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.)

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.

The Japanese title for “The Tholian Web” is “Crisis of Captain Kirk, Who Was Thrown into Different-Dimensional Space,” which we can all agree is far superior to the original.

Why am I friends with you, Neil?

Arlene Martel, who portrayed one of the most important guest characters featured in an episode of Star Trek: The Original Series, passed away on August 12 after a heart attack. She played T’Pring, Spock’s betrothed, in the fan-favorite “Amok Time.”

"My performance, I think, holds up quite well, especially visually," she continued. "I didn’t have that much to say, but I think you see me and my reactions, and my presence is felt. Looking at it, I can see why they cast me in that role," Martel said to StarTrek.com in 2010.

In addition to Star Trek, she also appeared on The Outer Limits, The Twilight Zone, Knot’s Landing, Battlestar Galactica and even in the fan film Star Trek: Of Gods and Men.

Ms. Martel was either 78 or 80, depending on the source.

Very excited about this:
Creature Features Publishing presents a legendary, long-lost Making-Of movie book: Return To Tomorrow: The Filming of Star Trek: The Motion Picture by Preston Neal Jones.

Return To Tomorrow is a stunningly detailed and candid oral history, going behind the scenes of one of the most famous films not only in Star Trek history, but all of science fiction and cinema.

In 1979, Preston Neal Jones was given unparalleled access to the cast and creators of Star Trek: The Motion Picture for what was intended to be a cover story for Cinefantastique magazine. Owing to the late completion of the film and ambitious scope of the manuscript, it was never published—until now.

Get more details and order your own copy at CreatureFeatures.com
Very excited about this:

Creature Features Publishing presents a legendary, long-lost Making-Of movie book: Return To Tomorrow: The Filming of Star Trek: The Motion Picture by Preston Neal Jones.

Return To Tomorrow is a stunningly detailed and candid oral history, going behind the scenes of one of the most famous films not only in Star Trek history, but all of science fiction and cinema.

In 1979, Preston Neal Jones was given unparalleled access to the cast and creators of Star Trek: The Motion Picture for what was intended to be a cover story for Cinefantastique magazine. Owing to the late completion of the film and ambitious scope of the manuscript, it was never published—until now.

Get more details and order your own copy at CreatureFeatures.com

kevinchurch:

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 this original Stuart Immonen/Josef Rubenstein Superman art. Yes, really. I will give this to one lucky winner. I’ll pay for the shipping (within the US — international people might have to kick in a few bucks) and everything. 

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.

This is a local nonprofit I heartily endorseHorizons 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.

kevinchurch:

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 this original Stuart Immonen/Josef Rubenstein Superman art. Yes, really. I will give this to one lucky winner. I’ll pay for the shipping (within the US — international people might have to kick in a few bucks) and everything.

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.

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.

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.

teamcolumbo:

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.)