Star Trek: “Arena”

Title: Star Trek“Arena”
Year: 1967
Network: NBC
Episode: the eighteenth (of twenty-nine) from season one; 50 minutes
Creator: Gene Roddenberry
Director: Joseph Pevney
Writers: Gene L. Coon, story by Fredric Brown
Starring: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley
Music: Alexander Courage
I saw it: on video and TV several times, most recently a few days ago (have on DVD)
Synopsis: the pursuit of hostile aliens is interrupted by a third, more powerful species

My reaction
Concept:4/4 (Great)
Story:2/4 (Indifferent) It starts out so promising and exciting, but somehow ends up revolving around Kirk making gunpowder.
Characters:1/4 (Bad)
Dialog:1/4 (Bad)
Pacing:3/4 (Good) The first half is great. The second half is pretty dull.
Cinematography:3/4 (Good)
Special effects/design:3/4 (Good)
Acting:1/4 (Bad)
Music:4/4 (Great)
Subjective Rating: 8/10 (Great, 4/4 (Great)). It’s got a lot wrong with it, especially with the script. The first half of the episode, with action and battles and strategizing, is really damn good. Then some god-like powers show up, and it falls apart.
Objective Rating (Average):


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