Of Free Will & That Famous Kiss

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 thirteenth set of Star Trek: The Original Series Art Prints, which includes:

  • Episode 21: The Return of the Archons. Haunting figures that look like the Grim Reaper gaze upon us in this art print. In this episode, the Enterprise crew encounters a mindlessly contented culture on Beta III, where the U.S.S. Archon disappeared a century earlier. Ortiz remarks, "I pictured an article or story in the Sunday paper with this image of the two sentinels. When I was a kid, I used to love going through all the papers on Sunday. I'm sure it was a ritual in many homes before the computer."
  • Episode 39: Journey to Babel. Ortiz highlights the massiveness of the Enterprise relative to a tiny shuttlecraft for this episode in which the Enterprise confronts saboteurs while transporting a number of quarreling diplomats to a conference on Babel. Says the artist, "The word 'journey' in the title implied a voyage aboard a tall ship to me. Since the Enterprise has no tall sails, I compensated by cropping in close and evoking the tall sail image. The shuttlecraft helps add depth and scale."
  • Episode 65: Plato's Stepchildren. The first interracial kiss on U.S. network television between Captain Kirk and Lieutenant Uhura takes center stage in this print. "This one, of course, was inspired by the Gone with the Wind poster. It's very iconic and captures the moment. It's Star Trek at its boldest," comments Ortiz. In this episode, members of the away team fight to overcome the Platonians, who have psychokinetic powers and treat their captives like playthings. The worn look of the art print is intentional. Says the artist, "Originally, the scratches were supposed to imply an old paperback cover, but I feel that the end result is more of an old Roman fresco wall painting. That works for me, too."
  • Episode 71: The Mark of Gideon. While beaming down to the planet Gideon, where people apparently never die, Captain Kirk finds himself captive on an empty, fake Enterprise with a woman he is to infect with a disease that will help reduce overpopulation on the planet. The plot of this episode was frustrating to Ortiz. "The episode itself makes little sense. Why create an entire duplicate of the Enterprise when all they really needed to do was ask to relocate part of the population to another planet? Easier said than done, I guess. That's why my poster has the Enterprise leaving a desperate population behind."

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.




18 in wide x 24 in high

45.72 cm wide x 60.96 cm high


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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