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Star Trek - The Original Series, Vol. 11, Episodes 21 & 22: Tomorrow is Yesterday/ The Return of the Archons

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"Tomorrow is Yesterday," Ep. 21 - The U.S.S. Enterprise is sent back to the 20th century by a black star, where it is sighted by the Air Force as a U.F.O. Kirk is forced to beam the Air Force's jet pilot aboard. Now he must somehow manage to return to the future without changing history. "The Return of the Archons," Ep. 22 - The U.S.S. Enterprise finds a planet of blissful people ruled by a computer called Landru. The computer now wants to destroy the U.S.S. Enterprise in order to protect what it believes to be its perfect society.

Volume 11 in the classic Star Trek series on DVD contains the delightful episode "Tomorrow Is Yesterday," a time-travel story with an infectious blend of suspense and humor. After dropping into a black hole, the Enterprise ends up orbiting the Earth in the late 1960s, and is spotted by U.S. Air Force Captain Christopher (Roger Perry), who happens to be flying by in his jet. Inadvertently giving poor Christopher an unwanted glimpse into the future, and wrecking his jet with an overpowering tractor beam, Capt. Kirk (William Shatner), not having a good day, beams him aboard the Federation starship. The collision of sensibilities and reference points between characters born several centuries apart has a fresh, urgent tone that subsequent Star Trek series have never captured (though Deep Space Nine came close with its dazzling episode "Trials and Tribble-ations"). The problem, of course, is what to do about Christopher now that he knows what he knows, and history demands that he stay put in his own world: the pilot's unborn son, it seems, will one day make a space flight of historic importance. Terrifically entertaining and something of a precedent-setter for Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (the theatrical feature set in contemporary San Francisco), "Tomorrow Is Yesterday" is Trek at its best.

Also on this disc is "Return of the Archons," a cautionary story about mind control written by Gene Roddenberry. The tale begins when Ensign Sulu (George Takei) is taken hostage on an Earth-like planet with a primitive culture. Zapped by a weapon that leaves him under the control of someone or something named Landru, Sulu is then pursued by Kirk and Spock (Leonard Nimoy), who discover that Landru has the same grip on everyone else. Once Landru becomes aware of efforts by the captain and first officer to interfere with its bidding, Kirk and Spock become the target of a massive hunt by locals. A minor episode with a somewhat obvious scenario, "Return of the Archons" does have novel appeal in its heightened role for the ever-charming Sulu, and in Roddenberry's characteristically humane interest in elements that make people (and intelligent aliens) everywhere free to fulfill their destinies. The solution to the who-is-Landru mystery won't surprise anyone, but it may strike you as a prototype of several future episodes, from all the Trek series, involving centralized caretaking on various planets. --Tom Keogh

Special Features

  • Volume 11 Contains 2 Episodes: Episode #21 Tomorrow Is Yesterday & Episode #22 The Return of the Archons
  • Digitally Enhanced and Remastered
  • Special Added Bonus: Original Broadcast Preview Trailers

Product Details

  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: 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: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Paramount Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: May 23, 2000
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004SPYL
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #215,606 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Hank Drake VINE VOICE on May 25, 2000
Format: DVD
Tomorrow is Yesterday is the first Star Trek episode focusing on time travel and all the paradoxes that entails. (The Naked Time had a brief time travel sequence, but it was not integral to the plot.) Guest star Roger Perry is perfectly cast as John Christopher--a 1969 fish out of water brought onboard the Enterprise. (In many ways, he is a 20th Century version of James T. Kirk) One prophetic moment is when Uhura tunes into a radio news summary which reports on the first manned moon shot "scheduled for next Wednesday." The first moon launch did indeed take place on a Wednesday! The use of stock footage in this episode is very clever and it is well integrated. The effects shots of the Enterprise could have been better, but for 1960s television they hold up fairly well.
The Return of the Archons bears the stamp of Gene Roddenberry. Many of Roddenberry's best stories focused on mind control and thinly disguised theocratic societies. In this case, "God" is a computer (as in the later episode, The Apple) and Kirk "kills" God with a dose of overpowering logic. Both the original series and the Next Generation dealt with this issue, but this was the first and most successfull attempt.
Paramount has once again done a fine job of remastering both sound and picture. Even the stock footage of Air Force jets from the 1960s story line has been cleaned up.
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By A Customer on November 28, 2000
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Aside from the episodes in these DVD's, I look for clarity and things that you can't see on TV. In the return of the archons, the scene where kirk and company is chased by a mob with sticks, the clarity is amazing. I believe that most outdoor scenes on these DVD's are super clear. Tommorow is yesterday has some super clear scenes as well, such as the closeup on the fighter pilot that is chasing the enterprise. You can see all the details of his helmet and straps. Make sure if you get a chance to watch one of these DVD's on a home computer with a 17 inch or larger screen. It will be MUCH better than what can be seen on a TV unless it is a HDTV set. The reason is that a computer DVD drive uses what is called progressive scan, versus interlaced which is used on most DVD Tv players. You can get progressive players for Tv's but they only work well with digital and HDTV Tv's.
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You must always remember when watching these DVD's that it was this series that started it all. Sure, modern-day Star Trek fans will see "flaws" in logic here with both of these episodes, but considering that these episodes were the ones which our knowledge was built, it's a hoot to watch. In Tomorrow is Yesterday, Timeline polution and time travel paradoxes are present. It is great to see how the episdoe starts after the initial incident which we do not see. In this episode, I saw a lot of pavemnt to the fourth Star Trek Film, the Voyage Home. Same issues in both, sorta same solutions. The transport at the end frankly does not "compute" with me, since even transporting at a certain time does not replace memory...I think it's a plot hole. I also wonder why they simply did not just wipe the memory away yet; perhaps it hasn't been invented until TNG...Also, watch out for the port nascele as the Enterprise is leaving Earth's orbit. It disappears in the back for a moment, then fades back in. Yikes! The second episode, The Return of the Archons, is amusing and fun to watch. Watch for Sulu's initial reactions right before beam up...It's hysterical. Again, I'm wondering why they simply do not do more analysis on Sulu before beaming down...Find O'Neil and beam him up. Clear violations of the Prime Directive, but Kirk was right...The last scene with Landrau being destroyed was hokey...anway, still enjoyable. Overall, the quality of the sound and visual was outstanding...I must have for all TOS and Trek fans!
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Volume 11 of Star Trek contains two classic sci-fi episodes that have both well developed and entertaining plots. This pair of episodes truly bring out the greatness of the Star Trek Original Series. Whether it's quirky comical moments in TOMORROW IS YESTERDAY or all out bizarre humanoid behaviour in RETURN OF THE ARCHONS, Volume 11 is sci-fi at it's best.
The first episode here TOMORROW IS YESTERDAY is a personal favourite of mine. This was one of the first Trek episodes to deal with time travel. The Enterprise goes into a black hole that takes them back to the late 1960's. There the crew confronts a US Fighter Pilot and is forced to beam the man aboard after his jet is destroyed by the ship's tractor beam. The pilot's name is Cpt. Christopher (played by Roger Perry) and Kirk realizes that he cannot return the young Captain to Earth because it may alter the course of time with his knowing of the Enterprise however Cpt.Christopher refuses to stay and tries to escape this leads to more problems on the Enterprise. The whole time travel plot was fairly good and the man on the moon thing was quite accurate to the timew period: the late 1960's. Comical moments include Kirk run in with the flirtatious computer as well as the Sgt.'s tour aboard the Enterprise(you'll know what i mean if you have seen the episode). This truly is a classic!
The other episode here is THE RETURN OF THE ARCHONS. Kirk and the crew visit a planet ruled by Landru a so called god who controls the minds of his people and punishs those who are not of the body. The episode has a bizarre yet interesting and enterating plot about mind controlling. It is so strange when Landru reveals what he actually is but not suprising when you see the way his minions act under his control.
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