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Report this May. 29 2013, 3:39 pm

Good evening. My name is Jules, but you shall know me as Captain Khan.

Why am I here? Well, our story begins a few days ago when my colleague cheerfully asked me if I liked Star Trek. "Oh yes!" I replied eagerly. "I went to go see it on Wednesday! I liked it enough to buy the old 2009 movie and I watched that last weekend!"
"... What?" She asked, her smile faltering.
"Yes, I love both the Star Trek movies. My favourite character was Benedict Cumberbatch. Or maybe Spock, the alien guy."
"... You mean, you saw the new Star Trek movies?"
"What about the series? The old movies?"
"Oh, no, never bothered with that."
"Never... Never bothered?!" I saw her expression change from perturbation to simmering rage. "Never BOTHERED?!" She grabbed my wrist as I tried to leave work that evening and dragged me to her home in order to 'learn me a lesson'.

So, today, I found myself ejected from my colleague's house onto the street clinging three box sets of some dumb old science fiction show set in space. Gulp.

I'll be watching my first ever full episode tonight, and where better to start than at the beginning, eh? As I progress, I'll post how I'm finding the series. Will I enjoy it? Will I hate it? Will I never update this thread ever again? Join me on my very first voyage aboard the Enterprise, and find out...


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Report this May. 29 2013, 9:40 pm

While TOS may seem very different from the JJ movies at first glance, they actually have a lot of similarities. I think you're enjoy it.

"The future is in the hands of those who explore... And from all the beauty they discover while crossing perpetually receding frontiers, they develop for nature and for humankind an infinite love." - Jacques Yves Cousteau


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Report this May. 29 2013, 10:04 pm

And so the great journey begins! Hope you enjoy them as much as I do and remember these took place back in the day and with little to no budget. Ice cube trays for the win?


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Report this May. 30 2013, 1:16 pm

One episode in and I have to say what a great job the casting agents of the new movies did with Kirk, Sulu and Bones - they look perfect. Not too sure about the dodgy moral of this story (it's the last of its kind! Don`t kill it, lads!) but it was certainly entertaining enough for me to want to watch more. Will update when I have something worth noting, but something tells me I might be around here again soon...


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Report this May. 30 2013, 1:56 pm

^"The Man Trap" is a fairly mediocre episode. The best is yet to come.


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Report this Jun. 01 2013, 12:09 am

Just watched 'Naked Time', and it is, in my opinion, the best episode so far. It had the perfect mix of excitement, humour and fear, and ends on such a triumphant high that if my partner wasn't complaining I would probably have just stuck the next disc in. Since I seem to still like Spock best, my favourite scene was when he couldn't tell the nurse how he felt, and his subsequent infection and breaking down alone. I'm looking forward to more Spock mental torture (Oh gods please tell me there is more of that because it is delicious).

This episode felt strangely... nostalgic, if that makes sense. The only other space sci-fi I can say I know well is Firefly, Star Wars and Red Dwarf, but the whole 'crew suffering a mind-altering state but having to remain lucid enough to avert disaster' seems like such a classic.


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Report this Jun. 01 2013, 5:26 am

This is great! Even if the new movies didn't directly take you to the original series, I'm glad to read of your open minded journey through them now.

Both movies have given me a renewed and expanded appreciation for the original series and I've recently enjoyed rewatching HD remastered versions of episodes I didn't remember as well. Despite having greater fondness for the original actors it seems clear to me the new movies have been both faithful and kind to the spirit of that colorful, hammy series. ("I, Mudd" was one of the several episodes I just rewatched)

TOS had the benefit of a series format that could include a wide variety of episode types including more thought-provoking sci-fi with much character and little action like "City on the Edge of Forever". Unfortunately time constraints to produce a series and fill a season on budget also lead to more questionable episodes in the mix.


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Report this Jun. 01 2013, 6:28 am

That is neat that you are on your own Star Trek journey and I hope you  continue to enjoy it. What I like about Star Trek is that it has variety. There can be intense drama, tragedy,comedy, some romance, adventure and often convey optimism or a sense of hope,  At times there is a hint of musical talent among the actors. i remember wondering from week to week what kind of episode will be next. I am convinced that only the Star Trek series and movies has it all.


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Report this Jun. 03 2013, 1:09 pm

This is what it's all about right here...good stuff!


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Report this Jun. 04 2013, 1:02 am


10 episodes in! Time for some awards!


 Best episode so far – ‘The Naked Time’.

 Nothing has beat this for me yet. Seeing the crew stripped of their inhibitions and reveal what makes them tick was awesome.

Best scene: Spock’s breakdown, followed by Kirk’s attempted intervention and infection. This has probably been my favourite scene of the series so far.


 Worst episode so far – ‘What Are Little Girls Made Of?’

 A shame since it had so much promise. Bit unsure why they decided to have two ‘duplicated Kirk’ episodes in a row, and since I watched them back to back it was not really an exciting reveal. A predictable situation with a cop-out ending.

 Worst scene: The huge amount of time the crew spent walking while having things explained to them by Brown. Yawn.


 Most ‘WTF’ episode so far – ‘Miri’

 Why the creepy sexual tension between Kirk and the young girl? Why? Spock mentions that she’s over 300, but that doesn’t change the fact she still mentally functions as a child. Why the duplicate Earth that is never explained? Why don’t they test the vaccine on someone less important than Bones? Why doesn’t at least one character grab their communicator before dashing into a potentially dangerous situation?

 Most WTF scene: “Blah blah blah!” “Blah blah blah blah-“ “NO BLAH BLAH BLAH!”


 Best Character so far: Spock.

 For someone who tries to purge himself of emotion, he certainly knows how to broadcast his feelings. A subtle twitch at the corner of his mouth, a slightly raised eyebrow, eyes darting to the floor for just a second – pretty much any line delivered to him results in an appropriately reserved reaction. Just watch him when android Kirk insults him! His sense of humour is also only just below the surface. He may claim not to understand human humour, but he certainly has his comic timing down to a fine art.

 Best Moment: It’s hard to pick one. The scene where he breaks down is obviously up there, but since I’ve already discussed that I’ll go with the mind-reading scene in the medical bay. He’s not sure he should do it, eventually decides to and then manages to make it look both creepy and mentally draining.


 Worst Character so far: Kirk (sorry sorry sorry please don’t kill me!).

 This isn’t all Shatner’s fault - his character has not aged well. With plot armour 6 inches thick, he can be beaten up by a gang, exposed to a mind-melting ray that drove a scientists to insanity, talk an animal version of himself into submission – it’s like there’s nothing that can really do him harm. Any scene where he’s exposed to danger, you just know he’ll walk out of it with little more than a ripped shirt and a tasteful dribble of blood. As a result, he doesn’t really feel that relatable. Shatner’s amazing scenery-chewing only adds to the madness.

 Worst Moment: Pretty much all of ‘Miri’. Flirting with a pre-pubescent girl, Kirk? Don’t you think that’s a little excessive, even for you?


 Most WTF Character so far: Harry Mudd.


Most WTF Moment: Any time he is on screen. Ever.




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Report this Jun. 04 2013, 6:16 pm

Quote: Captain_Khan @ Jun. 04 2013, 1:02 am


Most WTF scene: “Blah blah blah!” “Blah blah blah blah-“ “NO BLAH BLAH BLAH!”


I laughed


I think most people like Kirk (or James Bond for that matter) for the reasons you said you disliked him


The Corbomite Manuever and Where No Man Has Gone Before are my favorites of the first ten.


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Report this Jun. 05 2013, 12:57 am

Quote: CountJohn @ Jun. 04 2013, 6:16 pm


>I think most people like Kirk (or James Bond for that matter) for the reasons you said you disliked him


 Very interesting comparison - especially since I like a lot of James Bond films, but don't necessarily like Bond as a character (at least, not until Craig, who brought him that human edge I always felt he was missing). Didn’t stop me enjoying the films, but I just didn’t get the hype over him.

 I guess I just like my heroes flawed, and enjoy watching character development. When the character is presented as fully rounded and perfect from the start, there’s nowhere for that to go. Spock and Bones, on the other hand, both have their separate flaws, so feel more interesting to me...

 Like I say, it doesn’t stop me enjoying it! Deus ex Kirk is just one of those little quirks of the time it was written, I suppose, just like Bond.


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Report this Jun. 07 2013, 1:03 am

New favourite episode alert! Just watched Menagerie Part 1, and since I'm trying to stick to watching one episode a day on weekdays, I haven't yet watched part 2.

But damn that was good! Spock showing off his Vulcan badassery, Kirk for once not being in control of his crew, the creepy, creey scene where Pike is repeatedly bleeping 'no' over and over while Spock is ordering McCoy around....


I think the best thing is that I genuinely don't know what is going to happen. I always try to guess the outcome of two-parters in any series, but this was so out of the blue I'm stumped.


I only hope part 2 lives up to the expectations part 1 has given me...


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Report this Jun. 19 2013, 5:51 am

To quote Spock , "fascinating " this is a great thread you've started here, interesting reading the views and opinions of the classic series through the eyes of a new fan and from a new perspective , sometimes I feel that us veteran Trekkies having seen these episodes/ films so many times, that sensations , feelings of seeing it for the first time is sometimes lost, it's good to get that sense again. Keep them coming !


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Report this Jun. 19 2013, 2:50 pm

Just getting back into Trek again after a fairly long lack of it.  I nabbed the ToS bluray set from that recent Amazon sale.  

It usually only takes a few seconds for the episode to come back to me.

Having a BLAST

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