I sometimes wonder which Star Trek shows actually do represent what Roddenberry intended the series to be? Obviously "The Cage" is the go-to guy as far as his original vision is concerned (and it's worth noting that "The Cage" is in many ways more gritty and mature than even TOS itself), and maybe "The Motion Picture" and "The Next Generation" as well. All three do, in their own ways, share superficial similarities to one another. OTOH I don't know if TOS sometimes failed to live up to even what Gene wanted it to be..... I get the impression sometimes from interviews and such that although he was very proud of it, he may have felt that it sometimes made compromises on what he intended to do in the original format document. Certainly in the last stages of his life he was quite sure that TNG better represented his ideals (although TOS is clearly built upon the same ideals). Then again, how much of the finished version of "The Cage" truly represented Gene's vision?