With the release of the new Star Trek film, there was bound to be a rash of releases of the stuff that went before. And, well, why not? With over four decades of material to choose from, all of those who hadn't gone before will likely want to catch up.
The Best Of Star Trek: The Original Series brings four of what the producers say are the best episodes of the original series. For those who are not familiar with much more than the new movie, from a timeline point of view these take place at a point after the movie you saw. From our timeline, these were created over 40 years ago, so the special effects are not as bold as the new ones, but where effects were lacking, the stories were not.
The DVD comes with four episodes from the original series, but they are newer versions with enhanced visual effects. The episodes do not follow in their original release order so I have made note of both the air date and their sequential order.
"City on the Edge of Forever" first aired during Star Trek's first season on April 6, 1967 and is episode # 28. It is considered one of the most critically acclaimed episodes and was awarded the 1968 Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation. It was written by noted science fiction writer Harlan Ellison, but subsequently edited and revised by the show's writers.
It is a time travel story that takes the crew back to 1930s earth to try and restore the natural timeline that McCoy has inadvertently broken. Because of his travel back, the Enterprise no longer exists and Kirk and Spock must travel back to rescue McCoy and prevent him from changing the natural sequence of events. It guest stars Joan Collins, who does an amazing job with her role. While it is a great episode, it was never one of my favorites because of the darkness surrounding it.