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TOS is great, but it's also really, really old. It lays out the formula of Trek very well, though. Character-driven science fiction that stands and falls by the chemistry between the crew. That's one thing I love about TOS. Like with TNG and DS9, it's plain as day that everyone is onboard. Everyone on the show is working on the same mission.
The camp ruins it for a lot of people. I had a friend show me the Gorn fight from Arena to laugh at, because the actor in the rubber suit is so slow. This friend has shit taste, of course, but still. A lot of people are unwilling to turn the part of their brain off that makes them see all the campy 60's stuff as something odd. One of my favorite episodes is interpuncted by, occasionally, a white gorilla showing up. And the typical "alien" costumes. In another, those aliens are supposed to be frightful warriors, but they also wear really goofy shit. But I don't see that. I see the shot with Kirk and McCoy in the foreground, hiding, and the aliens advancing up a valley. That was a good shot.
TOS is, overall, a very strong show. It has its clunkers, and its overwrought stage acting, but it's good. It's still very watchable, which is saying something for a cheap TV show that's half a century old. Oh, and the TOS movies are pretty fucking great. Even the "bad" ones. I used to be a big fan of the TNG movies, but that was probably just adolescent me talking. Somehow TNG managed to narrow its focus down to Picard and Data, but TOS opened up and gave more of the spotlight to the rest of the crew.
Something like The Undiscovered Country is a tour de force that modern movies struggle to manage. And then you have The Voyage Home in the same franchise, and it's a time travel comedy movie. That flexibility, believable, with the same characters, is astounding. And honestly, I think it needed the 60's camp in the original to achieve that. To make it seem natural for Scotty to talk into a computer mouse, Kirk to bluff about "LDS" and solve a problem with his dick, or Spock to mindmeld with whales.
I think part of TOS' problem is that they laid the groundwork. Everyone else is building on that. Tuvok is probably the best Vulcan, but that's because Russ has Spock's entire persona to work with. Every Trek engineer has traces of Scotty, every Captain traces of Kirk. It's easy to look back and say "they're kind of normal", because we've already seen them in every Trek iteration since TOS.