Star Trek: “Requiem for Methuselah”

Title: Star Trek“Requiem for Methuselah”
Year: 1969
Network: NBC
Episode: the nineteenth (of twenty-four) from season three; 50 minutes
Creator: Gene Roddenberry
Director: Murray Golden
Writer: Jerome Bixby
Starring: William Shatner
With: Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, James Daly, Louise Sorel
Music: Alexander Courage (theme); Fred Steiner, Ivan Ditmars
Cinematography: Al Francis
Editing: Donald R. Rode
I saw it: on video and TV several times, most recently a few days ago (have on DVD)
Synopsis: Kirk hits on an immortal man’s ward

My reaction
Concept:1/4 (Bad)
Story:2/4 (Indifferent)
Characters:0/4 (Terrible)
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: 3/10 (Bad, 1/4 (Bad)). Very probably The Worst character writing in all of Star Trek. Which is very frustrating, since the basic ideas of the characters have a lot of potential. It’s also slightly frustrating that the episode isn’t ultimately about the immortal guy – which would have been a novel concept – but instead focuses on his robotics science project, which we’ve seen in multiple previous episodes. But that’s not really important, because oh my god why is Kirk hopelessly in love with someone he just met?
Objective Rating (Average):2/4 (Indifferent)


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