Star Trek: “What Are Little Girls Made Of?”

Title: Star Trek“What Are Little Girls Made Of?”
Year: 1966
Network: NBC
Episode: the seventh (of twenty-nine) from season one; 50 minutes
Creator: Gene Roddenberry
Director: James Goldstone
Writer: Robert Bloch
Starring: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, Michael Strong, Sherry Jackson, Ted Cassidy, Majel Barrett
Music: Alexander Courage (theme); Fred Steiner
I saw it: on video and TV several times, most recently a few days ago (have on DVD)
Synopsis: an interplanetary archaeologist has a secret discovery

My reaction
Concept:4/4 (Great) I love the ruins-of-an-advanced-civilization set-up (although the fact that it seems to exist entirely in one small cave is a bit odd…). And it’s got an interesting look at the nature of identity, too.
Story:3/4 (Good)
Characters:3/4 (Good)
Dialog:2/4 (Indifferent) “Yes… yes, I had forgotten, but I remember now.”
Pacing:3/4 (Good) Great for the most part, but then there’s the Rotating Kirk scene that just… keeps… going…
Cinematography:2/4 (Indifferent)
Special effects/design:4/4 (Great) I was going to take a point off for the stalactite, but that’s not fair. No special effects can make a stalactite seem real when somebody has to break it off of the ceiling with his bare hands. Plus, the costume design is fun: not only a shirtless Space Babe, but also an alien monster with flowery ruffles! (Who’s to say flowery ruffles aren’t tough and intimidating where he comes from?)
Acting:3/4 (Good)
Music:4/4 (Great)
Subjective Rating: 8/10 (Great, 4/4 (Great)). Lots to like in this one (not least of which is a particularly clever and quick-witted Kirk), and not much to dislike.
Objective Rating (Average):3.2/4 (Very good)


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