Star Trek: The Original Series - Season 1
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Space. The Final Frontier. The U.S.S. Enterprise embarks on a five year mission to explore the galaxy. The Enterprise is under the command of Captain James T. Kirk. The First Officer is Mr. Spock, from the planet Vulcan. The Chief Medical Officer is Dr. Leonard 'Bones' McCoy. With a determined crew, the Enterprise encounters Klingons, Romulans, time paradoxes, tribbles and genetic supermen lead by Khan Noonian Singh. Their mission is to explore strange new worlds, to seek new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone before.
In 1966, Star Trek set out to boldly go where no series had gone before, beginning a three-year mission that led to a franchise that would last decades. Here at last is the first season of the original series all in one box, 29 episodes in their original broadcast order. That means starting with "The Man Trap," and soon followed by "Where No Man Has Gone Before," the second pilot filmed and the first one starring William Shatner as Captain Kirk. The many highlight episodes include "Balance of Terror" and "Errand of Mercy" (introducing, respectively, the Romulans and the Klingons), the two-part "The Menagerie" (which recycled footage from the original pilot, "The Cage," which featured Christopher Pike as the captain of the Enterprise and is not included in this set), "Space Seed" (introducing Ricardo Montalban's Khan character), and "The City of the Edge of Forever" (written by sci-fi giant Harlan Ellison and considered by many the best-ever episode of the series).
The first-season DVD set is supplemented by 80 minutes of featurettes incorporating 2003-04 interviews with Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, other cast members, and producers, and some 1988 footage of Gene Roddenberry. The longest (24 minutes) featurette, "The Birth of a Timeless Legacy," examines the two pilot episodes and the development of the crew. Slightly shorter are "To Boldly Go... Season One," which highlights key episodes, and "Sci-Fi Visionaries," which discusses the series' great science fiction writers (most famously in "The City of the Edge of Forever"). Shatner shows off his love of horses in "Life Beyond Trek," and, more interestingly, Nimoy debunks various rumors in "Reflections of Spock." As they've done for many of the feature-film special editions, Michael Okuda and Denise Okuda provide a pop-up text commentary on four of the episodes filled with history, trivia, and dry wit. It's the first commentary of any kind for a Star Trek TV show, but an audio commentary is still overdue. The technical specs are mostly the same as other Trek TV series--Dolby 5.1, English subtitles--but with the welcome addition of the episode trailers. The plastic case is an attempt to replicate some of the fun packaging of the series' European DVD releases, but it's a bit clunky, and the paper sleeve around the disc case seems awkward and crude. Still, the set is a vast improvement both in terms of shelf space and bonus features compared to the old two-episode discs, which were released before full-season boxed sets became the model for television DVDs. --David Horiuchi
- All 29 episodes from the 1966-67 season on 10 discs
- 5 special collector data cards
- Billy Blackburn's Treasure Chest: Rare home movies and special memories
- Spacelift: Transporting Trek into the 21st century featurette
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All the changes to the special effects serve to make the Star Trek universe as real as possible. The planets look like actual planets rather than just a planet-like disc with a model moving about it. The biggest change I noticed beyond the altering of the special effects is the picture itself. Instead of the graininess that is so apparent in the Columbia House VHS series and the 2004 DVD version, this high-definition version has been painstakingly remastered from the original film with all the damage and dirt repaired and cleaned, frame by frame into a pristine visual orgasm of its former self. Additionally, the Star Trek theme has been re-recorded using the same orchestral set-up and sheet music that Alexander Courage used back in the 1960s right down to the Soprano singing. I can't wait to get seasons two and three and neither should you.
I am kinda glad they got rid of the soprano singing. The producers say that they wanted to build on the style of the 60s. They respect the original material and what they have done is to add detail to each episode.
You can see a Gorn blink! The Milky Way looks starry; planets are cloudy and orange or green. Klingon warships fire awesome torpedoes that bounce off realistic shields.
I am an original viewer and have looked forward to this change for years. So don't worry fanboys, they have not changed too much!
One producer mentioned this is how the show would have been had they had CGI in the Sixties. Great stuff!
The Man Trap
Where No Man Has Gone Before
The Corbomite Maneuver
This Side of Paradise
A Taste of Armageddon.
The Naked Time
The Enemy Within
What Are Little Girls Made of?
Dagger of the Mind
The Menagerie Parts 1 and 2
The Conscience of the King
Balance of Terror
The Galileo Seven
The Squire of Gothos
Tomorrow Is Yesterday
The Return of the Archons
The Devil in the Dark
Errand of Mercy
The Alternative Factor
The City on the Edge of Forever
For the Fanboys Who Believe the TOS VHS tapes are sacred scripture:
Star Trek - The Original Series: The Cage (Pilot) [VHS]