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The Behind the Scenes Pic of the Day boldly goes where no BTS image has gone before.

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with today’s Behind the Scenes Pic!

I’m throwing this together as I wait for my layover on my way back home, so forgive its brevity… Today we have a great, enlargenable, shot from the making of Star Trek: The Original Series.

What I love about this image is the sense of lightheartedness between Kirk and Bones as the cameras are getting ready to roll. Or maybe that’s a forced smile on Shatner’s face and Kelley is trying to psych him out before the take. Either way, it’s awesome.

I apparently didn’t make note of who sent in this image, so apologies to you mystery reader, but thanks very much for the sweet pic! Click to enlargen!



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Tomorrow’s pic is great by proxy!

-Eric Vespe
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Click here to visit the complete compilation of previous Behind the Scenes images, Page One
(warning: there are some broken links that will be fixed as soon as I can get around to it)

Click here to visit the complete compilation of previous Behind the Scenes images, Page Two

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  • April 16, 2012, midnight CST

    First contact.

    by Aaron

  • April 16, 2012, 12:02 a.m. CST

    I see what you did there

    by Quint

    Talkback nerd alert!

  • April 16, 2012, 12:03 a.m. CST

    Been watching on Netflix. Tastefully redone FX shots.

    by Aaron

    Lots of good-looking women.

  • April 16, 2012, 12:04 a.m. CST

    Ahoy, Quint!

    by Aaron

  • April 16, 2012, 12:07 a.m. CST

    Star Trek: Remastered (special edition series) was very well done!

    by Jake Pantlin

    George Lucas should watch and take notes.

  • April 16, 2012, 12:10 a.m. CST

    Leslie Parrish was one of the best looking Trek women!

    by Queefer Sutherland

    Gorgeous thing! I understand why Scotty was obsessed with boning her. Too bad she wasn't a continuing character.

  • April 16, 2012, 12:21 a.m. CST

    Why are those men wearing high heels? More hijras??

    by ajit maholtra

  • April 16, 2012, 12:22 a.m. CST

    The one in red has high heels and a purse!

    by ajit maholtra

  • April 16, 2012, 12:22 a.m. CST

    This is like Sex in the City movie with hijras

    by ajit maholtra

  • April 16, 2012, 12:36 a.m. CST


    by smylexx

    just seconds after they've smeared vaseline all over the lense so they can move in for The Shat's close-up.

  • April 16, 2012, 12:43 a.m. CST


    by Dollar Bird

    The guy with the clapboard could not look more bored. I'm always a bit amused by the fact that for some people, a movie or tv show can be the most amazing thing in the world, and for others, it was just another job.

  • April 16, 2012, 12:46 a.m. CST

    I miss Star Trek being a big deal

    by zillabeast

    I remember as a kid in the early to mid 90's Star Trek was fuckin' everywhere man. Every toy store (Micro Machines FTW), every bookstore, novelty collectible stores like Hollywood & Vine (man I miss that place!), and of course, all over TV and TV Guide. Them was the days.

  • And definitely not less subtle. The only reason people don't throw hissy fits is because the original FX are available in the same quality. But nonetheless, it's hypocrisy at it's finest. Whine about those few major changes in Star Wars, but 95% of the effect shots are near identical looking. This "tastefully done" bullshit is laughable. The majority of the time Lucas added to the already existing shots. Star Treks redone scenes were 100% CGI, with completely different composition & angles most of the time. Not so with Star Wars (Especially Empire/Jedi) Sorry, but the vast majority of the models have been left in the 3 films. Contrary to popular Internet lore, every single effects shot has not been redone. More like 25% at most (And much much less for Empire/Jedi) along with many of the garbage mattes fixed. If people actually took the time to watch the Blu-rays of Star Wars, and compare it to the original, than maybe they would actually enjoy it for once because they would realize it's really not that different than how it first was. You're lying thru your teeth if you can tell me with a straight face that this: is more substantial & worse looking compared to this: At least Lucas didn't use a digital flyby for every. single. space shot. Blinking Ewoks? Fuck Lucas! Blinking Gorn? Tastefully done! Ya...go fuck yourself (If you aren't already)

  • April 16, 2012, 1:18 a.m. CST


    by Queefer Sutherland

    Wow, man, how pathetic are you? You really feel the need to go on some infantile rant about Star Wars special effects here? Got some kind of chip on your shoulder? The Star Trek FX shots are, for the majority, shot of the ship, and the ship in orbit around a planet. The show is considerably older and was deserving of an update. What Lucas did was far more of a revamp than Star Trek. It isn't even debatable. Goddamn, what a fucking idiot you are! I wish I could reach through my computer and slap the fucking shit out of you.

  • Complicated idea, I know. And if you actually looked at the links I provided (That's called evidence) than yes, you'd realize I was right. What is the difference between blinking ewoks and blinking Gorns? That's what I thought. And thank you for physically threatening me over the Internet. That's called desperate when you don't have an argument. Next...

  • Bingo. I guarantee you, if Lucas had made the original trilogy as it was before the special edition buggery available for each new release in the highest quality of that medium, there would not be NEARLY as much pissing and moaning about it. Hell, people might look forward with a morbid bit of fascination at what asshattery Lucas would cook up next, safe and comfortable in the knowledge that they could retreat to the unbastardized originals in high definition and 5.1 audio. <P> Buuuuut, they can't. The choice has been taken out of their hands, and really, that's the suck of it. I suspect more than anything else, it's the imposition of Lucas' will upon viewers that his version of Star Wars and only his can be widely loved and appreciated is what pisses people off. I love that we got the bonus disc with the DVD release awhile back, but frankly, at this stage it's table scraps at best. <P> Oh, also, the Star Trek remasters aren't remotely the heinous eye sores a lot of the Lucas digital buggery wound up being. Believe it or not, geeks do actually have a sense of taste.

  • April 16, 2012, 2:06 a.m. CST

    Check out those heels!

    by hadrion

    Always amazed at those in TOS

  • Judging from how cross Doohan looks anyway! ;)

  • April 16, 2012, 4:12 a.m. CST

    bantuwind- wow, there's no comparison.

    by don

    Lucas went in and changed backgrounds, added characters and even changed major story points (er, who shot first?). He added Jabba where Jabba wasn't before in a scene so clumsy it's hard to watch. Would that be an example of "tastefully" done? The Trek changes were essentially enhancements of effects- no added characters, no changes to the story. Just enhanced effects. You sound silly and clueless to compare the two. And your "evidence"? Well I could go through and easily pick out some better, more radical examples that would prove the opposite of your argument.

  • April 16, 2012, 4:17 a.m. CST

    Cuban heels?!?!?

    by Be_a_zed

    That is all.

  • Scotty to self: : 'Mmm that sheeny hair remeeinds me of the lard on breed me mam used to make me whin ah wush a wee nipper. Sumebodeh bring me a fookin' pie fer god's seek!'

  • Oh, and thank the maker for Adywan's amazing 'Star Wars: Revisited' fanedit for giving us a terrific 'special edition', without any 'Ronto' butt, or silly 'Greedo' shoots first antics! Can't wait for his equally impressive 'Empire: Revisited' follow-up in the next few months!

  • April 16, 2012, 6:23 a.m. CST

    Who really cares?

    by t_allen

    The remastered Star Trek is fun. So is the remastered Star Wars. I have no problem with either. People that freak out and scream George Lucas 'raped' their childhood or whatever need to get a grip, get out of mum's basement, get a job and girlfriend, whatever it takes to get hem away from that 300 baud modem they can't let go of to post here... Star Trek is pretty dam cool. Quint, thank you for another great one! Haters are gonna hate and Trolls are gonna troll no matter what, keep up the great work!

  • April 16, 2012, 7:07 a.m. CST

    the reason people hate the new efx in wars and not in trek

    by robamenta

    is that the remastered trek is just the effects. in wars lucas didnt stop there. changing story elements like han shooting in self defence change his character. or replacing old aniken in jedi, the forced 'comedy' in ep4 goes way beyond just updating space shots.

  • April 16, 2012, 7:17 a.m. CST

    Gentlemen, no need for arguing about the FX and namecalling

    by Mugato5150

    you both sound equally pathetic and infantile. I haven't seen much of the new FX in Trek but I haven't heard of them changing major plot points. That would be the difference.

  • Shantner's awesome is so loud the clapperboard can't be heard!

  • April 16, 2012, 7:46 a.m. CST

    bantuwind is George Lucas.

    by Aaron

  • April 16, 2012, 8:17 a.m. CST

    Scotty's wearing a red shirt

    by HamburgerEarmuffs

    He must die in this episode

  • April 16, 2012, 8:22 a.m. CST

    Ooo! The New York model for Hudsucker Proxy!?!

    by bah

    Given the clue and the recent penchant for model shots, I'm guessing that. I hope so, that will be fantastic.

  • April 16, 2012, 8:30 a.m. CST

    Hey, the guy playing Apollo was my directing teacher!

    by blackmantis

    Michael Forest. Really nice guy. Good teacher.

  • April 16, 2012, 8:38 a.m. CST

    Love original Trek...

    by ZodNotGod

  • April 16, 2012, 8:39 a.m. CST


    by D_T

    Hahaha, I don’t think he dies, but he does receive a number of lightening bolt ass kickings. Come to think of it, Scotty had a few instances of protecting the lovely ladies that resulted in getting knocked around, Nomad actually _killed_ him over Lt. Uhura. re: reshot FX. I really dig on them, especially when you easily toggle between the new/old in real time (fun to compare).

  • April 16, 2012, 8:45 a.m. CST

    treks new effects

    by klytusnotdead

    Suck ass n look like shit. Honestly a true trek fan in no way can defend those shitty new effect shots. Fuck the enterprise orbiting a planet in old trek was simple and sweet, know it just looks plastic.

  • April 16, 2012, 8:46 a.m. CST

    Love the effects and dig on Star Wars effects...

    by ZodNotGod

    The shots in TREK are excellent... have no complaints, but I also have no complaints with STAR WARS tweaks either.... For the record for those that refuse to invesitgate it..... Han shooting first, didn't change Solo's character- He's still a bad-ass... He was always the relunctant hero, what else do you want? A Sociopath? The Star Wars porn parody makes a good joke with that whole thing.... Old Anakin was changed because he lost his "younger self" when he went to the Darkside...his spiritual death occurred. When he repented, he was given back his younger self, JUST like when people die they revert to their youngest, healthiest self, not an ugly old man. HAD the prequels never happened this would be fine, but since we spent time with young Anakin it made sense dramatically to see him redeemed in JEDI. who doesn't know this crap by now?

  • April 16, 2012, 8:47 a.m. CST


    by klytusnotdead

    Now.... damm edit button

  • April 16, 2012, 9:09 a.m. CST

    They look so winsome...

    by RustyBedsprings their little buccaneer boots.

  • April 16, 2012, 9:36 a.m. CST

    Cool photo, except that the guy with the board

    by Ingeld

    is the only thing that reveals what it is. Take away him, and the photo could be a still taken from the episode itself. Apollo and Kirk et al. all look in character.

  • April 16, 2012, 9:56 a.m. CST

    Apollo looks PISSED OFF.

    by Royston Lodge

  • April 16, 2012, 10:38 a.m. CST

    i love old trek, and it wasn't even my generation

    by smudgewhat

    the series always felt appropriately mysterious, like they really were way the fuck off in space and there wasn't gonna be a federation posse anywhere near by to come bail them out when the shit hit. i love the rich colors of the background scrims or whatever they used, that kind of vintage high school auditorium lighting!

  • April 16, 2012, 10:50 a.m. CST

    This looks to be the set up for the scene

    by Ingeld

    where Kirk and crew decide to taunt or provoke Apollo. Here Kirk convenes them in order to make the plan known. Carolyn, the scientist member of the crew, stands right behind the man with the board. She is near Apollo and is dressed up in her gown. I remember the original ending for the episode was to have taken place in sickbay where McCoy announces that Carolyn is pregnant. He and Kirk ponder the birth of a new Greek God. In the 60s this ending was not allowed.

  • April 16, 2012, 11:25 a.m. CST

    Who is the guy with the board? We wanna know.

    by UltraTron

  • There's nothing that can help the prequels.

  • April 16, 2012, 12:08 p.m. CST

    Who mourns for Adonis?

    by Anthony Torchia

    I am Apollo! I named my cat Carolyn because of this episode. And other geek trivia :-)

  • April 16, 2012, 12:15 p.m. CST

    Dollar Bird have you worked in the entertaintment industry?

    by some dude

    Especially as someone not in the design department or doing cool stuff like special effects or scenery etc? The work is often hard, the hours incredibly long, and the pay isnt always that great, especially when you're not working on a big name TV show or movie. Not only that but the people you work with may be incredibly famous and popular but still forget your name and in general be a massive prick to you for the smallest things, things no one else would even notice. Seriously working in the biz isnt all that fun unless you're one of the big people or doing some of the really creative and cool stuff. Being a gaffer or rigger or anything of the sort is just like any other job to these guys and when some "star" holds up a shoot and you are left standing around with everything set up and ready to go, well it can be a real pain the ass.

  • April 16, 2012, 12:19 p.m. CST


    by closeencounter

    Looks like he's about to slam the Shat!

  • April 16, 2012, 12:29 p.m. CST

    Never noticed before that their heels are all different heights.

    by Royston Lodge

    Scotty is wearing high heels. Kirk's are almost flat. Bones' are mid-length. Easier than using apple boxes, I suppose.

  • April 16, 2012, 1:56 p.m. CST

    Royston - the reason for the heel heights! Miltary need and Beatlemania!

    by Dirk_The_Amoeba

    Beatle boots! See, Scotty was an engineer so they are used to walking through muck and mire (also known as shit) - hence the need for high heels. Kirk was a fighter who frequently was running and jumping and kicking - can't really do that in high heels unless you name was Tamara Dobson. Bones was a surgeon, and he was used to walking through blood and gore (and shit), but not at the height of muck and mire that Scotty was, hence the medium height boots!

  • April 16, 2012, 2:04 p.m. CST

    Star Wars = Visual // Star Trek = Not So Much

    by Tassium

    Star Wars is very much a visual experience, people who did not speak english could likely have still followed it when it came out in 1977. Star Trek easily works in audio only, no visuals really needed. It hardly changes it to modify a few of the pretty pictures. Maybe that's why many people don't care that much about the done-over effects in Star Trek

  • Thus those heels. It's a logical occurence in a more civilized, swaggier humanity.

  • April 16, 2012, 6:24 p.m. CST

    Behind the Scenes with Leslie Parrish

    by puto tenax

    She played the ever-so-beautiful Carolyn Palamas in that 2nd season ep. One of the great ones from the 60s.

  • April 16, 2012, 6:38 p.m. CST

    Pretty great looking set in that picture

    by Jaka

    Too bad that didn't always translate to what they got on film. Not hating - I'm a huge fan. But that BTS shot looks better than about 3/4 of every shot from TOS.

  • April 16, 2012, 7:10 p.m. CST

    ultratron, taking a wild guess...

    by puto tenax

    It may be George Rader. Archie Dalzell was running the camera and the director was Marc Daniels. Don't know if it is George or not. Just guessing.