I was watching something about the original Star Trek series (1966-1969) and it dawned on me that I have never actually seen them all.

Yes, I saw hundreds of clips on various shows paying tribute to TOS (the original series,) but as it was before my time, I never saw them all.  Heck, I don’t even remember seeing a full episode.  Netflix to the rescue.

Captain Christopher Pike

Captain Christopher Pike

All of the original shows are available to watch on Netflix – including the first pilot episode that didn’t even have Captain Kirk (William Shatner) as part of the cast.  The Enterprise was commanded by Captain Pike. (The role was later reprised in the film Star Trek: Into Darkness)

That episode never made it to air and the storyline was actually made into an episode of the series once it was picked up (with William Shatner.)

I am only a few episodes into the first season right now and finding a lot of interesting things:

  • Sulu (George Takei) was not a helmsman originally, he appeared to be something like a biologist that sort of morphed into a regular character that spent more and more time on the bridge.
  • Scotty (James Doohan) didn’t really show up until a few episodes in either.
  • Many of the first stories were about how advanced beyond human understanding and equipment the aliens were.  It was kinda depressing.
  • Shatner’s signature over-acting started slowly and grew as the series goes on.
  • The original sound effect for the intercom (mp3) immediately reminded me of a boatswain or bosun’s whistle – used aboard sailing ships.

I intend to stay with the crew through the entire series and earn some Trekkie cred for having seen them all.

by Chris Doelle