Star Trek - The Complete First Season

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Star Trek: The Complete First Season - Quality DVD Release for a Great Series

Feb 28, 2008 (Updated Aug 8, 2008)
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Pros:first season episodes uncut and uninterrupted, good special features, good packaging

Cons:some weak episodes, doesn't include the original pilot

The Bottom Line: This great series is worth every dime of purchasing the season-long boxed sets. Thank you Paramount, for doing it right.


Plot Details: This opinion reveals major details about the movie's plot.

The original Star Trek series holds a place near and dear to many of us who grew up in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s. This is the show I grew up on. For a long time, every weekday evening at 6PM, one of our local independent television stations would show an episode. I was always disappointed of my father came home later than his usual 5:40PM because that would mean dinner would take place during the show.

Now, all these years later, the series is available with each episode uncut and uninterrupted on DVD. It’s well worth the cost and it comes packaged nicely in a yellow plastic container with the DVDs themselves in another, separate plastic book inside a paper sleeve. The result is great protection for the DVDs which now seem impervious to any dust or dirt getting on them when they are put away. The casing makes it attractive in a DVD cabinet as well as easy to locate.

The episodes are on the DVDs not in production order, but in the order they aired on NBC for the first time way back in the 1966-1967 television season. Watching it straight through from the beginning, it’s obvious that the show took a bit of time to find it’s footing, sometimes painfully so. There are a few episodes where characters are completely out of character for what fans are used to. However, actors, writers, and the show’s creator Gene Roddenberry got a better grasp on just what they had going. Toward the end of this first season, there was a string of episodes that are some of the best of the series.

This season also benefits from the fact that the actors were still fairly unknown and didn’t have the giant-sized egos some of them would develop with all of the fandom and reverie surrounding the series. The show seemed to be more of a collective, where the scripts benefited from them working together to create a good show, rather than some of them looking out for their own interests.

The cast was also quite unique. Women were shown on an equal footing with men at times, their mini-skirt uniforms not withstanding. There were minorities present on the bridge in critical areas, such as Lt. Uhura in communications and Lt. Chekov as the helmsman. Then there was the alien, Mr. Spock. Half human, half Vulcan, he was supposed to display an emotionless exterior, but fans delighted in the moments when his very human, emotional side came through.

There are terrific episodes, such as Miri where and Earth-like society dies off after trying to create a way to immortality. Balance of Terror introduces the Romulans and has Mark Lenard make his first appearance in the show as a Romulan Captain, not as Spock’s father where he will become most renown. Space Seed sets the stage for the second Star Trek movie, introducing Star Trek's most notorious villain, Khan, and unintentionally leaving the opening for that movie.

The City on the Edge of Forever had Kirk making what could be the ultimate sacrifice after a time-traveling accident leaves three of the Enterprise's senior officers in 1930’s Earth. The Devil in the Dark has the crew battling an unknown menace while making a statement about our own human prejudices and assumptions. Errand of Mercy has the late, great John Colicos in his first appearance as Kor going head to head with Captain Kirk.

These DVDs are set up very nicely, with interactive menus that are pretty cool. They are set up to look like station of the bridge on the original Enterprise. This is different than the boxes sets for Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine where the menus were pretty straightforward.

Each episode includes the preview trailer for that episode. Sound options for each were created with the remastering and are available in either English 5.1 surround sound or English Dolby surround. A few episodes have text commentary from Michael Okuda.

The best of the special features are on the last disc. These really are pretty good. Much of the original cast comes to reminisce about the show, including William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy. Old interviews with those who have left this world such as Gene Roddenberry are shown. It amounts to more than an hour’s worth of time that is excellent and something I wish would be done for other series out there of this caliber.

What this disc doesn’t include is the original pilot. Although the episode it later spawned, The Menagerie is here, the original one is not. That is a shame and I hope it’s coming up down the line.

If you are a fan of the show, you need to have this and I suspect most fans already do. If you haven’t watched the show, check these out and I’m pretty sure by the time you reach the last disc, you’ll feel as strongly about the series as most fans. It doesn’t just make good science fiction, it makes for good social commentary and some interesting takes on issues which were front and center at the time these episodes aired. Most of all, it showed us that it was possible to be a show that was both smart and entertaining.


SPECIAL FEATURES:

• The Birth of a Timeless Legacy
• Life Beyond Star Trek: William Shatner
• To Boldly Go... Season One
• Reflections on Spock
• Sci-Fi Visionaries
• Photo Log



Reviews of individual episodes in the first season of the original Star Trek series:

The Man Trap ~ Charlie X ~ Where No Man Has Gone Before ~ The Naked Time ~ The Enemy Within ~ Mudd's Women ~ What Are Little Girls Made Of? ~ Miri ~ Dagger of the Mind ~ The Corbomite Maneuver ~ The Menagerie ~ The Conscience of the King ~ Balance of Terror ~ Shore Leave ~ ~ The Galileo Seven ~ The Squire of Gothos ~ Arena ~ Tomorrow Is Yesterday ~ Court Martial ~ The Return of the Archons ~ Space Seed ~ A Taste of Armageddon ~ This Side of Paradise ~ The Devil in the Dark ~ Errand of Mercy ~ The Alternative Factor ~ The City on the Edge of Forever ~ Operation: Annihilate!


Reviews of Star Trek boxed sets:


Star Trek: The Complete First Season


Star Trek: The Next Generation Season One on DVD
Star Trek: The Next Generation Season Two on DVD
Star Trek: The Next Generation Season Three on DVD
Star Trek: The Next Generation Season Four on DVD
Star Trek: The Next Generation Season Five on DVD
Star Trek: The Next Generation Season Six on DVD
Star Trek: The Next Generation Season Seven on DVD



Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Season One on DVD
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Season Two on DVD
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Season Three on DVD
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Season Four on DVD
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Season Five on DVD
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Season Six on DVD
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Season Seven on DVD



© 2008 Patti Aliventi


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