Vina's Sensuous Dance (unshown pose)

An unshown part of the Orion slave dance illusion from The Cage pilot. This pose and sequence was neither shown in the pilot reel nor the subsequent portions shown in The Menagerie. They involved a series of sensual, almost animal like crouching moves emphasizing the wilder side of the character. Note the long nails! Some have drawn parallels between the dance sequence and the movements of a cat (indeed in the original Rodenberry scrip Vina snarls at the servants and has to be controlled by a whip). Here we have Susan Oliver in green, this is how it all started! Filmed in December 1964.

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  • Ubi Desperare Nescio PRO 6y

    I heard a story, probably apocryphal, that they did the dailys on these sequences and they kept coming back with Susan Oliver's skin an appropriate shade of pink. After checking into it, it was discovered that the lab technician was staying up every night reprocessing the film to get rid of the green. I sincerely hope that story is true.
  • jh.montgomery@sbcglobal.net 6y

    I've read the same accounts!

    Call me uberdork, couch potato, sci fi nerd, whatever- I never saw a hotter looking gal in my life than watching Susan Oliver in these sequences! 40 yrs. later, I've learned to set my fork down (instead of dropping it) about the time she shows up with the torch. That look...
  • SaganGathering 6y

    C'mon? Hotter than Yvonne Craig as that green slave girl?


    Just after the Beatles invasion, IIRC.
  • jh.montgomery@sbcglobal.net 6y

    With all respect to Batgirl, Vena was about a 1000 times hotter...

    PS- I gotta say that when Garth sent Marta outside, that was a pretty wicked moment for the series and the highlight of the entire episode!
  • bgriffis1 6y

    At memory-alpha.org/en/wiki/Orion, it states:

    Before being used in filming "The Cage", Vina's green make-up was screen-tested by Majel Barrett. However, when doing tests of the make-up, the film kept coming back without the green skin being visible. Puzzled by this, the makeup crew repeatedly painted Majel Barrett with darker shades of paint, hoping it would become visible on screen. It was eventually discovered that the film processing lab had been recolorizing her because they were unaware that she was meant to be green.

    So I guess its confirmed.
  • jh.montgomery@sbcglobal.net 6y

    That's it!
    Thnx, bgriffis!
  • Dirk Blockwood 6y

    Susan "Olive(r)" ... coincidence? I think not!
  • Thales Prestes 6y

    She looks like She-Hulk
  • SpaceEyes 6y

    A Green Orion Slave Girl ..... green, eh? Well - at least she is enviromentally friendly ..... I would ........ or should I say "I wood."
  • Bill 6y

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Star Trek ( final frontier uncencered), and we'd love to have this added to the group!
  • LOST SOUL 6y

    great shot....love your stream...thanx for sharing!
  • spacecraftengr 5y

    Susan Oliver was, beyond the original Trek TOS episode, a very fine actor and pilot (she once won the all woman cross country Powder Puff Derby). She's one of what I think of as "The Babes of Planet Earth". May she rest in peace, with my thanks for enhancing my life, at least.

    BP
  • scotbpens 5y

    Susan Oliver was indeed a fine actress, an accomplished pilot, and a total babe. She always struck me as the kind of girl men want to marry. Sadly, she died of lung cancer in 1990 at the relatively young age of 58.

    As for the Vina vs. Marta debate, I'd have to say Marta (Yvonne Craig) definitely had the better body. She was a trained ballerina, after all. But Marta was raving bonkers. I'd rather play it safe with Vina!
  • goodday2007 2y

    Incredible power projected by Miss Oliver as Vina in this awesome pic.

    Defo deserves to me among my faves.
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