The second assistant director kept the set running on seasons two and three.
The diorama is detailed, accurate and you can pick one up fairly cheaply, and it represents both William Shatner’s professionalism and a sad time in his life.
The episode is widely disliked, so you probably haven’t seen it in a while. I encourage you to watch it again. It’s not hippies and bouncy songs. It’s a mass murderer and his enthralled gang.
Ruth Berman takes us into Leonard Nimoy’s office, costumer Bill Theiss reveals the placemat origins of the Elasian costumes, and there’s a strange bit about a warm Gorn.
It took two days to make Spock’s ears and 90 minutes to get Nimoy all the way into them. Issue 2 of Inside Star Trek featured makeup man Fred Phillips and art by modeler Greg Jein.
This is the best Star Trek poster I have ever seen. It’s big, it’s quirky, it’s a good likeness and you were supposed to cut them up, so that’s cool. Mine is also signed by Leonard Nimoy and William Shatner.
The Inside Star Trek newsletter is an invaluable source for Star Trek’s early voices. Issue 1 detailed William Shatner’s busy schedule, told us about searching through studio garbage and shared a made-up story about the Vulcan IDIC medallion.
Henry Fonda kicked off a dispute over a beer ad that almost kept Spock from appearing in The Motion Picture.
Leonard Nimoy used his celebrity to encourage others to quit smoking. He signed this American Cancer Society poster for me in 2006. And then, weirdly, Shatner signed it too.