Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Star Trek cavegirl: Mariette Hartley

Mariette Hartley...in a cave!

Here is Mariette Hartley from the penutimate episode of Star Trek, Season 3's All our Yesterdays.  One of those Star Trek time travelling jobs, in this one Kirk, Spock and McCoy land on a planet and find an electronic library with just the one inhabitant Atoz (A to Z;  good grief!) who is the librarian.  Anyway, to cut a very involved story short, Spock and McCoy end up going back 5,000 years to the planet's ice age where just as they are about to be frozen to death they are rescued by a fur enveloped figure and taken to the safety of a cave.  The figure removes its furs to reveal, inevitably, a gorgeous woman in a cavegirl outfit who has also travelled back in time.

Because they haven't been correctly processed (or some such) Spock starts to revert to pre-logical, prehistoric Vulcan mode, which means he doesn't think McCoy's jokes are funny and falls in love with the cavegirl, Zarabeth.  Quite logical, actually.  Yes, amazingly it isn't Kirk who gets the girl in this episode!

Mariette (real name Mary Loretta) Hartley was born in 1940 in Weston Connecticut. Her first film was Sam Pekinpah's Ride the High Country (1962) and she made a number of films in the sixties in Seventies.  Mainly her work was on TV, running up over 100 credits.  She worked with Star Trek's Gene Roddenberry again on the pilot for the unproduced series Genesis II (1973).  At the time of her Star Trek appearance the network wouldn't permit her costume to show her tummy button.  So costume designer William Theiss had to come up with this little cavegirl number to appease the censors but still produce a sexy outfit.  Something we think he succeeded in, triumphantly.  Theiss became a master at baring unexpected parts of the body to great effect for the outfits he designed for Star Trek. He once said that "the degree to which a costume is considered sexy is directly proportional to how much it looks like it is about to fall off!"  As an in joke Roddenberry gave her character in Genesis II two tummy buttons!

So she is a cavegirl, albeit an alien one, and as such we give her and her natty little outfit a solid 6/10.


  1. I had forgotten completwly about her...wow. Look at those lovely hips and beautifully sculpted features.

  2. Watcing this episode right now on MeTV. Ms. Hartley was a stunningly beautiful young lady. ##allisfairinloveandwords