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Do you think this is the best?
The original series of the Star Trek franchise.
They’re showing repeats on the Sci-Fi Channel in the UK at the moment. Of course I should already have them on DVD , but it’s hard being a poor, lowly student. :)
What other TV program in history has generated 730 plus, counting the movies, episodes?
The categorization on this site – though necessary – is beginning to show its limitations. Younger people are unlikely to appreciate just how well this series stood above the competition back in the 1960s. The dreadful “Lost in Space” is the only one I can bring to mind from the US camp; the wholly different “Dr. Who” (presently enjoying a new incarnation with the actor David Tennant in the role) is the only one that is even remotely similar from the UK.
Star Trek always had its heart in the right place and that is why it has survived for so long. I can clearly remember seeing my first episode on a black and white 405-line TV set – It was “Where No Man Has Gone Before” and I was eight years old – and I was smitten. It captured the hopes and dreams of the time perfectly. And please remember that Apollo 11’s historic landing on the Moon was about a year in the future (Note to nitpickers: I saw it a long time after the first US airdate, because I live in the UK).
And it showed an attention to detail that was sadly lacking in most of the competition… but that was largely lost in the financial bickering of its third year, when its original Dreamer, Gene Roddenberry, quit in disgust.
He’d probably have loved “Star Trek: Voyager”; and hated “Star Trek: Enterprise”.
But that’s just my opinion. And I’m writing this nearly forty years after I first encountered the show…
it’s wasn’t about n isn’t about slick n glossy pictures with hi def computer animations. it’s about the best in humanity with hope for the future. sci fi series don’t seem to get it these days, do they?
You hit the nail right on the head there, sange.
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