„Star Trek“ original series appreciation thread!

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  1. PeanutButterParty

    PeanutButterParty Forum Resident

    New York
    1,000 years into the future, women are still wearing mini-skirts.

  2. razerx

    razerx Nonplayer Character

    SF Bay Area
    Thanks for the recommendation. It was excellent. I haven’t watched Black Mirror since the UK episodes.
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  3. Scowl

    Scowl Forum Resident

    Portland, OR
    Well, you can go through the season three episodes and see how the trend ended:
    1. Spock's Brain: Alien human women in go-go boots.
    2. The Enterprise Incident: No alien humans!
    3. The Paradise Syndrome: Not just alien humans but American Natives.
    4. And the Children Shall Lead: An alien appearing as an obese human.
    5. Is There No Truth in Beauty?: An actual alien!
    6. Spectre of the Gun: Aliens appearing as human cowboys.
    7. Day of the Dove: No humans!
    8. For the World is Hollow...: Many many alien humans.
    9. The Tholian Web: An unmoving animated alien!
    10. Plato's Stepchildren: All alien humans.
    11. Wink of an Eye: All alien humans and even genetically compatible!
    12. The Empath: Two aliens from an Outer Limits episode and an alien human.
    13. Elaan of Troyius: One alien and several alien humans.
    14. Whom Gods Destroy: Some aliens in the background.
    15. Let That Be Your Last Battlefield: Despite the makeup, obviously two alien humans.
    16. The Mark of Gideon: Many many many extraterrestrial humans.
    17. That Which Survives: An alien human female although it's a projection.
    18. The Lights of Zetar: Humans that are in an alien form.
    19. Requiem for Methuselah: An Earth human and a robot human.
    20. The Way to Eden: Humans, but one has funny ears.
    21. The Cloud Miners: All alien humans.
    22. The Savage Curtain: A lava alien which creates... alien humans.
    23. All Our Yesterdays: Not just humans but humans who speak with British accents!
    24. Turnabout Intruder: Not even alien humans in this one.
    So I count just five out of twenty four episodes that feature what are visibly alien creatures. A few feature aliens but then humans take over the episodes.
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  4. Scowl

    Scowl Forum Resident

    Portland, OR
    Dude, there's a planet that has lots of hot women wearing go-go boots! The exploration of space has never been more important!
  5. Dillydipper

    Dillydipper Sultan on Sabbatical

    Central PA
    And nobody really answered the most significant and puzzling question of the whole episode, even all these years later:

    "Brain and brain, what is brain-?"

    You'd think ultra-hero Michael Burnham could have solved that one for us by now....[​IMG]
  6. Wildest cat from montana

    Wildest cat from montana Humble Reader

    ontario canada
    'Black Mirror' is very hit or miss for me.
    This episode though was outstanding I thought.
  7. Archtop

    Archtop Soft Dead Crimson Cow

    I have the three seasons of TOS and unfortunately, many of the blurays no longer want to load. Over the past couple of years I've managed to watch most of the episodes I've wanted to see again (probably for the 10th or 20th times in many cases), but I think my blurays have pretty much given their all. For what it's worth, here are my favorites. Of 80 total episodes (counting the pilot (The Cage) and Menagerie parts 1 and 2 as three episodes), I rank 15 as excellent and 18 as very good. The rest, meh.

    Season 1
    The Naked Time
    Balance of Terror
    The Galileo Seven
    The City on the Edge of Forever

    Season 2
    Amok Time
    Mirror, Mirror
    The Doomsday Machine
    Journey to Babel
    The Trouble with Tribbles
    The Immunity Syndrome
    Assignment: Earth

    Season 3
    The Enterprise Incident
    For the World is Hollow and I have Touched the Sky
    The Tholian Web
    All Our Yesterdays

    Very Good
    Season 1
    Where No Man has Gone Before
    The Menagerie, Part I
    The Menagerie, Part II
    Tomorrow is Yesterday
    The Return of the Archons
    A Taste of Armageddon
    This Side of Paradise

    Season 2
    The Apple
    Friday's Child
    The Deadly Years
    A Piece of the Action
    Patterns of Force
    By Any Other Name
    The Omega Glory

    Season 3
    Spock's Brain
    The Paradise Syndrome
    Day of the Dove
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  8. malcolm reynolds

    malcolm reynolds Handsome, Humble, Genius

    I have a problem with my blu-rays of the Original Series. I have tried them on a PS3, PS4, Sony BD player, Sony 4K player, Samsung BD player and a Panasonic 4K player. Season One is fine but if I select the original FX versions for seasons two and three the first four or five seconds of the remastered versions play and then there is a pause where the screen goes black for a second and the original episode plays. I just watch the old DVD releases now.

    While some episodes are better than others I enjoy each of them. Nothing worth skipping in a rewatch. I will take a million Spock's Brain over the current Star Trek.
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  9. ggergm

    ggergm Snoring like a song, deep and rhythmic

    @Archtop, I like your list. I might quibble about a couple you threw in but that's all. I would add a few:

    First season:
    The Corbomite Maneuver (Star Trek's first great episode in my book. While it was 10th in broadcast, it was shot much earlier. You can see the actors still defining their characters.)
    Devil In The Dark (A great alien, a message worth learning and unique props. It's a interesting story. You can tell exactly when Shatner learned his father had died. Credit goes to Bill for pulling it off.)
    Arena (With the bombardment in the beginning and Gorn battle during the second half, it's action galore. I love the rubber monster.)

    Third season:
    Turnabout Intruder (I've always thought Star Trek ended on a high note. Shatner got to play a woman and did it well. In fact, I think some of the best acting of all 79 episodes is in this one.)
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  10. Archtop

    Archtop Soft Dead Crimson Cow

    All I really like about that one is when they drink the tranya with Ronnie Howard's little brother, he throws his head back in laughter and bumps his head on the ceiling.
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  11. Alien Reg

    Alien Reg Forum Resident

    I’m up to Season 1’s “Conscience of the King” - watched it last night. Hmmm. I think they hit a low spot there.
  12. malcolm reynolds

    malcolm reynolds Handsome, Humble, Genius

    I always notice the fillings in his teeth. He sure needed a lot of dental work considering how young he was in the episode.
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  13. Wildest cat from montana

    Wildest cat from montana Humble Reader

    ontario canada
    Oh, yeah...there were some real duds.
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  14. beccabear67

    beccabear67 Musical omnivore.

    Victoria, Canada
    It'd be nice to think Go-Go boots will make a big Galaxy-wide comeback in the future. :cool:
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  16. guitargal

    guitargal Forum Resident

    This you tube poster even had the good grace to include a snippet of a Beatles song in this video ... tailor made for SHF

    My fave ep - tribbles tribbles tribbles .........need I say more?

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  17. Scowl

    Scowl Forum Resident

    Portland, OR
    I have had so many failures of media while it's sitting on the shelf that I've ripped all of my Blu-rays and HD-DVDs to disk.
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  18. Philip Airtime

    Philip Airtime A Shiver in the Dark When You Call My Name

    United States
    I was a huge fan of this series, which I first encountered in syndication around 1970 or so, and still have great affection for the show. (I own the complete original series on Blu-ray.) The episodes which fascinated me as a child were monster-themed stories such as "Arena" and "Devil in the Dark," but now--in my late Fifties--I find episodes such as "The Ultimate Computer" much more gripping. One of the many delights of Star Trek is the marvelous use of colored lights to saturate the sets; at times, I can almost imagine that Mario Bava is directing some of the episodes! My wife was stunned by the show's eye-popping color compositions.
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  19. I love how Kirk must just stay in that one spot until the Tribbles are completely covering him.
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  20. Wildest cat from montana

    Wildest cat from montana Humble Reader

    ontario canada
    I see that Netflix has the complete original series.

    Even though I have seen all three seasons of episodes dozens of times I am going to watch them all again in honour of this thread.
    Looking forward to it.
    Maybe some of you will join me.

    First up: 'The Cage'
    Haven't seen this one in many a moon. Different captain, different crew and a somewhat strange looking and acting Spock.
    Here I go...
  21. BeatleJWOL

    BeatleJWOL Senior Member

    I just did that with my sweetheart; she got into Strange New Worlds and so we tackled TOS in production order. Now we're through the original 6 films and all the way into S2 of TNG. Always a wonderful world to revisit.
  22. glittering-girl

    glittering-girl Beatles/Who/Todd R.: My Mount Rushmore of Rock

    Maybe in Canada, but it's only on Paramount + in the US.
  23. Hanglow

    Hanglow Forum Resident

    Saratoga New York
    I got burnt out on TOS years ago...it's always nice to rewatch a few episodes now and then.
    Recently watched 'A Private Little War'...I always liked this one...Kirk and McCoy beam down to an Earth like planet
    and come upon an ambush by two warring tribes...what was Starfleet order No.1 again?...the Prime Directive ?..."non interference of cultures and other civilizations"?...and what does Kirk do witnessing this ambush? ...picks up a rock and throws it,curtailing any ambush attempt.Did Kirk ever face any consequences violating this Prime Directive ?:shh::help::unhunh:
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  24. Alien Reg

    Alien Reg Forum Resident

    Just watched "The Galileo Seven". Found myself wondering, if I was under attack by huge, ape-like, spear-hurling beasts, would I take the time to give my fallen comrades a decent burial before getting the hell out of there? No! Let those suckers rot. Spock is not only logical - he's right!

    A classic case of colleagues turning against you just because they don't like you, and using whatever rationale they can come up with, no matter how much it defies common sense. (It happens at work too.)
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  25. Kaskade10729

    Kaskade10729 Senior Member

    Actually, if you look closely, they weren't mini-skirts, per se -- they were short tunics that had a couple of layers to them.

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