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Michael Penn
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The more I look at Season 1, the more I come back to episodes like "The Corbomite Maneuver" and "Balance of Terror" and also the first three aired episodes as the best candidates for an introduction to a new viewer. Many other great episodes from that first season don't really fulfill the "is everybody episode like that?" proviso.
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A quick (and generous) count gives me 12 episodes in the first season in which the crew boldly went into uncharted territory. That's actually a higher score than I might have expected!
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As for that 'Wonder Years' episode..at least they didn't have Fred Savage do an exaggerated 'IMPRESSIONOF...William...SHATNER!'
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Hey JB, I agree that "Devil in the Dark" appeared to be a monster of the week kind of deal, but the twist of the balls being eggs makes that story the embodiment of what I think of as Star Trek. 
I also think of "Conscience of the King" as a good first exposure. I humbly wait to be told why I'm not quite right ;)
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Hey JB, I agree that "Devil in the Dark" appeared to be a monster of the week kind of deal, but the twist of the balls being eggs makes that story the embodiment of what I think of as Star Trek.

I also think of "Conscience of the King" as a good first exposure. I humbly wait to be told why I'm not quite right ;)

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In order to get what's "right", one must step away from a lifetime of STAR TREK. One must ask "Which episode contains the most typical examples of the kinds of stories TOS tells. Monster-of-the-Week? No, they tended to steer away from those. (Which is why many consider "The Man Trap" -- one of my favorites -- a poor episode with which to start.)

"The Conscience of the King"? Is TOS typically mystery/revenge stories?

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As I've noted, TREK stories tend to fall into one of several camps, or some combination of them: shipboard drama shows, space battle/space phenomenon shows, and planet shows.

Few episodes contain a good balance of all three of those elements, and so it's hard to pick just one show and say "this is a typical episode". Indeed, the very nature of STAR TREK being such a broad storytelling platform makes pinning down a "typical" episode pretty tough. Time-travel one week, Greek gods the next, alien parasites the next week after that, etc. The show is essentially a TWILIGHT ZONE-esque anthology which happens to have the same main characters from episode to episode. 
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Again, I go back to Roddenberry's pitch: WAGON TRAIN to the stars. Unlike GUNSMOKE, where Matt Dillon sits in Dodge and the story comes to him, WAGON TRAIN went to the story -- and so did TOS. Throw in a guest star to play a prominent part, and there's the gist of it.
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I also think of "Conscience of the King" as a good first exposure. 

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I'd have to disagree strenuously with that, Charles.

It's not a personal favourite, anyway, but, my bias aside, I don't think it represents what the series is about strongly enough to a "rookie".
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Again, I go back to Roddenberry's pitch: WAGON TRAIN to the stars. Unlike GUNSMOKE, where Matt Dillon sits in Dodge and the story comes to him, WAGON TRAIN went to the story -- and so did TOS. Throw in a guest star to play a prominent part, and there's the gist of it.
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Exactly. The specifics varied wildly, but the basic premise and the cast remained the same. 

These are the voyages...
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"... (Which is why many consider "The Man Trap" -- one of my favorites -- a poor episode with which to start.)"

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I cannot argue with that logic.
Although I was hooked on "The Man Trap", in all likelihood it was probably the first episode I saw in color that made it so memorable.

And anyway you probably shouldn't make your first episode one that contradicts ,"... where no man has gone before"
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