Keith R.A. DeCandido (kradical) wrote,
Keith R.A. DeCandido

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Star Trek The Original Series Rewatch: "The Cloud Minders"

Spock flirts with a hot chick in a city on the clouds, which sounds way cooler than this episode actually is. The TOS Rewatch suffers through "The Cloud Minders."

An excerpt:
And yet, the script goes out of its way to make the folks on Stratos as revolting as possible, from Jeff Corey’s blustery performance as Plasus, giving nothing like the impression of the leader of a city of artists and philosophers, to Diana Ewing’s overwhelming vapidity as Droxine. (Also, Spock? What the hell? You won’t give Leila Kalomi the time of day, unless you’ve been whammied by spores, anyhow, but you hit on this twit? Seriously?) Plus there’s the use of “the rays” (up all night coming up with that one, huh, Margaret?), which aren’t some ancient device brought out of storage but a thing they have lying around for everyday use. So they’re simultaneously off the hook but also so stereotypically evil that they are utterly unredemptive as bad guys. There’s no nuance to the performances, making it impossible to care about either side.

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