Star Trek - The Original Series, Vol. 7, Episodes 14 & 15: The Galileo Seven/ Court-Martial
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Also on this disc is "Court Martial," a courtroom drama in which Captain Kirk (William Shatner) stands trial for negligence in the death of an Enterprise crewman. As the proceedings rumble on, Spock investigates some hidden truths about the dead man and the apparent computer malfunction that led to the tragedy. While "Court Martial" is a lesser episode from the Star Trek canon (the action is a bit mired in trial proceedings), it's still a lot of fun and features a supporting role from veteran Hollywood character actor Elisha Cook Jr. --Tom Keogh
- Volume 7 Contains 2 Episodes: Episode #14 The Galileo Seven (Airdate: January 5, 1967) and episode #15 Court Martial (Airdate: February 2, 1967)
- Digitally Enhanced and Remastered
- Special Added Bonus: Original Broadcast Preview Trailers
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The overall picture and sound quality of the original Star Trek series on dvd is much, much better than the video versions previously released by Paramount and certainly better than anything you may have taped off of TV. The packaging isn't bad, but I wish more thought had gone into creating meaningful liner notes. Instead, we get some canned 'trivia' bits and seemingly endless promotions for other Paramount/Star Trek products.
This volume in particular has glaring flaws and represents the worst transfer in the collection (through volume 12). Most notably, there are white "lines" running vertically down the screen in several scenes from "Court Martial." I'm glad this has been noted by some other reviewers here, because I initially thought I'd received a defective copy. It's hard to believe that nothing could be done about this awful flaw with all the technology available to those granted the important task of "restoring" and "preserving" this series. Another big problem with this series is that Paramount has neglected to restore any of the trailers. They look like home movies from the '60s.
If I may, a pre-emptive gripe about Paramount's plans to release "The Next Generation" on dvd. Why not follow a new trend in TV to dvd and issue seven "complete season" sets of this series?Read more ›
The Galileo Seven (the "Seven" in the title refers to the number of crew on board the shuttle) was an important episode in Spock's character development. This limitations of logic in dealing with the unknown are pointed out in brutal fashion here. This episode also features the first use of the shuttlecraft, and the first of many Federation Bureaucrats, always a thorn in Kirk's side.
Court Martial seems not to have gotten the best reviews here, but I feel it's an important episode on several levels. This was the first of many stories to introduce an "old flame" from Kirk's past; the first to show the inner-workings of Starfleet beyond the Enterprise; the episode which launched Kirk's fascination with antique books. This installment also began Star Trek's tradition of placing minority actors in important roles, in this case Percy Rodriguez as Commodore Stone. As for the story itself, it is a well crafted courtroom drama worthy of the best television had to offer at the time, with a surprise ending. It also touches on the man vs. computer theme which would be used again.
There is a minor instance of film deterioration in Court Martial, with some visible scratching during a bridge scene. Despite that problem, the colors are vibrant and sharp, and the audio is much improved.
I would also recomment "Journer to Babel" an another excellent epidsode that deals with the Vulcun/Human encounter.
No where is this more evident than in "The Galileo Seven," which is really an episode that exapnds on Spock's character in new and interesting ways, all the while giving us enough of a view of Kirk to provide a compare and contrast effect between the two. It's nice to see that crew is human and doesn't always get along and agree on everything. Also, to see the growth of Spock's character is nicely done. But in the midst of that serious vein are some nicely realized character moments, especially between Spock and McCoy. If you're a Spock fan, this one is a must see.
As for Court Martial, it's diverting enough but it's just not on par with the overall series. It's an episode that can be easy to forget, even though it's got a strong storyline going for it. It certainly is interesting to see another side of Kirk--namely that he had to "step on" some friends in order to get where he is. However, the court room drama isn't all it could be and wears thin quickly. Also, the denoucement is a bit to rushed and doesn't work as effectively as it could. That said, it's still fun to watch Shatner go to work and really show he can act (yes, I said Shatner can act...).
That said, both episodes are examples of why classic Trek has endured for over 30 years.
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Great deal for low money-cannot bear that! The dvd came as listed and played perfectly!Published 19 months ago by Sean Maxfield
galileo seven is one of my favorites. unfortunately, in scene with fog, the picture quality was patchy--don't know if that how it was filmed or the dvd had a problem. Read morePublished on November 24, 2012 by christopher peyko
These two episodes deal with the responsibilities of being in command.
In "The Galileo Seven," Spock (Leonard Nimoy) is in command of a shuttlecraft that crash lands on... Read more
These are two of the better and my favourite episodes from the first season. In the first episode, we get to see Spock in his first command of the doomed shuttlecraft which lands... Read morePublished on July 3, 2006 by Frederick Baptist
Despite what is a goofy, techno-babble ending for "The Court Martial", this episode is one of my favorites for that most wonderful of Star Trek quotes, applicable in 1966... Read morePublished on August 1, 2003 by Walter Mitty