Space... the final frontier, these are the voyages of the
Starship Enterprise... The original in the Star
Trek series sees the pioneering adventures of Captain Kirk,
Mr Spock, Bones and the rest of the crew as they encounter
alien lifeforms, a lot of gorgeous women in short skirts,
and a large amount of gladitorial combat...
so we reach the end of the original Star Trek adventure.
The show that split the infinitive more times than it split
the atom finally succumbed to network disinterest and was
cancelled. And frankly, I'm pleased the show got the can when
it did as its third season is pretty dreadful on the whole,
and with every indication that it was going to get worse had
example, the pain caused by watching Whom Gods Destroy
(initially unscreened by the BBC) is akin to root canal
treatment without anaesthetic and it's nowhere near the worst
of the bunch. Ham acting, lumpen scripts and 'comic' self-parody
characterise these episodes - although, in fairness, these
elements were never far from the show's surface, even at its
discs themselves are pretty much as before: nice menus, crap
film transfers. Moreover, on this occasion the picture quality
seems a little softer than before, perhaps because of a change
in film stock, perhaps because the telecine operator dialled
up a slightly different setting for season three. What remains
unchanged, sadly, is the dirt, dust and scratches. Yet again
much of the action is masked by a swarm of flickering black
specs, white sparkle and hairs.
I've said it before (twice) and I'll say it again: this is
just not acceptable. There is no excuse for the tired state
of some of these prints. Not that this will stop you buying
this box set but when you do you might like to remind Paramount
that despite your brand loyalty there are limits to your allegiance
and that these three collections of DVDs has stretched it
to breaking point.
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