Star Trek: “Bread and Circuses”

Title: Star Trek“Bread and Circuses”
Year: 1968
Network: NBC
Episode: the twenty-fifth (of twenty-six) from season two; 50 minutes
Creator: Gene Roddenberry
Director: Ralph Senensky
Writers: Gene Roddenberry & Gene L. Coon
Starring: William Shatner
With: Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, William Smithers, Logan Ramsey, Ian Wolfe, Rhodes Reason, James Doohan
Music: Alexander Courage (theme)
Cinematography: Gerald Perry Finnerman
Editing: Fabien D. Tordjmann
I saw it: on video and TV several times, most recently a couple days ago (have on DVD)
Synopsis: a “Roman” civilization has 20th century technology

My reaction
Concept:1/4 (Bad) We’ve already done 20th century Nazis, and now we have to do 20th century Romans? It’s bad enough that every other planet in the galaxy is identical to Earth, but why is it always 20th century Earth?
Story:2/4 (Indifferent)
Characters:3/4 (Good)
Dialog:3/4 (Good)
Pacing:3/4 (Good)
Cinematography:2/4 (Indifferent)
Special effects/design:4/4 (Great)
Acting:3/4 (Good)
Music:4/4 (Great)
Subjective Rating: 7/10 (Good, 3/4 (Good)). Despite the cuteness of the premise, they manage to pull off some good suspense, and even a little humor.
Objective Rating (Average):2.8/4 (Good)


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