next installment of Star Trek/Planet of the Apes: The Primate Directive this week. Taylor is loose on the Enterprise and General Marius is ready to ride. Spoiler review after the break.
When Captain Picard reveals his unfortunate duty of informing Spock that his father, Sarek, has died, Data posits that Spock – as a Vulcan – would surely see death as the logical conclusion of his father’s illness. Picard explains that death is never that easy, not even for a Vulcan. And for those of us who loved one Vulcan in particular, it’s not easy at all.