Welcome! As part of its ongoing mission to document the Art and Production History of Star Trek, this site will present technical articles on Star Trek prop and costume authentication - focusing on The Original Series - with detailed photos and episode screenshots to complement the information presented; as well as feature pictorials to showcase Star Trek memorabilia in private & public collections, present rare Behind The Scenes TOS imagery & discuss other topics.
Gerald Gurian is a 40+ year collector of screen used Star Trek memorabilia and a passionate fan of TOS
- Star Trek TOS At Auction Part I - Gurian Collection Highlights - Greg Jein TOS Hero Type II Phaser
-Authenticating a TOS Communicator -6 Myths About Star Trek Prop Design -Star Trek 3rd Season Command Tunic
- Design Features of TOS Tricorders -Star Trek Props At National Air & Space - TOS Leatherette Tricorder
- TOS Federation Sciences Dress -Desilu Studio TOS Prop Fabrication - Unreleased Allen/Gurian Prop Photos
- The Beautiful Women of TOS Part I -TOS U.S.S. Enterprise 11' Filming Model - Captain Kirk's Chair from TOS
- Spock Ears -TOS Control Panels & Displays - Mr. Spock's Science Station
- TOS Soundstage at Desilu -TOS Shatner Romulan Pants - The Beautiful Women of TOS Pt. II
- TOS Galileo Shuttlecraft -Greg Jein TOS Cage Laser Pistol - TOS 3rd Season Midgrade Type II Phaser
- Dr. McCoy's Sickbay on TOS -TOS Balok Puppet Head - Captain Kirk "Mirror, Mirror" Tunic
- Greg Jein TOS Hero Tricorder -1992 Smithsonian TOS Cast Video - TOS 1st Season Command Tunic
- TOS "Where No Man" Silver Contact Lenses -TOS Special Effects: The Transporter - The Art of Matt Jefferies
- TOS "Space Seed" Gold Mesh Jumpsuit -Gorn Costume from "Arena" - Rare TOS Behind-the-Scenes Videos
- TOS Stunt Type II Phaser -1993 Bill Theiss Estate Auction - TOS Shatner Command Dress Tunic
- TOS Elasian Royal Guard Tunic -TOS Finnegan Silver "Shore Leave" Tunic - TOS Science Officer Tunic "The Cage"
- TOS Shatner Early 1st Season Command Tunic -William Shatner TOS Tunics At Auction - TOS Shatner Late 1st Season Command Tunic

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Absolutely Hilarious Video Review of Star Trek XI by The Onion

Below is a must see video from the comedic Onion News Network, www.theonion.com, that reports how diehard Star Trek fans are up in arms because the new Abrams film is so exceptionally well done and will certainly be a huge box office success.

Some sample excerpts from this hilarious video:

"Early reviews are calling it a delightful action adventure movie and a sure fire hit ... no wonder the fans feel betrayed here"

"Fans were angry that the Klingons dialogue was subtitled because it allows the Klingons to be understood by people who haven't studied the imaginary language for years"

"Apparently there isn't even one scene set at a long table in which interstellar diplomacy is debated in endless detail"

For the record, I saw the new film in IMAX on May 7th at the starting 7:00 pm showtime and am totally overwhelmed with this release. It was an outstanding production, certainly ranking as one of the best Star Trek movies of all time, with exceptional acting by all of the new cast and truly standout performances from Chris Pine and Karl Urban - who masterfully captured the essence of Dr. McCoy in his portrayal. It was as if the spirit of DeForest Kelley was present in the theatre. The movie is filled with many honorary nods to The Original Series, some in the form of often repeated catch phrases (from McCoy and Scotty) or familiar mannerisms (from Kirk) and some in the use of memorable sound sequences to accompany the on-screen action. We see the return of Sulu's fencing skills and even the brief screen appearance of a Tribble. For those who haven't followed the past exploits of Kirk and crew or viewed the other series in the franchise - that should in no way detract from their ability to fully enjoy this captivating adventure marked by brilliant special effects from Industrial Light and Magic. Given that 43 years have passed since the inception of TOS, no fan of the Original Series could think of the roles of Kirk, Spock, McCoy and the rest of the Bridge crew as being anything other than "owned" by Shatner, Nimoy, and Kelley, etc.; yet the new actors have greatly exceeded my expectations and have truly made outstanding headway in defining new dimensions to a set of well known, beloved characters at an earlier phase in the development of these roles than when they were introduced to the audience as a seasoned crew in TOS. It will be exciting to see how the franchise evolves after this success!

And now, a reminder from The Onion that we should never take ourselves too seriously ...