Star Trek: “Turnabout Intruder”

Title: Star Trek“Turnabout Intruder”
Year: 1969
Network: NBC
Episode: the last (of twenty-four) from season three; 50 minutes
Creator: Gene Roddenberry
Director: Herb Wallerstein
Writer: Arthur H. Singer; story by Gene Roddenberry
Starring: William Shatner
With: Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, Sandra Smith, Harry Landers, James Doohan
Music: Alexander Courage (theme); Fred Steiner
Cinematography: Al Francis
Editing: Donald R. Rode
I saw it: on video and TV several times, most recently yesterday (have on DVD)
Synopsis: body swap

My reaction
Concept:2/4 (Indifferent)
Story:3/4 (Good)
Characters:1/4 (Bad) “Intense hatred of her own womanhood.” What?
Dialog:2/4 (Indifferent)
Pacing:3/4 (Good)
Cinematography:2/4 (Indifferent)
Special effects/design:4/4 (Great)
Acting:3/4 (Good) Shatner’s ridiculous, but Smith usually makes a reasonably convincing Kirk.
Music:4/4 (Great)
Subjective Rating: 6/10 (Okay, 2/4 (Indifferent)). And the series ends with a bang, of sorts: all new heights of sexism. It could have been fixed, too, with just a tweak of two or three lines of dialog – making it so that the villain’s problem is that she’s criminally insane, rather than that she’s a woman. Sigh.
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