Star Trek (1966–1969)

The original Star Trek series was far ahead of its time: dealing with issues of race, sexuality, the real or potential abuse of power, humanity as well as tragedy and even comedy. The program was excellent for the first two seasons but was generally sub-par in the third where it released a string of atrocious episodes such as ‘Spock’s Brain’, mostly due to budget cuts. Ironically, if Season 3 had never been produced, the numerous Star Trek spinoffs which we take for granted today would likely never have appeared since there would have been only 55 Trek episodes in existence rather than the final 79 shows–too few to justify its syndication on TV and touch off Star Trek’s subsequent rebirth in fan popularity during the 1970’s. [Read more…]

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Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979 USA)

star trekThe film follows a familiar, if unspectacular, singular line framework – regular battles must be conquered along the way to ending where they do. The individual misunderstandings crew members have with each other need to be resolved, but it is remarkable how by the time the final act arrives, the story is willing to abstain from conventional conclusion. [Read more…]

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