70s Trek is a fan show that explores Star Trek in the 1970s. We discuss the cast, crew, writers, the major influences and the wider culture surrounding it. Though cancelled by NBC in 1969, Star Trek was never far from the public's consciousness. It was never allowed to be! We explore how it stayed alive after cancellation and how it was resurrected to become a major motion picture in 1979.
Bonus Trek 1
Welcome to this Bonus Trek episode of 70s Trek.
We wanted to get back together and talk about the recent news of the re-merger between CBS and Paramount. And it officially happened on August 13.
Now the larger company, CBS, will absorb the newer version of Viacom which owns BET, Comedy Central...and Paramount.
This is the End - Episode 141
We've told the story of Star Trek in the 1970s. So this is the end.
Moonraker - Episode 140
It started as a 1955 spy novel by Ian Fleming. But it took over 24 years for the book to be made into a movie. And other than the name, the film barely resembled the book.
But the producers of the James Bond movies deliberately chose this story because of what was happening in the 1970s.
We chose to do this movie as a 70s Trek episode because one of our loyal listeners has been asking us to do an episode about Moonraker for some time. To be honest, we weren't sure there was a connection with Star Trek in the 1970s.
Then Calvin Bowles made a point that we couldn’t ignore. The next movie scheduled after “The Spy Who Loved Me” that Bond producer, Cubby Broccoli, intended to make was “For Your Eyes Only”.
In fact, at the end of the credits for "The Spy Who Loved Me," audiences read that James Bond would return in his next adventure, "For Your Eyes Only."
But then a funny thing happened on the way to the production office. A little movie called Star Wars changed Hollywood forever in 1977!
So producers chose to make Moonraker instead and put James Bond in space.
So Moonraker is very much a product of the Star Wars phenomenon and it helped to get audiences ready for another space adventure, "Star Trek The Motion Picture."
So thanks Calvin for your messages and you great information.
The Day The Earth Stood Still - Episode 139
This is a rebroadcast of Episode 23.
Gene Roddenberry was a science fiction fan. He loved reading the books of H.G. Wells growing up. As an adult, he also appreciated films in the genre that made you think. One of his favorites was 1951's The Day the Earth Stood Still.
The film follows Klaatu, an alien who has landed on Earth with an important message for Earth's leaders, but he can't seem to get any help to deliver it. The message is that Earth, after discovering the powers of the atom, is now a threat to other worlds. The people of our world were put on notice by Klaatu: Do want you want to do here, but don't threaten to extend your violent ways to other worlds, or the Earth will be destroyed.
The director of Earth was Robert Wise who would go on to direct Star Trek: The Motion Picture. Was he picked to direct TMP because of the job he did on The Day the Earth Stood Still? Probably.
It is thoughtful science fiction with some concepts that became part of Star Trek. For kids who grew up in the 1970s, there is also a tie to that other sic-fi show, Lost in Space. Actor Michael Rennie played the role of the Keeper in the two-part episode of the same name.
If you're a curious Trek fan, you should see The Day the Earth Stood Still.
Battlestar Galactica - Episode 138
It started as an ambitious theatrical film. After performing well in theaters, Battlestar Galactica became a weekly TV series on the ABC network.
But when people think of the original Battlestar Galactica, they think of it being a rip off of Star Wars, or being outdated and very stuck in the style of the 1970s.
But it’s actually a ground-breaking show. It brought cinematic special effects to TV and told a story that was very unique for the time.
In addition to being a unique TV experience, Battlestar Galactica also stoked the fires for more science fiction. When it was cancelled after the 1st season, there was a fan campaign to get it back on the air, which shows how loyal sci-fi fans had become.
So BG kept fans excited for more sci fi, which kept the audience yearning for more when Star Trek hit the big screen.
If it suffers, it’s only because it was ahead of its time. The TV production and story telling techniques of 1978 weren’t ready for a large scale show like Battlestar Galactica.
Look at Ronald D. Moore’s 2003 version. While he updated it, the core of the show remained the same and the 1978 version is very much alive and well in that 2003 version.
Of course, Ron Moore is a Star Trek alum from the 1990s. Another Trek alum on Battlestar Galactica was John Kolicos. In 1967, he played the first ever Klingon, Kor.
And if you’re talking ties, you have to mention Jonathon Harris. Even though he wasn’t in Trek, he did play Dr. Smith on Lost in Space. In BG he lent his voice to the Cylon character Lucifer.
Star Trek and the 1980s - Episode 137
Just three weeks after the premier of Star Trek The Motion Picture, the decade of the 1980s began.
With the new decade came an explosion in popularity for the Star Trek franchise and it all happened with The Motion Picture.
For most critics and moviegoers, though, the film was a disappointment. It didn’t live up to the expectations.
But luckily, the film brought in enough money for Paramount executives to consider making a sequel. It kicked off what would become an incredible, multi-million dollar franchise throughout the ‘80s and into the ‘90s.
The film proved to Paramount that a substantial audience would come out and see a Trek film, which urged them to make more.
Detailed, Informative, and Fun!
Been enjoying a bunch of these podcasts on a binge since I stumbled across them ... Star Trek in the 1970s is amazing time period, where the show was not only kept alive by things like the animated series and toys, but the conventions, and later on, the various attempts at revival that culminated in the first film. It is more than enough material to talk about - and these guys do it in a show that is equal parts informative and a good time - highly recommended!
Fun and interesting podcast about Star Trek
The Podcast That Makes Me Smile
They had me at the title: "70s Trek." I listened to the first episode, then promptly downloaded all episodes up to that point (29 at the time). I binge-listened to all of them in a week's time, loving every minute of each episode.
I was born during Star Trek's third season so I grew up with Star Trek. Now, I'll admit that my memory is a tad hazy and I only came to Trek after Star Wars debuted, but that's where this podcast comes in.
Hosts Bob Turner and Kelly Casto are a delightful pair, easy on the ears, with a warm comradery and shared love of Trek in the 70s. In each episode that averages around 30 minutes, Bob and Kelly examine some aspect of Trek. While you don't have to listen in order, it's not a bad idea as you'll get a good overview of how Trek came to be and the influences that went into its creation.
The main focus, however, is the 1970s, as the tagline reads, "The decade that built a franchise." For us, over 50 years on, Trek permeates our daily lives, from cell phones to tablet computers to speaking to our computers. But Bob and Kelly take us back and remind us what it was like to be a fan of Trek in the 70s. Fans in the 70s didn't know a lot. They had only a few books. They had a cartoon. Heck, they never even knew if there'd be any more live-action Trek. After all, Trek was actually a cancelled TV show, but it proved to be much more than that.
One of the aspects of this podcast that remains joyful is Bob and Kelly's sense of wonder. Often one of them will take the lead on a particular subject, leaving the other co-host the first listener. Many times, new facts will be revealed, and cries of "I didn't know that!" are great fun. What's also fun is their clear joy at the subject and other things in Trek's orbit.
So far (remember: I’m still catching up) a particular favorite episode is #3 (What We Knew in 1970), #13 (the Richard Arnold interview), and #9 (Star Trek in Syndication).
This is a love letter to Star Trek, the people behind it, the fans that kept it alive in the 1970s, and everything in between.
70s Trek has now firmly ensconced itself in my weekly podcast schedule. Utterly and completely enjoyable.
Oh, they have a Facebook presence and respond personally to comments. So after you subscribe to the podcast, head over there and join the conversation.