Star Trek: “Miri”

Data
Title: Star Trek“Miri”
Year: 1966
Network: NBC
Episode: the eighth (of twenty-nine) from season one; 50 minutes
Creator: Gene Roddenberry
Director: Vincent McEveety
Writer: Adrian Spies
Starring: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, Kim Darby, Michael J. Pollard, Grace Lee Whitney
Music: Alexander Courage
I saw it: on video and TV several times, most recently a few days ago (have on DVD)
Synopsis: on a parallel Earth, a deadly disease only affects adults

My reaction
Concept:4/4 (Great) The Lord of the Flies… in Space!
Story:3/4 (Good) Points off for the writer’s unfamiliarity with the concept of science.
Characters:2/4 (Indifferent)
Dialog:1/4 (Bad) How many times can you say “Bonk bonk, on the head” before I go “bonk bonk” on the TV screen with my shoe?
Pacing:2/4 (Indifferent)
Cinematography:2/4 (Indifferent)
Special effects/design:4/4 (Great) Although, it’s a little annoying that a character that’s meant to be prepubescent has big, bushy sideburns.
Acting:3/4 (Good)
Music:4/4 (Great)
Subjective Rating: 7/10 (Good, 3/4 (Good)). It’s one of the most iconic episodes, thanks to the great premise (well, it’s a great premise as long as you ignore the first five minutes of the show). Sadly, it’s also very obnoxious in places. A gang of unruly children sounds a lot better on paper than it does screaming through your television.
Objective Rating (Average):2.8/4 (Good)

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