Star Trek: “Plato’s Stepchildren”

Title: Star Trek“Plato’s Stepchildren”
Year: 1968
Network: NBC
Episode: the tenth (of twenty-four) from season three; 50 minutes
Creator: Gene Roddenberry
Director: David Alexander
Writer: Meyer Dolinsky
Starring: William Shatner
With: Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, Michael Dunn, Liam Sullivan, Barbara Babcock, Nichelle Nichols, Majel Barrett
Music: Alexander Courage
Cinematography: Al Francis
Editing: Bruce Schoengarth
I saw it: on video and TV several times, most recently yesterday (have on DVD)
Synopsis: God-like powers. Again.

My reaction
Concept:0/4 (Terrible) Nope, did that already. About a dozen times. One of which is so similar to this one I’d call it a re-make.
Story:0/4 (Terrible) 45 minutes of silly torture, 3 minutes of nonsense, and 2 minutes of story.
Characters:2/4 (Indifferent)
Dialog:1/4 (Bad)
Pacing:0/4 (Terrible) Corny, horribly written Star Trek is one thing. But boring Star Trek? No excuse.
Cinematography:2/4 (Indifferent)
Special effects/design:4/4 (Great)
Acting:2/4 (Indifferent)
Music:4/4 (Great)
Subjective Rating: 4/10 (Eh, 2/4 (Indifferent)). If they insist on doing a crappy knock-off of previous episodes, couldn’t they at least copy good episodes? Or maybe just show a re-run and save everyone a lot of trouble.
Objective Rating (Average):1.7/4 (Eh)


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