Meet Teri Garr. You probably already know her from Close Encounters of the Third Kind or Young Frankenstein (or even an episode of Friends, in which she played Phoebe’s long-lost mother). She also guest-starred in an episode of the original Star Trek series, “Assignment: Earth.” Asked about that role, she tells interviewer Bill Warren: “I have nothing to say about it. I did that years ago and I mostly deny I ever did it.” She doesn’t stop there; she says “Thank God” the episode didn’t become a spinoff series (as was intended): “Otherwise, all I would get would be Star Trek questions for the rest of my natural life – and probably my unnatural life. You ever see those people who are Star Trek fans? The same people who go to swap meets.”
Oh, dear, someone stop her. Hand her a drink. Call her cell phone to distract her. But no, she goes on. When Warren presses her for memories about the episode’s director, Marc Daniels, she gracelessly says, “He’s dead. I like Gene Roddenberry, but I don’t remember those people. I really don’t want to talk about Star Trek. That’s what I told them about this interview. If it’s a science-fiction magazine, they’re going to ask me about all this stuff that I don’t–” and she finally shuts up. I’m sure the readers of Starlog: The Science Fiction Universe will be very interested to hear that.
And what Oscar-worthy screen gem of timeless storytelling was Teri Garr’s interview intended to promote in the first place? Mom & Dad Save the World.
Ah. Much better than Star Trek.
80 pages (including covers)
Cover price: $4.50
This is the issue that proves that you can never get too much Star Trek. I garr-antee it.
The rundown: Call it meanness or just happenstance, but of the three main photos on the cover, the one the editors chose to showcase Teri Garr is not from Mom & Dad but from her Star Trek days, the cads; Alien Nation is featured on the contents page. Communications letters include everything from someone distributing pen pals from Russia and eastern Europe to tons of feedback on Beauty & the Beast to yet another Lost in Space lover complaining that his favorite show don’t get no love from Starlog, plus Mike Fisher’s Creature Profile features the Gremlins; Little Nemo in Slumberland was a sumptuously illustrated and incredibly creative comic strip from the early decades of the 20th century, and I would love to see someone do it well on the big screen – which apparently was attempted in a 1989 animated musical version that only in late 1991 was seeing theatrical release, reports David McDonnell in his Medialog column; Boolog reviews The Pixilated Peeress, Lunar Justice, The Man Who Could Read Minds, The Cult of Loving Kindness, and Specterworld; Fan Network includes Lia Pelosi’s directory of fan clubs and publications, plus the convention calendar; and Kerry O’Quinn’s From the Bridge finishes his report – begun last issue – on witnessing a total eclipse of the sun.
Lee Goldberg provides a fun overview of science-fiction television pilots that never made it to series; Lynne Stephens interviews DeForest Kelley about Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country; there’s more Trek in the form of Ian Spelling’s interview with Jonathan Frakes, who discusses his directing career; and don’t forget Kyle Counts’ chat with actor Carel Struycken, who talks about his role in Star Trek: The Next Generation, as well as The Witches of Eastwick (let’s face it: John Updike doesn’t make it into the pages of Starlog very often, so it deserves a mention when he does), The Addams Family and even Ewoks: The Battle for Endor; and Ian Spelling talks to Star Trek: The Next Generation head honcho Rick Berman.
“Heading into the unknown five years back, [Rick] Berman and everyone associated with The Next Generation realized the tremendous gamble about to be undertaken. If The Next Generation flopped, it could permanently tarnish the Trek image, cost Paramount a potential fortune, and even harm the film series featuring the original cast. ‘There was obviously a sense of risk and doubt in the beginning,’ notes Berman. ... ‘We were a sequel. We were science fiction. We were going to be on syndicated television. None of these things had ever really succeeded or, if they had, they hadn’t for a long time.’”
–Rick Berman, executive producer, interviewed by Ian Spelling: “Leader of the Next Generation”For more, click on Starlog Internet Archive Project below or visit the Starlog Project's permanent site.