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.)

"Spock’s Brain" was the first episode of Star Trek's third season. It was also the last one directed by Marc Daniels, who had directed fourteen previous installments, including “The Man Trap,” “The Doomsday Machine” and “Space Seed,” He would later write the Star Trek: The Animated Series episode “One Of Our Planets Is Missing.”

Dr. Leonard McCoy by Kyle Starks. I got this as a bonus when I contributed to the Kickstarter for the funny, surprisingly moving 80s movie pastiche Sexcastle, which you can now order.

Dr. Leonard McCoy by Kyle Starks. I got this as a bonus when I contributed to the Kickstarter for the funny, surprisingly moving 80s movie pastiche Sexcastle, which you can now order.

allisontype:

OMG! How great is this Star Trek bonnet by @PennyStarrJr?!!
Amazing!
Get thee to her Etsy store pronto! Engage!

allisontype:

OMG! How great is this Star Trek bonnet by @PennyStarrJr?!!

Amazing!

Get thee to her Etsy store pronto! Engage!

In the briefing room scene near the end of the first act of “Assignment Earth,” Spock says: "There will be an important assassination today, an equally dangerous government coup in Asia, and, this could be highly critical, the launching of an orbital nuclear warhead platform by the United States, countering a similar launch by other powers."

"Assignment Earth" was first aired on March 29, 1968. Six days later, Martin Luther King, Jr was assassinated by James Earl Ray. On that same day (April 4, 1968), NASA launched the unmanned Apollo 6 rocket, which suffered a serious mishap in flight and flew wildly off-course, just like the Saturn V featured in the episode.

thisistheverge:

Morning boot up

thisistheverge:

Morning boot up

(Source: generic-art)

Re: post/92141912555 I'm monosexual but I know there's a hell of a lot more to LGBPQA+ rights than rights for gay people. And trans people ARE born the gender we ID as. Same as cis people.

I’m sorry I didn’t phrase things in a manner clear enough for you to understand than I am 100% for human rights in every way, shape, form and fashion. Honestly, the language and semantics around gender and the like are an entirely-new minefield for me to navigate and I’m sorry if I’ve offended anyone by not being inclusive or by using incorrect terminology.

Do you think that if Trek were to transition back to Television that if they would amend their portrayal of sexuality and gender? While being ground breaking at the time, Trek's treatment of women was still highly questionable. The lack of questioning Janeway's commands make her seem like a despot at time. Trek treated nearly everyone as being bipolar (M/F) in regards to gender. There were no homosexual characters, though there were actors! (Takei Rocks!)
Asked by albdamned

The simple answer is: yes.

The slightly more complex answer is: yes and I hope it’s not an issue at all in the show. If a member of the crew is trans, great, that’s not the story. If a member of the crew was queer, great, that’s not the story. The story can involve the way the love, their gender, etc, but it shouldn’t be any more of an issue in the day-to-day operation of a starship than whether or not someone is black or has green blood.

Don’t get me wrong; I don’t want marginalization, but I do hope that by 2260 or whenever, we’re not making what a person is the point story, but who they are and what they do. We’ve been making remarkable strides in the last decade for gay rights, despite the screeching of a very vocal minority, and it looks like trans rights are the next big step for us. By the time James T. Kirk sits it the center seat, it shouldn’t matter whether or not anyone on the bridge was born with the gender they currently have.

(It should be noted that I am a cis hetero white male so I should probably be told to shut the fuck up when it comes to deciding how people should be portrayed on TV.)

Hailing frequencies are open today, so ask questions, get answers!

I'm not sure if you've done this before, but can you do a post showing all the different trek uniform patches?
Asked by Anonymous

Hailing Frequencies Open! Ask your 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!

From Bizarro Comics
2299comic:

THE FUTURE IS NOW. 11 stories. 82 pages. $2.
Available now on Gumroad.

It’s here.

Not Trek related but I wrote a story for this with art by Jordan Witt, so maybe you want to check it out? Yes?

2299comic:

THE FUTURE IS NOW. 11 stories. 82 pages. $2.

Available now on Gumroad.

It’s here.

Not Trek related but I wrote a story for this with art by Jordan Witt, so maybe you want to check it out? Yes?

Here, I fixed this scene from “Bread and Circuses” for you Tumblr types.

Stills, “Bread and Circuses”

The story for “The Ultimate Computer” was written by Laurence N. Wolfe, whose career as a mathematician led to his fascination with computing technology. His initial outline focused on Dr. Daystrom and the M-5 unit, almost entirely excluding the crew of the Enterprise. D.C. Fontana, seeing an opportunity for a good story from such clunky beginnings, focused on how James T. Kirk reacts to a computer that could theoretically do his job for him and his fear of being replaced.

Producer Robert Justman wrote a long, very detailed memo to Gene Roddenberry about the many flaws in his script for  “The Omega Glory” but opted to not send it for fear of hurting the other’s feelings. Instead, he made a few suggestions in a meeting, but “…as anyone who has seen the episode knows, it didn’t do much good,” Justman reported in Inside Star Trek: The Real Story.

Producer Robert Justman wrote a long, very detailed memo to Gene Roddenberry about the many flaws in his script for “The Omega Glory” but opted to not send it for fear of hurting the other’s feelings. Instead, he made a few suggestions in a meeting, but “…as anyone who has seen the episode knows, it didn’t do much good,” Justman reported in Inside Star Trek: The Real Story.