Its been years since I was able to watch TOS episodes. Ive recently begun rewatching them... basically in order, although Ive never seen the Pilot. I realized that most of TOS that I had seen growing up in the 1980s was episodes from later in the show, and I had never really seen much of the first season. Basically I watched most of the first season and now Ive started watching the second season. What happened? Is it my imagination or did the show take a step backwards in the second season? It seems like it got much campier and less serious. Also the special effects and musical score seemed to get goofy. And Chekov... now dont get me wrong, I love Chekov in the movies, but in the first few episodes of the second season hes singled out as being this big star, when his character seems to be pretty vulgar and full of negative stereotypes. I understand he was probably added specifically to unnerve a cold-war America.... but jeez, over the top is over the top. And speaking of over the top... whats with Kirks outfits? They start getting really wild! So far, I think I really prefer the first season episodes, theres a real purity and originality to them... and the fact that most of the Movies were based on first season episodes... that really speaks for itself doesnt it?
Anyway, Ill get back to watching... its really great to be able to sit down and finally rewatch these!