Star Trek: “Is There in Truth No Beauty?”

Title: Star Trek“Is There in Truth No Beauty?”
Year: 1968
Network: NBC
Episode: the fifth (of twenty-four) from season three; 50 minutes
Creator: Gene Roddenberry
Director: Ralph Senensky
Writer: Jean Lisette Aroeste
Starring: William Shatner
With: Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, Diana Muldaur, David Frankham
Music: Alexander Courage (theme); George Duning
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 benevolent alien can’t be seen by humans without driving them mad

My reaction
Concept:3/4 (Good)
Story:2/4 (Indifferent) Kind of a mess – good ideas, though.
Characters:1/4 (Bad)
Dialog:3/4 (Good) A lot of great dialog, but some is horrible.
Pacing:1/4 (Bad)
Cinematography:1/4 (Bad) Use a fish-eye lens once, and it’s campy fun. Some time around the eleventh or twelfth time, though, it starts to look like you just forgot it was on the camera.
Special effects/design:4/4 (Great) The brief shots of the alien are particularly nice.
Acting:2/4 (Indifferent)
Music:4/4 (Great)
Subjective Rating: 5/10 (Indifferent, 2/4 (Indifferent)). I felt the need to exclaim while watching it, “This episode is balls.” Everything ends up hinging on the female character being petty and jealous in that yes-if-it-were-a-man-he’d-be-institutionalized-but-girls-can-just-be-like-that kind of way. It’s especially frustrating because with some slight re-writing it could have been a great episode.
Objective Rating (Average):2.3/4 (Okay)


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