Star Trek: The Original Series

Star Trek: The Original Series

Star Trek magic started in 1966 with the Star Trek: The Original Series. A total of 79 episodes had been aired during 3 seasons. Today, we’ll see some interesting facts related to the TOS. And of course, some interesting issues. This time, this will be stamps and FDCs issued by Canada Post in 2016.

 

#1 Number One

Spock was definitely Number One for Kirk, but… In the pilot episode, there was Number One. She was second-in-command to Captain Christopher Pike and was played by Majel Barrett. While she was not Number One in TOS, she played Nurse Chapel and her voice was used for most on-board computers. And later she married Gene Roddenberry. So Gene got the girl.

 

Star Trek: The Original Series

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William Shatner –James T. Kirk, Leonard Nimoy –Spock, DeForest Kelly –Leonard McCoy, James Doohan – Montgomery Scott (Scotty), John Colicos –Kor

2016/05/05

Denominations: P (PERMANENT = can be used to mail a letter (weighing up to 30 grams) anywhere in Canada), 2.50, 1.20, 1.80 and 1.00 CAD

 

#2 The theme song

“My love is wand’ring in star-flight / I know / He’ll find in star-clustered reaches / Love, / Strange love a star woman teaches.”

Sounds familiar? I guess not. While Alexander Courage wrote the song, Roddenberry decided to add some words to the song. The reason was of the financial nature. He had no intention that his words would ever be used, but he just wanted 50% of royalties. And he got them. So Gene also got the money. And words were omitted. So we also got something from it 😊

 

Star Trek: The Original Series

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2016/05/05

Denominations: 5.00 CAD

 

#3 Budget problems

The whole series had an extremely low budget, not only by today’s standards. Therefore, savings were made wherever possible. One of such (not to be proud of) cases were the costumes. They were made in a sweatshop and smuggled on the set.

 

 Star Trek: The Original Series

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Lenticular souvenir sheet

2016/05/05

Denominations: 5.00 CAD

 

#4 Kiss

The first interracial kiss in series should be the one between Spock and Uhura. Still, William Shatner insisted that Captain Kirk and Uhura should do it. I guess, he was thinking only the best for Kirk 😊

 

Star Trek: The Original Series

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2016/05/05

Denominations: P

 

#5 Spock

When you think of all Star Trek series and movies, Spock will definitely be among those characters you’ll think of first. We know how he looks, but everything could be much more different. And we have to thank good old black-and-white TVs for that. The original idea was that his skin is red and that he wears a black skull cap. The problem is that his face would look completely black in that combination.

 

Star Trek: The Original Series

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Official First Day Cover – Enterprise

2016/05/05

Denomination: P

 

#6 Star Trek: Phase II

Yup, that almost happened. In 1977, scripts were already written and everything almost started. But despite Roddenberry’s wish to film it, it was finally canceled. Fortunately, most of the materials were used later in Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979) and Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987 – 1994).

 

Star Trek: The Original Series

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Official First Day Cover – Klingon

2016/05/05

Denominations: P

 

#7 And few short ones

  • The episodes are not in the chronological order.
  • Teleportation had been used as a way to transport characters because filming scenes of transportation in smaller crafts would be out of the budget.
  • Nobody actually says “Beam Me Up, Scotty”.

  

Stay tuned because you can expect more Star Trek – related stamps in not-so-far future. While waiting, be sure not to miss our previous article related to this topic.

 

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