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Star Trek: The Original Series (S3)
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Dec 22, 2004 By: The Shootin Surgeon
Star Trek: The Original Series (S3) order
Director:
Various

Actors:
William Shatner
Leonard Nimoy
DeForest Kelley

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?

This cool box set features the twenty-five episodes which made up the third and final season of the Enterprises supposed five year mission, including some classics such as The Tholian Web, The Savage Curtain and two versions of The Cage.

IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?

If you dont know where you stand on the original Star Trek series by now, then youve got some issues to take care of but love it or hate it, theres no denying the influence it has had on many people for almost forty years now. Ive never considered myself a full trekkie, more like a reserve trekkie who stepped up when a movie was released and who didnt automatically change channels once an episode showed up which Id already seen a number of times. I even dabbled in the first few years of THE NEXT GENERATION (see here, here, here, here and here) but by the time it hit its third season, I was realizing that Captain Picard was no Captain Kirk and that the original series really was where its at.

Season Three had its fair share of classics and stinkers, with some cool episodes like The Savage Web, featuring Honest Abe Lincoln and some way off misses such as The Way to Eden in which a bunch of oddball hippies from space show up and act like.. well... hippies. That being said, I dont think anyone can truly speak for the value of an episode for a series as scrutinized as this one, with each person being able to find something l=they like or dislike in each of them. The episode guide below might help you determine if any of your favorites are in the set. Fun times if youre a fan!

DISC 1

DISC 2

DISC 3

DISC 4

Spocks Brain

Is There in Truth No Beauty?

The Tholian Web

Elaan of Troyius

The Enterprise Incident

Spectre of the Gun

Platos Stepchildren

Whom Gods Destroy

The Paradise Syndrome

Day of the Dove

Wink of an Eye

Let That Be Your Last Battlefield

And the Children Shall Lead

For the World is Hollow and I have Touched the Sky

The Empath

The Mark of Gideon

DISC 5

DISC 6

DISC 7

That Which Survives

The Cloud Minders

The Cage Original Version

The Lights of Zetar

The Savage Curtain

The Cage Restored Version

Requiem for Methuselah

All Our Yesterdays

The Way to Eden

Turnabout Intruder

Episodes in Italics are available with text commentary by Star Trek Experts Michael and Denise Okuda

THE EXTRAS

To Boldly Go... Season Three (22 mins): A documentary discussing the third season with a big focus on the fan mail campaign which was launched after the second year when NBC announced that Star Trek would be no more. Following a mobilization of nerds big and small, the show was eventually brought back probably in anticipation of raking the dough from this DVD box set. The stars show up and talk and the biggest question you'll be left to answer is just how low the temperature was in the room they shot these interviews in. Shatner, Nimoy, George Takei and Walter Koenig all sound like they have a nasty cold. Must be something they caught from that green chick.

Life Beyond Trek: Walter Koenig (10 mins): A brief interview with Mr. Chekov in which he discusses his time on Star Trek and his time after. You sort of have to feel bad for most of these people considering the nasty typecasting they must have endured

Memoir from Mr. Sulu (9 mins): George Takei tells all about the effect of Star Trek on his own life and what he's gotten from the show. There's a little part in there about his association with the Japanese American Museum as well.

Chief Engineer's Log (6 mins): The great James Doohan has his time in the spotlight and although considerably slowed by age, he entertains quite well with a couple of stories including the one about how he and Gene Roddenberry agreed on which accent he would use on the show. Naturally, the Scottish one he picked has become one of the Star Trek's great trademarks.

Star Trek's Impact (9 mins): Eugene "Rod" Roddenberry, son of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry takes some time do discuss the impact Star Trek has had on him throughout his life. Only mildly interesting.

A Star Trek Collector's Dream Come True (7 mins): John Long, a movie prop maker shows off a bit of his work on authentic phasers and communicators and the way he goes about creating exact reproductions. It was short but pretty cool, especially if you're the type to appreciate skilled work.

There's a also a Photo Gallery of production art and each episode comes with its Original Preview Trailer. It's a decent package for something that was done before the time of special features.

FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Priced at over a hundred bucks, this will probably make the day of only the most devoted fans but these need not worry that their dough is going to waste. They'll come for the shows and not necessarily the features although they'll find the limited offering decent nonetheless but overall, it's a nice box set that pays tribute to a classic TV show.
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