At long last the landmark first season of the original Star Trek series has arrived in an impressive full season set that surpasses the high standards Paramount has set for all of the previous Trek sets.
The set chronicles the now legendary exploits of the Star Ship Enterprise under the command of Capt. James T. Kirk, (William Shatner), as the ship travels to strange and exotic new worlds on a mission of peace and exploration. The second in command, the half human half Vulcan Spock (Leonard Nimoy), provides a solid contrast to the human crew as his race has shunned emotion and his cold and calculating manner makes him ideal in pressure situations but tends to irritate the ships doctor Leonard Mc Coy (Deforest Kelly), whose abrupt emotions belies his gracious Southern charm and brilliant skills.
While the show was not a success during its initial three year run, it thrived in reruns and spawned a very successful film series as well as four spin off television series in its 35+ years of existence and became a deeply imbedded part of Pop culture and spawned legions of fans the world over.
The show was unique for its time as it was the first to present a multi-ethnic crew where characters were on an equal footing with one another showing audiences a hope for a future where racial harmony was possible and a world where war, hunger, poverty, and wants had been eliminated.
The writing of the show is often heralded as some of the best ever for science fiction as the shows blended action, romance, comedy, with stories that tackled some of the larger issues of the day. The show was able to get by censors due to its science fiction nature and readily explored topics that were not allowed in the era such as racial relations, spirituality, and strength via diversity.
Not only does the season one set introduce some of the greatest villains in science fiction such as The Klingons, Romulans, The Gorn, and Khan, but also it contains some of the best episodes ever written including Space Seed, Balance of Terror. The Devil in the Dark, and the award winning The City on the Edge of Forever and Errand of Mercy to name just a few of the classic episodes contained within.
The set also includes a very impressive menu system and some of the episodes contain an option to see pop up text which is filled with fascinating information regarding the creation of the show and episodes. There was a great segment that detailed how Kirks use of a computer was showing concepts that were at best theoretical when they made the show and yet now we do everyday.
· Available Audio Tracks: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
· All 29 first-run episodes on eight discs: 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 Part I, The Menagerie Part II, 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!
· Text commentary by Michael Okuda and Denise Okuda on Where No Man Has Gone Before, The Menagerie Part I, The Menagerie Part II, The Conscience of the King
· The Birth of a Timeless Legacy
· Life Beyond Trek: William Shatner
· To Boldly Go... Season One
· Reflections on Spock
· Sci-Fi Visionaries
· Red Shirt Logs
· Original Promotional Trailers
· Photo Gallery
· Full-screen format
· Number of discs: 8
A fantastic set and a must for fans everywhere 5 stars out of 5.
Gareth Von Kallenbach
Viewing Format: DVD
Video Occasion: Good for Groups
Suitability For Children: Suitable for Children Age 13 and Older
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