As a self-proclaimed Trekkie who thrives on the existence of Star Trek: The Original Series, I don't think there is any excuse to not watch the show, but alas, it seems there are far too many humans who have not yet watched and been blessed by TOS. If you're one of those people who has been following the franchise's reboot (I'm jealous of anyone who has watched the third one already, which is getting great reviews!), you're already familiar with how fantastic the concept of Star Trek truly is. While it is possible to watch the movies without seeing The Original Series, here are five reasons why you will enjoy the series that started it all, Star Trek: The Original Series.
1. Back To The Roots
Star Trek: The Original Series is a beloved show and there is a reason that it was successfully rebooted. A simple curiosity or desire to see where the franchise you enjoy so much came from is an extremely legitimate reason to spend your time watching it.
2. Diverse Characters
The original characters whose modern counterparts you have connected with are just as (if not more) lovable. The main seven members of the crew of the Enterprise are diverse, with two minorities and an alien! In the 1960s the inclusion of such a cast on television was groundbreaking. For goodness sake, Kirk's kiss with Uhura in the episode "Plato's Stepchildren" caused a major controversy for being seen as the first interracial kiss on American television. Check out 8 of Star Trek's most groundbreaking moments below:
The inclusion of Uhura — a minority woman — as a main cast member who was also a high-ranking member of the team wasn't the only pioneering move, as the main crew also had Sulu — an Asian man — and Chekov — a Russian — all of whom work together in important roles on the bridge. This sense of unity and seeing the world's people coexisting with solidarity seems obvious to most modern-day viewers, but was considered to be hugely progressive for a show airing in the 1960s.
3. Educational Plot Lines
The storylines of the Kelvin Timeline Star Trek reboot do not disappoint. The movies are incredibly engaging, and The Original Series could say the same. While the show could be extremely cheesy at times (but that really only adds to its charm), the writers sometimes not so subtly spoke out against the injustice prevalent in our society while creating fantastic stories of aliens and adventures in space.
In "Let That Be Your Last Battlefield" two men chase each other across the galaxy, consumed by hate, simply because one is black on the left side and white on the right side while the other is black on the right side and white on the left. Sound like stupid reason to hate while your planet and families die? That was the point.
4. The Comedy
I'm sure you've come to enjoy the comedic moments in the reboot like every time we encounter Chekov in the first movie. His adorable dorkiness adds quite a bit of lighthearted flair. The Original Series had its fair share of comedic episodes. Once you fall in love with the original crew, you will yearn to watch the laid-back light-heartedness found in episodes such as "Shore Leave," "I, Mudd," and the extremely iconic "The Trouble with Tribbles." Who hasn't heard of the cute reproducing furballs that caused mayhem aboard the Enterprise? In fact, Deep Space Nine aired a tribute episode "Trials and Tribulations" in which members of their crew traveled back in time to The Original Series episode. Just watching Captain Kirk fighting is enough to show you the comedic relief of TOS:
5. The Original Spock
Despite being an alien, we viewers can still relate to Zachary Quinto's Spock. Perhaps it is his half-human side. Whatever it may be, the original Spock is even more admirable of a character. What a treat it was to have Leonard Nimoy appear in the 2009 Star Trek movie! When I first watched The Original Series, Spock quickly became my favorite character. With his unemotional demeanor, occasionally betrayed by his human half, his brilliance and intelligence, his unintentional sass and sarcasm, and the alien quirk he brought to the crew, what was not to love? The character is iconic, and it is imperative that you watch TOS to see why.
There is absolutely no reason now for you not to watch Star Trek: The Original Series. Turn on Netflix (it's all on there, and here are 20 of the best TOS episodes to get you started) and get ready to binge watch your new favorite show!