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The Best of Star Trek: The Original Series
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In "City on the Edge of Forever", Captain Kirk and First Officer Spock must save the future when the time line is altered and history is changed for the worse.
The taut Cold War-era infused "Balance of Terror" pits two determined warriors as we meet the Romulans for the first time.
The usually logical Mr. Spock looses all emotional control in "Amok Time" as he is compelled to return home to Vulcan to consummate his arranged marriage.
Personally, any "Best of" is subject for criticism by fans. But the good news that for this series, these four episodes are on the top of the lists for various polls of "Best of Star Trek: The Original Series". Granted, there could have been many episodes that could have made the cut but for these four episodes alone, you can't deny how attractive this DVD is for its price ($10 or less) and the fact that it is the enhanced remastered version (although presented in standard definition on DVD).
For me, I was excited to see "THE CITY ON THE EDGE OF FOREVER" included. This is such a classic, well-written episode that I remember buying an original VHS release for this one episode alone. The addition of "THE TROUBLE WITH TRIBBLES" is no surprise, as this episode is a classic for it's fuzzily cute storyline. The other two episodes "BALANCE OF TERROR" and "AMOK TIME" are two classics but personally, I would love to have seen "SPACE SEED" which is the first appearance of Khan (would make sense for this film to be added since the films were released on the same day on Blu-ray) and also "Mirror, Mirror" or "The Doomsday Machine" which are really awesome episodes.
But I figured, that perhaps Paramount doesn't want to give it all away and give the viewer a reason why to pick up the series on DVD or Blu-ray.Read more ›
Though the release seems a bit rushed as there is no bonus material, and the packaging does not mention the re-mastered aspects of these classic episodes, this is Star Trek at it's original best.
Yes, one could certainly argue the choices made in picking the four episodes to include under the header of "The Best of", but these four episodes certainly will serve as a pleasant reminder to the Trekies/Trekkers of the world as to why they fell in love with the series in the first place, and trying to spot the new and improved footage makes watching what you seen hundreds of times, fun all over again. For those new to the series, these four episodes serve as a nice introduction to not only the action of the series, but the lighthearted aspects as well.
The four episodes chosen include two from the first season, and two from the second, yet they don't come up on the menu in the order in which they originally aired. First up is "The City on the Edge of Forever", which is generally considered by many to be the best episode of the original series. Written by Harlan Ellison and directed by Joseph Pevney, "The City on the Edge of Forever" aired on April 6th, 1967, and featured a fine guest performance by Joan Collins as Edith Keeler, a social worker on earth in the 1930's.
After McCoy accidentally injects himself with a volatile drug that causes paranoia and delusions, he manages to beam himself down to the planet currently being orbited by the Enterprise, and enters a time portal that refers to itself as the Guardian of Forever. McCoy' entrance into Earths past causes time to be changed, and the enterprise disappears from orbit stranding the landing party.Read more ›
This is a worthwhile acquisition for both newbies and longtime Trekkers (like myself) who could never justify the sizable investment in the boxed sets. I highly recommend it.
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These are the (painfully) computer graphic altered versions of the episodes, "Amok Time", "Balance of Terror", "Trouble with Tribbles", and "City on the... Read morePublished 22 days ago by Spike3
It's the best of star trek tos, what more does the title need to say?Published 5 months ago by supermom0712
Awesome gift idea for the trekky in your life! My brother loves it!Published 6 months ago by Woster
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