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Review of The Corbomite Maneuver Remastered December 10, 2006

by Matt Wright , Filed under: Review,TOS Remastered , trackback

"You are under our power…"

This is a favorite episode for me; perhaps because it is one of the first episodes I bought on video tape with allowance money I had saved up.

You don’t see The Corbomite Maneuver brought up a lot as a top and/or favorite episode. The Trouble with Tribbles and The City on the Edge of Forever inevitably come up. However if the episode title The Corbomite Maneuver is brought up it seems a lot of people like it, it just doesn’t come to mind when top episode lists are made.

The Corbomite Maneuver has some interesting interactions between the crew and probably the largest starship ever to be shown during TOS.

Ted Cassidy’s voice along with the odd cat eye alien puppet scared me as a child. He would scare me again a few episodes later, in person this time, as “Ruk” in What are Little Girls Made Of?

The Episode
This episode was the first to be filmed when the series was picked up. This makes it not too long after Where No Man Has Gone Before, obviously some time has passed — crew members have come and gone and the Enterprise has been refit with new warp engines, deflector dish, and a new bridge module.

So this is a new mix of crew: Uhura is relatively new, Rand appears to be brand new, and Sulu’s promotion to helmsman is recent as well. Kirk and McCoy are already quite comfortable and casual with one another; McCoy is rather candid about Kirk’s actions with Bailey and even gives Kirk a little jibe under the guise of psychology.

Kirk’s mettle really shines in the episode; the name of the episode is titled after his famous bluff of the obviously superior force. He would use it again to get out of trouble with the Romulans in the second season.

We’re reminded that not every young officer is perfect, Bailey is being pushed hard and he flips out as the time to their destruction ticks away, can you blame him? A very large starship is sitting directly in front of your ship, there is a creepy alien on the viewscreen, and there doesn’t seem to be a way out. This reminds us that people in TOS aren’t perfect and new bridge officers often have an adjustment to make in the face of real stress (*cough* Wesley Crusher).

While the cast interaction has mostly found the formula we will come to know and love Spock is still a bit out of character: he makes a rather caustic comment to Bailey about getting his adrenal gland removed.

Production wise there are still some rough edges. The odd height collars on some of the uniform shirts soon disappear. Some very obvious zippers on the collars and even a few collars not zipped up fully make it into the episode. The bridge is lit differently then it would be in the later episodes. There is a lot of emphasis on the lighting over the top of the workstations which flood colored light down. The lighting scheme used in this episode also brings out shininess in the actors skin. Thankfully, this will change after the next episode produced (Mudd’s Women). Lastly, Spock is still being shot significantly different then the rest of the crew. He gets odd angles that shoot upward or slightly askew. We get it, he’s an alien… move on. Again, after Mudd’s Women this mostly stops.


Spock with high collar and shot from slightly below

New Effects
The CBS Digital team has really hit their stride with this episode. In an early interview with the CBS team Mike Okuda said he really liked the work they were doing on The Corbomite Maneuver, I can see why. The new CG shots add up to around 6 ½ minutes. This is quite a bit more then most other episodes.
The new CG is awe inspiring. The detail on the Fesarius as it dwarfs the Enterprise is incredible. The CBS Digital team made a good call and kept the overall design esthetics but made it look like an actual ship, the round Christmas bulbs of the old model are now geodesic domes interconnected by machinery and docking clamps, etc.


Dwarfed by the Fesarius

The team also paid attention to the light the objects in this episode emit. The buoy’s spinning colors are reflected on the Enterprise’s hull, likewise the giant yellow-orange Fesarius washes the tiny Enterprise in light. It feels like what they would have wanted to do in the 1960s if they could have. Remember TOS was touted by NBC as a reason to buy a new color TV set. So the proper lighting from the spinning cube and the wash from the Fesarius is perfect. It would sure make me want a color TV if I were watching Star Trek on an old black and white set. Sort of like how we all want to have the remastered episodes in their full high definition glory, who knows it might help sell an HDTV or two …are you listening CBS?

The CBS Digital team has gone above and beyond their initial mission of simply recreating the space shots in CG. There are two new shots that have no equivalent in the original episode which is just fine with me as the shots that these replace in the original were simply recycled shots. The first is a shot of the buoy sitting in the Enterprise’s path as seen over the saucer section, the second is a wonderful starboard flank shot of the Enterprise being towed by Balok’s pilot ship.

The last Enterprise sequence of note is when the Enterprise finally overloads the pilot vessel and is able to break free of the tractor beam. The break away actually breaks away! Kirk orders a right angle sheer and we finally get it!

Other smaller fixes include Sulu’s clock for better continuity with other Star Trek timekeeping methods just as in The Naked Time remastered. And of course the ship’s phaser fire is made consistent.

Perhaps the best compliment is that the new CG looks like it belonged all along. At a quick glance of the cube or a shot of the Fesarius on the viewscreen a casual viewer may not even notice something has changed, things “just look good”, and this is a huge accomplishment.

 

See More Screenshots and a Video Clip of the new CGI

Comments

1. StarTrekkie - December 10, 2006

Excellent review. I never even noticed Spock’s low angle shots before. Fascinating.

2. Dom - December 10, 2006

Nice review. I’m also a big fan of this episode but tend to overlook it!

So did they replace Balok’s missing cue to which Sulu responds ‘I knew he would?’

Or was that bit cut?

3. Cafe 5 - December 10, 2006

I’ve always liked the script on this episode. The actors seem more natural.
The lines sound as a ships captian would speak to his crew. The light
is softer as mentioned and enhances the photography. Rough yes but a
very good beginning. The CGI on the remaster is remarkable.

4. Matt Wright - December 10, 2006

#2 They cut it entirely which is fine by me.

5. Demode - December 10, 2006

Things just look good….. indeed! Best job by CBS Digital yet! Keep it up!!!!

6. Adam Cohen - December 10, 2006

Matt, thank you for another excellent review.

And thank you as well for contributing some excellent content overall to this site. I would like to read your thoughts on the original series movies as well (eventually of course!).

7. FishDS9 - December 10, 2006

Thanks for the great review. I wish the second and third seasons were as good as this episode was, is.

If you’d like to see some clips of the deleted scenes from this and other TOS episodes, head over to http://www.startrekhistory.com/restoration/lost4.html and check out this great resource and archive of many bits of Trek’s past.

8. Lti - December 10, 2006

BE WARNED!! startrekhistory.com is a trap! once you click on the link you will be bombared with requests to access your clipboard and you will be unable to leave.

This page has been linked to many times before in these comments and ive been tricked into clicking on it almost every time. But not any more!
I know better now, and i feel it is my duty to warn you all about it.

If someone knows how I can acess it without my computer going crazy id love to hear from them.

On topic: From what ive seen on youtube this episode looks fantastic and a great improvement on the original.

9. StarTrekkie - December 10, 2006

It’s not a trap. I can view it with no problems whatsoever in Safari. Just get a browser that’s not made by microsoft and has a pop-up blocker and you’ll probably be fine.

10. Matt Wright - December 10, 2006

#8 I think you might want to check your system for malware/viruses.
startrek history is a great site, someone linked to it a while back and I spent hours going over the wealth of behind the scenes knowledge archived there. I did it in IE 6.0 and have had no issues. The page has a JavaScript flag that IE responds to, it can allow or disallow copying of various types of data from webpages. The author of that site has disallowed copying the text content of his site. It is a rather crude method, but nothing too bad.

11. Mooseday - December 10, 2006

#8 – It”s not a trap as such .. just a shoddy way ( and dangerous ) of stopping you from cutting and pasting the content of the website somewhere else by resetting your clipboard to spaces every second. IE6 and IE7 will show warning when a page is trying to do it.

As for the episode – they are only getting better. Well done CBS

12. Mark 2000 - December 10, 2006

I disagree with this review, especially the bits about the original filming styles. The angles and lighting of this episode a superb and I find that the changing of the shows style to more normal and less artistically daring lighting and shots in the the later half of the first season as something terrible. I also liked the higher collars. More science-fictiony looking.

As for the modern CGI, my one complaint is that the enterprise is way to big in the shot when the fesarius approaches and it approaches far slower than the original. The graphics look good, but the composition and timing of the original shot was far more shocking and impressive.

13. Matt Wright - December 10, 2006

I’m not necessarily against the bridge lighting in this episode, I am mostly just pointing out that it is quite different. The negative side of the lighting they used in these early episodes is that it made people’s complexion look quite greasy from certain angles.

I’m also not opposed to Spock being shot differently, but they did it differently 99% of the time in these early couple of episodes, I would rather that they use it sparingly.

14. Greg Stamper - December 10, 2006

Really Good Review Matt. The Balok Puppet and the Salt Vampire both got to me when I was a kid. That’s the thing STAR TREK was in my pre-teen years — it was Scary!

15. Lti - December 10, 2006

Well im looking at startrekhistory.com with firefox and it is indeed a fantastic site.

So my warning is apparently only for people using IE7

16. acb - December 10, 2006

hey, McCoy mentioned a galley in this episode. I guess they do have them on board the ships. ST VI was right!

17. Big Bill Cox - December 10, 2006

This episode was one of my early favorites that got me hooked on Trek. I agree with Greg Stamper – Balok and the Salt Vampire both scared the bejeezus out of me as a kid, along with Ted Cassidy in ‘What are Little Girls Made Of’ and the plague victim that attacks the landing party in ‘Miri’. But I loved every minute of it. The CG team at CBS continues to do a stellar job with the series. The Fesarius looked a lot like the original 1966 version, but with a higher level of detail that the original production team could have managed back in the day. That’s one of the things I really like about Star Trek Remastered – they are successfully updating it without changing the feel or the spirit of it. Way to go, guys!

18. Dave R - December 10, 2006

As one of the co authors of Star Trek History, It’s great to hear some many great comments about the site-Thanks.
Curt is really the artist behind the site and deserves the loins share of credit. We have some great videos I have worked on that will be appearing in the near future so keep an eye out for that.
Yes our site does use some “crude’ methods of trying to protect the content but then again we are just a couple of guys with no ad revenue and limited time so please cut us a little slack…

**enough of the shameless plug..**

19. Granger - December 10, 2006

As a child I was always struck by the different look of this episode and Mudd’s Women, in particular the greasy/sweaty look of the cast. You can sure tell they are early in the production order. I appreciate how you bring this out and explain it in your excellent review. To me, these early shows also have more shaky camera work, but the somewhat shaky shot from behind Kirk exiting the turbolift and walking onto the bridge in this episode is one of my favorites. I really felt like I was part of the scene.

Indeed, I like how the “sweaty” look makes the actors seem more tense, the ship less comfortable, and the situations more perilous. What a strong contrast to the polished look of TNG, its bridge that Matt Jefferies referred to as “a Hilton”, and the lack of peril that afflicted some of its episodes. The early Borg episodes finally brought a real threat to that series.

I too loved several of the brand-new shots you highlighted. It is most rewarding to see the CBS Digital team hitting their stride.

20. Rick M - December 10, 2006

Did anyone notice McCoy’s tunic changes from his stanard uniform to that of his medical tunic while he is on the bridge?

21. TomBot2006 - December 11, 2006

A toast of Tranya to CBS Digital! Nice! I really loved the portrayal of the Enterprise this episode; great looking! Only odd thing about episode is Balok’s “tour” of his ship, lol, it looks quite underwhelming… a circular corridor with curtains(?) !
Can’t wait until break is up! I hope they fix the earlier Remasters to get up to this “standard”, it’d be a shame not to!
~cheers

22. the ambivalent dog - December 11, 2006

8. Lti – December 10, 2006 – It’s most certainly not a trap or anything. Just start using civilized browser that won’t permit a website to access your computer in offensive ways (which means raising, lowering, resizing or any other manipulatons of your browser window, disabling your adress bar, accessing your clipboard in any way, automatic opening of new windows, disabling right clicks and so on). I highly suggest using Opera (www.opera.com), where you can specify if you want to allow any of these actions.

18. Dave R – December 10, 2006 – Well then, when we’ll be able to purchase those restored images from your website? There were some talks about book in planning for 40th anniversary, if I remember correctly… If you don’t want people to use your content for free, I’d gladly pay for high-resolution images without watermarks which I could reprint in my (paper) fanzine or use as my wallpaper. :-)

23. seangh - December 11, 2006

#20 – Yes – that’s a classic TOS continuity error. I was curious to see if CBS -D would do anything with that, but I guess that was a bit beyond their scope,

24. FishDS9 - December 11, 2006

8. Lti – That site works great with Firefox.

18. – Dave R. – If you’re the Dave I think you are, please come back and post at SpaceStation K7. We miss you. Thanks to you and Curt for restoring those images so that all can see and appreciate them.

25. Stanky McFibberich - December 11, 2006

re: 18. Dave R – December 10, 2006

“As one of the co authors of Star Trek History, It’s great to hear some many great comments about the site-Thanks.”

Well, here’s another one. Great site! Have spent a lot of time there.

26. Dip Thong - December 11, 2006

My only compaint about the episode was CBS-D’s new shots of the top rear of the E’s saucer. We can clearly see the cylindrical turbo-shaft-shaped protrusion on the back (the very back) of the bridge dome.

http://trekmovie.com/wp-content/uploads/corbomite/new_saucer_dome_buoy.jpg

They should’ve removed that useless and empty turbo-shaft shaped object from the digital model since we all know that no turbo-shaft is actually in that turbo-shaft shaped space. Because if there was a turbo-shaft in that turbo-shaft shaped object, then that would mean that the command stations on the bridge are angled slightly to the left. And everyone KNOWS you must stear a warp-speed starship sitting facing precisely forward, not slightly angled. I mean, duh. CBS-D is just taunting us with this inaccuracy.

27. diabolik - December 11, 2006

Not anything to do with any upgrades, but I noticed for the first time something that was done. I always thought in the back of my mind that the single door on the turbo-lifts was a cheat. You must have double-doors, inner and outer, for en elevator or anything like that to work.

But near the beginning of the show, several times we see a blue inner set of doors that opened at the same time the red outer bridge doors did! That made the lift seem more real, but I guess it was too mych trouble to coordinate cause they stopped it about the middle of the episode and we never saw it again in others, that I am aware of.

The new effects were awesome! When the Fesarius appeared, I could hear fanboys everywhere saying, “That’s no moon, it’s a space station!”

Great job all around on the new effects. And you know what? It just shows how great the original show is, that you could insert upgraded effects and not make the rest of the show look bad.

Realising that this was the first episode of the series, the first with McCoy, Scotty and Uhura, and how natural they all seemed, shows how well it was put together. It didn’t seem any different from the other shows where they had been there awhile.

I have a new appreciation for this episode.

28. Magic_Al - December 11, 2006

^26. Moving the turbo-shaft would mess up the symmetry of the model. I believe the bridge in “reality” would be designed like this:
http://img275.imageshack.us/img275/4534/fixedbridgepi7.jpg
but for filming they swapped the turbolift and communications modules to put the doors behind the best camera angle of the captain instead of literally behind him. Obviously when they had a chance to fix this in the movies they added a second turbolift to make it symmetrical again. To do it in the series they would have had to move Spock forward one station and put the second turbolift where he was.

29. Alex - December 11, 2006

I really Love the episode , I so happy and thankful for CBS’s hard work!

30. DB - December 11, 2006

Good review, Matt.

“The Corbomite Manuever” actually is in my “top ten” list of TOS episodes. I agree that CBS Digital did a great job — I liked the new Fesarius once I saw it in the episode; the shifting light levels pulsing across its surface were recreated really nicely.

31. CmdrR - December 11, 2006

One last thought (oh, if only it were…) on the position of the Turbolift. In Feng Shui, as in old Westerns, it’s very bad to be seated wtih your back to the door. In Trek, it’s bad for Kirk because Klingons might get the drop on him, or he might miss a chance to sideways glance a new ensignette in go-go boots and a mini.

32. k - December 11, 2006

Great job CBS! Great job on ST:Legacy too!

33. Ralph F - December 11, 2006

What #31 said on the go-go boots thing. :)

34. Rick M - December 11, 2006

According to the old Star Trek blueprints, the bridge actually faces off center. The turbolift actually sits at the back of the bridge.

35. Dr. Image - December 11, 2006

This was a milestone effort for Trek Remastered.
The interactive lighting, The Fesarius, nothing to really disappoint.
One thing that really stood out was that you could SEE INSIDE the windows on the E- even at 480i! In hi-def, this is going to be awesome.

The only things that still bother me are the small size and lack of luminance of the rear nacelle domes and the five windows under the fantail not being illuminated as they usually were on the 11-footer.

Correcting these things would add some life to the otherwise flat-looking rear-angle views of the ship.

36. cbowyer - December 11, 2006

ARRRRG. Fox 28 Spokane re-ran last week’s episode (Menagerie Pt 2). Its the second time they have done this. Missed Space Seed the first time.

And I was looking forward to this episode too

37. Dip Thong - December 11, 2006

#34 — How can the bridge be off-center?! How can they drive the ship if they don’t sit facing “forward”.

Besides, CBS-D has now established in “Menagerie” that the interior turbo lift is in a different location that the tube on the exterior of the dome. I just wish they’d explain what that turbo-lift shaped cylinder on the back of the dome is! They showed that it can’t be the turbo lift. So what is it? They should either explain it or chage the digital model.

38. Stanky McFibberich - December 11, 2006

#37

“I just wish they’d explain what that turbo-lift shaped cylinder on the back of the dome is! They showed that it can’t be the turbo lift. So what is it? ”

Porta-Potty ®

39. THEETrekMaster - December 11, 2006

Two words: LOVED IT!!!!

TTM

40. Lee - December 11, 2006

It’s a tool locker for working outside the ship. :-)

41. Dr. Image - December 11, 2006

Almost forgot my MAJOR gripe- our affiliate here in Cleveland, OH, WBNX,
saw fit to not only stick their ugly solid white station logo in the lower right corner, but also a HUGE green and red Christmas ornament graphic behind it- taking up almost literally a sixth of the screen.

The ignorance of these local yahoos never ceases to astound me.

Yes, I think I KNOW which station I’m watching.
I’ll be e-mailing them with my complaint. (Like they’ll care…)

42. Lao3D - December 11, 2006

I agree with with Cafe 5 in #3 above — even with the impressive remastering job this week, and it was phenomenal — the acting in this episode shines through. The interplay with Shatner and Kelly was so natural and “real” feeling, and Kirk’s playful jab with what he was planning to do with that extra six percent is priceless. Likewise Nimoy really makes us feel Spock’s discomfort at failing to provide his captain with any alternatives.

Maybe more than any other episode, this one captures what life aboad ship might be like — routine punctuated by fleeting moments of abject terror!

43. badboy1230 - December 11, 2006

“I just wish they’d explain what that turbo-lift shaped cylinder on the back of the dome is! They showed that it can’t be the turbo lift. So what is it? They should either explain it or chage the digital model. ”

Having watched Star Trek for over 35 years, it never occured to me that that bump on the outside of the model was supposed to be the turbo lift. I always thought it was a docking hatch (which if I’m not mistaken it was in the first movie) or a jefferies tube. There has never been anything said or shown on screen (which is the only thing that counts) that said it was the turbo lift.

44. CmdrR - December 11, 2006

37 & 38 – There’s a TON of threads in previous articles. Basically, it was a production decision to put the turbolife 36-degrees off, so that guest stars and crucial supporting cast could walk onto the bridge in a two-shot with Kirk, the big Pooh-Bah.
Everything else is conjecture as to what the “real” ship might be like. Some are entertaining, but you can’t watch any science fiction only for the continuity gaffs. You’ll go mad. MAD, I say!

45. Jeff Bond - December 11, 2006

I loved the new effects–this is a favorite episode of mine and as someone else on the board noted, it really gives the lie to the TNG-and-after propoganda that said “well, every Trek series needs a few years to get its space legs.” You see sophisticated character interaction here right from the get-go, from Spock cutting himself off before apologizing to Kirk to one of the fieriest dramatic confrontations in the series–Kirk’s argument with McCoy on the bridge, which also brilliantly sets up Kirk’s poker idea.

I liked that we got some new angles here in addition to lovely adaptations of the old shots. The long distance view of the Enterprise after it’s destroyed the bouy is one great moment. The only quibble I would have with the effects shots here is the dynamic “sheering off” shot. To me this gets too far into the “barrel roll” aesthetic we’ve all talked about avoiding–the Enterprise moves so fast that some of the sense of mass is lost (although I love the impulse engines finally getting in play).

46. Lao3D - December 11, 2006

Total agreement on that shearing away shot, Jeff. It was the only spot the scale and mass of the ship looked unconvincing. But I liked that they were experimenting with new angles, and I was so enraptured by the rest of the FX, I’ll cut ‘em some slack on that one!

47. Stanky McFibberich - December 11, 2006

I think the sheering off happened so fast simply because there was only about a 1 second amount of time to fit that shot in and keep the original timing intact. Supposedly they are not extending the length of any of the effects shots so that it would affect the soundtrack, etc. This is one shot that would have been better if it could have been done more gradually, but the time window was not there. That’s my guess.

48. diabolik - December 11, 2006

I think the rapid movement when shearing is natural, the result of a lot of constant pressure in that direction that suddenly broke free of the tractor beam. Like straining against a rubber band that suddenly broke… zing!

49. StephenMartin - December 11, 2006

Great review. Not quite sure why you think Spocks adreniline comment was out of character. I think it is spot on.

This has always been my favorite episode. I love the cat and mouse episodes. I think this is the episode where I realized that Kirk was my hero. He really shines in this one.

50. Commodore Z - December 11, 2006

I liked the shear away shot. It showed how hard the ship’s engines had been straining to get away. It was like the string broke, and the ship bolted away. The pilot ship tumbled a little, too.

51. An olde timey fan - December 11, 2006

#37 Dip Thing

I think that bump behind the bridege is an undocument agonizer booth for people who ask too many questions

;-)

52. Dip Thong - December 11, 2006

I know. Silly me to asssume a turbo shaft-shaped tube at the rear of the bridge deck would actually BE a turbo shaft. Because that would mean the three central command stations angle slightly to the left. And it’s too much of a stretch of the imagination — at least for me — to think the people who stear the ship (apparently by sight only) would sit in any direction except straight ahead. So I’m glad CBS-D decided to change the apparently obvious architecture of the ship to make it clear the turbo shaft-shaped bulge serves absolutely no purpose whatsoever — especially the rediculous notion its the obvious place for the bridge’s one and only turbo lift. Kudos CBS for kowtowing to us unimaginative people.

While you’re at it, CBS, could you add rocket flame shooting out of the rocket-shaped engine thingys? Because I’m too unimaginative to understand how the Enterprise would “go” if I can’t actually SEE the stuff pushing it. Thanks.

53. FlyingTigress - December 11, 2006

#43

“I just wish they’d explain what that turbo-lift shaped cylinder on the back of the dome is! They showed that it can’t be the turbo lift. So what is it? They should either explain it or chage the digital model. ”

Perhaps the ship-board storage compartments for the quadro-triticale?

I’ve got it! The storage locker for replacement red-shirts!

54. diabolik - December 11, 2006

It’s where the stand-by turboelevator car is at all times so that if another car is not there when needed, there will always be a standby ready.

Fact.

55. TomBot2006 - December 11, 2006

Fact? LOL.

i like the idea it’s a docking hatch were idiotic nitpickers get “spaced” ! ;-)

56. cbspock - December 11, 2006

WOW, best remastered episode yet. The CGI actually looked like it always belonged.

57. Orbitalic - December 11, 2006

#52 and ad nauseum Dip…
Done?
That turbolift module thing was beat to death many threads ago…

I do like the port a potty thought.

58. neal - December 11, 2006

the long shot from above was brilliant. more dramatically different angles like that one, please!

59. Herbert Eyes Wide Open - December 12, 2006

OH MY GOD!

Enough with the turbo-lift-bridge-nodule-thinga-ma-bob!

It was clearly explained in the updated second season Star Trek Bible written for contributing writers…

Given that there are no seat restraints on the bridge and the crew flies all over the place every time an alien ship or non-corporeal being or space amoeba or whatever tries to kick the crap out of the Enterprise, Roddenberry decided Kirk and the Gang needed a chiropractor.

That’s where his adjustment table is… yep, right behind the bridge.

I mean, how on earth would anyone be expected to “boldly go” with space subluxations? Really? C’mon, people!

60. diabolik - December 12, 2006

Well, “fact” as far as I’m concerned…. cause it makes sense! :)

But the “john” is as good as any explanation….

-Diabolik

61. DMC - December 12, 2006

Dammit, my Denver station didn’t even show this, but instead ran The Shield yet again.

62. diabolik - December 12, 2006

But seriously, an emergency docking/escape hatch seems like the most logical thing for it to be. Doesn’t the original Franz Joseph blueprints have an explanation? I need to pull out my original first-edition copy and look…

-Diabolik

63. diabolik - December 12, 2006

You know, all this reminds me of scenes from “Galaxy Quest” for some reason… I can’t understand why… :)

-Diabolik

64. Jeff Bond - December 12, 2006

I think in The Making of Star Trek there’s a memo, probably from Bob Justman, that said “we Star Trek writers, with our sci fi technical jargon, have a name for this. It’s called a ‘mistake.'”

The Franz Joseph blueprints do indeed show the bridge rotated a few degrees off center to account for the elevator placement, for anyone who’s soothed by that idea…

65. foobar - December 12, 2006

All I have to say is that I want a screen saver with new CGI images of the Enterprise.

66. diabolik - December 12, 2006

I for one, even when a kid, NEVER thought that the space between the bridge we see and the outer wall was so thin that the turbolift shaft had to be inside that visible protuberance. The turbolift is well within the space between the inner bridge wall and the outer wall. Just like the bathroom and equipment access areas. I see the bridge as facing STRAIGHT AHEAD as I always thought it did, and feels natural doing. The turbolift we see on the side moves into place after coming up the shaft. Side turbo access, not in the back in the area everyone is focusing on.

I don’t see a problem, hence I don’t worry about it. Great episode and awesome effect updates.
-Diabolik

67. Dr. Image - December 12, 2006

Yeah. I mean, it DOES travel horizontally, so it just joggs over a few feet.
CASE CLOSED!!!

68. Rick - December 12, 2006

amen to all that. Now what is the deal with the…I kid I kid…;)

69. Scarpad - December 13, 2006

This has always been one of my Favorite Episodes. If someone wants to see and episode that demonstrates why anyone who had to choose between Picard, Janeway,Sisko or Archer, would still choose Kirk as the Ideal Starship Captain, this is it. Being a very early episode it really cemented the Character of Kirk. Here Shatner portrays Kirk as a very strong Leader, vulnerable, but sure. He’s no martinet thou and when faced with an opportunity to finish an opponent off this Captain will risk it all to preserve life, thou it be Alien Life, but still Life. This episode along with Arena demonstated in the 60’s that this was not going to be standard Scifi Fare. It still holds up today as a riviting piece of drama. The added effects enhance the Story and are not too showy.
Great Job

70. Jovan - December 14, 2006

Dip Thong: To quote William Shatner, get a life.

71. Greg Stamper - December 14, 2006

#61
DMC, I believe you will find that your Denver station (if you are watching KWGN) has moved the show up a couple of hours to their 10:00pm timeslot (my ET Midnight). I noticed this last weekend — better airtime, it’s a good thing. If you are using a DVR be sure to reset your timer and catch the repeat this Saturday morning (4:00am I believe — my 6:00).

72. Lone Locust Productions » The Corbomite Maneuver - December 16, 2006

[…] I can hardly wait for The Doomsday Machine and can only imagine how they’ll realize the giant space amoeba in The Immunity Syndrome. Update: Here’s a more detailed review: TrekMovie.com => Review of The Corbomite Maneuver Remastered […]

73. Chris Johnston - July 3, 2010

Well, I’m about four years too late, but I’ll say this because nobody else ever did…
Even though I loved pretty much all the CGI work done for this episode, that first reveal of the Fesarius’ sheer massiveness is somewhat more breathtaking in the original version, partly because the Enterprise is shot from farther away, it looks so puny, and then the Fesarius just rushes up, fills the frame and keeps going, then stops on a dime.
http://i315.photobucket.com/albums/ll469/cljohnston108/Star%20Trek/STM_CorbMan_FesApp.jpg
I literally stop breathing for a second every time I see that!

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