I have to confess I’ve never been much of a Trekkie, however I’ve always respected the show’s significance in the science fiction genre. It was truly ahead of its time, and it dutifully paved the way for many prominent franchises. With that being said, I do enjoy watching some of The Original Series (TOS) and The Next Generation (TNG) episodes. This was the primary component that prompted me to give STAR TREK: CAPTAIN KIRK’S BOLDEST MISSIONS a look. I’m happy to report this collection contains some of my favorite TOS episodes, and I would bet this will be a must-have for any and every Star Trek fan out there.
If you are not familiar with STAR TREK: CAPTAIN KIRK’S BOLDEST MISSIONS, here is the plot synopsis courtesy of Paramount:
Captain James Tiberius Kirk (William Shatner) steps squarely into the spotlight in this thrilling Star Trek collection that features his greatest interstellar adventures! And the commander of the star ship U.S.S. Enterprise finds a galaxy full of intriguing missions as he and his crew are destined to boldly go where no man has gone before. From an encounter with the mysterious Balok in The Corbomite Maneuver and attempting to rescue survivors from a planet-killing weapon from another galaxy in The Doomsday Machine to the critically acclaimed, Hugo Award-winning The City on the Edge of Forever, this collection of eight thrill-packed, heart-pounding adventures from the original Star Trek series will have you joining Captain Kirk and the Enterprise crew as they soar off on exciting quests and unforgettable encounters.
1. The Corbomite Maneuver
2. The Conscience of the King
3. Balance of Terror
4. Space Seed
5. The City on the Edge of Forever
6. Mirror, Mirror
7. The Doomsday Machine
8. Return to Tomorrow
At one point during my college career, way back in the early 90s, my English Comp instructor gave an assignment to write a lengthy compare and contrast essay. For some reason (and I cannot for the life of me figure out why to this day), I chose to compare and contrast Captain Kirk from TOS and Captain Picard from TNG. I made a wise choice, because my instructor told me in his grading notes that he was a huge Trekkie. Now, every time I watch a Star Trek episode, I am reminded of his comments.
Each episode in STAR TREK: CAPTAIN KIRK’S BOLDEST MISSIONS is a carefully crafted journey into the unknown. I would even go so far as to state these are some of the best episodes of the series. From what I’ve read and heard, several of these are considered fan-favorites.
My favorite episode from this collection probably has to be “The City on the Edge of Forever”. In fact, it’s probably my favorite episode of the whole series, although I can’t actually say I’ve seen every episode within it. “The City on the Edge of Forever” is considered to be one of Star Trek’s most influential shows, and it is a masterful piece of storytelling.
STAR TREK: CAPTAIN KIRK’S BOLDEST MISSIONS is a big win for me, and fans of the show will want to snatch this up immediately. It epitomizes everything William Shatner’s famous character is infamous for. It also contains a few Special Features, including:
* What Makes a Good Captain?
* The Importance of the “Captain’s Log”
* Captain Kirk’s Legacy
* Introduction by William Shatner and Joan Collins
This collection is available now.