Star Trek: “A Private Little War”

Title: Star Trek“A Private Little War”
Year: 1968
Network: NBC
Episode: the nineteenth (of twenty-six) from season two; 50 minutes
Creator: Gene Roddenberry
Director: Marc Daniels
Writer: Gene Roddenberry; story by Don Ingalls
Starring: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, Nancy Kovack, Michael Witney
Music: Alexander Courage (theme); Gerald Fried
I saw it: on video and TV several times, most recently yesterday (have on DVD)
Synopsis: a peaceful people is corrupted by Klingons

My reaction
Concept:1/4 (Bad)
Story:3/4 (Good)
Characters:3/4 (Good)
Dialog:3/4 (Good)
Pacing:1/4 (Bad)
Cinematography:2/4 (Indifferent)
Special effects/design:4/4 (Great)
Acting:2/4 (Indifferent)
Music:4/4 (Great)
Subjective Rating: 8/10 (Great, 4/4 (Great)). Once you get past the horrible anthropology (that’s at the center of every single “primitive cultures” episode of Star Trek), there’s a surprisingly powerful story.  Incidentally, notice that the guns with which Kirk is so obsessed have zero effect on anything, and are repeatedly demonstrated to provide no strategic advantage over sticks and rocks; I don’t know whether this was deliberate by the writers, but probably not.
Objective Rating (Average):2.7/4 (Good)


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