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Tuesday, August 29, 2006
Star Trek Celebrates 40 Years
One of my favorite TV shows of all time, Star Trek celebrates the big 4-0 next Friday.

On September 8, 1966, television changed forever when the first episode of Star Trek aired on NBC. The episode was "The Man Trap" and while it's not one of the greatest episodes of Trek ever made, it's still a solid, entertaining first episode for the series.

The rest, as they say, is history.

I've been a fan of Star Trek since I was about 10 years old. I recall a time before there was TNG or the other spin-offs when all we had was the classic 79 original episodes to watch over and over again. And I must say I have watched them all over and over again.

Of course, there are some that stand out brighter than others. Outside of a few third-season epiosdes and maybe one first-season episode, I can find somthing good to recommend about every one of the original 79 episodes of Star Trek.

So, to celebrate 40 years of classic Trek, I have created my own list of my personal ten favorites. Well, OK, I planned for ten but couldn't decide on just ten and went for eleven, with two tied for 10th on the list. Yes, it's cheating, but this is my list and I'll do what I want!

For the next eleven days, I'll post my top 10 11 episodes of the original series, one per day until we get up to what I think is the best episode of Star Trek ever produced.

Please note: for this list, I've included only the original 79 episodes. I've not considered all the Trek series in this list, nor do I take into consideration the movies. (If so, Wrath of Khan would be in here..it's not). I've considered the fan opinion of various episodes and how they're regarded to some extent, but overall these are the ones I love and have loved for various reasons over the years. Hopefully my entries will give you an idea of why and maybe tempt you to go back and watch these classic episodes again. Or maybe see them for the first time if you've never watched original series (and if you haven't you are missing out on one of the icons of American culture).

So, without any further audieu, I give you the first of my favorite episodes of Star Trek...

posted by Michael Hickerson at 8/29/2006 09:11:00 AM | |
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