Of Chess Moves & Gladiators

We've taken the voyages of the starship Enterprise one adventure further with a series of original movie-style art print sets commemorating every episode of Star Trek, the iconic American television series that aired from 1966 to 1969.

The Original Series has become a cult classic, and its leading-edge plot lines and mores have influenced many science-fiction TV shows and movies that have followed.

Designer/illustrator Juan Ortiz talks about the inspiration for our fourteenth set of Star Trek: The Original Series Art Prints, which includes:

  • Episode 20: Court Martial. As Captain James T. Kirk is ordered to stand trial for a possible court martial in the death of a crewman, chess plays a pivotal role in the plot of this episode and in the creation of this art print. Ortiz says, "Chess has always been an important element on Star Trek. When we first meet Kirk, he's playing chess with Spock. In 'Whom Gods Destroy,' Kirk and Scotty use a passcode based on a chess move. In this episode, Spock plays chess against the ship's computer and is able to make a discovery that will later exonerate Kirk of negligence." The artist added a made-up pull quote to give the design a "paperback cover feel."
  • Episode 45: The Gamesters of Triskelion. Ortiz offers an homage to comic books with this print for an episode in which the away team is abducted with other aliens and forced to into gladiatorial combat for the entertainment of their disembodied captors. "I always wanted to try a comic book cover for this series, but I didn't want to just copy the Gold Key versions. I wanted limited colors with more of a pop-art feel to it. I've always been a big comic book fan, especially any by Jack Kirby."
  • Episode 57: The Enterprise Incident. A female Romulan commander looms large in this design for an episode in which a seemingly half-cocked Captain Kirk takes the Enterprise into Romulan space, only to be captured. Says Ortiz, "I originally had a Busby Berkeley idea with this one. It was leaning more towards an art deco feel, but I felt that the elements and also gradients were a bit too distracting. So I toned it down quite a bit."
  • Episode 72: That Which Survives. Kirk and his landing party beam down to an unexplored Class-M planet and race to find out why a beautiful woman named Losira is killing crew members by simply touching them. The design for this art print was Russian-inspired. Ortiz says, " I wanted something graphic, with little detail. The hard part was not rendering lines and windows onto the Enterprise. The placement of the episode title came out of necessity. Once the illustration was done, I had to figure out how to fit the title and credits."

The set and all others in the series will be available for a limited time only. None will be repeated or reprinted after they're gone.

Star Trek fans rejoice! Your favorite episodes are here – or soon to come.

 

Specifications

Size

18 in wide x 24 in high

45.72 cm wide x 60.96 cm high

Material

100-lb, satin-finish paper.

 

TOS Prints Series

Recalling the style of 1960s-era movie posters, pulp novel covers, comic books and advertisements, these Star Trek art prints are the work of artist Juan Ortiz, who was commissioned by CBS.

Ortiz created an original retro-style art print for every episode of the original television series, including the first pilot – 80 in all.

As CBS's exclusive partner for North America, QMx will reproduce the art prints and release them in sets of four over the months ahead.

  • The art prints are not in chronological order.
  • Once an episode has been made available in a set, it will not be repeated or reprinted.
  • Sets will be available for a limited time.

Collect sets with your favorite episodes. And remember, they also make great gifts for your favorite Star Trek fan.

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