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Star Trek The Original Series - The Complete Third Season (1966)

William Shatner , Leonard Nimoy , Anton Leader , David Alexander  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, Nichelle Nichols, James Doohan
  • Directors: Anton Leader, David Alexander, Herb Wallerstein, Herbert Kenwith, Herschel Daugherty
  • Format: Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 7
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: CBS Paramount International Television
  • DVD Release Date: December 14, 2004
  • Run Time: 1349 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (171 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002JJBZO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #47,668 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Star Trek The Original Series - The Complete Third Season" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Includes 24 episodes on eight discs, plus two versions of "The Cage": Spock's Brain, The Enterprise Incident, The Paradise Syndrome, And the Children Shall Lead, Is There In Truth No Beauty?, Spectre of the Gun, Day of the Dove, For the World Is Hollow and I Have Touched the Sky, The Tholian Web, Plato's Stepchildren, Wink of an Eye, The Empath, Elaan of Troyius, Whom Gods Destroy, Let That Be Your Last Battlefield, The Mark of Gideon, That Which Survives, The Lights of Zetar, Requiem for Methuselah, The Way to Eden, The Cloud Minders, The Savage Curtain, All Our Yesterdays, Turnabout Intruder
  • Gene Roddenberry's introduction to "The Cage"
  • To Boldly Go... Season Three
  • Life Beyond Trek: Walter Koenig
  • Chief Engineer's Log
  • Memoir from Mr. Sulu
  • Star Trek's Impact: Eugene Roddenberry's memories
  • A Star Trek Collector's Dream Come True
  • Production art
  • Red Shirt Logs

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Saved from the brink of cancellation by its loyal fanbase, Star Trek's third and final season rewarded them with a number of memorable episodes. Tight budgets and slipping creative control, however, made it the series' most uneven season, though it did have some of the coolest episode titles ("For the World Is Hollow and I Have Touched the Sky," "Is There in Truth No Beauty," "Let That Be Your Last Battlefield"). Some of the best moments involved a gunfight at the OK Corral ("Spectre of the Gun"), a knock-down drag-out sword battle with the Klingons aboard the Enterprise ("Day of the Dove"), the ship getting caught in an ever-tightening spacial net ("The Tholian Web"), TV's first interracial kiss ("Plato's Stepchildren," and it should be easy to guess who participated), Sulu taking command ("The Savage Curtain"), and Kirk's switching bodies with an ex-love interest ("Turnabout Intruder").

Also appearing in the set as a coda are two versions of the series pilot, "The Cage," a restored color version and the original, never-aired version that alternates between color and black and white. Starring Jeffery Hunter as Captain Pike, Leonard Nimoy as a relatively emotional Spock, and Majel Barrett (the future Nurse Chapel and Mrs. Gene Roddenberry) as a frosty Number One, this pilot was rejected, but a second was commissioned, "Where No Man Has Gone Before," now considered the "official" beginning of the series. But "The Cage" is very recognizably Star Trek with its far-out concepts (telepathic aliens collecting species samples), sexy humanoid women, character development, and of course cheesy costumes and special effects. Footage was later reused in the season 1 two-parter, "The Menagerie."

The best of the 63 minutes of bonus material focuses on three of the actors: Walter Koenig, George Takei, and James Doohan. Koenig discusses how he was cast and shows off his various collections, one consisting of Chekov figurines. Takei speaks movingly about the Japanese American internment and, in what is probably his last Star Trek appearance, Doohan, slowed by Alzheimer's but still with a twinkle in his eye, recalls his voiceover roles and his favorite episodes. The Easter eggs are amusingly called "Red Shirt Files" in tribute to those poor saps who everyone knew were only in the landing party so they could die. --David Horiuchi

Product Description

STAR TREK THE ORIGINAL SERIES: THE COMPLETE THIRD SEASON features the adventures of the U.S.S. Enterprise under the command of Capt. James Kirk (Shatner) and his first officer, Lt. Cmdr Spock (Nimoy) during the 23rd century. They are on a mission in outer space to explore new worlds, where the Enterprise encounters Klingons, Romulans, time paradoxes, tribbles and genetic supermen.

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132 of 145 people found the following review helpful
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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
5.0 out of 5 stars I Might Be Crazy, But This Is My Favorite Season 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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78 of 88 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The voyage continues... 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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5.0 out of 5 stars awsome!!!
This is the version that was seen on tv in the 70's I believe that part of the "charm" is how creative they had to be when making these shows before "special... Read more
Published 7 hours ago by S. Ginther
5.0 out of 5 stars The Only Star Trek series for Me
Saturday evenings (I think it was the 7:00 pm slot shown on T.V.) on the couch, after dinner with my folks, circa mid-to late, 1970's--Old School Star Trek. Read more
Published 6 days ago by B47Stratojet
5.0 out of 5 stars Great old series!
I really like all the Star Trek episodes! They are very enjoyable and worth watching. It's fun to see the originals.
Published 18 days ago by Jan44
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Series
I really enjoy the whole series and found the stories interesting and well developed plots. I think they could improve the sound quality.
Published 18 days ago by sd5bates
5.0 out of 5 stars Good for Trekkies
I really enjoy Star Trek and feel lucky to be able to buy the third season on DVD for a price I can afford. I grew up watching Star Trek on TV, and the episodes never get old.
Published 27 days ago by Richard Thorn
5.0 out of 5 stars Groundbreaking
A well ahead of its time show. I am now getting into it, so I am watching the original series first.
Published 1 month ago by Wes Lahens
5.0 out of 5 stars Good stuff
Decent quality, unfortunatly there the remastered ones with crappy computer animations instead of the old school cut outs and costumes.
Published 1 month ago by t.l.
4.0 out of 5 stars For DVD, It's Not Bad
The picture and extras are fine, but honestly, if you can afford the Blu-Ray, go for it. The picture and sound are sharper and you can toggle between original f/x and new.
Published 1 month ago by sickphil71
5.0 out of 5 stars Always will be a Trekkie!
Love Star Trek and this original series is amazing. I loved it in 1967 and it is still relevant and compelling! It is surprising that it still has much to say and remind.
Published 1 month ago by mary ruth
5.0 out of 5 stars Star Trek, Season 3. Love it!
Love, Love, Love Star Trek. The one that started it all. Even though Original Star Trek only lasted 3 seasons it has endured for all these years. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Suzanne Flanderka
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