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70s Trek: Star Trek in the 1970s

Bob Turner & Kelly Casto

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70s Trek: Star Trek in the 1970s

70s Trek: Star Trek in the 1970s

Bob Turner & Kelly Casto

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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.

Latest Episodes

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.

29 MIN2019 SEP 5
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Bonus Trek 1

This is the End - Episode 141

We've told the story of Star Trek in the 1970s. So this is the end.

52 MIN2019 AUG 16
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This is the End - Episode 141

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 ...

50 MIN2019 AUG 9
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Moonraker - Episode 140

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'sThe 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 onThe Day the Earth Stood Still? Probably. It is thoughtful science fiction with some concepts that became part of Star Trek. For kids who grew ...

27 MIN2019 AUG 2
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The Day The Earth Stood Still - Episode 139

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 Gala...

60 MIN2019 JUL 26
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Battlestar Galactica - Episode 138

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. Itkicked 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.

58 MIN2019 JUL 12
Comments
Star Trek and the 1980s - Episode 137

The Enterprise - Episode 136

This is a re-broadcast of Episode 22. While it in fact just a collection of sets, the Enterprise in Star Trek seems like another character. It's probably because creator Gene Roddenberry wanted that feeling to come across. He wanted the Enterprise to be something special and other writers picked up on that idea and carried it forward in future episodes. This week co-hosts Bob Turner and Kelly Casto talk about the Enterprise and how it influenced the entire Star Trek universe. Designer Matt Jefferies wasn't given much guidance when Roddenberry said he needed a starship. The only guidance he was given was what NOT to do. But his eventual design helped make Star Trek an iconic show and contributed to its rebirth in the 1970s.

36 MIN2019 JUN 28
Comments
The Enterprise - Episode 136

Star Trek: The Animated Series, Part 3

This is a re-broadcast of Episode 21. This week on 70s Trek, co-hosts Bob Turner and Kelly Casto wrap their look at Star Trek: The Animated Series. It is the only version of Star Trek to win an Emmy, being named the best Children's Show for the 1974-1975TV season. The episodes we look at include: "Bem" "The Slaver Weapon" "The Practical Joker" "Eye of the Beholder" "Albatross" "Jihad" "How Sharper Than a Serpent's Tooth."

43 MIN2019 JUN 21
Comments
Star Trek: The Animated Series, Part 3

Star Trek The Animated Series, Part II - Episode 134

This is a rerun of Wpisode 20. Orions, Vendorians and Tribbles! Oh My! On this episode of 70s Trek, we continue our exploration of Star Trek the Animated Series. Bob Turner and Kelly Casto take a look at eight episodes from the series: "One of Our Planets is Missing," "More Tribble, More Troubles," "The Survivor," "Once Upon a Planet," "Yesteryear," " The Terratin Incident," "The Ambergris Element" "The Pirates of Orion."

40 MIN2019 JUN 14
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Star Trek The Animated Series, Part II - Episode 134

Star Trek: The Animated Series, Part 1 - Ep 133

This is a re-broadcast of Episode 19. Star Trek: The Animated Series is often over-looked in the history of Star Trek. But it is noteworthy because it isthe moment when Star Trek moved from being a cancelled show to a franchise. Co-hosts Bob Turner and Kelly Casto take a look at the Animated Series in this episode of 70s Trek. The show aired from September 1973 to October 1974 and consisted of 22 episodes. Many writers that worked on the original series lent their talents to the Animated Series, which helped the stories be consistent with the live action version. Some were also just good stories. The Animated Series won an Emmy for Best Children's Programming. While the animation itself might be primitive, the show remains very faithful to The Original Series and is full of detail. If you're a Trek fan, it is worth your time. This is Part 1 of our look a the Animated Series. We discuss the following episodes: "Mudd's Passion" "The Magicks of Megas Tu" "The Lorelei Signal" "Time Trap...

38 MIN2019 JUN 7
Comments
Star Trek: The Animated Series, Part 1 - Ep 133

Latest Episodes

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.

29 MIN2019 SEP 5
Comments
Bonus Trek 1

This is the End - Episode 141

We've told the story of Star Trek in the 1970s. So this is the end.

52 MIN2019 AUG 16
Comments
This is the End - Episode 141

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 ...

50 MIN2019 AUG 9
Comments
Moonraker - Episode 140

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'sThe 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 onThe Day the Earth Stood Still? Probably. It is thoughtful science fiction with some concepts that became part of Star Trek. For kids who grew ...

27 MIN2019 AUG 2
Comments
The Day The Earth Stood Still - Episode 139

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 Gala...

60 MIN2019 JUL 26
Comments
Battlestar Galactica - Episode 138

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. Itkicked 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.

58 MIN2019 JUL 12
Comments
Star Trek and the 1980s - Episode 137

The Enterprise - Episode 136

This is a re-broadcast of Episode 22. While it in fact just a collection of sets, the Enterprise in Star Trek seems like another character. It's probably because creator Gene Roddenberry wanted that feeling to come across. He wanted the Enterprise to be something special and other writers picked up on that idea and carried it forward in future episodes. This week co-hosts Bob Turner and Kelly Casto talk about the Enterprise and how it influenced the entire Star Trek universe. Designer Matt Jefferies wasn't given much guidance when Roddenberry said he needed a starship. The only guidance he was given was what NOT to do. But his eventual design helped make Star Trek an iconic show and contributed to its rebirth in the 1970s.

36 MIN2019 JUN 28
Comments
The Enterprise - Episode 136

Star Trek: The Animated Series, Part 3

This is a re-broadcast of Episode 21. This week on 70s Trek, co-hosts Bob Turner and Kelly Casto wrap their look at Star Trek: The Animated Series. It is the only version of Star Trek to win an Emmy, being named the best Children's Show for the 1974-1975TV season. The episodes we look at include: "Bem" "The Slaver Weapon" "The Practical Joker" "Eye of the Beholder" "Albatross" "Jihad" "How Sharper Than a Serpent's Tooth."

43 MIN2019 JUN 21
Comments
Star Trek: The Animated Series, Part 3

Star Trek The Animated Series, Part II - Episode 134

This is a rerun of Wpisode 20. Orions, Vendorians and Tribbles! Oh My! On this episode of 70s Trek, we continue our exploration of Star Trek the Animated Series. Bob Turner and Kelly Casto take a look at eight episodes from the series: "One of Our Planets is Missing," "More Tribble, More Troubles," "The Survivor," "Once Upon a Planet," "Yesteryear," " The Terratin Incident," "The Ambergris Element" "The Pirates of Orion."

40 MIN2019 JUN 14
Comments
Star Trek The Animated Series, Part II - Episode 134

Star Trek: The Animated Series, Part 1 - Ep 133

This is a re-broadcast of Episode 19. Star Trek: The Animated Series is often over-looked in the history of Star Trek. But it is noteworthy because it isthe moment when Star Trek moved from being a cancelled show to a franchise. Co-hosts Bob Turner and Kelly Casto take a look at the Animated Series in this episode of 70s Trek. The show aired from September 1973 to October 1974 and consisted of 22 episodes. Many writers that worked on the original series lent their talents to the Animated Series, which helped the stories be consistent with the live action version. Some were also just good stories. The Animated Series won an Emmy for Best Children's Programming. While the animation itself might be primitive, the show remains very faithful to The Original Series and is full of detail. If you're a Trek fan, it is worth your time. This is Part 1 of our look a the Animated Series. We discuss the following episodes: "Mudd's Passion" "The Magicks of Megas Tu" "The Lorelei Signal" "Time Trap...

38 MIN2019 JUN 7
Comments
Star Trek: The Animated Series, Part 1 - Ep 133
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