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PostPosted: Fri Nov 25, 2016 2:13 pm    Post subject: The Galileo Seven Reply with quote

See also: Bogmeister's thread @ http://www.allsci-fi.com/viewtopic.php?t=5509
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This is a fan favorite for obvious reasons. It has a great story, and it includes all the main characters. Spock wrestles with inflexible faith in logic as the best way to deal with any command situation.

Kirk has to deal with a bureaucrat on the bridge who has valid reasons for wanting the Enterprise to leave the missing Galileo crew and continue to their destination with a vital cargo of vaccine for a planet suffering a plague.

And with all that, it also gets the award for one of the sexiest moments in the series, when this lovely lady —






— Miss Phyllis Douglas, challenges Marianna Hill from Dagger of the Mind, winner of the Trek Panty Flash Award. Miss Douglas gives us this brief treat.







But Miss Douglas has other screen credits that should be noted — for example, her portrayal of two-year-old Bonnie Blue Belle in Gone With the Wind!



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PostPosted: Sun Nov 27, 2016 1:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I enjoy this episode but have always found the planet set for this one terribly artificial looking & that is somewhat distracting from an otherwise well written show.

The remastered version of this episode does a masterful job of redoing the quasar phenomenon & the shuttlecraft scenes.

Don Marshall as Lt. Boma would go on to star in Irwin Allen's Land of the Giants sf tv series. Don recently passed way.

One of the few instances where 2 Blue shirts are killed instead of the usual Red shirts.

Always felt that after the death of those two men that the final scene of having everyone laughing hysterically on the Bridge was really crass.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 27, 2016 3:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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One of the few instances where 2 Blue shirts are killed instead of the usual Red shirts.

Being an early episode, they didn't have the proper protocols worked out yet.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 22, 2017 11:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

orzel-w wrote:
Pow wrote:
One of the few instances where 2 Blue shirts are killed instead of the usual Red shirts.

Being an early episode, they didn't have the proper protocols worked out yet.

Imagine those two actors getting ready to shoot the episode. The wardrobe man gives them blue shirts . . . and they grin at each other, thinking the script must have been changed and they weren't going be killed after all!

Surprise! They died anyway! Sad

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 22, 2017 4:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Saw an episode of Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea a few years ago where they had the lead characters in a jungle at night. It was really shot on a sound stage but the low lighting was so effective that you felt that the scenes really could have been filmed outdoors in a real jungle at night.

That would have been a terrific choice for this episode. The low key lighting would have not only hidden how fake the planet appeared, it would have created suspense for the creatures inhabiting the planet by not getting clear looks at 'em.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 22, 2017 5:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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That is a brilliant idea!

Instead of hokey-looking "giants" and huge balsa wood spears that sail into the view with very little force, they would give us shadowy figures in the dark, just beyond the range of the shuttle's exterior lights! A few alien eyes glowing in the dark would be much creepier than a few bargain basement giants that can't be portrayed convincingly.

Bravo, Pow! I'll add a commendation in your Starfleet record. Very Happy

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 16, 2018 9:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Has anyone got anymore information on the Trek panty flash awards? Boy I'd love to know a little bit more... Razz
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 13, 2021 5:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

From the Marc Cushman book: These Are The Voyages, Season one.

"The Galileo Seven" provides an important stepping stone in the development and understanding of the character of Mr. Spock.

Teleplay by Oliver Crawford & Shimon Wincelberg (as S. Bar-David) with Gene Coon (uncredited).

There are three layers of conflict here: Man versus Beast, Man versus Man, Man versus Himself.

Oliver Crawford sold Gene Roddenberry on the idea of doing a science fiction version of "Five Came Back," a 1939 movie co-starring Lucille Ball in a rare dramatic role.

For that movie, a transatlantic flight is blown off course in a storm then crash-lands in a South American jungle known to be inhabited by head hunters. Repairs are attempted on the plane but, due to a lack of fuel, some of the 12 crash survivors may have to be left behind.

Crawford said, "Most of my approach as a writer had been to look to old movies and say, 'Gee, this would make a good western or a good detective story.' "
Or, in this case, a good science fiction.

Writers who took this approach would enrage author Harlan Ellison. He found it disingenuous and unoriginal by the writer. Ellison felt that within the science fiction genre a writer can conceive anything in his or her fertile imagination.
Adapting movie plots was uninspiring and lazy writing to him.

Originally Captain Kirk was commanding the shuttlecraft and Spock was left behind on the Enterprise.

Roddenberry changed that plot point by having Spock as the shuttlecraft commander instead of Kirk? This would bring about greater conflict between the commander and the crew, and Kirk, back on the Enterprise, could experience great angst & self-torture over sending his crew out in the first place.

Note from me: Excellent call Gene. It would be highly unlikely that Kirk would have made the same decisions as Spock did. And improbable that the crew would be so defiant and argumentative with the captain of the Enterprise.

Dr. McCoy and Scotty were not originally included as crew on board the shuttlecraft until later rewrites of the script.

Excellent call again to include them both.

In July of 1966, NBC had begun to air previews of its new TV shows for the fall.

Among those who caught sight of the impressive looking star ship Enterprise were the heads of AMT Corporation, a model kit manufacturer. AMT wanted in on this intriguing looking series.

Desilu would not fund the construction of the Enterprise shuttlecraft model or life-size prop.

AMT badly wanted the kit contract for the Enterprise, they made a deal where AMT built and supplied the shuttlecraft free to the show.

AMT got the exclusive model kit rights for the starship Enterprise in exchange for providing two full-sized shuttlecrafts, one for exterior filming and a second for the interior shots, plus a miniature of the shuttle to be used for creating photographic effects.

Another rewrite of the script would now include High Commissioner Ferris to pester Kirk to abandon the search for the shuttle and its crew.

Yeoman Janice Rand was originally intended to be part of the shuttle crew. However, Grace Lee Whitney had departed the show by then. A very tragic and ugly story for the lovely actress.

Surprisingly, no draft of the script had yet called for the giant humanoid creatures to be seen. Only their giant spears were to give an indication of their size.

Auto designer Thomas Kellog was asked to realize Matt Jefferies' plans for the Galileo.

Gene Winfield of AMT's Speed & Custom Division, who had built the futuristic-looking Piranha car for "The Man from U.N.C.L.E.,'' led a crew of specialty builders in the construction.

The final price tag came in for $24,000..

Note from me: Matt Jefferies' first design for the shuttle was deemed too expensive. Check Google Images if you want to see what it was like.

Richard Datin, who built the Enterprise models, returned to design and build the model for the shuttle flight deck on the Enterprise. The miniature hanger deck was over ten feet long, more than six feet wide and six feet tall. Total cost: $2,100.

John Crawford who played High Commissioner Ferris was a well known character actor who had amassed many TV credits. Adventures of Superman, The Lone Ranger, The Twilight Zone, My Favorite Martian, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, The Time Tunnel, The Wild, Wild West, are just a few. He was also one of the crew in the great Ray Harryhausen fantasy movie "Jason & the Argonauts."

Unfortunately for Crawford, he found it quite unpleasant working with William Shatner. It was a dismal experience.

Shatner would direct John, telling him where to stand & limiting his ability to move about on the bridge set.

Star Trek wasn't free & easy like all the things he did on "Lost In Space" said John where he could do any damn thing he wanted.

Ah, another WS story. The man could never check his ego at the door for any project he was involved in.

Don Marshall (Lt. Boma) had his first big role on Gene Roddenberry's previous TV series "The Lieutenant" And he was particularly thrilled to be cast on this episode of Star Trek when his career was in jeopardy.

Don was offered to be a series regular on "Daktari," which was something he wasn't interested in. He did not want to play second to Marshall Thompson and a cross-eyed lion.

He did three episodes of the show but refused to sign a contract. His own agent threatened to blacklist Don! Then the work offers suddenly stopped coming.

Don called Gene and asked him if he could find out if he was indeed blacklisted by the industry. Gene reported to Don that he was blacklisted.

Gene told Don to do a one-day thing on "Mission: Impossible." Once Don did that his name was back in the trade papers and he was working again. Gene then called Don to do "The Galileo Seven" on Star Trek.
Don finished the show and everybody was hiring him again.

Don Marshall had his problems on the episode too. The director was Robert Gist, and he was a former acting coach of Don.

Don left those acting classes due to his difficulties with Bob---he wanted everybody to be like James Dean. You know, all that fidgeting and turning your back unsure and all that stuff.

Gist wanted Don to play Boma in that affected manner.

Don politely explained to Gist that he was playing a member of a crew and an Astro-physicist, you cannot play such a character like a Rebel Without a Cause. It doesn't fit.

Leonard Nimoy saw something was wrong and asked Don about it. He explained all this to Nimoy, and Leonard told Don to play the role like he wanted to play it and Nimoy would handle the director.

Don said that he had never had a fellow actor do this for him before, or since.

Don was blown away that another actor would ever be concerned about you and the role you are playing. Talk about a beautiful person said Don about Leonard.

Me: Interesting that we see Leonard & Don, as their characters, have such strife and conflict. However, in real life Don cannot praise Leonard enough.

Guess Don's lucky Shatner was not commanding the shuttle as originally intended in the script. Shatner's a fine actor, but he looks out for no one else except himself.

The optical effects cost $20,655; the entire episode came in at $232,690, making this episode one of the most expensive first season outings.

Don Marshall said that the producers asked him to come back as a recurring character. There were several scripts written where they had Lt. Boma in them.

But it was not to be.

Producer Irwin Allen saw this episode with Don and envisioned him as a member of another ill fated shuttle crew, for "Land of the Giants."
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 13, 2021 7:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pow wrote:
AMT badly wanted the kit contract for the Enterprise, they made a deal where AMT built and supplied the shuttlecraft free to the show.

And yet AMT's model kit of the Galileo shuttlecraft was horribly over-simplified and inaccurate. Fortunately for us model-building geeks, there's now a super-accurate kit available from Polar Lights.

Pow wrote:
Auto designer Thomas Kellogg was asked to realize Matt Jefferies' plans for the Galileo.

Kellogg was also a member of the team that designed the Studebaker Avanti. You can see some similarity between the front of the Avanti and that of the Galileo.

Pow wrote:
Don Marshall had his problems on the episode too. The director was Robert Gist, and he was a former acting coach of Don.

Don left those acting classes due to his difficulties with Bob---he wanted everybody to be like James Dean. You know, all that fidgeting and turning your back unsure and all that stuff.

There were a lot of jokes about Method actors in those days.

"I can't understand a word he says."

"Shut up -- he feels it!"


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 13, 2021 10:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

For the finalized shuttle design, Matt Jefferies designed the shuttle craft to be a compact vehicle. After the construction of the shuttle craft was started, it was decided that it should be large enough for people to stand inside. Watch people enter or exit the shuttle craft prop, they have to bend over. AMT informed them that they couldn't change the size of the prop, construction was too far along. However, they could construct the interior set in a larger scale, because they hadn't started construction of the set.

One of Matt Jefferies shuttle designs was a small bullet-shaped craft. MJ reused the design for the unmade George Pal "War of the Worlds" TV series, then for the canceled 70s "Star Trek" TV series.

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 14, 2021 1:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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The Galileo takes flight to investigate a quasar phenomenon. Yet Dr. McCoy and Engineer Scott accompany the scientists. True, they are needed in the end but their assignments in the first place as crew members seems a bit dubious.

Note from me: Not at all. The mission was a highly dangerous one, so including a physician is an absolute must. It might not have to be McCoy, who is the Chief Medical Officer on the Enterprise. It could be a junior officer/doctor. To not have any doctor on such missions is absurd.

The same goes for having an engineer. Anything goes wrong with the shuttlecraft, and that could occur anytime, and you don't have an expert to repair any damage, you're sunk!

Mr. Spock orders Boma, and Gaetano to fire only in the general direction of the giant humanoids in order to frighten them.

Why not stun the big guys? I realize that Spock doesn't want to kill these aliens, but isn't that the whole point of the stun setting on phasers?

Then Spock leaves Gaetano behind. How is this a logical choice? Latimer was killed when traveling as part of the team.
Doesn't it seem likely that a lone guard will be murdered as well?

Note from me: Yes it does. The script writers were conveying that Spock's applying total logic to a dangerous situation wasn't always practical. Growing experience for the Vulcan; unfortunately at the cost of Latimer & Gaetano's lives.
You know, the crewmen that were left dead on the planet at the end of the episode where everyone laughed hilariously on the bridge over Spock being a stubborn person.

At the end of the episode, Uhura reports that they have recovered five survivors from the burned up shuttle. Kirk gives a smile and orders a course for Makus III.

Wait a minute: How does he know the other two aren't still alive on the planet?
Why isn't he concerned which five have been beamed aboard? Perhaps it's Spock, McCoy, or Scotty still remaining on the planet. Aren't they his friends?

Kirk orders warp one to journey to Makus III. Shouldn't the Enterprise be moving faster? The waited until the last possible minute to leave the quasar-planet?

As Spock carries Gaetano's body back to the shuttle, two spears fly his way. The second one hits a rock, and chips of Styrofoam fly everywhere!
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 14, 2021 3:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

johnnybear wrote:
Has anyone got anymore information on the Trek panty flash awards? Boy I'd love to know a little bit more... Razz
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Well, sir — the contestants for this coveted award are few but quite distinguished. Very Happy

We all know that TOS is filled with little moments when the lovely ladies' Federation-issued "foundational garments" made brief cameo appearances. But to enter this prodigious competition, these ladies must display a bit more than just the hem of their garments,

And besides that, the camera's distance from the ladies in the shot is crucial. Here's what I mean.






The lassie in The Galileo Seven showed an impressive amount of her Southern Cross in the scene where she drops to her knees and flashes a glimpse of her Red Giant . . . but the camera was too far away to give us a Hubble Telescope view of this heavenly body.





On the flip side (so to speak) there's this tantalizing image — but it was disqualified from the competition because it was deemed a "behind the scenes shot" (in the truest sense of the word).

Or perhaps it was a photographic enhancement of the lady's topography in her southern hemisphere.






We all know that the loyal fans of Lt. Uhura's ample landing gear whenever she occupied her seat at the communication console would mean she must have flashed her shapely "red alert" on many occasions! Shocked

But Uhura's personal claim to fame would undoubtedly be the moments shown below.








Therefore, Miss Marianna Hill's appearance as Dr. Helen Noel in Dagger in the Mind is the clear winner in the Trek Panty Flash Award.

After all, even her earliest scenes caught the attention of the judges!








But the subsequent scenes of her impressive stern practically smothered the judges when these gentlemen were presented with photographic evidence of Miss Hill's primary moon!









In fact, the leading ass-trophysicists on the judging panel were all in agreement that this new discovery ranked among the more arousing in astronomical history!

And so, the Trek Panty Flash Award goes to Miss Marianna Hill's appearance as Dr. Helen Noel in Dagger in the Mind — based on her admirable efforts to illustrate the effects of cosmic collisions between celestial objects when they are attracted by natural forces!

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I concur with everything said here! Laughing
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