November 30, 2011

Star Trek: "Bem"

Star Trek [The Animated Series]: "Bem," 1974 (the second episode of six from season two). A visiting diplomat joins and sabotages a mission.

Created by Gene Roddenberry. Directed by Hal Sutherland. Written by David Gerrold. Starring William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy & James Doohan.

Concept: 2/4 (Indifferent)
Story: 1/4 (Bad)
Characters: 1/4 (Bad)
Dialog: 1/4 (Bad)
Pacing: 2/4 (Indifferent)
Cinematography: 2/4 (Indifferent)
Special effects/design: 2/4 (Indifferent)
Acting: 2/4 (Indifferent)
Music: 4/4 (Great)
Subjective Rating: 5/10 (Indifferent, 2/4). The potentially interesting science fiction element is promptly ignored almost as soon as it's introduced. Meanwhile, we're supposed to care about the development of a character that would be annoying even if he were in a show with decent character writing. But at least there are no crimes against logic.
Objective Rating (Average): 1.9/4 (Eh)

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