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Trek to the Past – Star Trek: Tos Season Two in Review

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Star Trek is probably the most successful science fiction franchise of all time spanning six decades of science fiction storytelling. In the series, I will be looking at the highlights of all the past episodes from each season of all five TV shows that went before leading up to the new series Star Trek: Discovery that will be airing in the fall of 2017.

Star Trek: The Original Series – Season Two

Development

The ratings for the first season of Star Trek were low which, in previous years, would have seen the series cancelled straight away, but NBC decided to renew the series for a second season – mainly because it appealed to a younger audience. The series was given an episode order of 26 episodes, which in future years became the average number for an episode order of Star Trek.

There were a few changes in the Season 2: like cast member Grace Lee Whitney, who played Yeoman Janice Rand quit the show due to personal reasons; they introduced a new character called Ensign Chekov, who was brought in to appeal to the younger audience and he had a very Beatles like hairpiece in his early episodes – as this season progressed they got rid of the hairpiece and let him have his own hair(!); and also they added DeForest Kelley (McCoy) to the opening credits which made him the third lead character in the series from that point on.

The character of Mr Spock became a breakout character and a sex symbol after the first season had aired, and in this season there were many episodes centred around Spock – such as the seasons opening episode ‘Amok Time’ which was set on his home planet Vulcan and where Kirk and Spock have to fight to death.

Writers

Some of the writers from the first year returned to write scripts for the second year – including as Gene L. Coon and D. C Fontana. They were joined by new writers such as John Merdyth Lucas, Robert Sabaroff and John Kingsbridge who wrote some classic episodes of this season, like ‘Patterns of Force’ which had that common theme in the original series of Star Trek where they beam onto a planet that represents an alien society ;in the context of earth history like in this episode it represents Nazi Germany in the 1930s. There were many episodes like that in this season, another being ‘A Piece of the Action’ which represents an alien society in 1920s gangster culture. Another standout episode in this season was ‘Mirror Mirror’ where members of the Enterprise crew were transported on an alternative Enterprise. This episode famously had a badass Mr Spock with a beard and the crew kill each other to move up in rank.

Top 5 Episodes of Star Trek: The Original Series – Season Two

5) The Gamester of Triskelion

In this episode Captain Kirk and his companion are kidnapped into slavery and trained to become gladiators. It’s a real “starter episode” if you want to get into the original series; and your always wondering how Kirk and crew are going to get out of this one. It’s one of the many cliché episodes where they have a lot of stylized fight scenes and Kirk gets the girl. But overall it’s a little bit of fun.

4) A Private Little War

In this episode the crew of the Enterprise see the interference of a once peaceful planet from the Klingon Empire. It’s another one that tackles a social issue of the time, which is the Vietnam War, which was at it’s height in 1968 when this episode aired. It’s an episode I have always enjoyed – even if it’s flawed somewhat.

3) The Doomsday Machine

The Enterprise has discovered a planet destroying weapon and a Commodore that puts the crew of the Enterprise in danger, in crazy mission of revenge. This is one of most popular episodes of the original series. The highlight of the episode is the performance of William Windom, who played the vengeful Commodore Matt Decker, and his obsession of wanting to destroy the planet destroying weapon The Doomsday Machine.

2) Mirror Mirror

First of many “Mirror Universe” episodes and I think this is still the best – come on who doesn’t like seeing the crew of the enterprise being bad to the bone for one episode? Plus Spock has a beard and is being as bad ass as ever!

1) Amok Time

I’m sure you saw this one coming… could it really be any other episode? What’s not to love about this episode and visiting Spock’s home planet and watching Kirk and Spock fight to the death? And that brilliant ending where you see Spock almost being human. »

- James Morrell

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William Shatner Becomes Bunny Rabbit Handler on 'Better Late Than Never'

17 June 2017 11:18 AM, PDT | TMZ | See recent TMZ news »

[[tmz:video id="0_t21in8jw"]] William Shatner may have explored new worlds where no man has gone before, but now he's in Sweden ... running around with rabbits. The legendary "Star Trek" actor is in Stockholm shooting for his new comedy/reality show "Better Late Than Never" ... and showed off his skills as a bunny handler. Spoiler alert -- he wasn't great at it. Rabbit show jumping is big in Sweden -- kind of like the Westminster Dog Show in the U. »

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Adam West completed Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders sequel

15 June 2017 12:17 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Joseph Baxter Jun 16, 2017

While we recently lost Adam West, he's left one last performance as Batman...

Adam West was, for multiple generations, the beloved introductory live-action hero that Gotham deserves from his starring role in the 1966-1968 Batman television series, leaving an undoubtedly enduring onscreen legacy. However, the actor, who passed away on June 9, also left fans one last performance as Batman, by way of the previously-announced sequel to the terrific animated feature Batman: Return Of The Caped Crusaders.

As revealed via Warner Bros’ confirmation to 13th Dimension, the upcoming animated sequel Batman Vs Two-Face will feature a completed voice performance by Adam West. The feature, an advanced-announced sequel to Batman: Return Of The Caped Crusaders, the celebrated 2016 DVD/Blu-ray animated revival of the 1966 television series, will, just as its predecessor, feature a voice cast consisting of original series actors such as Adam West’s Bruce Wayne/Batman, Burt Ward »

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ComicMix Vindicated in Dr. Seuss Lawsuit Over Literary Mash-Up; Judge Dismisses Trademark Claims, Copyright Claim Will “Boldly Go Forward”

12 June 2017 9:04 AM, PDT | Comicmix.com | See recent Comicmix news »

On Friday, June 9, the United States District Court for the Southern District of California partially granted ComicMix LLC’s motion to dismiss the Dr. Seuss estate’s copyright and trademark infringement lawsuit over the book Oh, the Places You’ll Boldly Go!  To prevent publication, Dr. Seuss Enterprises, LP filed the lawsuit in 2016 against the book’s publisher ComicMix, its author David Gerrold, illustrator Ty Templeton, and Glenn Hauman, ComicMix’s co-founder and vice-president.

United States District Judge Janis Sammartino dismissed the trademark claims under the doctrine of nominative fair use, and largely agreed with ComicMix’s position that fair use protects the book from copyright infringement claims. Judge Sammartino found that the book is “a highly transformative work that takes no more than necessary [from Dr. Seuss’s books] to accomplish its transformative purpose and will not impinge on the original market for Plaintiff’s underlying work.” She emphasized that the case has broader »

- Martha Thomases

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Tributes for Victims of Orlando Nightclub Shooting Pour in on One-Year Anniversary of the Attack

12 June 2017 7:17 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

One year after the heartbreak, Orlando residents are coming together for a solemn day of remembrance.

On June 12, 2016, a gunman entered the popular gay-friendly club Pulse armed with an Ar-15 assault rifle. Omar Mateen, an Isis sympathizer, murdered 49 innocent people and injured dozens more in the deadliest mass shooting in United States history.

A memorial service for survivors, victims’ families and local officials was held at Pulse early Monday, according to News 6. Just after 1 a.m., people dressed as angels — who last year protected mourning family and friends from anti-gay hecklers from the Westboro Baptist Church — held candles as they »

- Stephanie Petit

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George Takei Speaks Out Ahead of the Pulse Mass Shooting Anniversary: It ‘Shook Me to My Core’

11 June 2017 4:00 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

On the eve of the one-year anniversary of the Pulse nightclub mass shooting, George Takei is speaking out about how the violence inspired him to work for change.

Best known for playing Hikaru Sulu on Star Trek — and for his activism — Takei tweeted, “We all form the pulse of America” after the shooting in Orlando, Florida, on June 12, 2016, which killed 49 innocents and injured dozens more.

Now Takei’s gun violence prevention group, One Pulse for America, is releasing an anniversary video, featuring the actor, that remembers each victim by name and calls for a continued push for gun reform.

Takei, »

- KC Baker

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The Baby Reveal, Tim and Faith Barbies, and Donald Trump: Carrie and Brad Share Stories Behind the Cma Awards

11 June 2017 11:50 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

It’s one of Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley’s most famous moments in their nine years as Cma Awards co-hosts: the time, in 2014, when Paisley told the world that Underwood, who was five months pregnant, would be having a baby boy.

But on Saturday, at a special Cma Festival event, Underwood revealed she was adamantly against the idea at first.

She and her husband, Mike Fisher, “try to keep certain things for ourselves,” she explained, “and that was kind of one of them.”

But after executive producer Robert Deaton resorted to what he described as “begging,” Underwood finally relented »

- Nancy Kruh

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Why Adam West Was the One and Only Batman

10 June 2017 3:47 PM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

What's this? Could this be the end for Batman? Rest in peace, Adam West, the one and only Caped Crusader who truly defined the role. There have been so many incarnations of Batman over the years – on the page and on the screen – but Adam West was the one flesh-and-blood actor who ever did justice to the cape, on the Sixties TV series Batman.

West, who died of leukemia Friday at the age of 88, brought deadpan humor and old-school gallantry to the role, week after week; same Bat Time, same Bat Channel. »

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Doctor Who series 10: Empress Of Mars nerdy spots and Easter eggs

9 June 2017 3:06 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Pete Dillon-Trenchard Jun 10, 2017

Spoilers! We dig into the references and extra details in Doctor Who series 10 episode 9, Empress Of Mars...

This article contains spoilers - pretty much all of them - for Empress Of Mars.

See related  Doctor Who: Moffat on budget issues, advice for Chibnall Doctor Who: Phoebe Waller-Bridge is now the joint favourite

The Ice Warriors’ tombs have melted, and so have our hearts. As the Doctor gives Missy a good telling-off for helping to save the day, we turn our attention to the references, callbacks and generally interesting things about tonight’s episode. If we’ve missed something, you know where the comments section is…

Alpha CentaurSQUEE

Usually I take these things roughly in order, but let’s take a moment to let out what the cool kids call a big ‘squee’, or a Russell T Davies-style ‘Hooray!’ for the return, after 43 years, »

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Exclusive: Broadway Star Telly Leung Transforms Into Aladdin

9 June 2017 7:30 AM, PDT | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Days before stepping into the title role of Disney’s Aladdin on June 13, Broadway favorite Telly Leung is staying mum on the secrets behind that beloved magic carpet. Mostly because he’s content to remain in the dark himself.

“There’s a part of me that doesn’t want to know,” the actor tells Et of the illusion that finds packed houses at the New Amsterdam Theatre gasping night after night. “I remember seeing the show, and as somebody who’s done plenty of Broadway and knows all the tricks, I had no idea how that worked onstage. It really was magic -- it took my breath away.”

More: James Monroe Iglehart Says Goodbye to Genie and 'Aladdin' on Broadway

Like countless kids of his generation, Leung grew up on the 1992 animated film, which joined Disney’s successful roster of Broadway musical adaptations in 2014. “Instead of having a princess as the hero, it was cool »

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Trek to the Past – Star Trek: Tos Season One in Review

2 June 2017 12:01 PM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Star Trek is probably the most successful science fiction franchise of all time spanning six decades of science fiction storytelling. In the series, I will be looking at the highlights of all the past episodes from each season of all five TV shows that went before leading up to the new series Star Trek: Discovery that will be airing in the fall of 2017.

Star Trek: The Original Series – Season One

Original Broadcast: (September 8th 1966 – April 29th 1967)

Development

After a failed attempt at selling Star Trek to NBC with the pilot ‘The Cage’, starring Jeffrey Hunter as Captain Christopher Pike, NBC told Gene Roddenberry to film a second pilot with a more “action & adventure” orientated plot – which was unheard of at the time. Roddenberry complied and wrote two story outlines: one being ‘Mudd’s Women’ and the second being ‘The Omega Glory’ both of which were produced later on the series »

- James Morrell

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12 Actors Over 80 Still Killing It in Hollywood, From Ed Asner to Morgan Freeman (Photos)

1 June 2017 10:34 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Morgan Freeman just turned 80 years old, but that’s not going to be slowing him down any. Here are 12 other actors that are part of the 80 club and still killing it. Morgan Freeman (born 1937) The Oscar winner was recently seen in a remake of “Going in Style.” Jack Nicholson (born 1937) Other than being the most male nominated for an Academy Award, Nicholson is starring in the 2017 remake of Toni Erdmann. George Takei (born 1937) Best known for his role on the hit TV series “Star Trek,” Takei most recently voiced Ohga in the upcoming 2017 film “Blazing Samurai.” Burt Reynolds (born »

- Rasha Ali

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Star Trek: Discovery: William Shatner Talks to Fans About the Upcoming Series

31 May 2017 7:33 PM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

How does William Shatner feel about the new Star Trek series? Recently, the original Captain Kirk took to Reddit to discuss the upcoming CBS All Access TV show Star Trek: Discovery.As reported earlier, Shatner has expressed interested in returning to the Star Trek universe. Even though Captain Kirk died in the film Star Trek Generations, Shatner says he'd love to reprise the role he originated in the classic 1960s series.Read More… »

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Star Trek: William Shatner Would Love to Play Captain Kirk Again

30 May 2017 7:23 PM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Will the original Captain Kirk be returning for Star Trek: Discovery? Recently, William Shatner spoke with StarTrek.com about reviving his iconic character.Shatner, of course, originated the role of Captain James T. Kirk for the first Star Trek series, which ran for three seasons between 1966 and 1969. He went on to reprise the character in several feature films, concluding with 1994's Star Trek Generations in which Kirk died.Read More… »

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Star Trek: Discovery: A Classic Character Will Appear in Multiple Episodes

30 May 2017 6:14 PM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

What's in store for the new Star Trek: Discovery? According to TrekToday, fans can expect to see Harcourt Fenton Mudd in the upcoming CBS All Access TV series.Mudd, a con artist living in the 23rd century, first appeared in the original Star Trek series and subsequently made a cameo on Star Trek: The Animated Series. Both times the character was played by Roger C. Carmel.Read More… »

- TVSeriesFinale.com

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Ed Catto: These are the Voyages…

22 May 2017 5:00 AM, PDT | Comicmix.com | See recent Comicmix news »

Eaglemoss, a UK based fan-facing company, is best known for creating detailed replicas of Batmobiles, miniature starships from various incarnations of Star Trek and figurines from the mythologies of Marvel, DC Comics and the Walking Dead. They are all of high quality and lovingly rendered.

Each figure or vehicle they sell comes with a booklet developed by experts in each fan-focused field. So when you buy the miniature replica of the Flying Batcave (if you don’t know what this is you really need to find out fast!) you’ll also get a thorough, yet concise, history of the Flying Batcave.

Given the premium quality of these booklets, it makes sense that Eaglemoss would also be a mindful and creative publisher.

Their new Star Trek Graphic Novel Collection is premium quality in spades. Produced with Idw, this is the type of project (I almost typed the word ‘enterprise’ instead of »

- Ed Catto

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Star Trek: Discovery Trailer: Watch First Footage From CBS All Access Series

17 May 2017 2:45 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

We still don’t know exactly when Star Trek: Discovery will take flight, but CBS has released the first trailer from its highly anticipated All Access offshoot.

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The forthcoming Discovery — slated to bow this fall — will be told from the perspective of Michael Burnham (The Walking Dead‘s Sonequa Martin-Green »

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Brad Weston launches Makeready with eOne backing

17 May 2017 11:03 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Veteran executive lines up four initial projects at multi-platofrm content creator.

Brad Weston, who most recently served as president of production for New Regency, has launched global content creation company Makeready backed by eOne.

The venture will develop and produce original features and high-end television for premium cable, Ott and emerging platforms on a worldwide basis.

The plan is to release two features a year starting in 2018, with Universal handling worldwide theatrical marketing and distribution, while eOne will directly distribute in the UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

eOne will also handle international distribution on all television content. JPMorgan Chase will lead the production facility for the new enterprise, which is fully funded for the development and financing of premium content.

The first projects are television series Saigon from Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Davisson’s Appian Way and writer David James Kelly; Black Lives Matter limited series They Can’t Kill Us All; a series based on the »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Brad Weston Launches Production Company With Backing From Universal, eOne

17 May 2017 9:28 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Hollywood veteran Brad Weston is launching the movie and television production company Makeready, with backing from Universal Pictures and Entertainment One.

The new venture plans to release two films annually, beginning next year through Universal, which is committed to handling worldwide theatrical marketing and distribution for the company’s feature films, with eOne handling theatrical distribution across Canada, the U.K., Australia/New Zealand, Benelux, and Spain.

EOne, the lead investor in Makeready, will also handle international distribution of all TV content. JPMorgan Chase will lead the production facility for the new enterprise.

Weston most recently served for five years as president and chief executive officer of New Regency, which he departed a year ago. He oversaw “The Revenant,” “Birdman,” “Gone Girl,” “12 Years a Slave,” and “The Big Short.” Prior to joining New Regency, Weston served as president of production for Paramount Pictures, overseeing “Star Trek,” “Cloverfield,” “The Fighter,” “Shutter Island, »

- Dave McNary

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Kiss Me Deadly Restoration 20th Anniversary — Savant Article

13 May 2017 3:59 PM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

How did Kiss Me Deadly come to be restored? The real question should be, how did filmdom lose track of its original ending in the first place? Savant uncovers evidence that may explain when, and why, United Artists mutilated the finish of Robert Aldrich’s apocalyptic film noir.

(Note: The images below with text can be enlarged for reading, just click on them.)

Before home video the final home for Hollywood films was Television. Robert Aldrich’s 1955 Kiss Me Deadly never saw a theatrical reissue, and it dropped out of major TV visibility in 1962. I saw the documentation in United Artists’ legal folder on the film. To secure capital to launch more movies, Robert Aldrich sold all of his ‘Associates and Aldrich’ pictures back to UA after their original releases were concluded. More papers showed Kiss Me Deadly being included in at least two TV syndication packages, and then each time pointedly removed. »

- Glenn Erickson

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