Star Trek: “The Tholian Web”

Title: Star Trek“The Tholian Web”
Year: 1968
Network: NBC
Episode: the ninth (of twenty-four) from season three; 50 minutes
Creator: Gene Roddenberry
Director: Herb Wallerstein
Writers: Judy Burns & Chet Richards
Starring: William Shatner
With: Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, James Doohan, George Takei, Walter Koenig, Nichelle Nichols
Music: Alexander Courage (theme); Fred Steiner
Cinematography: Al Francis
Editing: Bill Brame
I saw it: on video and TV several times, most recently yesterday (have on DVD)
Synopsis: Kirk is out of phase with reality, space infects with rage, and some aliens spin a web

My reaction
Concept:0/4 (Terrible) Three completely unrelated ideas, not one of which quite makes sense on its own, tossed together without even an attempt at connecting them.
Story:1/4 (Bad)
Characters:2/4 (Indifferent) Huge missed opportunity. I don’t know if Bones is just poorly written, or if he’s supposed to be infected with rage, but either way he doesn’t make sense.
Dialog:2/4 (Indifferent)
Pacing:3/4 (Good)
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)). There never is any explanation or resolution for… anything. Yeah, they get Kirk back, and find a treatment for the symptoms of space-rabies, but there’s not even a little curiosity about the how or the why of things.
Objective Rating (Average):2.2/4 (Okay)


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