So basically my bro in law asked for the complete DVD of the original series Star Trek for Christmas, so its now sitting in my house. I’m gonna watch a few before I gift it on Dec25 (he wont mind and hey ive got him a bonus Roddenberry vault bluray he doesn’t know is coming cus I’m nice like that.)
Based on the fact I aint got time for all 79 episodes and three seasons, If you’ve watched it all or are a Trekker as well as a dwarf fan here, what are your reccomendations?
Ive already seen cage/menagerie, and kahn’s origin, and I’m probably going to watch Tribbles and City on edge of forever, what else is good.
Any really funny or amusing ones? Best character ones? or best central ideas?
Whats incredibly dire and not worth the time. name and shame. After all I don’t have time for the star trek crap early in the morning.
Ive probably got time to check out about half of them. Cheers for any suggestions.
Just avoid season 3. With a few exceptions it’s mostly poor. Most people single out ‘Spock’s Brain’ as being the nadir, but at least that’s entertaining and quotable B-movie schlock, there are much worse episodes that are just unwatchable.
I like the inconsistent tone and feet-finding of early season 1 best. Back when the secondary characters actually had personalities and banter, before Shatner’s ego increasingly eclipsed all that. 1 & 2 are full of hits (and misses) though.
As Warbodog said, i actually prefer the first half of Series 1 best. Mainly because you actually get good character scenes with the secondary characters, and there was a sort of romantic will they won’t they think going on with Kirk and Yeoman Rand before she got kicked off the show. After that point, it’s the main three, and the rest of the cast are limited to ‘aye sir’ and ‘hailing frequencies open’ with the rare exception, like ‘Mirror, Mirror’.
Not so much a lighthearted comedy episode, but my all time favourite is “Let that Be Your Last Battlefield”. I’d seen pictures and heard the basic concept for the episode beforehand and really wasn’t looking forward to it. Seemed like a stupid idea and I could instantly guess how it was all going to resolve itself in the most cliched and predictable way… but I was wrong. It doesn’t do the predictable conclusion I had assumed it would. Really great episode.