Silly Texas man who likes Star Trek, Batman, Doctor Who, Star Wars, and 50s schlock. I'm also a big fan of Bettie Page, Elvis, old Hollywood glamor, and most retro. I'm easily distracted by bright shiny things. Or boobs. Or bright shiny boobs.

 

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Behind-the-scenes photos from Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan, from The Papers of Nicholas Meyer Collection currently held in the Special Collections Department at the University of Iowa Library in Iowa City.

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A behind-the-scenes photo from the first day of filming for “Where No Man Has Gone Before.”

Roddenberry had wanted James Goldstone (a highly-regarded TV director with stints on Perry Mason, Rawhide, The Fugitive along with Roddenberry’s own The Lieutenant) to helm the first pilot, but wasn’t able to secure him. After all, a man who had a good reputation could have it destroyed with one lousy pilot and like the rest of Hollywood, he was a bit skittish about science-fiction at the time. (That said, he was happy to recommend his friend Robert H. Justman as an Associate Producer for the show early on, which worked out very well indeed.)

When NBC told Roddenberry he would have a second shot, he again approached Goldstone, who agreed to direct the second pilot.

"There had been several problems with the "The Cage." One of them was that it cost so much money and the other that it took so long to shoot," Goldstone said in an interview. "One of the requisites put on the second pilot was to shoot it in eight days which would then prove that a weekly series could be done in six or seven days. The other requisite was that NBC very much wanted something that could be ‘commercial’ against the police shows and all the other action things that were then on television. "Where No Man Has Gone Before" was not so much a pilot as it was an example of how we could go on a weekly level."

classictrek:

A behind-the-scenes photo from the first day of filming for “Where No Man Has Gone Before.”

Roddenberry had wanted James Goldstone (a highly-regarded TV director with stints on Perry Mason, Rawhide, The Fugitive along with Roddenberry’s own The Lieutenant) to helm the first pilot, but wasn’t able to secure him. After all, a man who had a good reputation could have it destroyed with one lousy pilot and like the rest of Hollywood, he was a bit skittish about science-fiction at the time. (That said, he was happy to recommend his friend Robert H. Justman as an Associate Producer for the show early on, which worked out very well indeed.)

When NBC told Roddenberry he would have a second shot, he again approached Goldstone, who agreed to direct the second pilot.

"There had been several problems with the "The Cage." One of them was that it cost so much money and the other that it took so long to shoot," Goldstone said in an interview. "One of the requisites put on the second pilot was to shoot it in eight days which would then prove that a weekly series could be done in six or seven days. The other requisite was that NBC very much wanted something that could be ‘commercial’ against the police shows and all the other action things that were then on television. "Where No Man Has Gone Before" was not so much a pilot as it was an example of how we could go on a weekly level."

acting-captains-log:

librarian-in-waiting:

awexcuppycake:

stargazer909:

This is a gif that should be in every Trekkie’s blog 

That right there is my idol! She went in for a double ass slap and did is flawlessly

This is one of the funniest things I’ve ever seen, and it just keeps getting better the longer I watch it.

Their reactions; especially Jim’s.

acting-captains-log:

librarian-in-waiting:

awexcuppycake:

stargazer909:

This is a gif that should be in every Trekkie’s blog 

That right there is my idol! She went in for a double ass slap and did is flawlessly

This is one of the funniest things I’ve ever seen, and it just keeps getting better the longer I watch it.

Their reactions; especially Jim’s.

(Source: vulcan-romulan-hybrid)

classictrek:

The second pilot for Star Trek, “Where No Man Has Gone Before” was, and this isn’t any exaggeration, an extraordinary event, especially with the amount of money already spent on “The Cage.” NBC had invested $450,000 in the first pilot (Desilu threw an extra $164,000 to cover cost overruns) and was willing to pony up an extra $300,000 to get a second pilot made because they believed in the core concept of Star Trek so strongly. There was, however, a caveat: if NBC was going to end up spending $750,000 ($5,400,060 in today’s dollars) on a TV show that might not even air, major changes were going to have to happen, across the board.

Roddenberry took it in stride and immediately started making alterations that would bring Star Trek that much closer to the show we now know. The first thing to do was, quite naturally, come up with a story to tell that would work well as an expression of the new direction. Roddenberry and his writing team put together three screenplays — “Where No Man Has Gone Before,” “Mudd’s Women” and “The Omega Glory” — and presented them to NBC executives. As you can probably figure out, Sam Peeple’s “Where No Man Has Gone Before” was the one they went with, as it offered a nice balance of interpersonal drama, sci-fi whizbangs and action.

(It’s perhaps fitting that Peeple’s script was picked. Roddenberry had sold NBC on the series as a western in space and Peeples had written a number of popular western novels under the nom de plume Brad Ward.)

As fans, we should be thankful than neither “Mudd’s Women” or “The Omega Glory” were selected. With the exception of Roger Carmel’s amazing performance, “Mudd’s Women” is singularly embarrassing as a piece of Star Trek. It’s sexist, demeaning and, worst of all, pretty dull. “The Omega Glory” was, of course, finally produced for the show’s second season and is easily one in the bottom quarter of the episodes that made it to air in Trek's prime.

I’ve previously written of the difficulty casting the captain of the Enterprise but most of the legwork had been done by the production team the first go-round, which meant a much smaller field of players was considered. Desilu’s production head, Herb Solow, and casting director Herb D’Agosta sat down with the original 40-player list and winnowed their choices down over the course of a long workday. Their first pick? Jack Lord.

At the time, Lord was known primarily for his supporting role as Felix Leiter in the James Bond film Dr. No and Roddenberry felt that he embodied the chisel-jawed, all-American look that NBC (and audiences) would go for and offered him the job. Lord’s response? He’d take it for a production credit and a 50% profit participation in the program on top of top billing.

The production team moved on; Jack Lord took the role of Steve Garrett in 1968 and filmed 279 episodes of Hawaii Five-0.

William Shatner’s name came up soon after as someone with a resumé that closely resembled Lord’s. He’d appeared in over 45 different TV programs and was eager to get moving again after the mid-season cancellation of the legal drama For The People. Shatner’s agent negotiated hard and got him a pretty sweet deal for a television actor in the 1960s: $5,000 a week and 20% of that salary for each of the first five airings of an episode’s reruns.

NBC liked the casting because Shatner had an undeniable charm and had proven that could do dramatic, comedic and action with equal aplomb. Now they just needed a name to match the man sitting in the center seat.

While the original “Star Trek Is…” memo featured the name Captain April, Roddenberry had also considered the names Winter and Gulliver (as a tribute to Jonathan Swift’s famous satire) before going with Pike for “The Cage.” Wanting a clean break from the first pilot (and perhaps sensing that he’d need to reuse that footage fairly quickly to get in the good graces of Desilu and NBC’s accountants,) Roddenberry sent a list of fifteen new names to the Desilu research department to seek out legal clearance.

Those names (which are featured on a memo reproduced in Inside Star Trek: The Real Story) included: January, Drake, Flagg, Thorpe, Christopher, Hannibal, Richard, Raintree, Boone, Patrick, Hamilton, Hudson, Timber, Neville and, at the end…Kirk.

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