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||A shape-shifting, salt-craving creature terrorizes the crew of Enterprise.||50:24||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|2||Closed CaptioningVideoCharlie X||A powerful teenage boy wreaks havoc aboard the U.S.S. Enterprise.||50:29||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|3||Closed CaptioningVideoWhere No Man Has Gone Before||Kirk's friend, Gary Mitchell, is transformed into a god-like entity.||50:30||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|4||Closed CaptioningVideoThe Naked Time||The Enterprise crew catch a virus that removes their inhibitions.||50:32||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|5||Closed CaptioningVideoThe Enemy Within||A transporter malfunction creates an evil Kirk.||50:31||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|6||Closed CaptioningVideoMudd's Women||The Enterprise rescues con artist Harry Mudd and his "beautiful" female cargo.||50:22||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|7||Closed CaptioningVideoWhat Are Little Girls Made Of||Nurse Chapel's long-lost fiancé is found — along with his androids.||50:23||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|8||Closed CaptioningVideoMiri||A strange group of children are discovered on an Earth-like planet.||50:26||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|9||Closed CaptioningVideoDagger of the Mind||Kirk investigates an experimental facility for holding prisoners and finds a sinister scheme.||50:26||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|10||Closed CaptioningVideoThe Corbomite Maneuver||Kirk bluffs his way past what appears to be a powerful alien.||50:28||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|11||Closed CaptioningVideoThe Menagerie - Part 1||Spock hijacks the Enterprise to return an injured Captain Pike to Talos IV.||49:27||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|12||Closed CaptioningVideoThe Menagerie - Part 2||The Talosians force Kirk to view Captain Pike's original mission to their world.||50:18||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|13||Closed CaptioningVideoThe Conscience of the King||Kirk suspects Shakespearean actor Anton Karidian as a mass murderer.||50:30||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|14||Closed CaptioningVideoBalance of Terror||After attacking an outpost, Romulans battle the Enterprise.||50:27||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|15||Closed CaptioningVideoShore Leave||On shore leave, the crew's thoughts come to life.||50:21||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|16||Closed CaptioningVideoThe Galileo Seven||Seven Enterprise crew members go on a shuttle mission with Spock in command.||50:21||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|17||Closed CaptioningVideoThe Squire of Gothos||A powerful entity known as Trelane torments the crew of the Enterprise.||50:28||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|18||Closed CaptioningVideoArena||Mysterious aliens pit Kirk against a Gorn in a barehanded duel.||50:28||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|19||Closed CaptioningVideoTomorrow Is Yesterday||The Enterprise is thrown back to 20th century Earth.||50:22||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|20||Closed CaptioningVideoCourt Martial||Kirk is recalled for a potential court-martial.||50:28||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|21||Closed CaptioningVideoThe Return of the Archons||The Enterprise crew finds a world run by a computer named Landru.||50:30||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|22||Closed CaptioningVideoSpace Seed||Kirk meets Khan, a leader of Earth's Eugenics Wars of the 1990s.||50:26||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|23||Closed CaptioningVideoA Taste of Armageddon||The Enterprise is diverted by two planets fighting a computerized war.||50:23||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|24||Closed CaptioningVideoThis Side of Paradise||The Enterprise visits a colony where indigenous flower spores provide the settlers with peaceful contentment.||50:27||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|25||Closed CaptioningVideoThe Devil In the Dark||An unknown monster threatens a critical mining operation.||50:26||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|26||Closed CaptioningVideoErrand of Mercy||Kirk and Spock battle Klingons to free Organia.||50:29||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|27||Closed CaptioningVideoThe Alternative Factor||An alien being fights himself across two realities.||50:30||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|28||Closed CaptioningVideoThe City On the Edge of Forever||Kirk and Spock go back in time to save McCoy.||50:28||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|29||Closed CaptioningVideoOperation Annihilate||The Enterprise crew saves Deneva from deadly parasites.||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.