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The Wisdom Of Leonard McCoy: Why We Still Love Trek’s Country Doctor

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BonesFeatOne of the most brilliant aspects of the original Star Trek series is the core trio of Kirk, Spock, and McCoy, and the ways they represent different facets of the human character. Spock is the mind, the cold-blooded regard of pure logic and pragmatism. Bones is the fiery, passionate human heart — he feels everything as intensely as Spock oppresses his emotions. Kirk is the balance between the two, united in the will to act and the resolve of command. Naturally, the three of them drive each other insane on a daily basis, even if their underlying fondness for each other is rarely hard to see.

Had he not passed away back in 1999, actor DeForest Kelley would have turned 94 today. It’s a sad reality, because if you’d asked me which of Trek’s three core characters would be most likely to live forever, my money would have been on Bones. He’s all too aware of the dangers inherent in space exploration, he’s full of home-spun wisdom, and frankly, he’s too damn stubborn to die. While a different version of McCoy may be keeping the crew of the Enterprise patched up on the big screen these days, nobody can ever replace the cranky but compassionate performance given by Kelley across three seasons of television and six feature films. In honor of the man himself, we’re taking a look back at some of McCoy’s funniest, crankiest, and most insightful quotes over the years, many of them directed at a certain cold-blooded hobgoblin of a science officer…

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Star Trek’s DeForest Kelley Would Have Turned 94: Today In Science & Science Fiction

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DeForestHe played a true icon of science fiction television: a simple, down-home doctor who traveled to the stars, possessed an uncanny skill at needling his Vulcan compatriot, and absolutely hated the transporter. Sadly, Star Trek’s DeForest Kelley is no longer with us, having passed away in 1999 at the age of 79, but his legacy lives on. It’s a shame he didn’t live to see the 21st century, and the various ways Trek is still influencing and shaping our future. Hell, it would have been interesting to see what he thought of Karl Urban’s take on Leonard “Bones” McCoy, the role Kelley is still best known for.

Kelley had a long career stretching all the way back to the ‘40s. Prior to boarding the U.S.S. Enterprise, he worked extensively in the Westerns that were all the rage in the mid 20th century, including appearances on The Lone Ranger, Gunsmoke, and Rawhide, among many others. Once he took the Trek role, he continued to work in other films and TV shows, but Dr. McCoy very much became the defining factor of his later career. In addition to appearing in all the classic-cast Trek movies, he also put in a memorable appearance as an elderly now-Admiral McCoy in the pilot for Star Trek: The Next Generation. He would have turned 94 today. Here’s to you, Doc.

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Star Trek’s Latest Retro Posters Have Giant Monsters And Doppelgangers

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Gal7Artist Juan Ortiz is back with another four of his excellent Star Trek retro prints. If you’ve somehow managed to miss the eight zillion other posts we’ve done about the preceding prints, here’s the skinny: Over a year ago, Ortiz set out to create an original, retro-style art print for every single one of Star Trek: The Original Series’ episodes. Even though the show only ran three seasons — a brief lifespan when measured against the later spinoffs — that’s still a damn lot of work. Now he’s back with the latest installment highlighting four more TOS episodes: “The Galileo Seven,” “The Enemy Within,” “Wolf in the Fold,” and “The Apple.” We’ll have info about how to order the prints at the bottom.

Since these aren’t exactly the most famous of the show’s episodes, we’ll take a look at each one individually. First up is “The Galileo Seven,” the poster for which can be seen up top. Originally aired on January 5, 1967, “G7” is the sixteenth episode of the show’s first season. In it, a shuttlecraft crew including Spock, McCoy, Scotty, and four other specialists crash land a shuttle on a planet they were attempting to investigate. With the Enterprise itself needed to deliver medical supplies to a colony elsewhere ASAP, the shuttle crew is left to try and survive attacks by giant, spear-wielding natives and find a way to get the hell off that planet before they all die. Here’s what Ortiz had to say about the “Galileo Seven” print, via StarTrek.com.

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Two Star Trek Fans Filmed Themselves Break Into The Next Generation Set In 1988

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We’ve all seen news stories about criminals, vandals, or a group of kids who not only did something illegal, but were stupid enough to film themselves doing it. That’s never a good idea, because as we know in this day and age, nothing stays secret for long. The real geniuses out there post the videos online, you know, because they’re super smart. Those are the ones who are always the most shocked to get caught. Most of the time you’re glad these dumbasses filmed themselves, if only because it makes us feel good to laugh at morons. This new footage that has come to light, however, will make you glad these outlaws recorded themselves, not because of some smug sense of superiority, but because it’s totally awesome. What these Star Trek fans did in 1988 was break into the set of The Next Generation and film themselves din the process.

On the night of March 10, 1988, at least two rabid Trek fans found their way onto the TNG set on the Paramount Studios lot after hours. Talk about kids in a candy store. Haven’t we all fantasized about wandering around the sets for one of our favorite shows or movies, twisting knobs, sitting in chairs, knocking over a sickbay bed?

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Star Trek Gets A Blooper Trailer And A Power Rangers Makeover

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Exploring the final frontier is stressful, man. If you’re not battling bald, pissed-off Romulans then you’re fighting a whitewashed version of your greatest foe or battling lizard people in a horrible video game. It’s no wonder James Kirk beds everything in sight; that guy needs to unwind. After all, too much stress might — to borrow a phrase from Babylon 5 — make you go “space happy.” Well, I’m no medical doctor, and Bones isn’t returning any of my calls, but if I had to guess what “space happy” looks like, I think the video above might be a pretty accurate representation.

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New Outlander Photo, Plus Ron Moore Talks Star Trek, Star Wars, And More

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OutlanderTonight sci-fi veteran Ronald D. Moore makes his long-awaited return to the small screen with his Antarctic outbreak story Helix on Syfy. But that’s apparently not enough to fill his time, because he also has an adaptation of Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander novels for Starz, which will premiere later this year. A time-jumping multi-period piece, there is a new old-timey Outlander photo for us to peruse. Moore has been busy on the promotional trail, hawking his wares, and has taken the time to talk about everything from his own shows, to Star Wars, Star Trek, and even Game of Thrones.

The story of Outlander follows a married 1940s combat nurse named Claire (Caitriona Balfe). On vacation with her husband (Tobias Menzies) in Scotland, she manages to tumble through some kind of portal into the 18th century. There she falls in love with a young warrior bro, played by Sam Heughan. As you can see, this photograph, which appeared in EW, is definitely from Claire’s pre-time travel days. She’s just hanging out in a field, having an awesome car with running boards, though I feel like having a convertible in Scotland has many of the same drawbacks as owning a similar automobile in Seattle. In the accompanying interview, Moore discusses what drew him to the project.