History YMMV / StarTrektheOriginalSeries

12th Nov '17 6:00:37 PM Geoduck
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** The eponymous menace in "[[{{Recap/StarTrekS2E6TheDoomsdayMachine}} The Doomsday Machine]]" is pretty spiffy-looking, especially considering it was made by dipping a windsock in cement.
27th Oct '17 2:16:03 AM PaulA
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** It's definitely a series that needs to be viewed with an understanding of the historical context. Like, if Kirk [[{{Pornomancer}} snapped his fingers and had a yeoman sit on his face]] it wouldn't be that shocking.[[note]]Roddenberry wanted the show to have that ambiance, Kirk as his AuthorAvatar could [[{{Casanova}} have any woman]] [[BoldlyComing he desired]].[[/note]] Not just in the way that every female member of the crew [[MaleGaze goes around in those miniskirts and is being sexually harassed all the time]], plus the alien babes in their [[TheissTitillationTheory skimpy outfits]], but also the lighthearted "aw shucks" tone with which the show addresses it. There are so many moments when a female crewmember is complimented, followed by: "... for a ''[[BaitAndSwitchComment woman]]''".

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** It's definitely a series that needs to be viewed with an understanding of the historical context. Like, if Kirk [[{{Pornomancer}} snapped his fingers and had a yeoman sit on his face]] it wouldn't be that shocking.[[note]]Roddenberry wanted the show to have that ambiance, Kirk as his AuthorAvatar could [[{{Casanova}} [[TheCasanova have any woman]] [[BoldlyComing he desired]].[[/note]] Not just in the way that every female member of the crew [[MaleGaze goes around in those miniskirts and is being sexually harassed all the time]], plus the alien babes in their [[TheissTitillationTheory skimpy outfits]], but also the lighthearted "aw shucks" tone with which the show addresses it. There are so many moments when a female crewmember is complimented, followed by: "... for a ''[[BaitAndSwitchComment woman]]''".
16th Oct '17 8:42:27 PM Premonition45
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** In "Balance of Terror", [[FantasticRacism when Lt. Stiles expresses his deep hatred of the Romulans]], Kirk responds "Leave any bigotry in your quarters; there's no room for it on the bridge." In ''Film/StarTrekVITheUndiscoveredCountry'', Kirk gives a log entry in his quarters, confessing to his own hatred of the Klingons due to [[Film/StarTrekIIITheSearchForSpock his son David Marcus' murder]], [[EngineeredPublicConfession which is presented to the Klingon courts]] [[spoiler:by Lt. Valeris]] [[EngineeredPublicConfession as damning evidence for orchestrating the assassination of Chancellor Gorkon]].

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** In "Balance of Terror", [[FantasticRacism when Lt. Stiles expresses his deep hatred of the Romulans]], Kirk responds "Leave any bigotry in your quarters; there's no room for it on the bridge." In ''Film/StarTrekVITheUndiscoveredCountry'', Kirk gives a log entry in his quarters, confessing to his own hatred of the Klingons due to [[Film/StarTrekIIITheSearchForSpock his son David Marcus' murder]], [[EngineeredPublicConfession which is presented to the Klingon courts]] [[spoiler:by Lt. Valeris]] [[EngineeredPublicConfession courts as damning evidence for orchestrating the assassination of Chancellor Gorkon]].
16th Oct '17 8:41:49 PM Premonition45
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** In "Balance of Terror", [[FantasticRacism when Lt. Stiles expresses his deep hatred of the Romulans]], Kirk responds "Leave any bigotry in your quarters; there's no room for it on the bridge." In ''Film/StarTrekVITheUndiscoveredCountry'', Kirk gives a log entry in his quarters, confessing to his own hatred of the Klingons due to [[Film/StarTrekIIITheSearchForSpock his son David Marcus' murder]], [[EngineeredPublicConfession which is presented to the Klingon courts]] [[spoiler:by Lt. Valeris]] [[EngineeredPublicConfession as damning evidence for orchestrating the assassination of Chancellor Gorkon]].
21st Sep '17 9:38:12 PM WarriorsGate
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* FranchiseOriginalSin: Although ''The Motion Picture'' is often shellacked for its egregiously sluggish editing, the original series contains some ''boring-ass'' scenes of the bridge crew staring at the viewscreen in complete silence while special effects happen, solely to pad the runtime out to fifty minutes. See the very first post-pilot episode, "The Corbomite Maneuver", for a good example.
15th Sep '17 6:55:48 AM SpaceDrake
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** In "[[{{Recap/StarTrekS2E2WhoMournsForAdonais}} Who Mourns for Adonais?]]", Kirk and Bones regret the upcoming loss of a skilled female officer given what seems like her impending marriage to Scotty, with no thought to the possibility that a married woman would keep her job. Making it weirder is that the previous season's episode "Balance of Terror" featured two crew members getting married with no explicit mention of the woman quitting her job.
** "[[{{Recap/StarTrekS3E3TheParadiseSyndrome}} The Paradise Syndrome]]" is a perfect storm of every offensive "Native American" and MightyWhitey trope imaginable, plus Miramanee is played by a white actress in brownface.

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** In "[[{{Recap/StarTrekS2E2WhoMournsForAdonais}} Who Mourns for Adonais?]]", Kirk and Bones regret the upcoming loss of a skilled female officer given what seems like her impending marriage to Scotty, with no thought to the possibility that a married woman would keep her job. Granted, this is textbook thinking for the mid-20th century, but it still feels weird. Making it weirder is that the previous season's episode "Balance of Terror" featured two crew members getting married with no explicit mention of the woman quitting her job.
** "[[{{Recap/StarTrekS3E3TheParadiseSyndrome}} The Paradise Syndrome]]" is a perfect storm of every offensive "Native American" and MightyWhitey trope imaginable, plus Miramanee is played by a white actress in brownface. It was also ''completely standard'' for mid-20th-century TV.



** "[[{{Recap/StarTrekS3E15LetThatBeYourLastBattlefield}} Let That Be Your Last Battlefield]]", well-intentioned as it is, can be pretty cringe-inducing with its portrayal of both sides of the racial divide as being equally responsible for the hatred between them, even as it also clearly portrays one race as having put the other under horrible oppression. The Watts riots were still a recent memory at the time, but at our current remove from that, it can easily come off as putting undue blame on black people in their fight for equality.

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** "[[{{Recap/StarTrekS3E15LetThatBeYourLastBattlefield}} Let That Be Your Last Battlefield]]", well-intentioned as it is, can be pretty cringe-inducing with its portrayal of both sides of the racial divide as being equally responsible for the hatred between them, even as it also clearly portrays one race as having put the other under horrible oppression. The Watts riots were still a recent memory at the time, but at our current remove from that, it can easily come off as putting undue blame on black people in their fight for equality. (Granted, the real problem is that it's ''simultaneously'' trying to drop a big ol' aesop about racial-based conflict between heavily armed powers having a terrible risk of leading to global extinction - i.e., it was trying to comment on the ever-present US-Soviet tensions and the not-even-decade-old Cuban Missile Crisis - but the obvious white/black thing muddles that part of the message.)
11th Sep '17 7:29:53 PM WarriorsGate
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** Creator/WilliamShatner is often the butt of jokes for his LargeHam delivery that quickly alternates between drawn-out and rushed. He actually didn't get like this until the third season, where the quality of material he had to work with took a significant drop.

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** Creator/WilliamShatner is often the butt of jokes for his LargeHam delivery that quickly alternates between drawn-out and rushed. He actually didn't get like this until the third season, where the quality of material he had to work with took a significant drop. drop and was often handed to him at the last minute, meaning he had to scramble to remember those lines ''on the spot''.
1st Sep '17 7:08:51 PM Oberoniss
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** Evil Kirk's assault of [[BrotherChuck Rand]] during "[[{{Recap/StarTrekS1E5TheEnemyWithin}} The Enemy Within]]" is pretty awful in light of the fact that Grace Lee Whitney was later sexually assaulted by one of the ''[[Franchise/StarTrek Trek]]'' producers.
*** You can go ahead and say it. It was Gene. It's very clear in her book. Creator/LeonardNimoy knew about it and supported her.

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** Evil Kirk's assault of [[BrotherChuck Rand]] during "[[{{Recap/StarTrekS1E5TheEnemyWithin}} The Enemy Within]]" is pretty awful in light of the fact that Grace Lee Whitney was later sexually assaulted by one of the ''[[Franchise/StarTrek Trek]]'' producers.
*** You can go ahead and say it. It was Gene. It's very clear in her book. Creator/LeonardNimoy knew about it and supported her.
producers, possibly Roddenberry.
27th Aug '17 1:39:27 AM Cindylover1969
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** Indeed, '''all''' the music of the series is available on a massive box set.
27th Aug '17 1:38:06 AM Cindylover1969
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** Indeed, '''all''' the music of the series is available on a massive box set.
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