Star Trek: The Original Series - Season 3
Paramount Home Entertainment -
1968 - 1461
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After posting tepid ratings--which is to say not good--for the second season in a row, NBC was leaning towards canceling Star Trek before the third season ever got off the ground. After receiving hoards of letters--since this was before the advent of email--executives were swayed to leave it on the air for one final hurrah. They did, however, all but doom the sci-fi show to extinction by moving it from the more highly coveted Monday 8pm time slot to the pretty undesirable Friday 10pm slot. Television politics aside, Star Trek: The Original Series - Season 3 is more of the same on DVD. The packaging, menu layout, and basic content structure are the same as the first two seasons. All of your favorite episodes are here for your viewing enjoyment. Particularly in the third season, there are likely some of these even ï¿½trueï¿½ Star Trek fans havenï¿½t seen. I was able to find a few episodes that I barely remember, or donï¿½t remember at all. Trek fans will find some old fun favorites to spend some time with in this seven disc offering.
Urgent Distress Calls
ï¿½ Episode I: ï¿½Spockï¿½s Brainï¿½:
When a beautiful alien renders the crew of the Enterprise unconscious, then surgically removes Spockï¿½s brain, Kirk and his team begin a pursuit which leads them to a bizarre world of divided cultures, governed by an ancient and highly advanced technology.
ï¿½ Episode II: ï¿½The Enterprise Incidentï¿½:
An unusually tense and irritable Kirk orders his ship into the Romulan Neutral Zone, where it is promptly surrounded. Beamed to a Romulan ship, Kirk lies about the intrusion then attacks Spock, who responds with a Vulcan death grip. While the female Romulan commander courts Spock, a secret mission unfolds.
ï¿½ Episode III: ï¿½The Paradise Syndromeï¿½:
Investigating an alien world which the Enterprise is trying to save from an asteroid on a collision course, Kirk discovers an ancient piece of technology which accidentally erases his memory. Unfortunately for Kirk, who has been welcomed by the inhabitants of the doomed planet, the Enterprise cannot stop the asteroid.
ï¿½ Episode IV: ï¿½And the Children Shall Leadï¿½:
Although all the adults in the Starnes scientific colony on Triacus are dead, their children appear happy and unconcerned. Investigating, Kirk and his crew encounter an alien force which is cynically using their children to achieve a dastardly goal.
ï¿½ Episode V: ï¿½Is There in Truth No Beautyï¿½:
Transporting a master navigator, a telepath, and an alien whose mere appearance causes insanity in humans, the Enterprise is jeopardized when the navigator, having caught a glimpse of the alien, takes the ship beyond the edge of the galaxy, leaving the crew too disoriented to return their vessel.
ï¿½ Episode VI: ï¿½Spectre of the Gunï¿½:
Despite warnings to stay away from the Melkotian planet, Kirk follows his orders and establishes contact with the Melkots. Labeled as trespassers, Kirk, Spock, McCoy, Scotty, and Chekov are thrown into a deadly simulation of the gunfight at the O.K. Corral, where they play the gang destined to die.
ï¿½ Episode VII: ï¿½Day of the Doveï¿½:
Despite an uneasy truce between them, a Klingon commander alleges that Kirk has damaged his ship, and claims the Enterprise as a prize of war. Although Spock takes the Klingons prisoner, both crews have a different enemy to face, and alien intruder who preys on Klingons and humans alike.
ï¿½ Episode VIII: ï¿½For the World Is Hollow and I Have Touched the Skyï¿½:
Despite recently learning that McCoy has a terminal disease, Kirk must investigate an asteroid on a collision course with a planet. When the asteroid turns out to be a spaceship containing humanoids who do not realize their world is artificial, McCoy finds himself falling or the societyï¿½s beautiful leader.
ï¿½ Episode IX: ï¿½The Tholian Webï¿½:
Attempting to rescue the US Defiant, Kirk finds the crew dead and the ship alternating between two universes. When Kirk is caught up in the flux, the Enterprise must remain stationary to rescue its captain when he reappears. Unfortunately, Tholian ships take the opportunity to trap the Federation vessel.
ï¿½ Episode X: ï¿½Platoï¿½s Stepchildrenï¿½:
Responding to a distress call, the Enterprise encounters the Platonians, a race who have developed incredible psychokinetic powers. When McCoy is able to cure a diseased Platonian, the aliens decide he is too valuable to release, and the Enterprise crew are forced into an existence as puppets for Platonian entertainment.
ï¿½ Episode XI: ï¿½Wink of an Eyeï¿½:
Having encountered an empty city on the planet Scaios, the crew of the Enterprise is puzzled when one of their landing party vanishes after drinking the local water. When Kirk experiences a strange temporal effect after sipping coffee, he uncovers an unusual plot to kidnap the Enterpriseï¿½s male crew members.
ï¿½ Episode XII: ï¿½The Empathï¿½:
Trapped on a planet by a solar storm, Kirk, Spock, and McCoy take cover in an underground cavern, where they discover Gem, a frail alien with the ability to heal. When the landing party is captured by Vians, they face horrific and potentially fatal torture.
ï¿½ Episode XIII: ï¿½Elaan of Troyiusï¿½:
Challenged by the Klingons over a system which has two habitable but warring planets, the Enterprise must travel under a communications blackout to deliver their passenger, Elaan, to Troyius, for a marriage which will promote peace between the worlds. En route, efforts to educate the barbaric Elaan have disastrous consequences.
ï¿½ Episode XIV: ï¿½Whom Gods Destroyï¿½:
Carrying a new medication which is intended to eradicate mental illness, the Enterprise docks at a planet which houses a high-security asylum for the criminally insane. Finding the asylum overrun by a powerful, shape-shifting inmate, Kirk and Spock race to foil the madmanï¿½s plan to take over the universe.
ï¿½ Episode XV: ï¿½Let That Be Your Last Battlefieldï¿½:
Having rescued Lokai, an alien whose body is white on one side and black on the other, the Enterprise is pursued by Bele, an alien whose color scheme is a mirror image of Lokaiï¿½s. When Bele claims Lokai is an escaping traitor, a tragic tale of racial abuse unfolds.
ï¿½ Episode XVI: ï¿½The Mark of Gideonï¿½:
Believing he is beaming down to the perfect, trouble-free but secretive planet Gideon, Kirk is shocked to find that the planet is drastically over-populated, and, more worryingly, that he has lost nine minutes of memories. A misguided plot to kill off vast numbers of Gideonï¿½s people emerges.
ï¿½ Episode XVII: ï¿½That Which Survivesï¿½:
Sent to examine a planet which has inexplicably developed a livable environment in less than 10,000 years, the Enterprise crew finds themselves under attack by a woman able to kill men by touching them, or to throw a starship almost 1,000 light years in distance.
ï¿½ Episode XVIII: ï¿½The Lights of Zetarï¿½:
Memory Alpha is set to become a library containing the cultural history and scientific knowledge of all Federation worlds until it is attacked by a strange storm of brilliant lights which kill off all life on the planetoid, then target the Enterprise and its crew.
ï¿½ Episode XIX: ï¿½Requiem for Methuselahï¿½:
In search of antidote to Rigellian fever, Kirk and his crew discover a human, Flint, and his ward, Rayna, on a planet previously thought to be uninhabited. Although Flint offers to provide the antidote, he becomes increasingly preoccupied with Raynaï¿½s relationship with Captain Kirk.
ï¿½ Episode XX: ï¿½The Way to Edenï¿½:
Having chased a stolen space cruiser until it explodes, the destroyed shipï¿½s crew is beamed onto the Enterprise where they are found to be a collection of space ï¿½hippiesï¿½ led by an insane man who carries a virulent disease. While the leader is incarcerated, his acolytes cause trouble for Kirk.
ï¿½ Episode XXI: ï¿½The Cloud Mindersï¿½:
On the planet Ardana, the native Troglytes mine zienite and serve the ruling class of Stratos City. When McCoy discovers that the Troglytes and the Stratos dwellers are the same beings, but the Troglytes are retarded by exposure to zienite, Kirk decides to upset the established order on the planet.
ï¿½ Episode XXII: ï¿½The Savage Curtainï¿½:
Surveying an apparently lifeless planet, Kirk and Spock are surprised to be invited down to the planet by Abraham Lincoln, then introduced to various famous and infamous figures from history. The encounter is quickly revealed as a ruse by the native rock creatures to make the Starfleet officers fight. (Text commentary by Michael Okuda and Denise Okuda.)
ï¿½ Episode XXIII: ï¿½All Our Yesterdaysï¿½:
Attempting to rescue the people of Sarpeidon before their sun explodes, Kirk and his team find the planet deserted. All but one Sarpeid have escaped into the past via a time machine. Without understanding the process, Kirk dives into the portal and is followed by Spock and McCoy.
ï¿½ Episode XXIV: ï¿½Turnabout Intruderï¿½:
Finding Janice Lester quite ill from celebium radiation poisoning, Kirk is pressed into a life-entity transfer with her, unaware that she has come to hate him. The procedure swaps the personalities of the two, leaving Kirk in Janiceï¿½s body, and Janice with the perfect opportunity to dispose of Kirk. (Text commentary by Michael Okuda and Denise Okuda.)
ï¿½ Episode XXV: ï¿½The Cage - Restored Versionï¿½:
Investigating an antiquated distress call on Talos IV, Captain Christopher Pike is captured by a powerful race that requires breeding stock to repopulate their harsh world. This splendid, restored full-color presentation includes footage long believed to have been destroyed. The result is Star Trekï¿½s series pilot the way it was meant to be seen.
ï¿½ Episode XXVI: ï¿½The Cage - Original Versionï¿½:
This reconstructed version of ï¿½The Cageï¿½ includes black-and-white footage from Gene Roddenberryï¿½s work print and color footage from Season Oneï¿½s ï¿½The Menagerie,ï¿½ as well as opening and closing comments from Roddenberry.
As with the other two installments in what should now be a primary color three pack on your DVD rack, the video is what it is--old. It looks as good as it ever has or ever will. No, that doesnï¿½t make the bad sets look any better, nor do the 1960s special effects get any new life. What you do get is a colorful, clean, and virtually indestructible video presentation. The cheap looking star fields, goofy aliens, and campy sets all look just as cheap, goofy, and campy. But thatï¿½s really not an issue for anyone who buys these DVDs or reads these reviews. Enjoy every weird looking, oddly colored planet as the last season of Star Trek makes its way into your living room.
Ah yes, the stellar audio. Again, all of the sounds youï¿½re used to hearing on the bridge of the Enterprise are faithfully reproduced for season three. The hum of the warp engines, the stereo ï¿½swooshï¿½ of the turbo lift doors, the painfully bad Star Trek phaser noises, and all of the varying sounds of the alien races the crew encounters are all here for your listening enjoyment. Donï¿½t expect to blow you subwoofer or be looking over your shoulder to ascertain where a particular rear channel noise came from, because it just wonï¿½t happen. Just sit back, relax, and listen to the same old sounds youï¿½re used to from a good Trek episode.
Again with the supplements, it is more of the same. The episode listings are still on the main view screen, though they have moved the episode interfaces from Spockï¿½s science station to the opposite station adjacent to the turbo lift. The ï¿½Communicationsï¿½ selection will have you peering onto one of colorful panels whose utility escapes this Earth manï¿½s knowledge. This time around, it is the seventh disc that houses all of the supplements. This area is about the same as it was for season two. The features that are parallel to the first two season are ï¿½To Boldly Go...Season Threeï¿½ (22:34) and ï¿½Life Beyond Star Trek: Walter Koenigï¿½ (10:56). May I be the first to say that Koenigï¿½s hobby for collecting is not quite as interesting as Nimoyï¿½s photography hobby, but far more interesting than Shatnerï¿½s horses from season one. There are several new features that are worth a look, including " Chief Engineer's Logï¿½ (6:09), ï¿½Memoir From Mr. Suluï¿½ (8:39), and ï¿½Star Trek's Impactï¿½ (8:52)--a conversation with Gene Roddenberryï¿½s son. There is also ï¿½A Star Trek Collector's Dream Come Trueï¿½ (7:04), a journey with John Long, a prop and model maker. Add in some production art stills, and you have another well rounded DVD box set.
Youï¿½ve already got the other two, just go get this one and get it over with. You know you want to, bite the bullet and round out the collection. Youï¿½re buying a piece of television history, and youï¿½ll enjoy it too.
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