Star Trek: “Shore Leave”

Data
Title: Star Trek“Shore Leave”
Year: 1966
Network: NBC
Episode: the fifteenth (of twenty-nine) from season one; 50 minutes
Creator: Gene Roddenberry
Director: Robert Sparr
Writer: Theodore Sturgeon
Starring: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, Emily Banks, George Takei
Music: Alexander Courage (theme); Gerald Fried
I saw it: on video and TV several times, most recently a couple days ago (have on DVD)
Synopsis: something on an alien planet can read thoughts and make them real

My reaction
Concept:3/4 (Good) The freedom to do pretty much anything is a double edged sword. Yes, the possibilities are limitless, but you’re pretty much oblidged to blow the audience’s minds.
Story:1/4 (Bad) “Let’s separate and wander around until someone shows up to explain things to us.”
Characters:2/4 (Indifferent) Some really bad character writing in this one. On the other hand, there’s a pimpin’ Dr. McCoy.
Dialog:2/4 (Indifferent)
Pacing:1/4 (Bad) About fifteen minutes of brawling with a guy who’s not even real. What?
Cinematography:2/4 (Indifferent)
Special effects/design:3/4 (Good) The special effects are even worse than usual.
Acting:2/4 (Indifferent)
Music:4/4 (Great)
Subjective Rating: 7/10 (Good, 3/4 (Good)). Welcome to Planet Mindfuck. It manages to grab hold of your imagination with the concept. Even though they never actually do anything particularly interesting, the expectation that they will is strong enough to make it enjoyable. Also: pimpin’ Dr. McCoy. When you can’t think of a decent ending, just bring in the absurdly-costumed, half-naked women and everything will be okay.
Objective Rating (Average):2.3/4 (Okay)

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