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‘The Man Trap’ Remastered Video and Screenshots September 30, 2007

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Couple more new Enterprise in orbit shots



 

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Gertrude the plant

 

…and the many faces of Nancy the Salt Monster

 

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Comments

1. CmdrR. - September 30, 2007

Is it just me or are the planets all way too small? The E looks like it’s orbiting a basketball.

Also think this was a poor choice for a pilot. Just too much of a bummer. No real laughs (unless you think Beauregard is funny.)

2. CmdrR. - September 30, 2007

^ Like the shot of the E from above, but still think the planet should take up most of the screen. If the orbit were high enough for the planet to be small, the only way you’d notice the curve of the E’s orbit would be if it circled the globe in about a minute. That’s unecessary and would tend to make beaming trickier, one would think. Of course, it could all be an asthetic choice.

Your thoughts, gang? Would you like a ‘realistic’ orbit shot for the new movie or would you like it to resemble the stuff made in 1966?

3. Christopher Seeley - September 30, 2007

I have always liked this one. This is one of the episodes where they really tried to establish the characters, especially Uhura. She had more lines in this one than in many of the episodes. They really cut out alot of scenes out of this episode did anybody else notice that?

4. Commodore Z - September 30, 2007

I don’t want the orbit shots to look exactly like film from the space shuttle. Too much NASA realism would be boring. That said, I like CBS Digital’s approach, which makes the planets a little more colorful than they probably would be in reality, and retains much of the original shot compositions.

5. Steve - Oh? - September 30, 2007

What did people think of that one shot of the Enterprise orbiting the planet high from above? It was one of the last shots and I thought it was quite good as it showed a bit
of detail that stood out from all others (other episodes) I think the CBS crew over time
is getting better in their job and lets all hope they continue their fine job. Excellent!

6. Stanky McFibberich - September 30, 2007

re: 2
“Your thoughts, gang? Would you like a ‘realistic’ orbit shot for the new movie or would you like it to resemble the stuff made in 1966?”

66

7. Mark P - September 30, 2007

Regarding the high speed and high turn rate of Big E in orbit, I thought so too at first but if you watch the stars behind the planet’s edge, they are moving wildly too. I think what CBS is doing is almost matching the speed of the Big E as if the viewer were in orbit too, just a little farther out, and a bit slower than Enteriprise. As if we were in a shuttlecraft. It’s all about perspective here. Perhaps some of us are just too used to the old static shots, but if you anylize some of those original shots, they have the same sharp “turns” in orbit too.

8. Thomas Jensen - September 30, 2007

A panning establishing shot of the planet surface….so great, it fit right in with everything else.

That last shot of the Enterprise from above, orbiting around the planet as we usually see from in-front of the ship, was brilliant. I love seeing new beauty shots of the Enterprise. And…it fits, as if that shot was just a part of the show from the beginning.

And loved the planet, right color, right deal in the right place.

Thanks guys.

9. Michael Hall - September 30, 2007

I think CBS-D’s approach really worked this time. Honoring the vision of the original FX artists while adding a modern polish and perspective should always be the goal on these remastered shows, and this week’s reel displays a very nice balance between the two.

That said, “The Man Trap,” in spite of its historic pedigree as the first Trek episode ever aired, has never been one my favorites. It’s mostly a fairly dreary, by-the-book monster-stalks-spaceship-crew story with a few interesting character moments thrown in. The already-produced “Where No Man Has Gone Before” or “Corbomite Maneuver” would have been far superior debut episodes, and NBC’s decision to go with “Trap” only demonstrates how clueless their programmers were about what do with a series that proved to be so far ahead of its time. Crater’s right–Kirk does come across as something of a military martinet, lacking the qualities of leadership that would distinguish him in later episodes, McCoy plays the fool mooning over his lost love, with the rest of the crew mostly disposable redshirts off a WWII Naval frigate. I admire George Clayton Johnson’s work and like him personally (in spite of his bizzarre fondness for our current president), but the truth is that his work for the “Twilight Zone” was mostly far more accomplished and noteworthy than this episode.

10. steve623 - September 30, 2007

“Is it just me or are the planets all way too small? The E looks like it’s orbiting a basketball”

artistic license. the original effects were the same way.

11. I AM THX-1138 - September 30, 2007

So, where are the much disputed morphing shots?

12. Ron Mosher - September 30, 2007

Re: 3

Yes. Remember these episodes originally run 51 minutes back in the 60’s. They cut 7-9 minutes out to fit in todays schedualing.

13. Al - September 30, 2007

No morphs. A surprise indeed.

I always notice how restrained Shatner’s line delivery is in these early episodes – not so many of those odd pauses that he used later.

14. sean - September 30, 2007

This was always one of my favorites. All the actors seemed to fit quite naturally into their roles. Shatner was downright understated. Even the little moments between Rand & Sulu were nice touches.

I liked the new shots of the Enterprise & the planet, but the morphs looked exactly the same to me as they did in the original. I couldn’t tell they’d done anything.

15. dil - September 30, 2007

The new matts are about 7 mins into the show, just after the title. Thought I was missing it. I still say this is one heck of a creature. Before I THOUGHT it was just Kirk and McCoy it was fooling, but the blueshirt Darnell also. All at once. Then just taking Uhura’s idea of a Swahili man and using that to attack her. Ship shots always nice, but I will always think more could be done. Like others have mentioned, would like direct feedback of what this all involves. Or is this planned for a convention?, as I would understand.

16. dil - September 30, 2007

That SFX video is fine but pieces of it are in other episodes. Keep it episode specific?

17. Harry Ballz - September 30, 2007

So, if the Salt Vampire not only sucked all the salt from your body (through the derriere), but also clubbed you over the head at the same time, could it be charged with ASS-SALT and BATTERY??

18. Roger - September 30, 2007

I thought crewman Green always looked like Barry Mannilow.
Shatner was very good at shaping and defining Kirk in these early episodes. As a opposed to the phone it in episodes in season 3. He was a bad ass. Thats the way I want him in the new movie.
Best lines: “If we let out a yell, I want an armed team down there before the echo dies.”

To Prof. Crater on his wuss “Last of its kind” speech:
“You bleed to much professor.”
Crater didnt seem any different than present day extremist animal rights or environmentalists. His morality compass was whacked and called him on it.

McCoy to Kirk: “Is that how you get women to like you?
By bribing them?”
The delivery was great and I always lol.

19. Michael Hall - September 30, 2007

Harry. Go to your room. Now.

20. CanuckLou - September 30, 2007

So for anyone lucky enough to see these in HD, how does the live action material look? Do the sets and makeup really show the limitations of the show’s budget and technology of the time period?

21. Aaron R. (Sisko for president 08) - September 30, 2007

the size of the planet in respect to the E is going to vary due to distances… the E is orbiting far out from the planet and the camera is closer to the E creating a very intresesting perspective. I LOVE THAT THEY ARE DOING COOL THINGS LIKE THIS!!!

22. Harry Ballz - September 30, 2007

#19

D’oh!!!

23. neal - September 30, 2007

I am one who has often complained that the planets look tiny, and the orbital curve makes them look even tinier. Yes, the original from the 60s featured a tightly curved orbital path. In the old show, as the E passed to the right, the shot always ended before the curve extended back to the left. What would have happened if the shot had continued? Either the enterprise passes in *front* of the planet, and you realize that’s not an orbit, just a loop-dee-loop, or else it passes *behind* the planet, and you realize the planet is not much bigger than the enterprise.

It feels to me like the new shots, in trying to emulate the old style, end up making the old mistakes all the more obvious, and they look totally unconvincing as a result. The tragedy is that It would not take much to do a fully realistic yet wonderfully dramatic shot. Like with the E on an apparently straight path, passing very near to the camera then disappearing into the distance, with a large planet image filling most of the background. Think about the opening shot from the original Star Wars. Stunningly dramatic, yet entirely sensible in terms of orbital motion.

24. Xai - September 30, 2007

OMG… crewman Green IS Barry Manilow!

25. CmdrR. - September 30, 2007

^ neal — That’s what I was getting at. I’m not trying to trash 1966 technology, but it was before the moon landing and all. There’s actually some wonderful shots in (drum roll) Robinson Crusoe on Mars. (kuh-ching, it’s for sale on this site) That film is 60’s, but made the attempt to get as close to science fact as they could. Anyway, the mothership in orbit appears to hold a straight line while whooshing towards, then away from the camera. Considering the size of the planet (even Mars) this is about what it would look like.

26. Heywood Jablome - September 30, 2007

Salt Vampire vs. Mugatu vs. Horta: Battle Royale! A no-holds-barred death match where anything goes!

Salt Vampire told me to let everyone on Trek.com know that he got stiffed by Roddenberry all those years ago, and is still owed four hundred pounds of iodized fine-grain salt and one gallon of Ripple for working in that episode. Jackie Chiles you might be getting a phone call and another client.

Seems like if we can all accept what is obviously a guy in a rubber suit as really being a salt vampire than we can accept a few imperfections in the special effects. Maybe with more time and a bigger budget…?

27. Dennis Bailey - September 30, 2007

#18:”To Prof. Crater on his wuss “Last of its kind” speech:
“You bleed to much professor.”
Crater didnt seem any different than present day extremist animal rights or environmentalists. His morality compass was whacked and called him on it.”

You missed the point of the speech. It had nothing to do with whether the professor’s claimed ideology was extreme or “whacked” in and of itself.

28. CmdrR. - September 30, 2007

“It isn’t just a beast.
It is intelligent…
and the last of its kind.
You bleed too much, Crater.
You’re too pure and noble.
Are you saving the last of its kind…
or has this become Crater’s private heaven here?
This thing becomes wife, lover, best friend…
wise man, fool, idol, slave.
…Have you learned to see it in any form?
Yes.

Whislt McCoy (aka Salty McSuckerfingers) looks on with a grim resolve.

29. CmdrR. - September 30, 2007

Whilst, sted Whislt

30. Heywood Jablome - September 30, 2007

Sorry, Anthony, Trekmovie.com.. my bad!

31. star trackie - September 30, 2007

I love the classic patented “Star Trek” orbital shots as well as the new beauty shots that we’ve seen scattered here and there. That imagery of the ship in orbit is as iconic as the ship firing its phasers. Is it scientificaly accurate? Maybe not, but it definitely looks like Star Trek rather than Star Wars and that’s a very good thing.
The show should keep it’s unique signature orbital shots, and keep adding new ones here and there to spice things up. I think what theyre doing so far looks great.

32. Booji Spock - September 30, 2007

Fantastic images.

#29

I Believe the word “whilst” is a word the brits love to use. We yanks still just say while. I love the way the brits talk of course, but I see that word allot in the many Brit. magazines I read. The Star Trek magazine of course being of write by many people of the land of the Engals. I love the Lion Bars they have over there.

Back to the “Man Trap”, the new images really inherence this episode immensely. The long shot of the big “E” in orbit really work.

33. Roger - September 30, 2007

#27
Really?
What was his point?

The Prof. in his speech and actions put the life of an endangered species above himself and the lives of other human beings. Since the creature opted to kill others rather than settle
for salt tablets it forfeited its right to live on.
Kirk mat have cared but not at the expense of his life or that of his crew.

34. Xplodin' Nacelle - September 30, 2007

Re: #18, & #24, LOL.

He does look like Barry Manilow. You guys are right, & I hate Barry Manilow.

“Oh Mandy………”

35. Scott - September 30, 2007

I really liked the shots where the planet fills the right edge of the screen and the Enterprise hangs to the left, facing us. That’s a nice composition. It seems so obvious, but I don’t remember seeing CBS-D do that before.

Also, I like that the planet looks barren and desert-like. I was getting tired of all the habitable planets looking like Earth.

As for the episode itself, I always enjoyed this one, and thought it got a bad rap. Sure, it was a monster show, but it was slightly deeper in theme than your average Irwin Allen TV monster show. I did think it unnecessary to kill the creature. Couldn’t they simply stun it and lock it up somewhere (I asked rhetorically)?

Scott B. out.

36. Andy Patterson - September 30, 2007

Why do they show the Michael Jackson style morphing shots (What was that video called?…”It’s black, It’s white”) in the trailer but not in the show? Odd.

37. steve623 - September 30, 2007

“I did think it unnecessary to kill the creature. Couldn’t they simply stun it and lock it up somewhere (I asked rhetorically)?”

Its not as dramatically satisfying :-)

McCoy must have been using the same phaser on the salt vampire that Lenore Karidian used on her father in last week’s episode, since neither one of them turned all red and disappeary.

38. New Horizon - September 30, 2007

So they didn’t redo the morphs for the episode at all?

39. Michael Hall - September 30, 2007

“You bleed to much professor.”
Crater didnt seem any different than present day extremist animal rights or environmentalists. His morality compass was whacked and called him on it.”

You seem to forget, Roger, Kirk’s genuine regret at the episode’s conclusion at the necessity of killing the creature. (Though that it was a necessity at that point, I entirely agree.)

As for today’s “environmental extremists”–well, while they may exist in small numbers, I wouldn’t waste too much of your time worrying about them, as they are outgunned, outspent, and out of power. Unlike their opponents, who are every bit as extreme.

40. MrRegular - September 30, 2007

The episode as a whole is truly creepy-and raises quite a few issues that have been touched upon on this webpage. One which hasn’t is that the facial expressions of the human forms of the Salt Vampire at times recall those of Dracula as played by Bela Lugosi-which is all the more instructive to understanding this parasitical life form-that respects no law and no limit to getting its “fix”. This is the addict as monster-which is not at all limited to the world of Star Trek.

41. eagle219406 - September 30, 2007

#33 I agree with you on that but you did leave out one other thing that forfeited its right to live. Most of them it was killing just to survive. BUt not when it Killed the professor. If it killed him to survive, it would have done it a long time ago. It killed him to keep him from talking.

42. Joe Burns - September 30, 2007

#9 Michael Hall: I think the reason for not using WNMHGB or Corbomite Maneuver is that they were still getting uniforms and cast sorted out (sets, even). They wanted a premiere that would give the audience the finalized elements of the show. OTOH, I always watch the early eps in production order to watch the “evolution.” Agreed WNMHGB is stronger. Corbo is uneven IMHO, despite some favorite moments; McCoy’s relationship with Kirk is clearly off, Spock is still doing the shrill alien number and Bailey’s stress on the bridge overplayed. The Man Trap could perhaps be deemed a “fair preview”, rather than “best foot forward.”

43. DavidJ - September 30, 2007

I loved the one shot where the camera actually kept it’s distance from the ship as the planet rotated. Looked like something out of one of the movies.

As for the orbits in general, I prefer it this way. They attempted a more realistic orbit in Tomorrow is Yesterday, where the planet almost filled the entire screen, and it just looked… odd. It also made the ship look a lot smaller.

44. Major Joe Ely Carrales, CAP - September 30, 2007

I am impressed with the images of the ship…but I would like to have seen it more…ambitious.

45. The Vulcanista - September 30, 2007

DAMMIT!!!!!!

Sorry.

I would *love* to be able to comment on the remastered scenes, but WSB here in Atlanta aired an episode of “Da Vinci Code” (I think that’s what it was) for the first ***50*** minutes of scheduled Trek. I have yet to see an entire episode of Season 2 Remastered Trek.

After “we now join this program already in progress,” all I got to see was McCoy shoot the Salt Vampire, then fast-forwarded thru some commercials, then the end scene and the shot of Big E leaving the planet, which was lovely, BTW. I liked the seeing the naecelles in the viewscreen during departure shot just before the credits roll.

Peace. Live long and prosper.
Except WSB-TV in Atlanta. They just suck. }:-(

46. Kirk: The Jack Bauer Of Space - September 30, 2007

Ok, off-topic, but…

I wish some incredibly rich trekker would build a life-size Enterprise, or refit Enterprise. One that you can walk up to, look at from the outside, and then enter, and take a full tour. Complete with all of the rooms and sections exactly to scale and where they should be. With working turbolifts to the extent our technology can do it.

Now THAT would be cool!

47. The Vulcanista - September 30, 2007

#46:

Agreed, that would be *very* cool!!

However, it would have to be built by an incredibly rich Trekker out in the middle of nowhere. That’ sucker’s ginormous!!!!

Peace. Live long and prosper. }:-|

48. OR Coast Trekkie - September 30, 2007

I am a little disappointed that I didn’t see SOME kind of morph in this episode. Morphing looks and technology have drastically improved since “Thriller” and “The Undiscovered Country.”

I did discuss with somone in the other forum about the inconsistency in establishing whether the alien prjected a mental image, or if it truly changed it’s shape. In the first scene, the mental image was obvious, but later on, it would seem as though it truly changed its form. Sorry, just a little hole that I don’t think was filled the best. But, it was only #6 so they were still working out the kinks. The point is: if a morph was possible to do back then, would it have been done? What would they have LIKED to do, but were just unable to. Was the fade REALLY the true vision, or just used because of ability and availibility?

As for orbital shots, I think we can just assume that the Enterprise has a high orbit, which makes the planet look small. However, the two “equatoral” looking orbit shots gave a good look at the planets size. The above orbit shot was pretty awesome too.

Has Remastered done the standard orbital shot showing the stern of the ship yet? I don’t recall…

Is it just me, or did the planet in the opening credit sequence (The whole “space the final frontier…”) have a hot pink atmosphere?

49. OR Coast Trekkie - September 30, 2007

ooops, my bad, the stern was shown in THIS VERY EPISODE!

50. Kirk: The Jack Bauer Of Space - September 30, 2007

Hey OR Coast Trekkie, hello from Harrisburg, Or!

51. Al - September 30, 2007

Not all orbits are circular.

52. Timo47 - October 1, 2007

Am I the only one who hates these “aft view with nacelles” shots ? This is a trend that started with that horrible new fx shot in TMP:DE (although that was supposed to be a window), and has now been “abused” by CBS-D.

It makes no sense to show nacelles on the main viewer. The technology behind the view screen has shown to be much more advanced than as if it were a simple camera on the hull of the ship. So, why would anyone on the bridge want their aft view blocked by the nacelles ? This feels like another case of “the audience is dumb so we need to spell it out that we’re actually looking behind us”. Bleh.

53. TAEMO - October 1, 2007

I wondered ,too, why the morphing shots were not in the sfx reel. I liked the first one from the trailer, the secound morphing was not so well done. But nevertheless, I would have liked seeing them in the episode.

54. Chris Pike - October 1, 2007

52 Have to agree, another case of doing an effect more simply can be more effective and suggest something more sophisticated is going on with ship technology.

55. Jeffrey S. Nelson - October 1, 2007

50. Kirk – The Jack Bauer of Space

Hailing frequencies open from Astoria, Oregon…where the mighty Columbia meets the vast Pacific! Home to movies like THE GOONIES, SHORT CIRCUIT, and KINDERGARTEN COP. And the 1962 episode of Route 66 called “One Tiger to a Hill” with guest star David Janssen.
Maybe the Las Vegas theme park will build a life-size Enterprise.
Alfred Ryder–by the way–was great on Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea as the ghostly spectre of a World War I U-boat commander in two episodes. Richard Basehart would have been great on Star Trek.

56. trektacular - October 1, 2007

This show just highlights why Berman was so wrong to take over Trek, he didn’t know from excitement, he thought Trek should be like something you would view on A&E.

57. Vulcan Soul - October 1, 2007

CBS really seems to like the “bleached” look. Why is a brightly red planet such a no-no these days?

Sorry, but I prefer the original.

58. ety3 - October 1, 2007

Where are the reviews? We didn’t get one for “Conscience” …

59. Magic_Al - October 1, 2007

^57. The broadcast captures posted here should never be used to compare image quality. Local stations don’t all have their picture levels set right and there’s considerable loss of definition. The original-version shots are from DVD so it isn’t a fair comparison. The QuickTime previews on startrek.com are a better representation.

60. seangh - October 1, 2007

52. Timo47

I’ve thought the same thing – that an awful wide angle they are using to actually see the tail end of the engines. Wouldn’t it be more elegant to have a graphic overly on the viewscreen that says what view it is “AFT VIEW” etc?

61. jonboc - October 1, 2007

52- Sorry I like the artistic framing and composition of the rear view, tucked in between the rear portion of the nacelles. So the cam is set up around the inpulse engines instead of the shuttle bay. It’s not about what is practical for Jim Kirk, it’s about what looks visually exciting on the screen for Joe Q Public. And that’s how it should be, realism can often equate to boring and dull. This is entertainment, certain artistic liberties are expected ..

62. tronnei - October 1, 2007

I think folks are missing the obvious as to why Corbomite didn’t air first, and this one did–special effects. Corbomite was loaded with space shots, the majority of which did not yet exist as “stock” footage. Those effects took a hell of a lot of time to create, which meant that episode didn’t finally air until week 10. Man Trap, on the other hand, was relatively easy on space shots, with just the ship orbiting the planet for the most part.

Killing the Salt Vampire was, of course, the wrong message to send. Roddenberry and company realized this and made amends later in the season, with Gene Coon’s Devil in the Dark.

63. Nuallain - October 1, 2007

Of course, it’s quite possible that they’d sometime run across planets that were, y’know, *small*.

64. Scott - October 1, 2007

Random reactions:

Barry Manilow is a fan of Trek! I saw him on the Merv Griffin show back in the 1970s admitting he was a huge fan of the show. So show Barry a little love, everyone.

Yes, dramatically, the salt vampire had to die. It was, in the inimitable words of Mr. Spock, “KILLIN’ THE CAPTAIN!!!”

I liked seeing the nacelles in the aft view…until it was pointed out how dumb it is to be able to see them. Now I hate seeing the nacelles there. Curse this interweb thing!

Vulcanista, I too live in Atlanta, and finally gave up staying up till (or getting up at) 2:00 a.m. Sunday mornings to see how they were going to make a mess of the show. I may write them a scathing email! Join me, Atlantans!

I’ve always thought phasers had a “kill” setting and a “dematerialize” setting. “Kill” leaves a body to bury…or study in the interests of science, if you’re killing the last salt vampire.

A full-size Enterprise would be incredible to visit. Sadly, I think the outside of it would be disappointing — seems to me it would have to be held up with all kinds of unsightly support columns.

Scott B. out.

65. Allister Gourlay - October 1, 2007

so do i cut the grass… or read this forum…

66. eagle219406 - October 1, 2007

#57 CBS really seems to like the “bleached” look. Why is a brightly red planet such a no-no these days?

Sorry, but I prefer the original

You color blind or something? It looks like a bright red planet to me.

67. bernie - October 1, 2007

they couldn’t change the sound effect when kirk shoots crater? i guess the stun setting sounds like a deflected bullet

68. eagle219406 - October 1, 2007

#64 I’ve always thought phasers had a “kill” setting and a “dematerialize” setting. “Kill” leaves a body to bury…or study in the interests of science, if you’re killing the last salt vampire

I think this episode was probably aired before Roddenberry decided to have the Phasers Vaporise something when set on kill. He probably started doing that for the same reason That Joss Whedon decided to have Vampires turn into dust. For Cleanup sake.

69. T Negative - October 1, 2007

The people her that comment on Color and Brightness are just silly. Maybe you might want to wait on these kinds of comments until you’ve viewed these episodes in all their HD glory.

Everybody’s TV is different. If you want more color, turn up the COLOR!!!

70. eagle219406 - October 1, 2007

I think that The phaser beams were redone for when they stunned the proffessor but not when McCOy Killed the Creature. SOmething I often wondered about the Phaser Beams. Sometimes they were Red, sometimes Blue, Sometimes Green, and Sometimes there was no beam at all. Also Did anybody notice that Professor Crater was Holding an Old Phaser Pistol That was used in “The Cage?”

71. sean - October 1, 2007

#67

Apparently it also accelerates time and conversely causes the victim to enter an alternate ‘my voiceover is stuck in a broken boombox’ dimension.

72. Buckaroohawk - October 1, 2007

So, it’s obvious now that the “morphing effect” was done by the editor of the promo since it does not appear anywhere in the remastered episode itself. That’s terribly misleading, and it did a real disservice to CBS-D. Many of us went on a tirade on this site, taking them to task for something they had nothing to do with. I do hope some apologies are forthcoming.

Furthermore, whoever is responsible for adding that effect to the promo should be given a stern slap on the wrist. Since the biggest draw for the Remastered project is the new FX, it was logical for us to think that the morphing effect was included in the changes CBS-D made to the show, but it wasn’t. It was a McGuffin, and a bad one at that.

Hopefully, this will teach The Powers That Be for this project a lesson: Don’t add FX to promos that aren’t part of the new ones CBS-D is producing. They’re taking enough heat from some fans already. Why add fuel to that fire?

73. sean's clone - October 1, 2007

Well, as an editor, I completely understand why the editor did what he or she did – the marketing department demands that you make these 30 sec spots sexy, exciting and all that. I think the break down in this case is that the copy writer did not understand that the morph was a promo edit and not part of the re-mastered show, so he / she wrote about what they thought was a cool new effect.

The blame really goes to the marketing director – who should certainly have to sign off on these promos. Communication people!

Also, in the same promo, the editor used the “Jaws” push in / zoom out effect where the background moves away as the foreground comes close. This was achieved optically by pushing in with the camera while zooming out at the same time – Spielberg did this in “Jaw” – great shot.

This editor did a digital version when McCoy was asleep on his bed..did you all see it – nice effect.

74. Rastaman - October 1, 2007

Michael Hall:

“As for today’s “environmental extremists”–well, while they may exist in small numbers, I wouldn’t waste too much of your time worrying about them, as they are outgunned, outspent, and out of power. Unlike their opponents, who are every bit as extreme.”

How anthropocentic are you? Star Trek is all about looking beyond our centristic view of humanity and appreciating the great diversity of life that is brimming in this universe. The show constantly reaffirmed the value of diversity and the value of life, in all shapes and forms. How easily we ignore the lessons of other more thought-provoking stories such as “Devil in the Dark” and “Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home”. Both stories are instances of Star Trek giving environmentalist principles the right treatment.

As for environmentalists who are “outgunned, outspent, and out of power”, the looming global warming crisis will give them all the power they need. The world will be relying upon them to push policy changes that can reverse the trend before it is too late. As sea ice melts and popular species like the polar bear begin to disappear, it is a lesson that transcends moral debate: We too will someday disappear.

Today, it is a simple calculation of whether we prefer our extinction to occur sooner or later? I say we do everything in our power to ensure that our extinction comes later. If you agree, then you are among the “extreme environmentalists”.

Being good stewards of the environment is as simple as recognizing our temporary and unremarkable existence in this universe and the equal benefit of maximizing the existence of all life. If you find the protection of the environment to be too inconvenient, then soon enough you will discover what an inconvient life it is without a healthy environment.

75. CmdrR. - October 1, 2007

Fellow Atlantans. I couldn’t manage to catch this one. NOT ONLY was it bumped back an hour to 3:25am Sunday, but the guide said the next show began at 4am.
I HATE WSB TO PIECES!!!!

76. Kyle Nin - October 1, 2007

I noticed that there haven’t been any TrekMovie.com reviews for this and the last two episodes. Are they just late or have you guys just given that up?

77. OR Coast Trekkie - October 1, 2007

I am fine with the aft nacelle shot. Granted, I don’t need it, but it does give it a little flare.

78. Rick - October 1, 2007

Yes this episode may have some flaws here and there, but I really got into the character interplay and creepiness of the episode. Also at times through the years I think could they have not killed the creature? But then look how powerful it was! It really messed with the mines of many of the Enterprise crew. It could of been a dangerous creature to keep alive with the power it had! Also Mc Coy was already a touch unhinged by the whole situation with an ex lover being a part of what this creature was.

I still get creeped out by the creature look itself with a combination of the pain and terror Kirk is feeling. I am glad you just get a glimpse of it at the end. It gives the image of it more power.

There were many other elements I really got into the interaction of the characters, the lines Kirk had that reflected his responsibilties out in the frontier of space, the lighting, mood, style and music. I really wish some of this had spilled over more into the later seasons! I really keep hoping these elements come into play in the new film! Do it JJ! In addition I really enjoyed the new Enterprise shots. Also it hit me watching the scene with Sulu and Rand as to their later scenes in STAR TREK history. Roughly 40 years later they would have some scenes together in VOYAGER and NEW VOYAGES. One more thing the creepy stares by the creature pretending to be the Enterprise crew members is creepy cool stuff! Overall some great classic TREK!

79. Scott - October 1, 2007

I agree with you, Rick (#78) — an effectively creepy episode. The Vampire, hideous though it is, almost looks sad and sympathetic when you finally see it.

Scott B. out.

80. Rick - October 1, 2007

ref #78. Oops I meant “minds” not mines of the Enterprise crew.;) Geez dat is what I get for typing a warp 9.;) But anyways as much as you would want to save the last type of this creature it would of been a dangerous captive with the power it had. Later Rickout.

81. trektacular - October 2, 2007

Does anyone notice that the dvd screen caps look zoomed in compared to the HD version?

82. JB - October 2, 2007

When is Apple going to get caught up on offering the first season eps on iTunes?

83. Kev-1 - October 2, 2007

Like the new angles on top; not so much the rear view blocking space with the engines; they could have fhe cam on the engineering section. Can’t see a ship that advanced with such a blind spot.

84. Robert Bernardo - October 2, 2007

Kev-1 wrote:

> Like the new angles on top…

Similar to a camera angle of the 1701-D in orbit on TNG.

85. Gary Lee - October 2, 2007

Did anyone see the trailer for The Man Trap on tv when the Salt Vampire would shift into one person into another person? The trailer was new and better looking more like todays shape-shifter effect. The show was just the old look. Why didn’t they use this trailer effect in the show?

86. spockboy - October 2, 2007

I have to admit, that one shot where the E comes right at you and banks slightly to the left was beautiful.
Nice planet too.
Well done.

87. Utterlee - October 3, 2007

“The show was just the old look. Why didn’t they use this trailer effect in the show? ”

Because it wasn’t really very good, and seems to have been added in to make the trailer a bit more visually snazzy.

88. Gary Lee - October 3, 2007

Utterlee I agree with you that it wasn’t a really good effect, but if they had the time to think this up for the trailer why didn’t they think of doing a really good shape-shifter effect on the show. Maybe they didn’t want to change too much of the old just the space effect. I was hoping at first they were going to improve the transporter effect also.

89. eagle219406 - October 3, 2007

#88. What was wrong with the transporter effect. That was good to begin with.

90. Jamie - October 3, 2007

I think the Enterprise CGI is looking better than ever. It really doesn’t look “computer gamey” any more, and has more of a “real high-quality models from the Star Trek movies” feel to it.

I just kinda hope they go back and re-do some of their earlier work with the new approach to the Enterprise. It shouldn’t take them that long, should it? Everything’s in place.

91. Gary Lee - October 3, 2007

#89 I thought it would be more like “The Doomsday Machine” effects of the transporter that was on youtube I can’t remember his name that did the job. There was a few different ones on youtube. But I think he did some effect for Star Trek before, this was done on his owen. (Docht…. something)

92. Gary Lee - October 4, 2007

His name is Dean Dotcherman one of his first shorts of Doomsday Machine effects on youtube had a real good transporter effect a mix of the old with the new look.

93. Jim - October 5, 2007

The one part of this episode that has always bothered me is towards the end when Kirk and Spock stun the doctor on th planet. As soon as he gets shot it seems like the footage speed is doubled as he falls to the ground… it just looks cheesy. I was hoping the FX guys might slow that scene down to make it more realistic. Oh well, it was fun to watch anyway!

94. Jovan - November 11, 2007

“McCoy must have been using the same phaser on the salt vampire that Lenore Karidian used on her father in last week’s episode, since neither one of them turned all red and disappeary.”

Phasers have 16 settings. You can stun, kill, or completely annihilate living things depending on how high it’s been set. They used the vapourisation effects mainly for dramatic purposes.

95. Captain Archer - September 4, 2008

“Is it just me or are the planets all way too small? The E looks like it’s orbiting a basketball.”

It’s just you.

96. Eyes roll - May 10, 2009

How about this, IT”S A F’EN TV SHOW! Damn fokes I like it too be come on.

97. Grady Christie - June 8, 2009

This has always been one of my very favorites. I believe it was the first one aired. Love the remastered version.

98. Mike - January 30, 2011

“So, it’s obvious now that the “morphing effect” was done by the editor of the promo since it does not appear anywhere in the remastered episode itself. That’s terribly misleading,”

Couldn’t agree more. It certainly was very misleading. Just one of many reasons I’m not going to waste my money buying the remastered episodes. Many other reasons as well but not enough room here to list them all.

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