Monday, June 8, 2015

The Power Records Podcast Episode 10: Star Trek!

sgThe Fire and Water Podcast Presents: THE POWER RECORDS PODCAST, Episode 10

In this episode of THE POWER RECORDS PODCAST, hosts Rob Kelly and Chris Franklin discuss two STAR TREK audio adventures, "A Mirror For Futility" and "The Time Stealer." We wrap up with your Listener Feedback! LLAP!

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Opening and closing themes courtesy Peter Pan Records.

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Rockwell J. Pugglesworth said...

I must have lived in the 5% of the country that didn't have a station rerunning Star Trek when I was a very little kid in the late '70s, so my first exposure to Star Trek was thru the Mego figures, the Gold Key comic books, and the Power Records stories. I grew up to be a big original series fan, and with these two stories, plus "Crier in Emptiness" and "Passage to Moav" being kind of at the foundation of my exposure to the show, these feel to me as much like "real" Star Trek as the actual series episodes. I know that Cary Bates, Elliot S! Maggin, and Alan Dean Foster wrote most of the PR Star Trek stories, which goes a long way to explain why the recordings feel so authentic.

Neal Adams draws an amazing William-Shatner-as-Kirk. I have an original Adams sketch of Shatner-as-Kirk on my desk at home and it really captures the likeness. I met Neal on Friday at a show in Knoxville and I wanted to ask him if he was a Star Trek fan at the time Continuity would have been working on these books, because I have always been impressed with how accurate the details of the Enterprise and all the uniforms and gadgets are (a far cry from Gold Key) - but I didn't talk *with* Neal so much as I was talked to *by* Neal :-)

As far as Blonde Uhura and Black Sulu go, like Chris, I have always assumed it had to be a likeness rights issue, although that's pure supposition. I do know that this was the same period of time that Nimoy was using Paramount for using his likeness on merchandising without compensation, but the PR Spock clearly looks like Nimoy, so I dunno. There are a couple of panels though, where I think the Sulu character looks a lot like George Takei at least facially, if you can look past the coloring and the hair, and I wonder if maybe the characters were drawn accurately and then someone came along and had the drawings changed for some forgotten likeness issue?

Rockwell J. Pugglesworth said...

Hopefully this is the link I meant to post.

radio1342 said...

Interesting, I have never heard this and can't wait to listen (I will download the podcast from iTunes and check it out). I knew it existed but at a young age I completely lost interest in the ST Records simply because the sfx and the voices were clearly not Star Trek. So I never gave them the time of day. I was expecting Shatner and Nimoy. Now that i am older i know I can appreciate them for what they are and I look forward to hearing Conan meet the crew. I never noticed the Sulu and Uhura change, very interesting. The picture you posted in the link above looks like they may have been swapped out last minute .

radio1342 said...

Just read the Nichelle Nichols had a minor stroke. Hope she has a speedy recovery.

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