Sunday, February 14, 2016

The DS9 / Original Series - 30th Anniversary Crossover Story

       "Trials and Tribble-ations" is a  DEEP SPACE NINE      
                      Season 5 episode which was conceived as a tribute to TOS.  

 Originally Broadcast to coincide with Star Trek's 30th anniversary in 1996 - the story has Sisko and his crew getting sucked back in time, where they intermingle - (via "Gump" video technology)  with events from the original “The Trouble With Tribbles” episode  in an attempt to stop the future  version of that story’s villain from succeeding where his younger self had previously failed.

 Not only were some of the Original series sets
 reconstructed for this single episode,
 new model's of the Original Enterprise,
 along with Deep Space K-7 and the IKS G’roth
were also created in order to produce new effects shots. 
 This episode is considered by many as one of the best Trek episodes ever done,  in any of the Star Trek Television series.

Pocket Book's Published a Novel of the teleplay,
which was adapted by Diane Carey,
with  special introduction by David Gerrold,
author of the Original Tribbles episode.

Original Episode
 Home Video releases -

In order to celebrate
The Star Trek - Tribbles Gift Set was a VHS collection released by Paramount in the US
 in  October 1998. The set, which came in a carry case, contained VHS copies of TOS:
"The Trouble with Tribbles" and the    DS9: "Trials and Tribble-ations",
  which included an  electronic plush Tribble.



Above: The Regular Standard VHS release & the "For Your Consideration" Version.
Below: The Columbia House Buyer's Club VHS 
 "Trials and Tribble-ations" was nominated for three Creative Arts Emmy Awards in  Outstanding Art Direction for a Series, Outstanding Hairstyling for a Series & Outstanding Special Visual Effects.  It was also nominated for the Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation, just as the Original  "Trouble with Tribbles" episode had been so nominated.

Episode Description

Title screen
 The Columbia House Version:


                   The Episode was also a part of the DS9 Season 5 DVD collection


Disc artwork
                                                      Seen here along with the "extras" on Disc 7.


D7 Menu
D7 Menu screen
                                                                Menu Screens
      The DVD menu for this episode has tribble noises instead of the usual sounds.                                                       


    It was also included as a special feature of the TOS-R Season 2 DVD collection.



..and as part of the
Although - both episodes were NOT on the same disc

    and finally......

                           as part of both the Star Trek: Fan Collective - Time Travel

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Home Video Trivia:
 This Episode was  released on Laserdisc only overseas, not in the States.
At the time of this pressing, it was the beginning of the end of the Laserdisc format.
Cover art

In Japan, it was part of the Season 5 Vol. 1 Box-set.
In the UK - it was a standalone release that included both the Original and Animated series episodes. 

Additional Home Video Trivia....

Remember this Klingon?
 Captain Koloth, from the Original Tribbles Episode, played by none other than William Campbell. Well, it so happens that He would also later return
 ( along w/ two other very famous TOS Klingon's ) 
    in DS9's Season Two Episode entitled
                          "Blood Oath."                  

Original VHS
DVD Menu.
Like to know more?
Old man Koloth w/ ridged forehead.
Read all about it here @

For additional interviews with these TOS actors about their roles - read "The Klingon Way"


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