Star Trek: The Original Series - Origins
Review by Suzanne Lanoue
Most Star Trek fans would view this set and wonder why
they would buy it when all of the episodes are already out
on DVD? They might view it as yet another way for Paramount
to bilk fans out of their hard-earned dollars. However, this
set is clearly not for the average die-hard Star Trek fan.
This set is for people who either have already seen the
recent two movies (and not the old series), or people who
may have seen the old series but have forgotten the
episodes, but enjoyed the recent series.
You can tell by the outside of the box, as well as the
name, "Origins", and it has photos of Kirk, Spock, Khan, a
Klingon, and tribbles. The back of the box says: "Kirk,
Spock, Pike, Khan, klingons, tribbles for the very first
time!" The set has the two pilots, Space Seed, Errand
of Mercy, and Trouble with Tribbles.
I am a huge Star Trek but haven't watched the old
episodes in a long time, so I enjoyed watching the set. It's
fun to watch old shows and notice things you may not have
noticed the first time around or have forgotten about. "The
Cage", the first pilot, with Captain Pike, is fun to watch
because you can remember how unusual it was for its time,
even though now it seems very dated. Their uniforms
are very old looking. At the end of the episode, a Yeoman
gives Pike a notepad of yellow paper! That had me laughing.
By the time they did the second pilot, they had figured out
that the starship Enterprise would be paperless! But you can
tell that all of the money they spent for the pilot is on
the screen. It definitely went into the costumes, the
special effects, the makeup and the actors. It was low
budget back then. It's fun to watch Spock because he's
not yet emotionless (and you can hear a trace of New York
It's fun to watch "Where No Man Has Gone Before" because
things were still not "set in stone". Shatner is
gorgeous and not a terrible actor yet. I love that episode,
anyway, because Gary Lockwood and Sally Kellerman are so
great. Sulu is there but not on the bridge yet. There
is no McCoy or Uhura in this pilot, either. It's just a
great story, though, and it has a lot of action as well.
"Errand of Mercy" is a funny episode because you just
wonder why the Organians keep their powers and true selves a
secret, when Kirk is clearly so worried about their safety.
Or at least, they could say, "Hey, don't worry, there's
stuff going on with us that you don't know about" or
SOMETHING. Instead, Kirk keeps trying to convince them
throughout the whole episode that the Klingons are awful,
and then the Klingons come in and prove how awful they are.
The whole thing is a little silly and contrived. However,
other than that little flaw, it's a cool episode.
It's always fun to watch "Trouble with Tribbles", and
parts of that one I have memorized, but other parts I barely
remembered. It's such a fun episode.
The only one I really didn't like seeing again was "Space
Seed", the one with Khan (I hear they made a movie about it
- or two!). What a horrible episode. Khan is supposed
to be this barbaric man of the 90's. He sure is barbaric! I
can't imagine that even a dictator, like he's supposed to
be, would act so badly, especially towards women. Not unless
it was some sex slave or something. Yet he treats a
Starfleet officer badly, manhandles her, and clearly she
likes it! And what's worse, Kirk and the others clearly
admire him. It's pretty horrible. I remembered it as
being a much better episode than it was. I may have been
thinking about the movie instead!
Anyway, you should check it out, no matter what kind of
Star Trek fan you are because it's all worth watching.
THE ORIGINAL SERIES
Spock. Pike. Khan. Klingons. Tribbles. See where it all
started when Star
Trek: The Original Series –
Origins arrives to Blu-ray
on September 10 from CBS Home Entertainment and
Paramount Home Media Distribution. This collection
showcases the origins episodes
of the most significant characters from
The Original Series. Introduced by Rod Roddenberry,
son of Star
Trek creator Gene Roddenberry, and starring
William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, James
Doohan, Nichelle Nichols, George Takei, Walter Koenig
and Ricardo Montalban, this value-priced release is an
ideal collection for both brand new and lifelong fans of
the timeless series.
The Cage – This original pilot episode of
the epic series introduces fans to the iconic
characters Captain Pike and Spock.
Where No Man Has Gone Before – The second
pilot episode in which Captain James T. Kirk is
first seen at the helm of the Enterprise.
Space Seed – Witness the debut of the
unforgettable super villain, Khan.
Errand of Mercy – This thrilling episode
introduces the legendary alien race, the Klingons.
The Trouble with Tribbles – This
fan-favorite episode includes the arrival of the
cute, but catastrophic, creatures.
7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
Original Mono, French Mono, German Mono and Japanese
SDH, French, German and Japanese Subtitles
4 hours, 25 minutes
Suggested Retail Price: $26.99
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