Though director J.J. Abrams is bridging the geek gap between Star Wars and Star Trek by pulling double-duty these days, Leonard Nimoy had his own hand in some crossover fun back in the early 1980s.
The clip below comes via a 1983 episode of the defunct Nickelodeon series Standby: Lights! Camera! Action!, which was hosted by a Vulcan-ear-less Nimoy. The series went behind the scenes of upcoming movies and television shows, providing kiddos a peek at what was coming up. If anyone happens to have an entire archive of these things lying around, please share. Seriously. They're fun.
For this specific installment, Nimoy intros a revealing set visit to Return of the Jedi, which goes on to show some great set construction footage, creature effects and costumes that are a legit blast from the past. It’s nice to be reminded of the art that went into practical effects back in the day, before computers roared in and made it all a whole lot cheaper and easier.
Even better? Nimoy teases that George Lucas is planning a three-trilogy series of nine Star Wars films. How prescient, though we’d have to think neither Nimoy or Lucas would’ve thought it’d be another 30 years until we had Episode VII in the pipeline.
Check out the footage below and let us know what you think: