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Some Amazing And Rare Behind The Scenes Shots From The Original STAR TREK Series!!


Merrick here...

I found the following on Robert Meyer Burnett's Facebook page.  Burnett was, by the way, two days away from filming his sequel to FREE ENTERPRISE - subtitled THE WRATH OF SHATNER - when financing for the project imploded.  If you've never seen the progenitor picture, it's available on Netflix or HERE on Amazon and its charming as hell.  In all probability, if you're reading this article, you'll find at least a bit of yourself in FREE ENTERPRISE and should definitely take a look.  And its sequel?  Want.  Need.  For the love of God, someone make it happen.  

A scene from the first movie...


But all of this is digression . On his Facebook profile, Burnett  linked out to a piece at io9.  io9, it seems, pointed to the Flicker stream of "Bird of the Galaxy" (Tom Redlaw), who has amassed a formidable collection of behind the scenes images from the original STAR TREK television series.  

Most (if not all) of these images are rare, a few of them I've chanced across previously but not frequently, and some of them I've never, ever before seen.  And they are, if you'll excuse the term, fascinating.  Here's a sampling...



Unused transporter effect.  Would LOVE to see this in motion. 



Tholian from "The Tholian Web" - sans distortion and background.  


The same Tholian, with (foil) background and lighted eyes now in place. 


Khan's Botany Bay beside Enterprise...


There are many more shots  - like this Balok on a Stick...

...which is kinda like Sausage on a Stick, but First Federationier.  This is a prop from "The Corbomite Maneuver." 

You can check out all of these, and more, HERE.  These BTS shots are  amazing and magical if you're as hopelessly in love with the original TREK series as I am.   Even if you're just a casual fan, there's some tremendously interesting and insightful stuff to peruse.  Take a look.  


While I'm at it, here's an unrelated video demonstrating how Transporter effects are created.  interesting.  


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  • March 5, 2012, 1:05 p.m. CST


    by RedLeaderStandingBy

  • March 5, 2012, 1:05 p.m. CST

    How did they get good mattes out of these crappy bluescreens?

    by Ricardo

  • March 5, 2012, 1:06 p.m. CST

    That's portuguese for "First"

    by RedLeaderStandingBy

    I've learned this on the weekend. My dad says Brazil is going to be America's greatest business partner in the future.

  • March 5, 2012, 1:09 p.m. CST

    Re: redleaderstandingby - nope

    by Ricardo

    Brazil's going to be like Somalia in 5 to 10 years. A dystopic anarchic state. There's no funding in infrastructure and education to cope with the deficit bubble being created. It will burst as soon as the next presidential elections (if Roussef gets re-elected, the one after that).

  • March 5, 2012, 1:17 p.m. CST

    I remember watching Free Enterprise and thinking...

    by Jaster Mareel

    Wow.....there are actually people like me out there. I mean, these guys are more extreme than I, and truthfully I'm not nearly like that anymore, but speaking in movie quips to my friends and buying LD box sets instead of paying bills? Oh fuck yeah, I could definitely identify.

  • March 5, 2012, 1:24 p.m. CST

    Amazon Prime streaming TOS in HD

    by la_sith

    Glad I didn't pony up for the Blu-rays (yet). I originally resisted the revamped FX, but I actually like them quite a bit. Definitely makes the show look not quite so dated, and the new shots stay true to the original vision. Yeah, the third season is quite bad in spots, but for me, no other Trek beats The Original Series.

  • March 5, 2012, 1:25 p.m. CST

    I like the huge model of NCC 1701

    by Tikidonkeypunch

  • March 5, 2012, 1:28 p.m. CST


    by ClayMatthews

  • March 5, 2012, 1:30 p.m. CST

    Awesome, Merrick!

    by BeanGrud

  • March 5, 2012, 1:32 p.m. CST

    Just watched the new Star Trek for the first time since theaters

    by Sardonic

    I was pretty disappointed when I first saw it...upon rewatching it now with lowered expectations, I enjoyed it more than I thought I would. The cast is really great, and their interactions and the humour is the best part of the movie. But some of the plot is just so retarded...I mean the whole "Kirk landing in random planet that happens to be running distance from where Old Spock is camping out" thing is just dumb, and wouldn't have been hard to make realistic with just a little effort. Also, the villain was really, really lame, which is a major detractor for this kind of movie. Bana does his best with mediocre lines and sloppy direction, but the villain's whole deal just wasn't that great. Even the ship's interior is boring and has a forced "evil" look to it (aside from making no sense whatsoever in a practical sense). That said, I still really like everyone that cast as the crew of the Enterprise. Chris Pine does great at being arrogant, funny, but also likable, and Quinto made a character that many see as the ultimate geekiness into kind of a badass. I'm wearily looking forward to the sequel. Cumberbatch as the villain SHOULD be awesome, but it still needs good writing to work. I just wish Abrams would hire people other than Orci and Kurtzman, who at their absolute best are still pretty mediocre. Or at least get someone to edit their shit and make a little more sense of it plot-wise.

  • March 5, 2012, 1:33 p.m. CST

    Free Enterprise and the next generation

    by RobinP

    I recall discovering Free Enterprise on the UK's SciFi Channel several years ago, then buying the VHS through Ebay before upgrading to DVD when we evolved. It's a film I watch at least once a year. I recommend it to all AICN talkbackers. As for the next generation? It's currently my pleasure as well as fatherly duty to introduce my teenage daughter to original Star Trek - and it wasn't a hard sell. Quality, my friends - it never goes out of fashion.

  • March 5, 2012, 1:52 p.m. CST

    if only there was another 2 seasons of TOS


    if only theyd stuck with the original Monday night time slot for Season 3. GR wouldnt have left, theyd have been some amazing episodes in S3 (instead of some of the laughable ones that give trek a bad name), plus theyd have probably done another season or 2 - seeing out the 5 year mission. shifting season 3 to 10pm friday night then cancelling trek (in 1969, the year of the moon landings! LOL) has got to be one (if not THE) worst decisions in the history of television. thered have bound to have been more classic eps in the extra 50 or so theyd have made in S4 and 5 (even the lackluster season 3 managed a few) and maybe even a series finale...The Enterprise finally coming back to earth after its 5 year mission...Kirk gazing at it longingly from space dock...a last look at the enterprise...waiting for him to return...

  • March 5, 2012, 1:55 p.m. CST

    TOS - still the BEST - And Free Enterprise Rocks!

    by DavidBanner

  • March 5, 2012, 2:28 p.m. CST

    creepythinmans-revenge - i really enjoyed reading that thanks


    made it feel like it had almost happened. if only it had.... can you give any hints about what the story wouldve entailed? (loving the horror and Twilight Zone influneces there as thats what TOS Trek was really all about - that quiet, eerie, uncanny TZ vibe - the Enterprise alone in deep space, light years away from any help, charting a haunted universe that hid some deeply strange things)

  • March 5, 2012, 2:28 p.m. CST

    "kick the little fucker's ass!" hahaha awesome.

    by smudgewhat

    the fact that it's followed by a patented kirk flying drop kick is even better. WE NEED A FUCKING KIRK DROP KICK IN THE NEW TREK. I COULDN'T BE MORE SERIOUS.

  • What better way to give Shat an indirect nod than a Tiberius drop??

  • March 5, 2012, 2:46 p.m. CST

    With a model that size...

    by Chris Moody

    ...why did it still look so cheap and cheesy?

  • "Roddenberry had first proposed a Star Trek feature at the 1968 World Science Fiction Convention. The movie was to have been set before the television series, showing how the crew of the Enterprise met" imagine how cool it wouldve been if they had done something like the 09 film then and released in 69 - with a modest budget (about $2-3 million) and Shatner, Nimoy, Kelley etc playing younger versions (they couldve got away with it...just) obviously wouldnt have needed the time travel aspect (but maybe they still couldve done that) and while Spocks backstory probably wouldnt have been that diff to how we saw it in the eventual film, Kirks would have been (taken from backstory hinted at throughout season 1 and 2) - Kodus, Sam, Finnegan, Gary Mitchell, Finney, Ruth, the Farragut, cloud killer etc (although no Carol Marcus or KM test which wasnt introduced until TWOK) Jeff Hunter could’ve appeared in a cameo at the end to hand over the Ent to Kirk (as told in The Menagerie). wonder who the 'Nero' villain wouldve been back then - maybe some up and coming film actor - Gene Hackman? (was in SF tv stuff like The Invaders around 1967 but then but broke into movies in about 68 - Bonnie and Clyde) Uniforms would’ve been Cage/Where No Man style (not that diff to TOS uniforms) same for phasers etc FX wouldve been Ok (better than TOS) but not '2001' standard which had a massive budget and Kubrick innovating new techniques, Alexander Courage or even Jerry Goldsmith or John Williams couldve done the score . kind of like the Batman movie they made in 1966. they couldve gotten one of TOS directors to do it or even Robert Wise back then :) it might have been HUGE at the box office what with the Moon Landing - maybe itd have kick started the Sci Fi movie boom in 69 or 1970 instead of '77 trailers couldve been like this:

  • March 5, 2012, 2:49 p.m. CST

    smudgewhat...Man..I Love them Drop Kicks!

    by conspiracy

    Was just watching some Vintage Trek this weekend and was thinking just how bad ass a drop kick would be. Audiences would fucking erupt at that homage. always seemed to be that the Kicker took as much damage as the Kick-ee with those things.

  • I was so freaked out I thought I decapitated you and stuck your head on a stick. Stupid tranya makes you .... AHHHH! AHHHHH!!! AHHHH!!!

  • After he cleaned it up, of course. The end.

  • March 5, 2012, 3:14 p.m. CST

    i'm glad you agree conspiracy. more kirk kicks!

    by smudgewhat

    the beauty of the drop kick is not CARING if it hurts oneself too while delivering it. that's what makes kirk the original space cowboy. interplanetary good vibe zone.

  • March 5, 2012, 3:16 p.m. CST

    wow thanks God for CGI!

    by fat_rancor_keeper

    because all of this stuff is AWFUL!!!

  • March 5, 2012, 3:44 p.m. CST

    Free Enterprise is the only nerd film I've ever related to

    by sunwukong86

    Big Bang Theory nerds are stereotypes

  • March 5, 2012, 3:58 p.m. CST

    I just realized the Botany Bay

    by GeneralKael

    Is what appears to be a large nuclear submarine model with cargo pods and fins attached to it!

  • March 5, 2012, 4:04 p.m. CST

    Free Enterprise kicked ass.

    by Mugato5150

    Okay, Wrath of Khan but only if it's in full screen.

  • March 5, 2012, 4:40 p.m. CST

    If the plot of JJ's Trek had been an TOS episode


    What if 2009 Trek had been done in TOS? – a two parter like ‘The Menagerie’ as if it were made in 1967 season 2 with TOS cast and someone like Gene Hackman as Nero. Narada would be a minimalist set and the Ent bridge would look similar to how it normally did in TOS except with a few differences – like in Yesterdays Enterprise, also like YE, uniforms are similar but different insignias – maybe even the Cage/WNMHGB style) Titled – ‘Parallel’ : TEASER: stardate 2233 Kelvin destruction…(Kelvin looks like this:) Opening credits. Act One: flashfoward to season 2 of TOS era (2267) Kirk (Shatner) is a lowly Lt based in Iowa and meets Uhura (Nichols) in a bar – similar to the bar scene in ‘Court Martial’ or ‘Trouble with Tribbles.’ Beat up Kirk encounters Captain Pike (Jeff Hunter) of the brand new Enterprise. Tells him to shape up his fathers death saved 800 lives etc. Kirk looks longingly at the newly built Enterprise (matte painting like Rigel VII) Hitches a ride on the shuttle and meets the newly assigned Bones (Kelly) then follows pretty much the same (no 3 year gap or Kobiashi Maru test)… although instead of the space jump onto the drill the landing party just go over to the narada….Pike is captured, Kirk ends up on Delta Vega (via a transporter malfuntion), vulcan is destroyed and Spock is killed! TO BE CONTINUED….

  • March 5, 2012, 4:56 p.m. CST

    JJ Trek TOS style - Part 2


    Teaser: would kick off with Kirk encountering Spock ‘Prime’ on Delta Vega (DV is desert like in ‘Where No Man’). in a similar way to Picard encountering Spock at end of Unification 1 Opening Credits Act One We find out this Spock is from season 2 era TOS – so is same age as alternate Spock – (no need for Spock and Nero to be from 24th century) spock and the NCC-1701 were on a mission to help save Romulus when they were attacked by nero (who wanted the red matter to help save Romulus himself fearing the Federation wouldn’t do it). The Ent was disabled in the resulting nova and both it and romulus were destroyed. Both spocks shuttle and neros ship were pulled through the black hole – Nero emerging 34 years earlier…and spock just a day or so ago in the new alternate timeline… Continues similar throughout finding Scotty (Doohan) right to the end with alternate Kirk and Spock Prime teaming up saving Pike and earth…but destroying the narada in the blackhole results in the debris ending up at the start destroying the just emerging narada in 2233..thus the Kelvin survives and just monitors the strange anomaly and capturing data that will be vital for starfleet in dealing with strange nova like anomalies….we go back to 2267 and the future is set back to normal..(like ‘Yesterdays Enterprise’) – with Starfleet having dealt with the hobus supernova way before it becomes deadly to Romulus (due to the info gathered by the Kelvin) last scene would be something like season 2 Kirk Prime in his quarters sensing something isn’t quite right Gets up and looks at a photo of his only recently deceased pop..Spock enters and they share a moment trying to recall something..but kirk cant quite place it (although Spock knows) last shot of Ent warping away…end credits…

  • March 5, 2012, 5:19 p.m. CST

    “Green blooded cocksucker” LOL


    Star Trek of the Living Dead wouldve made for an AWESOME movie in 68 or 69 a great story IDW did a Zombie Trek a while ago but i think yours is better - especially like the explanations of how the zombies were created with eternal youth thing.

  • March 5, 2012, 5:44 p.m. CST

    JJ Abrams' version is kind of weak.

    by FluffyUnbound

    Watching it a few times on TV makes me conclude that it's not very good. There are some parts that are VERY good, and because of those parts the movie was enjoyable on first viewing. But it doesn't stand up. Kirk's dad's part is really, really good. Captain Pike's speech to James T. about his dad is also really good. They got a good McCoy. And the "skydive" fight is pretty thrilling, while having a very TOS feel to it (I could see a young Shatner in that fight, hamming it up). But the villain does suck, and the coincidences suck.

  • March 5, 2012, 5:55 p.m. CST

    Love, love, LOVE the Botany Bay!

    by Billyeveryteen

    That shot is SOOO badass!

  • March 5, 2012, 6:11 p.m. CST

    What everyone was thinking when you saw those model Enterprise pics

    by thelordofhell

    Damn, that would look AWESOME in my living room!!

  • March 5, 2012, 7:21 p.m. CST

    CFQ had these pics 20 years ago!!

    by genrefanboy

    Look up the TOS Star Trek issues Cinefantastique ran in the 1980's these pics & many more are there!!

  • March 5, 2012, 8:08 p.m. CST

    Free Enterprise and Fanboys are great for a double feature..

    by Robert Evans

  • March 5, 2012, 8:56 p.m. CST

    The only good thing in FREE ENTERPRISE is that chick

    by KilliK

    being totally nude in half of the movie.

  • March 5, 2012, 8:57 p.m. CST

    Oh and where the fuck is Bob?

    by KilliK

    my favorite hack script writer from Hollywood.Bob? where are you? Bob?

  • March 5, 2012, 9:16 p.m. CST

    Damn, I miss Trek on tv.

    by Raptor Jesus

    It's just not right, no new tv trek.

  • March 5, 2012, 9:21 p.m. CST have to say his name 3 times and mean it...

    by conspiracy

    I think Roberto is still busy in N.O. though...that may not work across time zones.

  • March 5, 2012, 9:29 p.m. CST

    I've been watching TOS on

    by conspiracy

    just a great show..even at it's most illogical, cheap and cheesiest. That TOS still hold up after 40+ years says much about everyone involved.

  • March 5, 2012, 9:40 p.m. CST

    This is the nerdiest column I have ever seen.

    by MisterManReturns

    Oh, wait, it's "geekiest"? Yuck.

  • March 5, 2012, 9:55 p.m. CST

    Fappin over the TOS NCC-1701 oh yea, almost there..

    by Dark Doom

    Great article, and amazing pictures. Fuckin' cool.

  • March 5, 2012, 10:01 p.m. CST


    by nolan bautista

    bravo! i enjoyed your stories quite a bit..thanks!

  • March 5, 2012, 10:15 p.m. CST

    The animated series

    by dukeroberts

    Where does everyone stand on the animated series? I think it was pretty damn great. There were two seasons of that so there are your 5 years right there. I have the three original series seasons, the animated series and the the six movies with the original series cast. I also have the 2009 movie. I only do original series related stuff. You can keep your TNG, DS9 (although I kind of like that one), Voyager and Enterprise. I'll stick with Kirk, Spock, Bones, Uhura, Sulu, Scotty, Chekov, Yeoman Rand and Nurse Chapel.

  • March 5, 2012, 11:19 p.m. CST

    You're not a real nerd...

    by tbrosz

    Unless you used to order stuff from Lincoln Enterprises when you were a kid. Like those bits of 35mm cutting room scrap. That place is still in business, believe it or not, at

  • March 6, 2012, 12:25 a.m. CST

    Not rare any more

    by MaxHeadroom

    Can I just note that now that they are on the Internet, they ain't rare anymore!!

  • March 6, 2012, 12:40 a.m. CST


    by JohnIan

    Creepythinmans-revenge, I like it!

  • I don't know if you liked Enterprise or not, but there was an episode that involved some of the crew of the Enterprise trapped on a run down starship with some Vulcan zombies. It was a fun episode if you are one of those weirdos like myself that enjoyed Enterprise (although that title sequence song is torture... I hate). I wrote up a Star Trek TNG versus Aliens idea in a Star Trek talkback about a week or two ago. I'll see if I can dig it up and re-post it in case you are interested in reading it. cartmanez posted a fun Star Trek TOS versus A L I E N story synopsis in the same talkback.

  • March 6, 2012, 1:40 a.m. CST

    Hey, I was born that day!

    by snooptoo

    Thanks for posting this link to the Flickr account! I found a picture that was posted on the day I was born, July 21, 1967. They were filming the episode "The Apple" that day. It's on page 13 of the slides. So even though they filmed my favorite episode "Mirror Mirror" one week later, this is now more meaningful to me (in a strange way). It's the only thing I've seen online that was done on my actual birth date, and to have it something from Star Trek (which I've been a fan of and loved since I can remember) is very special. A great photo account, and a great insight into this classic series. I hope to see more in the future!

  • HAHAHAHA,best line i have ever read in the talkbacks.god bless you creepythinman.

  • March 6, 2012, 5:51 a.m. CST

    The Trek that might have been. creepythinmans-revenge

    by gotilk

    That was really good. Really fun read. I can never get enough of that stuff. Real or imagined.

  • March 6, 2012, 6:19 a.m. CST

    I never knew the Botany Bay was a submarine!

    by Royston Lodge

    That is an awesome pic.

  • March 6, 2012, 6:58 a.m. CST

    lv_426 - Star Trek v Aliens


    was in here:

  • March 6, 2012, 9:28 a.m. CST



    i wonder if it will work...

  • really a fun idea..the ultimate movie mash up....I'd pay to see it. FACT

  • March 6, 2012, 11:44 a.m. CST

    We're going to need a bigger model!

    by unfaithfullyyours

    Amazing how the behind the scenes model shots look so much bigger and better than the shots on tv.

  • March 6, 2012, 12:19 p.m. CST

    Thank you. Those are gold.

    by matineer

    Hadn't seen most of them. They would have captivated a crowd of conventioneers during the 70s and 80s. Amazing what they achieved with so little money.

  • No motion control, either, so the lenses could be stopped all the way down. Smooth models with no fine surface detailing to imply scale. Etc, etc. Amazing that just a few years on Stanley Kubrick pulled off the miniature work he supervised for 2001. The ST OT model shoot stills look like they're from some garage-made Sci-Fi short, today. Still amazing to see these. Birdofthegalaxy did an incredible job restoring them to show the period detail that was there, even if lost on 60s Televisions.

  • March 6, 2012, 1:58 p.m. CST

    The submarine space ship

    by jellypop

    is just great. Now I want to see an intergalactic ice-cream van soaring through the galaxy serving ice-pops to the Vulcans. Nice piece BTW