Star Trek: The Original Series 3 Seasons 2001

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The Enterprise takes a journey to a planet where a team of scientists has been killed. The surviving children on the planet behave in a peculiar manner.

Starring:
Scott Bakula, John Billingsley
Runtime:
51 minutes
Original air date:
October 31, 2001

And the Children Shall Lead

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Genres Science Fiction, Adventure, Action
Director Roxann Dawson
Starring Scott Bakula, John Billingsley
Supporting actors Jolene Blalock, Dominic Keating, Anthony Montgomery, Linda Park, Connor Trinneer, Jeffrey Combs, Bruce French, Steven Dennis, Jeff Ricketts, Richard Tanner, Jamie McShane, Bill Blair, Evan English, Cynthia Uhrich
Season year 1969
Network CBS
Executive Producer Rick Berman
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The guys really put a lot of work in it.
Stephan Klose
The telekinetic inhabitants force Kirk, McCoy, Uhura, and Spock to stay on the planet.
cyclista
The product is great...digital quality is excellent.
W. L. Shockey

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133 of 146 people found the following review helpful By cyclista on October 21, 2004
Format: DVD
A generous season of 24 episodes. Some episodes are classics, such as "Plato's Stepchildren", featuring TV's first interracial kiss. In the Sixties with the US in a foreign war, Star Trek's directive of non-interference was appealing and made so much sense. I was in high school when Star Trek first aired and none of us could figure out why they were cancelling such a popular show.

A brief episode guide:

1. Spock's Brain: Kirk goes after an alien who has stolen Spock's brain.

2. The Enterprise Incident: Kirk orders the Enterprise into the Neutral Zone and the ship is captured by the Romulans.

3. The Paradise Syndrome: After Kirk and the crew try to evacuate a planet endangered by an asteroid, Kirk loses his memory.

4. And the Children Shall Lead: The adults of a scientific colony have died, and the children are rescued by the Enterprise. The children enact the plan of a "friendly angel".

5. Is There in Truth No Beauty?: A telepathic woman arrives with a Medusan ambassador. One sight of him drives humans insane.

6. Spectre of the Gun: Kirk and crew are forced to re-enact the shootout at the OK Corral.

7. Day of the Dove: An alien creature is on board the Enterprise and so are the Klingons, with only swords for weapons.

8. For the World is Hollow and I Have Touched the Sky: McCoy has a terminal disease. A high priestess on an asteroid-like vessel asks him to remain with her.

9. The Tholian Web: The Enterprise is searching for the missing starship, U.S.S. Defiant. They find the ship, but everyone is dead and the ship is trapped between universes.

10. Plato's Stepchildren: The crew of Enterprise save the life of seriously ill leader of a planet.
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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Comegys VINE VOICE on August 6, 2005
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Yes, the often-reviled third season of Star Trek is in fact my favorite season. Why, you may ask? In the third season Roddenberry basically left the show for all intents and purposes, with Fred Friedberger pinch-hitting as the new producer, and the already tight budget getting cut further by the powers that be.

I suppose that I feel that some of the best art comes from tribulations and limitations. I will readily admit that episodes like "Spock's Brain" and "The Way to Eden" are pretty terrible (although thry are a lot of fun with a drink or five in hand). But some of the more wild ideas worked in a way that never appeared in the relatively more stable first two seasons.

"The Enterprise Incident," "The Tholian Web," "All Our Yesterdays" and "Day of the Dove" are classic well-constructed episode that would have stood out at any time of the show's run. But I have a soft spot for some of the stranger stuff. "The Paradise Syndrome" take a strange Frontierland approach that stands out and explores an emotional dimension of Kirk that rarely appeared in the series. Budget constraints actually turned what would have been the already good "Spectre of the Gun" into a surreal masterpiece. Unable to afford full western sets, the producers simply made it a plot point and managed to provide the episode with an unsettling tone that it would not have had otherwise. Although "Wink of the Eye" and "The Mark of Gideon" both have initially interesting concepts that do not hold up to intellectual scruitiny, they remain so much fun that I really don't care. "The World Is Hollow and I Have Touched the Sky" has a really cool concept that can withstand a little bit of thinking; plus the oracle is super cool.
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80 of 90 people found the following review helpful By swingreen on July 30, 2004
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Where, exactly, does one start talking about THE original series that single-handedly launched the TV sci-fi genre like none that came before it and none has done since? What does one say about the one sci-fi show against which all subsequent sci-fi seems to be some kind of lesser imitation or spinoff? Should discussion begin with the original and imaginative concepts and themes - space warp, time travel, alternate realities and universes, powers of the mind and spirit, transporter beams - or should discussion start by talking about how masterfully familiar human interest themes are woven into a technological vision of the future? Or, maybe discussion should begin with how perfectly the show's central characters both complement and supplement each other at multiple levels of the human experience - the decisive commander-warrior, the rational half-human science officer, and the empathetic healer?

Ever since I began staying up late Friday nights to watch the original airings with my parents almost forty years ago, viewing rerun after rerun in syndication for the next fifteen years,sometimes twice a day, every day, and watching the spinoffs throughout the next fifteen years, the answers to those questions have always stayed just out of my reach. The problem has always been that my favorite Trek episode was usually the one I happened to be watching, or, if I hadn't been watching one, my top choices seemed to wander from episode to episode from day to day, even from morning to noon to night. I was vaguely aware that it had something to do with who I was, or what I was experiencing as a person at that particular moment.

Season three is often criticized as being the least original and interesting of the three original Star Trek seasons.
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