Case Number 01404

STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES, VOLUME 30

Paramount // 1968 // 100 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Chief Justice Mike Jackson (Retired) // September 19th, 2001

The Charge

To boldly go where no man has gone before...

Opening Statement

According to the liner notes, we're only one disc away from the one containing "Spock's Brain"! I can almost spell the anticipation.

Facts of the Case

In "The Enterprise Incident," Kirk behaves like a lunatic, taking the Enterprise into the Neutral Zone and right into the hands of three Romulan warships. Worse yet, he surrenders to them! Of course, he's doing this as a top-secret assignment to capture a Klingon cloaking device, the technology that allows ships to be invisible both to instruments and to the naked eye. The tables are turned as the impassive Spock must woo the female Romulan commander to give Kirk the chance to access the cloaking device.

In "And the Children Shall Lead."...well, I remember watching this episode as a teenager and I remember it being so bad I couldn't get past more than about ten minutes of it this time around. I'll rely on SciFi.com for a summary: "Five families assigned to a lonely science colony are found brutally murdered on Triacus, survived only by increasingly paranoid log records and their children -- left unhurt and oddly unaffected. While being ferried to new homes, the unusually well-tempered youths turn out be in contact with the last Triacus native alive, the malevolent Gorgan, who pretends to be their friend in order to use them as his stooges and take over the starship for his own ends. Gorgan had been the killer of their parents, but Kirk has to find a way to break the fear-driven hallucinations gripping his crew before they suffer the same fate."

The Evidence

Please, don't bother with this volume! Both episodes are very poor examples of Star Trek. There is only a reason apiece for each episode to pay them any heed. In "The Enterprise Incident," you get to see Kirk don pointy ears to disguise himself as a Romulan. Funny. "And the Children Shall Lead" is notable only for the actor who portrayed Gorgan. His name was Melvin Belli. If you check out his entry at the Internet Movie Database, you'll see that he's appeared in only a few programs or films where he did not portray himself. See, by trade Melvin Belli was a lawyer. A rather famous one, in fact -- he was the defense attorney for Jack Ruby after he killed Lee Harvey Oswald, President John F. Kennedy's alleged assassin. He's also one of the lawyers to blame for our litigious society, as he was one of the pioneers of personal injury law. I think his character bears a passing resemblance to Marlon Brando as Jor-El in Superman.

Standard disc description to follow. Prepare to receive transmission.

Each of the Star Trek episodes have been digitally remastered, and they look as good as a television show from the 1960s can hope to look. The image is sharp and detailed with excellent color fidelity and no bleeding. The only problems with the image are inherent to the source material. The picture overall is a little grainy, particularly noticeable in special effect model shots, and can have a few blips caused by dust on the negative. The audio has been remastered in Dolby Digital 5.1. Keeping with its mono roots, sound is mostly restricted to the center channel. Directional effects are used for starship fly-bys during the opening credits, and infrequently throughout the episodes. The purist in me would rather have seen the mono tracks cleaned up and utilized, rather than an unnecessary remix. The only extra is the "preview trailer" for each episode.

The Rebuttal Witnesses

Nothing left about which to complain.

Closing Statement

Like I said, don't bother with this volume. Save your $15 or $20 for the next volume with "Spock's Brain."

The Verdict

Throw them in the brig! Revoke replicator privileges!

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Scales of Justice
Video: 80
Audio: 70
Extras: 10
Acting: 50
Story: 55
Judgment: 31

Perp Profile
Studio: Paramount
Video Formats:
* Full Frame

Audio Formats:
* Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround (English)

Subtitles:
* English

Running Time: 100 Minutes
Release Year: 1968
MPAA Rating: Not Rated

Distinguishing Marks
* Preview Trailers

Accomplices
* Official Site
http://www.startrek.com/

* SciFi.com Episode Summary, The Enterprise Incident
http://www.scifi.com/startrek/episodes/59.html

* SciFi.com Episode Summary, And The Children Shall Lead
http://www.scifi.com/startrek/episodes/60.html

* TrekBBS Discussion Boards
http://www.trekbbs.com/

* Jammer's Star Trek Reviews
http://www.st-hypertext.com/

* Belli, Belli, & Belli
http://www.mistersf.com/farewell/fwbelli.htm