|The crew returns (minus Chekov, plus a couple of weird aliens)|
|In one episode, Uhura takes over|
For the most part, they did a bang-up job. Unlike many of the later movies and shows, this truly feels like first-generation Trek. That's helped not only by the strong efforts of the original cast, but by intelligent sci-fi storylines that would have been right at home in the original series. Adding a further layer of authenticity is the show's music (minus Alexander Courage's opening theme). And while Gene Roddenberry didn't consider these characters and events to be "official," many of the show's elements found their way into the Star Trek universe (including Kirk's middle name, Tiberius). Callbacks to the animated series are found throughout the many Trek iterations, including a scene from Spock's childhood recreated for the most recent Star Trek movie.
|Setting cartoon phasers on stun|
(For those who don't have Netflix, the series is now also available at Amazon Prime.)