Interview with Dorothy Fontana.
A television writer since the early 1960s, Dorothy "D.C." Fontana was the personal assistant to Gene Roddenberry. It was through this role that she became a prominent creative force behind Star Trek. Dorothy had a large part in developing the character of Spock and his family in her story "Journey to Babel," and is also responsible for many other classic episode of The Original Series. She continued her ties to Star Trek when she signed on to Star Trek: The Animated Series in 1973, for which she became story editor and associate producer. And along the way, she deepened Spock's backstory in her script for the most famous TAS episode of all: "Yesteryear."
In this episode of Saturday Morning Trek, none other than Dorothy herself drops by the Trek.fm wood-paneled den. We discuss the fan reaction to the announcement of an animated series, how a writers strike actually improved the quality of the scripts, and how she brought a strong female voice to other '70s shows like The Six Million Dollar Man and Land of Lost.
Getting involved with The Animated Series (00:02:11)
Fan Reception and Fan Base (00:4:05)
ABC Cartoon Promo (00:11:02)
Creating the Sehlat (00:14:30)
“The Magicks of Megas-Tu” (00:18:26)
Working with Filmation (00:21:30)
The Writer's Strike (00: 27:55)
The Stories, Writers, and Actors (00:30:05)
The Third Season and New Show Possibilities (00:33:29)
Other 1970s Shows (00:40:44)
The Six Million Dollar Man Clip (00:46:40)
Current Projects (00:54:07)
Dorothy "D.C." Fontana
Aaron Harvey (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Charlynn Schmiedt (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Executive Producer) Eric Extreme (Associate Producer) Mike Bovia (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Will Nguyen (Content Manager)
Exploring the SS Bonaventure. We investigate this animated starship that features design elements that are a precursor to the famous Constitution class, its time period, and build a 3D model in this special video episode.
Monster Cereals and Star Trek. It's the Halloween season in the Trek.fm wood-paneled den and that means just one thing: Monster Cereals!
Gene Roddenberry's Klingon Memo. Larry Nemecek joins us to discuss the influences of The Animated Series on Star Trek: Discovery and how The Motion Picture wasn't the first time the subject of redesigning the Klingons was broached.
The Pirates of Orion Review. Spock is dying and the only know cure is now in the hands of the Oreeons... Orions? Either way it's bad news!
The Jihad. We join Kirk and Spock in an alien version of the Impossible Mission Force as they search for the soul of an ancient messiah figure on a planet that is constantly changing.
San Diego Comic-Con Trek Podcasting Panel. News, analysis, interviews: It's all in the mix as Larry Nemecek joins nationally known podcasters from Southern California to talk about Star Trek podcasting.
The Eye of the Beholder. We join Kirk and company in a world where everything is perfect—a little too perfect.
More Tribbles, More Troubles. We join Kirk and crew for more fluffy fun as the Enterprise is overrun but Tribbles of the pink variety.
Yesteryear watch-along. Our very first watch-along leaves us with more questions than it answers, including whether He-Man is actually Spock.
Review of The Slaver Weapon
Review of The Ambergris Element
Review of The Ambergris Element
Interview with Filmation artist Bob Kline, part II
Interview with Filmation artist Bob Kline
This episode of “Saturday Morning Trek” is ostensibly a review of the recently released stand alone :Star Trek The Animated Series" blu-ray, but when friend of the network, Dayton Ward and host Aaron Harvey get talking it's a winding conversation through the history of TAS!
Former "To The Journey" co-host Tristan Ridell joins Aaron Harvey to compare and contrast Star Trek The Animated Series episode "The Time Trap" to Star Trek Voyager's "The Void" and talk about some of the other incarnations of this story.
Neil S. Bulk and Mike Matessino from La-La Land Records have done what many thought was impossible, they have brought us the soundtrack to Star Trek The Animated series.
Can the crews of three different Trek.fm shows pull together and create an animated series sequel to the "Alternative Factor" AND "The Counter-Clock Incident" that's more compelling than the originals and uses all the rules of all the different universes but still manages make sense? Join us for the first episode of our fictional third season of Star Trek The Animated Series!
If you thought Deep Space Nine was the first time a Starfleet crew shrunk down to the size of action figures, think again! Was the trope of thematic cure-all of the transporter a Next Generation invention? Not exactly! And if you thought Enterprise was the first time we saw colonist from the Terra project, we'd shout "Shale!" Join Aaron Harvey and special returning co-host Darren Moser as they grab their xenylon based uniforms and review "The Terratin Incident."
Mudd's Passion. Roger C. Carmel is back as Harry Mudd , this time swindling miners with a love potion. Yay?! Yeah, not so much. The Harry Mudd character had been pretty well mined, pun fully intended, and in the 21st century is somewhat problematic. So, what do we do when an episode may not be our favorite? Why, we dive deeper!
Kerry O’Quinn Interview. The Starlog co-founder shares how he was writing a blog before there was such a thing, how he brought Star Trek and Star Wars together, and people told him he was going to hell.
Once Upon a Planet. The Enterprise crew revisits the fondly remembered "amusement park" planet, hoping for some rest and relaxation—which of course turns into kidnapping and the near destruction of the ship. We talk the pros and cons of this animated sequel to "Shore Leave."
Star Trek: The Classic UK Comics, Vol. 1. In 1969, before Star Trek premiered in England, British readers were introduced to the characters through an original comic book series. We look at volume one of the collected works with the man who put it all together.
Conventions in the 1970s. Today pop-culture conventions are commonplace, but in the 1970s they were something new and different. We look at the history of cons and how today's gatherings are rooted in the efforts of Star Trek 1970s' superfans.
Star Trek: Planet of the Titans. A unique design for a big-screen Enterprise grew out of Gene Roddenberry's early development of a first Star Trek film. While it never made it to screen, this design gets a second chance at life in Star Trek: Discovery.
The Magicks of Megas-Tu. When the Enterprise takes a jaunt to the point of the Big Bang, it parts ways with science. We discuss one of the strangest, most transgressive bits of Star Trek ever committed to film, and meet Lucifer at the center of the galaxy.
Interview with Dorothy Fontana. None other than the story editor and associate producer of Star Trek: The Animated series herself drops by the Trek.fm wood-paneled den to talk Trek and writing for television in the 1970s.
The Infinite Vulcan. A giant clone from the Eugenics Wars, living on a planet of sentient plants, wants to clone Spock in his own image apart of a galactic peacekeeping force. Yes, you did read that correctly. Join us as we try to weed through this giggle-worthy episode.
The Survivor. How would you react if your long lost fiancé returned to you? Then said he can’t marry you. Ever. And what if he turned out to be an alien? We tackle this and more when we meet "The Survivor."
More Tribbles, More Troubles. What happens when you feed a Tribble? If you said you get lots of little Tribbles, this time you'd be wrong! Revisit the world of prodigiously multiplying furry creatures in this sequel to “The Trouble with Tribbles.”