Star Trek: Original Series - Three Season Pack

Star Trek: Original Series - Three Season Pack

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Director: David Alexander, Don McDougall, Gene Nelson, Gerd Oswald

Cast: David Alexander, Don McDougall, Gene Nelson, Gerd Oswald

     
 
As everyone on earth (to say nothing of everyone in the United Federation of Planets) must know by now, the debut episode of Star Trek's first season, "The Man Trap," was not the first episode filmed. Nor was the series' "official" pilot episode, "Where No Man Has Gone Before," the first one to go before the cameras. The real launching pad for

Overview

As everyone on earth (to say nothing of everyone in the United Federation of Planets) must know by now, the debut episode of Star Trek's first season, "The Man Trap," was not the first episode filmed. Nor was the series' "official" pilot episode, "Where No Man Has Gone Before," the first one to go before the cameras. The real launching pad for Star Trek was "The Cage," which stars not William Shatner as James T. Kirk, but instead Jeffrey Hunter as Captain Christopher Pike of the Starship Enterprise. Though Hunter was replaced by Shatner, producer Gene Roddenberry wasn't about to let the costly "The Cage go to waste: thus, the episode was reedited as a two-part "flashback" titled "The Menagerie," with an added wraparound sequence in which the Enterprise's first officer Mr. Spock (Leonard Nimoy) explains at his court-martial why he attempted to kidnap the now-enfeebled and demented Captain Pike. With this out of the way, it can be said that Season One of Star Trek--or more specifically, year one of the Enterprise's five-year mission to "boldly go where no man has gone before"--contains several of the series' best and best-loved episodes, with the ensemble cast--Shatner, Nimoy, DeForest Kelley (Dr. "Bones" McCoy), James Doohan (Engineer Scott), Nichelle Nichols (communications officer Uhura), George Takei (helmsman Lt. Sulu) and Majel Barrett (Nurse Christine Chapel)--in peak form. In fact, the casting falls short of perfection in only one respect: Walter Koenig as ensign Chekov would not join the show until Season Two. This season represents the first series contributions of Richard Matheson ("The Enemy Within"), Jerry Sohl ("The Corbomite Maneuver"), Robert Bloch ("What Are Little Girls Made Of?"), Theodore Sturgeon ("Shore Leave") and Star Trek story editor D.C. Fontana ("Tomorrow is Yesterday"). Perhaps the most memorable--and certainly the most controversial--of the season's offerings is Harlan Ellison's Hugo-award winning "City on the Edge of Forever" (Alas, Ellison would never write again for Star Trek, the result of a well-publicized feud between the author and producer Roddenberry which has been exhaustively chronicled elsewhere). Finally, let us take note of two unforgettable guest star turns in Season One. First there's Roger C. Carmel, making his first appearance as intergalactic con artist Harry Mudd in "Mudd's Women." And last but not least, Ricardo Montalban plays the evil Khan, a genetically engineering superman who endeavors to take over the Enterprise in "Space Seed." Sixteen years later, Khan (again played by Montalban) would be up to his old tricks in the theatrical-movie spinoff Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan!The Starship Enterprise's five-year mission to "seek out new life forms and new civilizations" and "boldly go where no man has gone before" shifts into warp speed as Star Trek enters its second season. The biggest news this year is a fresh addition to the ensemble cast: Now taking his place alongside such TV immortals as William Shatner (Capt. Kirk), Leonard Nimoy (Mr. Spock), DeForest Kelley (Dr. McCoy), James Doohan) (Engineer Scott), George Takei (Lt. Sulu), Nichelle Nichols (Officer Uhura) and Majel Barrett (Nurse Chapel) is Walter Koenig as young Russian-born ensign Pavel Chekov (a character added to attract more teenage viewers--and NOT to pacify the Soviet Union, as has often been claimed) The season begins with one of the series' best efforts, Theodore Sturgeon's "Amok Time," in which the half-Vulcan Mr. Spock must mate or die. Spock is also the focus in D.C. Fontana's "Journey to Babel," featuring Jane Wyatt and Mark Lenard as Spock's parents Amanda and Sarek. Other Season Two highlights include the return of intergalactic con artist Harry Mudd (Roger C. Carmel) in "I, Mudd"; Margaret Armen's superb "The Gamesters of Triskelon," in which the crew is forced to engaged in barbaric combat, and the thematically similar "Bread and Circuses," depicting an ancient Roman society decked out with 20th-century technology; "The Changeling," with Vic Perrin (best known as the "Control Voice" on The Outer Limits) supplying the voice of the lethally "perfect" computer Nomad; "The Deadly Years," in which the crew is subjected to an accelerated aging process; and Robert Bloch's "whodunnit in space," "Wolf in the Fold." And we can't forget David Gerrold's classic "The Trouble with Tribbles," all about those incredibly prolific little furballs; the supremely silly but enjoyable "A Piece of the Action," aka "Star Trek meets The Untouchables"; and the much-maligned "Mirror, Mirror," wherein the crew comes face to face with their barbaric doppelgangers. The season finale, "Assignment: Earth," was intended as the pilot for a spinoff series, starring Robert Lansing as altruistic time traveller Gary Seven.The third and final season of Star Trek is frequently written off as the series' nadir, if only because creator Gene Roddenberry had relinquished a great deal of his creative control to the NBC executives and to new producer Fred Freiberger). Another reason given for the series' decline was the decision to cut the budgets to the bone, and to depend more on "house" writers than established science-fiction specialists. Also, there was a heavier reliance upon gimmickry and gadgetry than in previous years, upsetting those purists who preferred strong characterizations and story values to the standard sci-fi/fantasy cliches. But while Season Three was overall the weakest, especially in terms of ratings, several of the individual episodes are among the finest that Star Trek has to offer. We get off to a good start with the opener, "Spock's Brain," in which the titular organ is "kidnapped" from its owner Mr. Spock (Leonard Nimoy). Attorney Melvin Belli makes his acting debut as a sinister, corruptive life force (not a lawyer, but close!) in "And the Children Shall Lead." The crew of the Starship Enterprise is forced to sacrifice themselves during the Gunfight at the OK Corral in "Spectre of the Gun." "Let That Be Your Last Battlefield" is an allegorical drama in which the fate of a civilization is determined by a duel to the death between its two last survivors (Frank Gorshin, Lou Antonio), whose faces are half-black and half-white. And in the series finale "Turnabout Intruder," the mind of Captain Kirk (William Shatner) is exchanged with that of his embittered ex-lover (Sandra Smith)--and vice versa. The season's most controversial episode was "Plato's Stepchildren," originally telecast November 22, 1968, in which Kirk and officer Uhura (Nichelle Nichols) share the first interracial kiss ever seen on network television.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/15/2009
UPC:
0032429068446
Rating:
NR
Source:
Paramount
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Time:
68:40:00
Sales rank:
1,818

Special Features

Star trek the original series season 1:; Billy Blackburn's treasure chest: rare home movies and special memories; Spacelift: transporting trek into the 21st century (hd); Starfleet access episodes with picture-in-picture interviews and pop-up trivia while viewing; Sci-fi visionaries; Enterprise inspection tour (hd); Star trek the original series season 2:; Star Trek: tos on blu-ray; Special tribbles disc with new commentary; Starfleet access made on select episodes; Star trek the original series season 3:; "Where no man has gone before": the unaired, alternate version; Billy Blackburn's treasure chest: rare home movies and special memories part 3

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
William Shatner James T. Kirk
Abraham Sofaer Actor
Alan Bergmann Actor
Angelique Pettyjohn Actor
Anthony Call Actor
Anthony Caruso Actor
Barbara Anderson Actor
Barbara Babcock Actor
Barbara Bouchet Actor
Barbara Luna Actor
Barry Atwater Actor
Bruce Hyde Actor
Celia Lovsky Actor
Charles Drake Actor
David Frankham Actor
David Soul Actor
Deborah Downey Actor
Diana Muldaur Actor
Don Marshall Actor
Elisha Cook Actor
Emily Banks Actor
France Nuyen Actor
Geoffrey Binney Actor
Glenn Corbett Actor
Grace Lee Whitney Janice Rand
Harry Landers Actor
James Daly Actor
James Gregory Actor
Jan Shutan Actor
Jeanne Bal Actor
Jeff Corey Actor
Jill Ireland Actor
John Abbott Actor
John Fiedler Actor
Katherine Woodville Actor
Ken Lynch Actor
Kim Darby Actor
Lee Meriwether Losira
Leonard Nimoy Mr. Spock
Logan Ramsey Actor
Lou Antonio Actor
Majel Barrett Christine Chapel,Number One
Mariette Hartley Actor
Marj Dusay Actor
Mark Lenard Actor
Melvin Belli Actor
Michael Ansara Actor
Michael Barrier Actor
Michael Forest Actor
Nancy Kovack Actor
Ricardo Montalban Actor
Richard Derr Actor
Richard Evans Isak
Roger C. Carmel Actor
Roger Perry Actor
Roy Jenson Actor
Sally Kellerman Dr. Elizabeth Dehner
Sharon Acker Actor
Stanley Adams Actor
Tige Andrews Actor
Torin Thatcher Marplon
Vic Perrin Actor
William Campbell Actor
William Marshall Actor
William Windom Actor
Yvonne Craig Actor
Alfred Ryder Actor
Antoinette Bower Actor
Arlene Martel Actor
Arnold Moss Actor
Carole Shelyne Actor
Celeste Yarnall Actor
Charles Macauley Actor
Clint Howard Actor
David Hurst Actor
David Opatoshu Actor
DeForest Kelley Leonard "Bones" McCoy
Diana Ewing Droxine
Elinor Donahue Actor
Frank Gorshin Actor
Frank Overton Actor
Harry Townes Reger
Ian Wolfe Actor
Irene Kelly Actor
Janet MacLachlan Actor
Janos Prohaska Actor
Jeffrey Hunter Capt. Christopher Pike,Captain Christopher Pike
Joan Marshall Actor
Joanne Linville Actor
John Hoyt Doctor Boyce
Joseph Ruskin Actor
Julie Cobb Actor
Julie Newmar Actor
Kathie Browne Actor
Kathryn Hays Actor
Kay Elliot Actor
Lee Bergere Actor
Leslie Parrish Actor
Louise Sorel Actor
Madlyn Rhue Actor
Marianna Hill Actor
Maurishka Actor
Michael J. Pollard Actor
Peter Brocco Actor
Rhodes Reason Actor
Richard Geary Actor
Robert Walker Actor
Sabrina Scharf Actor
Sandra Smith Actor
Shirley Bonne Actor
Skip Homeier Actor,Melakon
Susan Denberg Actor
Susan Howard Actor
Ted Cassidy Actor
Tony Young Actor
Valora Norand Daras
Venita Wolf Actor
Vic Tayback Actor
Whit Bissell Actor
Alice Rawlings Actor
Biff Elliot Actor
Bruce Mars Actor
Charlene Polite Actor
Charles Napier Actor
Charlie Brill Actor
Gene Kynarski Actor
James Doohan Montgomery "Scotty" Scott
Jason Evers Actor
Joan Swift Actor
John Colicos Actor
Karen Steele Actor
Michael Dunn Actor
Morgan Woodward Actor
Phillip Pine Actor
Pilar Seurat Actor
Reggie Nalder Actor
Robert Brown Lazarus
Rudy Solari Actor
Sherry Jackson Actor
Steve Ihnat Actor
Steve Sandor Actor
Susan Oliver Vina
Susanne Wasson Actor
Theo Marcuse Actor
Warren Stevens Actor
Willard Sage Actor
David Hilary Hughes Actor
Erik Holland Actor
Fred Williamson Actor
George Takei Hikaru Sulu
Jane Wyatt Actor
Liam Sullivan Actor
Maggie Thrett Actor
Malachi Throne Commodore Mendez
Mary Linda Rapelye Actor
Michael Strong Actor
Oliver McGowan Actor
Percy Rodrigues Actor
Meg Wyllie The Keeper
Nichelle Nichols Uhura
William Schallert Actor
Walter Koenig Pavel Chekov

Technical Credits
David Alexander Director
Don McDougall Director
Gene Nelson Director
Gerd Oswald Director
Herb Kenwith Director
Herb Wallerstein Director
Herschel Daugherty Director
James Goldstone Director
James Komack Director
John Erman Director
John M. Lucas Director
John Newland Director
Joseph Pevney Director
Joseph Sargent Director
Jud Taylor Director
Lawrence Dobkin Director
Leo Penn Director
Marc Daniels Director
Marvin J. Chomsky Director
Michael O'Herlihy Director
Murray Golden Director
Ralph Senensky Director
Robert Butler Director
Robert Gist Director
Robert Spear Director
Tony Leader Director
Vincent McEveety Director

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