Despite only appearing for only a few moments in the final episode, the Salt Vampire from “The Man Trap” remains one of Star Trek's most iconic creatures. Wah Chang designed the costume and when the episode's writer George C. Johnson saw it in Robert Justman's office, he was at first disappointed, feeling that the teeth and appearance was not close to his original vision of “something like a refugee from a concentration camp.” He was convinced, though, upon seeing dancer Sandra Gimpel's performance in the suit.

"She was incredible. She got the whole spirit of the damned thing," Johnson recalled years later.

Robert ought to have a woman. Poor baby, all alone, evening after evening by the telephone. We’re the only tenderness he’s ever known. Poor baby!

Robert ought to have a woman. Poor baby, sitting there, staring at the walls and playing solitaire, making conversation with the empty air. Poor baby!

Poor baby, all alone, throw a lonely dog a bone, it’s still a bone. We’re the only tenderness he’s ever known. Poor baby!

Years later, I realized it wasn’t [Majel Barrett] I disliked, it was the role. Nurse Chapel was a wimpy, badly written, and ill-conceived character. In ‘The Naked Time,’ all she did was stand around and pine for Mister Spock, much the same as Yeoman Rand did for Captain Kirk. And in ‘Little Girls,’ Nurse Chapel pined for her fiance, mad scientist Dr. Korby. The close-up shots of her eyes misting over and lower lip quivering were beautifully photographed by cameraman Jerry Finnerman, who used special lighting and diffusion lenses. But this only served to emphasize the lack of character written into the character.

In 1987, in ‘Haven,’ a first-season episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation that I produced, Majel created the role of the Betazoid character, Lwaxana Troi, a bold and lusty, irreverent and energetic female alien, and she played the part to the hilt. This new character became popular with viewers - and with me, too. I took pains to tell her of my changed opinion.

—  Bob Justman (producer and assistant director of TOS) in Inside Star Trek: The Real Story, 1996.

"Let This Be Your Last Battlefield" was the final episode of Star Trek associated with Gene L. Coon, who wrote the original story outline (then entitled “Portrait In Black And White”) back in 1966. It was rejected at the time by NBC programming executive Stanley Robertson, but desperation on the part of NBC and Paramount led to the outline being pulled out of cold storage and revived with an Oliver Crawford teleplay. The story was credited to Coon’s nom de plume Lee Cronin.

It was also the last episode in which Robert Justman had a role. After two and a half years on Star Trek, he’d had enough of NBC’s poor treatment of the show and the subsequent decline in quality.

History is not repeating itself.
We as humans are repeating history.
Common sense is a figure of speech for what we should realize as awareness.
The balance of right and wrong on which the idea behind religion is based.
The labels of racism, ageism, sexism, all add unnecessary filters go the essential human rights which covers us all.
The only way there will be peace is if we step back from unnaturally falling into divisions and realizing that we are all one race.

I grew up in a Motown house with a father is still writing books about Detroit in the 1960s.

I’ll admit I always preferred Slayer to The Supremes but in spite of this Standing In The Shadows of Motown is a fascinating story of the band behind Berry Gordy’s label.

The film uncovers the uncredited role Funk Brothers, who played on hits including My Girl, I Heard It Through The Grapevine and Ain’t No Mountain High Enough, culminating in a show with Bootsy Collins, Chaka Khan and Ben Harper.

Paul Justman’s film isa pretty traditional movie about a band but there’s some fantastic footage and interviews.


When in preproduction on “The Galileo Seven,” Robert Justman realized they had a problem: a full-sized version of the titular shuttlecraft was going to be a significant expense, one that the budgetarily-strapped show could ill afford, especially after previously-made episodes had all come in with significant deficits in their wake. However, there was a solution from a very unusual, if logical, source: AMT Corporation, a model kit manufacturer.

AMT executives had seen the previews for Star Trek and wanted to make tiny versions of the ship featuredin them for bedrooms, basements and garages across America. They met with Ed Perlstein of Desilu and sealed a deal where they would get exclusive model rights for the Enterprise in exchange for two full-sized versions of the ship (one for exteriors and a second for interior photography) and a miniature for special effects purposes.

anonymous asked:

This blog is really great - thank you for taking the time to put everything together, along with the insightful commentary! Do you have any recommendations for books about the production of the original series or behind-the-scenes stories?

Oh, sure. 

As far as official, sanctioned works go, the contemporaneous (and thus out-of-print) The World of Star Trek and The Making of Star Trek, along with Chekov’s Enterprise and The Making of Star Trek: The Motion Picture all offer a good (if probably thoroughly scrubbed) look at how the original series and the first movie were made. I’ve not gotten a chance to read Allan Asherman’s The Making of Star Trek II, but from what I understand, it’s illuminating and goes into more depth than the other books about how the cinematic sausage is formed. 

More recently, Solow and Justman’s Inside Star Trek: The Real Story (which is also out of print but easy enough to find) offers a true inside look at the show’s production and features a number of anecdotes that the Roddenberry family wishes weren’t in the public eye. I’ve been reading the recently-released (and massive) Creature Features oral history of Star Trek: The Motion Picture in bits and bites and while I think the narrative could be constructed a bit better — stories about writing, casting and special effects get tossed together pretty willy-nilly — there’s still an awful lot of great stuff in there.

The best bang for the buck, though? The These Are The Voyages books. They’re meticulously researched and so well done that I feel like I’m giving away my secret for this Tumblr by recommending them at all. If I’m stuck on coming up with an anecdote for any given episode, I just open up the book, go the relevant chapter and there’s something worth writing about. Terrific, terrific work by Cushman and Osborn.