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Should you decide to buy this, get it for the tightly paced, well acted "Space Seed" and for "Journey to Babel," which will give you the quick-and-dirty tour of Gene Roddenberry's impressively diverse universe. Beyond that, you may wish to consider purchasing the series boxed sets as any further Best Of collections would only be superfluous to your introduction to -- and enjoyment of -- one of the most innovative and important Science Fiction shows in television history.
Volume 2 does include SPACE SEED, the first appearance of Khan, as well as WHERE NO MAN HAS GONE BEFORE, A PIECE OF THE ACTION, and BABEL. This is where I disagree with the selections. I'd have gone for MIRROR, MIRROR and ARENA instead of BABEL and A PIECE OF THE ACTION, but then again, who knows - maybe there'll be a Volume 3. Then they could include the two part MENAGIRE or THE GALILEO SEVEN.
From the back of the case:
WHERE NO MAN HAS GONE BEFORE - Warp speed goes wild when a Starfleet propulsion expert and his alien assistant come aboard the Enterprise to increase efficiency.
SPACE SEED - Kirk discovers a ship carrying cryogenically frozen survivors of the 1990s Earth war known as the Eugenic Wars.
A PIECE OF THE ACTION - Kirk, Spock, and McCoy beam down to a planet run like 1920s gangster America.
JOURNEY TO BABEL - The USS Enterprise is transporting a delegation of diplomats, including Spock's parents, to a conference on Babel when Kirk is stabbed and the ship attacked.
As a fan of Next Generation and Deep Space Nine more than the TOS, these volumes are great for me and anyone else who just wants a sample. But I begin to wonder if it's more practical to suggest buying the entire seasons if they continue to issue best ofs.
I'd have chosen a few other episodes as the "Best", but hey, for the cost how can I complain?
I will say that seeing these much-improved DVD copies of 8 episodes almost (but not quite) make me want to buy the Blu-Ray versions of all three seasons. But, because I paid a crazy amount for the older ones, I'm not quite ready to take that plunge again. In most ways, I like seeing the TOS episodes as I remember them from my childhood, warts and all. It is wonderful to see that the original quality of the film is intact and that the Blu-Ray conversions will preserve this landmark series for posterity, but I'll wait to buy until the Blu-Ray's are dumped on the secondary market.
If you're an avid "Star Trek" fan, the answer is no. Because you're probably just going to buy all the seasons anyway. And in this case, the DVD offers nothing new.
On the other hand, if you're just a casual "Star Trek" fan or a 60s buff looking for a little bit of nostalgia, this DVD will really give you a lot of "Star Trek" power and value for your money.
It begins with the episode "Where No Man Has Gone Before." This is a very early episode with some characters that would not become regulars. But Kirk, Spock, Scotty, and Sulu are still there. Kirk has to watch a friend become more and more powerful (through an accident that left him with ever growing powers), and degenerate into evil. And the ever logical Mr. Spock has to confront Kirk with his only choice: "Kill him while you still can."
The next episode is "Space Seed." Kirk encounters a ship full of genetically superior beings lead by a man named Khan. It isn't long before Kirk and his crew are repulsed by Khan's superiority complex. And having seduced an unappreciated member of the Enterprise, Khan makes plans to take over the Enterprise. Anyone who knows anything about "Star Trek" should know that this story was continued in the 2nd "Star Trek" film. ("The Wrath of Khan")
The third episode "A Piece of the Action" is a defining episode in that it shows the crew landing on a planet that embodies one very specific culture we can identify. (In this case, the gangs of the 20s.) Through a book on these gangs, the people of the planet have formed their culture. Interestingly, Spock can identify what is productive and good about the Chicago gangs. (Their intention is unity.Read more ›
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These new Best Of DVDs do a really outstanding job of bringing out the best episodes. They also seem to be nicely remastered. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Ryan Karkkainen
I bought this as a gift for my girlfriend and she is thrilled with it. We have spent many hours enjoying this DVD.Published on January 20, 2014 by DataJeff
You won't be disappointed. The images are crisp and clear, bright and amazing. The sound is wonderful. And the show, well- this is a classic. Read morePublished on January 4, 2014 by You Can Call Me "Books"
I watch it all the time, but was disappointed to find out there were only 6 episodes on the DVD. It leaves you wanting much more, but it gives you a fix if you don't want to spend... Read morePublished on July 23, 2013 by Friends Don't Let Friends Vote Democrat
I hadn't seen the original series since I was a kid. It is still fun to watch even now.
It holds up well and the playful interactions between the cast is what keeps it... Read more
I am a big Star Trek Fan. This is a good way to see the original series for people who need the background.Published on June 28, 2013 by Susan Watson