As with anything regarding Trek, news of the newly remastered Star Trek: The Original Series with new CGI effects has sparked much debate amongst Trekkies, pitting enhancement advocates against Trek ‘purists’. Today on G4’s Attack of the Show, Star Trek Remastered producer David Rossi debated the project with Geek magazine editor (and contributor to the new ‘Star Trek Constellations‘ book) Jeff Bond. Rossi began by saying that he considers himself a ‘purist’ and would have been against the project years ago, but after seeing how younger audiences ‘snicker’ at the old effects he feels the show needs a facelift. “There is no reason why a ten year old shouldn’t be able to to sit down and get immersed into the show and realize that Captain Kirk and the crew and the Enterprise are kick ass,” argued Rossi.
Jeff Bond countered that parents should be able to explain to their kids that things looked different in the 60s. Although Rossi said that there would be no changes to the fundamental story, Bond expressed concern about what kind of changes CBS Paramount had in mind. Bond pressed Rossi plans to fix what CBS are calling ‘goofs’, saying that they are ‘part of the charm of the show’ questioning the need to alter them. “Part of the legacy of the original show is that it did incredible things with no special effects budget,” said Bond.
Bond along with Attack of the Show host Kevin Perera expressed the concern that the new show would become the ‘definitive version’ of Trek, just as Lucas did for his re-released Star Wars films. Rossi assured viewers that the classic non-enhanced version would continue to be available. G4 currently run Star Trek in it’s original form and TV Land will begin to show Trek starting later this year. Classic Trek is also available on DVD, no word yet on which version will end up on HD-DVD or BluRay. Eugene Roddenberry Jr. also appeared and seemed to support the new enhanced show, as long as fans continued to have a choice. He even stated that his father, Star Trek creator Eugene Roddenberry, would have approved, saying “I know he would be all for bringing it into the future.”
G4 are also running a poll on the question “Does Star Trek need a facelift” and so far the vote is yes by over 60%. The segment also showed some before and after footage as well as some behind the scenes shots of the CGI work and the re-recording of the original score. G4 usually put up videos for each segment with a day or two, when they do this article will add a link. TrekMovie.com has been told more of these behind the scenes shots should be made available via other outlets and possibly YouTube soon…we will update as soon as it shows up anywhere.