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Star Trek Animated: The Animated Adventures of Gene Roddenberry's Star Trek [Blu-ray]

 Review by Suzanne Lanoue 11/10/16

I'm so glad to have this set. I've been a Trekkie since I was a little girl. The original series came out when I was about 5, and my whole family watched it. I don't remember watching it then, because I was too young, but I did watch it later, in the 70's, in re-runs. I do remember when I watched this show. I don't think I've seen this show in 40 years, since it aired back then. It's great to see it again because it's a very good show. It's not a cartoon or dumbed-down for children. The episodes are as good as anything in the original show.

I also had all of the books - the novels of these shows - as well as the books of the old series. The show really holds up pretty well after all of this time. I thoroughly enjoyed re-watching them. Some of the episodes seem too much like original series episodes (too close to the same plots), but others are really good and original. I love how Uhura takes charge in "The Lorelai Signal." It's fun to recognize the voices of the actors when they do other characters on the show. James Doohan (Scotty), Nichelle Nichols (Uhura), and George Takei (Sulu) do quite a few of the other voices. I think Doohan was the best at it, though. It was sometimes hard to recognize his voice because he was very good at putting on other accents and characters. I also enjoyed some of the 70's styles, especially on the aliens. One alien, masquerading as a human, looks like he could have walked out of a Sears catalog with his stylish 70's suit and hair. Another alien had bell bottoms. Funny thing, though. The art they used didn't change much. In the original series, Uhura's hairstyles changed quite often, but not in the animated version. All of the characters always looked the same.

Unfortunately, the very last episode is also the worst of the series, IMHO. It was just really dumb and had a very stupid ending. There were a couple of other weird or stupid episodes, like the one with the giant Spock clone (almost as bad as "Spock's Brain"). The best episode was probably the one where Spock went back in time to save himself. I thought the acting in the series was pretty good. They weren't able to over-act at all, as they sometimes did in the original series (especially Shatner).

It's fun to notice certain details that I didn't get the first time around, such as the episode where we first see the holodeck. They call it the "rec room" here, but it's definitely a holodeck. They push a button and then the room changes to a beach. Some things struck me as very funny, such as the fact that they use tapes for everything. Some of the sexism is cringe-worthy. In one episode, they have a helmsman we've never seen before called Mr. Walking Bear. His presence is completely gratuitous, just so that when the native american god shows up, he knows who it is. They did a lot of that in TV back then, unfortunately.

The DVD comes with a set of artistic cards for each episode. That's kind of cool, I guess. I don't really see the point in them. The cards are in a nice holder, and that holder and the Blu-ray case are in another, larger case. It doesn't take up too much room, though. One warning is that after viewing the episodes, you WILL get the theme song stuck in your head.

There's one really good feature on the DVD, where the writers and others discuss the show. Unfortunately, none of the actors are there. I wonder why they couldn't get any of the remaining actors to speak on camera? A lot of them are dead, but Shatner, Takei and Nichols are still around. Sorry, Chekov fans, but he wasn't in the episode. Neither were Yeoman Rand or some of the other minor characters. This was pretty low budget. However, if you're a Star Trek fan, it's definitely worth owning and watching!

Picture of the full set with the cards

MORE INFORMATION:

Star Trek: The Animated Series 
On Blu-ray
Street Date: November 15
Boldly continuing where Star Trek: The Original Series left off, these animated adventures chart the progress of Captain Kirk and his crew in a universe unconstrained by "real-life" cinematography! With all characters voiced by their original actors, join Kirk, Spock, Bones and the crew for 22 new adventures: to boldly go where no animation has gone before!
Star Trek: The Animated Series -- The Animated Adventures of Gene Roddenberry's Star Trek, will arrive on Blu-ray via CBS Home Entertainment and Paramount Home Media Distribution on November 15. The set will include all 22 episodes, presented in 1080p HD and spread across four discs, with commentaries -- by producer David Wise, writer David Gerrold and Michael and Denise Okuda -- and text commentaries on select episodes. Special segments -- created for the DVD set released in 2006 -- will include Drawn to the Final Frontier: The Making of Star Trek: The Animated Series and What's the Star Trek Connection? The former is a 24-minute featurette including interviews with TAS producers and writers about how the series was created and why it still holds up, while the latter will offer of a glossary of characters and themes common to TAS and other series. Also included will be a storyboard gallery and a show history. - See more at: http://www.startrek.com/article/the-animated-series-is-coming-to-blu-ray#sthash.ee5u3MOR.dpuf
New to the set will be 22 colorful poster-style cards, one for each episode, created by the artist Juan Ortiz. Available now for pre-order, Star Trek: The Animated Series - The Animated Adventures of Gene Roddenberry's Star Trek will run 526 minutes. - See more at: http://www.startrek.com/article/the-animated-series-is-coming-to-blu-ray#sthash.ee5u3MOR.dpuf
New to the set will be 22 colorful poster-style cards, one for each episode, created by the artist Juan Ortiz. Available now for pre-order, Star Trek: The Animated Series - The Animated Adventures of Gene Roddenberry's Star Trek will run 526 minutes. - See more at: http://www.startrek.com/article/the-animated-series-is-coming-to-blu-ray#sthash.ee5u3MOR.dpuf

Already available on Blu-ray Disc for the first time since two weeks ago, when the studio released the Star Trek - 50th Anniversary TV and Movie Collection BD set (an item which is already sold out at many retailers, including Amazon!), now CBS Home Entertainment and Paramount Home Media Distribution are announcing an individual Blu-ray release for the complete series of Star Trek: The Animated Series.

Due in stores on November 15th, this complete series item is officially titled as "Star Trek: Animated - The Animated Adventures of Gene Roddenberry's Star Trek" (the same as the 2006 DVD release has been formally called). Remastered in high definition, the 3-disc set will - for a limited time, in any case - include special collectible postcards with artwork for each episode created by acclaimed artist Juan Ortiz.

Featuring the voices of William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, James Doohan, Nichelle Nichols, George Takei, and Majel Barrett, the only original Star Trek regular cast member not to return was Walter Koenig ("Chekov"). Koenig did write an episode, however ("The Infinite Vulcan"). Other stories were written or co-written by David Gerrold, DC Fontana, David Wise, Marc Daniels, Samuel A. Peeples, and Larry Niven (whose "Kzinti" stories first intersected with Star Trek as a result of his episode, "The Slaver Weapon").

From another press release:

Star Trek: The Animated Series - The Animated Adventures of Gene Roddenberry's Star Trek. Standalone Blu-ray Collection Debuts November 15 Featuring Collectible Postcards from Artist Juan Ortiz.

Just in time for holiday gift giving, and in celebration of Star Trek's 50th anniversary, Star Trek: The Animated Series - The Animated Adventures of Gene Roddenberry's Star Trek will arrive for the first time ever as a standalone Blu-ray collection November 15 from CBS Home Entertainment and Paramount Home Media Distribution.

Available for a limited time, this Blu-ray collections includes special collectible postcards, with artwork for each episode designed by acclaimed artist Juan Ortiz. Featuring all 22 episodes of the beloved series in a three-disc set, the collection includes special features from the 2006 DVD release including commentaries from Star Trek experts Mike and Denise Okuda and writers David Gerrold and David Wise, a featureette about the making of the show, as well as a storyboard gallery.

Airing from 1973-1974, and featuring voice talent by the series' original actors, the crew of the Enterprise Captain James T. Kirk (William Shatner), Mr. Spock (Leonard Nimoy), and Dr. Leonard "Bones" McCoy (DeForest Kelley) boldly continue a series of incredible adventures following the events of Star Trek: The Original Series

Star Trek: The Animated Series - The Animated Adventures of Gene Roddenberry's Star Trek will be available on Blu-ray in 1080p High Definition with English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, English, German, French and Italian Mono audio tracks and English SDH, French, German, Italian, and Dutch subtitles.  The Blu-ray is Not Rated in the U.S. and rated G in Canada, with a running time of approximately 8 hours, 45 minutes. The disc breakdown, including special features is as follows:

Disc One, Season One:

  • Beyond the Farthest Star

  • Yesteryear

  • One of Our PLanets is Missing

  • The Lorelei Signal

  • More Tribbles, More Troubles

  • The Survivor

  • The Infinite Vulcan

    • Special Features:

      • Text Commentary by Mike and Denise Okuda

      • Commentary by David Gerrold

      • Storyboard Gallery: The Infinite Vulcan

Disc Two, Season One:

  • The Magicks of Megas-Tu

  • Once Upon a Planet

  • Mudd's Passion

  • The Terratin Incident

  • The Time Trap

  • The Ambergris Elementt

  • The Slaver Weapon

  • The Eye of the Beholder

    • Special Feature:

      • Text Commentary by Mike & Denise Okuda

Disc Three:

  • The Jihad

  • The Pirates of Orion

  • Bem

  • The Practical Joker

  • Albatross

  • How Sharper Than a Serpent's Tooth

  • The Counter-Clock Incident

    • Special Features:

      • Commentary by David Gerrold

      • Commentary by David Wise

      • Commentary by Mike & Denise Okuda

      • Drawn to the Final Frontier The Making of Star Trek: The Animated Series

      • What's the Star Trek Connection?

      • Show History

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