Presented by / 12/11/2012 / 5 Comments / , , , ,

THE LAST STAND OF STAR TREK YEOMAN JANICE RAND

The Late Grace Lee Whitney as Yeoman Janice Rand
Perhaps she was too loyal, too sexy, too sultry to last. But YEOMAN JANICE RAND, played by Grace Lee Whitney, was the main lady on board the STAR TREK Enterprise for the first half of the groundbreaking season one.
Standing behind Kirk at a wedding ceremony
Towards the end of her stay, the bombshell blonde winded up merely serving coffee to Captain James T. Kirk in brief walk-on/cameos, going from a character that could help move an entire plot (CHARLIE X) to an interstellar truck stop waitress. It was unfair to her character, and the audience.

And then, after the episode BALANCE OF TERROR, where Kirk and the Romulans have a "Mexican Stand off" resulting in a cat and mouse game in outer space, Yeoman Rand would be no longer.
Grace Lee Whitney with William Shatner
 Her last spoken words, when Kirk's about to console a young bride-to-be who lost her fiance during the battle, were as follows: "We finally received an answer from Command Base, sir... They say they'll support whatever decision you have to make."
Behind every good Captain...
Ironic because Rand was always there, always loyal... But perhaps she was too good a thing.

Maybe she seemed a possible anchor for the womanizing Captain Kirk, not fitting with his maverick prowess that, in future episodes, would romance humans and aliens alike, white or green.
In THE MAN TRAP, Rand tells a crewman: "Why don't you go chase an asteroid?"
Or maybe her dominating screen presence, no-nonsense attitude, and Grace's sublime acting skills took away from the other female characters like Uhura and Christine Chapel, who, in real life, were creator Gene Roddenberry's mistress (Nichelle Nichols) and wife (Majel Barrett)..

Either way, it was a sad departure without an exit or explanation...
DeForest Kelley and Grace Lee Whitney
Justice was partially served when Rand turned up in the STAR TREK movies: although she provided only cameos and hardly spoke a word... But we could have used more of her presence in that five year mission during those classic three seasons...
The final scene with Janice Rand
Where was she stationed aboard the Enterprise for the rest of the mission? What was her job? Did she serve coffee to someone else... Or perhaps she had a higher position with her own servant...

Someone to back her up, and rub her back... just like, in the following episode SHORE LEAVE, replacement yeoman Tonia Barrows (Emily Banks) does for a grouchy Captain Kirk... 
"Thank you Yeoman, that's sufficient"
Whatever happened to Janice Rand during the original run, let's hope it was good... She sure as hell deserved it... It simply wasn't the same Enterprise without her. 
BUY STAR TREK ORIGINAL SERIES DVD
Rand's belated return in STAR TREK: THE MOTION PICTURE
Grace Lee Whitney's non-Rand cameo in STAR TREK 3: THE SEARCH FOR SPOCK
Her character's perspective of the Enterprise docking in STAR TREK 3
BUY GRACE'S AUTOBIOGRPHY ON AMAZON
Rand makes a DVD cover... but isn't on these particular episodes...
Share This Post :
Tags : , , , ,

5 comments:

  1. This is freaking AWESOME! I love this post. Great stuff Jim.

    ReplyDelete
  2. i LINKED THIS TO MY FACEBOOK GROUP:
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/Yeoman.Rand/

    ReplyDelete
  3. If you do actually want to know, Grace Lee Whitney was diving headfirst down a bottle during all of this. Plus, the writers did not know what to do with her; witness the episode “Miri,” where she beams down to an alien planet sans any equipment whatever, not even the tricorder which was invented SPECIFICALLY to give the character something to do! (There's your Trivial Pursuit question of the day.) Which was cause and which was effect is a matter of opinion; by the time she stopped appearing in cast publicity shots, she was non-functional. Her life in the next ten years was grim and sleazy, involving a great deal of booze and nymphomania (as she admitted later). There were no plans to include her in STAR TREK PHASE II, but she pulled herself up out of the nosedive and cleaned up her act to appear in STMP. Still, she was done; her cameo in ST III was it for G L W.

    ReplyDelete
  4. yeah baron i had read she drank and slept with too many men and got fired. this post is to ask what happened to rand, not whitney though. i always imagined poor rand having a dull job somewhere in the far reaches of the enterprise.

    ReplyDelete
  5. WRITTEN AFTER HER DEATH: Looking back at these comments, I crack up at the fact it was posted "the writers didn't know what to do with her." These are the same writers who created her. I think Shatner might have wanted Rand to go. She was way too close to him, and after she departed, as my post showed, he then had more fun with the ladies. I think the problem wasn't that they didn't know what to do with HER, but with others because of her strength as a female character, who was still more fleshed-out than even Uhura, in my opinion. As for her addiction problems, well, I'm not sure but... she might not have been the only actress (or actor) who got loaded during the 60's and 70's.

    ReplyDelete

Note: Only a member of this blog may post a comment.

WWW.CULTFILMFREAKS.COM

WWW.CULTFILMFREAKS.COM
From Film Noir to Exploitation: Grinding Finds, Theories & Pop Culture into Every Writeup

CINEMA BY JAMES M. TATE

CINEMA BY JAMES M. TATE
Active in Online Cinema Writing Since 2006

UPCOMING SPOTLIGHTS ON

UPCOMING SPOTLIGHTS ON
Kong Kong & Godzilla with Toho monsters

RANDOM BOOTLEGS & RARE

RANDOM BOOTLEGS & RARE
Bootleg Imports from Sue Lyon to Reb Brown

LE FILM SOMBRE TOUJOURS

LE FILM SOMBRE TOUJOURS
With Film Noir & Neo Noir & Pulp Adventure

NEW AND RECENT REVIEWS

NEW AND RECENT REVIEWS
Cult and Current & Retro and Relevant

SITE NAVIGATION CHART

SITE NAVIGATION CHART
RANDOM QUOTE: "Don't die unless somebody's home." Dana Barron, Vacation

RADICAL EIGHTIES CINEMA

RADICAL EIGHTIES CINEMA
This Website is Run by a Child of the Eighties

FLICKS FROM THE SEVENTIES

FLICKS FROM THE SEVENTIES
Disco Exploitation Car Chase Bikini Decade

FOLLOW ON FACEBOOK

TOTAL HITS

Popular Trending

Blog Archive

CLICK FOR TV REVIEWS

CLICK FOR TV REVIEWS
Columbo to Cable to Television Movies

ODD ENDS & MOVIE LISTS

ODD ENDS & MOVIE LISTS
Connecting All Things Into Film Pop Culture

TALES FROM THE INSIDE

TALES FROM THE INSIDE
"I Certainly Admire People Who Do Things."

STAR WARS & STAR TREK

STAR WARS & STAR TREK
From Luke to Spock to Tribbles to Indiana Jones

ACTION & EXPLOITATION

ACTION & EXPLOITATION
Have a Killer Drink on the Straw Dogs

OUR OWN CORNERSTONE

OUR OWN CORNERSTONE
Dana Andrews is our patron saint: a leading man, also a character actor, who ruled many genres including Film Noir, Westerns, War and low-budget Science Fiction: His input has changed this site, bringing many directors and actresses into the mix along with him

DANA ANDREWS ZONE

Popular This Month

RETURN TO THE HOMEPAGE

CULTFILMFREAK WORDPRESS

CULTFILMFREAK WORDPRESS
InteReviews by Cult Film Freak on WordPress

THE SHORTLIST

 photo Screen Shot 2016-07-20 at 1.15.27 AM_zps1hlh418t.jpg
FAV FILMS
1)THE MAN
FROM
LARAMIE
2)JAWS
3)LAURA
4)CANYON
PASSAGE
5)ANATOMY
OF A
MURDER
6)THE BEST
YEARS OF
OUR LIVES
7)THE
FEARMAKERS
8)LAWRENCE
OF ARABIA
9)DOCTOR
ZHIVAGO
10)CHARIOTS
OF FIRE

FAV FILM NOIR
FOLLOWING
THOSE ON THE
LIST UP ABOVE
1)FALLEN ANGEL
2)THE BIG HEAT
3)WHERE THE
SIDEWALK ENDS
4)JOURNEY
INTO FEAR
5)SUNSET
BOULEVARD

GUMSHOE NOIR
1)MURDER MY
SWEET
2)KISS ME
DEADLY
3)CHINATOWN
4)THE LONG
GOODBYE
5)MALTESE
FALCON
MAFIA GANGSTER
1)GODFATHER II
2)GOODFELLAS
3)GODFATHER
4)ROARING
TWENTIES
5)AL CAPONE
 photo Screen Shot 2016-11-02 at 8.56.31 PM_zpsjgmevf2p.png
FAVORITE ACTORS
1)DANA ANDREWS
2)JAMES CAGNEY
3)GENE HACKMAN
4)MARLON BRANDO
5)ORSON WELLES
6)PETER O'TOOLE
CULT ACTORS
1)CHARLES
BRONSON
2)TOM
COURTENAY
3)VICTOR
MATURE
4)MALCOLM
MCDOWELL
5)LAWRENCE
TIERNEY
6)TIMOTHY
CAREY

FAV ACTRESSES
1)JESSICA LANGE
2)ELLEN BURSTYN
3)DEBORAH
WINTERS
4)SUE LYON
5)FAYE DUNAWAY

FAVORITE DIRECTORS
1)RICHARD FLEISCHER
2)JACQUES TOURNEUR
3)STANLEY KUBRICK
4)OTTO PREMINGER
5)ORSON WELLES
6)DAVID LEAN
7)ALFRED
HITCHCOCK
8)JOHN LANDIS
9)SAM PECKINPAH
10)JOHN GUILLERMAN
 photo Screen Shot 2016-10-23 at 3.23.42 PM_zpsyuy1j9jz.png

CULT FLICKS

1)THE
CROWDED SKY
2)CURSE OF
THE DEMON
3)CORVETTE
SUMMER
4)HOT CARS
5)THE ONLY
GAME IN
TOWN
6)AIR
PATROL
7)THE
DRIVER
8)ASH
WEDNESDAY
9)KING
OF THE
MOUNTAIN
10)OTLEY

FAVORITE ACTOR
PERFORMANCES
1)ROBERT SHAW
IN JAWS
2)MALCOLM
MCDOWELL IN
A CLOCKWORK
ORANGE
3)PANTHONY
PERKINS IN
PSYCHO
4)PETER
O'TOOLE IN
LAWRENCE
OF ARABIA
5)JACK
NICHOLSON IN
THE LAST DETAIL
6)TOM COURTENAY
IN DR ZHIVAGO
7)STERLING HAYDEN
IN THE LONG
GOODBYE
8)ERIC ROBERTS
IN STAR 80
9)ORSON WELLES
IN TOUCH OF EVIL
10)IAN CHARLSTON
IN CHARIOTS
OF FIRE

CONTINUED
FAV FILMS
11)STRAW DOGS
12)HARDCORE
13)RAIDERS OF
THE LOST ARK
14)VIOLENT
SATURDAY
15)BIG
WEDNESDAY
16)AMERICAN
GRAFFITI
17)FORCE TEN
FROM
NAVARONE
18)LONELINESS
OF THE LONG
DISTANCE RUNNER
19)FIVE EASY PIECES
20)THE LONG GOODBYE
 photo b6a45638-5e52-4f65-83fd-b59c26876d7d_zpswlpcjfw4.png

All Time Popular

CLICK FOR CLASSICS

CLICK FOR CLASSICS
Vintage Movies & Shows to Drink to

REVIEWS FROM 2011-2013

REVIEWS FROM 2011-2013
Motion Pictures that were Recently New

Blogs of Interest

RETURN TO THE HOMEPAGE

THANK YOU FOR CRUISING BY

THANK YOU FOR CRUISING BY
This website is a labor of love, and more labor is put into it than one might think, while the payoff isn't that great and there's often lazy bouts where watching movies is far easier than reviewing them, but Cult Film Freaks Dot Com will always move onward, unlike many other blogs, and won't ever go away...