Tuesday, 15 July 2008

Star Trek: TOS 3.1 - Spectre of the Gun

Review 55 - Episode 56

The One set in the Old West

The start of a new Season is always a good boost for a series. Changes have normally been made, some subtle like lighting and sounds, others major like new cast members. There's nothing hugely different here, beyond Scotty's hairdo and the lack of a budget, but if feels fresh all the same.

The episode is a bit of a dog however. Kirk is warned of a planet, but ignores it and visits anyway. They're punished by being sentenced to death by means of a distant memory in Kirks brain, mainly the gunfight at the OK Corral. However, since Trek can't afford a budget, the sets are all extremely basic and it has the appearance of a stage play, especially since they're playing other characters.

It's slightly surreal watching it and Kirk really is an idiot for forging ahead with visiting the planet. The solution is logical and it's interesting seeing Spock mind melding with all of them, but the lesson learned at the end has been done to death, where Kirk spares his opponents life and the alien see's he is peaceful. Also, alien with God like powers? Hello, I though we'd done that to death by now.

Watchable for the strange setting, but rather dull and cheap looking.


Overall Star Trek Franchise Rating so far: 160/275

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