November 21, 2011
Star Trek: "The Pirates of Orion"
Title: Star Trek [The Animated Series]: "The Pirates of Orion"
Episode: the first (of six) from season two; 24 minutes
Creator: Gene Roddenberry
Director: Hal Sutherland
Writer: Howard Weinstein
Starring: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley
With: George Takei, Nichelle Nichols, Majel Barrett, James Doohan
Music: Alexander Courage (theme); Ray Ellis, Norm Prescott
I saw it: on video a couple times, most recently yesterday (have on DVD)
Synopsis: pirates steal medicine Spock needs to live
Concept: 2/4 (Indifferent)
Story: 3/4 (Good)
Characters: 1/4 (Bad)
Dialog: 1/4 (Bad)
Pacing: 3/4 (Good)
Cinematography: 2/4 (Indifferent)
Special effects/design: 3/4 (Good)
Acting: 2/4 (Indifferent)
Music: 4/4 (Great)
Subjective Rating: 5/10 (Indifferent, 2/4). It's simple, lacking anything even remotely clever. But that can make for a better episode than when they try harder and end up with something that doesn't make sense.
Objective Rating (Average): 2.3/4 (Okay)