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.)

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.

Kobayashi Maru. You're in the captain's chair. How would you handle the situation?
Asked by Anonymous

Vodka and cranberry and “let’s warp the hell out of here.”

Are there any comic book properties that you think TREK could cross over with and not feel mismatched to? I found the match-ups with the X-Men to be completely ridiculous, and I don't think TREK and superheroes in general mix. Maybe a non-superhero property might work, or do you think TREK should just stay its own thing comics-wise?
Asked by emeraldnebula

First of all, if you’ve not read Chris Roberson and company’s Star Trek/Legion Of Superheroesdo that right now.

There’s a handful of other properties that I could see working: Judge Dredd might be interesting. In those comics, terrible methods are used for good cause, which I can definitely see working as a foil to Star Trek’s liberal ideas.

If you wanted to do big exploration, though, I could probably outline Fantastic Four/Star Trek in about ten minutes, starting with V’Ger’s emergence into the 616 Marvel Universe after the events of Star Trek: The Motion Picture and ending with Galactus looming over Starfleet Headquarters, holding a knife and a fork in each hand.

I apologize for the re-casting question. In my excitement I failed to realize said question was, in fact, naive and stupid.
Asked by Anonymous

Who do you think built the Doomsday Machine?
You've been picked to personally re-cast TOS's main characters. Who would play who?
Asked by Anonymous

Hailing Frequencies Open.


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!

The writers room had a problem with the outline of “By Any Other Name” — how were they going to eliminate the crew of the Enterprise for the sake of the plot? Turns out Gene Roddenberry had a solution literally in his hands. While talking to the writers about the conundrum, the Great Bird was playing with an onyx dodecahedron that DC Fontana had given him and inspiration struck.

The Nazi Party’s headquarters in “Patterns of Force” are actually Paramount Pictures’ offices, including the building from which Lucille Ball ran Desilu. Paramount’s offices also served as locations in “Assignment: Earth” and the newsreel featured in “Bread and Circuses.”

The Nazi Party’s headquarters in “Patterns of Force” are actually Paramount Pictures’ offices, including the building from which Lucille Ball ran Desilu. Paramount’s offices also served as locations in “Assignment: Earth” and the newsreel featured in “Bread and Circuses.”

Still, “Return To Tomorrow”

Still, “Return To Tomorrow”

Delaware TV Station To FCC: Star Trek Re-Runs Address Local Community Issues

This is a good piece from TrekMovie about how a TV station in Delaware is using Star Trek reruns as a way of adhering to the FCC’s requirements when it comes to community programming.

Taking a week away from this Tumblr. 

Americans: Have a good, safe and happy holiday this weekend!

Rest of the world: you should take some time off, too. You look beat.

Taking a week away from this Tumblr.

Americans: Have a good, safe and happy holiday this weekend!

Rest of the world: you should take some time off, too. You look beat.