Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Roddenberry Vault: Week 5 - Creating the Trekverse

Throughout 2016 the Roddenberry Facebook page will be posting artefacts from their archives, including behind the scenes documents, production artwork, and photos. Dubbed the Roddenberry Vault, there will be new posts every day, some times multiples. To make sure you don't miss any of these insightful glimpses into the production of Star Trek, I will be posting weekly summaries.

In the fifth week's worth of posts we've had another wide ranging selection of posts, including a fascinating insight into the changes between the pilot episodes, and snapshots from several different episodes.

Day twenty-nine took up onto the set of Amok Time, with multiple images of Kirk, Spock and McCoy. Day thirty also comes from Amok Time, but this time in the form of a still from a slide.


We get another dip into Spock's family situation on day thirty-one, in another selection of images from Journey to Babel.


Day thirty-two was the most interesting one of the week for me, a letter from Gene Roddenberry to Jeffrey Hunter (aka Captain Pike) discussing the actor's decision not to return after the pilot episode, and fielding the idea of what would become The Menagerie, the two-parter that incorporated the footage hot for The Cage.


Day thirty-three is another document, the script for The Galileo Seven. As a longer document this one was hosted in full on the Roddenberry website.

Day thirty-four was another slide, this time Commander Kang from The Day of the Dove.

The final shot of the week was Gene Roddenberry himself, apparently pictured with an NBC executive.


Make sure you follow the Roddenberry Facebook page to catch posts as they come out each day. And be sure to click through to the original posts to check out more images and join the discussions. The Roddenberry page is pretty active on other fronts too, so if you want to find your way back to previous Vault posts, then scanning back through my weekly summary articles might be a bit easier; you can find all of them under my Roddenberry Vault label.



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