Monday, August 03, 2015

Star Trek The Animated Series - Reflections

Its Zee end of Star Trek Animated Blogfest with Armchair Squid, The Geek Twins and Star Trek Sci Fi Blog.  I'd like to salute every blogger who high fived us during the Blogfest. I had a great time, didn't you? Its been fun which is why we do these blogfests again and again.

Heres to the Galaxy's Greatest Ninjas, Bloggies and Trekkies who beamed by to say hi!

Three years after NBC cancelled Star Trek the classic series, studio executives admitted they had made a mistake. In 1973, Star Trek was resurrected and the Animated Series was born. Often referred to as the "fourth season," trek's " saturday morning" cartoon featured most of the original cast aboard the USS Enterprise NCC 1701 minus Ensign Chekov -  Being a good sport, Walter Koenig wrote "the Infinite Vulcan"

Apparently the cast mailed in their voice overs from separate cities from around the world. Its fun knowing Nichelle Nichols and Majel Barrett voiced a total of 30 parts between them. The shows creator Gene Roddenberry teamed with Television Writer D.C. Fontana who got the shows story editor and producer job, hardly surprising considering she fleshed out the scripts and wrote Yesteryear.

Once the TV network NBC gave Filmation the green light, Star Trek's shortest ever "Five Year Mission" beamed onto black and White TV sets with William Shatner's boldly going monologue. At a cost of $75,000 per episode, fans can enjoy exotic creatures, amazing artwork with a mix of interesting stories.

Today Star Trek The Animated Series is just a few clicks away. Depending on your fancy, remastered boxsets or original footage with black dirt, hair and mismatched colours of the 70's can all be yours, for only $14.58. So if you haven't seen TAS, then I highly recommend the experience. The 4 disc boxset has lots of tasty bonus features!

 Got a favorite/worst Star Trek animated episode?  How many alien voices did James Doohan "Scotty" record during the course of the series? Isn't it cool Romulans, Klingons and Vulcans put in an appearance, which one is your favorite?

Live Long and Prosper, bloggies, trekkies and trekkers!


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Back in the day, that was a lot for an animated series. But as you said, we got to see creatures and situations they never could've done with the live show.

Spacerguy said...

The Counter Clock Incident is a classic example and theres lots others Alex. Karla Fives spaceship was originally a pirate Orion scout-ship. For reasons still unknown to us, this space vessel achieved warp 36, dragging Captain Kirk's ship along into the antimatter universe, only managed to slow it down a bit - warp 22. The thing is because everything operates in reverse in the anti universe, the Enterprise was pretty lucky to find a way out at all.

The Armchair Squid said...

Thank you for joining me. This was great fun. My reflection, including favorites, posts tomorrow.

Spacerguy said...

Your welcome Armchair Squid - its been a total buzz. I'm looking forward to reading your thoughts on Star Trek the animated series.

Jeffrey Scott said...

I have to re-watch the entire series again. Loved the entries on the animated series. Always fun to read. So what's next for the blog?
More Trek fun I hope.
Cheers mate!

Elephant's Child said...

I have never seen the animated series - and your posts have made me aware of just how much I missed. Thank you for the introduction and the challenge. (Another thing to track down and see...)

Anonymous said...

I... I never realize there was actually an animated series of Star Trek. I'm dumbfounded. I must find this!

Spacerguy said...

Thanks Jeffrey - Theres more Star Trek capers/news on the way!

I have to confess Star Trek TAS was a first for me too, E.C. It was fun watching the episodes in a virtual sense with fans of the show, boldly going where no trekker/trekkie has gone before.

Mark Koopmans said...

My three young boys haven't discovered Star Trek yet, so this animated series may just be the portal for a life-long adventure in shouting "...but we need more power" in a bad Scottish accent :)

The Armchair Squid said...

My reflection post is up. I hope you'll stop by. Thanks again.

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

I've enjoyed your recaps of the show. I wonder if this was one of the first animated series that really had an adult audience.
Susan Says

Susan Kane said...

Ah, dang. The animated series was one when my children were young and/or we lived over seas. When we moved back, the cartoons were off their interest level. I have really enjoyed the memories and the new cartoons (to me).

A Beer For The Shower said...

I have $14.58 in my hand right now. Where can I find this black dirt, hair, and mismatched colors?

Spacerguy said...

The Ambergris Element is one of my favourites, Mark. When the creature, Sursnake attacks the aqua-shuttle all hell breaks loose! - What is it, sir.
KIRK: We're under attack. Beam us aboard, Scotty!

Count on it! Armchair Squid.

The Flintstones which ran from 1960 to 1966 was the first, Susan but even this wasn't enough to convince the TV networks that adults watch animation. While Star Trek was one of the first, the premise "cartoons are for kids" was finally capsized with the arrival of the Simpsons.

Go go get everything at Amazon, Bryan and Brandon.

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