Title: Star Trek: “Operation – Annihilate!”
Episode: the last (of twenty-nine) from season one; 50 minutes
Creator: Gene Roddenberry
Director: Herschel Daugherty
Writer: Steven W. Carabatsos
Starring: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley
Music: Alexander Courage
I saw it: on video and TV several times, most recently yesterday (have on DVD)
Synopsis: a madness that has destroyed civilizations is spreading across the galaxy
Concept: If your three heroes have to wrap up all the show’s problems with a neat bow in under fifty minutes, please do not put them up against something that’s stumped entire worlds across centuries.
Special effects/design: Where things look like crap, it’s really the fault of the writing. I mean, flying amoebas look like crap – no way around it.
Acting: Shatner’s bad, but Nimoy’s pretty good for a change.
Subjective Rating: 7/10 (Good, ). A frustrating mix of good, exciting bits and campy, bad-science bits.
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