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Star Trek 22: Bread & Circuses & Journey to [DVD] [1969] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]


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  • Format: DVD-Video
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: CBS Paramount International Television
  • ASIN: B000059XU0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 201,170 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Amazon.com: HASH(0x936c6b04) out of 5 stars 17 reviews
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x95646570) out of 5 stars Ambassador Sarek and his wife Amanda ARE Spock's parents 23 Oct. 2001
By Lawrance Bernabo - Published on Amazon.com
There really is not an obvious connection between the two second season episodes of Star Trek included on Volume 22 of this DVD series, but the cover photograph of Mark Lenard as Sarek tells you why you want this one in your collection. Following the wreckage of the SS Beagle, the Enterprise comes upon another one of those planets that is essentially Earth with a twist (remember Hodgkins' Law of Parallel Planet Development for future reference). In "Bread and Circuses" the twist is that the Roman Empire has never fallen. The Enterprise discovers some of the Beagle crew are still alive because they are being used as gladiators in the Roman's televised Circus. But the worst news is that Merrick, the Beagle's captain, has been helping Proconsul Cladius Marcus in violation of the Prime Directive. When the away team is captured, Marcus tries to get Kirk to help by making Spock and McCoy fight in the arena. But as Merrick tries to explain to Marcus, Kirk is a starship captain who will not give in to coercion. "Bread and Circuses" is an average Star Trek episode, although there is a nice scene between Spock and McCoy as they sit in their cell worrying about Kirk and Uhura's explanation of planet's religion of "sun" worshippers is a surprising twist for network television in the Sixties.
Certainly "Journey to Babel" has the best teaser in Star Trek history. The Enterprise crew is decked out in their formal dress to welcome the Vulcan Ambassador Sarek aboard. Kirk and McCoy are surprised when Sarek snubs Spock and go into complete shock when Spock tells that Ambassador Sarek and his wife are his parents. Sarek is one of several delegates bound for a conference that will debate the admission of Coridan to the Federation (the planet is rich with dilithium). When one of the delegates shows up dead, Sarek is a prime suspect until it is revealed he has a heart condition. McCoy is all ready to perform surgery with Spock serving as a blood donor when Kirk is also attacked by the assassin. With the captain incapacitated, Spock cannot relinquish command, even if it costs his father his life. Mark Lenard as Sarek is absolutely the ultimate Vulcan and even Leonard Nimoy seems to be acting more Vulcan-like in this episode. Jane Wyatt as Amanda is clearly too emotional for a woman who has been living with Vulcans most of her life, but she looks great when she smiles and casting Mrs. Anderson from "Father Knows Best" is just a tad short of being as great as that of casting Lenard. "Journey to Babel" is just a wonderful episode with every scene involving Spock and his parents a treat, especially when father and son comment on Amanda's emotional outburst on the subject of logic. It is just so clear these two love her so much. Simply a wonderful, wonderful episode that deserves to be on everyone's list of Top 10 Star Trek episodes.
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x95646978) out of 5 stars The Critical Trek Episode: Journey to Babel 4 July 2001
By richard hong - Published on Amazon.com
Over the course of 79 original Star Trek episodes, can anyone imagine the gravity of this series and its progeny without the importance lent by the episode "Journey to Babel?"
No other original series episode visually demonstrates the scope and inclusiveness of The United Federation of Planets as does this episode. Over the course of the series, the grand United Federation of Planets is represented mostly as a boatful of multicultural humans plus one Vulcan. Sure, the costumes and productions values are not up to modern-day snuff--the Tellerite masks were no doubt deplorable in their OWN time--but folks, THIS is THE original Cantina scene. In an admittedly shoddily re-set USS Enterprise conference room, we have, perhaps, THE original "casual" meeting of indiscriminate races and alien life-forms. Not only is does this scene represent the true substance of seven years worth of DS9 Promenade beauty-shots, this is one of the only episodes in the entire series that attempts to demonstrate that humans were working with other races to solve to varied woes of newly encountered species. Ironic that in one of the only other instance in which we saw an Andorian, he is crazed murderer looking to escape a Federation penal colony. (Andorians are, after all, one of the five founding races of the the Federation, along with Terrans, Vulcans, Tellerites, and the Alpha Centauri).
This episode is worthy of recommendation even were it not for the very compelling 'human' drama of a successful hero facing the life-threatening choice of saving the life of his own unsupportive father. Spock's prioritization of the good of the Enterpise (and by that logic, the good of the Federation) before the life of his own flesh-and-green-blood father takes on further resonance when the themes of their reconciliation are revisited at the end of Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home.
This is yet another example of the drama woven almost haphazzardly woven inot the tapestry of Star Trek. In the end, many, many story lines in the franchise would wind up "making sense," seemingly by accident. It's this "logic" to it all that keeps us interested: the consistency of the on-screen story and it's adherence to the codified "rules" of the the Star Trek universe: many of which, we FANS formulated. Yet it all seems to have been impacted by the personalities "behind the screen," the Roddenberrys, Bermans, and myriad writers, who have at least kept up the appearance of maintaining a dialogue with fans.
After all, it was really the fans who decreed that the Andorians and Tellerites were among the original five founding races of the Federation. And we fans who keep the franchies alive through weak patches, like the one officially known as "Star Trek Voyager."
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9dc14030) out of 5 stars A fine restoration 1 May 2001
By Brant Day - Published on Amazon.com
The color and sound on this disc are wonderful. I bet they look and sound better than when they originally aired back in the 60s. The color is crisp and all scratches have been taken out. A few still are evident especially on footage of Enterprise flybys. But overall, Paramount has done an excellent job restoring one of the best television series ever.
HASH(0x956469f0) out of 5 stars One of the best episodes! 14 April 2013
By F-14TommyToro - Published on Amazon.com
Verified Purchase
This is an original copy of this DVD from when first released in 2001. It was shrink wrapped and functioned as a new DVD.
It was perfect and is one of the most under appreciated Star Trek episodes.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x95646bdc) out of 5 stars Brought down by "Bread" 14 July 2002
By Rottenberg's rotten book review - Published on Amazon.com
I've got mixed feelings about this mixed bag. I'm a trekker with a tilt towards the original series (Classic Trek or, to others, "TOS"), yet even I can't ignore that incarnation's weak spots which abound in "Bread and Circuses", but are ably compensated for in "Babel".
In "Bread", the Enterprise searches for the crew of a missing starship. A clue turns up when finding that a nearby planet, supposedly stuck in the pre-industrial age, now shows appears to have advanced to something comparable to 20th Century Earth. The advances, however, are also paralleled by that world's embrace of Imperial Roman culture, especially its bloodlust. Unsurprisingly, the missing starship captain has much to do with elevating (and debasing) the planet's primitive state. Despite the gory depths to which cultural disruption has brought that world (every night is gladiator night, complete with canned cheers and catcalls, but very real gore) the rogue captain rationalizes his violation of the Prime Directive. This would have been a middling episode, but it's devolved itself, mostly because the idea seems to have been done to death in other TOS episodes: A planet patterned after one of Earth's less proud eras ("A Piece of the Action"); starship captains who violate the prime directive ("Omega Glory"; "Patterns of Force"; "A Private War") and little more to separate from that pack.
The high-point of this disc, far and away, is "Journey to Babel", in which the Enterprise hosts a menagerie of alien ambassadors to a high-level conference where they will hash out the admission of the beleagured world of Corridan. Here we meet Andorians, Tellarians and other Vulcans. Despite playing supposeldy cold-blooded and emotionless beings, both Nimoy and famed multi-species Trekker Mark Lenard generate a lot of family warmth and also tension. (Lenard, who had a recurring role as the Vulcan Sarek, played the Romulan commander in "Balance of Terror" and put in an appearance as the Klingon comnander in the first Trek movie). This episode is character-driven Trek at its best, weighed down by a thin plot - the odious Tellarian ambassador is found murdered, a crime for which Sarek is implicated. The mystery is thin because the script gives us no details with which to solve it ourselves. By the end of the episode, McCoy is surrounded by Vulcans on both sides, and manages to keep his sanity. "I finally got the last word" he pronounces quite chipper.
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