Before I get back to watching movies on instant Netflix next week, I thought I would cover some of the fabulous TV options available. All kinds of Star Trek are currently available on instant Netflix.
WATCH: Star Trek the Original Series – 1966-1968
With the unflappable Capt. James T. Kirk (William Shatner) at the helm of this classic sci-fi series, the crew of the starship USS Enterprise keeps intergalactic danger at bay and delves deep into the exploration of space … the final frontier. Leonard Nimoy co-stars as the sharp-eared Spock, Kirk’s Vulcan first officer, with DeForest Kelley, James Doohan, Nichelle Nichols, George Takei and Walter Koenig rounding out the iconic crew.
All three seasons of the classic show are not only currently available but stream in beautiful HD! While the shows come across as corny now, keep in mind that a lot of their moral points were quite bold for their time.
With their simple special effects, broad acting, and bright primary colors, the original Star Trek is almost ideal for portable viewing on the go (for those with i devices or other smart phones). Season two contains most of the best episodes (The Trouble with Tribbles, The Doomsday Machine, Mirror, Mirror).
A fascinating adjunct to the original series, Star Trek – The Animated Series is also available. It was from 1973 and features the voice acting of much of the original cast. I have not yet watched it so I cannot comment on its quality.
WATCH: Star Trek – The Next Generation (1987-1993)
“Set decades after the adventures of the original Enterprise crew, this syndicated sci-fi series carries on the Star Trek franchise. In the year 2364, Capt. Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart) leads the new Enterprise on missions of discovery. First Officer William Riker (Jonathan Frakes), Chief Engineer Geordi La Forge (LeVar Burton) and Klingon crewmember Worf (Michael Dorn) join Picard as they explore the universe and interact with alien species.”
This show actually began quite terribly with each episode ripping off an episode of the original series. “Q”, an early major villain was just an updating of “The Squire of Gothos”. Despite a rocky start and far too many pedantic episodes, Next Generation grew into an excellent science fiction series with a fascinating new villain in the Borg. The best episodes were the two-parters “Best of Both Worlds” and “Redemption”.
Having said that, you might want to wait a bit as Next generation is supposed to be available in lovely HD this fall.
Star Trek: Voyager (1995-2000) and Star Trek: Enterprise (2001-2004) are both available for those who want more recent series. I have not really tried Voyager yet but I found Enterprise very disappointing. Star Trek: Deep Space Nine is supposed to be available next month.
On the movie front, only Star Trek, the excellent 2009 reboot from J.J. Abrams. Look for a pre-Thor Chris Hemsworth as George Kirk in an early sequence.