By Peter Landau
Star Trek boldly went where no show had gone before. Throughout its three-season run in the mid-'60s, it introduced TV audiences to a Casanova for the next millennium in William Shatner's Captain James T. Kirk, who never met an alien babe he didn't find arousing. It also offered a peek into the future of fashion, where hemlines crawled up to the boundaries of decency just below a yeoman's yowzer.
The series, finally released on single-season sets by Paramount in three DVD collections (available at Amazon.com) that gather the entire voyage of the Starship Enterprise, brought the swinging '60s into America's living room (via the 23rd century, of course). Besides mind-blowing plots, the show expanded the consciousness of the Neilson Ratings public with gorgeous and gone co-star Deborah Downey, playing Mavig, jamming with Leonard Nimoy's Mr. Spock in the hippie-themed episode "The Way to Eden" from the final season.
Never a massively popular show during its initial network run, Star Trek developed an unparalleled fan following in syndication. That pointy-eared, Klingon-speaking breed called Trekkies demanded to send the Federation's finest on another trek, which Hollywood did with the theatrical release of Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979). Persis Khambatta gave bald fetishists something to get busy with, but it wasn't until Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982) that Skin Central began making some nude connections.
Bibi Besch, who played Kirk's R&R, that same year gave everyone a glimpse at what hardened the captain's log when she appeared topless in The Beast Within (1982) (Picture: 1) . Also in the second film installment was Cheers star Kirstie Alley (Picture: 1 - 2 - 3) , making her film debut as a Vulcan. But it took a few years for viewers' pants to get as pointy as her ears when Kirstie starred in Blind Date (1984), her sole skin onscreen. Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984), directed by Spock, should have been called The Search for Skin, because the mooks here at Skin Central found the cast extremely skingy.
The original cast continued their successful film career extension with Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986), where Catherine Hicks (Picture: 1) caught Kirk's one-eyed trouser snake. But she made Mr. Skin's eyes pop with naked perv-formances in films such as The Razor's Edge (1984), Fever Pitch (1985), and Laguna Heat (1987).
For Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989), professional body builder and stuntwoman Spice Williams added some heat to the series. Shatner, who directed, cast his daughter Melanie Shatner in a bit part. But to see her bit parts, check out Bloodlust: Subspecies III (1994) (Picture: 1) , where her naked ass is more than a bit arousing.
What started out as a five-year mission finally ended for the first crew of the Enterprise with Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991). But the series ended with a bang provided by model and rock-star wife Iman, who is definitely all woman. But now with the original TV series at last available on DVD, we never have to be too distant from our favorite heavenly bodies.With a constant parade of scantily clad space chicks, Star Trek proved a powerful launching pad to rocket some boob-tube beauties into the kind of orbit that makes a star-gazer like Mr. Skin takes notice. While hotties such as Nichelle Nichols, whose Communications Officer Nyota Uhura made viewers want to explore her uncharted territories, never took off their uniforms onscreen, many more exposed their out-of-this-world bodies. Below is a list by broadcast date of those extraterrestrial turn-ons that made skin the final frontier.
Susan Oliver (Vina) "The Cage" (1965)
This initial episode, with the Enterprise captained by some guy name Pike, never aired until later in the series' run, where it was edited into the two-part "Menagerie". Network suits thought it too "cerebral." Yeah, it's a real head-scratcher. That is, it's sure to get your little head itchy. Thank Susan, as a green-skinned alien doing a harem dance, who shakes her tail feathers with such enthusiasm that she briefly exposes her right ass cheek. Now Captain Kirk would know what to do with an opening like that!
Sally Kellerman (Dr. Elizabeth Dehner) "Where No Man Has Gone Before" (1966)
It would be a few years until she became known as Hot Lips and showed audiences why in the famous nude shower flash from M*A*S*H* (1970) (Picture: 1 - 2) . Here Sally plays a character who gets godlike powers by crossing an energy barrier. She had the misfortune of guest starring so early in the show's history that the female crewmembers hadn't changed from pants into hot skirts. As her career moved to the big screen, her clothes stayed in the trailer. She flashed her rack again in Brewster McCloud (1970), Serial (1980) (Picture: 1) , Fatal Attraction (1980), and Ready to Wear (1994) (Picture: 1) . Three of those five movies were directed by Robert Altman. No wonder people think he's so talented.
Maggie Thrett (Ruth Bonaventure) "Mudd's Women" (1966)
The sci-fi humor of Star Trek was first evident with this intergalactic pimping plot. Three super-hot mail-order brides are sold to lonely minors on a distant planet, only they're really pumped up with something called the "Venus" drug, which makes them alluring. But Maggie doesn't need any chemical enhancement, as she proved later in her career when she starred in the arty film Cover Me Babe (1970). The story chronicles a student filmmaker who is trying to catch reality, but the movie becomes hyper-real when Maggie strips about halfway through the movie and exposes her T&A, though her good bits are partially covered by her hippie hair. Dirty draft-dodgers!
Julie Parrish (Miss Piper) "The Menagerie (parts 1&2)" (1966)
The first captain of the Enterprise is discovered horribly scarred and paralyzed, and he's got a crush on that green fanny-flasher from the unaired pilot. This was the only Star Trek two-part episode, which makes sense because it takes twice as much to capture the ample charms of Julie. But it was in the first nudie western, The Ramrodder (1969), which also starred musician and Manson family murderer Bobby Beausoleil, that Julie let her planets go into orbit. Make fun of Jerry Lewis, but he judged her queen of a national modeling contest and cast her in It's Only Money (1962) and The Nutty Professor (1963)--nothing nutty about that.
Jill Ireland (Leila Kolomi) "This Side of Paradise" (1967)
Spock, the unemotional Vulcan, gets a whiff of the opiate-like spores of Omicron Ceti III, and before you can say, "Live long and prosper," he's hot and heavy with former fling Jill. Well, Jill is known for her unusual taste in men. She did, after all, marry the bulldog-faced tough guy Charles Bronson. The two appeared in many movies together, including Violent City (1970) (Picture: 1) , Jill's sole skin onscreen, though most of her moist appealing scenes are staged with a body double. She does flash a slipple of nipple with Chuck in bed. That's one side of Jill's paradise.
Joan Collins (Edith Keeler) "The City on the Edge of Forever" (1967)
A drug-crazed DeForest Kelley, as Dr. Leonard Horatio "Bones" McCoy, enters a time vortex and threatens to change the course of history. Poor Joan, as an American pacifist in the '30s, would have prevented the U.S. from entering the war, giving the Nazis time to develop the bomb and conquer the world. So she has to die, but Bones prevents that occurrence. While you're trying to put that together in your mind, let's fast forward to Joan's less tragic film career. Within two years she was already starkers onscreen in L'Amore breve (1969), but it was the Do-Me Decade to come that featured Joan's skinful peak. In movies such as Oh, Alfie! (1975) (Picture: 1) , The Stud (1978) (Picture: 1 - 2 - 3) , and The Bitch (1979) (Picture: 1 - 2 - 3) , Joan created a dynasty of decadence.
Celeste Yarnall (Yeoman Martha Landon) "The Apple" (1967)
Paradise isn't all it's cracked up to be, at least on this distant world with plants that shoot poisonous darts, exploding rocks, and lightning bolts that take aim at Kirk's landing party, which includes a buxom yeoman played by Celeste. If this space-age Eve gave you an apple it would be the lust temptation. She proved even more bewitching in The Velvet Vampire (1971), playing a seductive neck-sucker who bleeds her victims dry, sending them to their makers, but not before giving them a little taste of heaven. You'll want Celeste to suck more than your blood.
Jane Wyatt (Amanda) "Journey to Babel" (1967)
She may have starred in the hit '50s sitcom Father Knows Best, but here she plays Spock's mama when the Enterprise transports a group of ambassadors to a space conference that turns murderous. Jane wasn't always cast as the goodly spouse character, though you have to go back to the pre-Hayes Code heyday of Lost Horizon (1937) (Picture: 1) . Is that ass Jane's? Some claim it's a body double, but Wyatt not think it's Jane's? She went on to reprise her role as Spock's earthling mother in the film Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986). Who says you can't go home again--especially if you mom looks like juggy Jane.
Julie Newmar (Eleen) "Friday's Child" (1967)
The purr-fectly delectable Julie may be most fetching in her skintight cat suit playing Batman's fur-raising nemesis on the campy '60s TV series, but she certainly wasn't hard to look at in this episode. She plays the pregnant wife of a tribal chief who can't decide whether to sign a mining treaty with the Federation or the Klingons. Julie is still hot, but being with child seems to damper Kirk's heat-seeking missile. Well, after she dropped that package she also dropped all of her clothing playing an Indian squaw in Mackenna's Gold (1969) (Picture: 1) . Audiences lapped up her naked dip like a cat to milk. Meow!
Angelique Pettyjohn (Shahna) "The Gamesters of Triskelion" (1968)
Everyone always talks about the nearly naked, silver-clad honeys that sweetened '60s TV. Well, that was not some drug-induced hallucination but the busty blonde beauty Angelique from this very episode of Star Trek. Here in the flesh--and oh what a display of flesh--as an outerspace gladiator that any red-blooded member of the Federation would love to get into the ring with, Angelique proves the ultimate sexual foil for Kirk. She can hold her own in hand-to-hand combat and, as her lusty later career attests, in organ-to-organ combat too. She began flashing those huge hooters with Mad Doctor of Blood Island (1968) (Picture: 1) , continued in Heaven with a Gun (1969) (Picture: 1) , G.I. Executioner (1973) (Picture: 1) , Titillation (1982), Body Talk (1982), all the way up to Biohazard (1984) (Picture: 1 - 2) . But she more than talked the talked and walked the walked … explicitly, returning to her sci-fi roots in the X-rated The Curious Female (1969). Curious, indeed!
Dyanne Thorne (Girl #1) "A Piece of the Action" (1968)
Before the Prime Directive of the Federation that no Starship could interfere with the development of an alien society, the USS Horizon left a copy of Chicago Mobs of the Twenties behind on the planet Iotia. When the Enterprise returned to this highly adaptive race of humanoids, they discovered a bootlegging, gun-totting, slang-talking group of mobsters and molls. Though she's only referred to in the credits as Girl #1, Dyanne is the #2 in the eyes of Skin Central. She'll always have a place in Mr. Skin's heart-on thanks to her wickedly perverse run as the Nazi death-camp commander in four Ilsa movies (Picture: 1 - 2 - 3 - 4) . But once a Trekkie always a Trekkie, as whopper-topper Dyanne proved when she exposed herself in Wham Bam Thank You Spaceman (1975) (Picture: 1 - 2) . It'll beam you up!
Barbara Bouchet (Kelinda) "By Any Other Name" (1968)
Visitors from the Andromeda Galaxy want to take over our galaxy. Their weird energy life force is put in human form and hijacks the Enterprise. But Kirk and his crew use the aliens' unfamiliarity with human biology to end their evil plan of universal domination. That is, Scotty gets one of them drunk and Kirk seduces Barbara, sending the men into a jealous fit. Not bad work if you can get it, considering the Teutonic temptress has a blitzkrieg of a body sure to raise any man's Third Reich. She was already a skin veteran by the time of this episode's airing, having appeared in the nude in In Harm's Way (1965). But she really got cooking in the sexy '70s with Black Belly of the Tarantula (1972) (Picture: 1 - 2 - 3) , The Sexy Virgin (1973) (Picture: 1 - 2) , and Sex with a Smile (1976) (Picture: 1) . But for Barbara at her bawdiest, check out Vertiges (1975), where no hole is left unviewed.
Teri Garr (Roberta Lincoln) "Assignment: Earth" (1968)
This unique episode focuses on an earthling named Gary Seven who was raised by aliens. He's like a sci-fi James Bond. The reason Kirk and crew took a backseat was that Paramount was hoping to spin off the storyline as a new series, only NBC wasn't interested. Seven's secretary is played by the adorable Teri, who was a go-go dancer in a slew of Elvis Presley movies but would have to wait a couple more years to find fame thanks to her Oscar-nominated role in Tootsie (1982). Teri deserves an Anatomy Award for her fearlessness in Francis Ford Coppola's One from the Heart (1982) (Picture: 1 - 2) . In a movie where you'd expect Nastassja Kinski to handle the skin chore, Teri carries that weight alone on her mini-mams, which are flashed throughout. That's one for the heart-on.
Louise Sorel (Rayna Kapec) "Requiem for Methuselah" (1969)
A repeat of this third-season episode marked the final primetime appearance of Star Trek on NBC. Thanks to Louise, as a sexy android who is torn between her master and, naturally, Kirk, the series ended with a bang and not a whimper. A looker like that is sure to cross your circuits, and Louise went on to put sex in the afternoon as one of the daytime sirens on various soap operas. But back in the day she was a free-loving hippie chick who showed off her love beads in the counterculture comedy B.S. I Love You (1971) (Picture: 1) . It's just a quick glimpse of her breast bits in bed, but it'll set your phaser to stun.