Star Trek: “For the World Is Hollow and I Have Touched the Sky”

Data
Title: Star Trek“For the World Is Hollow and I Have Touched the Sky”
Year: 1968
Network: NBC
Episode: the eighth (of twenty-four) from season three; 50 minutes
Creator: Gene Roddenberry
Director: Anton Leader
Writer: Hendrik Vollaerts
Starring: William Shatner
With: Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, Katherine Woodville
Music: Alexander Courage (theme); George Duning
Cinematography: Al Francis
Editing: Fabien D. Tordjmann
I saw it: on video and TV several times, most recently yesterday (have on DVD)
Synopsis: a generation ship’s passengers think they’re on a planet

My reaction
Concept:4/4 (Great) City of Ember in Space.
Story:2/4 (Indifferent) You’re sick, Bones? No known cure in all the galaxy, you say? Don’t worry, I’m sure the next people we come across will just happen to have the cure.
Characters:3/4 (Good)
Dialog:2/4 (Indifferent)
Pacing:2/4 (Indifferent)
Cinematography:2/4 (Indifferent)
Special effects/design:4/4 (Great)
Acting:2/4 (Indifferent)
Music:4/4 (Great)
Subjective Rating: 7/10 (Good, 3/4 (Good)). They manage to avoid some of the worst tropes expected of the Society Run By A Computer genre of Star Trek episode. Instead the focus is on character-driven conflict, which is a nice change. Sadly, the characters aren’t done particularly well and have no satisfying resolution.
Objective Rating (Average):2.8/4 (Good)

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