I just finished watching all three seasons of Star Trek on Netflix. It seems to be becoming a tradition to record my thoughts when I finish a series, so here goes.
Star Trek was a really great show. Not every episode was great, but every episode was trying for something. I’d always rather watch people try and fail than play it safe and be boring.
William Shatner is actually a very good actor. I can’t understand the criticisms. Yes, he was often campy. But, the show was often campy. In three full seasons and a bunch of movies, there was never a time when his performance was out of place within the show. A subtle, measured performance would have stuck out as inappropriate. He nailed it.
Speaking of unfair criticisms, I enjoyed the third season. People complain about it a lot, but “The Tholian Web”, “Let That Be Your Last Battlefield” and “The Savage Curtain” are three of my favorites. I mention “The Tholian Web” later, but Abraham Lincoln floating in space and the people with one black half and one white half are two of the other images that never left me. As an adult, I can see that the messages were a bit heavy handed, but that doesn’t stop them from being entertaining.
As a kid, I completely missed the casual sexism in the show. It is a bit jarring now just because the show was trying to be so progressive. It’s hard to believe that even progressives had such views of women only fifty years ago.
Netflix has the versions with the updated special effects. I have no problem with the idea of updating, but I wasn’t thrilled with the way it was done. They only updated the scenes without people, so there was a clear difference between the updated scenes and non-updated scenes. I found this distracting. I was also annoyed during “The Tholian Web”. One of the images that has always stuck with me from watching the show when I was a kid was the Tholian ships building the web. In the new version, it looks completely different.
The best episode is pretty clearly “The City On the Edge of Forever”.
My favorite episode is “The Trouble With Tribbles”.
I love the relationship between Spock and McCoy.
Spock is, and always shall be, my favorite character.
I really wish Uhura had been given more to do.
I’ve always liked the theme music. Must be the prominent horn. It reminds me of Les Jazz Modes with Eileen Gilbert.
I think I’ll check out the animated series next, but I’m really looking forward to Next Generation.