Star Trek: “The Way to Eden”

Title: Star Trek“The Way to Eden”
Year: 1969
Network: NBC
Episode: the twentieth (of twenty-four) from season three; 50 minutes
Creator: Gene Roddenberry
Director: David Alexander
Writer: Arthur Heinemann; story by D.C. Fontana & Heinemann
Starring: William Shatner
With: Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, Skip Homeier, Charles Napier, Mary Linda Rapelye, Walter Koenig
Music: Alexander Courage (theme); Fred Steiner
Cinematography: Al Francis
Editing: Fabien D. Tordjmann
I saw it: on video and TV several times, most recently yesterday (have on DVD)
Synopsis: hippie hi-jackers

My reaction
Concept:1/4 (Bad) However, the simple absense of supernatural powers is so welcome by this point that I almost don’t notice the lack of any good ideas to take their place.
Story:2/4 (Indifferent)
Characters:3/4 (Good)
Dialog:2/4 (Indifferent)
Pacing:1/4 (Bad)
Cinematography:2/4 (Indifferent)
Special effects/design:4/4 (Great)
Acting:2/4 (Indifferent) Homeier and Napier are both pretty good in their key scenes. Rapelye and Koenig are awful.
Music:1/4 (Bad) Fucking hippies.
Subjective Rating: 6/10 (Okay, 2/4 (Indifferent)). There’s not really much to it, but in the (relatively few) places where it’s moving forward, it’s perfectly good. On the other hand: jam sessions. On the other other hand: pretty girls without much clothing.
Objective Rating (Average):2/4 (Indifferent)


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