Is TAS worth watching?

Discussion in 'Star Trek - The Original & Animated Series' started by FreddyE, Oct 15, 2013.

  1. FreddyE

    FreddyE Captain Captain

    Oct 15, 2009
    Simple question, is TAS worth watching? I´ve seen part of an episode ages ago here in germany and it was really awfull. I just found out that the reason for that was that when TAS was dubbed into german it was heavily edited, shortend and dialogs changed for really awful jokes.It´s really quite unwatchable.

    I´m thinking about getting the DVD set, so what is TAS originally like?
  2. Gov Kodos

    Gov Kodos Admiral Admiral

    Mar 23, 2004
    Gov Kodos on Mohammed's Radio, WZVN Boston
    I thought it was quite enjoyable. Saturday morning fare for sure, but enjoyable. The Alan Dean Foster adaptations were good reads, especially the later log series where he continued the plots, or characters into new tales. My favorite continued from the end of 'Eye of the Beholder' where Kirk and Co. go on a trip outside the galaxy to help their former zoo captors.
  3. King Daniel Beyond

    King Daniel Beyond Admiral Admiral

    Nov 5, 2008
    King Daniel Beyond
    I love TAS, but I must admit it's mostly awful and for die-hards only.
  4. Kronos

    Kronos Admiral Admiral

    Apr 20, 2001
    Running with the Badgers
    Yes, it's not perfect but it is certainly better then most of what the last two tv series put on the screen.
  5. Commishsleer

    Commishsleer Commodore Commodore

    Apr 19, 2013
    Last place in Australia to get the NBN
    TAS is like having an extra 22 episodes of TOS.

    You've got to take into account its in 70s cartoon format - not a Clone Wars type cartoon.

    I once saw a list of the best 20 episodes of Star Trek and I was surprised to see a TAS episode in the list.
  6. CaptPapa

    CaptPapa Commander Red Shirt

    Feb 15, 2009
    I really do not know . . .
    I think the animated series is well worth watching - I enjoy it very much.
    If you have access to Netflix, you can try it there without investing in the DVD set.
  7. jpv2000

    jpv2000 Captain Captain

    Dec 27, 2012
    Georgia, United States
    I love TAS. I got the boxed set years ago and still re-watch the series every year or so.

    There are some true gems in the animated series that shouldn't be missed.

    LOKAI of CHERON Commodore Commodore

    Simple answer: YES!
  9. BigJake

    BigJake Vice Admiral Admiral

    Sep 27, 2013
    No matter where you go, there you are.
    They're like shortened episodes of TOS done in really cheap animation with three members of the original cast impersonating everybody's voices.
  10. TheSubCommander

    TheSubCommander Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

    May 5, 2013
    The animation is not that great by today's standards. If you grew up on reruns like I did, and hadn't seen it in a long time, it definitely is worth seeing.

    If you never saw it, it really depends on how much of a fan of TOS you are, and if you are a completest, or not. It technically isn't canon, so if you miss it, you miss nothing. It is a mixed bag, though, and I will put it this way: the best episode of TAS is about as good as a medium episode of TOS. I am going to say you should see at least an episode, and decide for yourself, if you want to continue.

    I think if they ever took the audio tracks of the actors lines, and reworked it to a modern CGI animation, and updated the sound FX, it would be a lot better. But this will never happen.
  11. Dukhat

    Dukhat Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Dec 26, 2007
    Baltimore, MD
    I had never seen TAS either until just recently when it was put on Netflix streaming. While I'm not a huge fan of Filmation's animation, I will say that TAS has far more of an actual "sci-fi" theme than TOS ever did. If you can get past the animation (or if that's no an issue for you), I recommend watching it.
  12. mb22

    mb22 Commander Red Shirt

    May 11, 2009
    That's been debated more than a hundred times over...
  13. Hober Mallow

    Hober Mallow Commodore Commodore

    Are you sure the dialog was changed?
  14. Shatnertage

    Shatnertage Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Feb 20, 2010
    Ward Fowler's gofer.
    A thousand times, yes! Even if only to see how many voices James Doohan and Majel Roddenberry do. If you're on the fence, start with "Yesteryear."
  15. Warped9

    Warped9 Admiral Admiral

    Aug 3, 2003
    Brockville, Ontario, Canada
    And considering later series found way to include TAS references then It strengthens the argument for it being canon. Not that it really matters either way for if you enjoy it then you can count it anyway.
  16. Forbin

    Forbin Admiral Admiral

    Mar 15, 2001
    I said out, dammit!
    Another yes, absolutely, but with the understanding that some episodes are basically very bad 70s children's cartoons. BUT some episodes are indeed worthy of being "real" Star Trek episodes. And as far as I'm concerned, "Yesteryear" is as good as any live action ep, and equally essential to the canon.
  17. HGN2001

    HGN2001 Captain Captain

    Mar 1, 2001
    Sunny Central Florida
    If the OP is talking about some dubbed language version, then perhaps it is not worth viewing. One of the reasons to view TAS is to hear the original actors playing reading their lines. THAT's what makes it special.

    If you're only going to hear foreign dubbing, then it loses an awful lot. Stick with the English version and the real actors.

  18. King Daniel Beyond

    King Daniel Beyond Admiral Admiral

    Nov 5, 2008
    King Daniel Beyond
    ST'09 puts a neat temporal twist on "Yesteryear" where Sarek tells young Spock the exact same thing that "Sellek" tells young Spock in TAS. That's definitely a neat extra layer you miss out on if you haven't seen TAS.

    That, and many other references in DS9 and ENT.
  19. Frontier

    Frontier Vice Admiral Admiral

    Jan 17, 2002
    Fifth Circle of Hell, IE: Pennsylvania
    IMHO, it's a novelty. It's like most 1970s cartoons - dated and pretty awful, unless you where a kid in the 70s and thus can enjoy them via nostalgia.
  20. Trevacious

    Trevacious Captain Captain

    Mar 6, 2005
    Aside from one gigantic WTF?!? moment over the Guardian Of Forever's new voice - I take it neither James Doohan or the director of this episode ever watched the original story - I'd definitely recommend seeing Yesteryear!