Star Trek 24: Obsession & Immunity [DVD]  [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
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Star Trek The Original Series Volume 4 DVD. Features 2 remastered episodes from the first season - Obsession & The Immunity Syndrome. New condition, without the factory wrapping. NTSC Format Region 1 Disc. All orders received before 4.00pm Monday to Fridays are shipped same day.
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Obsession owes its success to the Moby Dick formula, although in this case Captain Kirk is motivated by concern for the Federation, not vengeance. Essentially a character study, this episode reveals how hard Kirk drives himself, and how unremittingly self-critical he is. In Ensign Garrovick (Stephen Brooks), Kirk sees a younger version of himself, and when he disciplines Garrovick, he is in essence punishing his younger self. We also see hints of the unshakable foundation upon which Spock & McCoy's often bickersome friendship is based.
Watching The Immunity Syndrome for the first time in many years, I was struck how well the episode holds up, not only scientifically, but also in the visual effects department. Dr. McCoy's use of DNA and other terminology was written thirty years ahead of its time, and the swirling colors of the giant Amoeba are all the more impressive for being created well before the advent of CGI. This tightly plotted, and skillfully executed episode is the perfect answer for those who condemn Classic Trek for being "boring" or looking "cheesy."
Both episodes on this DVD make excellent use of Sol Kaplan's score for The Doomsday Machine (Volume 18), which is appropriate, given the similarity in plot structure. The picture is vastly improved over previous issues, which clearly enhances the visuals in The Immunity Syndrome. The sound has been tastefully enhanced for multi-channel systems.
In "Obsession" Kirk pursues a mysterious, if clearly deadly life-form - a cloudlike being that sucks the life out of men. As Ahab encountered "Moby Dick", Kirk has had a fatefeul run-in with the cloud-beast, years earlier. Men died and Kirk was too slow to pull out his phaser and despatch the beast. Unsure whether the mysterious beast would have even succumbed to phaser fire, Kirk is left only with his doubts, guilts and an obsession - something he had practically forgotten....until the good captain re-econcounters the evil cloud.
"Obsession" excels because the guilt and fear are convincingly etched on Kirk's face, but also for another reason hard to forget: the beast has its own scent, something like honey, and its effect on Kirk surpasses the cheesy effects of the show.
"Immunity Syndrome" is also an excellent epsiode - the Enterprise seeks the story behind the mysterious dissappearqance of a Vulcan starship, and discovers a huge space-born amoeba. The life form surrounds itself with a dark zone that nothing can escape from. Rather than make the nature of the creature and the ship's predicament (once the Enterprise enters the zone, it's trapped) immeidately obvious, the story builds gradually. Once inside, the beast sucks the ship and its crew of their energy - rapidly diminishing the crew's ability to deal with the problem. I remember this episode especially for the desperation clearly etched on the crew - when Kirk decides that somebody has to fly a shuttlecraft into the mysterious creature, You just knew that it was a one-way trip. The episode culminates in excellent exchange with Spock - calling out from his dying shuttle - for the Enterprise to leave him behind and save itself. "Dammit, Spock" McCoy shouts over the speaker "We're trying to save you!" Spock responds, registering perhaps the most surprise he's ever displayed - "why thank you....Captain McCoy." A True TOS moment and one more reason to get this video.
sincere fan of the original Star Trek television show.