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Star Trek The Original Series: Volume 2.2 [VHS]

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  • Actors: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, James Doohan, George Takei
  • Directors: Marc Daniels, Joseph Pevney
  • Producers: Gene L. Coon
  • Format: Colour, HiFi Sound, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Paramount
  • VHS Release Date: 1 Oct. 1999
  • Run Time: 146 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B00004CTLD
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 362,231 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Three episodes from the second season of the popular sci-fi show. In 'Who Mourns for Adonais?', a giant hand grabs hold of the Enterprise: its owner claims to be the Greek god Apollo. 'Amok Time' sees Mr Spock behaving most illogically: Kirk deduces that he must be returned to Vulcan for an ancient mating ritual. In 'The Doomsday Machine', the Enterprise crew rescue Captain Decker from the crippled U.S.S. Constellation. Each episode is introduced by Walter (Chekov) Koenig.

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One of the most popular and influential shows in the history of television, for many viewers the original Star Trek (1966-9) defines good science fiction: however much it tries to be about the future, it cannot help but reflect the values of its own time, and Star Trek's vision was very much a product of creator Gene Roddenberry's 1960s liberal-humanist idealism. Conceived at the height of the Cold War and during the escalation of the Vietnam conflict, his was a radical vision of a world where national and racial differences have been put aside and all people work together. With a policy of non-intervention in the affairs of other civilisations, and violence only as a last resort, Star Trek embodied a lost dream, a fantasy of what America could have been had John F Kennedy not been assassinated in 1963. Captain James Tiberius Kirk (William Shatner) had the middle name of a Roman emperor, but otherwise shared his initials with the late president, and both were young, good-looking, womanising, charismatic popular heroes. If Kirk didn't uphold truth, justice and the American way from the White House, a big white starship was the next best thing. There was even a Russian, Mr Chekov (Walter Koenig), on the bridge, and the show delivered network TV's first inter-racial kiss between Kirk and Uhura (Nichelle Nichols). Even though there was a white American male in control, it was still all a bit much for 1960s mainstream TV, hence the voyages of the Starship Enterprise, boldly going on its five-year mission to explore strange new worlds, only lasted three seasons and 72 episodes before being cancelled in 1969, the year man first walked on the moon.

While the once-ground-breaking special effects now look routine, and the then-radical politics have now become part of the politically correct global mainstream, Star Trek retains an enduring popularity due to its strong storytelling--the show employed such top science fiction writers as Robert Bloch, Harlan Elllison, Richard Matheson, Norman Spinrad and Theodore Sturgeon--and admirable characters. Spock (Leonard Nimoy), McCoy (DeForest Kelley) and Scotty (James Doohan), Sulu (George Takei), Kirk, Chekov and Uhura remain icons for a world short of real heroes: loyal to the end, honest and utterly dedicated, these were the friends and colleagues who week after week trusted each other with their lives. Devoid of cynicism and self-interest the crew of the USS Enterprise never, ever let anyone down, and ultimately that is a very big reason for Star Trek's enduring popularity. -- Gary S Dalkin

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By S W. on 15 Oct. 2003
This volume of Star Trek: The Original Series. Is really good, and contains one episode that is a key point in Star Trek's history. The 1st story "Who Mourns For Adonis?", is about the Greek God - Apollo, who grabs his hand onto the ship, and, when a landiong party beam down to the nearest planet, forces them to worship him. The 2nd story is a key point in Star Trek's history in that we get to find out what Vulcan really looks like, and discover that not all their ways are basd on logic! The 3rd story features a giant planet-eating creature which kills all in its path, destroying another ship, and killing all, (but it's captain)'s crew. I would rate each individual story as follows:
Who Mourns For Adonis? - 8/10
Amok Time - 9/10
The Doomsday Machine - 9/10
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