Star Trek Actor Lived At Internment Camp As A Child

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Some of Star Trek performer George Takei’s family was forced into a Japanese internment camp on the West Coast of the United States during World War II.

In the recent Supreme Court ruling over gay marriage, Supreme Court judge Clarence Thomas, who is black, wrote that “human dignity cannot be taken away by the government…” He added, “Slaves did not lose their dignity (any more than they lost their humanity) because the government allowed them to be enslaved. Those held in internment camps did not lose their dignity because the government confined them.”

After having spent time in a Japanese internment camp as a child, George Takei disagrees.

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Is 2014 Star Trek’s 50th Anniversary?

GreenGirl1The original Star Trek TV series came out in 1966, but what about the show’s origins?

The show’s pilot was called “The Cage” and had a copyright date of 1964.

“The Cage” was filmed at Desilu Productions’ studio (now known as Culver Studios) in Culver City, California, from November 27 to mid-December 1964.

Post-production work (pick-up shots, editing, scoring, special photographic and sound effects) continued to January 18, 1965.

According to Wikipedia, “The Cage” had many of the features of the eventual series, but there were numerous differences. The Captain of the starship USS Enterprise was not James T. Kirk, but Christopher Pike (played by Jeffrey Hunter).”

Spock was present, but not as First Officer. That role was taken by a character known only as Number One, played by Majel Barrett.

Spock was played by Leonard Nimoy and had the first line in all of Star Trek: “Check the circuit!” followed by, “Can’t be the screen then.”

Susan Oliver played the part of Star Trek’s original Orion Green Girl, part of her role as “Vina” in the original 1964 pilot.

NBC reportedly called the pilot “too cerebral,” “too intellectual,” and “too slow” with “not enough action.”  Sources claim it was also too sexy.

Rather than rejecting the series outright, though, the network commissioned—in an unusual, and at the time unprecedented, move—a second pilot. This was accepted and Star Trek: The Original Series began production.

Footage from “The Cage” was also “recycled” and used in a show called “The Menagerie” during the first season.