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Star Trek - Original Series The one that started it all...

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Old July 10 2013, 01:04 PM   #16
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Re: Must see TOS episodes

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Rather than watch just a short list, how about putting in the time as a general Star Trek fan and watch the majority of episodes?

If you want to avoid the disappointments, I suggest you skip:
  • The Alternative Factor
  • And the Children Shall Lead
  • Plato's Stepchildren
  • Whom Gods Destroy
  • The Way to Eden
  • The Cloud Minders
  • The Savage Curtain
You'll miss a lot of things that we're nostalgic about that aren't really that great, and this way you'll see all the really good episodes.
The "Must see"'s mention was just the spur I needed to watch the whole series though I would like to skip the disappointing episodes. If anyone objects to this list or wants to add to it, I'll take your word for it.
As others have stated, it's all a matter of personal taste. My comments on the list above.

The Alternative Factor - A ridiculously over maligned episode. Personally, I love it - DO NOT skip.

And The Children Shall Lead - Not great by any means (well short of greatness in actuality), but not truly horrible either. Worth a watch at least once.

Plato's Stepchildren - Pretty good actually, although some of the "antics" might either have you thinking WTF, howling with laughter or both!

Whom Gods Destroy - I like this one quite a lot. Lord Garth is awesome!

The Way To Eden - This is my least favourtie TOS entry. If you must skip epsiodes I guess you won't really be missing anything here.

The Savage Curtain - One of my favourites from Season 3 - DO NOT skip.
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Old July 11 2013, 02:32 AM   #17
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I can totally see Lokai's point of view, and in fact I must like my own least favorites for some reason, because I've seen them a hundred times.
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Old July 11 2013, 01:20 PM   #18
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I've seen them a hundred times.
Ain't that the truth!
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Old July 13 2013, 11:56 AM   #19
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Fridays child is another not to miss great episode !!! Some good interactions with McCoy and Spock and McCoy says his best line I'm a doctor not a elevator !!!!
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Old July 21 2013, 10:05 PM   #20
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My favs

"Balance of Terror"
"The Doomsday Machine"
"The Changeling"
"The Ultimate Computer
"The Enterprise Incident"
"Obsession"
"The Immunity Syndrome"
"Operation: Annihilate!"
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Old July 21 2013, 10:42 PM   #21
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Heck, they're all must-see. There's only 79 of them. You got nothing better to do anyway, right?
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Old July 23 2013, 03:50 PM   #22
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All of them. It's the only way to be sure.
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Old July 24 2013, 01:07 AM   #23
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All of them. It's the only way to be sure.
Agree.
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Old July 24 2013, 01:49 AM   #24
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A few suggestions, if what you're looking for is sort of how things got started.

The second pilot, Where No Man Has Gone Before. Kirk is the captain, Spock is there, but the rest of the crew isn't there yet, and it's interesting to see how the show changed from WNMHGB.

The Menagerie, a two part episode which includes footage from the first pilot. It gives Star Trek the feel of an actual world with a history and Spock a backstory.

Balance of Terror - where the the Romulans appear.

Errand of Mercy - where the Klingons appear.

Amok Time - which has Vulcan history and, um, interesting mating rituals.
I'd also add "Day of the Dove" for more Klingons and the delicious "Enterprise Incident" for more Romulans and "Journey to Babel" for Spock's background and Vulcans in general.

However if you really want to gain an understanding of TOS I think you'd just be better off going through Season 1 in order. Cherry-picking excellent episodes won't give you the nuances of the characters and their relationships. You need to see how they normally interact.

If you don't like Season 1 of TOS then I don't think you're going to like TOS at all.
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Old July 24 2013, 04:09 AM   #25
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Watching them all was/is the best choice.
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Heck, they're all must-see. There's only 79 of them. You got nothing better to do anyway, right?
I have better thing's to do, I just didn't do them.
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