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Old January 15 2014, 09:27 PM   #1
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Stand-out Eps

Wow...long time lurker, first post.

After being turned off Trek by the reboot, I've decided to introduce all that is good to my son (10 years old). I decided to start off with TNG because 1) Wesley appeals to a kid his age and B) let's be honest...TOS can be a bit dated and cerebral for some that age.

However, Kirk and Company absolutely need to be a part of my son's personal canon and during the artificial hiatus I've imposed between TNG seasons, I figured I'd introduce him to TOS, so that when it comes time to show ST VII, he'll understand the gravitas of the meeting of the two captains.

But, again, I don't want to bore him out of his mind (and away from Trek), so I really only want to show him those episodes that really matter to the TOS movies (ex: Space Seed), develop the core characters or are exciting.

So my question put to you is this: in Season 1, what are must-hit eps to show him? Our hiatus is about 2-3 months long (want him to salivate and dream about the various cliffhangers), so I want to hit him up with the best 8 or 10 eps from Season 1.

Help appreciated,
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Old January 15 2014, 10:15 PM   #2
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Re: Stand-out Eps

This thread might be worth taking a look at - http://www.trekbbs.com/showthread.php?t=235318

FWIW I rather enjoyed the reboot films and wish you hadn't taken a dig at them that's ultimately rather tangential to your thread. :|
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Old January 15 2014, 10:25 PM   #3
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Re: Stand-out Eps

Welcome Revanche.

Maybe this is a good place to start?

I have a six year old who is hooked on TOS and TNG (also big fan of Wes like your son).

It might be a bit different for a ten year old who could always walk away - my boy had no choice, TOS was on all the time so he saw them all

The ones that really hold the kids' attention involve monsters or space battles, so, can I recommend :

Where No Man
Man Trap
SHore Leave
Arena
Balance of Terror
Galileo 7
Squire of Gothos
Space Seed
Devil In The Dark
Errand of Mercy
This Side of Paradise
Journey To Babel
Doomsday Machine
Tribbles
Savage Curtain


The only eps I have not let him watch are Q Who from TNG and TWOK from TOS. Also, parents with junior Trekkers : one I wish I had never shown him was Cause and Effect from TNG - absolutely traumatised him for a few days - he didn't like the idea of the ship blowing up with everyone on board.

Happy family Trekking - there is no better feeling than being asked by our kids for a TOS Tricorder for Christmas
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Old January 15 2014, 11:41 PM   #4
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This thread might be worth taking a look at - http://www.trekbbs.com/showthread.php?t=235318
Balance of Terror...that's good. He's just starting to understand how actors can be known for different roles, so I don't think Mark Leonard's double pointy-eared roles should throw him off too much. He plays them so differently, too.
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Old January 16 2014, 12:00 AM   #5
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Maybe this is a good place to start?
That's an excellent collection...origin episodes are a great criteria for this 'project'.


The ones that really hold the kids' attention involve monsters or space battles, so, can I recommend :

Where No Man
Man Trap
SHore Leave
Arena
Balance of Terror
Galileo 7
Squire of Gothos
Space Seed
Devil In The Dark
Errand of Mercy
This Side of Paradise
Journey To Babel
Doomsday Machine
Tribbles
Savage Curtain
Monsters...good idea. I was recollecting that Man Trap might be too slow, but if I 'sell' it as a monster ep, that might be all it takes. Where No Man Has Gone Before seemed a bit dated to me, but it does meet the 'origin' aspect. I was a bit concerned Squire might be wasted, but since there is theoretically (if going with novels) a tie to the Q Continuum there (which he loves), I thought I'd add that.

Tomorrow is Yesterday is my personal must-have, because it's opening made me realize I loved Trek...I was so disappointed that the Trek re-run had been replaced...until I stuck around for that reveal of the Big E in the upper atmosphere.

Tribbles is dead-on...I kinda wish we could go immediately into the DS9 angle of the story, but it's too soon to jump that far ahead. But the original story is a must-see classic of its own.

one I wish I had never shown him was Cause and Effect from TNG - absolutely traumatised him for a few days - he didn't like the idea of the ship blowing up with everyone on board.
I hears ya....but I've already 'sneaked' a bit about that ep. One of my favorite first-showing eps ever. We've been watching Fraser, too, so I like to point out the ties to Trek in that show and of course Grammer is essential to Cause and Effect. In this case, I think he's ready for that one.

Thanks, Botany Bay. That list was very helpful.

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Old January 16 2014, 12:03 AM   #6
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Add in Mirror, Mirror. That episode was a really good one. The whole alternate universe take was interesting.
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Old January 16 2014, 12:08 AM   #7
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Add in Mirror, Mirror. That episode was a really good one. The whole alternate universe take was interesting.
I'll put that on my Second Season list. The Mirror universe is so often visited in DS9.
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Old January 16 2014, 01:43 AM   #8
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FWIW I rather enjoyed the reboot films and wish you hadn't taken a dig at them that's ultimately rather tangential to your thread. :|
And did his remark or opinion have any effect whatsoever on your enjoyment of JJtrek? Then why bring it up? What he said is pretty innocuous compared to what else often gets said.
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Old January 16 2014, 07:47 AM   #9
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It's a bit ironic that you're asking me why I brought up questioning why the OP brought something up, and given that I was just making a quick note I don't know why you didn't just let it pass either...
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Old January 16 2014, 08:26 AM   #10
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Re: Stand-out EpISODEs

Is it REALLY that difficult to type out the word "episodes"? Ep and Epi are ugly truncations.
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Old January 16 2014, 10:42 AM   #11
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Guilty as charged. And I agree.

I've been reading/posting a lot on my phone lately, as we have just welcomed another little Trekker into the world, and I have been posting at all hours of the day and night from hospital and now at home trying to get her into a decent sleep pattern.

Trekbbs, and the TOS forum in particular, have helped me cling on to sanity in my sleep deprived state during the past week or so. I'll try not to be lazy when using the phone to post.
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Old January 16 2014, 11:09 AM   #12
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Thanks, Botany Bay. That list was very helpful.

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You're welcome. Let us know how you go.

Interesting that the episodes the kids really like are mostly the Gene Coon episodes of Season 1. Season 3 would have to be the least popular at my place. Not enough action.

I didn't think TMP would be all that interesting for my 6 year old, but he has watched it twice, both times utterly transfixed.

I'm not going to let him near TWOK, no matter how much he begs to see it

Having re-watched GEN tonight, he can skip that one. Not only a lame, boring film, but Data swears, Brent Spiner loses the plot putting in a cringe-worthy performance, Picard cries about a child dying in a fire, then Kirk dies twice and so do hundreds more on the ENT-D, then Riker whines about not being able to be captain. What where they thinking when they made this one? Who did they think would find this entertaining? This would have to be a contender for one of the worst films of the 90's.
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Old January 16 2014, 11:50 AM   #13
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Re: Stand-out Eps

"Episode of the Week" threads are in progress now, and we've only just covered the first two TOS pilots. The OP might want to read the first two, and subscribe to them as they come up, to get a better idea of what's liked by people on the board, what's not, and why.

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Old January 16 2014, 02:53 PM   #14
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Interesting that the episodes the kids really like are mostly the Gene Coon episodes of Season 1.
Hah! That's an interesting observation. I've got my ten eps plotted out now, but I'll go back later and see which ones overlap with Coon.
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Old January 16 2014, 02:55 PM   #15
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"Episode of the Week" threads are in progress now, and we've only just covered the first two TOS pilots. The OP might want to read the first two, and subscribe to them as they come up, to get a better idea of what's liked by people on the board, what's not, and why.
Good idea...it'll be an interesting read.

And welcome to the board!
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