Star Trek

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Recently, I watched the original Star Trek with Captain Kirk, Mr. Spock, Bones, and Scotty on YouTube.  Most people consider the original Star Trek to be campy, and it is, but I enjoyed the excellent music, the primary colors, the dialog, the stories, and the friendships & relationships between the characters (especially in the first two seasons).

Also, something happens in almost every episode in the first two seasons: an anonymous character in a red shirt dies.  This is usually handled seriously, but the fact that it constantly happens becomes somewhat of a running amusement.  In one episode, within five minutes, three guys in red shirts died.  One was struck by lightning; another was killed by a flower; and another stepped on a rock, and exploded.  Yes.  He was running from a flower, or something, stepped on a rock, and exploded.  We kept yelling for the guys in the red shirts to look out, but alas …

Years ago I read a joke about this on the internet:  Who would win in a battle between the red shirted guys from Star Trek and the Stormtroopers from Star Wars?  It’s hard to say because the Stormtroopers can’t shoot straight, but the red shirted guys always die.

YouTube currently has all three original seasons available basically for free with minimal advertising, although the volume of the ads is louder than the show.

The first two seasons are the best.  The writing for many of the episodes in the third season is sloppy.  In one third season episode, the Enterprise picked up some hippies.  This led to a whole bunch of talking and hippie music.  Finally, the hippies tried to take over the ship, so Captain Kirk had Mr. Spock give the hippies an unemotional lecture on etiquette and proper behavior on a star-ship.  The hippies were not listening to Mr. Spock, so Kirk jumped in, punched the hippies in their noses, and stranded them on a planet of man eating plants with only a red shirted guy to protect them.  OK, so that last part didn’t happen, but I was so bored that I decided to write my own ending.

If one were going to watch only one episode, I’d recommend “Bread and Circuses” from the second season.  This episode is 50 minutes long, and is a good example of why this show is still in successful syndication over forty years after its original three season broadcast back in the nineteen-sixties (1967-1969).  Of special note in this episode is the chemistry that existed between the three main characters.  There is also an interesting revelation right at the end.

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