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Star Trek: The Original Series - Season 3 [Blu-ray]  [Region Free]
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All 26 episodes from the third season of the classic science fiction series that boldly goes where no man has gone before. In 'Spock's Brain', the Enterprise's indomitable Vulcan science officer has his brain stolen by a beautiful and mysterious female humanoid. In 'The Enterprise Incident', a moody Kirk (William Shatner) orders the Enterprise into the Romulan Neutral Zone. In 'The Paradise Syndrome', Kirk, Spock (Leonard Nimoy) and McCoy (DeForest Kelley) beam down to a planet which is a precise duplicate of Earth. While on the planet surface, the captain is stranded, rendered unconscious and suffers a severe case of amnesia. 'And the Children Shall Lead' sees Kirk and crew answering a distress call from the planet Triacus, only to find all the adults dead and the children calmly indifferent. In 'Is There in Truth No Beauty?', a Medusan ambassador boards the Enterprise. The Medusan appearance is so fearful that it can drive men insane - and Spock is the unfortunate who happens to glimpse the ambassador. In 'Spectre of the Gun', Kirk ignores warnings from an alien culture, so they punish him by transporting him and some of his fellow officers to a bizarre Wild West shootout. 'Day of the Dove' sees an alien entity which breeds on hatred attempting to spark off a war between the Klingons and the Federation. In 'For the World is Hollow and I Have Touched the Sky', Doctor McCoy discovers that he has a terminal illness, and submits to enslavement by an alien queen. In 'The Tholian Web', Kirk is stranded on the devastated USS Defiant, while the Enterprise is trapped in another universe. In 'Plato's Stepchildren', the crew of the Enterprise are enslaved by telepathic aliens when they answer a distress call. In 'Wink of an Eye', the crew of the Enterprise uncover a mystery concerning an abandoned city and disappearing crew-members. 'The Empath' sees Kirk, Spock and McCoy being tortured by aliens on a doomed planet. In 'Elaan of Troyius', the Enterprise crew find themselves working for peace between two warring planets. They carry with them a gift to cement the peace - but she is a wild, wild woman. In 'Whom Gods Destroy', the Enterprise delivers a new drug for the insane to a lunatic asylum, only for Kirk and Spock to be captured by the inmates. In 'Let That Be Your Last Battlefield', the Enterprise is en route to a rescue mission when the crew finds a stolen Federation shuttlecraft. They recover the craft and the hijacker - and find themselves in the middle of a feud between bigoted aliens. 'The Mark of Gideon' sees Kirk's crew go missing after he beams down to the planet of the secretive Gideons. In 'That Which Survives', a beautiful young woman appears on the Enterprise and warns the crew not to travel to the nearby planet. However, her warning is too late to stop an away-team being stranded on the geologically unstable world. In 'The Lights of Zetar', Lieutenant Mira Romaine (Jan Shutan) encounters a dazzling natural phenomenon. In 'Requiem for Methuselah', Kirk has to beam to a nearby planet to find the cure for a disease that is wiping out the crew. On the planet's surface he meets a mysterious, immortal genius. In 'The Way to Eden', the crew come across a stolen space ship filled with space hippies. In 'The Cloud Minders', the Enterprise is sent on a mercy mission to recover a drug that will aid a plagued planet. Unfortunately, the inhabitants of the planet where the vital drug is found are very unhelpful. In 'The Savage Curtain', Starfleet order an investigation into a persistent space legend. When the crew of the Enterprise arrive on the scene, they are scanned and then greeted by Abraham Lincoln (Lee Bergere). In 'All Our Yesterdays', Kirk, Spock and McCoy find themselves living in the past of a doomed planet that they were trying to evacuate. Finally, in 'Turnabout Intruder', the last original episode, Kirk finds a former acquaintance amongst the survivors of a mysterious catastrophe. It will play on UK players.
The high definition upgrades for the original series of Star Trek have been superb pieces of work thus far, and a real labour of love. Season three continues to the very high standard, as the original crew of the USS Enterprise end their original television adventures.
Benefiting from a top-to-bottom remastering, and bolstering by some genuinely interesting extra features, Star Trek here looks better than a television show of its vintage has any right to. Once again, you have the option between seeing the shows as they were originally broadcast, or with enhanced special effects put into the mix. And the real treat of this release is that you get a previously un-aired version of Star Trek’s pilot, which has never been made available before.
The show itself remains the highlight, of course, and you get all 24 episodes of Star Trek: The Original Series’ final season here. It’s arguably the weakest of its three season run, but there’s still an awful lot to enjoy, and many ideas that were simply ahead of their time. It’s also, in the form of this Blu-ray set, been brought together with such care that’s it’s surely the ultimate version of the season to own. Can we get remastered Next Generation next, please? --Jon FosterSee all Product description
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To be frank, a dislike of gaps was my main motive in buying this final Original Series Blu-box. Star Trek's third season saw it losing a hefty slice of its budget and several of its ablest writers and producers, and the quality of the show inevitably suffered. The infamous Spock's Brain gets the season off to a blush-making start, and there are several other episodes in which the suspension of disbelief becomes more than a little difficult; you may recall the red eyeshades that warded off insanity, or the way the Enterprise's masters of antimatter and space-warps were awestruck when they encountered an alien ship with an ion drive. As for the procession of guest starlets and their ever skimpier costumes, I can only hope that the studio wasn't draughty.
This said, the season has many more good episodes than I remembered from my childhood. I enjoyed revisiting the Enterprise's strife with a female Romulan, Kirk's time as an amnesiac Amerindian shaman, the re-enactment of the gunfight at the OK Corral, another tussle with our dear old Klingons, an irritable royal fiancee, battling piebalds, space-faring hippies, a caveman-reverting Spock, a very old Leonardo da Vinci and a decidedly vengeful ex-girlfriend of James Tiberius. And I respected the writers for being willing to take on serious social issues like racism, over-population and inequality. All in all, I ended up feeling that the gap between this season and its more successful predecessors wasn't quite the chasm that we Trekkies sometimes imagine it to be.
Whatever one thinks of the stories on these discs, the excellence of their presentation on Blu-ray is surely beyond question. The purity of the video and audio streaming down your HDMI cable will astonish you, and the optional CGI sequences offered as alternatives to the 1960s visual effects are, I think, masterpieces of their kind. The matte images of Leonardo's palace or the Eden of the questing hippies would do credit to a modern blockbuster.
Extras include interesting interviews with Walter Koenig, Bill Shatner, Nichelle Nichols, Leonard Nimoy, George Takei and a painfully elderly James Doohan, as well as an amusing glimpse of the convention subculture, a featurette about Trek collectibles and many other odds and ends beside. Also provided are the unaired pilot and an extended version of the aired one.
Before I ordered this set, I was afraid that I might regret it. I needn't have worried. Reboarding the Enterprise has been a joy, and even the weakest moments of the season have had a nostalgic sweetness. I only wish that Buffy, Angel, Roswell, Babylon 5, The Dead Zone, Joan of Arcadia and my other favourite old TV shows could be reissued on Blu-rays as lovingly luxurious as these.
These are the voyages of the Starship Enterprise.
Do I need to remind anyone of the relevance of that statement? And if you dont know what it is, google is your friend.
I dont go to comic con, I dont dress up in costumes, I dont have posters of shatner or nimoy, but I love this series. It feels wrong calling it a series actually. Its more than that, its what gave a lot of us the chance to escape and live a make believe life that thought us values and morals which we have applied to our real lives.
I am overwhelmed at the quality of the picture and sound of the BluRay version, and I am thrilled to have the privilege have seen this in my lifetime. Go out and get yours straight away. Oh, and its worth every penny by the way.
Hard to believe that CBS turned down Gene Roddenberry because they already had there own Sci-Fi series, Lost In Space, oh dear!
Eventually it was bought and made by an independent studio owned by Desi Arnez and Lucille Ball, Desilu Productions.
Still great nearly 50 years later, make sure you buy the Blu-Ray version for the superior picture quality and added extras.
Unfortunately this is where it ended until the Movie Franchise started in 1979 and then The Next Generation in 1987.
But you still get 24 episodes, plus the 2 pilots The Menagerie and Where No Man Has Gone Before.
I hear Shatner is in talks to come back in the next Movie at 83 years old!
Let's hope we get a new TV series for the 50th Anniversary in 2016.
A must buy, very highly recommended.
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