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While The Original Series suffers from dated sets, dated effects, dated portrayals of women, and acting which varies vastly in quality, the writing in the best episodes still holds up 50 years later. TOS contains a fair number of duds, but Season 1 contains more hits than misses. The highlights of the first season include "The Conscience of the King", an interesting look into the mind of a mass murderer mixed with clever references to Shakespeare and "The City on the Edge of Forever", possibly the most critically acclaimed episode of the franchise and not without reason. Even the weaker aspects of the weaker episodes of the season (with the exception of the sexism) are vaguely charming in the same way as a Roger Corman flick or an old monster movie. On a more academic note, the series is also an important watch for anyone interested in the science fiction genre, as Star Trek has influenced everything from Black Mirror to Futurama to Babylon 5. The dated aspects of the show mean that it is not for everyone, but the show is rewarding to those who persevere.
From visionary Gene Roddenberry comes the classic science fiction series Star Trek. Season 1 follow the starship Enterprise as it boldly goes where no man has gone before - exploring the galaxy, meeting new alien races, and battling the imperialistic Klingons. Featuring such episodes as "The Enemy Within," "Dagger of the Mind," "Balance of Terror," "Space Seed," and "The City on the Edge of Forever," the series really hits the ground running; tackling powerful and proactive social and political issues while also delivering plenty of action and adventure. Starring William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, and DeForest Kelley, the show has a great cast that has extraordinarily good chemistry together. Also, the costumes, sets designs, and makeup effects hold up remarkable well (for the most part), having a retro '60s sci-fi aesthetic; which the remastered editions do an impressive job of sticking to. Season 1 of Star Trek is incredibly strong and lays the foundation for what would become one of the most influential and beloved science fiction franchises.
This is classic star trek
Fun, before it became preaching in later versions.
Unfortunately the original Star Trek has aged and not too well. There still is a lot to be enjoyed in this series, good characters and some great episodes. However for every great episode there is a boring episode. This review can apply to the second season as well.
10 years before I was born and still exceptional sci fi to this day
I really liked it, this was the first science fiction classic. I really enjoyed the first season. This series was also a great evolution in the special effects. Highly recommend.
A classic TV show and arguably the most important TV Show ever made, at least Sci-fi show. The impact of this show can still be felt far and wide today.
Gene Rodenberry assembled a likeable cast that you wanted to go on adventures with. Younger audiences may find this show lacks sophistication but it is filled with all the classic ingredients to make this the most watchable Star Trek TV show.
Its odd to think all the basic elements of Star Trek are still here. The Bridge of the ship, Transporter, Phasers etc. They have attempted updating all these and more but the basic principals are what made this show so ground-breaking and enjoyable.
Kirk and Spock are the standout characters but the support cast of the crew always add to playful nature of the show. However you want to view it, this is just a great show that took the most popular show, of the time-the western and blasted it into space! opening so many doors for Tv shows to follow.
Classic science fiction show that remains one of the best & most iconic ever produced. The cast is uniformly solid and fun in their roles, and it is great to watch their chemistry develop over the years, particularly between Shatner, Nimoy, and Kelly, who's Cap. Kirk, Spock, & Dr. McCoy remains some of the best characters ever created. Behind the camera, Gene Roddenberry and his talented crew of writers & directors (Robert Bloch & Harlan Ellison, to name a few) fully explored the concept in various ways, and used it to reflect modern day issues of war, racism and bigotry (the racial diverse cast was a breakthrough at the time). Granted, as with any show, not every episode was great and there were a few stinkers, especially in the third & last season ("Spock's Brian" & "The Way to Eden" are prime examples). However, when the show was great, as with "The City on the Edge of Forever", "Mirror, Mirror", "The Balance of Terror', or "Trouble with Tribbles", this was as good as any TV show could be. The definition of a classic, as it only gets better with age, and well-worth checking out on Netflix.
What a terrible show