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June 21, 2008

'Star Trek' Luna returns

Former character appears in Port Henry production 'Enemy Starfleet"

PORT HENRY -- Barbara Luna's character fell into the arms of starship Capt. James T. Kirk in the original "Star Trek" television series.

This week, Luna gets to fall into Kirk's arms again, only this time he's played not by William Shatner but by Ticonderoga resident James Cawley.

A Los Angeles resident, Luna is in Port Henry this week appearing in the most recent "Star Trek Phase II" fan production, "Enemy Starfleet."

"The starship bridge that James built here is like stepping into a time warp," she said. "I've been on the original bridge. You can't tell the difference. I love this."

CLASSIC EPISODE

Luna has long been revered by "Star Trek" fans for her role as Marlena Moreau, Kirk's girlfriend in the acclaimed 1967 episode "Mirror, Mirror."

She said she enjoyed working with Shatner on the original series and has remained friends with him.

"Shatner was in his day then. He'd say hello,' and you laughed. He's a sweet guy."

Cawley said he worked from the original plans to construct the Enterprise sets in studios created in the former Wheelock's Garage on Main Street in Port Henry. Several "Star Trek" fan productions have been shot there and released via the Internet.

Cawley said his understanding with current "Star Trek" franchise owner CBS allows him to make the videos, but they must be distributed for free.

1960s TV SHOWS

Luna, who's appeared on screen with major stars such as Frank Sinatra, Lee Marvin, Henry Fonda, Jimmy Stewart and Spencer Tracy, said she's semi-retired but was elated to come to Port Henry to appear in another "Star Trek" episode.

Now 69 but looking far younger, she said it seemed like she appeared on every 1960s TV show that was made.

"In the '60s, a whole bunch of us lucked out. I went on interviews for Hispanic, Chinese, Italian characters, and they'd say, It's you again, Luna,' because I played so many roles."

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