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Images From ‘Tomorrow Is Yesterday’ Remastered [UDPATED w/ Exclusive New Shot] May 3, 2007

by Anthony Pascale , Filed under: TOS-R Preview , trackback

CBS have released 3 4 images from "Tomorrow Is Yesterday " (airing this weekend)

UPDATE: now w/ larger versions + 1 exclusive for image 


UPDATE: Exclusive New Image




From CBS’s description:

The first remastered image of the Enterprise reveals the landscape of the American midwest below the cloud cover. CBS Digital artists used actual photos of Nebraska and the surrounding areas taken by astronauts aboard the International Space Station. The original was a basic composite shot with visible matte lines around the Enterprise.




From CBS’s description:

Remastered version uses high-definition video of the Earth, as photographed from a NASA Space Shuttle, as the background for this shot of the good ship Enterprise around her homeworld, albeit in the wrong century.The original version uses pre-NASA imagery.




From CBS’s description:

For the climax of the episode "Tomorrow is Yesterday" the ship dives dangerously close to the sun, part of Kirk’s desperate gamble to employ a "slingshot effect" to return the Enterprise to her own time.The original shot didn’t feature the sun imagery, just the ship and crew flailing about in space.


Image courtesy of CBS



1. Tim - May 3, 2007

Wow, very good.

2. Lou - May 3, 2007

absolutely beautiful!!

3. Greg Stamper - May 3, 2007

Very nice. Looks like lots of light in that first shot which should satisfy many. Plus the pic of Earth orbit is what I wanted to see way, way back during the airing of “Miri” and didn’t get it.

4. Skippy 2k - May 3, 2007

Awesome, missing miri to see the orbit shot here is probably a plus. I didn’t see Miri either but the orbit shot above is much better than the image I remember seeing from miri(early remastered work).

Love it, can’t wait to see the vfx reel!

5. T Negative - May 3, 2007

I remember watching this episode as a kid and wondering why the hell there was no sun. The “wobbley” E during the “slingshot” sequence was so bad it used to piss me off, again wondering why the E was just sitting there when it should have been flying at very fast speeds towards the sun.

Now everyhting is going to be the way it should. I can’t wait!!!

6. Josh - May 3, 2007

This is the one episode I’ve REALLY wanted to see since they’ve started this project.

I record them all. I watch very few (mostly the effect heavy ones) and I will definitely be watching this.

7. Greg Stamper - May 3, 2007

#4 My apologies Skippy 2k for my poorly worded earlier statement. I have seen the Remastered Miri and was disappointed by its depiction of Earth. These pics above are more in keeping with what I had hoped Remastered Miri’s Standard Orbit would have looked like – – and it was not the case. On the bright side it looks good for this weekend!

8. Smitty - May 3, 2007


Oh I love the last one, Big-E speeding toward the sun with a lens flare for good measure. Always a fan the lens flare!


9. ety3 - May 3, 2007

I do hope we get a nice POV shot of the E from Capt. Christopher’s position inside the F-104. I’m sure we will.

Looks fantastic. I can’t wait.

10. Demode - May 3, 2007

Every single one of those pictures is beautiful. Simply amazing work.

11. Steve Johnson - May 3, 2007

I didn’t receive any comments to my earlier post, so will “replay” it here again. Has anyone else ever read about the Mantell incident and thought that it may have inspired the story for “Tomorrow is Yesterday?”


I’m a long-time visitor to this forum, but a first time poster. This has always been one of my very favorite TOS episodes, so I’m very excited to see the remastered version.

I have long wondered if the story for this episode was based on an actual UFO incident which occurred on January 7, 1948, involving Captain Thomas F. Mantell, a Kentucky Air National Guard pilot who was ordered, along with two other pilots, to give chase to a UFO seen hovering over the Godman Air Base, near Fort Knox, Kentucky.

The book “Flying Saucers on the Attack” by Harold T. Wilkins (copyright 1954) describes the incident. The author provides these quotes from Mantell’s radio report: “…I’m going to close in right now, for a good look. It’s directly ahead of me. The thing looks metallic and of tremendous size. It’s going up now and forward as fast as I am…”

And a quote from one of the other pilots: “This strange object is too high for us to catch. It’s going too fast.”

The two other pilots broke off the pursuit, but Mantell continued. The author states that Mantell made other comments about the object’s high speed, tremendous size and its strange appearance.

His P-51 was seen to explode in mid-air, at about 20,000 feet. There is other commentary that the plane went into a dive and began to disintegrate at about half that height above the ground.

The author speculates “that some lethal ray of immense power and unknown type had been directed at Mantell and his plane by the entities in the weird and vast machine, who may have deemed that they were going to be attacked…”

I am not saying there was an actual extraterrestial spaceship involved in this case, just noting the similarities to this UFO case and the Star Trek episode….

This episode has some of the best lines in any Star Trek episode. Note that when Captain Christopher is describing the Enterprise to his base, he says “two cylindrical projections on top, one on the bottom, ” (leaving out the saucer section, as everyone assumes it is a flying SAUCER !!! )

Later after he’s aboard the Enterprise, on the turbolift on the way up to the bridge, Kirk says the reason his ship is there is that it’s an accident, to which Christopher replies: “You seem to have a lot of them.” And as they enter the bridge, Christopher says he’s never believed in little green men. Spocks comes back with “Neither have I.”

Two excellent short-story follow-ups to this episode can be found in STAR TREK – STRANGE NEW WORLDS, volumes three and seven.

Thanks for a great site! It’s always interesting and informative.

Best regards to all,

Steve Johnson

12. Greg Stamper - May 3, 2007

#11 Steve Johnson –
I did hear about this incident over the years being in Kentucky myself. However I was unaware of these details – Thanks for posting. They do seem very similar and I would not be surprised if the Mantell incident turned out to be this episodes inspiration.
Perhaps if Jeff Bond is around he might shed some light on this issue.
Sorry, I did not see your earlier post – Welcome to the Community.

13. Orbitalic - May 3, 2007

Gorgeous…. Love the subtle touches like “real Nebraska land” down under the clouds…

Jim J… that your house on the lower left?

14. Gary Seven - May 3, 2007

Thank God they put in the Sun. Much much better. Thank you CBS!

15. DJT - May 3, 2007

oh, heck yeah! This episode looks like its going to kick ass. Thanks CBS-D!

16. Rick - May 3, 2007

Cool, cool, and cool. Okay so this episode may have some plot holes here and there.;) But hey it is only a show and a damn fun one at that!! Also I am into UFOs big time so this one hits the spot just perfect. Dig it!

17. Steve Johnson - May 3, 2007

#12 Greg Stamper

Yeah, growing up in Kentucky (Hopkinsville – not far from the landing site of the famous “Kelly Little Green Men” – but that’s another story…) I had heard about the Mantell incident and have read about it in several UFO books. Thanks for the welcome.

By the way, that’s a nice web site you have!

#16 Rick – I totally agree with you – the fun and adventure of this episode outweigh the plot holes!

18. Redshirt - May 3, 2007

I have to say this is impressive work. This is light years ahead of what they have been giving us. I want that first shot as a wallpaper…I think they are going to pull this one off quite nicely.

19. diabolik - May 3, 2007

They are showing the slingshot around the sun! THIS IS WHAT IT’S ALL ABOUT!!!

Thank you CBS Digital.

20. T Negative - May 3, 2007

Does Spock say something like “We have just passed Mercury” or something along those lines? A shot of the E passing Mercury would be a very cool shot indeed.

Go for it CBS!!

21. Ro-Dan - May 3, 2007

Those new shots are beautiful. Even though I already have the original version of TOS on DVD I’ll probably spring for the remastered sets when they’re finally released.

22. Anthony Pascale - May 3, 2007

it is a shame that when those DVDs come out we wont see the above widde angle shots.

i know this is sacrilege to some, but I would like the option to see the show in widescreen (which does mean they would have to crop the live action I know)

23. Greg Stamper - May 3, 2007

I’m all for the widescreen version as well – – maybe one day – –

24. Josh T. ( The Shatner switches toupees to honor massive Klingon fleets) Kirk Esquire' - May 3, 2007

Captain Mantell is buried less than 20 miles from me at Zachary Taylor national cemetary off Bardstown rd.

The case of Mantell is highly publicized and documented, and probably served as the inspiration for this episode.

The man was literally blown out of the sky by an unknown object and the debris that reigned down was distorted and abnormal, not indicative of an explosion or crash debris and wreckage.

Fascinating case.

25. mrregular - May 3, 2007

Next Stop…..Earth….1969…
Done superbly this time with the first picture as proof. I live in Nebraska and let me tell you that view of the Big E over the Cornhusker State is highly credible. Astonishingly good.
Could anyone estimate, based on the cloud tops, how high the Big E would be in the first picture?
I’ve waited for this episode since the beginning of the remastered run, and if the stills presented here are any indication it will be magnificient. Thanks CBS-D!
Jim J-hope KXVO broadcasts this episode for us(as their website indicates) Saturday night at 7pm!

26. Stefanbkk - May 3, 2007

I’m very much looking forward to seeing this episode… one of my favorites from childhood. I do have a stupid question, however… to throw out to all you experts:

The way the Enterprise is designed, if it was in such a close orbit of a planet like Earth, wouldn’t gravity literally pull the engines off the pylons and rip the saucer section completely off the main body of the ship? I always imagined that the Enterprise was designed for deep space only and would never have to survive the structural stresses that Earth’s, or any any other M-class planet’s gravity would put on the ship.

Now that I’ve asked my totally geeky question, let me reitterate that i’m looking forward to seeing this episode very much. :-)

27. Jim J (Transplanted Iowan) - May 3, 2007

#13-Hey, you weren’t supposed to see that! lol

#25-They’d better! I’m so psyched for this, and after seeing REAL Nebraska pictures. Fabulous.

28. Cranston - May 3, 2007

Yeah, when I (as a former Kansan) saw the fields below the clouds, I busted out into a huge grin, which made my wife think I was looking adorably at a photo of my daughter. For some reason she found it amusing that it turned out to be the Enterprise….

29. Xai (Go Iowa!) - May 3, 2007

#26 Stefanbkk,
Structural Intregrity Fields help hold her together as well as welds, bolts, bailing wire and for the Red Green fans… the handy mans secret weapon, Duct Tape!

30. Xai (Go Iowa!) - May 3, 2007


..forgot the last, thing that’s holds ‘er together. Scotty’s sweat.

Jim J…. where originally in Iowa?

31. THEETrekMaster: Phase II - May 3, 2007


32. MEO - May 3, 2007

@26: Yeah, over the years I thought the same thing; realistically, the Enterprise could never be there… :) Perhaps, if all her systems and engines were working at 100% efficiency, one could dare such a low flight on a planet but in this episode she barely had speed to outrun an old jet fighter… ^_^ Artistic licence is what keeps her there and I guess we must be happy on how beautiful it looks now. :)

33. THEETrekMaster: Phase II - May 3, 2007

I’ll throw in my vote for a widescreen edition of TOS as well…would be nice.

34. Anthony Pascale - May 3, 2007

i added a widescreen poll

…although it is my understanding that the TOSR DVDs wont have widescreen

35. SPOCKBOY - May 4, 2007

Now THAT’S more like it!
That Earth shot is excellent, the light is just right and the Earth looks perfect, and hey look……. A LENS FLARE.

; )

In your face buddy.

36. snake - May 4, 2007

wonder if the slingshot effect is going to be similar to Voyage Homes??

37. Emperor Jonathan Archer - May 4, 2007

The new images look awesome! Like that earth texture!

38. jonboc - May 4, 2007

I’m sure the slingshot effect will be similar, as long as there enough of the original effect to replace and pull it off. I just hope the crews heads don’t turn to marshmellows.

39. Cervantes ( looking up at a Nationalistic Scottish sky ) - May 4, 2007

CBS-Digital have done some excellent work in this particular episode, where the big “E” / “Earth shots are concerned. It is gratifying to see the “Earth” look realistic now, and the sequences involving “cloud” work look great. I too like “lens flares” effects when done well and not overly. This episode is now a LOT better.

40. Cervantes ( looking up at a Nationalistic Scottish sky ) - May 4, 2007

Oh, and great to see that fine MOON too.

41. Jo Jo Kracko's gun moll - May 4, 2007

im so very hopeful/excited about this episode, and the dvd news both.


42. Jim J (Transplanted Iowan) - May 4, 2007

#30-Northwest Iowa, near Onawa, which is south of Sioux City about 35 miles.

Every time I look at these shots, I smile!!!!

43. Doug L. - May 4, 2007

re 11:

That’s a fascinating, (if not also somewhat disturbing) story. I’ve never heard it before. I think I might Google it, and see what other tidbits of info are out there.

This is one of my faves too. Can’t wait to see it. Enterprise over the clouds is great.

Doug L.

44. Cervantes ( looking up at a Nationalistic Scottish sky ) - May 4, 2007

#22 Anthony

I’m sure the powers that be WILL give us “full widescreen” versions sometime…hey, there’s MORE money to be made after all. I for one hope that they don’t take TOO long to bring them to us, as every widescreen example shot you’ve put up here in the past makes the show seem very cinematic indeed. I myself would happily accept some “Siergio Leone” style close-ups where the existing live-action footage is concerned, if necessary, if that is the only way for us to see “Star Trek:TOS” in an eventual widescreen format. Let’s just hope that someone with a good “compositional” eye is involved in any psuedo “pan and scan” work of the live-action…

45. diabolik - May 4, 2007

Aw, my kid could draw a better Enterprise on his Etch-A-Sketch. Bleuagh.

Sorry, just had to beat the badmouthers to it. :)

This has the potential to be the best effects-replacement opportunity ever. To actually show an approach to the sun, and a slingshot manuver, and FTL when in normal space…. wow. Let’s hope they went all out on this one.

46. diabolik - May 4, 2007

This is making me feel like a kid again. I remember how this episode felt like a real “event,” and was very significant in that it was the first ship-based time travel (not counting the three day jump in “The Naked Time), to Earth, no less! Now, seeing the remastered effects in place is making me get that old familiar tingle of excitement again.

This was a big deal in the TOS series and to the fans that were watching it for the first time way back then. Now the remastering is helping me recapture the way it felt.

47. Lao3D - May 4, 2007

Wowwee wow wow. If that first shot looks as good in motion as it does here, they’ll have topped themselves again. I may have to stay up late for this one to make sure my DVR is functioning as it should. This looks like a can’t miss episode.

When you start to look at the remastering project as a whole, you really start to see the beauty of it. The early nit picks I felt have been outweighed by so many great new images, which will someday become iconic in their own right. Maybe not “canon,” but still memorable, as the above shots are.

48. neal - May 4, 2007

re: #46
Yeah, as a kid seeing it for the first time, remember how at first you thought maybe there was a mistake, the wrong show was on. This isn’t star trek! It’s some old boring war movie or something. And as your eyes start to glaze over and you ponder getting up to change the channel, BOOM, there’s the Enterprise in the clouds, and your skips a beat! Huh! WOW! Awesome!

49. DJT - May 4, 2007

Man, I can’t wait to see these episodes in :::cough:::: HIGH DEFINITION.

50. CmdrR. - May 4, 2007

No, the Enterprise cannot fly in an atmosphere. I have the shattered remains of the Estes rocket model of the E to prove it.
Having said that… aw hell, I’ve suspended my disbelief for 40 years, what’s one more night? I love this episode!

51. CmdrR. - May 4, 2007

ps- The Klingon rocket flew until it crash landed (parachute no workie) so many times, I was gluing glue back together.

52. Greg Stamper - May 4, 2007

Can we do a quick turnaround (I don’t know anywhere else to do it) for a Great Pioneer who just passed away. Astronaut Wally Schirra,8599,1617647,00.html

53. Greg Stamper - May 4, 2007

and one more from Star

54. CmdrR. - May 4, 2007

Wally needs to be on the first flight back to the moon. (a la Jimmy and Gene in space.)
Again… Anthony, if you see any forums, pettitions, etc. for such an action, please alert us Earthers.

55. Anthony Pascale - May 4, 2007

I have updated the article with larger versions sent over from CBS, plus they sent us an exclusive new photo!

56. Nelson - May 4, 2007

Very cool Anthony, thanks for the info and link to AICN.

The guys at CBS Digital, if you read this, great, great work coming out! The recent works are appreciated for the effort and new views and angles!

57. Spirit - May 4, 2007

I wished the ship was always as bright as in the first and second shot. It shows its not a lack of technical skills but sheer unwillingness to adhere to the style of TOS and instead cater to the “realism” of contemporary sci fi why TOS-R looks decidedly un-TOS at times.

58. Ron Jon - May 4, 2007

#57: Obviously, my definition of TOS style is different from yours. I think CBS Digital has generally done an excellent job of capturing the style, while carefully updating it in a few places.

Bring on “Tomorrow Is Yesterday”!!

59. Christopher Seeley - May 4, 2007

Absolutely Fantastic!!! WOW!!!!

60. diabolik - May 4, 2007

Folks, this one is going down in the books as one of the most awesome episodes for effects replacement. In “Doomsday Machine” and “Immunity Syndrome,” we saw re-done versions of existing effects. Here, we see whole new sequences. THIS is what it’s all about, folks. It’s a dream come true for us longtime fans.

61. Scott - May 4, 2007

For #26 Stephanbkk — I’m going to try to out-geek you. ;-)

I’m no aeronautical engineer (I don’t even play one on TV), but when the Enterprise is in orbit, she’s probably much like any other object orbiting the Earth, like, say, the International Space Station — she’s (probably, and very, very slowly) constantly falling. So, she’s essentially weightless just as you are, briefly, when you’re riding a roller coaster, and it starts its “fall” downhill. For those who may question this, Kirk acknowledges that the Enterprise’s orbit will eventually decay when he’s the last one aboard her in “This Side of Paradise.”

In this episode, where the Enterprise is obviously straining to counteract the Earth’s gravity to pull out of the upper atmosphere…you have a good question. I’ve always thought that the “neck” holding up the saucer section, and the pylons holding up the nacelles, must be made of some 23rd century metals or alloy that strengthens as stress is placed upon it. There are composite materials that do this now. You’ve got to imagine that if the Enterprise can withstand the strain of sharp turns at high warp, it should be able to withstand the stress of a planet’s atmosphere or gravity well. Plus it probably has structural integrity fields that hold it together, as NextGen as that sounds.

Hope this helps,

Scott B. out

P.S. This episode was the one I was most looking forward to seeing when they first announced the remastering — mainly because the original effects are some of the most disappointing of the entire series, and the story is such a great one. These teaser shots look fantastic!

62. Matt Wright - May 4, 2007

I can’t wait :-D

63. Scott Gammans - May 4, 2007

OOOOOOOOOOH. I love that new shot of the Gray Lady flying out of a cloud bank. SWEEET!

64. FlyingTigress - May 4, 2007


“I’ve always thought that the “neck” holding up the saucer section, and the pylons holding up the nacelles, must be made of some 23rd century metals or alloy that strengthens as stress is placed upon it. ”

Ans: “An alloy of Unobtainium-Upsidasium [Atomic Number “O”]” in the structure.

65. FlyingTigress - May 4, 2007

COOL! The local (Seattle-Tacoma) station has moved it back to a decent hour (6:00PM) this week.

66. DJT - May 4, 2007

I’m no engineer, but I would think that the navigational deflectors could be reconfigured to be more aerodynamic for planetary flight; and in conjunction with directional thrusters
the old lady might very well stay afloat.

67. Olde Timey Fan - May 4, 2007

Cast Rhodinium. The strongest substance known to Man.


68. mrregular - May 4, 2007

Anthony, thanks for the larger pics. They’ll be proudly displayed as wallpaper on any PC I work at for a long time.
In fact, a visitor to the office I work at complimented me on the first picture of the Big E climbing above the clouds, which is on my main work PC as wallpaper. Made sure to tell the guy all about the picture and the remastered Trek episode. He was really impressed!

69. Stankly McFibberich - May 4, 2007

The moon could not have possibly been in that exact position when the Earth was in that exact position. :)

Looking forward to seeing this episode.

On the subject of widescreen, I would like to see that as an option as long as the the standard aspect ratio is also available.

70. THEETrekMaster: Phase II - May 4, 2007

I love the new Crayola-licious shots!!! :-)

The new pic is breathtaking. I am completely blown away.


71. Mike Rogers - May 4, 2007

I love these new shots. But believe it or not, I am hoping they remember/have time to do a rather subtle fix.

They are beaming both 20’th century guys back, first Captain Christopher, then that other guy. On “the other guy” the Beam up/down was shot through the door with a window and lettering.

The sparklys show through the lettering when the sparklys should be behind it.

A simple hold out matte for the letters would do the trick. We’ll have to see if they get that one in.

If they don’t I won’t be pouting though, it’s just something I’ve always noticed, watching the episode and I’d be tickled if they fixed it (as long as thye are fixing things).

72. Chuck_N - May 4, 2007

Comment to #32 MEO:”…but in this episode she barely had speed to outrun an old jet fighter…” Well, an F-104 is old today but in 1967 it was one of the fastest aircraft on earth. The Starfighter was the first operational jet to exceed Mach 2 and it was the first aircraft to hold the absolute records for speed, altitude and time to climb. Even today, very few modern military aircraft can match it for sheer flight performance. So, this means the Big E was flying close to Mach 2 or better when she was intercepted as she slowly pulled away from the Starfighter. Now, consider this – the Enterprise flying at Mach 2 at an altitude of 30-45 thousand feet would have created an enormous sonic boom that would have been heard for hundreds of miles and caused ground level damage and plenty of panic. A quick clip on on a Bridge monitor of an intercepted newscast describing the chaos from the noise and the crash of Christopher’s plane would have been a neat detail.

73. The Lensman - May 4, 2007


Yep, that’s EXACTLY what happened the first time I saw this as a kid in the 70’s!!! I don’t recall if I actually changed the channel but changed it back because we only had 5 channels, or if I waited it out. But I do recall thinking “Dammit!! Where’s Star Trek???!!!!!! AAAAHHHH!!!”

Now this is the episode that *I’ve* been waiting for with remastered, not Doomsday Machine. I’ve been following updated DM stuff since Digital Streams, still have all their movies, and have been used to that ep being updated for over a decade.

This one could benefit the most. Mainly at the end, because what you see inside the ship just doesn’t match what you see outside the ship. Inside it’s all super dramatic and intense. Outside….not so much. Just the ship looking like it’s standing still and wobbling. Of course as a kid, this was one of the coolest FX scenes because it was the ONLY time where you saw the ship shaking from the OUTSIDE. Plus cable wasn’t in widespread use, so there was plenty of snow on the t.v. and I coulnd’t see the image clearly anyways.

That’s the one of the main reasons the original is still my fave, because it was years and years before I saw all the eps in crystal clear clarity. I’m always discovering something new, even to this day.

But I digress. Now we’ll be able to see the exterior shots match the interiors in intensity. Plus it should make up for the visually dull “Naked Time” timewarp, both original and remastered.

Having said that, while most of those shots blow me away, the one from AICN doesn’t. In fact I thought it was a photoshop job because the Enterprise should be far more brightly lit. It is near the sun after all. Other than that……looks super awesome!

74. ZoomZoom - May 5, 2007

Its amazing to see the show getting these upgrades. I’m thrilled. Thats all i can say!

75. Ian - May 5, 2007

Nice! I enjoy the new FX, a happy medium between the originals and Digital Muse/Eden FX’s stunning work on the last three series. Hopefully this helps introduce new viewers to the classic series.

76. diabolik - May 5, 2007

Here’s my “it’s not your typical teaser” story…

I was in my early teens, and Star Trek was a four-letter word (or two of them) in our household. My stepdad hated it (basically because I was a trekkie and he thought everything I liked was stupid) and I could never watch it when they were home. So, on Saturdays when they went for a drive, I would stay home and watch it, and they didn’t know it was on.

My stepdad never finished grade school, and resented me because I loved reading, was technical oriented, and didn’t care for hunting.

This particular Saturday, they were late leaving, and it was almost time for it. I was jittery, hoping they would leave soon, when my step-dad turned on the TV until my mother was ready to go. As fate would have it, it was on the very channel that ST would be coming on in a minute. I was panicking! If he saw it, he would make me go with them just to deny me the joy of watching it.

The teaser started, and on came the scrambling jet fighter. He watched absently until my mom came out, ready to go, and he stood up and walked out JUST in time to miss the Enterprise in the sky! WHEW! Close call! Any other episode and I would have been busted.

77. Captain James B. Quirk - May 5, 2007

Magnificent! That is the best job yet, I literally rose out of my seat when the Enterprise went past the Sun! Excellent work CBSD! Do more like that and less like the TASisodes!

Out Frakin Standing!

78. Chris Pike - May 6, 2007

Re: ship mass/gravitaional pull etc…. it must be the case that part of the functioning of the nacelles’ field is to effectively neutralise the mass of the ship in relation to the normal universe (no mass=no light speed barrier) in conjunction with structural integrity fields and yet to be invented alloys/ceramics etc, would give the E little problem with Earth’s gravity I would imagine, is that logical…? (an imaginative bit of writing is the remark that the tractor beam would destroy the flimsy 20th century materials of the jet fighter implying the vast improvements made by 23rd century, always loved that line from Spock!) Now this is worth the 35 year wait..!!

79. FredCFO - May 6, 2007

The editing left something to be desired in this episode (presumably not a problem with the full ep on the forthcoming DVD release…)

I miss the excitement of Spock calling out:
“Scanners report some type of craft approaching from below,
under cloud cover and closing.”

Then the shock cut to the F-104 at high speed. The whole sequence was chopped up to get down to the 42 minute edit (from the original 51). There were other scenes that could have be excised instead of this one — like the outdated female computer running joke. That could have been totally eliminated as saved some minutes. Oh, well.

I liked what was there in terms of SFX. I was hoping there were going to clean up some of the F-104 flight footage — the ground footage was decent. It was cool seeing Mercury and Pluto (maybe they reinstated planetary status back to Pluto by the 23rd Century). is represented by Gorilla Nation. Please contact Gorilla Nation for ad rates, packages and general advertising information.