Star Trek (season 1)

{4.5/5} “I wouldn’t want to slow the wheels of progress… But then on the other hand, I wouldn’t want those wheels to run over my client in their unbridled haste.” — Samuel T. Cogley, attorney at law

Star Trek season 1, aired in 1966-67

When the Starship Enterprise goes through the barrier at the edge of the galaxy Captain Kirk’s friend Gary Mitchell gains extraordinary powers. The Enterprise comes across a planet that looks good for shore leave — then McCoy sees a giant white rabbit followed by a young girl. When Khan Noonien Singh is awakened aboard the Enterprise he tries to take over the ship.

The show is often called Star Trek: The Original Series, to distinguish it from everything else.

Even though I hadn’t seen them in decades, every episode was familiar. Of course, I have a well-worn copy of The Star Trek Compendium.

It’s a hopeful vision of the future. It’s about boldly going, accepting people’s differences, and working together. I love the camaraderie amongst the crew in the first few episodes.

It’s a bit melodramatic at times, and the thing where the captain’s log sometimes contains foreshadowing is odd. Its sexism is disconcerting, and there are details that don’t quite make sense.

The theme music by Alexander Courage is glorious. Indeed, so is the episode music, although it gets a bit repetitive after a while.

The 2-part “The Menagerie” cleverly integrates the original pilot into a storyline that fits into the series. Spock kidnaps Captain Pike and hijacks the Enterprise — Captain Kirk has no choice but to convene a court martial. In “The City on the Edge of Forever” Kirk and McCoy go back in time to 1930 to rescue McCoy and set history straight.

There are very few duds in this season. Episodes with stories that aren’t as interesting still have aspects to them that make them worth watching. But “The Alternative Factor” is nonsense — you can skip that one.

This show spawned an even better one — Star Trek: The Next Generation. If I were to rate this show’s impact on my life, its impact on science fiction, or its impact on the world — it would be 5/5.

One more quotation, from Spock: “Sir, there is a multi-legged creature crawling on your shoulder.”

Stars William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, and Grace Lee Whitney.

Guest stars include Ricardo Montalban, Mark Lenard, Joan Collins, and John Colicos.

This season contains episodes written by Harlan Ellison, Theodore Sturgeon, Richard Matheson, and Robert Bloch.

Created by Gene Roddenberry (Star Trek: The Next Generation).

This is the 2nd time I’ve watched it.

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