Rare shots and outtakes.
Uhura, Sulu, and the actors that paved the way in the '60s.
The background story behind the various alien races.
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Celebrate the 55th anniversary of Star Trek: The Original Series with this epic coffee-table book! New interviews, archival conversations, never-before-seen art and sketches, and more!
Gene Roddenberry’s “Wagon Train to the Stars” continues to live long and prosper, with Discovery, Lower Decks, and Picard currently on the air, and Strange New Worlds on the way. But it all began 55 years ago with Star Trek: The Original Series. The second installment in Hero Collector’s Celebration line (following Star Trek: Voyager – A Celebration), Star Trek: The Original Series – A Celebration includes more than a dozen new interviews with cast and creatives, scores of never-before-seen photographs and sketches, as well as chapters taking fresh looks at the show’s creation, directing, visual effects, props, and most-pivotal episodes.
Writing a book about Star Trek: The Original Series presents a challenge: How do you tell the story of a revered, classic show that can serve both die-hard fans who’ve heard the same stories told over and over for years along with the newcomers who came into Star Trek from either the Berman-era shows or the Kurtzman ones? Authors Ben Robinson and Ian Spelling have found a way, combining familiar stories with new interviews and rarely heard details without ever condescending to either group, in a beautiful new coffee table book called Star Trek: A Celebration.
- Laurie Ulster, TrekMovie.com
What a great book. I love the layout - for me it was like looking through a family album and visiting old friends. It really gives you a sense of what it was like to work on Star Trek.
- Joe D’Agosta, Casting director of STAR TREK: The Original Series
STAR TREK is a phenomenon. It took two pilots to launch it as a series. It took most of its first season to shape up as television’s most unique and original program. It was almost cancelled at the end of that first season. The series was cancelled at the end of the second season, only to be put back on the schedule because of its fans. Its cancellation at the end of its third season proved to be final. STAR TREK was dead. But was it? Within the year, STAR TREK, despite lacking a backlog of the usual required five years of episodes, entered the syndication market. And the rest is history. Ian Spelling and Ben Robinson, in their stunning new book on STAR TREK, have assembled the people who worked behind and in front of the camera through those difficult, tumultuous years.
- Ralph Senensky, director of STAR TREK: The Original Series
The TOS Celebration is a stunning immersive look at one of the most groundbreaking TV series in history. From a design standpoint, TOS may never be equaled. It encapsulates an era of optimism and the futurist movement. We take for granted so many things, from computers, communications, and interfaces that were in their infancy at the time Matt Jefferies and his team were designing the series. They not only were able to design the future, but they did it in a mindful way on a Network TV budget that is minuscule by today's standards. The comprehensive behind-the-scenes details are captivating, showcasing the practical and visual effect done by some of the pioneers in the industry.
- Dave Blass, Picard production designer
A splendid celebration of the original, legendary STAR TREK television series that is literally teeming with fascinating first-hand accounts and insights from the show’s iconic main cast, behind-the-scenes crew and key guest stars – gleaned from both brand new conversations conducted just for this book as well as their most notable past interviews and writings – to provide a remarkable and truly delightful look at all facets of TOS’s production!
- Gerald Gurian, author of To Boldly Go: Rare Pictures from the TOS Soundstage
There’s something to be said about going back to Star Trek: The Original Series and reflecting on how creator Gene Roddenberry’s original vision for the future laid the groundwork for everything that has come since.
- Tara Bennet, SyFy.com
The 55th anniversary of the launch of the series is worthy of the celebration, and authors Ben Robinson and Ian Spelling have created the latest definitive, behind the scenes account of the 1966-1969 series.
Ben Robinson has been involved with Star Trek for 20 years. Ben was the launch editor of the huge Star Trek Fact Files, and went on to edit the US Star Trek: The Magazine. He has co-written two Haynes Manuals. Ben created the Starfleet shipyards line of books and co-authored Star Trek Voyager: A Celebration.
Ian Spelling is an entertainment journalist whose Trek association dates back to the mid-1980’s, when he interviewed Gene Roddenberry for his college newspaper. Ian went on to write for Starlog, Star Trek Monthly/Star Trek Magazine, the official TNG, DS9 and Voyager magazines, “Inside Trek/Strange Worlds,” and was editor of StarTrek.com. Additionally, Ian beamed onto Trek twice as an extra, playing a Bajoran and a Drayan soldier, and he often moderates panel at Trek conventions.
WAGON TRAIN TO THE STARS
STAR TREK BEGINS
The essence of STAR TREK stayed the same, but Gene Roddenberry’s first ideas provide a fascinating glimpse of a different show.
STAR TREK was always meant to be something new, but at the same time, Gene Roddenberry was very clear it wouldn’t be so new that it would be impractical.
In the early 1960s, there was plenty of adult science fiction on air. The Twilight Zone, which ran from 1959 to 1964, was a big hit and it had been joined by The Outer Limits, which ran for two seasons between 1963 and 1965. But both those series had a problem: they were anthology shows. Every episode was different, without a regular cast, so every story stood or fell on its own merits. When Roddenberry started thinking about STAR TREK in 1963, he wanted to develop a format that combined this kind of storytelling with the kind of regular cast that viewers were familiar with on shows such as Bonanza, where the audience invested in the adventures of the Cartwright family.
In the pitch Roddenberry put together, he emphasized that there were bound to be millions of inhabited planets in the universe. He threw in the concept that there were parallel Earths, meaning that they would have evolved with human beings who had built societies that looked remarkably like the back lots available at Hollywood’s studios. These planets could be placed at any point in “human” evolution, so they could be the setting for stories about cultures like Ancient Egypt or the Westerns that dominated 1960s television. His idea was that a spaceship, originally led by Captain Robert April and his female first officer, Number One, would visit a different world, with its unique culture, every week. This way we’d have familiar characters to anchor the same kind of science-fiction stories people were watching on The Twilight Zone.
Roddenberry was keen to point out to network executives that this approach would make his series affordable. There was no need for monsters, costumes could be hired from the normal sources, and parallel Earths could be filmed on the back lot or even on sets that were left over from movies or other TV shows.
The ship and its crew drew inspiration from Isaac Asimov’s Foundation novels – in which there are countless worlds inhabited by humans and linked up by a group of traders and a vast Galactic empire – and the 1956 movie, Forbidden Planet. Years later, Roddenberry was keen to play down these influences, but even if he was trying to do something different, memos from the time show that he was very aware of them.
The ship’s mission is to “explore intelligence and social systems” that could pose a threat to Earth; carry out scientific investigation; provide assistance to Earth colonies; and – almost certainly inspired by the Foundation novels – impose Federation law on commerce vessels and traders.
For all the science-fiction trappings, Roddenberry was keen to tell the networks that STAR TREK had a lot in common with more contemporary TV shows. His 1964 pitch document mentions Gunsmoke and Dr. Kildare, and famously describes the show as “Wagon Train to the stars.” Whatever the future turned out to actually be like, the crew would be recognizable as men of 1966. “Science fiction,” he wrote in the first version of the Writers’ and Directors’ Guide, “is no different from tales of the present or the past – our starship central characters and crew must be at least as believably motivated and as identifiable to the audience as characters we’ve all written into police stations, general hospitals, and Western towns.”
That same document emphasizes that STAR TREK is an “action-adventure-drama.” But, while he didn’t put it in the pitch document, Roddenberry always wanted to use the show as a way of exploring ideas and commenting on society. Through science fiction, he could deal with difficult topics such as racism and slavery, and even grand themes, such as “what it meant to be human.”