Star Trek: The Original Series - Season 1
Paramount Home Entertainment -
1966 - 1461
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The season that started what would become a science fiction franchise, Star Trek: The Original Series - Season 1 finally comes home to DVD in its entirety. Every phaser blast, every transport sequence, and every dead red-shirted crewman are all faithfully reproduced for your home viewing enjoyment. Created, of course, by the late great Gene Roddenberry, this season of adventures for the Enterprise and its crew started one of the most successful television and movie empires of all time. Kirk, Spock, Bones, Scotty, Sulu, Uhura, Chekov, and the gang have never looked better in the almost forty years since the series first hit the airwaves. Whether you have been a fan long enough to remember the first running of these shows in the 60s, or if you faithfully watched reruns every night with your father in the 70s, if you got hooked on Star Trek then chances are you still love it now. This DVD will not disappoint in any event.
´┐Ż Episode I: ´┐ŻThe Man Trap´┐Ż:
Dr. Leonard ´┐ŻBones´┐Ż McCoy meets a former girlfriend when the Enterprise brings supplies to a remote archaeological survey group. Still attractive to McCoy, the woman´┐Żs current appearance hides a dark and deadly secret.
´┐Ż Episode II: ´┐ŻCharlie X´┐Ż:
Raised from babyhood by noncorporeal beings, 17-year-old Charles Evans is picked up and transferred to the Enterprise. On board the ship, the teenager proves dangerously unable to wield his enormous psionic powers with maturity.
´┐Ż Episode III: ´┐ŻWhere No Man Has Gone Before´┐Ż:
When Enterprise encounters a force field at the edge of the galaxy, one of the crew member´┐Żs psionic abilities are accelerated to godlike proportions, causing him to become a powerful, murderous being. (Text commentary by Michael Okuda and Denise Okuda.)
´┐Ż Episode IV: ´┐ŻThe Naked Time´┐Ż:
An alien virus strips the Enterprise crew of their inhibitions, causing chaos as each crew member is overcome by hidden emotions. Meanwhile, the Enterprise is being pulled inexorably into a nearby planet´┐Żs gravity well.
´┐Ż Episode V: ´┐ŻThe Enemy Within´┐Ż:
Split by a transporter malfunction into two beings with very different personalities, the resulting twin Captain Kirk proves that neither a purely evil nor a sweetly good Captain can survive without the missing half.
´┐Ż Episode VI: ´┐ŻMudd´┐Żs Women´┐Ż:
Rescuing the crew of a ship from an asteroid belt, the Enterprise plays host to con man extraordinaire, the cunning Harry Mudd and his cargo: three beautiful women looking for suitors.
´┐Ż Episode VII: ´┐ŻWhat Are Little Girls Made Of?´┐Ż:
Helping Nurse Christine Chapel search of her fianc´┐Ż, the Enterprise finds a detached Dr. Korby working on a plan to create android duplicates of key figures, beginning with James Kirk.
´┐Ż Episode VIII: ´┐ŻMiri´┐Ż:
On a planet populated by children whose aging process has been slowed artificially, Kirk´┐Żs landing party members contract a virus that kills adults. Despite their violent attacks, Kirk is determined to help the children.
´┐Ż Episode IX: ´┐ŻDagger of the Mind´┐Ż:
When a wild-eyed maniac escaping from the Tantalus Penal Colony turns out to be one of the psychiatric staff, Kirk investigates the institution, and discovers a chilling exercise in mind control.
´┐Ż Episode X: ´┐ŻThe Corbomite Maneuver´┐Ż:
Threatened by the sinister captain of a powerful alien vessel, Kirk claims that the Enterprise carries a powerful explosive which will destroy both ships. The move produces unexpected actions from the alien adversary.
´┐Ż Episode XI: ´┐ŻThe Menagerie, Part I´┐Ż:
Apparently summoned to Starbase 11, Kirk, Spock and McCoy visit a former Enterprise Commander, the paralyzed and horribly disfigured Christopher Pike. Uncharacteristically, Spock commandeers the Enterprise, then turns himself in for court-martial. (Text commentary by Michael Okuda and Denise Okuda.)
´┐Ż Episode XII: ´┐ŻThe Menagerie, Part II´┐Ż:
Spock´┐Żs court-martial reveals the actions of Captain Pike on his previous visit to Talos IV, where the powerful Talosians tried to persuade Pike to breed with women provided for the purpose. (Text commentary by Michael Okuda and Denise Okuda.)
´┐Ż Episode XIII: ´┐ŻThe Conscience of the King´┐Ż:
Contacted by one of the other tow witnesses to the crimes of mass-murderer ´┐ŻKodos the Executioner,´┐Ż Kirk is persuaded that the criminal may be disguising himself as an actor in a traveling theatrical troupe. (Text commentary by Michael Okuda and Denise Okuda.)
´┐Ż Episode XIV: ´┐ŻBalance of Terror´┐Ż:
Despite the earlier Romulan War, the Romulans have never been seen in person. The Enterprise, in pursuit of a Romulan aggressor, makes a discovery that causes suspicion about a senior crew member.
´┐Ż Episode XV: ´┐ŻShore Leave´┐Ż:
When McCoy sees the White Rabbit from Alice in Wonderland, the crew begins to realize that the planet they are visiting seems to have the dangerous power to turn any thought into reality.
´┐Ż Episode XVI: ´┐ŻThe Galileo Seven´┐Ż:
Crash-landing on a planet populated by hostile giants, the 7-man crew of the Shuttlecraft Galileo find themselves unable to communicate with the Enterprise or to escape the planet´┐Żs atmosphere.
´┐Ż Episode XVII: ´┐ŻThe Squire of Gothos´┐Ż:
Encountering an uncharted planet in an empty region of space, Kirk and his crew are entertained by Trelane, a playful being who lacks the self-control to wield his great psionic powers with discipline.
´┐Ż Episode XVIII: ´┐ŻArena´┐Ż:
With both their ships held captive by powerful beings, Kirk and the captain of the alien vessel are placed on an asteroid to fight for their lives and the lives of their crews.
´┐Ż Episode XIX: ´┐ŻTomorrow is Yesterday´┐Ż:
Transported back in time to 20th century Earth, Kirk rescues the pilot of a destroyed fighter plane, and contemplates the problem of how to return the man without altering Earth´┐Żs future.
´┐Ż Episode XX: ´┐ŻCourt Martial´┐Ż:
Arriving at Starbase 11, Kirk faces court-martial for negligence resulting in the death of a colleague. Accused by the victim´┐Żs family and prosecuted by a former lover, Kirk´┐Żs career seems doomed.
´┐Ż Episode XXI: ´┐ŻThe Return of the Archons´┐Ż:
When a landing party on Beta III exhibits strange behavior, Kirk and his crew discover a society whose individuals appear to be staid and respectable, until the advent of ´┐ŻRed Hour´┐Ż´┐Ż
´┐Ż Episode XXII: ´┐ŻSpace Seed´┐Ż:
Encountering the 20th century ´┐Żsleeper ship´┐Ż SS Botany Bay, the Enterprise finds that it carries genetically-selected ´┐Żsupermen´┐Ż in suspended animation. One of the sleepers is Khan, former ruler of a quarter of Earth.
´┐Ż Episode XXIII: ´┐ŻA Taste of Armageddon´┐Ż:
For years, the planet Eminiar VIII has waged a sanitized war with planet Vendikar, in which computers determine which citizens must report for disintegration. Unfortunately, the Enterprise crew is selected for death.
´┐Ż Episode XXIV: ´┐ŻThis Side of Paradise´┐Ż:
The survival of colonists who have been exposed for years to fatal radiation is traced to life-preserving alien pores. Unfortunately for Kirk´┐Żs crew, the spores also have a more sinister effect.
´┐Ż Episode XXV: ´┐ŻThe Devil in the Dark´┐Ż:
Investigating an unknown menace that has been killing miners and damaging machinery on Janus VI, Kirk and Spock discover a rock-like creature with whom the Vulcan conducts an illuminating min-meld.
´┐Ż Episode XXVI: ´┐ŻErrand of Mercy´┐Ż:
When Kirk and Spock intervene to offer protection to the people of a planet caught dangerously between the Klingon Empire and the Federation, they are surprised by the response from the lethargic Organians.
´┐Ż Episode XXVII: ´┐ŻThe Alternative Factor´┐Ż:
When the stellar system seems to blink, the Enterprise investigates and fins Lazarus, a man who seems to alternate between two wildly differing versions of the same person
´┐Ż Episode XXVIII: ´┐ŻThe City on the Edge of Forever´┐Ż:
Accidentally overdosing on medication, McCoy becomes unbalanced and ventures into a time portal where he manages to seriously disrupt Earth´┐Żs time line. To repair the problem, Kirk and Spock return via the portal to 1930´┐Żs Earth.
´┐Ż Episode XXIX: ´┐ŻOperation-Annihilate!´┐Ż:
Experimenting with ways to protect the inhabitants of the planet Deneva from an inexplicable epidemic of mass insanity, McCoy´┐Żs effort needlessly causes Spock to go blind.
As you might expect with source material nearly forty years old, the video can only improve to a certain point. That being said, it does look pretty good anyway. The colors, particularly the uniforms of your favorite Starfleet officers, are all brought to a new level of excellence. Eye-popping yellows, deep reds, and brilliant blues are the main improvements, but other hues also make their presence known. As far as image clarity, the full frame presentation of the first season is adequate. Some shots are just too grainy in their original form to be improved, and others like the soft focus for the many beautiful women to grace the Star Trek set are almost too clean and lose some of their original appeal. Overall, however, the video is what you would expect and I have no real complaints.
First things first: don´┐Żt expect to get any awesome surround effects, even with the episodes billed as Dolby 5.1 surround. Outside of some musical score elements, a red alert siren or two, and some door swooshes and Enterprise flybys, the sound is predominantly isolated to the front speakers supplemented by the center for the vocals. Phasers don´┐Żt really get any new life, and how many ways can you improve the monaural beeps and squeaks of the technologically challenged NCC-1701? 1960s audio aside, what you can hear sounds pretty good, and this is the best you can do if you want these original episodes as part of your collection.
The eighth disc of this box set is where you will find the vast majority of the supplements--with the text commentary being the only floating supplement. ´┐ŻThe Birth of a Timeless Legacy´┐Ż (24:13) gives you face time with much of the main cast, most time being spent with Shatner and Nimoy. There is some time with Gene Roddenberry as well, who gives some decent insight into the pilot episodes and some of the technical logistics of a weekly sci-fi show that the team had to overcome. ´┐ŻLife Beyond Star Trek: William Shatner´┐Ż (10:27) can handily be skipped, unless hearing about Bill´┐Żs horses is something that interests you. ´┐ŻTo Boldly Go...Season One´┐Ż (18:58) is a little better in that you get some of the cast member´┐Żs impressions of certain episodes or scenes that are worth a gander. ´┐ŻReflections on Spock´┐Ż (12:12) as you can imagine is all Leonard Nimoy and the camera. Nimoy is very well spoken and coherent, so Spock fans may want to lend a pointed ear. The photo gallery is also worth a peek.
Forty year old material or not, this is the best Star Trek has looked or sounded, period. The packaging and presentation are good, and this first of three installments is pretty much a must have for any Trek aficionado. The menus are engaging and the audio, video, and supplements are all wholly acceptable. Don you pointed ears, put phasers on stun, and have your own in-home Star Trek marathon.
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