Star Trek: “The Paradise Syndrome”

Data
Title: Star Trek“The Paradise Syndrome”
Year: 1968
Network: NBC
Episode: the third (of twenty-four) from season three; 50 minutes
Creator: Gene Roddenberry
Director: Jud Taylor
Writer: Margaret Armen
Starring: William Shatner
With: Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, Sabrina Scharf, Rudy Solari
Music: Alexander Courage (theme); Gerald Fried
Cinematography: Gerald Perry Finnerman
Editing: Bill Brame
I saw it: on video and TV several times, most recently a couple days ago (have on DVD)
Synopsis: amnesiac Kirk shacks up with American Indians in Space

My reaction
Concept:1/4 (Bad)
Story:2/4 (Indifferent)
Characters:3/4 (Good) I like how Kirk is very quick to point out that he doesn’t know how to save the day, but he never makes any objection to being a god.
Dialog:1/4 (Bad)
Pacing:2/4 (Indifferent)
Cinematography:2/4 (Indifferent)
Special effects/design:4/4 (Great)
Acting:2/4 (Indifferent)
Music:4/4 (Great)
Subjective Rating: 6/10 (Okay, 2/4 (Indifferent)). I like the Spock-in-command-of-the-Enterprise parts quite a bit. Some of the rest of it can be a little painful to watch. Oh, how Star Trek loves its cultural superiority.
Objective Rating (Average):2.3/4 (Okay)

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