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Five Kirk-Era Star Trek Episodes That Shouldn't Be MissedDirector/producer J.J. Abrams' franchise reboot of "Star Trek" beams into theaters this week, and it ought to serve as a good introduction to the universe for folks who have never seen any of the shows. Hopefully they'll walk out of theaters curious to see what other "Trek" is out there. Which episodes should they look for? How will they know which ones truly deal with the background and characterization of Kirk and his enterprising crew (see what we did there)?

Don’t worry, soon-to-be-"Trek" fans. Cast your eyes downward for a breakdown of choice episodes from the original "Star Trek" series, which is now available in full on DVD. Read More...

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Chris Pine as James T. Kirk in 'Star Trek'There were many memorable characters aboard the Enterprise during the original Star Trek series. There was the intelligent and overly-honest Spock. The crotchety surgeon Leonard “Bones” McCoy. The compassionate and strong-willed Nyota Uhura. And leading them all was Captain James T. Kirk, a character directly inspired by Horatio Hornblower. Even now, years after we last saw him in command, fans love talking about Kirk and why he was so dang cool. So with the new movie coming out with Chris Pine taking the helm, let’s look at some of the qualities that made this man a hero.

Easy-Tear Shirts: A real man looks for any excuse to show the ladies his guns. Kirk clearly thought of this when he ordered all his uniforms to tear apart five seconds into any fight. This probably saved time when he left his fallen opponent to hit on nearby girls. Read More...

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