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Star Trek: The Original Series, created by Gene Roddenberry: a Television Review

Synopsis:

It is now 2266 and the Federation has sent out one of its most important missions: an extended exploration of the Milky Way galaxy led by the starship Enterprise and her crew.  As they “boldly go where no one has gone before” we follow their adventures and mishaps of living life out in the endless bounds of space…

General Information:

-Genre: Science-Fiction, Action/Adventure

-Creator: Gene Roddenberry

-Length: 3 Seasons, 79 Episodes (50 minutes per episode)

-Rating: TV-PG (for mild violence and gore, mild use of alcohol, mild frightening and intense scenes)

-Where to Watch: Paramount+ (with subscription), DVD, Blu-Ray, or look for it at your local library

-Main Cast: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelly, James Doohan, Nichelle Nichols, George Takei, Walter Koenig, Majel Barrett, Grace Lee Whitney

-Page of Reference in RP1: 25

Review (contains spoilers):

I watched this show a long time ago and on a quick rewatch had forgotten just how hard it was for me to get through this show.  Its so nice to get to see where the entire universe came from but I’m very glad that my first real introduction to the world of Star Trek was Star Trek: The Next Generation…

Season 1:

This show was such an innovation in the 1960s but now it is very hard to get through.  We are so used to the action and fighting that we see in the more modern series (even those that are set in the past of the universe like Enterprise) that going back to a series that has a lot of sitting around and philosophy to it is really hard for modern audiences.

But I do appreciate it.  There are some amazing moments in this first season.  I actually really liked the episode Charlie X and The Enemy Within is a classic… but the episode that really caught me from this season was The City on the Edge of Forever.  It is one of the first episodes that deals with time travel and does it well.  We get to see these kinds of episodes following through almost every rendition of Star Trek.

Looking at TOS from present day it is hard to see how it becamse so popular but I’m so glad it did.  Overall, this was a decent and solid start to a show that paved the way for over 50 years of science-fiction exploration.

Season 2:

Season 3:

Rating:

Rating: 3 out of 5.

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