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.)
This weekend, I’ll be in New York, serving as best man at my friend Benjamin Birdie's wedding. This means that there will be no Hailing Frequencies Open this Friday, nor is it likely that I will update on Monday. 

in the meantime, be good to yourself and each other and may the Great Bird of the Galaxy guide you to happiness.

(There’s at least an 80% chance of me putting that last line in my toast.)

This weekend, I’ll be in New York, serving as best man at my friend Benjamin Birdie's wedding. This means that there will be no Hailing Frequencies Open this Friday, nor is it likely that I will update on Monday.

in the meantime, be good to yourself and each other and may the Great Bird of the Galaxy guide you to happiness.

(There’s at least an 80% chance of me putting that last line in my toast.)

How low was the budget on the third season of Star Trek? Low enough that they recycled footage from the cold open for “For The World Is Hollow And I Have Touched The Sky” into the beginning of the first act, two minutes later.

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Fade Into Murder
Season 6, Episode 1 (Story by Henry Garson, Teleplay by Lou Shaw and Peter S Feibelman, Directed by Bernard L Kowalski, Broadcast October 10, 1976)

I could spend hours talking about two things in this episode - the incredibly shitty shark puppet who menaces Columbo at a pier and SURPRISE WALTER KOENING out of nowhere in one scene (as “Sgt.Johnson” Sure, “My femmly is from Visconsin,” I bet). Seriously though, the shark scene contains a major continuity error, they could have chucked it with out losing anything from the story but they must’ve paid a good fourteen-fifty, maybe even fifteen bucks for that shark effect. GodDAMN, they’re gonna use it!

The Great Bard himself, Wm. Shatspeare, plays Ward Kimball, star of the popular Detective Lucerne television series and a ding-dang murderer (spoiler alert)! He also owns the world’s largest VCR, television, and clock radio. 

Shatner was on two Columbo episodes, and this is definitely the stronger of the two. His chummy rapport with Columbo is actually pretty workable,particularly with Lucerne representing precisely the kind of televison detective to whom Columbo was a response…

Listen to Team Columbo discuss this episode with guest Maggie Serota at Just One More Thing: A Columbo Podcast!

There are some really good facial expressions in “Day of the Dove.”

What.

"Spectre of the Gun" aired one day before the 87th anniversary of the Gunfight at the OK Corral.

That does not make it any better.

You mentioned getting some 1980s fan-ship design books - seeing as they're 30-year-old fanworks, they're presumably out of print. Any chance you could scan them for posterity?

They’re all oversized and weird so we’d have to see if my friends with oversized scanners are cool with me hanging out for a few hours. (But if you use Google, I guarantee you’ll see most of them.)

Hailing Frequencies Are Open! Ask Trek questions!

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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!

Favorite non-Enterprise starship design (including "unofficial" works like the Technical Manual and Spaceflight Chronology)? I'm partial to the Baton Rouge class, since the comics used it as a couple of early Kirk assignments....
Asked by tombondurant

answered this one a while back and I’m still proud of the fact I called the Excelsior the Kanye West of starships.

I recently pick up two big books of fan-designed starships from the 1980s at the Trek convention in Boston and had a bit of an epiphany: those are fan-fiction too. Highly technical, extremely nerdy fan-fiction, but definitely sprouting from the same seed that gave us stories like the one I read where Kirk’s shirt is on fire and McCoy has to take it off him and Spock uses special Vulcan “healing techniques” and then they all snuggle.

Are you reading the adaptation of Ellison's City On the Edge of Forever? What do you think?
Asked by Anonymous

It’s pretty good! It suffers from pacing that doesn’t work well for comics, but that’s because it was written for the screen and they want to keep as much of Ellison’s script in there as they can, which is understandable. I was kind of cool on Woodward’s art in the first issue — I’ve never been a fan of painted comics unless they were painted for a reason (Marvels) or willing to go surreal and do things that pencil and ink don’t do nearly as well (Elektra: Assassin) — but by the second, I got into a comfortable groove with it. 

No wonder how much Ellison tells me otherwise, I still think the episode that got aired is superior, but it’s always nice to see alternate glimpses at things.

Why do you think some people believe STAR TREK V is Shatner's attempt to glorify Kirk at everyone else's expense? Personally, I think Kirk comes off really badly in it, both in the final film and even in Shatner's early story notes. He's buffoonish, gets his ass kicked frequently, needs Spock to bail him out at least three times, and he's completely powerless to stop Sybok. If anything, it seemed like Shatner was trying to show Kirk needed Spock and McCoy and went about it the wrong way.
Asked by emeraldnebula

Those people are very silly. That is why they think that. Ignore their silliness.

Hailing Frequencies Are Open! Ask 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!

The background art that appears in the dining room scene from “Is There In Truth No Beauty?” was painted by Mike Minor, a set designer who went on to work on the aborted Star Trek: Phase II ands Star Trek: The Motion Picture before serving as the art director on Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan. The same paintings latter reappear in James T. Kirk’s quarters in other third season episodes.