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The Arsenal of Freedom

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Title : The Arsenal of Freedom Rating : 4
First Aired : 11 Apr 1988 Stardate : 41798.2
Director : Les Landau Year : 2364
Writers : Maurice Hurley, Robert Lewin Season : 1
Rating : 2.5000 for 2 reviewsAdd your own review
Reviewer : Guybrush Rating : 2
Review : A decent idea gets weighed down (perhaps more heavily than in any other first season episode) by campy and unbelievable 80's set designs and special effects. Typically this wouldn't be as large of an issue, but considering that so much of this episode is spent on the unrealistic jungle planet surface set in question, it gets in the way a lot for me. The automated weapons that continuously menace the away team are equally as comical in appearance, looking like a model rushed through the design phase and hung on fishing wire. This disarms much of the tension they are meant to create in the story, and in effect eliminates a lot of the entertainment.
Reviewer : Indefatigable Rating : 3
Review : An excellent 'man vs machine' battle. Nothing special, but handled very well. I liked some of the solutions to the weapons problems, especially Geordi taking the drive section into the atmosphere. They also had the sense to separate the ship when they needed to - the most woefully under-used plot device in Star Trek. Apart from the Minoans creating a weapon so effective that they destroyed themselves, I don't know if there's much more depth than just action, but it still gets a good rating. By the way, I think we've learnt that Denise Crosby can aim a phaser much better than Jonathan Frakes.
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