Star Trek: “The Mark of Gideon”

Title: Star Trek“The Mark of Gideon”
Year: 1969
Network: NBC
Episode: the sixteenth (of twenty-four) from season three; 50 minutes
Creator: Gene Roddenberry
Director: Jud Taylor
Writers: George F. Slavin & Stanley Adams
Starring: William Shatner
With: Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, Sharon Acker, David Hurst
Music: Alexander Courage (theme); Fred Steiner
Cinematography: Al Francis
Editing: Fabien D. Tordjmann
I saw it: on video and TV several times, most recently a couple days ago (have on DVD)
Synopsis: Kirk’s beamed onto an empty Enterprise

My reaction
Concept:3/4 (Good)
Story:2/4 (Indifferent)
Characters:0/4 (Terrible) Granted, the plot hinges on their being bad characters, but that hardly forgives it.
Dialog:3/4 (Good)
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)). The strange and creepy mystery in the first half of the episode is enough to make me enjoy it, but the frustrating nonsense of the second half is enough to stop me from liking it.
Objective Rating (Average):2.5/4 (Okay)


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