Thursday May 08, 2008

Wil Wheaton speaks out

Check out Wil Wheaton's blog on "re-inventing" Star Trek.

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Tuesday Apr 29, 2008

Preview - "The Doomsday Machine"

Preview - "The Doomsday Machine":
Preview - "The Doomsday Machine"

Remastering on the entire TOS is complete ... I've enclosed a link to the preview of my personal favorite: The Doomsday Machine. Star Trek has rarely looked better, and rarely sounded better, split infinitive and all.

Edit: some folks have sent email asking about the "split infinitive". The Wikipedia article explains it better than I ever could, but suffice it say that in the opening monologue the phrase "to boldly go where no man has gone before" occurs. The bolded text is the split infinitive. The correct phrase, of course, is "to go boldly", and if you are man enough to correct Captain James T. Kirk on his mission statement, go for it.


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Wednesday Apr 23, 2008

"The Devil in the Dark"

"The Devil in the Dark" is an episode of "Star Trek". Kirk and Spock, assisted by a crew of redshirts and a group of pergium miners in an ugly mood, search for a lifeform that can burrow through solid rock by excreting an extremely corrosive acid. The episode is a fan favorite and is distinguished by the following:

  • A McCoy-ism: "I'm a Doctor, not a bricklayer" when ordered by his Captain to treat the lifeform, which is "virtually made out of stone". The line is delivered with outstanding comedic timing in a conversation between DeForest Kelley and William Shatner.
  • A Vulcan mind meld. Spock joins his mind to that of the lifeform.
  • "Phaser I" and "Phaser II" are mentioned in passing. Phasers are directed energy weapons.
  • The death of a redshirt.

[posted with ecto]

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Sunday Oct 21, 2007

"World Enough and Time" best yet from New Voyages

Fan films are getting better and better, and "World Enough and Time" is the best offering so far from Star Trek: New Voyages. Good story, good pacing, incredible special effects. George Takei returns as Sulu and gives an excellent performance, waving cutlasses and showing extreme emotional depth. In fact the most jarring thing about watching New Voyages is the guest stars: the professional actors can either raise scenes to a new level, or point out amateur mistakes and missteps: visualize Olivier playing Hamlet in a high school play. Takei causes the former effect, he is a real professional and it shows.

This episode is almost worthy of being broadcast, seriously, it is that good.

Captain Sulu, wondering about "enough time" on board the Excelsior:


From the download page:

"A Romulan weapons test goes awry and snares the Enterprise in an inter-dimensional trap. Lt. Commander Sulu returns to find himself 30 years out of place and the key to saving the crew of the Enterprise as the precarious grasp on their own dimension begins to slip. Guest starring George Takei, who returns to the role of Hikaru Sulu, which he played on television in Star Trek (TOS) and in Star Trek: Voyager, as well as in the six feature Star Trek films. Written by Michael Reaves and Marc Scott Zicree. Directed by Marc Scott Zicree."

Star Trek: New Voyages episode download.

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Friday Oct 19, 2007

The Doomsday Machine: remastered with new graphics

I watched the classic Star Trek episode "The Doomsday Machine" in its remastered form last night. New opening, completely new CGI Enterprise, CGI Doomsday Machine. It was absolutely magnificent. Powerful acting performances from Shatner, Nimoy, and guest star William Windom had already elevated this episode above its Cold War mentality, the CGI is icing on what is already a good cake. Word - unsubstantiated rumor in other words - is that Windom improvised the entire sequence with Kirk at that first meeting. Here's a sample:

Capt. Kirk: "Matt, where's your crew? "
Commodore Decker: "On the third planet."
Capt. Kirk: "There IS no third planet!"

Commodore Decker: "Don't you think I know that?"

"The Doomsday Machine", "Balance of Terror", and "The City on the Edge of Forever" consistently rank very high in fan polls as favorite Star Trek episodes. The remastered Doomsday is well worth watching. "The Doomsday Machine" holds up very well for its age. Powerful story, incredible acting performances from William Windom and Leonard Nimoy, especially in their interactions. The music is also very engaging (so popular it was used over and over in the 2d season). One man's opinion: "The Doomsday Machine" should be in the top 5 of ALL Star Trek episodes, in any of the series.

Checkout the memory-alpha article for some good pictures, and side-by-side with the original transmission. Memory Alpha is one of the best fan-wikis around.

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