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Live Forever Watching the ‘Metamorphosis’ Remastered Preview October 29, 2007

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

The remastered “Metamorphosis” airs this weekend, Video Preview courtesy of STARTREK.COM


1. M P - October 29, 2007

First! Yahoo! Never been first… Ok ok..looks interesting. I don’t know if I like the new cloud or not. Seems weird. But then it’s on my work monitor that’s like 10 years old. And too small. We’ll soon see.

2. Bobby - October 29, 2007

yeah that cloud looks a little strange from this preview.

3. HunterRex - October 29, 2007

I never thought the cloud looked very good, so I’m hoping to see an improvement in TOS-R.

4. jon1701 - October 29, 2007

No, it looks odd.

Dont like the rendering of the shuttle either. Looks like a video game.

5. Dave in RI - October 29, 2007

Meh, not a favorite episode (never could stand that Nancy Hedford as a kid, LOL). However, I try to see all the remastered episodes good and bad, so I’ll tune in to this one as well. Doubt any change will be made to “the Companion”–methinks too much work involved with the live action, but you never know…

6. ety3 - October 29, 2007

As we’ve often seen in the past, the previews don’t necessarily match the final aired episode.

Nevertheless, I like the general feel of the cloud. Looks mighty ’60s to me.

7. Multitrek - October 29, 2007

Is it just me?! While watching and hearing Zefram Cochrane in this preview it almost felt like I was seeing a close relative of “Trip” Tucker.

8. Sean4000 - October 29, 2007

#3 “I never thought the cloud looked very good, so I’m hoping to see an improvement in TOS-R.”

Don’t hold your breath.

#4 “Dont like the rendering of the shuttle either. Looks like a video game.”

Problem since day one.

#6 “As we’ve often seen in the past, the previews don’t necessarily match the final aired episode.”

Very true. I wait until seeing the episode for final judgement.

9. jonboc - October 29, 2007

While they aren’t indicative of the actual episode, often featuring effects that aren’t seen in the version aired, these episode previews rock. The music, the editing and pacing are all top notch.

I really hope they are included on the HD-set.

10. KevinA Melbourne Australia - October 29, 2007

And what of the female entity. She was a flashing, oil based 60’s bit of psychedelica. No sign of her in the preview. Still good to see Zephram Cochrane, the original again, with his piercing blue eyes that I could never resist !

11. NCC-73515 - October 29, 2007

re 7: the one person who always reminds me of trip tucker is the helm officer in pike’s crew!

12. I AM THX-1138 - October 29, 2007

I love the scene where Kirk first sets foot on the planet by leaping out of the shuttle with his phaser drawn. Atta boy, Jimbo. Shoot first and ask questions later. Makes you wonder just what he was expecting to find on the other side of the door. Maybe he mixed up this cloud with the sweet smelling entity that attacked the Farragut.

13. Xplodin' Nacelle - October 29, 2007

Re # 11

That’s Lee Kelso you’re thinking of.

14. OR Coast Trekkie - October 29, 2007

Hey folks, lets not jump to conclusions. For all we know this “cloud” was added by the trailer folks.

15. CmdrR. - October 29, 2007

Another good chance to make ‘new’ shuttle shots, which is very welcome. This is not a great ep. It’s slow pacing doesn’t offer much of a pay-off. Cochran’s complaint that future man has no moral compass seems kinda flat, too, considering he’s been knocking boots with the sparkly cloud for centuries.
This episode also had me greatly confused about the speed and range of the shuttle craft. Why would Kirk et al choose to trudge along in a 27 foot SUV when they could warp to wherever much faster? It seems to be an obvious device to get rid of unwanted supporting cast members.

Thoughts and observations, gang?

16. Stanky McFibberich - October 29, 2007

Funny how I never got the impression from this episode that Cochran had been a drunken cowardly boob.

17. Jon - October 29, 2007

Actually looking forward to this episode a lot.

This is the quintessential “I hated it when I was a kid” but as an adult now in my early 40’s, it’s actually quite good. The emotions were completely lost on me as a young person, but now as a mature guy in a great marriage with someone I love dearly (sappy, I know, but hey, it’s the way I feel:)), I completely understand the emotional aspects of the story.

I get particularly moved by Hedford’s pleas as she lays dying about being good at her job, but never having known love…for awhile in my life, I was beginning to think I might be following in her footsteps, but I lucked out (even if it took me a little longer than a lot of people to find the right gal… :) .

Anyway, if you haven’t see this show since your earlier adulthood/teen years, give it another shot now. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised at what I consider to be TOS’s most underrated episode…



18. Kevin - October 29, 2007

I just really hope they completely redid the companion cloud. Both the space and live action shots. The original looked terrible. In fact it was probably one of the worst FX of the original series.

19. Heywood Jablomee - October 29, 2007

Jon1701 you’re right, the shuttle DOES look like a video game. And not one of my favorites, either. Salt Vampire says he knows that cloud creature, too.

20. DJT - October 29, 2007

I always liked the sentiments of this episode. Even as a kid.

“Maybe you’re a soldier so often, that you’ve forgotten you’re also trained to be a diplomat.”

21. Mr Metamorphosis - October 29, 2007

Not particularly moved by this trailer…

I doubt those live action/companion shots were changed much…if at all.

22. Engon - October 29, 2007

I was always disturbed that “Princess” from “Father Knows Best” grew up to be just another annoying Star Fleet commissioner.

23. Ron Mosher - October 29, 2007

RE: 13
I believe this is who he’s thinking of:

Kelso served with Kirk.

24. Driver - October 29, 2007

Does the math here with Cochran’s age and time passed jive with the Earth date and age of Cochran in First Contact?

25. CanuckLou - October 29, 2007

I always enjoyed the sentiments of this episode as well. How often does one get a second chance in life to get past their prejudices and find true happiness on the other side?

I also much prefer this protrayal of Cochrane to the drunken lout shown in the TNG movie –

26. BrandonR - October 29, 2007

Anyone have a YouTube link for this?

27. Sean4000 - October 29, 2007

Peter Duryea looks a lot like Conor Trinneer!! The same way that Ray Liotta looks alot like Jeff Hunter….hint JJ…..hint…hint

28. JACKIEBOY - October 29, 2007

Commissioner Hedford is a babe. Stone cold bitch goddess.

29. Joey - October 29, 2007

This episode did have a brief shot of the 14 foot Big E from straight on. It only lasted a few seconds and it is one of my favorite shots of the girl. I wonder what they will do with that FX. I would hate for it to be changed to a “standard” view shot of the E.

30. DJT - October 29, 2007

The shot of the cloud around the shuttle reminds me of the effects from Donnie Darko.

31. Thelin - October 29, 2007

I loved episodes where they took the shuttlecraft down to a planet. Metamorphosis along with The Galileo Seven was the quintessential Star Trek that defined TOS. The Cochrane house is iconic, the alien landscape was awesome for the budget they had to work with, and they made the most of it with that TOS gel lighting. A great episode IMO, can’t wait to see it with the re-mastered FX.

32. The Vulcanista - October 29, 2007


I LOVED the Cochrane house! I do wonder, though, where and how he got the Wasily chair in his living room. I had no idea Knoll International delivered to outer space. :-)

Peace. Live long and prosper.
The Vulcanista }:-|

33. The Vulcanista - October 29, 2007


Cochrane states in this episode that he was an old man and dying when he left Earth, so apparently all this happens after “First Contact.”

Peace. Live long and prosper.
The Sleepy Vulcanista }|- | zzzzzzzz

34. Toonloon - October 30, 2007

The shuttlecraft looks really flat and textureless.

I hope this is an early render because this is one of the worst effects I’ve seen them do.

My money is on the cloud not changing at all on the surface.

35. NCC-73515 - October 30, 2007

re 13, 32: i was thinking of tyler. looks like tucker!

36. Cervantes - October 30, 2007

#16 Stanky McFibberich

I’ll second that…again.

37. Cervantes - October 30, 2007

#31 Thelin

And yes, a nicely mysterious episode with some very ‘TOS’ sets and colors.

38. T Negative - October 30, 2007

Never liked this one as a kid. I haven’t seen it in years so maybe I’ll like it more this time around. Looking forward to the new shuttle shots.

BTW Anthony, just noticed the countdown clock for the movie. Nice touch!! ;-)

39. T Negative - October 30, 2007


Here is that shot. Only used for this episode and never again.

40. MrRegular - October 30, 2007

Two different actors played the role of Cochrane, which to me stretches credibility to the max. If James Cromwell had the played it the first time in this 60s ep and then reprised it for First Contact that would have been much more plausible. Radiation does NOT change height, body type, etc as it has been suggested in some Trek books-the aftermath of World War 3 I guess.
BTW what happened to the actor who played it here? Wonder why he couldn’t be rehired for the movie?

41. Ralph F - October 30, 2007


Me too; was thinking that the last time I watched THE CAGE. Too bad they didn’t work up a tie-in.

42. Ralph F - October 30, 2007


Oh, yeah, I forgot about that shot. Beautiful. Thanks to T Negative for finding/posting it.

43. Scott - October 30, 2007

RE:#40 – Sadly, Glenn Corbett died about three years before First Contact was shot.

I wasn’t happy with the Cromwell (hot after his “Babe” Oscar nomination) casting in First Contact, but I sort of justified it by saying to myself that the Cochrane we saw in Metamorphosis was an idealized version of himself, created by the cloud creature from images in his mind of what he wished he could look like. Crappy, but that’s fan fill-in-the-blanks thinking for you.

I consider this one of Trek’s best. It’s one of the few episodes I remember watching as a little kid in the early 70s when Trek was first broadcast in England (my dad was stationed at an air base there). My brother and I even named our G.I. Joes Joe and Jeff Cochrane after watching this one! :-)

Scott B. out.

44. Thomas Jensen - October 30, 2007

The producers of “First Contact” could have cast an actor who looked like Glen Corbett. Then they should have followed the lead of this episode and made the guy a noble figure instead of an idiot drunk. “…No, no, but you see the guys a scientist who invented the warp drive and he’s a loon and a drunk. It’s a great suprise for all the fans! We’re such clever writers, we’ll just give the character a little twist and do just the opposite of what’s expected!”

Bah, garbage! I hope the producers of the new movie don’t take this approach with the characters.

45. doubleofive - October 30, 2007

39. T Negative

Shot is too dark, there’s not enough detail on the model, the nacelle caps look–

Oh wait, thats the real thing.

Nevermind. :-D

46. Toonloon - October 30, 2007

Don’t forget that James Cromwell was a favourite on TNG before FC was made.

47. Thelin - October 30, 2007


I guess the “companion” could somehow provide all of the interior decor from within his memories. I noticed alot of it is similar to the interiors of the Enterprise crew quarters, so those futuristic string wall hangings must have remained in vogue for well over a century. There is also what looks to be a century plant in the backyard, and they bloom only once a century.


“Princess” was none to happy about it either it seems, in fact if I remember the quote, she was “deeply put upon, and outraged” but it was better than sharing a bathroom with Bud.

48. Xena & Gabrielle - October 30, 2007

Glen Corbett died sasly…he never had a chance to reprise his superior version of Cochrane..instead they and we had that clown actor cromwell..

most distasteful portrayal by him in FC!

49. mooseday - October 30, 2007

I’m always up for some hardcore “man on energy cloud” action …… hmmm

50. RetroWarbird - October 30, 2007

I hope to god when we see that planet in orbital shots, it’s crazy purples and greens!

Other than that … somebody really ought to write some official Trek lore that explains that this was in fact Trip Tucker, pretending he was Zefram Cochrane, because Cochrane alive on some planet was one thing, but Trip Tucker and the Energy Creature both faking his death and him operating in some capacity in the future Star Trek shows … needed to be top secret.

51. JACKIEBOY - October 30, 2007

Tom Hanks was the original choice for the Cochrane character in FC.
I’m pretty much pulling this out of my ass right now, but I think its true.

52. Al - October 30, 2007

It’s a lovely episode, one of my favourites. I like the emotional tone and the closeness of the setting. Beautiful moment when the revived Hedford looks through the veil of her scarf to see the Man as she did when the entity – one of Trek’s most touching and inspired moments if you ask me.

53. Skippy 2k - October 30, 2007

^ I remember hearing that (from somewhere) as well JACKIEBOY. While they could have chosen/written someone closer to the TOS episode and the two being the same is a strech here is a theory from “Cannon Fodder”.

54. Spock's Brain - October 30, 2007


“It’s a lovely episode, one of my favourites. I like the emotional tone and the closeness of the setting. Beautiful moment when the revived Hedford looks through the veil of her scarf to see the Man as she did when the entity – one of Trek’s most touching and inspired moments if you ask me.”

Thank you, I couldn’t agree more. That shot chokes me up every time—a superior Gene Coon episode. I just wish they had the time, money, and desire to augment it much, much more than they inevitably will.

55. The Vulcanista - October 30, 2007

47: “…so those futuristic string wall hangings must have remained in vogue for well over a century.”

Ugh! Then the Companion has spotty taste in interior design! :-)

Peace. Live long and prosper.
The Vulcanista }:-|

56. Plum - October 30, 2007

… love the futuristic house Cochran built here, a wonderful design by Matt Jeffries (who created the big E), even if the interior wall hangings are somewhat dated. :lol:

57. Engon - October 30, 2007

Of course, don’t forget that “Metamorphosis” was pretty much the basis for the classic Futurama episode “Where No Fan Has Gone Before.”

A lonely energy cloud, which looks like the Companion but calls itself “Melllvar,” imprisons the original cast members and, after returning them to their youthful appearance, forces them to perform their original Star Trek roles in his terrible fan fiction.

Shatner: “My friends, was he really such a bad energy cloud?”

58. The Vulcanista - October 30, 2007


Fav. lines from WNFHGB:

Frye: Star Trek gives us hope for the future.
Leela: But it’s set 800 years in the past!

Peace. Live long and prosper.
The Vulcanista }:-|

59. Sean4000 - October 30, 2007

#45 LOL. there were never standard necelle colors to begin with so I never knew what the fuss was about.

60. Sean4000 - October 30, 2007

I even had some great pics to illustrate that point ….had. Oh well.

61. Engon - October 30, 2007


Fav line from WNFHGB

MELLLVAR: Trivia contest over! Take your scripts! We have limited rehearsal time. Now, I didn’t make enough copies of the script so George and Walter will have to share.

62. Classic trek - October 30, 2007

no soppiness mate. i know what you mean. this episode has grown on me over the years. as i got older (had a family etc) it starts to mean more to you. i love this episode now. theres some classic moments too. theres also a nice cosiness about it on that planet. i too love the scene where kirk etc come out of the shuttle craft pahsers at the ready. i also love the sets on this.
united kingdom

63. badboy1230 - October 30, 2007

About the decor, I wonder if they’re going to cgi in a picture of the NX-01 Enterprise hanging on Cochrane’s wall.

64. The Vulcanista - October 30, 2007


Or maybe the Phoenix? (isn’t that what the “First Contact” ship was called?)

Peace. Live long and prosper.
The Vulcanista }:-|

65. Mr Metamorphosis - October 30, 2007

63, 64 —

That’s the kind of stuff they SHOULD do…but won’t.

I mean, c’mon…they didn’t even change the R to a T on Kirks’s tombstone…you actually think they’d do something cool like you are talking about?

66. The Vulcanista - October 30, 2007


To quote Denny Crane from tonight’s Boston Legal, “hope springs a kernel.” ;-)

Peace. Live long and prosper.
The Vulcanista }:-|

67. Sean4000 - October 30, 2007

#65. I hear you my friend. CBS-D does not and they are worse off because of it. What can we do, huh? I would love the business statistics surrounding this entire endeavor.

68. Holo J - October 31, 2007

63, 64, 65, 66, 67

Yeah I would love to see stuff like this being done… I am hoping for a special edition of TOS one day. A version of the show where all the dated effects are improved and no opportunity is wasted, instead of just the space shots and the odd matt painting. Having the phoenix as a picture on the wall in Cochrane house somewhere would be a great touch!

69. Holo J - October 31, 2007

But you just know its just not going to happen!

70. MrRegular - October 31, 2007

For Heaven’s sake, it should happen!
But I’m not holding my breath..
#43 Thanks for the info on Glenn Corbett. Sad to hear he passed before the film was made.
#44 and #48 I’m with you..I always cringe when the I see the Cochrane of First Contact, definetely a letdown. He should have been a heroic, visionary leader who reached for the stars in the aftermath of a nuclear war.

71. Jeffery Wright - October 31, 2007

z took off in his ship to die alone in space, why he would have brought a replica of the pheonix would be beyond me, kinda stupid to think he would have it in this episode. his ship was disabled by an asteroid in this system, and was saved from death by the companion. his ship was probably destroyed and abandoned.

wonder where he got the materials to build his li’l space cottage?

if anything, they should have somehow made the actor corbett look more like cromwell, if continuity is a concern

as for the video game graphics?

thats what you get when you dont actually shoot studio models… they shoulda used greg jeins enterprise model to shoot, instead of that obvious glop of polygons they’re using now.

72. Sean4000 - October 31, 2007

“Glop of Polygons” Nicely said and 100% accurate.

But I think the new model they use is great but they just can’t get it to move convincingly.

73. Woulfe - October 31, 2007

I just hope they clean up the old FX by removing the thick black line around the companion, at least do that, and maybe spice it up a little.

Seeing as compleatly replaceing it might be problimatic at best.

As for the other FX in the episode, it’s pretty standard fare, Ship shots, Shuttle shots, Planet shots ( hopefully ) and so on.

– W –
* BOO ! *

74. TJ Trek - October 31, 2007

as far as what I have seen , I have not been impressed with he new renderings of almost everythin. It looks cheap. If there are going to bother to do it at all, why not do at least as good a job as ENTERPRISE did. Those ships looked real (for the most part) the Enterprise itself I thought was amazing. One of the good things going for that show

75. The Vulcanista - October 31, 2007

Everything you said in paragraph 1 was correct, but we weren’t talking about a replica, just a picture/rendering.

Peace. Live long and prosper.
The Vulcanista }:-|

76. badboy1230 - October 31, 2007

Besides, at least some Cochrane’s ship must have made it down to the planet. The Companion did’t see to have the ability to pluck someone out of a ship and carry them through space and safely put them down on the ground. Otherwise, she would have done it to our shuttle crew.

77. Michael Hall - October 31, 2007

For Heaven’s sake, it should happen!
But I’m not holding my breath..”

With respect, no, it shouldn’t. Retro-conning TOS and its sequels/prequel is not part of CBS-D’s mandate, not should it be. And while I’m on that subject, for my money when done well their renderings look a helluva lot closer to the original studio model than Greg Jein’s “Trials and Tribbilations” miniature did (and I’m a big fan of Jein’s work).

As for the episode itself, I’ve always considered it one of Trek’s (and Gene Coon’s) best, and had so taken it for granted most fans felt likewise that I’m fairly startled at the “meh” reaction in some of the postings here.

78. Holo J - November 1, 2007

77. Michael Hall

“With respect, no, it shouldn’t. Retro-conning TOS and its sequels/prequel is not part of CBS-D’s mandate”

Hi Michael

No it wasn’t part of CBS-D’s original mandate, you are right! But what I am saying is there should be a Special Edition version made available out there for people who would like to see a more complete update. I am pretty sure it will be done one day. I just hope it’s done in my life time. I know there are enough people who would like to see it. I just hope the Suits at CBS Paramount realise it and get on and do sooner rather than later. I would definitely buy the episodes on DVD again if there had been a complete update made for all the dated effects.

As it stands at the moment I am still interested to see what CBS turn out each week but I don’t expect much any more and I wouldn’t buy the new DVD as much as they are an improvement over the originals, I don’t think enough has been changed to own another set of these episodes. I still feel it has been a wasted opportunity.

I am aware the original mandate was just to enhance matt painting and all the space shots but I think they have been very short sighted by only doing this. It’s great to have the picture cleaned up and in HD now but I would also have liked to have heard the sound enhanced in places as well as seeing more done to the effects. It has just been the most cost effective (Cheap) make over the Suits could get away with and I feel TOS deserves better.

I don’t want to take anything anyway from CBS Digital because most of the work they HAVE done has been great, its just a shame more time and money hasn’t been given to this project. This project could have been so much more and still retained the respectful approach CBS digital has applied to their work but instead, for me anyway its been a missed opportunity.

79. badboy1230 - November 1, 2007

(#’s77, 78)

I agree that acknowleging sequels and prequels is not in the original mandate. I just thought that putting in a picture of the NX-01 or the phoenix hanging on the wall would be reletively easy and a nice touch. (not absolutely neccessary, though!)

80. Tombstone R - November 1, 2007

I am now 36 and have been a ST TOS fan since childhood/all my life. Please see my art web space for paintings As a fan it bothered me when product art was imperfect. Wrong colors and or missing ace braids on shirt, backwards printed photos, etc. Now after all this time I like the off/wrong stuff more then the usual right on accuracy=because there is just so so much product stuff/images. So the point…
Remastering the TOS sounded like a great idea. It still does. But when the episodes play and they cut from the episode to remastered episode effects…it just feel like a cut or commercial. I agree with those who think it should be all or nothing if you are going to do somthing…especially fix the tombstone R.

I would like to see lots of new spaceship designs, switch the Gorn episode to dark nite to chill out the low budget gorn suit (can they do that?), and plenty of creative artistic imagination. Cartoons have plenty of great simple effects these days. Why not use a multitude of effects and tecniques to bring the TOS up to speed with modern entertainment.

My final opinion is that the previews remastered would have been enough if they are only going to redo space scenes and not go for all out star trek continuity. How many times can fans buy the TOS 3 seasons again? I am satisfied with the 1st round of dvds that we all already have and the preview trailers on itunes.

You guys say some funny stuff in these blogs.
Thanks for the laughs.
…and serious stuff 2! …of course

81. planettom - November 3, 2007

What’s the fan explanation of why Kirk describes him as “Zefram Cochran of Alpha Centauri?” I mean, even if he later moved to Alpha Centauri, it seems odd that the inventor of warp drive on Earth, a guy who was present at First Contact with Vulcans, would be remembered as being “of Alpha Centauri.”

That part where Commissioner Hedford/Companion makes a veil of her blouse and looks through it at Zefram, apparently to give herself “Companion-Vision”… I was thinking maybe she was lifting her blouse to show Zefram her tattoo, or her thong, or that she wasn’t wearing panties, or something along those lines.

82. Jeff Bond - November 4, 2007

I thought the colors and contrast on the transfer here were pretty extreme–almost in an interesting way but a lot of it just looked wrong–I love the soundstage work they did on this episode but it was printed here to make a lot of the scenes, particularly the post-shuttle-landing scenes at the beginning, look like night (the initial shot of Cochrane running toward the shuttle is particularly bizarre, with amazingly “hot” green lights hitting the actor amid this deep purple background–the contrasts are so extreme it almost looks like animation). That and the pop-out green of Eleanor Donahue’s costume were distracting–I always thought this was one of the most beautiful-looking episodes but this transfer actually pushes it into garish territory.
Not much they could do with the Companion so the new space shots are an odd compromise…and I do feel the overall look is tending toward CG as opposed to the photo-real look that some of the best early shots with the new model acheived. I just got high-def and KTLA’s broadcast is uneven too–“Catspaw” looked amazing, “Gamesters of Triskelian” didn’t look high-def at all, “Metamorphosis” looked good again but the extreme contrast of the transfer didn’t help.

83. T Negative - November 4, 2007

I noticed CBS put in some CG mountains and clouds when we first see Cochrane running towards Kirk and Co. A very nice added bonus!! The rocks around Cochrane looked like they were fluorescing under the dim light shining through the clouds. Very interesting approach by CBS but it made the set appear very alien. I liked it.

Either way I am thrilled CBS added some clouds and mountains!! Anything they do at this point to enhance the planet sets is a pleasant surprise.

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