Star Trek is in good hands

Star Trek has lived long and prospered, and it will continue to do so, if these guys have anything to say about it.

CBS Paramount Domestic Television is digitally remastering episodes of the iconic 1960s sci-fi series for broadcast syndication, with all-new special effects and music, to celebrate the groundbreaking series' 40th anniversary, which occured September 8. CBS TV president John Nogawski and Star Trek visual effects supervisors Dave Rossi and Michael Okuda spoke in a conference call discussing Star Trek's 21st-century makeover.

All involved said they wanted to stay true to the original series.

"The purpose of this [effects update] is to...not change the story and not change the plot, because we are all so passionate about the way it exists," said David Rossi. "What we're really trying to do here is just enhance the experience of watching Star Trek that people can have."

Much talk has been made over the years about the different looks for the Klingons, but the classic villains remain the same in these updated episodes.

"We wouldn't...dream of [changing them]. The Klingons existed as the way they are in that series and there's...an episode of [most recent Trek series] Enterprise that explains why there's a difference in the Klingons from the original series and the Klingons from future series," Rossi said. "So there's no reason for us to go back and do that. And the time it would take us to do that and the amount of resources would be crazy."

"The star patterns that were in the original opening are exactly duplicated in the new opening. We smoothed out the motion of the Enterprise," added vid Rossi. "It flies more dynamically now. It occupies real space. It doesn't look like a model anymore. So that's kind of the angle we took on it."

Okuda said they used the original show's look as a template for any tweaks.

"Star Trek is a period piece, albeit a period in the far future. So all the decisions are being made to honor the production style, the style of cinematography and the style of editing," said Michael Okuda. "With that as our guidance...it follows very logically trying to re-create the look and feel of the original series."

"When I was first approached, I was a little apprehensive because...I [was] concerned that the changes would be jarring," Okuda added. "But then when I understood CBS Paramount's intention was to honor the original, not to change it...I became very enthusiastic about it."

Nogawski said one of the biggest reason's for updating the show is to keep it viable in the age of high-definition TV and beyond.

"As we move into eventually a much better television set than there was in the sixties, moving into more lines of resolution to all the way up to HD, [Star Trek] would have not held up to that viewer," Nogawski said. "And that viewer, in many ways, is kind of who you're addressing as the younger viewer who really was not alive when the show was originally produced and may never have watched it up to this date. So it was really imperative to make this change... You're going to get to the point where black-and-white [and] what was shot over the last forty years is going to become a memory if you don't have these things looking the way that the eye is used to looking at them going forward."

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Having watched several episodes of the new re mastering and special effects I have to give it two thumbs up. The special effects changes support the story and make it refreshing and fun to watch. Sadly broadcasters are cutting so much for commercials it's now very difficult to watch. For example in the "Doomsday Machine" the scene where Decker refuses to turn over command to Spock and Kirk says Blast Regulations is almost completely cut with Decker just turning over command with no drama at all. The statement by Decker to Spock not recognizing his Authority and the Statement by Spock that Vulcan's never bluff is completely cut. Another example in in the Paradise Syndrome the the small but important bit of dialog that Miramani is pregnant is completely cut from the episode! THIS editing is worse than ANY Special Effects changes could ever do to the series. Reminds me way back in the 1970s when CBN obtained the broadcast rights and did some edits and caused an uproar in the Trekker Community.
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after first noticing the updated effects, I had the thought that they would go nuts over the effects. However, after seeing "The Troubles With Tribbles" they sold me on the updates.
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I just got the TOS dvd boxsets, but I'm still excited about the new HD versions. I think it will help secure Trek's future if it can be seen again in HD.



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LIVE LONG AND PROSPER !!!!!!!!
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I think it's a great idea enhancing the audio video experience for watching it in high definition! I love Star Trek and watching it with some more eye candy I know I'll love it even more.
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Hopefully all they will do is give the show a little extra shine. Other than upgrading the sound and some of the visuals I hope not much is changed.
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The original music will be re-recorded in stereo with a full orchestra and singer. You can check it out on a CBS promotional video on YouTube. At first I didn't like the idea, but after reading interviews with the people who are doing the project, they love Star Trek as much as I do. The thing is George Lucas went CGI crazy with the original trilogy, I feel strongly now that this won't happen with the original Star Trek, it will be in good hands.
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Aside from the fact that Han shot first, I was fine with the special edition Star Wars effects and I'm fine with this.
When they say they will redo the music I hope they just mean full orchestra in suround sound and not replace the music. It just wouldn't be the same without that "fight to the death" music we all know and love.
My only worry is that those Futurama episodes with Star Trek references might not look as acurate now.
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I say leave it alone. They where made that way so they should stay that way. Besides that is the way I remember watching them back then and now on DVD.

I wont buy the series again rehanced. That would be the 3rd time for me.
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Maybe they'll get Katie Holmes to do DVD commentary.
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I don't trust them for a moment! These are the same arguments for colorizing B/W films. Another idea that is criminal. While it is true that television reception has gotten better, redoing a show or shows for this reason is not valid. Could you imagine redoing the Honeymooners, or Twilight Zone just to mention two diverse but beloved shows. I say no to remastering and tinkering. The charm and appeal of the shows is being able to see them and appreciate them for what they are, and the work that went into them with the skills and tools of the time.
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