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Star Trek is clearly not the best show of all time (also this just in the world of the obvious if you take a shower you're likely to get wet) but Star Trek was definitely a very entertaining show. I would describe it as a sci-fi/comedy where you had basically a comedian for the captain in Bill Shatner. With a great cast to go around, including a first officer played by Len Nimoy who knew everything about everything except for what it was like to be a human. He seemed to lack certain feelings and emotions that the rest of us had making him somewhat distant (even for space Travel). Which is saying something since this show took place on a spaceship.
Well most likely the USS Enterprise was not a real spaceship up in space. No not a spaceship underwater in case you were wondering that. (Good guess Captain) You had the chief engineer played by a drunk Scotsman. (is there any other type of Scotsman) Who never met a problem he couldn't freak out about. With Scottie gee thats a surprise a Scotsman named Scottie, I wonder if there are any italians named Angelo or Spaniards named Jose. Maybe I'll google that and Captain Kirk telling Chief Scottie, dammit Scottie (or something to that effect) you must calm down man and handle the situation! Which was like Chief Scottie's magic potion or whatever. Because they of course operated in a perfect world up in space where the good guys and girls always won.
You had the chief medical officer called Bones played by Jimmy Carter, I mean Deforest Kelly (who reminds me of President Jimmy Carter) who was basically in charge, well the health care on the ship naturally. But in his spare time to make sure there was someone always there to freak out (when Scottie wasn't available) with his famous line, "dammit Jim I'm a doctor not God!" Star Trek was again a very entertaining show because again you had basically a comedian as the captain in Bill Shatner. Who I'm sure did a lot if improvising and improv on that show, hell I know I would've done the same thing.
Because the show wasn't built around great writing, of course you know its a spaceship where people can live on it year round so none of the plots were believable. (Unless you've been drinking and been high for two weeks straight and started seeing things like Klingons or Jerry Fallwell in a hip hop video as the performer. Or Pat Robertson coming out for same-sex-marriage or whatever the fantasy may be) But is was a show with an excellent cast that took place in of course in a galaxy unknown.
This was Star Trek, they had to make to funny because it wasn't believable. They would go to other planets millions of miles from Earth where the people looked human and of course spoke perfect English. )They could teach some of our immigrants how to speak English as well) This is how realistic this show was. And they did a great job with what they had and comedian Kevin Pollack does as good of a Captain Kirk as Bill Shatner one comedian making fun of another.