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Remastered “For The World Is Hollow and I Have Touched the Sky” Screenshots and Video [UPDATED] January 29, 2007

by Matt Wright , Filed under: TOS Remastered,TOS-R Screenshots/Video , trackback

A bit late, but as usual here are the new and old shots for The World is Hollow…

A big thanks goes out Rick Kelvington for getting these screecaptures since my local broadcaster changed the schedule without notice. And as usual thanks to Joe for the video clip of the new CGI.

SFX Video


New and Old

The Missiles hurtle towards the Enterprise
The Missiles on the viewscreen
Phasers fire at the missiles
The missiles explode
Course Change
The Enterprise approaches Yonada
Yonada on the viewscreen
The Enterprise stays ahead of Yonada
An alternate angle of the Enterprise in front of Yonada
The Enterprise departs Yonada’s path

Assorted Shots

That hollow sky

Kneeling before the Oracle

Natira consults with the Oracle

The High Priestess Natira

Disobeying the Oracle

McCoy and Natira kiss

A cram session of the Orcale’s secrets while the temperature rises


1. An olde timey fan - January 28, 2007

Nice job with the phasers and the destruction of the missiles. However, the top right 3/4 view looked flat. Very flat. There is simply something about the battleship (haze) gray that defies depth perception and other visual cues.

Oh yeah – that’s what it’s supposed to do! (camoflage)

Still, I enjoyed the story line in this episode much more, seeing through the eyes of an adult. It didn’t make much sense as a kid. And Kate Woodville… vavavavoom!

2. Dom - January 28, 2007

Yeah, it shows how I’ve grown up with Trek. As a kid, I found the romantic stuff irritating and enjoyed the action and philosophy. The sex adds another dimension to the show, viewed as a grown up. TOS had everything, which I guess is the reason I love it!!!

3. Jeremy1975 - January 28, 2007

Anybody notice that the Impulse Engines were finally lit up, if only in one scene? OK, CBS Digital — now that you have finally fixed this oversight at least in one scene, can you now go retrospective and prospective and keep them lit up in EVERY other scene? Thank you kindly!!!!

4. Jeremy1975 - January 28, 2007


If CBS-D was to do this for me (and I’m sure most of the other fans) I would be sooooo happy. So, so happy! I mean, the only other thing I would ask for is maybe the warp engines giving off the blue light in the inner vents, but I know, I know — that’s probably asking too much, so I won’t.

Just light up the impulse engines consistently in every scene, and I could die tomorrow knowing that no matter what else they tweak, they finally fixed this FX oversight. >

5. Jeremy1975 - January 28, 2007

Also anybody know when Star Trek airs on Saturday in the Los Angeles area — what channel and what time?

I live in Palm Springs, California — and the only listing I could find is Sundays at Midnight on KNBC Channel 4 (which in Palm Springs they actually turn it into a infomercial network for a while, then switch it back to KNBC at midnight for Star Trek.)

I’m tired of waiting until Monday morning when everybody else obviously sees it on Saturday.

6. Skippy 2k - January 28, 2007

About the impulse engines… not sure why they use them in some and not in others? I can see them not being lit up all the time but why were they lit when traveling with the asteroid but not when it broke away from it?

They have been lit up before (pretty sure when leaving a planet, Arena?) I just assumed it was extra power to “break orbit” and then its not needed all the time. Thats why I wondered why they were like that when traveling and then not later?

I like how they were unlit like the original but I also like seeing them running as they have in all the other shows and movies…but I think I prefer the soft blue like was seen on the Defiant. :-)

Anyway, now another week to wait…

7. Anthony Pascale - January 28, 2007

Jeremy KNBC is the LA station…as far as I know, there is no saturday station

by the way…for questions about TOSR people should always check the TOS Remastered tab at the top of the site navbar.

8. Michael Hall - January 28, 2007

Thought the big E looked pretty good in this one, in spite of the flat lighting (is the majority of the ship in the CBS universe ever in direct sunlight?). I didn’t much care for the credits shot of the turn towards the asteroid, but everything else was fine and of course Yonada itself looked a hell of a lot more convincing than it did in 1968. It’ll be interesting to see how CBS distinguishes this asteroid from the one in “The Paradise Syndrome.”

This was never what you could call a very good episode, an example of third-season decay with non-SF writers mostly abusing traditional SF concepts like generation-ship starflight–but most definitely agreed about Natira’s charms. Probably only a gay man like Bill Theiss could make a actress look that good. ;-)

9. Kelvington - January 28, 2007

Overall I thought it was OK, not great but the added effects were quite good. If this had been an episode of TNG we would never paid that much attention to the lighting.

I think we look at these with such critical eyes that we miss the fact that CBS-D did nearly two minutes of effects work in one week’s time. Something none of the other series could have possibly done. Even TOS in it’s day was taking about four weeks to complete it’s final effects shots. However, I have no idea how much time was just spent on exterior shots.

It looked like none of the interior shots had been touched, although I don’t remember at all the shot through the spiral staircase, it sort of surprised me.

10. ozy - January 28, 2007

Where is the light in the impulse engines????!!!!!

11. Scott - January 28, 2007

I’ve been reading Trek stuff for about 30 years, and I remember reading in some source or other years ago that one possible explanation for why sometimes the nacelle caps are lit up and spinning, and at other times they’re not, is that the spinning/lit caps happen when the Enterprise is warping and the matter and anti-matter are reacting. When it’s in orbit around a planet, they’re not lit up because the impulse engines are then working. (Does anyone recall where I may have read this rationalization?)

Of course, this is an after-the-fact fan explanation for the discrepancies between the small earlier model and the later, larger, better-lit model. However, I always liked that explanation, and thought that when the effects were redone, they might try doing something like that. I personally would dig seeing dimly lit nacelles when the ship is in orbit, or when it’s travelling sub-light, and only seeing the impulse engines lit up when it’s not warping. Any takers? Or is this the kind of thing that folks are complaining about and I’m just not catching the nuances of their complaints? Do people want the nacelle caps AND the impulse engines to be fully lit ALL the time?

Scott B. out.

12. Magic_Al - January 28, 2007

The engines also generate power for the ship, so that could excuse them being “on” all the time. Dramatically, I think it would be nice to see the impulse engines light up when the ship accelerates. I think they’re struggling with the history and/or legend that Roddenberry didn’t want visible “rocket thrust”. On the other hand, Roddenberry produced TMP which lit up the engines for the first time. I wish they’d decide one way or the other.

13. ZtoA - January 28, 2007

I agree that the inconsistancies are at times agrrivating. I’ll withold my final judgement until they have fixed and/or retrofitted the entire series with all the final effects. I remember reading about the new fx work in Aug 06 and the air date was one month later… considering that the CBS-D team started with, what they claimed, was a super complex model that ate rendering time… CBS-D got started with one hand tied behind their back. On a normal series like this, they spend a lot of time running and rendering test shots in pre-production well before the show ever gets aired or before principle photography finishes. In this case they had to fire up all the new fx from an almost dead-start with a weekly air-date that was weeks, not months away.

I think they are doing some great work with the time contraints facing them. The final jugement comes with Doomsday (which they cannot fail on), Immunity Syndrom and Ultimate Computer. I’d be willing to bet that CBS-D has been letting a lot of things slide in order to get all the sfx work done for Doomsday. My hope is that they will retrofit all the episodes that have already aired with the final, correctly lit, renders and make them available on DVD or on TV land.

Keep on rockin’ CBS-D!

14. DreamerOutThere - January 28, 2007

The lit up impulse engines are not new. I’ve seen them lit up a few times in other eps, but they do not do it consistently and I would love it if they did.

15. Scott V. - January 28, 2007

Compared to WNMHGB last week. It felt to me like the Enterprise was a little cartoonish in some scenes. This was a substantial improvement. What bugs me a little is the syndicated cuts. I’m really not use to that as i have been watching the DVD’s for awhile or catching the uncut episodes on G4 .*shrugs* cant have everything. I ‘m just use to seeing some things as pieces of dialogue .

My favorite shot is when the Enterprise is running parallel to Yonada. I think the Impulse engine light up is fine but at least it didn’t look like some afterburners coming out of the engines.

Was it my imagination or did they ‘fix” the Third Season Opening credits for this one?

16. ozy - January 28, 2007

They need to lit up impulse engines consistently. I always liked, fully lit up all the time impulse engines.

17. Jim J - January 28, 2007

3rd season opening credits were fixed, yes. The Enterprise did appear where it was supposed to. Maybe in the last one, the Enterprise was in Scalosian mode? lol Or perhaps it was that cloaking device they picked up from the Romulans during season 3? hee, hee

18. SteveinSF - January 28, 2007

Why the heck can’t they get the running lights to work?

19. Jim J - January 28, 2007

From what I can make out on the recordings I ahve made of the episodes, the running lights are working. they just light up/flash at a very dim level. This could be because of HD. But, beats me.

20. Vifx Twokay - January 28, 2007

Why are they so insistent on making it monochromatic. The original show was really really colorful, now it looks lame. Also way too flat and bright. We know you’ve created a nice semi-accurate model of the Enterprise. Now stop showing off every inch of it with the overly bright lighting. In ten more years this stuff will all be either redone again or restored back to the true original material. Such a misfire…

21. Doug - January 29, 2007

Ok, I just watched a bit of “World is Hollow” … Maybe Anthony can find out why there is such a level of inconsistency from week to week. Does CBS Digital work in two teams, each responsible for alternating episodes or something??

This week looks sooooo much better than last week. What gives? I’d love to hear some comments from the animators as to how they feel their work holds up from week to week… where they feel they fall short, and where they feel they excel.

Would be a cool article. Doug

22. Justin RC - January 29, 2007

While admittedly I’m catching these things in teh resolution of YouTube. I have to say. Dead on. The ship looked real to me and it moved realistically which is what I’ve been looking for the whole time. So, Kudos to CBS digital.

23. Thomas Jensen - January 29, 2007

It’d be nice to read an article here about the effects shop people. It would be very interesting to know alittle more about the process. After all, this is TM. Not just some run-of-the-mill Trek site! Anthony’s connected! ……Ok, anyway, I’d surely like to know some details about the process and how they decide what effects, shots to redo…..

24. Ethan Shuster - January 29, 2007

I liked the shot of the Enterprise slowly making its way past the camera. Shots like that give a better impression of scale like the films had, instead of the ship just looking like an effect. That looked nice. Unfortunately, this isn’t a very strong episode. Found it pretty boring. And while I generally think Kelley is one of the best actors on the show, his romance was pretty flat.

25. Jim J - January 29, 2007

I sometimes wonder if they are way ahead on these episodes, or barely keeping up. It would be interesting to see just what the process is. Sometimes I wonder if the inconsistent effects have something to do with when they were actually completed/done. Perhaps the ones that look “flat” were done earlier on and “put on the shelf” as filler episodes that aren’t so “effects heavy”. Maybe other episodes need a lot more TLC and are worked on over a longer period of time and right up until the deadline (we’ve pretty much been told this about “Doomsday”). The fact that the entire season one is supposed to hit dvd before Christmas ’07 really makes me wonder if they aren’t further ahead on SOME of these episodes than we realize, yet, behind in others.

Funny thing happened. I went back and looked at the episode “Miri” which I recorded when it aired way back during that first week. I swear the ship looked lots better than I remembered. Heck, I think maybe the deflector dish even had more color. The nacelles were off, just as I remembered, but didn’t bother me nearly as much as I thought they would. Perhaps that shows the power of suggestion: nacelles are off, Daren’s balls are too big and shiny, the deflector isn’t colorful enough, and so on. Maybe we oughta just sit back and enjoy all of this. I look at these effects vs. SOME of the originals…and WOW, what an improvement MOST of the time. It’s a great time for TOS fans! Soak it in!!!!

“For The World…” has some great effects now. What a nice set of shots this week. Can’t wait for the next two weeks! Could be lots of fun, or a big let down, who knows?

26. Anthony Pascale - January 29, 2007

just because I am italian-american and have a name like Tony, does not mean i am ‘connected’…and anyone else who implies that will get whacked


anyway we did a behind the scenes article on the fx house 2 months ago:

27. Mark T. - January 29, 2007

The one thing that needs no help from CBS-D; Leonard Nimoy. I have always loved the “needs of the one” plot lines in TOS. Even as a kid, I really dug that these people were so loyal that they’d throw away everything just to help one of their own in distress. This was of course most true of Spock. I mean, you just live for those moments where you see a crack in his armor and the human emerges.

Case in point, the scene in this episode where Spock learns of McCoy’s illness. The moment where McCoy catches Spock helping him up and the following close-up of Nimoy is brilliant. Without a word or emotion, you see the depth of this relationship. Nothing else is needed. I’ll say it again, Brilliant.

Even in it’s less-than-stellar moments, this show is great!

28. Michael Hall - January 29, 2007

With all due respect to Joe’s video captures, I have to say how surprised I was at how much better these shots looked on TV than YouTube. I still think CBS-D’s lighting is too flat, but the ship was nonetheless quite colorful (less a flat gray than the bluish-white we remember it to be), with lots of nice paneling and specular detail. The shot of it turning slowly in Yonada’s orbit was especially impressive, with a sense of mass only rarely seen in the original series’ FX. My only (*sigh*) gripe, especially after the disappointment of last week, is that such solid work was essentially squandered on a pretty mediocre episode.

29. Lao3D - January 29, 2007

I thought the effects looked pretty good this week — but at the same time wondered how much of the ship work itself was recycled from earlier efforts. A lot of the moves looked familiar to me, recomposited with the asteroid model.

I don’t mean that AT ALL as a criticism either. They have to have some “stock footage” or they’d never finish an episode. I was just curious if others had a similar reaction.

30. TroyPo43 - January 29, 2007

I loved how the Enterprise actually looked like it was hauling ass in the opening shot following the teaser/credits. I’m so sick of, “Warp 5 Mr. Sulu!” and cut to an d exterior shot of the shit puttering along.

31. TroyPo43 - January 29, 2007

I meant to say ship. Tired…

32. TomBot2007 - January 29, 2007

I too, thought the space stuff was pretty durn good this week with just a oddity here and there. I also think that CBS Digital have probably built some momentum up on the space stuff… no more re-inventing the E! Still, we have those more complex space episodes coming.

33. Nelson - January 29, 2007

I missed the colored lighting on Yonada.

34. Anthony Pascale - January 29, 2007

a big thanks to Matt, Rick and Joe

sorry for the delay folks

35. Kevin - January 30, 2007

Hmmm… if you look below the shuttlebay on the original shot there’s these cool funky lights (red and blue), but if you look at the remastered picture, there’s no lights and the shapes are wrong. Now I never noticed those lights before, but I like ’em. The lighting in the windows of the original look better too. On the new version it’s difficult to tell if the windows are even there.

36. Skippy 2k - January 30, 2007

I think the lights are actually red, yellow(or orangish) and green. The two outer and center rectangles with a verticle one between the center and outer ones… Anyway yeah i’ve noticed you don’t really see them, or the light above from what I can recall.

37. Spirit - January 30, 2007

Well with this episode I will say it for the first time: I prefer the old effects.

Sixties style (yes, with warts and all, and psychedelic colours) over computer game blandness!

38. Bryan - January 30, 2007

To me the only problem with the E is how flat and lifeless it is.
Sorry to all you purists out there about how it really looks out in space.
This is a space opera…
Look at the wrath of khan…the E was jazzed up with colored lighting.
Not that I expect it to be flooded with color, but the original E 11′ filming model now in the Smithsonian, had a greenish-blue cast to the gray.
The CBS-D model is TOO neutral gray and looks lifeless.
I love the texturing and panels visible in the closeups.
I love the reflections from phaser/photon shots along with planet color casts that the original model didn.t have.
Just cool the neutral gray! All else is fantastic!
I can’t wait til The Cage comes out. The original pilot E with the spikes and large senor dish is way too beautiful.

39. Cervantes - January 30, 2007

Agreed Nelson, I’m slowly coming to the unhappy realisation that although it has been a great idea to upgrade various effects and shots for High Definition presentation… the new effects have NOT been able to match or convey the original, VIBRANT, CREATIVE, COLOUR seen in various comparisons on this site. From a design viewpoint, I think it would have been terrific to see new, improved effects featuring the original, 60’s STYLIZED, LIGHTING…which would have continued to tie in with the rest of the show’s 60’s stylized, lighting, which now seems jarring alongside the now more “realistic” (?) lighting schem

40. New Horizon - January 30, 2007

Yup, I agree Cervantes. These effects would fit just fine if this were another show, but this is sixties Star Trek and they certainly don’t match the stylized look. As I said in another post, where someone disagreed with me, they are far more contemporary looking in their approach to the lighting styles. Their approach is reminding me more of Treks 3 – 6, than the T.V. series. They’re great artists, no doubt about it, but from the word ‘go’…this project hasn’t gotten ‘the look’ of the original series. It’s a shame really. Still, good looking work this week.

41. Lao3D - January 30, 2007

I’ll join in with the regret over the lack of color on Yonanda, and now that it’s pointed out, the missing landing lights (put some higher wattage bulbs throughout that the Big E, please!) — but I’ll stop short of agreeing that the entire affort is not cutting it.

In fact, I went back over the last couple of days and looked at all the FX reels again, and was struck by how many strikingly beautiful shots have been acheived: the leaving-orbit shot from “Catspaw,” pretty much everything from “Space Speed,” those wonderful CGI mattes… and lets not forget the fly-in from “The Menagerie.” So I’ll agree with Cervantes that some shots have missed the mark in terms of matching the vibrancy of the original, but for me at least, the project has been a resounding success overall.

42. Dr. Image - January 30, 2007

If anything shows the glaring stylisiic differences between the original and CG re-dos, it’s this series of screen caps. The shot of the E firing phasers is probably the best of the original phaser-firing sequences. The CBS version- while exhibiting proper beam angles and interactive lighting- just lays there. (And is the CBS deflector dish too big?) Same with the rear shots. Why are they not bringing up the levels of the practical lights on the ship? Dead, dead, dead. This is 2007 for God’s sake! ANYTHING CG is possible now!
This learning curve is getting a little long, guys. Especially when SO MANY people are noticing the same things over and over- and probably could do better on their laptops.
PS- Anthony- this site is great- thanks again.

43. Thomas Jensen - January 30, 2007

Just make the ship look as it was….only clearer. Sure, add the impulse engines sometimes, show some lights on that never were, but show it as it was, give it the colored windows below the shuttlebay and lets move onward.

44. steveinsf - January 30, 2007

The old Enterprise shot at the beginning is much better than the new CGI The rear shot of the ship and the lighting is fantastic. Hopefully they fix this in future shows.

45. cbspock - January 30, 2007

Most of the old Enterprise shots look better in the above screen shots. You can see the CGI Enterprise doesn’t have the hangar lit correctly, the lights are off, and the “landing marker lights” are off as well.

46. THIRD SEASON TOS FAN - 4 sure better fx!!! - January 30, 2007

i like the old enterprise shots better from season three simply because they look better, have more feel f weight reality and depth than the cgi enterprise by faa!

It really shows uop here in the by then third season 1968-1969 episode with new exsterior shots of the big -e, as aposed to sayy the lame shots from seasons one and two espessially!!

compare..i DARE you!

thank yee!

47. Buckaroohawk - January 30, 2007

This episode’s FX were wonderfully done, especially that long shot of the Enterprise in orbit of Yonada as Kirk contacts Starfleet Command. The ship looked HUGE and the length of the shot gave me time to look at the details of the ship. If memory serves, the original FX shot was a porrly slowed down version of the same shot used throughout the episode.

My only gripe (and there has to be one, doesn’t there) was the destruction of the missiles at the opening. Wish those had been more explode-y.

Not sure what’s up with the impulse engines. Seems to me that if the ship is traveling through space, but not at warp speed, the impulse engines should be ON. They aren’t necessary if she’s in orbit of a planet, but they’re needed to enter or break orbit for certain.

Of course, CBS Digital has decided to retain the TOS ambiguity of exactly when the ship is at warp. The only way we ever knew was through dialog because there were no “warp effects” as in the films and later TV series. It would be nice to see the TOS Enterprise actually “go to warp,” but the powers that be prbably feel that would betray their mantra of updating rather than redefining the the FX shots.

Finally, the bickering about how the Enterprise looks is becoming a little tedious. We’ve gotten past the nacelle issues (thankfully), but I believe there is still too much quibbling over little details. In my view, the Enterprise looks much more realistic than it ever did in TOS. The plating highlights are nice but not overdone and she seems to have some real mass to her. Considering the huge time constraints on the FX team, they’ve done a great job of producing and integrating the scenes into the show. They’re never going to please everyone, but by and large they have pleased me. Yeah, there are things I wished they had fixed that they didn’t and a few opportunities I think they missed, but sometimes I think we fall into nitpicking and “splitting hairs” here.

The Enterprise looks fine. Stop scrutinizing her so much or she’ll develop a mental disorder ;-)

48. Dr. Image - January 30, 2007

A bit about “deep space lighting.”
IMHO- and no doubt many others- Trumbull’s self-lighting concept of the TMP-E made the most sense AND looked great. Later, ILM, largely due to their reliance on blue-screen, and tight schedules, matte-sprayed the miniature and threw bunch of fill light in, ruining the ideal look of that version of the E.
Unlike the refit version, the classic version NEEDS appropriate fill light to capture that “look.” Yes, you could say that CBS’s lighting is more “realistic,” displaying illumination originating from multiple fill sources, BUT it STILL needs that stylization that we’ve all gotten used to over 40 YEARS.
CBS should honor this aspect, since they are charged with creating what will be held in the future as the definitive version of the Enterprise.

49. Shay - January 30, 2007

HEY!……….whatever you wise ones say!!!

all i know is alot of the new third season recration shots done are NOT up to par…with the originals in “FTWIHAIHTTS”

This one is FAR better than they recreated!

50. Dip Thong - January 30, 2007

Well, ain’t it GREAT then for all you “the original looked better” critics that the originals ARE still available? I wonder how the original matte lines and compositing degredation will look in high def? I wonder how grainy those original shots will look compared to the interior footage?

51. Spirit - January 30, 2007

The realism argument is bullshit. If it were about realism, CBS should just MUTE all the space scenes, because *realistically* there is no sound in space!
The CBS-D guys themselves said that this is supposed to be about updating the old effects for HD while adhering closely to the original, in their words: “up to the positions of the stars”. Interestingly, we can just take this quote and prove how this is not true at all: as anything else, the starfields of the makeover have Trek spinoff colorlessness and blandness and do not reflect TOS’ style.
In the end, it has just to be said that the whole approach does not honor the TOS design philosophy at all, and that is what this is all about — TOS was never about “realism”, particularly not the designs, interiors or exteriors. I’d dare to say that TOS’ so-called “cheesiness” is part of its appeal and why everyone remembers it. With limited budget, it defined a whole style of its own – minimalistic space structures, colorfully lit interiors, scantily clad costumes. And we love it for this.
Messing this up – in the space scenes, I think we all can agree that the sadly too infrequent matte reworkings are mostly excellent and in tune with the existing material – is far worse than getting the nacelles or even the relative dimensions of the ship wrong. This is messing with the basics. Not good.

52. Robert Bernardo - January 30, 2007

Bryan wrote:

> Not that I expect it to be flooded with color, but the original E 11′ filming > model now in the Smithsonian, had a greenish-blue cast to the gray.

Greenish-blue?! Not when I saw her in-person at the Smithsonian’s Air and Space Museum.

53. THEETrekMaster - January 30, 2007

He means BEFORE it was repainted and ruined two or three times. The ORIGINAL paint that was on the model had a blueish cast to it.

It was NOT battleship gray as some people keep asserting.

Greg Jein actually brought BACK the color when he build the large Enterprise D model for ILM. He made a POINT of having it match the original series miniature.

Yep, look no farther than the TNG Enterprise miniature (the large model build for ILM; Encounter at Farpoint) to see the true color of the original Enterprise.

54. Jim J - January 30, 2007

Hmmm…amazing how people see only what they want to see, There is “color” in space and the stars that CBS digital is doing. Look closer-there are red and blue stars just as there were in the original. There may not be quite as many and they may not be as bright/huge, but I still contend that the brightness thing (stars, ship, etc.) had to do with HD and the fact that if they boost it too much for regular DVD/TV, it’ll practically blind ya in HD DVD/TV. I may be totally wrong about that part of it, though.

If you check out the “big E” herself, the lighting of ALL lights/windows is a bit dim as well, I think it’s for the same reason. But what do I know, I’m not a HD expert.

There are colored stars, lights and so forth, though. BTW-I think that the screen caps for this week aren’t as clear (maybe due to a different source-TV station feed). There is no doubt that in SOME of the classic season 3 episodes, the space shots of the Enterprise were pretty darned good. However, sometimes they were REALLY bad.

I am so glad I have TOS on DVD and even videotaped some off of TV. I will always have “how it used to be before my childhood was raped.” However, I truly feel that CBD-D’s work has been very impressive and I KNOW that there are several people that I know that are now watching Star Trek BECAUSE of these new effects. I think some people are giving it a chance that never did before and are finding the true gem of all of this is the great stories. Thank goodness they can concentrate on that rather than “the cheesey” special effects that they used to make fun of while attempting to watch one episode.

I love Star Trek whether it is remastered or not. Either type, I have access to now. Frankly, I think that is pretty cool in itself.

55. Jim J - January 30, 2007


Look at the picture of the viewscreen up above. Even the “viewscreen lights” and overall picture is dimmer. I still think it’s all about High Definition.

56. Jon G - January 30, 2007

I like the old phasers better. They seemed… cooler some how. Maybe because they’re bigger, and the color of them is ‘bluer’. Anyone else find that?

57. Jim J - January 30, 2007

Fatter phasers, huh? Maybe CBS Digital are the dieting types-LOL

58. Kev - January 30, 2007

The original phaser firing shot is not only the iconic Enterprise shooting image, it’s of much higher quality than those of the first season. While I prefer the original, the new one is the best looking CGI I’ve seen so far in this project. I wish they didn’t have an all or nothing philosophy on this, but they must have reasons. I hope they utilize both a physical model plus CGI in the new feature.

59. DaveM - January 30, 2007

As an aside on the color of the miniature debate.

In order to get the color you see on the screen. The model is not painted in the color you see on the screen. It is painted in a different color and then flooded with high intensity stage lights. The film used at the time was then developed and ended up showing us the color the producers wanted the ship to appear as onscreen.

I have no idea what the color actually was. I’m sure there is a web page somewhere out there that lists it.

60. Picardsucks - January 30, 2007

#59 You are correct. It was the bluescreen plus the lighting that tinted the ship sort of an eggshell green when filmed. This as well as the Daren big balls debate is explained in my old scale modler book which was published in the late 70’s and has an in depth history of the shooting model as well as many pictures before the original Smithsonian rehab. The ship was a a flat grey with subtle weathering. And it did sport the oversized large rear ball caps that sparked a bit of debate last week when Daren released his new trailer. In fact the book states that those endcaps also were lighted although i don’t remember every seeing them so on film. I can try to scan the pages and send them to Anthony if it would help.

61. Robert Bernardo - January 30, 2007

THEETrekMaster wrote:

> He means BEFORE it was repainted and ruined two or three times.
> The ORIGINAL paint that was on the model had a blueish cast to it.

> It was NOT battleship gray as some people keep asserting.

I would not count out the Smithsonian restoration. They got a lot of it right (sure, there were errors, too). If the original had a blue cast of it, that would be a no-no, because it was being filmed in front of a bluescreen. It would have to be a different color so that it would not blend with the bluescreen.

62. Robert Bernardo - January 30, 2007

I wrote:

> If the original had a blue cast of it, that would be a no-no, because it
> was being filmed in front of a bluescreen.

Though grainy, the pics at

show the color of the Enterprise under filming conditions.

63. Stu from the UK - January 30, 2007

Wow, the first set of comparison pictures where I think the original Enterprise looks better.

64. Dennis Bailey - January 30, 2007

#53: “He means BEFORE it was repainted and ruined two or three times. The ORIGINAL paint that was on the model had a blueish cast to it.”

Uh, no.

The current paint color of the Enterprise as it appears at the Smithsonian was matched to the top of the saucer – the one part of the model never repainted – and to unexposed and therefore unweathered areas revealed when the model was disassembled for refurbishment.

Folks can kvetch about the weathering and the “overdone grid-lines” all they want, but the base color is authentic.

65. itch1966© - January 30, 2007

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itch1966© here to dose y’all up on a very mack-in-the-pocket
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66. Chris - January 30, 2007

What happened to the Enterprise’s running lights? They don’t seem to blink anymore, or are off.

67. Jim J - January 30, 2007

Whoo-hoo, “a sighting!”

68. Jim J - January 30, 2007

They are there and blinking, just much more faintly, as I keep mentioning about all “light” on these made for HD things.

69. MichaelJohn - January 30, 2007

I think this is the first of the remastered episodes that I feel wasn’t really improved by the new CGI effects.

The original effects looked pretty good for the most part, and the new effects are only a minor improvement in my opinion.

I guess certain episodes will be vastly improved with this remastering process and updated effects, while others will be show little improvement over the originals. I guess that’s to be expected…

As others have mentioned, I hope CBS digital will heed our comments and go back and touch up some of the completed episodes for the sake of uniformity and consistency.

Mike :o

70. Jim J - January 30, 2007

Sorry to do this to you guys, AP, but just put up FOUR images from “Journey To Babel”. The two shuttlecrafts are the Galileo and the Columbus. Have fun!

71. MichaelJohn - January 30, 2007

PS: The new Enterprise has much more subdued window and hull lightning compared to the original- I wish they had more closely copied the original lighting scheme…

Mike :o

72. Jim J - January 30, 2007

Arrrgghhhh-lighting and HD…I keep saying it but no one is listening!!!!???

73. Michael Hall - January 30, 2007

Omigod–those four shots from “Journey”! With all due respect to Mark Lenard, Jane Wyatt and D.C. Fontana it’s still not quite the landmark in SF-TV that “Where No Man Has Gone Before” was–but still! At this point I’m very tempted to say to CBS-D, All is Forgiven. :-)

74. TomBot2007 - January 30, 2007

Wow, actually, those comparison shots kind of make the Digital stuff look kind of lifeless… I actually thought the Space F/X was pretty good when I watched the episode on television. Weird. ~:-|

75. Cervantes - January 31, 2007

In all HONESTY, as far as this project to future-proof the effects for soon to be widespread High Definition posterity goes, I wonder how many of us would have been REALLY DROOLING had this project’s new effects been done in a TRULY “shot-for-shot ” upgrade of the Enterprise / space shots, utilising a COMBINATION of today’s achieveable miniature work and cgi WITH the original multi-coloured LIGHTING of the Enterprise / starfields / and in this case, asteroid ? The Lighting Style is just too MODERN now…

76. Doug - January 31, 2007

Shot for shot is an inherent problem, because so many of TOS original shots were rehashed. I think CBS-D realized that early on and so began creating new shots and angles, thus messing with the original mandate.

It was the only way to go really. -d

77. Cervantes - January 31, 2007

Agreed Doug about certain shots that were rehashed originally…athough I do think that some changes to shots and angles are NOT necessarily for the better…with TOO much emphasis being placed on views “looking UP at the Enterprise” from below being one of my particular bugbears now, as I used to love the “nearly level” view from the front, and the “over the shoulder” from above and behind views the best. I think I’d have RATHERED rehashed shots just to retain some of these wonderful angles…but that’s just me.
But what I’m really saying is imagine what CBS Digital’s chosen angles COULD have looked like if done with some MODEL work, and more importantly, if they had chosen to try to do their new stuff with the original show’s COLOURFUL, visually creative and lovely to look at “lighting ethic”, just like the REST of the show…

78. Jim J - January 31, 2007

“There are FOUR lights!!!” lol HD and lighting, I keep preaching it. Ugghhh!!!!

79. Herbert Eyes Wide Open - January 31, 2007

#70. Jim J

Thanks for the heads-up ballplaying!

Those shots of the shuttlebay look awesome and I love the new Orion ship!

Still not sure about the inconsistencies in Lady E…

At any rate… good work CBS-D!

80. diabolik - January 31, 2007

I agree, there were really only a handfull of effects shots of the ship used over and over and over, ad infinitum, etc. If they duplicated those same shots theycould go home with just a few hours work each day by reusing shots they had already done, just plugging them into the episode and changing the color of the planet.

I MUCH prefer some new and original angles that we never saw before. It’s exciting. Just recreating the old ship and effects shots with merely a cgi version would not be anything exciting to me.

Bring on more of the ST:TMP style angles and shots, as they have been doing some on lately!

81. Jim J - January 31, 2007

It’s funny…looking back at’s pics…the OLD new model that had the lousy nacelles HAD the right color on the deflector dish. The new one doesn’t have as much color in it’s deflector dish. But, other than that and the dim lights (HD, people) everyone complains about, I see no more inconsistencies on the BIG E.

82. Ralph F - January 31, 2007

Nothing against the new one, but the old shot of the E in the “The Enterprise departs Yonada’s path” is still one of my favorite shots — lighting, color, “action”, etc.

Agree, though; bring on more and different angles and views. I love Matt Jeffries’ design for a reason, and I want to see all angles of it.

83. Ralph F - January 31, 2007

And FWIW, someone read my blog on THE ENTERPRISE INCIDENT:

84. Thomas Jensen - January 31, 2007

It’s funny, the original opticals were considered to be very good effects for the time they were produced. Many shows only used models on strings in the 60’s. The process used to make Star Trek’s shots looked more “realistic”.

Today, we have so much to compare them to and they look dated. Although most of the effects still look pretty good, but they are too grainy for today’s large screens. It’s good they are doing new angles of the Enterprise along with the original shots.

Now: more angles from the topside!

85. Spirit - January 31, 2007

I dont buy into “the lighting is dim because it’s HD”. The shots we are presented here are NOT 16:9 HD colorspace and resolution shots, these are rendered for 4:3 SDTV. The least you could say then is that they were lazy and didnt do the conversion properly, however from the shots above it is rather obvious that it’s not “overall dark lighting” but a very bland and flat lighting scheme being used, opposed to the bold and vibrant original TOS style for space scenes.

86. THEETrekMaster - January 31, 2007

Hitch! Great last post!

Yes, the original paint had some green in it…but apparently some people refuse to believe that. I tend to believe the blue screen had maybe a MINOR impact on the color, but were the blue screen spilling on the mode it would not be a consistent spill and again, if there was substantial bluescreen spill on the model that would impact the ability to composite shots cleanly. Case in point — disappearing nacelles.

Anything that has blue on it would appear slighly or completely transparent. Depending upon the amount of blue in the paint, it would go unnoticeable. It amazes me how little people seem to understand bluescreen compositing and what effects result from it.

However, the mode was just not a pure white or pure battleship gray. As Greg Jein (a far more trustworthy source than some of the amateurs here) himself would tell you — there was green in the paint.

Anyone who thinks otherwise is denial.

87. Jim J - January 31, 2007

“however from the shots above it is rather obvious that it’s not “overall dark lighting” but a very bland and flat lighting scheme being used,”


Are we looking at the same things? In every single comparison shot (old/new) the picture is darker on the new stuff. Doesn’t matter if it is a space shot or on the ship, or whatever. Maybe I need glasses???!!!

88. Spirit - January 31, 2007

^^There’s not a consistent overall lighting difference, as can be seen in the from-behind-shot above, for instance. In any case that is not what we are talking about here, and if you really can’t see any difference in lighting between old and new apart from that, then yes, you do need new glasses ;)

89. James Heaney - January 31, 2007

I’m going to keep my thoughts to thirty words this week. My opinon of “For The World Is Hollow And I Have Touched The Sky” is… oops! There’s my limit!

90. Dennis Bailey - January 31, 2007

#86:”However, the mode was just not a pure white or pure battleship gray.”

No, it was the greenish grey that Miarecki restored it to in 1992. :)

91. Lord Edzo - February 1, 2007

Take a look at the 5th new/old pix of the Enterprise turning to starboard. See how lit up and REAL the original ship looks compared with the remastered Enterprise? Frankly, the new rendering looks like an Ertl model from the 70s, I’m sorry to say. There are barely any lights inside the ship, while the lighting ON the ship is terrible, giving it that “model quality” look. Very disappointing.

92. Jim J - February 2, 2007

The eye doctor says I have great vision…in case anyone cares! LOL

93. Shay - February 2, 2007


94. Anthony Pascale - February 2, 2007


1. pick a name
2. stop spamming
3. stop all caps

95. Shay - February 2, 2007

anthony i am not a fact i am a fan of the reimaging cbs is trying to do with fair sucsess, looking forwad to JTB & doomsday VERY much…we all only want it to be a-number one looking starship and the effects, just us…..the “old” time new time fans too.

96. Matt Wright - February 2, 2007

#87 — you are correct the new film transfer of the live action material, and the CG space scenes have different contrast then the original, the live action also has a different color balance in many cases.

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