The move to Friday in 1968 was the beginning of the end, but it didn't go down without a fight, with the fan letter-writing campaign saving it from cancellation at the end of season two. The bad timeslot, paired with the drop in quality (and budget) after Roddenberry withdrew in protest, was deadly. But the articles printed at the time are fun to read, as they gave hope to the fans at the time.
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And an earlier ad for the start of season 2:
It's too bad they didn't introduce the female Vulcan character in season two, as mentioned in the write-up above. We had to wait until "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan" to see that. However, the might have been referring to the charcter of T'Pring, as a reader of this blog noted in the comments.
Below, the less-than-enthusiastic Nimoy and Shatner feign excitement over the death-knell of being exiled to Friday night.
Since around 1971, when I was first bitten by the Star Trek bug, I have been collecting all sorts of items for my scrapbooks; photos, articles, ads, and more. I hope you join me often on this fun and nostalgic look back, as I share them with you, one at a time. It's a "phaser blast from the past!"
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Born in the late 50's, a kid in the 60's, a teen in the 70's, I'm "forever-fourteen." Monsters, spooky stuff, sci-fi and Star Trek captured my imagination as a youth and the memories made will never fade. The profile photo symbolizes the efforts of my stepdad to rid me of my "childish" interests, as he called them; at which, not being a man of strong imagination, he failed.