Star Trek The Original Series: Season 3 [Import]
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STAR TREK THE ORIGINAL SERIES: THE COMPLETE THIRD SEASON features the adventures of the U.S.S. Enterprise under the command of Capt. James Kirk (Shatner) and his first officer, Lt. Cmdr Spock (Nimoy) during the 23rd century. They are on a mission in outer space to explore new worlds, where the Enterprise encounters Klingons, Romulans, time paradoxes, tribbles and genetic supermen.
Saved from the brink of cancellation by its loyal fanbase, Star Trek's third and final season rewarded them with a number of memorable episodes. Tight budgets and slipping creative control, however, made it the series' most uneven season, though it did have some of the coolest episode titles ("For the World Is Hollow and I Have Touched the Sky," "Is There in Truth No Beauty," "Let That Be Your Last Battlefield"). Some of the best moments involved a gunfight at the OK Corral ("Spectre of the Gun"), a knock-down drag-out sword battle with the Klingons aboard the Enterprise ("Day of the Dove"), the ship getting caught in an ever-tightening spacial net ("The Tholian Web"), TV's first interracial kiss ("Plato's Stepchildren," and it should be easy to guess who participated), Sulu taking command ("The Savage Curtain"), and Kirk's switching bodies with an ex-love interest ("Turnabout Intruder").
Also appearing in the set as a coda are two versions of the series pilot, "The Cage," a restored color version and the original, never-aired version that alternates between color and black and white. Starring Jeffery Hunter as Captain Pike, Leonard Nimoy as a relatively emotional Spock, and Majel Barrett (the future Nurse Chapel and Mrs. Gene Roddenberry) as a frosty Number One, this pilot was rejected, but a second was commissioned, "Where No Man Has Gone Before," now considered the "official" beginning of the series. But "The Cage" is very recognizably Star Trek with its far-out concepts (telepathic aliens collecting species samples), sexy humanoid women, character development, and of course cheesy costumes and special effects. Footage was later reused in the season 1 two-parter, "The Menagerie."
The best of the 63 minutes of bonus material focuses on three of the actors: Walter Koenig, George Takei, and James Doohan. Koenig discusses how he was cast and shows off his various collections, one consisting of Chekov figurines. Takei speaks movingly about the Japanese American internment and, in what is probably his last Star Trek appearance, Doohan, slowed by Alzheimer's but still with a twinkle in his eye, recalls his voiceover roles and his favorite episodes. The Easter eggs are amusingly called "Red Shirt Files" in tribute to those poor saps who everyone knew were only in the landing party so they could die. --David Horiuchi
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The Squire of Gothos-Another bizarre and campy episode, this one features a spoiled child who has designed himself a baroque castle. Like the former episode, this one presents us with a phantasmagoria of seemingly random, if stereotypical, scenarios. The tone is more ominous here, however, thanks in large part to some well-conceived shots (such as the shadow of the noose during Kirk's trial). The castle's blend of gilded glitz with incomplete realization increase the sense of unreality.
Unlike later shows (most notably 3rd season ones), the unreality here is not dreamlike however. There is a sharpness about this episode; the dialogue is literal and more crisp than in most 3rd season shows, which often felt more detached non-commital and ambivalent, while being softer-edged and more atmospheric.
Campbell, who later returned for The Trouble With Tribbles also gives a strong performance. After a while the gags start to lose their novelty though, and the episode seems to struggle to fill time. Another possible critique (although it doesn't really bother me) is that the episode ultimately doesn't have a lot to say. Still most of us, at some point in our lives, have had the experience of having to jump through hoops at another's whim; there isn't always a lot of meaning behind that either. (3 stars)
Moral, Ethical, and/or Philosophical Subject(s) Driven Into The Ground: "The more complex the mind, the greater the need for the simplicity of play" -Captain Kirk
Historical Milestone: The first temporary death of a primary Star Trek cast member (Dr. McCoy)
Notable Gaffe / Special Defect: During one of the planet-bound scenes, a couple crewmates notice a WWII fighter plane up in the sky. The first few shots of the plane shows it to be a US Marines Corsair, the same plane the Black Sheep Squadron flew during the Pacific campaign. But when the plane dives to strafe the two officers, it magically changes into a Japanese Zero!
Expendable Enterprise Crewmember ('Red Shirt') Confirmed Casualty List: 1 temporarily dead (not McCoy)
REVIEW/COMMENTARY: If you're lookin' for a good hunk 'o' the kinda cheesiness that only a classic Trek eppie can provide, this is one of the better ones to check out. I especially enjoy the goofiness of Sulu being chased by a samurai whose swordsmanship and martial arts skills aren't even worthy of a clear belt! Kirk manages to beat a few of Star Trek's hackneyed gimmicks further into the ground when he "meets up" with an old flame, and gets his uniform top ripped up during his fight with an old nemesis from his academy days!
Also amusing is seeing McCoy killed by gettin' run through with a lance, then is brought back to life near the end to explain how the planet manufactures anything one can quite literally imagine! Which due to the show's limited budget would be as close as the viewer would ever get to seeing the process first-hand...Read more ›
Shore Leave: Is the story of an uncharted planet being explored for possible Shore Leave prospects. It is a special planet where all you have to do is imagine anything and this place whips it up and makes it come alive. Whether it was deadly or benevolent anything and everything is possible. Some great performances by William Shatner (Showtime, Miss Congeniality) and the Late Deforest Kelly (Waco, When Love Has Gone). Also a keen guest star shinning moment by Bruce Mars (Voyage To The Bottom Of The Sea, Mission Impossible) as Finnegan James T. Kirk old academy nemesis. It was written by Theodore Sturgeon ( Invaders, Land Of The Lost, The Twilight Zone) and directed by Robert Sparr (Batman, The Wild Wild West).
The Squire Of Gothos is a fun frolic of a kid being a spoiled brat. This is a role cleverly being played by William Campbell (Love Me Tender, Back Lash) (who also played the Klingon Commander in my all time favorite Original episode of The Trouble With Tribbles') who performance is brash, bold, theatrical and very over the top. This is where the "Q" Continuum must have patterned themselves after. He is funny and in the end a great big spoiled brat.
There are even shinning moments for dialogue and cleverness for Leonard Nimoy (Atlantis: The Lost Empire, Brave New World ) and George Takei (Mulan, Kissingger and Nixon ) as Spock and Sulu trying to match wits with the obnoxious Trelane! It turns out he is just a bad boy that just got carried away and in the end his parents remind him of what he is doing.Read more ›
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For starters, what is with all that RED on the cover? This reviewer, along with many others, notes that YELLOW is used for the Season One credits (thus matching with the cover... Read morePublished on Jan. 1 2005 by N Joungyuob B Ohh
Great! Would buy from this seller again. Rec'd order in reasonable time.Published on March 8 2004 by Tomtastic
"Shore Leave" The crew visits a planet in which your very thoughts become reality...no matter how deadly they are. Read morePublished on June 15 2003 by McHenry John
I like the Squire of Gothos show, but it's only drawback is that Trelane (as played by William Campell) was the blueprint for that race of trouple makers known as the Q in... Read morePublished on Sept. 6 2002 by D.W. Smith
Star Trek Volume 9 has two important points. One being that McCoy character is developed even greater in SHORE LEAVE. Read morePublished on June 29 2002 by Jared Insell
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