Tuesday, January 19, 2016

That's all Folks!

It's been a great pleasure writing this blog over the years. But we feel the time is now right to move on - and to let Bill Shatner settle in to his autumn years with a lasting, secure toupee free from the prying rays of our all-powerful touposcopes.

This blog and it's collection of articles will remain online for readers to continue to discuss Bill Shatner's hair, or lack thereof. After all, in our complex world, we know sometimes Bill Shatner's toupee is the only thing that seems to make sense. So please do continue the heated debates that have fueled this site over the years.

 Scientists continue to learn of the crucial role played by glue in holding together the original Star Trek series. Source.

Thanks so much to all our readers, including those who contributed in various ways since we started back in 2009. We've greatly enjoyed analyzing not only Bill Shatner's hairline, but his various works stretching back to the 1950s.

Recently released (click for larger) production memo from Star Trek. Source.

Permit us to end with a hopeful call to arms: TV series and movies shot on celluloid are being remastered and restored thanks to the advent of high-definition video. But largely left behind in all this have been an array of TV movies shot on film, in particular during the 1970s. We sincerely hope that weird and wonderful gems such as Bill Shatner's 1973 The Horror at 37,000 Feet  (perhaps as a double-bill with Murder on Flight 502), or 1971's epic mini-serial Vanished, or the 1968 oddity Perilous Voyage, or the thrilling Disaster on the Coastliner (1979), also get a shot at being preserved and reissued on Blu-ray. Here's hoping...

Thank you and farewell!


UPDATE: Attention Trek fans!

With the announcement that Nick Meyer is set to join the new Star Trek TV series, we would like to call on Star Trek fans to consider helping to push for another highly talented Trek veteran to be brought on board. And for and old wound to be repaired...

Ron Jones

We believe composer Ron Jones should be offered the chance to score for the series. His four years with Star Trek: The Next Generation helped fill that show with a spirit of action-adventure, and took viewers to countless strange new worlds. Jones' iconic score for "The Best of Both Worlds" remains a landmark in TV music scoring to this day.

Ron Jones' scores were memorable, magical, and inventive. In "Where No One Has Gone Before" he helped rekindle that far-out spirit of a universe full of unknowns...

And just listen to this 1997 score for a computer game! A damn computer game!

Alas, the "soulless minions of orthodoxy" wanted to push The Next Generation in another direction. The rest is history...

Wouldn't it be terrific if showrunner Bryan Fuller brought in Ron Jones to score the pilot? If you support the idea, please mention it in your blogs, in Trek forums, via Tweets etc.

Many thanks!