Post by on Jan 8, 2010 12:01:32 GMT -5
One thing that's notable about TAS is that it was IMO significantly more "mature" than any other Saturday morning fare at the time. I was 8 or 9 at the time, and it really seemed like Star Trek without the constraints of budget. The aliens and alien worlds are truly alien, and it benefited from writers like DC Fontana, Sam Peeples, David Gerrold and Larry Niven. It was approached seriously and, looking back, it could have been a disaster. Probably a reason why it wasn't popular with the kids demographic.
Agreed with all of the above. My lovely @theprincesswife bought me the DVD set of TAS. To me, it holds up very well. The animation itself isn't all that good given the budget constraints and tricks used (this site goes into it a lot more) but the stories themselves - are very good. There are clunkers and there are gems that, IMO, rank with TOS stories.
The funny thing is that I have more a complete TAS exposure at an early age than I did TOS. In Cincinnati, Channel 19 (XIX!) would play TOS in syndication, but that would sometimes conflict with shows my parents wanted to watch, or my bedtime. This was the age when there was still 1 main TV in the house. So Saturday mornings were my time for the TV and TAS was *the* show I watched, ate up, devoured and then ran out to play with my friends on the jungle gyms and in the alleys in Milford Ohio. It really wasn't until the mid/later 70s that I got an education in TOS through watching the entire series. For me, that's left TAS to rank up there in my Trek experiences as the trend setter. I still can remember the music and voices and "feeling" as vividly as anything else.