September 22, 2011

Star Trek: "The Cage"

Title: Star Trek“The Cage”
Year: 1988 (produced 1965)
Network: NBC
Episode: pilot; 64 minutes
Creator: Gene Roddenberry
Director: Robert Butler
Writer: Gene Roddenberry
Starring: Jeffrey Hunter
With: Susan Oliver, Leonard Nimoy, Majel Barrett, John Hoyt, Peter Duryea, Laurel Goodwin
Music: Alexander Courage
Cinematography: William E. Snyder
Editing: Leo H. Shreve
I saw it: on video a couple times, most recently yesterday (have on DVD)
Synopsis: telepathic aliens capture a space captain

My reaction
Concept:4/4 (Great)
Story:2/4 (Indifferent) Nothing any of the characters do has any effect on the outcome of the story.
Characters:3/4 (Good)
Dialog:3/4 (Good)
Pacing:2/4 (Indifferent)
Cinematography:2/4 (Indifferent)
Special effects/design:4/4 (Great)
Acting:3/4 (Good)
Music:4/4 (Great)
Subjective Rating: 7/10 (Good, 3/4 (Good)). It's a good thing this pilot didn't get picked up as is; the show badly needed the retooling it got, particularly the recasting. All the actors and characters are all perfectly good, but they're just... kind of boring.
Objective Rating (Average):3/4 (Good)

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