Tagged: Star Trek the Original Series

Star Trek: Captain Kirk impostors

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Impostors!
We pay homage to six Star Trek the Original Series episodes featuring Captain Kirk’s doubles and impostors.  Body-swaps, transporter malfunctions, and biological replication are all included.  Can’t get enough of Kirk?  You can have two.

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TOS-JohnGill

John Gill looked for the good in Nazi’s.  Well, he failed.

5 scholars who got it wrong on Star Trek the Original Series,

are listed in order of significance of their consequences.  These bright people had great dreams, ideas, and plans that unfolded in disaster.  Each of these mistakes had to be personally reversed by the crew of the Enterprise.  They consist of historians, humanitarians, doctors, and Nobel prize winners.   Sometimes, the best ideas are best never spoken or acted upon.

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Meet the Landru-6000.

The galactic technological achievements in Star Trek included worlds and societies ruled by computers.  Emotionless, heartless, and sometimes cruel, they governed without question or resistance.  Each government provided something the inhabitants needed; order, immortality, peace, and running hot water.  Eventually each lost after a few hours visit from the crew of the Enterprise.

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William Shatner is Captain Kirk.

To explain the appeal and longevity of the original Star Trek and the franchise would take a thesis and hotly contested thereafter.  It did not pioneer Sci-Fi on television, but its ideas, imagined by Gene Roddenberry, outlived the three short years network television allowed.   Rather than hypnotizing viewers with special effects limited at the time, it focused on the stories and characters becoming a futuristic space opera with an occasional phaser and fisticuffs.

Rather than sticking to one, repeated formula, the series experimented with a variety of backdrops and morals.   From exciting space battles to drama of revenge, to even comedy, Star Trek kept a core team together as they visited fascinating worlds across the galaxy.

The original special effects is dated.  The acting at times is over dramatic.  The techno-babble is eye rolling.  But most of all it is fun!  There is no television science fiction franchise comparable today after so many decades starting in 1966.