Science fiction is on everyone’s minds right now thanks to the upcoming release of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” The 50th anniversary of “Star Trek: The Complete Series” is upon us as well. There was a time when liking both franchises was looked upon by loyal fans of the two sagas as being as dangerous and dastardly as crossing streams while using a proton pack.
Anyone who saw “Fanboys” can attest to the animosity felt between devotees of the two franchises at one time. However, now is an era where one man has relaunched both worlds and the same actors vie for roles in both universes. It’s “okay” now for enthusiasts to admit freely to loving “Star Wars” and “Star Trek” simultaneously.
“Star Trek: The Original Series” follows the crew of the starship U.S.S. Enterprise as it completes its missions in space in the 23rd century. Captain James T. Kirk -- along with half- human / half-Vulcan science officer Spock, ship Dr. "Bones" McCoy, Ensign Pavel Chekov, communications officer Lt. Nyota Uhura, helmsman Lt. Hikaru Zulu and chief engineer Lt. Cmdr. "Scotty" Scott -- confront strange alien races, friendly and hostile alike, as they explore unknown worlds.
CBS DVD reminds us why Gene Roddenberry’s tale of space exploration was so groundbreaking and influential on the future of science fiction, including “Star Wars.” If you think for even one second that George Lucas didn’t sit glued to his television set as a child watching Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock head up landing parties to new worlds you’re delusional. “Star Trek: The Original Series - The Complete Series Remastered” will not only thrill older viewers, but help recruit a new generation of fans who never watched the show before.
“Star Trek: The Original Series - The Complete Series Remastered” contains all 79 episodes of the show on 25 discs stored in one large case surrounded by a metallic-colored box. Each episode is presented in its original full screen format. The visual effects have been enhanced much like the original “Star Wars” movies were for the Special Editions.
There are way too many special features included for “Star Trek: The Original Series - The Complete Series Remastered” to even list off. Seven hours of bonus material is filled with interviews, “Behind-the-Scenes” featurettes, preview trailers, and even extra episodes from other “Trek” shows. Each season shares even more background on the worldwide phenomenon that has impacted five decades of sci-fi lovers.
“Star Trek: The Original Series - The Complete Series Remastered” is the ultimate collection for those who long “To Boldly Go Where No One Has Gone Before” over and over again. It’s safe to say you’ve never seen the legendary show look or sound better than this on DVD. The adventures of Captain Kirk, Mr. Spock, Dr. McCoy, and the rest of the crew of the Enterprise will thrill audiences and keep them coming back for more.
“Star Trek: The Original Series - The Complete Series Remastered” is available now on DVD.