Star Trek: “Day of the Dove”

Title: Star Trek“Day of the Dove”
Year: 1968
Network: NBC
Episode: the seventh (of twenty-four) from season three; 50 minutes
Creator: Gene Roddenberry
Director: Marvin J. Chomsky
Writer: Jerome Bixby
Starring: William Shatner
With: Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, Michael Ansara, Susan Howard, James Doohan, Walter Koenig
Music: Alexander Courage (theme); Fred Steiner
Cinematography: Al Francis
Editing: Donald R. Rode
I saw it: on video and TV several times, most recently yesterday (have on DVD)
Synopsis: an alien induces Klingons and Humans to fight each other

My reaction
Concept:4/4 (Great) I know, the gladiator thing has been done a few times already, but the set up for this one is quite nice. Very Doctor Who-ish.
Story:2/4 (Indifferent)
Characters:2/4 (Indifferent)
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)). I wish the alien didn’t have mind-control powers. This could have been a really great episode if the characters had been able to behave reasonably, and if they’re paranoia and prejudices had been natural and at all subtle. And, of course, if there wasn’t a being with god-like powers involved. But at least the alien didn’t reveal itself to have been testing them all along.
Objective Rating (Average):3/4 (Good)


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