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Star Trek: The Original Series - Season 3
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The original Star Trek adventure that started the enduring sci-fi pop culture phenomenon. The classic series focuses on the 23rd century adventures of Captain James T. Kirk, Mr. Spock, and the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise, a powerful interstellar spacecraft dispatched by Earth-based Starfleet Command to explore the galaxy. Kirk commands a large crew of men and women aboard the starship, which can travel at speeds surpassing the speed of light. Their five-year mission - with a mandate from Starfleet - is to seek out new life and new civilizations, and to boldly go where no man has gone before. Fan favorite episodes from Season 3 include "Spock's Brain," "The Tholian Web," where Kirk becomes trapped between universes, "Plato's Stepchildren," featuring the unforgettable kiss between Kirk and Uhura, and "The Savage Curtain," where Spock and Kirk are forced into a contest of good vs. evil.
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Gene Roddenberry once said that the thing that makes a science fiction story great isn't the science, but the story. And that the story has to be about the people, not the technology. The technology is only a plot device. That's what makes Star Trek still great and watchable today, even though the effects are cheesy by modern standards. The stories are great and focus on the characters.
The presentation is nice and crisp considering it was recorded on 1960's color TV camera technology for display on a 480 line screen. Sometimes video like that looks awful on a modern 1080 line HD display. These look nice and crisp.
There is some color correction issue at times, but that is more a result of the original filming being under different lighting conditions for different angles of the same scene. Not much you can do to fix that, but at least it looks like it did in the 60's during the original broadcast.
The one complaint I have is the digital enhancement of the special effects. The original blue screened model Enterprise is completely replaced by a modern CGI Enterprise. It's the same ship, but it looks like cheap CGI. The planets look better, but they don't mesh well with the rest of the 1960''s cheesy effects. All in all the misuse of CGI to replace the original special effects with modern effects is a little too "George Lucasish" for my taste. Star Wars has gotten nothing but flak for the last 20 years for ruining the Holy Trilogy with added effects of the Special Edition. Why on Earth did anyone think Star Trek fans would welcome the same kind of changes with open arms?
Anyway the show is still watchable. The new effects don't remove you from the story too much. They are limited. But I don't love them.
With the passing of half the original cast, watching these shows again brings them back to life for me, at least for a little while and that is a good thing.
The digital remastering is visually stunning, with some CGI additions (or footage that did not make the original cut?), much better than the original. Actually too good for the editing of the time; you see details of make-up, wrinkles and blemishes that you could not on old-fashioned TV. A blast to watch, and fun for kids as well.