Star Trek: “Beyond the Farthest Star”

Title: Star Trek [The Animated Series]: “Beyond the Farthest Star”
Year: 1973
Network: NBC
Episode: the first (of sixteen) from season one; 24 minutes
Creator: Gene Roddenberry
Director: Hal Sutherland
Writer: Samuel A. Peeples
Starring: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley
With: George Takei, Nichelle Nichols, James Doohan
Music: Alexander Courage (theme); Ray Ellis, Norm Prescott
I saw it: on video a couple times, most recently a few days ago (have on DVD)
Synopsis: an ancient spaceship is orbiting a dead star

My reaction
Concept:4/4 (Great)
Story:2/4 (Indifferent)
Characters:1/4 (Bad) No time for characters – too much awesome science fiction.
Dialog:4/4 (Great) Most of this episode consists of discussion of astrophysics. Kids love that shit.
Pacing:3/4 (Good) Way too fast. On the other hand, the half hour time slot leaves no room for Kirk to even think about getting his romantic subplot on; dude’s forced to captain a starship for a change.
Cinematography:2/4 (Indifferent)
Special effects/design:4/4 (Great) Yeah, the animation of people – or anything else that moves, really – is awful. But other than that, it is a beautiful, beautiful show.
Acting:2/4 (Indifferent)
Music:4/4 (Great)
Subjective Rating: 9/10 (One of my favorites, 4/4 (Great)). I guess four years of not making Star Trek gave them a chance to figure out what people liked about the show. This takes everything good about it, throws out the garbage, and adds in the wonderful bonus of not having to worry about a special effects budget.
Objective Rating (Average):3/4 (Good)


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