Star Trek: The Original Series didn’t have a lot of outtakes or behind-the-scenes footage that was clear enough to be seen well.
Being that Star Trek: The Original Series was shot in the 1960s, most of the outtake scenes that are available online today are grainy and difficult to see, but Trek World recently shared five minutes of footage that is crystal clear. And it shows the actors and guest stars in a different light. One of the most interesting things to see is Leonard Nimoy laughing while in character as Spock. It’s a rarity to see as Nimoy was known for keeping in character even at home.
The scenes come from Errand of Mercy, Arena, and This Side of Paradise and most likely are from Billy Blackburn’s film recordings. There isn’t any audio or text overlay, but you can still get the feel of the camraderie between the crew, although you really only get Nimoy and William Shatner as well as some background and guest actors.
You can see more Star Trek: The Original Series footage on Trek World’s channel.
This fan has, at the time of this writing, 214 videos dedicated to all things Star Trek, and some have footage that may have never been aired…at least some that I haven’t seen like this one, voiced by Blackburn.
In it, Blackburn says everyone was really having a good time, and he credited that to Shatner, Nimoy, and DeForest Kelley. He said everyone worked hard doing their job, but there was always a lot of fun.
If you’d like to see more of these unique pieces of nostalgia, head on over to Trek World’s channel. This is the best place you’ll find footage that isn’t grainy and showing its age. Plus, it’s fun to see the cast and crew showing happiness about being on set. Little did any of them know how they would all become a part of history.