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It’s Time For Pon Farr – Check Out The Amok Time Remastered Preview February 14, 2007

by Matt Wright , Filed under: TOS Remastered,TOS-R Preview , trackback

Well here it is: perhaps the biggest defining episode for the character of Spock, remastered! Thanks again to our buddy in Chicago for providing the preview.


UPDATE: have added some images from Amok Time Remastered including this one of the Vulcan arena

For the rest check out the Amok Time page or the Remastered Gallery.


1. SteveinSF - February 14, 2007

The CGI shots of Vulcan look very much like ST 4’s version of Vulcan. I wonder if they’ll make it in the final vesion of the episode –in fact, how will they make it in the final version? I can’t think of what they could cut to add this footage. Then again , all the episodes are chopped up horribly so. It will be interesting to see what happens here. Regardless..good episode, one of my favourites!

2. CmdrR - February 14, 2007

Anyone figure out why Spock’s parents didn’t show up for his wedding/fight to dah de’tt.?

3. Michael Appleton - February 14, 2007

Here’s an interesting thing to watch for that someone pointed out to me years ago. In the original broadcast when Kirk and McCoy are debating with T’Pau, you can see Nimoy lingering in the background, thinking he’s off camera. It’s hilarious to watch a dramatic scene where Spock is supposed to be consumed in a plaktow trance, while the actor portraying him is farting around in the background, leaning up against a wall, practically twiddling his thumbs!! I’ll be surprised if the Remastered version has left any hint of this in the episode. If it has been expunged, be sure to go back and get an old copy of Amok Time and see for yourself. It’s a hoot!!

4. Skippy 2k - February 14, 2007

Hmmm, while I guess that gives a good reason for not seeing the statues and things in the distance. Given the difficulty with trying to rotoscope all those scenes seems like a nice way around it. Wonder what that shot replaces, don’t recall one just like that but its been awhile.

Anyway, other that the space shots I couldn’t really think of anything that needs much work but would have to see it again. Looking forward as allways to see what they do with it!

5. Gary Seven - February 14, 2007

I am happy that CBS-D is becoming more ambitious in adding to, and in my opinion, enhancing, the originals. Watching the remastered Doomsday Machine was like watching it anew. I am also pleasantly surprised at the shots of Vulcan in this preview for Amok Time. I assume they are walking onto the fighting arena in the new and beautiful shot from above the mountains. It is not only dramatic and beautiful. It also shows that the CBS team has studied the movies (III and IV) and tried to replicate the feel of Vulcan in a way that the original series was unable to do. These guys are bringing movie quality and feel to the old show. Thank you!

6. steve623 - February 14, 2007

#2 – I always rationalized it was just weird Vulcan tradition. “By tradition, the male is accompanied by his closest friends” or however Spock said it – closest friends, yes, so maybe Mommy & Daddy, no? Anyway, the digital mattes with the little CGI figures looked gorgeous but where can they fit them into the show without cutting out live-action footage? I thought that was a no-no.

7. steve623 - February 14, 2007

Now that I think about it, I seem to recall there’s a long pan over the arena set while Nimoy’s voice over talks about “this land has been in my family for 2000 earth years” or something like that. I suppose with some clever editing they could suggest the characters start walking toward camera right (which is originally directly into the arena set), then cut to the digital shot during the voice over and then cut back to the original live action as they enter the arena? I’ll be very curious to see how it looks if they go that route. That’s seems pretty ambitious.

8. steve623 - February 14, 2007

And while I’m in a posting frenzy, I just wanted to throw in that this is my single favorite Star Trek episode ever, and watching that little 30 second promo, I am reminded again of what a terrific episode it is. Great for the troika and brilliantly adding to the whole mystique of Vulcan and its people. I think this one episode did more for the Vulcans than was done in four years of “Enterprise” episodes. And T’Pring was way sexier than T’Pol.

9. Cranston - February 14, 2007

I like it. Not only is having the arena at the top of a really big column a good way to rationalize not having any other topography visible from the set, I like the way these shots establish the very deep-red sky in a somewhat believable way before plunging us into the cyclorama for the rest of the episode. I think it’s a good compromise (although seeing some clouds would also be nice).

10. stallion - February 14, 2007

#8 I’m going to have to disagree with you on that one. I believe the vulcan arc did a lot for the vulcan. I know some Enterprise haters are going to disagree with me on this one but it is true. I will admit B&B mess up when they made T’pol suffer from Pon Far. I’m sure people can make up an excuse for it but B&B messed up on that one. Enterprise was still a great series just not perfect.

11. Mark Tedin - February 15, 2007

Quite the icecap Vulcan’s got there. I think it’s bigger than Earth’s!

12. DEMODE - February 15, 2007

That is a pretty large ice cap. I guess that is where Vulcans get all there drinking water from, since there don’t appear to be many, if any, lakes on the surface (although on “Enterprise”, I believe we saw some.)

13. Holo J - February 15, 2007

It seems this clip has shown us all the new remastered shots that was spoke of in the recent interview with the remastered team. I can’t see what else could be added to this episode other than the Enterprise leaving Vulcan.

The new images do look brilliant though! And it does very well to establish the harsh red sky we later see as the ceremony/fight unfolds. I too do wonder where they will put the new shots of Vulcan in the episode. Obviously at the start as the approach the arena but I can’t think of what it will replace. It’s a shame they couldn’t at least of put a few clouds in the sky if they where meant to be so high up.

This is an effects light episode seeing as the decided against all the rotoscoping I wonder if there will be any other surprises in it? But I can’t really see where they would have a place to surprise us with thing more new. Oh well it’s a great episode regardless, the remastering can only add to it. Seeing as we don’t get it here in the UK I think I will watch a
re-run on my DVD later.

Also I have to agree with post 10. stallion, I too enjoyed a lot of the Vulcan back story on Enterprise. Watching Enterprise back on DVD instead of on Channel 4, I enjoyed it so much more without the very bad TV scheduling and all those adverts breaking up the story.

Watching the series back on DVD was a lot more rewarding; I know a lot of people will disagree but I really do feel the series gets undeserved wrap. I feel it very much deserves it place in Star Trek timeline. I think if Manny Coto had been given creative control of season five we would have seen more great links to the original series.

14. Axinar - February 15, 2007

“Anyone figure out why Spock’s parents didn’t show up for his wedding/fight to dah de’tt.?”

Would you want YOUR mother to see you like that?? :)

15. Tom - February 15, 2007

I think more “background” was added very low to the horizon, but I could be wrong. We’ll need before/after shots to be certain.

Look at the scene where Spock hit’s the gong to summon the wedding party (Is that who we see approaching in the CGI long shot? The landing party beams down next to the “arena”). Looks like something more in the distance than the set pieces.

16. Spirit - February 15, 2007

Did they enhance the cyclorama with some very subtle clouds? It’s hard to tell given the poor video quality yet it looks to me the background is not a plain red anymore but has some “structure”.

17. Lao3D - February 15, 2007

I don’t THINK they did any cyclorama enhancements, but its hard to see for sure from the clip. But that’s the brilliance of the additional establishing matte shots. Now that we have some context, our imaginations fill in the rest for the rest of the scene.

NICE!!! And I thought the post-Doomsday episode might be a let down… :)

18. Magic_Al - February 15, 2007

^9. What’s funny as well as appropriate is that the same trick was used in Star Trek III because the Vulcan set really wasn’t much better than the one in Amok Time. A couple matte paintings showing it was supposed to be atop a huge column justified the obviously stage-like “outdoor” setting where Spock and McCoy were un-melded.

19. optimus - February 15, 2007

doomsday was great
but this preview is also very nice!
great work guys :)

20. Herbert Eyes Wide Open - February 15, 2007

#14. Axinar

Too funny… Is that a Lirpa in your pocket or are ya’ just glad to see me?

The thing that is most troubling about this episode is given the amount of footage that is cut for syndication running time, we are going to miss so many “small” moments that make “Amok Time” extraordinary. Certainly, other episodes have suffered by losing bits of humor or insight to the inter-personal dynamics of Kirk & Company but this one is ALL about character interplay… no long space scenes… no flashy effects… Just a great story and terrific acting.

Can’t wait until these get released on a Hi-Def DVD format or, at the very least, I wish iTunes would make them all available again… Remastered, only!

God knows I’ve given (as I’m sure most folks here have) Paramount enough money over the years… VHS… Laserdisc… DVD… Not to mention a ton of Box Office receipts.

Come to think of it, Paramount should offer a Trade In/Rebate Program… The consumer trades in old formats to get something back for purchasing the new stuff… Yeah, that’ll happen.

At the very least, they owe me for Insurrection and Nemesis. ;)

21. Adam Cohen - February 15, 2007

Very creative use of matte shots. I love it.

And as for why Sarek and Amanda are M.I.A., I refer you all (again) back to Bill Shatner’s 1986 appearance on SNL- “It’s just a TV show!”

An alternative explanation is that the Pon Farr ritual took place during Vulcan’s winter, in which case Spock’s parent’s were at their home in Boca Raton. Damn Vulcan snowbirds!

22. Old School Trek Nerd - February 15, 2007

Sarek was probably somewhere on business.
Held up two fingers and said “Wife, attend me.”
And that’s that.

Since Spock and T’Pring were joined as children and already married, so to speak, neither Spock’s nor T’Pring’s parents would have any real reason to be there. The parents’ consent was given long ago and now T’Pau is there to formally complete the ceremony whereby Spock and T’Pring simply ratify the agreement (at least that was the plan).

It’s sort of like the Baptism and Confirmation ceremonies. In Baptism, the parent speaks for the child and commits them to the ideals of Catholicism / Christianity. In the Confirmation ceremony, the child is considered old enough to decide and confirm that he or she wishes to continue with those beliefs.

Oh yeah, love the CGI Vulcan. Just last week I had mentioned how I would’ve liked to have seen a CGI Decker in the Hangar Deck and now, CBS-D has broken out the first little army of CGI extras to breathe life into one of their digital environments. Very cool.

23. DarenDoc - February 15, 2007

Remember, Amok time came BEFORE Journey to Babel in the original series… so, at this point, not only do we not know who Spock’s parents are, but neither do Kirk and McCoy. But it certainly does fit in nicely with the tension dealt with in “Babel” and Spock’s offhanded remark about Balok reminding him of his father. I always liked the “on the fly” continuity that the original show had…

I’m looking forward to this episode, and it looks like there are some nice additions this week.

24. CmdrR - February 15, 2007

Good explanations for why the folks missed Spockie’s wedding — at least as good as we’re likely to ever get.

8- My cat is sexier than T’Pol. (and HER boobs are real)

One more quick thought, and that is that the Remastering also fixes all the live action stuff, to clean it up. There are subtle bits that become amazingly clear in this process. I’ve mentioned (way back when) all the detail you can now see in Devil in the Dark, including Shatner’s face acting. (Yes, there’s even more of that than previously seen in fuzzier copies.) The main gift of this project remains that it focuses us back on how great the original series was… and is. Definitely, let THIS be the standard for XI.

25. Scott - February 15, 2007

Daren (#23) beat me to the punch. Spock and Sarek were so “on the outs” in their relationship — as established later in continuity in “Journey to Babel” — that Spock’s parents would not have attended the ceremony. However, I can well imagine the hell Amanda gave Sarek for missing their only son’s wedding!

The whole thing makes one wonder … surely Roddenberry, Coon, Fontana and others knew both scripts were being developed, and the question of why Spock’s parents were absent during the wedding would arise. Dealing with Sarek and Amanda in “Amok Time” would have been a huge distraction from the main story, so maybe they developed the adversarial father-son subplot of “Journey” to explain their absence from that important event.

And it’s not just a show, folks — it’s STAR TREK! :-)

Scott B. out.

26. Aaron R - February 15, 2007

I am stoked for this epp. The preview looks great and I can’t wait. I think most Trek fans would probably admit (if they watch TOS) that this is one of there favorite episodes. My all time fav’s go in this order; number 1 Doomsday, 2 Amok Time, and 3 Trouble with Tribbles.

They hit a grand slam with Doomsday last week now my second fav this week. I am on pins and needles. One thing I do have to say with no harm intended… Stop complaining about the networks cutting in with the commercials. I love you guys and your dedication to the series but remember television is an industry. The channels these shows are being aired on for the most part (as far as I can tell) are not big networks. They are small hometown networks who have to make some money somehow. Let’s face it, we love, love, love Star Trek TOS… but most people are not clamoring to there televisions making the same ruckus as us about these new episodes. And, furthermore, I have talked to several people whom watch the show and they either can’t see or don’t remember well enough to see a huge difference between an epp re-mastered and a 60’s copy. Most people say oh yeah that’s the Shat and Spock with the goofy ears still the common public doesn’t notice the subtle changes. For example the big “James R. Kirk” debacle… No one noticed except for the diehards baby, no one. I almost didn’t even notice and I am a diehard. So what needs to happen are more episodes like Doomsday. Re-master that baby to death, stop worrying about the little stuff and really work on the big stuff like the huge space combat scenes etc. They need to keep adding shots like the ones of Vulcan in this preview and then and only then will people stop and say “Yeah, this is different than I remember… it’s better.”

I applaud CBS digital with the work they have done so far! Keep it up and don’t be afraid to add grand and huge shots. Don’t be afraid to step out onto the limb of creativy spread your wings and fly. People can buy TOS on DVD if that’s what they want to see we want to see a re-mastered masterpiece that is so grand it breathes new life into this beloved show with new viewer ship younger viewer ship.

Live Long and Prosper

Aaron Ringewold
Stage and Film

27. diabolik - February 15, 2007

I am shocked at how far they are going with new elements in this show. If this had been at the start of the project, we NEVER would have seen this kind of revisionism. but I believe they have begun to get more ambitious since taking into account fan reactions to new elements. I for one am glad.

This really boosts the openess of the set in the episode and ties it in nicely with the movie Vulcan we have seen.

I love it! More, more, more, how do you like it, how do you like it, more more more… (my 70’s teen years coming out there).

28. John N. - February 15, 2007

I just love the look of the the matte shots…

I think that it’s an extremely clever technique to both make the cyclorama sets more believeable, and to link the TOS era Vulcan to the movie era Vulcan

29. Stanky McFibberich - February 15, 2007

The preview looks intriguing. I had never thought about the fighting arena as being elevated like that, but I think it is a cool idea. And another good thing is that the remastered episodes have always been even better than the previews (of course, that naturally should be the case). I’m glad they came up with something to enhance this one since there aren’t that many space shots. I guess I was too slow to comment and Daren Doc beat me to the comment that this episode happened before Babel, etc. Oh well…I snooze, I lose :) KROIKA!!!

30. Shay - February 15, 2007

ps hope that other MAJOR BLOOPER in Amok Time!…

they need to fix the arch lights visable above on the stage right above kirk and spock … they fought during spocks madness 7 year cylcle dramatic kirk shirt tearing scene!!!

best regards


31. Mark Tedin - February 15, 2007

Would you want to attend your son’s mating ritual? I think not.

32. Dr. Image - February 15, 2007

I’m really looking fwd to this ep, in part because the DVD version exhibits HORRIBLE color timing. I’m still amazed at the relative shoddiness of the classic boxed DVD sets image quality.
The new matte paintings, as always, look fantastic. I wish they would credit those responsible. They- hell, the whole team- really deserves it, especially under those deadlines.

33. ZtoA - February 15, 2007

Very, very cool CBS-D!! My only hope is that the amazing arials survive the syndication hack… probably not so I’ll be content to wait for I-Tunes.

Immunity Syndrom is the next big one visually… I hope they can find a way to show the dividing cell nucleus in front of the E as it fires the torpedo. That would be off-the-chart cool.

Another cool shot would be for Tomorrow Is Yesterday… a nice two-shot looking down from above the nacelles as the fighter jet approaches…

This whole endeavor has completely re-invigorated my love of TOS… Sci-fi channel needs to take the leap and re-cast for new TOS episodes. They have done such a great job with Galactica that TOS would be a slam dunk.

Rock on CBS-D!

34. Kevin - February 15, 2007

Looks good so far. The preview was pretty low res and choppy though. So I’ll just have to wait to see it.

Since we’re throwin’ out hopes for future episodes- In “Court Martial” I hope we get to see other ships in orbit over Starbase 11. Similar to Voyager’s shot of Utopia Planetia, though not so busy. It was mentioned in the dialog that other ships were under repair but never seen.

35. Anthony Pascale - February 15, 2007

you do realise that there are hi res dl links under the youtube right? (higher res than those on

36. Michael Hall - February 15, 2007

Very nice that the matte paintings serve the dual purpose of tying the new version of “Amok Time” to previous (or future–it gets complicated) Trek outings, along with making the original stage set’s look more plausible.

I had the great pleasure of meeting Ted Sturgeon and Gene Roddenberry for the first time at an event at Franklin High School in Los Angeles in 1974. Sturgeon spoke with great fondness about his work on the show, expressing special admiration for the editor who worked on “Amok Time” and his willingness to re-restructure the show minute-by-minute so that what Ted considered the show’s best line, “You may discover that having, after all, is less pleasing a thing than wanting,” could be reinstated after originally being dropped for time. Talk of a Trek revival was little more than a pipe dream back then, but Sturgeon assured Roddenberry (to the cheers of us in the audience) that were such an unlikely thing to come to pass, he’d come aboard in a second. Sadly, as it turned out he didn’t have all that much longer to live and write, and so while Trek eventually did come back another Ted Sturgeon episode never came to pass. It would have been great if he’d been able to take the opportunity to see this episode anew after all these years, and to share with us his feelings about it all.

(And Anthony–on that subject: any idea when we might see that promised follow-up video by Spinrad?)

37. billy don't be a hiro - February 15, 2007

Re: Court-Martial – I realize its a long shot, but I wish they could change that old-fashioned microphone Dr. McCoy refers to as a “white sound device” or whatever he calls it. Every time I see that episode, I’m afraid De Kelley’s going to burst out into “Georgia on My Mind”. Or worse, that Shatner is.

38. Michael Hall - February 15, 2007

“Or worse, that Shatner is.”

LOL! Much worse. Though it probably would have brought Finney out of his hidey-hole in a second–anything to stop the pain.

39. Thomas Jensen - February 15, 2007

#23 yeah I liked that “on the fly” continuity of the show. It certainly wasn’t like shows today with a season arc, but in the days of the 60’s, shows really didn’t refer to previous adventures. Trek did that and added to the realism of the adventure. Even as a kid I enjoyed the references to other episodes.

40. kinooruen - February 15, 2007

oooh, shiny!
Maybe we have to give up part of the pan around the empty arena?

The only other things I think could bear replacement would be rotoscope-heck: the sky and the Romulan “hide my non-made-up ears” helmets.

41. Holo J - February 15, 2007

There are now a couple of stills of Vulcan now up on the Star Trek official site

The first image shows and aI quote the official site here “a wide bird’s-eye-view angle that shows much more of the Vulcan landscape, including a Vulcan city in the background that is presumably Shi’Khar, Spock’s hometown as established in the animated episode “Yesteryear.”

very cool I didnt notice that in from the preview

42. billy don't be a hiro - February 15, 2007

I’m drooling.

43. Holo J - February 15, 2007

oh there is a thrid one as well

looks like they have replaced some of the live footage for this shot

44. billy don't be a hiro - February 15, 2007

Really – that shot of the landscape is as good as anything I ever imagined in my head, reading “The Vulcan Academy Murders” when I was a teenager.


45. Kyle Nin - February 15, 2007

Did they use the same orbital look of Vulcan as they did in “Journey to Babel”?

46. Kelso - February 15, 2007

The CGI landscapes look cool… but I’d prefer for the team NOT to cut live-action footage for the sake of the CGI enhancements.

47. ZtoA - February 15, 2007

How cool is it that the artists consulted the animated series for more info about the Vulcan landscape. Talk about going above and beyond!

48. Kyle Nin - February 15, 2007


Well, if the characters aren’t saying anything, I think it’s a good idea to give the scene a wider and more detailed angle. It certainly makes it look more epic, which I think is what they were going for in the movies. So why not here too?

49. ZtoA - February 15, 2007

Opps… I hit the enter button too quick. Having the arena elevated on some mountain top definitely sells all the set shots that show nothing in the background but red sky and no clouds… very clever!

50. Aphelion - February 15, 2007

This is notable because it’s the first time that the performance of the actors is actually being supplanted by a CBS-D shot. Footage of tge actors is actually being excised. They can only fit the long shots of Vulcan into the show by replacing Shatner/Nimoy/Kelley’s walk to the arena. I don’t necessarily have a problem with this, as the scene is protracted and it’s an excellent way of conveying scope prior to the arena due to the impractability of re-doing the Vulcan sky for the entire show.

HOWEVER, their choice of tying in the landscape to Star Trek III is disappointing. I’m all for continuity, but does anyone else feel this will detract from the future value of that film? Remember how The Empire Strikes Back Special Edition inserted the (pointless) footage of Darth Vader returning to his flagship in the Imperial shuttle? That shuttle originally debuted in JEDI, and consequently its appearance in EMPIRE devalues that imagery in JEDI. Now people enjoying TREK for the first time will remember the landscape from Amok Time, then yawn when it shows up in ST3 (with outdated effects to boot). Hence the work of the artists who conceived and executed this imagery in the first place is relegated to a kind of second class status.

51. navamske - February 15, 2007

Maybe they should have dubbed T’Pau speaking without an Eastern European accent, since her younger self didn’t have one in “Enterprise.”

52. Picardsucks - February 15, 2007

52 – sorry TOS cannon trumps any spinoff cannon especially on this site. I am curious to see how these beautiful new matte shots are integrated. I think I found our Spock by the way. I am convinced that the actor playing Desmond on lost is the next Spock. Very similar features to a younger Nimoy. Right height, age and boy can he act. Yes I know he is Scottish but There are many fine British actors who jetison the Union jack accent and get our Amercan tongue right. Hugh Laurie of House Jamie Bamber who plays Apollo on BSG (who should be considered for Kirk by the way). After last night’s Lost I kept thinking God Damn this guy is going to be the next Spock!!! JJ he’s already your boy put some pointed ears on him!!!!
Follow the link to IMDB and look at the pictures:

53. optimus - February 15, 2007

enterprise… pah!
there’s only one original :)

54. Adam Cohen - February 15, 2007

CBS-D is really flexing its muscles now. That’s a nice combination of talent AND creativity at work with those matte shots. And even the orbital shot of the big E over Vulcan looks awesome- HOWEVER my one gripe with all outer-space renditions of Vulcan up until this point is this:

If this is, along with Earth, the single most important planet in the Federation, you’d think there’d be some spacedock or traffic going outside of the planet, yes? I dunno, just my opinion, but I figure they could “sell” Vulcan’s importance a little more effectively with some “population” around the planet. Not a big deal, like I said, just an opinion.

55. Stanky McFibberich - February 15, 2007

re: 46. Kelso – February 15, 2007

“The CGI landscapes look cool… but I’d prefer for the team NOT to cut live-action footage for the sake of the CGI enhancements.”

In most instances I would agree, but in this case, it looks like a good choice.

re: 51. navamske – February 15, 2007

“Maybe they should have dubbed T’Pau speaking without an Eastern European accent, since her younger self didn’t have one in “Enterprise.””

That would be ridiculous. And, in my opinion, Star Trek should have its own continuity apart from the spinoffs, especially Enterprise.

re: 50 Aphelion

Now people enjoying TREK for the first time will remember the landscape from Amok Time, then yawn when it shows up in ST3 (with outdated effe”cts to boot).”

I don’t remember being all that awed by the image of Vulcan in ST:III that this would spoil anything. Who’s to say which a new viewer would watch first, anyway? I doubt that many people who are new to it will strictly watch in production order from the series through the films.

56. steve623 - February 15, 2007

“Now people enjoying TREK for the first time will remember the landscape from Amok Time, then yawn when it shows up in ST3 (with outdated effects to boot). Hence the work of the artists who conceived and executed this imagery in the first place is relegated to a kind of second class status. ”

I think you’re assuming people coming into Star Trek afresh are going to start with “The Cage” and work their way methodically forward. I don’t think it works that way for the majority of people. You catch an episode or a movie when its on, regardless of its chronology. Sure, the shuttle in “Jedi” was new to the movie back then, and you enjoyed it that way, but I don’t think its realistic to expect that future generations watching those movies are going to experience them the same way we did back in the day. I certainly hope those future Star Wars viewers don’t start with Episode I and work their way forward.

57. steve623 - February 15, 2007

#54 – All that stuff is taking place on the commercial side of the planet. Spock’s family owns real estate on the resort side ;-)

58. diabolik - February 15, 2007

This episode marks a dramatic departure from merely updating scenes to actually adding much more. I love it. THIS is what I wanted from an enhanced episode. The person who was “disappointed” that it looked like ST3’s Vulcan… why? What SHOULD it be more like, then? I can’t imagine.

This is doing it right.

59. Robert Bernardo - February 15, 2007

Steve623 wrote:

> And T’Pring was way sexier than T’Pol.

Yes! Sexy and mysteriously cool. :-)

60. Aphelion - February 15, 2007


I’m not disappointed that they chose to make it look like “ST3’s Vulcan”, rather that they chose to create a location very similar to that of Mt. Solaya (sp?) as seen in ST3, which could potentially diminish the scenes in the film.

61. diabolik - February 15, 2007

Re: the comment about the Romulan helmets… I always saw that as a great way to link the Vulcans to their lost brothers, rather than a simple re-use of existing props. It showed their use in a ceremony that is a link to a more primitive and violent past, and that the Romulans still use them, inferring that they are more tied to the past in a current society.

62. Scott V. - February 15, 2007

I dont know if I like the arena pic much myself. Its something that I dont feel they needed to drag in a new shot for. Its a good episode but frankly their is no reason to cut effect except for the reason it looks cool. I wonder what scene is going to end up in the cutting room floor just so this shot makes it in on the air.

After the exhaustive work on the Doomsday Machine the whole CBS digital teams deserves a raise and a week first class all expense paid trip to the Bahamas (during their hiatus),

Don’t get me wrong Its a nice image Shi’Kahr in the background is a nice touch but I really think it would have looked better with possibly a Vulcan Ship flying by. So far not bad . They could probably do that for the remastered Trek DVD’s

63. navamske - February 15, 2007

> re: 51. navamske – February 15, 2007

>>“Maybe they should have dubbed T’Pau speaking without
>>an Eastern European accent, since her younger self didn’t
>>have one in “Enterprise.””

>That would be ridiculous. And, in my opinion, Star Trek should have its own >continuity apart from the spinoffs, especially Enterprise.

Note to self: Next time use the tags for the irony-challenged.

64. Kyle Nin - February 15, 2007


Didn’t you know? When people get older, they get accents. Vulcans moreso, because they live longer.

65. Stanky McFibberich - February 15, 2007

re: 63.

Yes. Not a bad idea. Nothing in that message to indicate whether or not you were being sarcastic or not. And enough yayhoos around here that really *would* think something like that. And I did catch the sarcasm here.

66. Stanky McFibberich - February 15, 2007

Just to continue, my main objection is the mention of Enterprise and even jokingly trying to tie it in with the real Star Trek. Yes, yes, I know I should never call it the ‘real Star Trek’…yesireee bob, that is a no-no. We must accept all the series as equal partners. Forgive MY sarcasm and excuse me while I slap myself silly.

67. Spock's Brain - February 15, 2007

As I see it #27 Diabolik said it all when he said “more, more, more.” I love these enhancements! Give us more, more, more!

68. Dennis Bailey - February 15, 2007

#52 – “sorry TOS cannon trumps any spinoff cannon especially on this site.”

You don’t speak for the site or everyone on it. ;)

69. Anthony Pascale - February 15, 2007

when Dennis says you arent speaking for this site he is speaking for this site

i will say this again. This site is not a TOS only site and is certainly not anti other trek sites. It is just a coincidence that the two projects that are active in trek right now are TOS related.

every minute of trek from TOS through the movies all the way to VOY and ENT is canon…none more so than others.

70. Commodore Z - February 15, 2007

#52 – “sorry TOS cannon trumps any spinoff cannon especially on this site.”

Why do some people feel they have to prove their love for something by putting something else down? I love TOS, but that doesn’t mean that I need to put down the spinoff shows.

But I do agree with you that the new matte shots are beautiful.

71. Stefanbkk - February 15, 2007

Accordign to, this is the explanation as to where exactly the new cgi long shots will fall in Amok Time:

“For the remastered “Amok Time”, the visual effects producers at CBS Digital evoked “Star Trek III” and “IV” in re-envisioning the Vulcan landscape. They replaced the non-dialog shot of Spock, Kirk and McCoy beaming in and walking to the Koon-ut-kal-if-fe arena with the wide angle rock bridge shot”.

“…the arena is introduced with a wide bird’s-eye-view angle that shows much more of the Vulcan landscape, including a Vulcan city in the backround that is presumably Shi’K’har, Spock’s hometown as established in the animated episode “Yesteryear”.

Should be an interesting weekend. :-)

72. Kevin - February 15, 2007

“you do realise that there are hi res dl links under the youtube right? (higher res than those on ”

…well… ummm… no. I actually know very little about youtube. I’ve just been coming to this site and clicking play. BLAST! I’ve been watching all these in the worst possible resolution. No wonder everyone’s catching stuff I’m not.

73. Buckaroohawk - February 15, 2007

Well, well, well…

It seems that after The Doomsday Machine, CBS Digital has decided to become a little more ambitious with their scenes. This new establishing shot of the ceremony arena is simply breathtaking and I’m sure it will lend some real scope and grandeur to the action as it unfolds. Placing it high on an outcropping is a brilliant way to explain the lack of scenery around the live action shots.

This is the sort of thing I was always hoping for when I first heard about the Remastering project. TOS always seemed to lack a sense of scope as the Trek universe expanded through the movies, TNG, DS9, and Voyager. Scenes like this bring the events in TOS closer to those in the other incarnations and help TOS regain its place as the real standard bearer of Star Trek as a whole. At first, I was wondering what CBS Digital could really do with “Amok Time,” since the episode is light on FX. Now that I’ve seen this, though, I can’t wait to see it.

And if this is any indication, just imagine what Stratos is going to look like! I think we need to prepare for our collective jaws to be hitting the floor.

74. Major Joe Ely Carrales - February 15, 2007

I won’t be able to see this~not offered in my area!!!

I’ve already saved the money for the DVD sets…make them WOW me CBS Digital!!!!

75. Martin Paternoster - February 15, 2007

Oh my god … this is unexpected, and potentially brilliant.

I am definately looking forward to this one.

76. Chunkay - February 15, 2007

I am so impressed. I was initially critical of CBS-D’s work, but this is spectacular. Well done, folks! The matte paintings bring a whole new scale to the show, and the Enterprise’s lighting in finally spot on.

77. Gary Seven - February 15, 2007

I’m with Kevin #72, but perhaps even more lost. How do you make it high resolution on the previews? The box next to the volume, that makes it smaller and sharper? If someone could answer this I would be most grateful, as I would like to see it in his res too. Thanks.

“you do realise that there are hi res dl links under the youtube right? (higher res than those on ”

…well… ummm… no. I actually know very little about youtube. I’ve just been coming to this site and clicking play. BLAST! I’ve been watching all these in the worst possible resolution. No wonder everyone’s catching stuff I’m not.

78. Cranston - February 16, 2007

#61 diabolik — I agree completely re: the Vulcan/Romulan helmets, particularly on the “ancient ceremony” angle. Such things are usually *extremely* conservative (in the sense that many elements of ritual resist change long after the non-ritual aspects of society have long since changed or lost them entirely). I always found this a very nice hint at universe depth, and what Daren calls TOS’s “on-the-fly continuity.” I would never change that, even with an unlimited rotoscoping budget!

It also makes me think that in the big “reveal” of the Romulans as Vulcans in “Balance of Terror,” when we first get a peek inside their ship, Spock probably realizes that something is extremely fishy before any of the other characters do — seeing all those helmets first, before we see Mark Lenard’s pointed ears.

79. Cranston - February 16, 2007

#72 and #77, re higher- resolution versions of the preview:

Anthony doesn’t mean that there are higher-res versions within YouTube, he means that the small links here at, right under the YouTube image, take you to higher-res versions that you download by clicking — either Windows Media (.WMV) or QuickTime (.MOV). Check the top of this page.

80. Penhall - February 16, 2007

Hmmmm……the new CGI landscapes look awesome, but I really dont like the idea of cutting original live action footage of the actors. I’ll reserve my final judgment until after I see the episode….

81. Luke Montgomery - February 16, 2007

I love it. These guys are really fleshing out the world of TOS and making it breath and com eto lif ein ways that really capture my imigination like trek did when I was young. I lov eseeing the Vulcan city and the drama of the mesa and rock bridges… I want to go there now! Bravo to Rossi and the Okudas.

I think this is a great example (along with Manny Coto in ENT’s 4th season) of what happens when you have fans and true lovers of the series producing

82. Dave M - February 16, 2007

looks amazing!
good job…

83. Cervantes - February 16, 2007

Is it just me?…althought these particular new shots are great, I would far rather any enhancements to be IN ADDITION TO any of the original live-action shots, rather than “replacements”…NOT AT ALL impressed by this idea… :o(

84. Paul W. - February 16, 2007

I love it! It’s great that they are able to replace some unessential nondialogue scenes to fit this in.. gives you a greater sense of Vulcan and the tribal mating rituals. It ties Amok Time, Yesteryear and ST3 together for continuity. I know there are MANY, MANY people that would it be left alone and not tampered with.. but I think the remastering and updating looks and works great.

And as a Trek fan … I happen to enjoy all incarnations of Trek.. yes, even Enterprise.

85. Buckaroohawk - February 16, 2007

As long as the scenes replaced are non-essential (i.e. no dialog or visuals that are essential to the plot), then I’m cool with them being replaced. If the new scenes do a better job of expanding the worlds the crew visits, I’m all for it.

86. Gary Seven - February 16, 2007

Thank you Cranston (#79).

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