Star Trek: “That Which Survives”

Title: Star Trek“That Which Survives”
Year: 1969
Network: NBC
Episode: the seventeenth (of twenty-four) from season three; 50 minutes
Creator: Gene Roddenberry
Director: Herb Wallerstein
Writer: John Meredyth Lucas; story by D.C. Fontana
Starring: William Shatner
With: Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, Lee Meriwether, James Doohan, George Takei
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: haunted by a woman who is deadly to the touch

My reaction
Concept:1/4 (Bad)
Story:1/4 (Bad)
Characters:0/4 (Terrible)
Dialog:0/4 (Terrible)
Pacing:2/4 (Indifferent)
Cinematography:2/4 (Indifferent)
Special effects/design:4/4 (Great)
Acting:2/4 (Indifferent)
Music:4/4 (Great)
Subjective Rating: 3/10 (Bad, 1/4 (Bad)). There’s hardly a single exchange in this whole episode in which someone – usually Kirk or Spock – doesn’t bitch someone out. It’s like the leads have been replaced by internet commenters. Sulu and Scotty can’t get a word out without someone jumping down their throats to inform them that “actually, you’re wrong about this little detail, and I’m smarter than you.” Even if the story was good, it would still be too horrible to watch.
Objective Rating (Average):1.7/4 (Eh)


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