'Star Trek' poster project tackles runaway asteroids, Cold War anxiety, T-shirts -- EXCLUSIVE

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Artist Juan Ortiz continues to produce compelling reasons for the most ardent Star Trek fans to convert their basements or garages into home art galleries: His ongoing project to create movie posters — done in a style that evokes mid-century sci-fi novels and vintage geek pulp — for every single episode of Star Trek: The Original Series continues.

This week, CBS Studios and Quantum Mechanix are releasing four more prints, including Ortiz’s take on an episode with a title that’s just marvelous mouthful: “For the World is Hollow and I Have Touched the Sky.” This is the one in which the Enterprise encounters an asteroid packed with secrets (and a population of very religious, very deceived people) on a collision course for Chelyabinsk Oblast in Russia the Federation planet of Daran V, and Dr. McCoy contracts a deadly disease and falls in love (which are not the same thing). It was the the eighth episode of the third season.

And then there is “The Omega Glory.” According to Trek lore, series creator Gene Roddenberry, who wrote the script for this second season episode, came up with the story in the formative days of the show’s creation, when he was brainstorming new ideas for a new pilot after the original launch episode (“The Cage”) was scuttled. “The Omega Glory” — which metaphorically grapples with the Cold War and themes of class and race — has Captain Kirk and company investigating the linked mysteries of the Federation starship Exeter, whose captain seems to have violated the Prime Directive, and the planet of Omega IV, whose long-lived people has a history (and global and social conflicts) that weirdly mirrors our own.

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You can purchase the prints at Quantum Mechanix’s website. By the way: The company is now turning artwork into T-shirts. So fans, buy more dressers, too. For more info, click here.

Twitter: @EWDocJensen 

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