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.

He is on Twitter (and Facebook, but he doesn't particularly like it, so don't stalk him.)

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.)

"Elaan Of Troyius" is the only episode of the Star Trek franchise to be written and directed by the same person, John Meredyth Lucas.

"The Lights of Zetar" was co-written with Lewis’s husband, Jeremy Tarcher and she had multiple professional acting credits to her name when she sold the script. Calling her "just" a fan seems oddly diminishing, even if her only other writing credits were for episodes of her own show.

"The Lights of Zetar" was co-written with Lewis’s husband, Jeremy Tarcher and she had multiple professional acting credits to her name when she sold the script. Calling her "just" a fan seems oddly diminishing, even if her only other writing credits were for episodes of her own show.

"The Empath" was written by Star Trek devotee Joyce Muskat, who was one of a very select group of fans who were managed to sell scripts to the show. (The others were David Gerrold, Judy Burns, and Jean Lisette Aroeste.) Robert Justman read her unsolicited screenplay, then titled “The Answerer,” and liked it enough to recommend it go to production, making it her only professional television credit.

Front and back cover for The Trellisane Confrontation, 1984

This moment in “Wink of an Eye” is the only time that a Starfleet phaser’s beam was ever colored green. Maybe that’s why JTK looks so baffled in the last image?

boomerstarkiller67:

Starships from the Star Trek Spaceflight Chronology Manual - art by Rick Sternbach (1980)

I’ve had a copy of this sitting on my shelf forever but I’m really worried about cracking its spine for scans. I should find a beater from eBay and give you guys some starship porn. It was one of my favorites as a kid.

A dubious Star Trek V scene inspired a dubious product tie-in

Let’s be honest, though: The point of the Star Trek V: The Final Frontier Kraft Marshmallow Dispenser isn’t to dispense marshmallows. It’s a collectible, made at the time for people obsessed with the ephemera of their favorite science-fiction franchise—and bought today off auction sites by people who think said ephemera is hilariously dumb. The dispenser was undoubtedly the result of someone in Paramount Pictures’ product-placement division thinking, “There are so few brand names in the Star Trek universe. How can we make some extra money from this film? Call Kraft!”
heck-yeah-old-tech:

The “Star Trek: Strategic Operations Simulator” overlay for the stock Atari 2600 joystick. I’ve never seen one since it wasn’t necessary for gameplay and half the people who played the game weren’t using stock Atari sticks.

heck-yeah-old-tech:

The “Star Trek: Strategic Operations Simulator” overlay for the stock Atari 2600 joystick. I’ve never seen one since it wasn’t necessary for gameplay and half the people who played the game weren’t using stock Atari sticks.

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"Maiden Wine," the song that Spock sings in "Plato’s Stepchildren," was composed by Leonard Nimoy.

The more I look at that promotional image for Downton Abbey's fifth season, the more anachronisms jump out at me.

The more I look at that promotional image for Downton Abbey's fifth season, the more anachronisms jump out at me.

kevinchurch:

Hey! This is an important update to the 2014 Kevin Church Birthday Fundraiser To Help Kids To Read Good! Please read and donate! Thank you!

Okay, we’ve had two days of me begging for money and you ogling the art and it’s time to kick things up a notch with more art, this time featuring Rocket Raccoon and a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle, as rendered by Calamity Jon Morris.

These two excellent pieces (which will be raffled off individually) join a page of original Superman comic book art by Stuart Immonen and Josef Rubenstein, an all-new sketch of Superman by Stuart (done with Copic markers on Stillman and Birn Zeta series extra heavyweight 270gsm plate finish 8.5” x 11”) and a 9”x12” commission by Tom Fowler (no art direction, you pick the character, he does the rest) as prizes in the 2014 Kevin Church Birthday Fundraiser To Help Kids To Read Good.

So, how does the 2014 Kevin Church Birthday Fundraiser To Help Kids To Read Good work?

All you have to do to qualify for a chance to win is donate $5 or more to one of the charities featured below before 11:59PM on August 18 and then forward your receipt to kevin.church@gmail.com after you’ve donated. You can choose any of these projects, or all of them. I don’t care. If you want to make a note during your donation that it’s for my birthday fundraiser, that would be nice, but it’s not at all necessary.

Winners will be chosen on the evening of Tuesday, August 19 and announced later in the week (We might be videoing the raffle portion, maybe? I need to talk to some people.)

Now, for the charities we’re raising money for this year.

This is a local nonprofit I heartily endorse
Horizons for Homeless Children is, as their website explains, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of young homeless children and their families by ensuring that they are prepared for school success. They do terrific work in the local area and I’ve donated what I can to them in the past.

I also like these projects on DonorsChoose.org:
Check This Out! at Frances J Warren Elementary School in Tuscon, AZ, serving underprivileged kids in a very poor district with a wide variety books to help them discover how great reading can be. As of 8 on Saturday morning, this had $421 to go.

Notebooks for Writing at Mosaic Prep Academy in New York City, giving kids access to the very basics that will help them start creating worlds for themselves. As of 8 on Saturday morning, this had $833 to go.

More Books For Our Classroom Library in Gautier, MS, offering up literary options that will engage kids and let them learn how great reading can be. As of 8 on Saturday morning, this had $677 to go.

Creating a Classroom of Readers and Writers at James Bilhartz Junior Elementary School in Dallas, TX, helping fourth-graders get the basics to help them organize, read and write about library books. As of 8 on Saturday morning, this had $837 to go.

Developing a True Multicultural Perspective through Literature in Atlanta, GA, teaching teens about the world at large through works that offer alternative perspectives on our world. As of 8 on Saturday morning, this had $930 to go.

Please note: if you are a comics creator who would like to donate a book or original art or a commission or something to this effort, please let me know at kevin.church@gmail.com. I’d love to get some more incentives in place for donations.

Do you want there to be another series? If so, what century?

If I can’t get a TOS-style series with the current movie cast, I want a present-day Gary Seven series. I’ve mentioned it before, but he’s basically “What if Doctor Who was as awesome as Tumblr wants him to be?”

Not so much a question, just thinking about the differences in the sacrifices of Commodore Decker (Doomsday Machine) and his son Captain Decker (TMP). They're both very reflective of their times, with the Commodore going Captain Ahab and sacrificing himself for guilt and revenge and his son sacrificing himself for love in a far more 70's New Age kind of way. Reflects Roddenberry's evolution, too. Cpt. Decker would fit right into TNG, his Dad fits in the post-WWII tropes of many TOS eps.
Asked by fromrobtrev

Those are  good observations and thanks for writing in! I’d never thought of how the the Deckers’ sacrifices represented how masculinity and storytelling had been viewed through Roddenberry’s eyes and that’s definitely some food for thought. (Personally, I prefer TOS-Roddenberry more as conflict drives story, but I have a huge soft spot for TMP as it’s an actual damn science fiction movie.)

My favorite thing about Will Decker is that if you look sideways at him and Ilia, you see Riker and Troi. Like, dude barely bothered changing names for the characters.

Hailing Frequencies Open! Ask Your Star Trek Questions!


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!

Not Star Trek, but something very important to me, as I am Kevin Church and my birthday is on Monday, etc.

kevinchurch:

NOTE! A VERY IMPORTANT UPDATE TO THE 2014 KEVIN CHURCH BIRTHDAY FUNDRAISER TO HELP KIDS TO READ GOOD IS INCLUDED IN THIS POST.

Next Monday is my birthday and, as I’ve done in previous years, I’m doing a fundraiser for classrooms and deserving charities. This year, since I’m turning FORTY on August 18, I’m going to go really big and offer up a piece of my personal comics art collection to one lucky donor, chosen randomly. That’s it up there.

The rules are simple: if you give $5 or more, you’ll be entered to win a piece of original Stuart Immonen/Josef Rubenstein Superman art or an all-new piece of Superman art by Stuart (Copic markers on Stillman and Birn Zeta series extra heavyweight 270gsm plate finish 8.5” x 11”) or a 9”x12” commission by Tom Fowler (no art direction, you pick the character, he does the rest!)

Yes, really. These are things that are being given away to three lucky winners. I’ll pay for the shipping (within the US and Canada — international people might have to kick in a few bucks) and everything; you just have to donate.

So, how does this work?

All you have to do to qualify for a chance to win is forward your receipt to kevin.church@gmail.com after you’ve donated. You can choose any of these projects, or all of them. I don’t care. If you want to make a note during your donation that it’s for my birthday fundraiser, that would be nice, but it’s not at all necessary.

A winner will be chosen at noon on Tuesday, August 19th, giving you all through my birthday to give a few bucks to help kids.

Now, for the charities we’re raising money for this year.

This is a local nonprofit I heartily endorse
Horizons for Homeless Children is, as their website explains, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of young homeless children and their families by ensuring that they are prepared for school success. They do terrific work in the local area and I’ve donated what I can to them in the past.

I also like these projects on DonorsChoose.org:
Check This Out! at Frances J Warren Elementary School in Tuscon, AZ, serving underprivileged kids in a very poor district with a wide variety books to help them discover how great reading can be.

Notebooks for Writing at Mosaic Prep Academy in New York City, giving kids access to the very basics that will help them start creating worlds for themselves.

More Books For Our Classroom Library in Gautier, MS, offering up literary options that will engage kids and let them learn how great reading can be.

Creating a Classroom of Readers and Writers at James Bilhartz Junior Elementary School in Dallas, TX, helping fourth-graders get the basics to help them organize, read and write about library books.

Developing a True Multicultural Perspective through Literature in Atlanta, GA, teaching teens about the world at large through works that offer alternative perspectives on our world.

Please note: if you are a comics creator who would like to donate a book or original art or a commission or something to this effort, please let me know at kevin.church@gmail.com. I’d love to get some more incentives in place for donations.