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Star Trek: Original Series - Season 2 [Blu-ray] [US Import]
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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Watching all 79 episodes (Series 1 - 3) back to back reminded me just how good and enjoyable they are - it doesn't get much better than this! Star Trek was the first show I ever watched and enjoyed on TV and I still think it's great. There's plenty of humour, and while the stories are serious adventures, the show takes itself seriously but not too seriously, if that makes any sense. Of course, those who think it's silly, or camp, or kitsch, are welcome to their opinion, and will enjoy it too. Many of the 26 episodes are top notch-stories.
Working from the original film negatives, the remastering has been lovingly done and the picture quality is sharp and pristine, belying the age of the originals. The original optical special effects have been replaced by CGI, so for example instead of a slightly blurry iconic model Enterprise passing a diffuse looking planet, you now have a crisp detailed CGI Enterprise passing a detailed CGI planet. Unfortunately some of these planets look identical. The CGI is not always satisfactory, for example, in 'The Doomsday Machine' the original planet killer was a bit blurry with a shiny indistinct featureless surface, which made it all the more sinister looking. The CGI one, while the same basic shape, has a rocky craggy surface, and doesn't look as sinister, or threatening. Until it fires. In 'The Immunity Syndrome' the huge amoeba thingy has the same basic shape and coloration, but the original optical, using coloured chemicals between glass plates which were moved gently, looked alive, organic, with depth and slightly better colour. Unfortunately the sound level is low and I sometimes struggled to hear the dialogue, but my TV speakers aren't that powerful. There are optional subtitles and plenty of featurettes of interest. As a bonus, to complement 'The Trouble With Tribbles', you get the animated sequel 'More Tribbles More Troubles' and Deep Space Nine's 'Trials and Tribble-ations'. The DVD packaging is superior to that of Series One with all the DVDs mounted on centre spindles so the episode list is visible, and the DVD retainer clips aren't too tight. At the time of writing at just under £16 - about 60p per episode - this DVD set is excellent value and will hopefully give a lifetime of viewing pleasure.
The new special effects don't have any influence on the stories and are an addition that can help to get the series a new audience in future generations.
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