The Best of Star Trek: The Original Series (1966)

Genre(s): Adventure / Fantasy / Science Fiction
Paramount || NR - 201 minutes - $14.98 || May 12, 2009
Reviewer: Kushmeer Farakhan || Posted On: 2009-05-11


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

A U D I O &
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Audio and Video

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: NA
Writer(s): Gene Roddenberry (created by)
Cast: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, George Takei


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
    None


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Full Frame (1.33)
  • English (Dolby Digital 5.1), Portuguese (Dolby Mono), Spanish (Dolby Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, Portuguese

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.::THE FILM::.

Ya'll know I dig “Star Trek”. See one of my earlier reviews. So, I'm not going to go into my history with the show this time.

Today, we're here to talk about the best of Star Trek: the original series. It's a 4 episode collection intended to cash in on the new J.J. Abrams movie release by getting new fans to sample the most popular episodes of the series, probably hoping that they will make them want to buy the full season sets.

Episodes include:
‘The City on the Edge of Forever’ – McCoy goes nuts and travels through time to the 1930's messing up the future. Kirk and Spock follow him and pose as unemployed regular joes, taking odd jobs while they look for Bones and Kirk romances a young Joan Collins. Considered by many to be the single best episode of the entire series.

‘The Trouble with Tribbles’ – Lt. Uhura buys a small furry creature called a tribble that soon multiplies to ridiculous levels and soon the ship is covered in them. Also Scotty and Chekov get into one of the most awesome barfights in TV history with a gang of Klingons.

‘Balance of Terror’ – The enterprise encounters the evil Romulans for the first time. They are shocked to find out that the Romulans are distant relatives of the Vulcans and look very similar to them leading to a distrust of Commander Spock among certain members of the crew.

‘Amok Time’ – Spock gets mixed up in some kind of arranged Vulcan marriage but isn't down with it. Kirk and company come to the rescue but Kirk ends up having to fight Spock...to the death!(if you've seen the Jim Carrey flick, The Cable Guy, this is where that fight came from!) "Goodbye, Jim". Duh, duh duh duh duh duh duh duh duh, duh duh duh duhhhhhhhh.

I'd say 3 of these episodes are perfect and one is simply good. ‘Amok Time’ is probably my favorite episode of all time due to its awesome Kirk/Spock dual. ‘City on the Edge of Forever’ is great because not only is it a good time travel episode and not only is it probably Kirk's best and most realistic romance, it also has one of the funniest "Kirk and Spock are stuck in our time" scenes ever. "My friend here is obviously Chinese", Kirk tells a cop about Spock and that scene just gets WACKIER from there. ‘Everybody loves Trouble with Tribbles’ for its humor but for my money, it rules due to Scotty and Chekov fighting the Klingons and holy crap, Scotty loves his liquor! Balance of Terror is the weakest of the bunch but it's still an good episode, just not one of my all time favorites.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

No features included.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

The video is just as good as previous “Star Trek” releases so no complaints on that. The audio is a bit funky though. The music has moments where it's hard to hear or the sound even fades in and out a couple of times. Not the best audio mix but since it's only 4 episodes and it doesn't happen often, it's forgivable.



.::OVERALL::.

If you don't have the season sets and are just a casual fan wanting some awesome star trek episodes, you can't go wrong with this set. However, if you already have these, there's nothing new here to get and if you really like these, you might as well buy one of the season sets. I'd recommend people rent this and if they like it, upgrade to the season sets.