Star Trek: “Errand of Mercy”

Title: Star Trek“Errand of Mercy”
Year: 1967
Network: NBC
Episode: the twenty-sixth (of twenty-nine) from season one; 50 minutes
Creator: Gene Roddenberry
Director: John Newland
Writer: Gene L. Coon
Starring: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, John Abbott, John Colicos
Music: Alexander Courage
I saw it: on video and TV several times, most recently yesterday (have on DVD)
Synopsis: Klingons and humans both want control of a planet of pacifists

My reaction
Concept:2/4 (Indifferent)
Story:2/4 (Indifferent)
Characters:3/4 (Good)
Dialog:2/4 (Indifferent)
Pacing:3/4 (Good)
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)). The first Klingon episode, and there’s a reason they went on to become so popular. The Klingon commander just makes a perfect adversary to Kirk, offering a well balanced challenge and forcing things into Military Strategy Mode. Sadly the plot turns to crap, and nothing that the characters do ends up mattering. I’ve still got to call it great, though.
Objective Rating (Average):2.9/4 (Good)


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