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Old May 14 2013, 10:18 PM   #52
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Re: "The Alternative Factor" - Why is it so universally hated?

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Personally, I find it absolutely astonishing TAF would come bottom in a grading of TOS episodes behind the likes of Spock's Brain, And The Children Shall Lead, The Way To Eden etc.
I won't quibble about the others, but "Spock's Brain" is a much better episode than it's given credit for. I think the reason it gets so much attention as a bad episode is not because it's the worst episode, but because it's the most entertainingly bad episode. It's silly, yes, but it's fun, unlike some of the other "worsts." It maintains a good pace and the cast seems to be having a good time. It has good production values, particularly that great rear-projected graphic on the bridge viewscreen, something we almost never saw in TOS. It gave the supporting cast bigger roles than usual since Spock was absent for much of it; the scene of Kirk, Sulu, Uhura, and Chekov reasoning out a problem on the bridge is just great stuff. And it has Fred Steiner's best, richest, grandest musical score of the entire series, as if to make up for the story's shortcomings.
Actually it was the ONLY time we saw the rear-projected view screen (we saw a static version during "The Doomsday Machine" when Kirk walked in front of it) and we get a good view of that little shown defense station to the right of the view screen . I agree with you on the score which is fabulous except that annoying spacey sounding stuff. It's kind of what I was eluding to earlier; even the worst episodes had some unique and interesting elements to them.

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