They Boldly Went is a tumblr dedicated to Star Trek: The Original Series, featuring photos, videos, art, books, reference material, comics and very (very) occasional looks at the reimagining helmed by J.J. Abrams and company. We welcome questions and do our best to answer them.

It is maintained by Kevin Church, who writes comics, occasionally talks about other people's work, takes pictures and does internet marketing for hire.

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In addition to They Boldly Went, Kevin also maintains the Agreeable Comics tumblr, which acts as an adjunct to his small publishing concern and Disco Potential, which focuses on disco, house and synthpop music.

If you enjoy this blog, you may wish to check out Boldly Gone, an irregularly-updated Star Trek webcomic, written by Kevin and drawn by Bruce McCorkindale.

(Yes, Kevin likes talking about himself in the third person.)

Front and back covers for the first printing of Death’s Angel, the last Bantam-published Star Trek novel, released in April of 1981. The cover painting was by Bob Larkin, a noted illustrator most famous for his work on covers for Marvel’s magazine-format comics such as Planet of the Apes and The Deadly Hands of Kung-Fu.

An ad from Starlog 13.

An ad from Starlog 13.

As a marketing tie-in with Paramount, Rainbo Bread (along with three other brands: Colonial, Kilpatrick and Manor) issued a condensed version of the Topps trading cards for Star Trek: The Motion Picture. With every loaf of bread you bought, you got a random card. To get a whole set, you had to buy 33 loaves of bread and be very lucky. Thankfully, whole sets occasionally pop up on eBay and at dealer’s tables at conventions.

The bakery cards are different from the Topps set in a few minor ways. The most obvious is that puzzle pieces are replaced with full cast shots or random factoids picked up from other Topps cards that weren’t included in the set.

(I won’t scan the whole set; there’s just not that much that’s interesting about them outside of the branding. Also: scanning trading cards is annoying and tiresome, even with Photoshop’s “Crop and Straighten” function. Yes, I know how much of a whiner that makes me. You can see them all here if you’re super-interested.)

This bit from “Turnabout Intruder” was the final scene shot for Star Trek. If NBC had taken the option to film two more episodes, the twenty-sixth would have been directed by William Shatner. Instead, the crew was actually dismantling sets that weren’t being used while the last episode was filming.

"All Our Yesterdays" is the only episode of Star Trek that does not feature any interior shots onboard the Enterprise.

Continuity question. The four species meeting in "Journey to Babel" are the founders of the Federation, but was that established in the TOS episode or something that came up later on?
Asked by Anonymous

That was always part of the assumed canon from that episode forward, but was codified in the Enterprise episode “United,” which featured Humans, Vulcans, Tellarites and Andorians uniting against the threat of a Romulan drone ship. They formed the Coalition of Planets, which begat the Federation in the series finale.

You mentioned "The Savage Curtain" being Nichols' last episode (which I never really realized having never sat and watched in order for some reason). Is there a particular reason you know of for her not being in the last two episodes? "All Our Yesterdays" is really a three-hander so I would get that (and she's lucky to have avoided "Turnabout Intruder") but I hadn't ever noticed or heard a story about her leaving a couple of episodes early.
Asked by Anonymous

I don’t think there’s any real story there, really. The third season was rife with budget cuts and putting an extra in a chair versus a featured performer who wouldn’t be necessary probably saved a sizeable chunk of money for the production. 

i recently read the book Spock's World and really enjoyed it, can you suggest some others that are like it?
Asked by Anonymous

Anything Trek-related by Diane Duane is superior tie-in fiction. Start with The Wounded Sky and then read the Rihannsu novels, which have been conveniently collected in an omnibusThe Romulan Way, from the latter series of books, is a fantastic companion to Spock’s World, showing the opposite view of certain events. I also really recommend Diane Carey’s Final Frontier and Best Destiny for similar historical sweep, along with the completely-out-of-continuity-now Federation and Strangers From The SkyAlso, Sarek is really good even if I can do without the Peter Kirk storyline.

Hailing Frequencies Open! Ask Trek Questions Today!

The communications officer is standing by for our regular Friday feature, Hailing Frequencies Open. Just use the Tumblr Ask function and send in your Star Trek questions, commentary, etc! I’ll pick the best of the bunch and respond to them!

Before you write in, though, you might want to check out the Trek Answers archive to see if your query has been addressed already!

Cover and select interior pages from “Planet Ecnal’s Dilemma,” a Star Trek coloring book from 1978.

Cover and select interior illustrations from 1968’s Mission To Horatius, the first official Star Trek novel, written by Mack Reynolds with art by by Sparky Moore.

A Star Trek greeting card from 1974. They just don’t make birthday cards with phasers in them anymore, do they?


Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country. French lobby card. French theatrical release 1992


Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country. French lobby card. French theatrical release 1992

"The Savage Curtain" marks Nichelle Nichols’s final appearance on Star Trek. She would later return to voice Uhura on Star Trek: The Animated Series and appear as the character in the first six Star Trek films.

The city of Stratos from “The Cloud Minders” was built directly from the pictured rough sketch by Matt Jeffries. It was constructed from green foam that had been cut and shaped into the appropriate shapes with X-acto knives and glued together. Cotton was then added to the bottom of the finished model and it was hung from the ceiling.