Star Trek: “Spock’s Brain”

Title: Star Trek“Spock’s Brain”
Year: 1968
Network: NBC
Episode: the first (of twenty-four) from season three; 50 minutes
Creator: Gene Roddenberry
Director: Marc Daniels
Writer: Gene L. Coon
Starring: William Shatner
With: Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, Marj Dusay, James Doohan, Walter Koenig
Music: Alexander Courage (theme); Fred Steiner
Cinematography: Gerald Perry Finnerman
Editing: Bill Brame
I saw it: on video and TV several times, most recently yesterday (have on DVD)
Synopsis: aliens steal Spock’s brain

My reaction
Concept:1/4 (Bad) Wonderfully, beautifully bad.
Story:2/4 (Indifferent)
Characters:1/4 (Bad)
Dialog:0/4 (Terrible)
Pacing:2/4 (Indifferent)
Cinematography:2/4 (Indifferent)
Special effects/design:4/4 (Great)
Acting:1/4 (Bad)
Music:4/4 (Great)
Subjective Rating: 7/10 (Good, 3/4 (Good)). On an objective level, everything about this episode is pretty much universally crap (except for the music which is great as always, and for my irrationally beloved Star Trek design (mini-skirted guest stars are back after a curiously long absence)). But it’s still loads more entertaining than your average season two episode.  I mean, come on, they stole Spock’s brain. So awesome.
Objective Rating (Average):2/4 (Indifferent)


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