You know, it’s weird, but even though I was a big ol’ Star Trek dork in junior high school (it was almost kind of cool for a while, since Next Generation was first launching at the time), I’ve really never seen that much of the original ’60s TV series. A handful of episodes decades ago, but mostly just bits and pieces of fuzzy, worn, chopped-up prints on syndicated TV. For the most part, my Trek indoctrination happened through the movies, the early seasons of Next Generation, an embarrassing number of novels, and even (gulp) the Saturday morning cartoon. So I am relishing the prospect of watching the restored episodes on Blu-ray — it’s a sort of back-to-basics project under the best possible circumstances.
That said, the very first episode, “The Man Trap,” has been unintentionally amusing — in exactly eight minutes, 29 seconds, Dr. McCoy had already uttered his trademark line, “He’s dead, Jim.” Well, technically it was simply, “Dead, Jim,” this time, but whatever! It’s the spirit of the thing.
Some of the episode has surprised me, like the bit where Uhura comes on to Spock — a slightly uncomfortable (and really awfully out-of-character) way to establish what’s the deal with Vulcans. However: Nichelle Nichols was crazy gorgeous. Bummer that she didn’t do her sexy fan dance until she was eligible for retirement.
Edit: Uh… I just got a part in the second episode where Uhura starts singing a really weird song about Spock, and now I don’t even know what to think. Everything I believed about Star Trek is a lie.