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5.0 out of 5 stars These are the voyages of the Starship Enterprise ..., 23 Oct 2009
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There have been a number of complaints about the packaging, content and visuals, some of which aren't quite accurate. Just to give those of you who have yet to buy this a clearer picture I will address some of points raised by others:

"The episode list isn't included in the packaging"

The episode list is included. The episodes are clearly listed on the inside on the front and back covers.

"The episodes aren't even in the right order"

Well, this depends on what you mean by 'right order'. The episodes are not organised by stardate, so from that perspective, no they aren't. However, the episodes follow the original order that they were aired, so from that point, they are in the right order.

"The first episode 'The Cage' doesn't even feature in the boxset at all."

Technically, wrong on both counts. 'The Cage' was a pilot episode which never actually aired during the original run of the series during the 60s. The first episode to actually air was 'The Man Trap' on the 8th Sept 1966. 'Where No Man Has Gone Before' is in fact the first episode of series 1 with regards to both its stardate and production date. However, Despite this, the DVD boxset does actually refer to it as episode 2. The only character to survive from the pilot to 'Where No Man Has Gone Before' is Spock. In addition, 'The Cage' practically features in its entirety in the two part 'The Menagerie' so you wont miss out.

"The remastering and GCI looks animated and worse than the original"

Firstly, there is nothing 'animated' about the appearance of the remastering or CGI. It is a vast improvement or the original and yet fits in very well without looking out of place. The fact is, this is not the original. It is the remastered edition, so there is not much that can be done unless you can get your hands on the older now out of print DVD boxsets.

"The packaging is no good"

Well, if you have bought some of the other Star Trek series, which are almoght entirely in the 'slimline' format, you will know that it is no thrills and fairly flimsy. This however comes in a tin casing which houses a sturdy plastic case. A vast improvement on 'slimline' if you ask me!

And as for the viweing? After having worked my way from TNG to Enterprise I decided it was time to revisit the show that started it all. It has not disappointed so far and I am looking forward to Series 2. Well worth watching!
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Initial post: 26 May 2010 19:04:09 BDT
I don't know about America, but I remeber it well, the very first episode of Star Trek aired in the UK was the cage, and is the only episode where William Shatner nerver appeared. Spock was second in command to captain Christopher Pyke. Just thought I'd clear this up, as many people who comment come from UK, and seems sometimes we see somethings before America.

Posted on 5 Jun 2010 23:19:12 BDT
Last edited by the author on 5 Jun 2010 23:20:38 BDT
Capster says:
I should point out that it seems the packaging has changed since this review. On purchase this item was close to £30. The now reduced price, almost by half, is in part due to the fact that the tin casing is either currently not in stock, or no longer being produced. As such, it appears that the plastic case is now housed within a carboard sleeve as opposed to the tin case as was originally so. Hope this helps.

Posted on 17 Jun 2010 14:51:14 BDT
"The Cage" was never broadcast in the UK during the original run of "Star Trek", although obviously "The Menagerie" was. One thing that was different in the UK, apart from the lack of commercials, were the placement of the credits. They were placed at the very start of the show, in front of what was intended as the pre-credit sequence. This is how I got used to watching the episodes, it came as quite a surprise when I starting buying the VHS tapes!

In reply to an earlier post on 1 Oct 2010 12:06:35 BDT
Last edited by the author on 1 Oct 2010 12:07:09 BDT
R. Hovey says:
The Cage is a 'bonus' feature on Series three, both the original and extended version.

Posted on 2 Mar 2011 16:40:28 GMT
Great review, thanks. Born in 1967, no programme has or ever will excite me like I remember the opening titles Star Trek did in the 1970s

Posted on 14 Mar 2011 10:47:43 GMT
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Posted on 26 May 2011 12:35:18 BDT
A. Amey says:
"The episode list isn't included in the packaging"

The episode list is included. The episodes are clearly listed on the inside on the front and back covers.

Thanks for the information

I have to say this has to be the most stupidest idea that I have ever come across regarding a DVD boxset. I was annoyed when I couldnt find a booklet with episode information regarding the disc contents as there is no indication on the discs regarding which episodes are on them, now I find I have to keep taking out the case sleeve to check to see what episodes are on the discs.

Is the DVD company that much of a cheapskate that it couldn't include a booklet

In reply to an earlier post on 30 Oct 2011 09:15:41 GMT
The first episode shown in the UK was Where No Man . You are thinking of the Menagerie . In the Menagarie there is in fact a Number One ie a Decker/Ryker command level so Spock isnt second in command either. Number One is also female and is of course played by the mighty Mrs Roddenberry - Majel. Interesting that with the rebooted history from the new movie no one has been to Talos IV yet.....The full version of the Cage was put out on video in monochrome - is it out on DVD anywhere folks???

In reply to an earlier post on 30 Oct 2011 09:16:53 GMT
Cheers that answers my question!
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