Star Trek: “The Corbomite Maneuver”

Title: Star Trek“The Corbomite Maneuver”
Year: 1966
Network: NBC
Episode: the tenth (of twenty-nine) from season one; 50 minutes
Creator: Gene Roddenberry
Director: Joseph Sargent
Writer: Jerry Sohl
Starring: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, Anthony D. Call
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: a technologically superior alien is kind of a dick

My reaction
Concept:2/4 (Indifferent) I’m pretty sure this episode is the basis for the Mooninites from Aqua Teen Hunger Force.
Story:3/4 (Good) The ending is lame, but it’s a classic science fiction kind of ending.
Characters:2/4 (Indifferent) The attempt to pad things out with the development of a one-off, uninteresting guest character is an unnecessary distraction (although there is some nice interaction between Kirk and McCoy concerning the same subplot). The antagonist, meanwhile, is a freaking Mooninite.
Dialog:3/4 (Good)
Pacing:4/4 (Great)
Cinematography:2/4 (Indifferent)
Special effects/design:4/4 (Great)
Acting:3/4 (Good)
Music:4/4 (Great)
Subjective Rating: 8/10 (Great, 4/4 (Great)). It’s one of the All The Action On The Bridge episodes. That sort of story requires a level of intelligence to the writing that can’t help but be engrossing when it works.
Objective Rating (Average):3.1/4 (Very good)


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