History Series / StarTrektheOriginalSeries

24th Nov '17 3:44:08 AM CaptEquinox
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* LongLived: The children in "Miri" (hundreds of years) and Mr. Flint in "Requiem for Methuselah" (six thousand years).

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* LongLived: The children in "Miri" (hundreds of years) and Mr. Flint in "Requiem for Methuselah" (six thousand years). The tie-in novel ''Cry of the Onlies'' has Flint coming to the children's planet to be a mentor for them, especially those who chose to have treatments so they would age at a normal rate.
12th Nov '17 2:26:28 AM tropeminer
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While the show was considered popular with general audiences[[note]]the actors and studio were flooded with mail, and there was a huge amount of tie-in merchandise almost immediately[[/note]], the Nielsen ratings branded it a flop, barely managing out three seasons before being officially canceled, with a [[UnCanceled close call on the second season]]. Within a few weeks of its cancellation was [[UsefulNotes/TheSpaceRace the monumental first Moon Landing]], and as a result the subsequent reruns of ''Star Trek'' were [[VindicatedByHistory more popular than the original run]]. Television was also changing at the time, starting to account for {{demographics}} along with overall ratings, and found that ''Star Trek'' snagged the most coveted 1835 male group that nearly every show aimed for. ''Star Trek'' conventions were jammed with thousands of dedicated fans, and seeing the potential for a revisit led into production for a new TV series. The first attempt was ''WesternAnimation/StarTrekTheAnimatedSeries'', which may have suffered from {{Creator/Filmation}}'s cheapo production values, but more than compensated by having most of the original writers and cast, producing a great series that earned the franchise's first Emmy Award. Later, in the hope of creating a television network, a new ''Star Trek'' series was developed, eventually [[{{Retool}} reworked]] into the first ''Star Trek'' [[TheMovie feature film]], StarTrekTheMotionPicture, in 1979, after the monumental success of ''Franchise/StarWars''. This led to an ongoing film series, the success of which led to the SequelSeries in 1987, ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'', and another 18 straight years of ''Franchise/StarTrek'' on television.

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While the show was considered popular with general audiences[[note]]the actors and studio were flooded with mail, and there was a huge amount of tie-in merchandise almost immediately[[/note]], the Nielsen ratings branded it a flop, barely managing out three seasons before being officially canceled, with a [[UnCanceled close call on the second season]]. Within a few weeks of its cancellation was [[UsefulNotes/TheSpaceRace the monumental first Moon Landing]], and as a result the subsequent reruns of ''Star Trek'' were [[VindicatedByHistory more popular than the original run]]. Television was also changing at the time, starting to account for {{demographics}} along with overall ratings, and found that ''Star Trek'' snagged the most coveted 1835 male group that nearly every show aimed for. ''Star Trek'' conventions were jammed with thousands of dedicated fans, and seeing the potential for a revisit led into production for a new TV series. The first attempt was ''WesternAnimation/StarTrekTheAnimatedSeries'', which may have suffered from {{Creator/Filmation}}'s cheapo production values, but more than compensated by having most of the original writers and cast, producing a great series that earned the franchise's first Emmy Award. Later, in the hope of creating a television network, a new ''Star Trek'' series was developed, eventually [[{{Retool}} reworked]] into the first ''Star Trek'' [[TheMovie feature film]], StarTrekTheMotionPicture, ''StarTrekTheMotionPicture'', in 1979, after the monumental success of ''Franchise/StarWars''. This led to an ongoing film series, the success of which led to the SequelSeries in 1987, ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'', and another 18 straight years of ''Franchise/StarTrek'' on television.
12th Sep '17 2:24:23 AM ShorinBJ
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* BatmanGambit: Kirk can pull these off in ways that would make Franchise/{{Batman}} himself proud.

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* %%* BatmanGambit: Kirk can pull these off in ways that would make Franchise/{{Batman}} himself proud.proud. GIVE ACTUAL EXAMPLES
11th Sep '17 11:06:02 PM ShorinBJ
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* ArtisticLicensePhysics: In "The Naked Time", the ''Enterprise'' is observing a planet in the process of breaking up. The only explanation given for ''why'' the planet is breaking up is that its star has gone dark, which would make no difference. It's as if it's just spontaneously exploding. What's more, they talk about its mass changing, which absolutely cannot happen under the laws of physics.
11th Sep '17 10:36:56 PM ShorinBJ
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*** Special mention to Joe Tormolen in "The Naked Time" for taking off the glove of his hazmat suit to fucking scratch his nose. He then just ''leaves the glove off'' for no apparent reason, touching things with his bare hands. Then when Spock stresses the importance of not touching anything and they have to be decontaminated, Tormolen says nothing, doesn't even seem nervous like he's thinking "Hey, maybe I shouldn't have done that." His stupidity gets him killed and the entire crew infected.
27th Aug '17 11:51:21 AM ShorinBJ
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'''[=McCoy=]:''' More like [[Literature/TheBible the Garden of Eden]], ensign.\\
'''Chekov:''' Of course, doctor. The Garden of Eden was just outside Moscow. Very nice place.

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'''[=McCoy=]:''' More like [[Literature/TheBible the Garden of Eden]], ensign.Ensign.\\
'''Chekov:''' Of course, doctor.Doctor. The Garden of Eden was just outside Moscow. Very nice place.
26th Aug '17 6:09:25 PM ShorinBJ
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* EasilyForgiven: The Kelvans in "[[Recap/StarTrekS2E22ByAnyOtherName By Any Other Name]]". They hijack the ship, threaten the entire crew, and kill a female yeoman as a demonstration of their power. (She wasn't acting as a danger to them in any way.) And yet, at the end, Kirk forgives and agrees to help them.

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* The whole show is this for the franchise. A prime example is the Klingons, which look and act very different than in the other shows.
* EasilyForgiven: The Kelvans in "[[Recap/StarTrekS2E22ByAnyOtherName By Any Other Name]]". They hijack the ship, threaten the entire crew, and kill a female yeoman as a demonstration of their power. (She power (she wasn't acting as a danger to them in any way.) way). And yet, at the end, Kirk forgives and agrees to help them.
26th Aug '17 2:02:02 AM Arivne
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* AttackReflector: PlayedWith in the episode "The Corbomite Maneuver". Kirk threatens to use the eponymous strategy with a device embedded in the ''Enterprise''. If any destructive energy hits it, the corbomite creates a reverse reaction of equal strength that destroys the attacker. He was bluffing: there was actually no such device and no such maneuver.
27th Jul '17 10:39:14 PM jamespolk
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* EatDirtCheap: The Horta.

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* EatDirtCheap: The Horta. It's a silicon lifeform that eats rocks.



* GodwinsLawOfTimeTravel: "The City on the Edge of Forever" has a plot where [=McCoy=] saving the life of Kirk's GirlOfTheWeek causes a peace movement that leads to the US losing WWII and the Federation never existing. [[spoiler: The episode ends with Kirk letting her die to preserve history.]]

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* GodwinsLawOfTimeTravel: "The City on the Edge of Forever" has a plot where [=McCoy=] saving the life of Kirk's GirlOfTheWeek causes a peace movement that leads to the US losing WWII and the Federation never existing. [[spoiler: The episode ends with Kirk letting her die to preserve history.]]



* {{Gorn}}: Doesn't apply to the show, but one of the most famous scenes of the show involved Kirk fighting a lizard whose species was ''called'' the Gorn.



* HeroicSacrifice: Several one-shot characters die nobly, but the undisputed champion (and not just for the ''Franchise/StarTrek'' franchise) is [[spoiler: Spock sacrificing himself to save the ship and crew, at the end of the second movie.]] "The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few... or the one."



%%* TheMafia: "A Piece of the Action"

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%%* * TheMafia: "A Piece of the Action"Action" is an entire episode revolving around a Mafia planet.



%%* MarsNeedsWomen: "Mudd's Women"

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%%* * MarsNeedsWomen: "Mudd's Women"Women"--Mudd is transporting the women to provide companionship to lonely colonists.



* NonstandardPrescription: Doctor [=McCoy=] has Scotty visit a club with a bellydancer, saying it's a prescription. In the films, Bones drinks Romulan Ale for "medicinal purposes."

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* NonstandardPrescription: Doctor [=McCoy=] has Scotty visit a club with a bellydancer, belly dancer, saying it's a prescription. In the films, Bones drinks Romulan Ale for "medicinal purposes."



* PlotHole: "The City on the Edge of Forever" makes no attempt to explain how Kirk, Spock, and [=McCoy=] get back after fixing the time rift in Earth of 1930. They simply show up.



* PutOnABus: Yeoman Rand after the first season. [[TheBusCameBack The starship comes back]] for the movies and a time travel episode of ''[[Series/StarTrekVoyager Voyager]]''.

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* PutOnABus: Yeoman Rand after the first season. (Grace Lee Whitney later said that the producers wanted girl-of-the-week guest stars as love interests for Kirk.) [[TheBusCameBack The starship comes back]] for the movies and a time travel episode of ''[[Series/StarTrekVoyager Voyager]]''.



* ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight: The motivation behind violating orders 90% of the time (the other 10% being ThePowerOfFriendship). The third and fourth movies are fueled ''entirely'' by this trope.

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* ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight: The motivation behind violating orders 90% of the time (the other 10% being ThePowerOfFriendship). The third and fourth movies are fueled ''entirely'' by this trope.



* SpaceMines: In the episode "Balance of Terror", the Romulan ship uses one of its self-destruct devices as an impromptu mine in an attempt to destroy the ''Enterprise''. In ''Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan'', in [[UnwinnableTrainingSimulation The Kobayashi Maru]] scenario that starts off the movie, the ship the ''Enterprise'' needs to rescue was disabled by a gravitic mine.

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* SpaceMines: In the episode "Balance of Terror", the Romulan ship uses one of its self-destruct devices as an impromptu mine in an attempt to destroy the ''Enterprise''. In ''Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan'', in [[UnwinnableTrainingSimulation The Kobayashi Maru]] scenario that starts off the movie, the ship the ''Enterprise'' needs to rescue was disabled by a gravitic mine.



%%* TimeTravel: "Tomorrow Is Yesterday", "The City on the Edge of Forever", "Assignment: Earth"

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%%* * TimeTravel: "Tomorrow Is Yesterday", Yesterday" has a time disturbance send the crew back to Earth of the 1960s. "The City on the Edge of Forever", Forever" has a weird time portal on a strange planet send the PowerTrio back to the 1960s. "Assignment: Earth"Earth" has them do it deliberately for "historical research."



* WorldOfHam: a ''galaxy'' of ham, in this case. With most of the principal cast being classically-trained stage actors and having earned their early TV credentials in Westerns,[[note]]and, in Shatner's case, as a television lawyer in a Canadian Perry Mason copycat[[/note]] it comes with the territory.

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* WorldOfHam: a A ''galaxy'' of ham, in this case. With most of the principal cast being classically-trained stage actors and having earned their early TV credentials in Westerns,[[note]]and, in Shatner's case, as a television lawyer in a Canadian Perry Mason copycat[[/note]] it comes with the territory.
18th Jul '17 2:47:50 AM HelloLamppost
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** In [[Recap/StarTrekS2E24TheUltimateComputer "The Ultimate Computer,"]] both Dr. Richard Daystrom and, consequently, the [[ReligiousRobot sentient M-5 computer he built]] believe in God. Kirk makes the M-5 realize that in committing murder, it has sinned, and it cut its own power out of remorse.
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