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Old September 9 2013, 03:45 AM   #1
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Your TAS memories

What are your first memories of The Animated Series?


In my case, I was only 5 to 6 years old when this series aired, and I distinctly sensed that it was a bit over my head in a way no other cartoon was. But my older brother almost never missed it, so neither did I. Anyway, I respected the show at the time for being as intelligent as the live-action series (which, back then, I didn't realize was no longer in production).

The first Star Trek book I bought, at age 9 or 10, was Foster's Log Four, because I chanced to see it at a school book fair and recognized the title "More Tribbles, More Troubles." By then Star Trek reruns were no longer shown in my location, but I soon became a fan through reading books and it was TAS that started the whole thing off in a way.


Where was everyone else when TAS aired? What was it like seeing this show if you were already a ST fan? Or perhaps for younger fans who first saw TAS in repeats when it ran on Nickelodeon?

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Old September 9 2013, 04:19 AM   #2
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Re: Your TAS memories

I know I was in kindergarten. I knew what Star Trek was. I knew Kirk, Spock, and Scotty (when I saw a re-run of Mirror Mirror I thought Scotty was trying to kill Kirk, because all red-shirts were Scotty). I have a vague recollection that there was a Star Trek cartoon that was on when I was watching Land of the Lost, Valley of the Dinosaurs, and Ernie Devlin.

Then I became more aware of Star Trek through the live action show and the Colorforms set (seriously). My next experience of TAS was the Viewmaster set of Yesteryear (around 1976). So I had that pretty well memorized.

I MAY have seen some in 1978ish.

But I don't think I really got to see TAS again until Nickelodeon ran them again in 1986. By then I could tell that Doohan and Barrett did all the voices. But hey, it was before TVH and a year before TNG. I took any Star Trek I could get. (I'm a TAS fan, btw.)
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Old September 9 2013, 05:07 AM   #3
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I was 14 and already a Star Trek fan. It was a new Star Trek show, so I was there. It wa pretty good from a story perspective. Definitely better than the other cartoons of the day. The animation was typical of television of the era, so I didn't expect anything better. I did wonder why they couldn't use the "real" Star Trek theme music. Since I can still whistle it to this day, it must have made an impression.
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Old September 9 2013, 05:19 AM   #4
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I was already familiar with TOS, having seen quite a few episodes. The first clip of TAS I saw was the Friday night before the premier, on the cartoon preview show, where they showed a clip from Beyond the Farthest Star. By then, I had already seen promotional stills of TAS in various magazines.
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Old September 9 2013, 05:30 AM   #5
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I was 7, in a house where we watched the original series in syndication every weekday at 6PM (on Oakland's KTVU) , so to have something new was fantastic.
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Old September 9 2013, 10:25 AM   #6
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I was five. I'd only recently discovered TOS, and one Saturday morning I was playing in the backyard and my mother came out and told me that Star Trek was on. I was puzzled that it was on in the daytime rather than the evening. I'm not sure it mattered to me much that it was a cartoon rather than live-action; it was Star Trek. Since I was discovering both shows at once, they sort of blended together in my mind. Later on, there were things I thought I remembered from TOS that were really from TAS.

The first novel I ever owned was a used copy of Star Trek Log Three with the front cover torn off. It was the first book I ever read that wasn't on a child's reading level. I was six, I think.
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Old September 9 2013, 10:39 AM   #7
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Then I became more aware of Star Trek through the live action show and the Colorforms set (seriously). My next experience of TAS was the Viewmaster set of Yesteryear (around 1976). So I had that pretty well memorized.
Oh, man, I remember those Colorforms. Till now I had forgotten the Viewmaster set, but now I'm thinking yeah, I must have had that because I remember the bird guy scientist and I'Chaya entirely too well from that period!

I also remember my brother often pointing out that Spock's skin looked green in TAS while it didn't particularly in TOS.
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Old September 9 2013, 11:03 AM   #8
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I've mentioned my TAS memories here before. Knowing very little about TOS, I recall watching TAS in b/w on Saturday mornings in Sydney, Australia. I guess we were way behind the US screenings. "Yesteryear", "How Sharper Than a Serpent's Tooth", "The Time Trap", "The Counterclock Incident" and "Albatross" were particularly memorable. My brothers and I were intrigued by the Auroral Plague and wondered what colours the crew were turning.

Colour TV arrived Down Under in late 1975, when I was almost 17, and TAS began rescreening daily on breakfast television the next year(?), interspersed by unrelated live-action segments, music, prize wheels, etc. Yes, we finally got to see the Auroral Plague colours - and the tribbles were pink!

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Next memories involved desperately searching toyshops for the "Mr. Spock's Time Trek" View-Master reels, admiring the beautiful Tuttle & Bailey TAS sericels advertised in 1980 issues of "Starlog" (and reprints of Bantam TOS books), realising that TAS adaptations were in the Ballantine "Logs", and my visit to Perth in about 1983, and meeting members of Westrek, who had random eps (some I'd never seen, including "The Slaver Weapon" with the end bit missing!) on off-air home videotape. Perth got multiple screenings of TAS in the early 80s and the east coast didn't.

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Arex and M'ress suddenly turning up on the bridge in DC Comics' post-ST IV comic!

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Old September 9 2013, 11:47 AM   #9
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Re: Your TAS memories

I was in junior high school, and I think I had read about Star Trek in Junior Scholastic just before TAS started airing. I watched it a few times, wondering what the fuss was all about. Around 1975 or 1976, TOS finally started airing in syndication in my area (on WAAY in Huntsville, Alabama) and I quickly became a Trekkie.
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Old September 9 2013, 01:04 PM   #10
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Now I remember those ads for the cels they used to put in the center of the Bantam books! In fact, that is why I remember the bird guy and sehlat so well, but I definitely had the View-Master reels too.
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Old September 9 2013, 02:26 PM   #11
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I started watching the original series reruns about a year earlier (fall 1972) on a regular basis (mainly so I'd know how to act the role of Spock counterpointing my friend Kyle who liked playing Kirk). Sometime during that span, I began to enjoy the shows for their own sake.

Then in late August of 73, NBC started promoting its upcoming Saturday morning lineup and that's when Kyle and I learned Trek would premiere in animated format. CorporalCaptain reminded me of the preview special which I also watched. (For the younger members here, the "Big 3" networks, NBC, CBS and ABC used to run half hour previews of their new Saturday morning line-ups the Friday evening before they first aired.)

While the cartoon aired from September '73 through August of '75, reruns of the original series were suspended in our local market, Birmingham, Alabama. I can't remember if TOS ran on a competing affiliate. Point is, for those two years, TAS was the only Trek material available, so one watched it or simply did without. Not that it bothered me. For Kyle and I, it was Trek.

I purchased "Star Trek Log One" when it was first published as part of some release program. So I got the first several publications when they were first released.

In case you're wondering, no, I was not crazy about M'Ress at that time. Neither did I dislike her; she simply wasn't on my radar. (I wouldn't take note of her until late 1982 after I saw the movie "Cat People".) Spock was my "hero" since I roleplayed him. One thing that puzzled me was the lack of "frown lines" upon his animated visage. Even as a kid not quite 11 years old, I thought those creases were a defining attribute of Nimoy's face. But even then I appreciated the cartoon could depict far grander vistas and exotic flora and fauna than the live action could afford.


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Old September 9 2013, 03:25 PM   #12
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I have very strong memories of watching TAS when if first came out. I had just gone into military service and can vividly remember watching it on Saturday mornings in the barracks. I had watched TOS since mid-way through the first season (was out of the country 'til then), but I can't actually say I was an incurable Trekkie before TAS. For whatever reason, when it came along, TAS just appealed to me and to this day I have a very fond spot for it. Even though I had watch TOS, it was TAS that cemented my love of Star Trek.
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Old September 9 2013, 04:03 PM   #13
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I was 11 years old and already a huge Trek fan as was my dad.

We watched the preview show, and caught all the episodes as they aired and kept watching them as reruns through the years. I was also reading all the new Bantam and Ballantine Trek novels I could find.

I loved how Alan Dean Foster fleshed out the stories. Sadly I could never get my dad into any reading whatsoever.

I've got the TAS boxed DVD set and still rewatch them all once or twice a year. Great series.
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Old September 9 2013, 06:48 PM   #14
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I have a few memories audio taping One of Our Planets is Missing. However, I do remember - vividly - when it was cancelled. I was crushed when I tuned in at 11:00 that Saturday morning and was greeted by this announcement:

"Star Trek will no longer be seen at this time. Stay tuned for...WESTWIND!"

The only satisfaction I had was that it was done after 13 episodes. But my show was gone. I didn't see it again until Nickelodeon reran TAS in the 80's.
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Old September 9 2013, 07:43 PM   #15
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As a young boy in the fall of 1973, afterschool I would watch Star Trek TOS that was in reruns Mondays through Fridays. On Saturday mornings, I would watched the new Star Trek TAS too.
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