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“Metamorphosis” Remastered Screenshots + Video November 4, 2007

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Nancy Hedford

Zefram Cochrane

The Companion

Companion ‘loving’ Zefram

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1. josepepper - November 4, 2007

one of my favorites

some folks poo pooed it but I like the shuttlecraft episodes

2. The Lensman - November 4, 2007

Man, I really depend on this site for re-mastered stuff now. My local station stopped showing them late at night, and now shows them in the evening on Sat when I’m at work. So just want to say thanks for doing this guys!

3. cbspock - November 4, 2007

This is one shot they have not copied yet


I hope they do someday.

4. 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.

The Shuttle Galileo shots were SO SO.

5. Gene Coon was the Better Gene - November 4, 2007

Hey! A Gene Cooner!

Hate to be the skunk at the garden party, but these original screenshots look better than the remasters shown here. The originals have nice color, contrast, and detail. The only thing that looks better here is the new planet detail, and the cloud.

6. Lord Garth Formerly of Izar - November 4, 2007

There was a really sweet sideview flyby shot of the E that looked amazing on a big screen.

7. VulcanBabe - November 4, 2007

This was a great episode…and is it just me or did the price drop?

8. Captain Pike - November 4, 2007

I was really excited about ST-R but overall I have been disappointed. In the shots above, for example, space is about 85% gray. Surely space is by definition 100% gray = black. I don’t think this is an artifact caused by the screen grabs. There have been many bright spots and surprises in ST-R like the various animated mattes, but many of the space shots just seem, well, rather drab like the contrast has been turned down.

The heart breaking part is we have all seen better Space FX, and we know many of those animators are dying to work on Star Trek. They just never got the call.

9. Ron Mosher - November 4, 2007

This looked amazing on my HDTV. The color really made the set shot look more alien than indoor. Nice job CBS Digital. Oh and man did Hedford’s dress glow!!

10. T Negative - November 4, 2007

The planet set on this episode was very well done. With the CBS establishing shot improvements plus the original work done by the set designers back in the 60’s, really made this planet set actually look like a planet. The colors really jumped out in this episode as well.

As far as the Enterprise shots go; it was nice to see the asteroid field mentioned by Sulu. There was an 180 degree shot of the Enterprise approaching the asteroids and you could barely make them out but they were there. Also there was a shot of the E from the front and you could easily see a few asteroids floating behind the ship.

I thought this was a good outing for CBS.

11. seangh - November 4, 2007

I have not see the show yet, but from the screen grabs above, it looks like the original planet has the correct colors and the new CG planet is brown.

12. Bald is Beautiful - Picard for President! - November 4, 2007

Bravo! The SFX fit in perfectly and I was hard pressed to tell the new from the old. For example, the planet exterior was glowing, and I knew it didn’t glow before — but I wasn’t really *sure*. It all fit together beautifully. I do agree with #5 that some of the space shots from this episode were gorgeous in the original. Too bad they can’t pick and choose.

And yeah — Gene Coon rocks. RIP, man.

13. Gene Coon was the Better Gene - November 4, 2007

This one is coming on in NY at 11. Tivo is ready to its dirty work. Bed time for fortyish Trek fans with lots of kids, and real jobs to go to in the mo-nin.

14. Oregon Trek Geek - November 4, 2007

Glenn Corbett was a hottie. I was saddened to see on his imdb.com profile that he passed away in 1993.

15. Spock's Brain - November 4, 2007

For some reason, the screenshots always look better for the original. But that’s just the screenshots.

I’m delighted they did a little something to enhance the planet exterior. This is, IMO, one of the top 20 episodes.

16. spookster - November 4, 2007

I’ve been here for awhile quietly lurking and observing, reading comments for the last year or so. I have to say though, the sets looked very good. Very alien although the planetoid from orbit does not match the surface sets. The planetoid should be purple… where was Michael and Denise Okuda on this one j/k. Did anybody notice the square artifact around the Companion when it charged toward the camera after Spock tries to short it out? I hope they fix that effect and the colour of the planet upon release of the DVD. I liked the episode and think that these updates on the sets make the whole sets look more bigger. Would’ve liked some motion to the background matte of the clouds though, especially in the scenes with the Companion and Cochran. The same matte is used over and over. It got irksome.

17. Anthony Laviano - November 4, 2007

The screen shots probably look better from the original, because they are captured from DVDs and not NTSC screen grabs.

18. seangh - November 4, 2007

Hey Anthony P. – maybe you should put a disclaimer up with the screen grabs that says something to the effect of: “Remastered screen shots are captured from Standard Definition broadcast. Color and contrast values may not be represenative of the actual images as seen on your TV.”

19. Rainbucket - November 4, 2007

In the FX reel, the Enterprise flyby during Scott’s second log entry has a tremendous sense of scale for some reason. It’s the first time I’ve seen the TOS Enterprise feel like the beauty passes in TMP, genuinely 23 decks tall. The original sound effects and score help a lot though.

20. Alternate Factor Chris - November 5, 2007

#8: I think it is either the settings they’re using when they grab the screen shots. It looks decent when I watch it on TV. The only real judgment that can be made is when we’re comparing the shots on DVD/HD DVD.

It would be more “fair” to show the regular broadcast originals than the DVD captures.

21. ety3 - November 5, 2007

In looking at the remastered episode and then hitting up TrekCore for original screenshots, I’m convinced that CBS-D made the sky more purple than it was originally.

22. Jeffrey S. Nelson - November 5, 2007

I thought there was more detail to the cloud cover in the planet-side shots.
Like to have this soundtrack released on cd, along with “Who Mourns For Adonis?” … some great music there from the second season that hasn’t been released.

23. Jay - "The Real Jim Kirk" - November 5, 2007

love this episode… kinda upsets canon with First Contact though

24. CanuckLou - November 5, 2007

@23 You have that backwards. First Contact contravenes canon not Metamorphosis.

25. Cervantes - November 5, 2007

I always liked the classic purple / fuchia colors of the backdrops in this one, and am disappointed that CBS Digital chose to make the actual planet a jarring BROWN overall, rather than a more ‘stylistically’ matching colored atmospere…

26. Lugosi - November 5, 2007

Boy, another episode that really didn’t need to be remastered! I wonder why no-one can see that. There are so few effects that they added that I wonder why they remastered this episode in the first place. It was perfect like it was. The effects never step in the foreground. They are no essential part of the STORY (ever heard about the concept of such?).

27. cbspock - November 5, 2007

#23–WRONG!!! First Contact is the one that upsets the canon of this episode.

28. Jon (30) - November 5, 2007

The companion didn’t just rejuvinate Cohrane She made him much better looking than the guy in the First Contact.

29. Cervantes - November 5, 2007

#28 Jon (30)

And gave him better dress sense than the First Contact reinterpretation too..

30. Toonloon - November 5, 2007

Can someone clarify something for me… is anyone seeing these in 1080p hi def yet or are they all being broadcast in standard def?

31. David Sturm - November 5, 2007

Cochrane’s appearance in Enterprise’s debut episode was more in line fashionwise… Perhaps he was wearing a similar outfit to what we see Corbett in? I’ll have to look.

Of course, it was still Jamie Cromwell… But it does put new meaning into “Metamorphosis”. Guess Jamie’s the larval form, Glenn the butterfly. Hah.

32. Jon Witchell - November 5, 2007

I liked the better-continuity ending with the shuttle returning to the ship. I hope they do similar with Assignment Earth heading for the Sun, Turnabout Intruder to the Benecia Colony, Lights of Zetar to Memory Alpha
and improve on Spectre of the Gun, By Any Other Name and Ultimate Computer’s endings. Way To Eden’s starbase also needs to be corrected as it’s the same as ‘Eden’, whilst I also think that the ‘contemporary’ Earth should be seen at the end of Tomorrow Is Yesterday.

Overall very good, but as others have mentioned, the planet should have remained the same colour as it’s atmosphere.

33. CmdrR. - November 5, 2007

Looking at the screenshots, it’s easy to see what a clip together of stock footage this episode was. (Not that that’s bad, but it shows here.) The E is (in decending order) white, pink, grey, blue. I know CBS-D isn’t perfect, but don’t act like the original was perfect.

34. bman - November 5, 2007

They could have fixed the glaring stage lights in the sky as Cochrane runs up to the shuttle.

35. T Negative - November 5, 2007

The feed I have is run through an HD reciever. The picture is superior compared to the SD receiver I used to have and I’m watching these shows on a 50″ Plasma.

The planet does have a purple atmosphere which was easily visible from what I saw. They should have made the atmosphere a little brighter though.

Seeing these in 1080p on DVD will be a real treat because I think they look damn good in 480i.

What happened to Matt Wright’s HD fx reel and screen grabs??

36. T Negative - November 5, 2007


They did!! with an CG extension of the set that had clouds and distant mountains.

37. Toonloon - November 5, 2007

You know, perhaps Im not right about this but should the sky show that much on the planetoid if it is primarily rock, which does correspond to the actual set?

If you think about it, we think of Earth as a blue planet because of the water, not because of the sky.

If the planet’s atmosphere is purple and surface is mostly rock, then all you would see would be the rock with a thin veil of purple atmosphere around the edges is what we do get in the remastered planet.

38. DJT - November 5, 2007

As Nov 20th creeps up, I realize …I’m gonna order the HD-DVDs after all.

Damn you, Paramount!

PS the original shot of the E (#7) from the front looks much better.
The old girl looks much more graceful. No offense to CBS-D, of course. They did their job. My money is set aside.

39. Jeffery Wright - November 5, 2007

i agree, the original studio model looks more like a solid, real object that has mass. they should have used a physical model for shooting… the shuttle shots are more dramatic, but thats the only approval, the studio model looks like a toy and the cgi looks like a game. ah well…

for the new influx of profit these remasters represent, and the cultural iconery, you’d think they would have had more care with these important revisions.

well shot and constructed miniatures still look more real than these hasty polygon cartoons.

40. Ralph F - November 5, 2007


Yeah, that slow turn often used on the “STAR TREK next episode” teasers was a nice one.


Kind of the same here. I was DVR’ing them but TREK has switched from a really good local station here in the Little Rock area to a really crappy (in terms of broadcast quality) one. The picture is terrible and the closed-captions are never transmitted clearly, so I’ve essentially stopped watching it.

Ah, well, I guess I can wait a few years ’til the HD-DVD (or whatever) are all out.

41. bman - November 5, 2007

#36, re: #34…

Maybe it wasn’t when Cochrane ran to the shuttle, because I do remember the scene captured above (and which you described). But at some point, the camera is panning from left to right toward the shuttle and there are still two glaring light flares shooting down from the top of the screen.

42. bman - November 5, 2007

#36 re: #34…

Perhaps it wasn’t Cochrane, because I do remember the updated scene captured above and described by you. But at some point, the camera pans from left to right toward the shuttle and there are two glaring light flares shining down from the top of the screen.

43. bman - November 5, 2007

Sorry for the duplicate. I posted then reloaded the page and it didn’t show up. Until I retyped the message, of course. : /

44. crazybeach - November 5, 2007

#23, #27

I don’t believe either one contradicts the other. Consider, that “First Contact” continuity-wise takes place before “Metamorphosis”. I believe it was all the fame and hype and celebrity that the events in FC precipitated on Cochran that ultimately drove Cochran to seek out a place to “get away from it all” as it were. And as far as the difference in appearance, remember that the two films were produced 25-some-odd years apart, and as Oregon Trek Geek sadly pointed out, Mr. Corbett had passed away by the time FC was made…
As far as the Enterprise pilot, since it was 90 or so years later than FC, I always got the impression that Cochran, according to “Metamorphosis”, should have been long gone and in the “arms” of the Companion by then….

45. Chris Pike - November 5, 2007

Nice sense of scale of the E on a couple of new shots there, enhanced/extended studio cyce shot very good too. A great Shatlog piece in this episode too with Kirk’s dialogue with the Companion…

46. Ralph - November 5, 2007

I thought the identity in space was too static. It should have flowed as it moved.
I do hope STXI will actually show the beautiful scenes of space. With dimension and a perspective as if being there.

47. Nelson - November 5, 2007

The big surprise here was the last shot of the shuttle heading towards the Enterprise, cool. I know some will think it looks CGI.

Again, good restraint was used to limit CGI. I like the reddish hue the Companion takes on when she attacks Kirk and Spock!

One of the best Gene Coon episodes. And in this new remastered version, the entire cast and guest stars never looked so handsome. They all looked in their prime!

48. I AM THX-1138 - November 5, 2007

Glad to see the stage lights gone, but that was a nice shot originally. It did give a decent sense of distance. I think I am going to reduce complaining about the DVD price as well as my wife says that this is very livable and I may order my set now. Happy Festivus to me!

49. Toonloon - November 5, 2007

I guess i must have nailed it, as no one seems to disagree with me.

Regarding the FX looking “fake” or “cartonish” – I too think that sometimes they do indeed look like this – but not always – but what also occurred to me is that as soon as the HD-DVDs come out, we might have some entirely new appraisals of the FX, perhaps good or perhaps bad.

50. sean's clone - November 5, 2007

ToonLoon said: “but what also occurred to me is that as soon as the HD-DVDs come out, we might have some entirely new appraisals of the FX, perhaps good or perhaps bad.”

Effects that look bad in SD will not look any better in HD – sorry – but there’s not that much more definition to make a difference.

I watched the last episode with my 11 year old daughter and watching the new FX shots of the shuttlecraft and companion attacking it – she said “That looks phony! How could you have watched this as a kid?”

She was shocked when I told here that those were all new CGI FX – her next words had me busting up: “It looks like something from Jimmy Neutron. I’m going to bed.”

51. Michael Hall - November 5, 2007

sean’s clone–with all respect to your daughter, it’s kind of a shame that she would dismiss this episode based solely upon its FX, modern or not. FX were never what “Metamophosis” was about, let alone TOS.

52. Nelson - November 5, 2007

Yes, I agree with Post #51. There’s a lot more to this touching episode then FX. I think there is too much focus on the CGI of the Remasters and not enough about how great the content of the shows are with it’s glossy new HD look.

53. Shatner for president - November 5, 2007

The shot of the shuttle at the start of the episode at first seemed a little too cartoony and then I changed my mind that it is down to style maybe? The CGI classic Cylons in the recent Battlestar Galactica mini-sodes have a style but you can tell they are CGI, but work great to my eye. The thing was Star Trek and 2001 at the time the special effects were the best possible and were trying for realism I think and the CBS-D team are trying for style, because as the girl above stated it does indeed seem like something from Jimmy Neutron. I would prefer a more realistic look to these new shots and some shots do indeed look almost real to the eye. It could be the standard resolution we are seeing affecting the shot? Also have anybody else commented on Toshiba dumping there old HD-A2 HD-DVD players for $99 this past weekend? I went to Best Buy and they were sold out, but had an old floor model for $99. although they said it didn’t have the remote(which I think was untrue, because I heard the co-workers say to him that they were saving that one for someone). I heard the old HD-A2 players take 2 minutes to warm up and the new one is only a few seconds. The had the new HD-A3 HD-DVD player for only $199. The HD-A2 HD-DVD players at Walmart sold out in a few hours. Does anyone know more? I’m glad this means I can see the new Star Trek HD set now that it is in my budget now.

54. last o' the timelords - November 5, 2007

I find it really hard to get my nephlings and the other kids in my life to sit through anything Star Trek. This really disheartens me as I had no such problem with Doctor Who. Even with the old wobbly shots they accepted the SFX problems of the past. They just think Trek is nerdy and (gasp!) dull. I had some success with ST2 luckily. They sat thru that.

So I am happy to give JJ Abrams a wide berth to make his version of Trek. I think maybe us old fuddy-duddys don’t have the flexibility to appeal to today’s audiences.

Godspeed JJ!

55. Diabolik - November 5, 2007

With today’s kids, generally, if the show isn;t moving at the speed of a TV commercial, it won’t hold their attention. I blame commercials for artificially speeding up the perception of kids to the place they have short attention spans. In fact, I blame TV and advertising for the ADD so prevalent today. Kids back in the 50’s and even 60’s didn’t have it, as far as I know.

56. Michael Hall - November 5, 2007

Actually, it’s Abrams’ challenge to adapt Trek’s storytelling style into a format that 2008 audiences will find exciting, while keeping its characters and philosophy intact. If you aren’t going to do that, then what’s the point, other than to make Viacom some money?

Very possibly I am an old fuddy-duddy, but I’d rather Trek go away (and it’ll never go away entirely) than see Roddenberry’s original concept exploited to provide audiences the same sort of pandering shoot-em-up they can readily get elsewhere. (ST2 was a shoot-em-up, true, but of a literate, Shakespearean sort never really seen before.) My hope–and I think it’s a reasonable one–is that the producers of Trek 2008 are as fond of the heart and soul of the original as I am, and that their film will speak with as much hope to our time as TOS did back in ’66.

57. Scott Gammans - November 5, 2007

Hey Anthony, what happened to the reviews for each “remastered” episode? Can’t find anyone who can be bothered to rehash these so-so episodes of “Star Trek”?

58. bmar - November 5, 2007

Funny how your understanding of things changes as you age. Like most of us, I first saw this episode as a kid, and didn’t really read too much into it. Like most kids, I didn’t have a greater understanding of the subtle (and often not subtle, but over my head at the time) plot lines.

Watching this episode as an adult, I was absolutely stunned to listen to Cochrane’s diatribe about how unnatural and disgusting it was to be loved by the Companion – but how quickly he was good with it when the “she” became a beautiful human female.

Many thoughts went through my head – the intolerance of homosexuality, of alternative lifestyles (as they are sometimes controversially called). Interspecies love…and no, not bestiality, as the companion was an intelligent being, and decided to be in the relationship…so anyway… and I guess we’re not dealing with “homosexuality” here as the Companion is indeed, female. But we are dealing with this idea of love in any form that’s not socially accepted as “natural.” I guess right now, we’re not really faced with interspecies love – but we are faced with people who find ANYTHING other than a “traditional” relationship between a man and a woman as repugnant.

That’s what popped into my head as Cochrane grew more and more disgusted and stormed out of his way-mod cool pad.

And yet, somehow, we like this guy – and somehow it’s all ok as soon as the companion becomes human. Not sure how that leaves me feeling.

It seems to me, that Star Trek was making a comment on the acceptability of all forms of love – but didn’t take the message all the way. I wonder if the story would have been more powerful if he had eventually ACCEPTED the love from the companion in her true form.

Anyway, again, i think it’s interesting how completely different you can see something with a few years under your belt.

And please, I’m not trying to start a political or ideological debate here – not even sure if my thoughts make any coherent sense, but I do think this episode brings up some interesting talking points.

59. Robert Bernardo - November 5, 2007

cbspock wrote:

> This is one shot they have not copied yet

> http://trekmovie.com/wp-content/uploads/metamorphosis/old_tosr031_6.JPG

As a bit of trivia, the shot referenced above is actually a continuation of the following shot:


Back in the 1970’s, the master, Linwood Dunn, from the Howard Anderson Company brought over a special effects reel to show in a presentation to us university students. He showed effects he and the company did from the 1930’s up through the 1960’s (effects for HItchcock movies… for It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, among others). To my surprise, he showed footage of the Enterprise. The sequence began with the Enterprise, camera point-of-view straight onto the bow, camera trucked forward a bit, camera then started trucking to the left (making the Enterprise rotate to the left on film). The full film sequence was never shown on the show, being broken up into the two parts referenced above.

60. Bald is Beautiful - Picard for President! - November 5, 2007

^58 bmar

Strange actually, how solipsistic your views are… Abraham Maslow’s “reboot” of human morality and the Human Potential Movement it spawned in the early 1970s wasn’t even a twinkle in Gene Roddenberry’s eye in 1966. (But one imagines how much he would have “dug” it as a younger man.)

Even today, the notion of unlimited human desires fulfilled through unrestricted behaviour is a minority view held mainly by urbanites who attended college, but not graduate school (if I recall the most recent research correctly). In most of the world, and certainly most of the USA, Zephram Cochran’s persepctive is normative.

There is something else to consider: “love” meant something quite different then, something quite distinct from today’s concept of “Love = Orgasm, the More Varied and More Frequent the Better”. In the 1960s, “love” was best defiend by the Book of Common Prayer (1662) service for Holy Matrimony and the procreation and rearing of children.

Cochran’s disgust is perfectly fitting the Darwinian adaptation of sexual reproduction through selective breeding, don’t you agree?

Still, overall, I suppose it helped matters from your perspective that the Hollywood creative community readily adopted the rebooted morals of Maslow & Co in their quest to self-actualize with as much “help” as possible. It gives an illusion of dominance to this day that is quite out of proportion to its true level of adoption.


Picard / Marcus 2008

61. Jon G. - November 5, 2007

The 7th picture down… the old one of the Enterprise front on… I have never seen before! That picture looks absolutely amazing! Why didn’t they ever use that shot more often? Personally it looks better than the remastered one. Wow.

62. eagle219406 - November 5, 2007

#44 “As far as the Enterprise pilot, since it was 90 or so years later than FC, I always got the impression that Cochran, according to “Metamorphosis”, should have been long gone and in the “arms” of the Companion by then…. ”
Maybe he was. If I remeber correctly, They were not watching a recent speech but a video made many years before.

63. bmar - November 5, 2007

Re: 60

Damn, I had to look up “solipsistic.”

Can’t say I agree (much less completely understand ;) ) with your post. But – hey, that’s what makes the world go ’round, right?

I’d argue that the late ’60’s (this one was in, what ’67 or ’68?) there was beginning to be a broader interpretation of what “love” – more than just love=orgasm – is.

But then again, I do work in television… ;)

64. Mr. Pudgy Years - November 5, 2007

I did NOT like those new Companion FX…those could have been executed much better.

65. Mr. Pudgy Years - November 5, 2007

#61, I always loved that shot too. But it was a shot that if you blinked you might have missed it in the original…

66. Scott Gammans - November 5, 2007


AFAIK, that nearly head-on view of the Enterprise was used only once and it was in this episode, “Metamorphosis”.

Perhaps the reason it wasn’t used again was the odd lurching movement of the ship towards the end of the sequence. (Grab your DVD of this episode and watch the original F/X… you’ll see what I mean.) Another reason it might not have been used again is that the lighting wasn’t all that great in that shot–you can’t even see the bottom of the secondary hull because it’s so dark.

Still, it *is* a very unusual angle for the 11′ model, and I agree with Jon G., it’s purty!

67. Michael Hall - November 5, 2007

“Cochran’s disgust is perfectly fitting the Darwinian adaptation of sexual reproduction through selective breeding, don’t you agree?”

LOL. Not really. And to expand on that, somewhat: lordy, what windy, self-satisfied, smug drivel. Onanistic posturings aside, the incredible fact is that more frewheeling attitutes about love and sex were not the exclusive domain of Maslow, or in the ’60s by Gene Roddenberry or even his friends Masters and Johnson. As for homosexuality, it’s been a constant throughout history in most human societies, with only the attitudes towards it changing. Per Cochrane I’m not sure what “unnatural” means in such a context, but his reaction towards a being which had sheltered and protected him for the better part of two centuries seemed priggish at best, ungrateful at worst. Of course, some types are only content when they can pass judgement on the behavior of others, however private. One can only hope that the bemused reaction of Kirk, Spock and McCoy to such attitudes is indeed normative for their time, which seems to be what Gene Coon and Roddenberry, in their great crusade to undermine decency and morality, had in mind with this story.

68. Michael Hall - November 5, 2007


I love that angle on the Big E. You probably couldn’t get much closer to the port side without seeing the electrical cables that had been run into it.

69. seangh - November 5, 2007

#51 & 52
“I think there is too much focus on the CGI of the Remasters and not enough about how great the content of the shows are with it’s glossy new HD look”

It’s all about the effects with these re-mastered episodes. I’ve been a life long Trek fan because of the stories and characters, the effects have always been secondary. But in the case of the Re-masters, it all about opening up the original Trek to a whole new generation, and drawing them in with improved efects. – but by my clone’s comment above and many others before it – that does not seem to be happening.

Ultimately, I think too much has been expected from the effects team at CBSD given their resources. Besides, to me, TOS we always be about the stories and the characters we have come to admire.

70. Cervantes - November 6, 2007

#50 sean’s clone

Oh dear. That doesn’t bode well for a new younger generation of viewers for this thing overall. ‘Jimmy Neutron’s’ particular kind of ‘animation CGI’ is not exactly on a par with, say, Pixar’s ‘animation CGI’ quality, and CBS Digital are meant to be portraying ‘actual REALISM CGI’ to this project…and that is a cuttingly derogatory assessment of this remastering by your daughter which I fear is not far off the mark…

I too as a youngster was influenced by the quality of effects on various features I grew up with, and that is probably even more of the case with today’s brats. Even recently, I took it for granted that this announced ‘remastering’ project would incorporate the kind of standard quality ( at least ) kind of visuals that most mainstream Sci Fi series get as the norm nowadays. It hasn’t turned out that way, and I will NOT be pointing out to my own brats that these are the ‘IMPROVED’ effects whenever they see this show in the future…

Although some are correct in saying that the show SHOULDN’T be about the effects, c’mon, this is a convenient ‘get-out’ of the fact that too many new effects shots in this remastering project ARE obviously disappointing, and should really have been given more time / money / consideration in the first place…considering that the show HAS been trumpeted as a modern effects upgrade, and not just a ‘clean-up’ of the picture quality…


71. Cervantes - November 6, 2007

Oh, and that enhanced studio ‘cyclorama’ shot attempt makes a VERY nice improvement, but again it points out the fact that there could have been LOTS of amendments like this across the whole series that could have jazzed up proceedings in this ‘remastered for modern audiences’ version…

72. T Negative - November 6, 2007

My nephew and my own daugter who are 6 and 4 respectively really enjoyed the “Doomsday Machine”. CBS did a terrific job on that episode as they should have. That is one of the marque episodes in all of Trek and one that kids should really enjoy. Then as they get older they can be entertained by episodes such as “Metamorphosis”.

I really think that CBS is trying to grab the younger audience by using the more “exciting” episodes and spending the money there. Just my two cents.

73. T Negative - November 6, 2007

BTW the kids didn’t think the FX in “Doomsday” looked phony at all.

74. eagle219406 - November 6, 2007

I have been reading all your messages and I have pretty much come to some conclusion. There are many movies and TV shows today that whose FX are produced normally with CG. That is the norm nowadays. They tend to make a lot of money in sales. No complaints about it. But when somebody does something with CG in Star Trek, I here nothing but Whining. I have come to the conclusion that it is not what they changed that bothers you, just the fact that they changed it. I say, “Get with it.” If you stop thinking of the fact that they changed it and just watch the show. YOu might enjoy it a little better. IF you can’t handle how it is going, Just don’t watch it. How hard can that be?

75. sean - November 6, 2007


I have to a gree wholeheartedly. I was always under the impression that Cochrane’s reaction seemed odd – perhaps even primitive – to Kirk & Co. I figured the only reason they made the Companion’s voice female was due to the fact that if it had been male, the show would never have been made (the ‘sex’ of an energy cloud being a seemingly pointless distinction). There are numerous references to how ‘behind the times’ Cochrane was, with respect to the crew, the techonology, and The Galaxy™ in general. In my judgement, it seemed a not-so-subtle way of implying that Cochrane’s views would not be as enlightened as those of our heroes.

76. LordEdzo - November 6, 2007

I never understood why they activated the Companion-disruption device while Cochrane was enveloped by the Companion! Spock’s “quaint, old-fashioned electric shock” would be nothing to the jolt Cochrane must have received (and about which he wasn’t the least bit angry).

Although I’ve always had a soft spot for “Metamorphosis,” Kirk’s actions once again run contrary to Roddenberry’s perenniel assertion that his human characters are more evolved in the 23rd century and more tolerant of alien life. As in “The Man Trap,” Kirk’s first instinct is to *kill* the Companion before trying to talk to it. So much for evolution and all that claptrap we’ve been fed for years.

Granted, the two situations aren’t identical. The Salt Vampire *was* killing Enterprise crew members before it was ever located, so McCoy was entirely justified in stunning it. But why the second (killing) shot? The creature clearly was weakened. Why couldn’t it have been taken alive?

Conversely, in “Metamorphosis,” the Companion *did* snatch the Galileo right out of space and intentionally ground it by burning out its circuits … but it never tried to outright kill the landing party. As we all know, it wanted Kirk (etc.) *alive* to keep Cochrane company.

Blah, blah, blah … I know, shut up already.

77. Kyle Nin - November 6, 2007

How come there are less screenshot coverage than usual? There used to be a screenshot for every new FX scene, but now it’s only selective. There’s no screenshot of the Galileo leaving the planet and no screenshot of the asteroid belt on the Enterprise viewscreen.

78. TomBot2007 - November 6, 2007

In deference to Kirk’s Kill First mantra, he had been traumatized by the Vampire Cloud afterall… ;-)

I didn’t see all this episode, actually barely the beginning, but I was underwhelmed by the Companion space shots… really closer to TAS remastered there. ;-)

79. Michael Hall - November 6, 2007

“Blah, blah, blah … I know, shut up already.”

Not really–you raise some pretty good points. I think if you look at Gene Coon’s scripts as a whole the theme that keeps cropping up is one of a cautious optimism, perhaps best characterized by Kirk’s speech to Anan 7 when he admits that humans are still a pretty savage species but that it remains within our power to make the choice “not to kill. . . today.” From “The Devil in the Dark” to “Errand of Mercy” to “Metamorphosis” Kirk’s first impulse may be to fight (however reluctantly), but when he reflects on his options and learns more about what drives the motives of his adversaries he usually winds up agreeing that there are better ways of ultimately resolving the problem. I’d call that pretty enlightened by today’s standards, if far from utopian, and think it conclusively demonstrates how much in tune Coon and Roddenberry were with each other philisophically, and why Coon’s contribution to the Trek mythos was so important.

80. eagle219406 - November 6, 2007

#77 and #79. I was looking at the episode and I remember the argument THey were having with Cochrane about killing it. They basically said that although they would accept killing it as a result, it was not their intention. They just wanted to weaken it so they could leave.

81. MrRegular - November 7, 2007

The effects are OK. I was really wowed by the on planet scenes, the colors almost popped out of the television!
As other posters have remarked, this episode has several layers of subtlety not easily understood by younger viewers, specifically those who have not been married. I am married(we’re both trek fans). Believe me, your point of view changes, as does the amount of money you have left at the end of the month to buy star trek goodies!

82. planettom - November 7, 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.

83. ozy - November 9, 2007

#37- Water is blue ( on Earth ) because of the blue sky. Water has no color.

If sky is blue, oceans, lakes, rivers are blue also.
If sky is red, oceans, lakes and rivers are red also……


84. Jon G. - November 10, 2007


Dark or not… its now my desktop picture. Haha

85. Jeremy - November 29, 2007

Water is “blue” because it absorbs more “red” out of the visable light spectrum (as opposed to reflecting it). ‘

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