Sunday, June 28, 2009

Star Trek--"And the Children Shall Lead"

The is a constant that runs through all five trek series: episodes centering around children are awful. Doubly so if the kids a brats. “And the Children Shall Lead” is certainly no exception. It is more orless a retead of the first season’s “Miri” with a villain of the week rather than a plague having killed off the grown ups.

All of the adults have been killed on a federation outpost. Their children do not seem particularly bothered now that they are all orphans. They have a "friendly angel” to hang out with named Gorgon. He helps them take over the Enterprise and cause havoc before thecrew shows them old images of their parents playing with them. Thekids realize what has happened and burst into tears. Gorgon loses all his influence over them since they are now upset.

That is pretty much it. The episode is basically “Miri’ with a darker ending. These kids are going to wind up much more traumatized than the survivors of "Miri” and all because of an uninteresting villain with no obvious motivation for his evil actions. To add insult to injury, we see the full Federation flag for the first time. It is this gaudyred thing with cheap stars around the trimming. It looks like something a cash strapped high school would use at sporting events. I would have expected better from an interstellar Federation.

There are no bright spots whatsoever in ‘And the Children Shall Lead.” I wanted to cry right along side the kids for the hour of my life I will never get back.

Rating: * (out of 5)

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