The exhaustive research that author Marc Cushman performed on the original TOS production archive - to which he was granted special access by Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry and Co-Producer Robert Justman - in combination with exciting first hand accounts obtained over decades in interviews with the actors and production crew on the show led to hundreds of new revelations and anecdotes about the making of Star Trek that caused the Season One book to be universally heralded as "the new bible" on TOS. Billy Heller in a New York Post review predicted "Trek fans will die and get beamed up to heaven". Kevin Lauderdale of Author Magazine called the Season One effort "entertaining and informative in more ways than there are stars in the cosmos." And, acting entirely on his own initiative after thoroughly enjoying his copy of the first book, legendary Star Trek actor Leonard Nimoy felt compelled to reach out to author Marc Cushman and offer his own words of commendation. Nimoy stated that "the level of research is astounding .. an incredible job" and said he believed the book possessed "a tremendous amount of good information." Truly a remarkable compliment - coming from none other than Mr. Spock himself!
Yet as difficult as it might be to imagine, authors Marc Cushman and Susan Osborn have actually raised the bar a notch and surpassed the high standards that they demonstrated in the creation of the first book, with an unparalleled and thoroughly riveting account of the making of Season Two in this new and historic volume! Fans will be captivated again by the hundreds of new insights from previously unreported historical records and interviews; and they will not want to put down this engrossing narrative that places them in the Original Series offices and on the Desilu sound stages while their most beloved Star Trek episodes are filmed. And yes - the treasures that readers so enjoyed in the first book, such as the extensive reprints of memos from the likes of Roddenberry, Coon and Fontana as well as those famous Justman compositions - to chart the evolution of the storylines throughout the season - are still present, along with all the Neilsen ratings for all of the second year broadcasts, which are presented for the first time anywhere! But added to the chronicle of events is a dramatic and enlightening account of how the constant threat of imminent cancellation overshadowed the series throughout the season, and how the fans of TOS went to war against NBC - a first in the history of television - in an effort to save the series. Imagine how the actors felt, repeatedly showing up for the filming of different episodes during the year and not knowing if that would be the last time that they would portray their now-familiar characters! This second volume documents the story of how mounting financial pressures caused Lucille Ball to lose her cherished studio, and describes with new clarity the events behind Gene Coon's falling out with Gene Roddenberry - which ultimately forced Coon to leave the Star Trek production. And then there is the dramatic account of how Leonard Nimoy almost decided to quit TOS as well! With the powers that be actively involved in developing contingency plans if the need should arise to replace him! All of this turmoil unfolding over the course of the season only served to heighten the already tremendous pressures exerted on the dedicated Original Series creative team that strived to produce high quality and meaningful episodes while operating on what many would consider an ever tightening and insufficient budget!
Readers that felt captivated by the first season's narrative will be completely enthralled by the ever-increasing drama witnessed as the story of Season Two is presented in this new volume of "These Are The Voyages - TOS". Marc Cushman has once again "captured lightning in a bottle" with his brilliant work on this historic and fitting companion to last year's landmark publication! An entertaining foreword penned by none other than the legendary Walter Koenig - who joined the recurring Star Trek cast as Mr. Chekov at the start of season two; as well as an impressive selection of hundreds of rare behind-the-scenes photos round out "These Are The Voyages - TOS: Season Two" and help to firmly enshrine this book series as the finest and most important written history of Star Trek ever produced.
And now, with special thanks to Marc Cushman and the outstanding team at Jacobs Brown Press for their very gracious permission to present the following, please enjoy an exclusive excerpt from book two on the making of the episode "Metamorphosis" ...
Note: This excerpt is a partial, edited section of Chapter 4. Each episode of the original Star Trek series is given a chapter of its own, running anywhere from 10 to 20 pages, tracing the production from script development, through filming, to editing and post optical work, to first NBC broadcast, with Neilsen ratings, vintage reviews and fan letters.
Filmed May 11 (1/2
day), 12, 15, 16, 17, 18 & 19 (1/2
(6 day production; total cost: $198,493)
|Kelley purposely blows a line to get a reaction out of Shatner. Note Nimoy, to the right, losing it.|
|Day 4, filming The Companion's attack on Kirk and Spock|
|Day 5. One half-day behind, trying to finish in Cochrane's house|
|Matt Jefferies sketch of Cochrane's hut|
|Day 5. Cochrane summons The Companion|
|Glenn Corbett between takes|
|Director Ralph Senensky|
|The famous barbeque lunches that Elinor Donahue remembered so well|