Star Trek: “The Savage Curtain”

Title: Star Trek“The Savage Curtain”
Year: 1969
Network: NBC
Episode: the twenty-second (of twenty-four) from season three; 50 minutes
Creator: Gene Roddenberry
Director: Herschel Daugherty
Writers: Gene Roddenberry & Arthur Heinemann; story by Roddenberry
Starring: William Shatner
With: Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, Lee Bergere, Barry Atwater, Phillip Pine
Music: Alexander Courage (theme); Fred Steiner
Cinematography: Al Francis
Editing: Bill Brame
I saw it: on video and TV several times, most recently yesterday (have on DVD)
Synopsis: first, Abraham Lincoln In Space; then, yet another arena battle

My reaction
Concept:2/4 (Indifferent)
Story:3/4 (Good)
Characters:3/4 (Good)
Dialog:3/4 (Good)
Pacing:3/4 (Good)
Cinematography:2/4 (Indifferent)
Special effects/design:4/4 (Great)
Acting:3/4 (Good) Great casting. The ancient Vulcan looks like he walked in out of a medieval painting, and the guy from 21st-century Earth is a classic 1950’s spaceman.
Music:4/4 (Great)
Subjective Rating: 7/10 (Good, 3/4 (Good)). When Abraham Lincoln shows up, even though you know by this point in the series that it’s just going to be some god-like-powers bullshit, you can’t help being intrigued. There’s just something inherently fascinating to me about showing the future to a figure from the past. And you really want to know where this could possibly be leading. It doesn’t end up leading anywhere novel – just another Space Monster Wants to Make You Fight Each Other scenario. But it’s one of the better episodes of that formula, with a relatively interesting character dynamic.
Objective Rating (Average):3/4 (Good)


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