Sunday, January 26, 2014

Random Acts of Trivia: Batman (1966) and Star Trek!

Here's a random assortment of trivia, where the topic is similarities between the Adam West Batman and the original Star Trek!

  1. Both programs lasted three seasons, both starting in 1966, although Star Trek finished its original run in 1969, while Batman lasted to 1968 (Batman was a mid-season replacement program)
  2. Both shows' lead actors reprised their roles for a later Filmation animated series.
  3. Regular Bat-Villains Julie Newmar and Frank Gorshin (Catwoman and Riddler, respectively) guest-starred in single episodes of Star Trek.
  4. Both shows had an episode called "A Piece of the Action"; the Star Trek episode, of course, dealt with a planet whose civilization was based on the gangster era of Chicago, while Batman's episode was the first of the two-parter guest-starring the Green Hornet and Kato.
  5. Speaking of that Batman two-parter, the villain was played by Roger C. Carmel, who also appeared in two Star Trek episodes as Harry Mudd.
  6. Grace Lee Whitley (Janice Rand on Star Trek) guest-starred as Neela, one of King Tut's ladies, in the two-part 1966 Batman episode "King Tut's Coup/Batman's Waterloo."
  7. Both shows gained even more popularity in syndication than they had in their original run.
  8. Both shows had merchandise based on them produced by AHI Toys (in the case of Batman, it was mostly Batmobiles, while Star Trek was represented by phasers, flying Enterprise toys, and even a Mr. Spock parachutist).
  9. Both shows were also used in merchandising by Mego. Of course, you know that Mego had the Star Trek action figure line, as well as toy communicators (walkie talkies), phasers (like an early version of Laser Tag), and tricorders (tape recorders). Batman was represented by the theme song being used to advertise the World's Greatest Superheroes action figures, as well as producing Batmobiles for both their 8" and Comic Action Heroes lines based on the 1966 Batmobile.
  10. And lastly, both shows had movies based on them, although while Batman had its theatrical film out between seasons of the show, Star Trek's theatrical film was the revival of the series, Star Trek: The Motion Picture.

1 comment:

  1. "Both shows had an episode called "A Piece of the Action"; the Star Trek episode, of course, dealt with a planet whose civilization was based on the gangster era of Chicago, while Batman's episode was the first of the two-parter guest-starring the Green Hornet and Kato.
    Speaking of that Batman two-parter, the villain was played by Roger C. Carmel, who also appeared in two Star Trek episodes as Harry Mudd."

    1) Carmel also reprised his character on the animated Star Trek series.
    2) Carmel is the answer to another trivia question: Who's the ONLY actor to play a villain opposite Batman, Captain Kirk, AND The Green Hornet?

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