Star Trek: The Original Series, Season 1Closed Captioning
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Kirk, Spock, and McCoy. Phasers, transporters, and warp drive. Yes, it all began here: the pioneer of modern, continuing-character science fiction on TV, and the first chapter in Gene Roddenberry's visionary allegory that showed the best of humanity alive and well, projected into the 23rd century with compassion, boldness, and a curiosity to meet the unknown. Along the way an entirely new audience hungry for optimism in a troubled time found inspiration — along with humor, romance, and thought-provoking technology. Debuting on September 8, 1966, Star Trek rolled out the first season's 29 episodes and quickly proved it wasn't just another one of the sci-fi shows currently in vogue. In these untouched, original versions of the first season's episodes, you can watch the evolution of Spock's "Vulcanian" coolness, the Spock-McCoy debates, the Vulcan neck pinch and mind meld, Starfleet and the Federation, Scotty's marvels, Sulu's hobbies, and Uhura's singing along with the debut of the Romulans, the Klingons, the Prime Directive of non-interference, and Khan Noonien Singh.
|1||Closed CaptioningVideoThe Man Trap||Dr. Leonard "Bones" McCoy meets a former girlfriend when the Enterprise brings supplies to a remote archaeological survey group. Still attractive to McCoy, the woman's current appearance and her colleague hide a deadly secret, ultimately revealed as a tragedy of ecology.||50:24||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|2||Closed CaptioningVideoCharlie X||Raised from infancy by noncorporeal beings, 17-year-old Charles Evans is ferried by an Enterprise crew unaware of his true nature. Once aboard, the teenager develops a crush on Yeoman Rand and proves dangerously unable to wield his enormous psionic powers with maturity until higher authorities intervene.||50:29||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|3||Closed CaptioningVideoWhere No Man Has Gone Before||While exploring the energy barrier at galaxy's edge that crippled an earlier ship, Kirk's long-time friend and crewmate Gary Mitchell begins mutating into a god-like entity disdainful of the "mortals" around him. Can the captain overcome his own feelings for his friend before the new entity grows too powerful to stop?||50:30||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|4||Closed CaptioningVideoThe Naked Time||An alien virus picked up from the now-dead Psi 2000 outpost strips the crew of their inhibitions, causing chaos as each individual is overcome by hidden emotions -- even Spock. Meanwhile, the disabled crew have left the Enterprise unable to react to the planet break-up below that is pulling them down.||50:32||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|5||Closed CaptioningVideoThe Enemy Within||A magnetic ore brought back from Alfa 177 causes a beam break-up in the transporter, splitting Captain Kirk into two different beings: one "good" and one "evil." The malfunction must be repaired before Sulu's stranded landing party freezes to death -- and Kirk's separated "halves" perish.||50:31||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|6||Closed CaptioningVideoMudd's Women||Just as his ship is destroyed by an asteroid field, conman Harry Mudd and his "cargo" of three beautiful wives for lonely miners are rescued by the Enterprise and arrested. The rescue burns out the big starship's dilithium crystals, but Kirk's unhappy reliance on Mudd's clients for replacements is in jeopardy when the women's real secret is exposed.||50:22||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|7||Closed CaptioningVideoWhat Are Little Girls Made Of||Viewers are introduced to Nurse Christine Chapel in this story as she signs aboard the crew to search for her missing fiance, the brilliant Dr. Korby. He turns up on Exo III, oddly working on a plan to create android duplicates of key figures, beginning with James Kirk — until the captain sabotages his duplicate to alert Spock.||50:23||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|8||Closed CaptioningVideoMiri||On a planet just like Earth that is populated only by children, Kirk's landing party contracts the virus that killed adults while stretching the youngsters' lifespan to hundreds of years. Enduring the natives' bizarre and violent tactics, the trapped party must cure themselves and the children — including one who has a crush on Kirk.||50:26||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|9||Closed CaptioningVideoDagger of the Mind||Tipped off by a crazed runaway who is far more than he seems, Kirk investigates an experimental facility at Tantalus II for mentally ill criminals and finds a sinister scheme behind its amazing research.||50:26||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|10||Closed CaptioningVideoThe Corbomite Maneuver||While exploring an uncharted area of space, the Enterprise is outmatched and taken in tow by a massive spherical spaceship. Doomed by the imposing being Balok and his huge ship, Kirk finally resorts to a bluff about a self-destruct system that will also destroy Balok's ship -- and the gamble pays off with surprising results.||50:28||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|11||Closed CaptioningVideoThe Menagerie - Part 1||Apparently summoned to Starbase 11, Kirk, Spock and McCoy visit a former Enterprise commander, the paralyzed and horribly disfigured Christopher Pike. Incredibly, Spock then kidnaps his old captain, commandeers the Enterprise without Kirk, sets it on a forbidden course, and then turns himself in for court-martial. (Part 1 in Star Trek's only two-parter)||49:27||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|12||Closed CaptioningVideoThe Menagerie - Part 2||Forced to watch Talosian transmissions of Captain Pike's visit during Spock's shipboard trial, Kirk learns just why their planet is off-limits under penalty of death — and why Spock wants to return his former captain there. (Part 2 in Star Trek's only two-parter)||50:18||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|13||Closed CaptioningVideoThe Conscience of the King||As one of the two surviving witnesses to the mass murders of "Kodos the Executioner," Kirk learns that the criminal may be disguising himself as an actor in a traveling troupe. But Shakespeare has nothing on this real-life tragedy once Kirk meets the suspect's beautiful daughter.||50:30||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|14||Closed CaptioningVideoBalance of Terror||Like the Enterprise crew, viewers got their first look at the Romulans in this tale as Kirk engages the enemy commander in a cat-and-mouse game of wits. How should Kirk react as the Romulans wipe out century-old treaty border outposts with a new superweapon, and Spock's loyalty is suddenly questioned?||50:27||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|15||Closed CaptioningVideoShore Leave||When McCoy sees the white rabbit from Alice in Wonderland and is later stabbed by a black knight, the crew begins to realize that the idyllic planet they are visiting is anything but. Somehow, the planet holds the dangerous power to turn any thought into reality.||50:21||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|16||Closed CaptioningVideoThe Galileo Seven||Crash-landing on Taurus II, the seven crewmembers aboard the Shuttlecraft Galileo are unable to communicate with the Enterprise or to escape the planet's atmosphere and its hostile, giant natives. Spock's first command finds him with a restless crew as he faces the failures of logic at every turn.||50:21||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|17||Closed CaptioningVideoThe Squire of Gothos||Encountering an uncharted planet in an empty region of space, Kirk and his crew are entertained by Trelane, a playful being who lacks the self control to wield his great psionic powers with discipline. When he threatens the whole ship, Kirk himself faces down Trelane's tantrums until relief surprisingly arrives.||50:28||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|18||Closed CaptioningVideoArena||To settle a skirmish between the Enterprise and a Gorn ship, a powerful race calling itself the Metrons force Kirk and the Gorn captain to fight to the death on a empty world, using only their wits and natural materials. The captain eventually finds empathy with the Gorn, surprising not only him but the Metrons as well.||50:28||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|19||Closed CaptioningVideoTomorrow Is Yesterday||Transported back in time to 20th century Earth by a black star's gravity well, Kirk rescues the pilot of a destroyed U.S. interceptor plane who had seen the ship as a UFO. Now the pilot must be returned without altering Earth's future — and the Enterprise and crew get back to their own time.||50:22||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|20||Closed CaptioningVideoCourt Martial||Arriving at Starbase 11, Kirk faces court-martial for negligence resulting in the death of a colleague. Accused by the victim's family and prosecuted by a former lover, Kirk's career seems doomed until an unlikely attorney and Spock's chess game uncover the truth.||50:28||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|21||Closed CaptioningVideoThe Return of the Archons||Searching Beta III for survivors of the USS Archon, Kirk and crew discover a society whose citizens appear to be staid and respectable, until the advent of "Red Hour" allows them to run amok. Kirk and Spock avoid being "absorbed" into the "body" long enough to discover the bizarre source of the planet's unity.||50:30||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|22||Closed CaptioningVideoSpace Seed||Kirk meets Khan, a leader of Earth's Eugenics War of the 1990s who has been preserved in a old cryo-stasis ship along with dozens of his fellow genetically-bred "supermen." But Khan is anything but an antiquity, and his ambition and ruthlessness burn anew in a bid to hijack the Enterprise with the help of an admiring female officer.||50:26||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|23||Closed CaptioningVideoA Taste of Armageddon||Ordered to open relations with Eminiar VII, the Enterprise finds itself tagged in a mutual "computer war" with the planet's neighbor, Vendikar. The idea that citizens report voluntarily for disintegration according to the program of the "clean" war drives Kirk to dirty things up at the source, forcing a real peace.||50:23||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|24||Closed CaptioningVideoThis Side of Paradise||The Enterprise visits a colony where flower spores provide the settlers with peaceful contentment — and Spock finds he can experience love. The spores also offer protection from fatal stellar radiation, but Kirk's crew finds they also have a more sinister effect.||50:27||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|25||Closed CaptioningVideoThe Devil In the Dark||When mysterious deaths and damage in the mines of Janus VI threaten operations at several colony worlds, Kirk and Spock find not a monster but a mother — a silicon-based lifeform just doing its duty. The foe becomes a friend thanks to McCoy's cure by concrete and the Vulcan's mind-meld.||50:26||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|26||Closed CaptioningVideoErrand of Mercy||In the first episode to feature the Klingons, Kirk and Spock intervene to offer protection to the people of a planet caught dangerously between the Empire and the Federation. But the seemingly lethargic Organians turn out to have a few surprises of their own.||50:29||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|27||Closed CaptioningVideoThe Alternative Factor||When the entire universe seems to "blink," the Enterprise suspects invasion but finds only Lazarus, a man who seems to alternate between two different extremes of nature. In time, "he" is found to be two twinned beings locked in eternal struggle between their matter and anti-matter universes — a rift Kirk must help seal.||50:30||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|28||Closed CaptioningVideoThe City On the Edge of Forever||Accidentally overdosing on medication, a psychotic McCoy leaps through a time portal into the 1930s and somehow disrupts Earth's future so that the Federation and Starfleet do not exist. The stranded Kirk and Spock follow him back to set things right, where a tragic love tests Kirk's resolve.||50:28||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|29||Closed CaptioningVideoOperation Annihilate||Kirk's brother, his wife, and much of the Deneva colony are found dead from a mysterious epidemic of mass insanity. Spock too becomes infected but survives with Vulcan techniques until he is blinded by the cure McCoy tests on him.||50:30||$1.99||View In iTunes|
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This set of 29 shows will require somewhere around 15GB of space on your computer, so be prepared if you buy the whole season pass as I did. The shows download just fine, and I started playing the first one only minutes after pressing Buy Now. It takes a long time to download all the shows if you buy the season pass, so you might want to order before going to bed and leave it running. The quality of the video and audio is excellent on my 20" iMac core duo. The frames have not been overly cleaned up, and bits of dust and minor scuff marks are visible as the shows play. This adds a gritty and desirable feel to the viewing. It has the appearance of good old-style film, not blocky MPEG compression, fuzzy-edged JPEG, or a bad VHS copy. The special effects are just as I remember them from watching the shows in the 70s, and thus appear not to have been enhanced. I was sad that "The Cage" pilot show is not included in the set, as it was a great show, in my opinion, with Captain Pike and the rest of the "unusual" crew. The Menagerie, which used parts of The Cage's footage, is however included here. You can buy the physical set of DVDs which come in a yellow box, for about $68 at various online retailers, which is a bit more expensive than here on iTunes. The physical box set also includes a lot of extras including interviews and so on. So you may wish to take that into consideration. I hope that iTunes Store will include the extras at some time in the future. I enjoyed the adventure of the original series as a kid and enjoyed analyzing the themes in my 20s; now here again in my 30s, I still find the storylines engaging, the sets perfectly adequate, and the new digital medium --Mac, iPod, and portable-- to be a wonderful way to experience being with the crew of the Enterprise all over again. Overall, I recommend this digital download as a new way to see the old series. To me, $2 an episode is a small price to pay for all of the enjoyment that I get out of watching the shows, and I can appreciate the great amount of work that went into making each and every one of them. If you are looking for more information about Star Trek Series One, look for "Star Trek TOS" in Wikipedia. "TOS" stands for "The Original Series".
Thank you itunes for making this available in bite size packages. The DVD series is ridiculously expensive and the shows are butchered on TV to add more comercials. I love contemporary sci-fi but once in a while I just want some Spock and Kirk.
THANK YOU iTUNES!
I have long awaited this moment...the day that iTunes began to add the various Star Trek series to their prestigious collection of movies and shows. Although it's only season one of The Original Series, I welcome it with open arms. Star Trek is one of the most revolutionary TV shows to have ever graced out planet, from the inclusiong of every race sharing equally important roles (the firs show to ever do so) to the fact that it was the first show to ever view aliens in a positive light to the relevant moral messages that every episode managed to convey to the public. Star Trek has influenced multiple generations in its 40 year history to be imaginative...to be revolutionary. There are countless engineers that never would have had the drive to pursue their dreams had it not been for Star Trek...many of whom have become millionaires because of their early exposure to the Star Trek series. Star Trek has inspired thousands of technological innovations mankind has created, such as the cell phone. I may sound like a Star Trek producer with all of the propoganda it seems that I'm spitting out, but I am in life a mere 17-year-old that has been helped through all of my life by the consistantly moral and innovative nature of Star Trek. Born with cataracts and destined to meet worse maladies down the line, I was exposed to Star Trek at an early age and have clung to it for the full extent of my life. Like millions of others on the planet, my life has changed for the better because of this TV show, despite its apparent low budget and initially goofy acting. That, if anything, simply adds to its grandeur in my book.