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“A Taste of Armageddon” Remastered Screenshots December 15, 2007

by Anthony Pascale , Filed under: TOS-R Screenshots/Video , trackback


Summary: Want to play a game Jim?
This weekend’s TOS-R episode, "A Taste of Armageddon", is a classic cautionary Cold War tale about a society forgetting the horrors of war. Of course while Kirk takes it upon himself to change an entire culture, not even the Federation Ambassador mentions the Prime Directive. Then again Ambassador Fox himself was there as a futuristic Commodore Perry who was determined to open up the sector for the Federation whether they wanted it or not. The episode is also one of those where James Doohan’s Scotty gets to shine and deliver some of his best lines of the series, such as "Diplomats! The best diplomat I know is a fully activated phaser bank!"

CBS Digital actually had something to work with this week. There were quite a few establishing shots and they mixed it up quite a bit with some real beauty shots of the big E, including a rare nicely subtle shot from far behind the ship. And CBS-D’s Max Gable again knocked it out of the park with a beautiful new matte painting that seamlessly worked with the 40 year old live action footage.

NOTE: Remastered video and images below taken from the Standard Definition DVD side of the new Star Trek Season One box set.

SFX Video

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SFX Screenshots

Remastered & Original















I’m going to give em diplomacy if they like it or not

Believe or not…you wont have kissed me by the end of this episode

OMG it’s the WOPR

I told you this isn’t "War Games" that doesn’t come out for 16 years

My mind to your door

Disintegration Chambers…inspiration for the Roach Motel?

Scotty sticks his haggis in the fire


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1. RoboDude - December 16, 2007

Looks Ok….

2. OR Coast Trekkie - December 16, 2007


Ok, is it just me, or did some of the exterior shots look REALLY dark? But for the work that was done, it was good. I liked this earthlike planet. It’s been awhile I think since we’ve seen one, though I could be wrong. The new matte was really good; just about as good as anything seen in TNG era shows, or ENT.

I haven’t seen the original one of this episode in a long time, but I’m just asking the forum this: did anyone find the the switches/cut-ins from the crew in front of the matte to the live-action shots to be awkward, and vice-versa? If so, was it that way in the original? Or is my mind just incorrectly perceiving this?

I do wish they could have added disruptor beams, and a possible exterior shot of the Enterprise getting attacked.

Once again, is it just me, or did Spock hit the ambassador’s assistant and take that disruptor?

3. Ali - December 16, 2007

Don’t like the joke captions

4. Oceanhopper - December 16, 2007

What’s with the new video hosting? Wants me to register an account and download a special player?

5. Ali - December 16, 2007

No problems with the video here.

How many more beauty shot angles of the E can there be?

6. 4 8 15 16 23 42 - December 16, 2007

“My mind to your door”… good one :-)

That preview has some of the nicest “beauty” shots I’ve yet seen in the remastered episodes.

Can anyone tell me, have the remastered episodes yet shown the big E actually going to Warp?

One thing I’m curious about in the new movie is, will they use the TNG and later going-to-warp effect — i.e. some part of nacelles lights up, ship shoots to a vanishing point, leaving behind a faint blue afterglow? This effect was used in the prequel series Enterprise, so I think it’s likely to feature in the movie, and yet every instance of the Constitution class Enterprise to date, including the refit version in the first 6 movies, has always been shown with the older streaking/light smearing effect with a “whoosh” sound and no blue afterglow.

7. CanuckLou - December 16, 2007

@6 Not in any of the first season episodes I’ve seen – there has been warp transition shots.

8. SteveinSF - December 16, 2007

I like this episode. Ambassador Fox and his “assistant”–nice outfits by the way–were pains. I couldn’t stand him. I wanted Scotty to blast the cities with photon torpedos, but Fox stopped him, that bastard.
When I saw this as a kid, I thought he ( Fox) was Dr. McCoy’s brother.

I like the joke captions, they’re creative and funny. I really enjoy this site and the episode wrap ups–even if I am sick to death of Quintosaurus.I miss the reviews of the episodes . You did a great job on those.

9. GraniteTrek - December 16, 2007

Watching the video version above really beats it into you how they use that same musical theme whenever you see the Big E, doesn’t it? :)

10. TrekkyStar - December 16, 2007

Great effects.

11. Chapman - December 16, 2007

Seeing the Enteprise that close hurts my eyes. j/k :)

12. D - December 16, 2007

#6 They are not going to do the now “traditional” warp streak. It’s not staying with the “basic original concept” of the SFX shot.
I also remember seeing a interview with Matt Jefferies on one of the movie sets that he tried to get a “play of power” coming out of the nacelles but was voted down every time.

As for what they are going to do in the new movie, well, we’ll just have to be patient now.

13. Absoroka - December 16, 2007


“You mean we are to be killed?”

14. Kirk's Girdle - December 16, 2007

I’m not impressed by the matte. It looks more real than the original – but not real by any stretch. The TNG mattes were far superior.

And those two guys keep walking but never get anywhere….

15. CmdrR - December 16, 2007

Wow — that’s all four Barbara Babcock eps that I know of that Kirk doesn’t get any. Not that he’d want to Kirk Commander Lucern or Trelayne’s mom. (sp?)

16. Mr. Atoz - December 16, 2007


I think Fox’s assistant gets hit by a armnian disruptor.
Fox checks on him and ten just leaves him there to whatever end.

What a jerk!

17. Andy Patterson - December 16, 2007

My favorite line in this episode:

“Sir, you have a multi-legged creature crawling on your shoulder.”

….which is a more humorous variation of when Spock tricked the cop in City on the Edge of Forever.

And LOVE that Barbara Babcock. The voice of the BETA 5 and the meows and growls of Mr. Sevens cat, Trelane’s mother. Parmon’s evil wife and this whatever her name is this episode.

LOVE her. LOVE her. Always have.

18. Granger - December 16, 2007

They did a beautiful job on this episode. I, for one, am glad there are no handheld disruptor beams here since I’ve always interpreted this episode as using sonic disruptors rather than phase disruptors. The front of Eminiar’s guns could be some very rapidly vibrating plates to create the sonic disturbance.

What I did miss was seeing heat beams striking the Enterprise shields, which I think would have heightened the tension.

19. enterprisefan001 - December 16, 2007

The darkness of the first shot should’ve been in all of the Big E shots it makes it seem more realistic and in line with Federation designs of later eras

20. Kyle Nin - December 16, 2007

I like how you can see the city lights from orbit. Their cities must be HUGE!

21. Mark Anton - December 16, 2007

The Enterprise and the planet shots looked simply gorgeous in this episode. Overall, a really good episode. I wonder what would have happened if Kirk’s plan had backfired, and the Enterprise had to leave orbit from a completely nuked planet. Maybe Shatner could have said to Spock, “Oh well. You can’t win ’em all. But at least we got rid of those damned disintergration chambers.”

22. Ron - December 16, 2007

No more WMV downloads for the SFX video? Bummer. And I vote “yay” on the joke captions. They’re cute.

23. CmdrR - December 16, 2007

Forgot about Gary Seven’s cat. Kirk didn’t Kirk it either.

24. Dave B - December 16, 2007

Scotty is a futuristic neocon!

25. Stanky McFibberich - December 16, 2007

Didn’t watch the episode yet, but what’s here looks fantastic. I know there have been some effects that are questionable, but CBSD has done an overall great job with the series.

26. Tom - December 16, 2007

They have some subtle effects in the opening shot. In deep space, away from a solar system, it would be darker than in orbit about a planet. But the actual star cluster was on the Enterprises approach. This is the one thing I like about the remastered SFX. They often mention things in voice over or on camera, but could never s how it.

27. Jupiter1701 - December 16, 2007

Have you tasted Armageddon before? It tastes a lot like chicken, but it’s a lot more spicy.

28. Nelson - December 16, 2007

I always assumed it was Teri Garr who did the Beta 5 computer voice!

Surprised to hear Babcock voived so many aliens in TOS. Even the Tholian Commander Loskene and Zetar in addition to those already mentioned.

It’s really nice to see these remasters now on HD-DVD, this was a well done one.

29. Iowagirl - December 16, 2007

Aahh, some wonderful shots of a real Beauty! And Eminiar city looks particularly fine, too.

Very good episode with a fantastic Scotty.

„Aye, the haggis is in the fire for sure.“

30. Quatlo - December 16, 2007

Thanks for switching to another media host Anthony. Live Video locked up Firefox every time if I didn’t pause it right before the end. Nice looking work as usual by the CBS-D crewe.

31. Mr Snuffleupacus - December 16, 2007

#27 MWAHAHAHHAHA!!! Good one!

Notice how EVERYTHING tastes like chicken? It’s the universal taste!

32. Non-belligerancy Confirmed - December 16, 2007

love the joke captions.

if pegg doesn’t work out, let’s have dick cheney play scotty.

33. Andy Patterson - December 16, 2007


Love that Barbara Babcock

34. Sean4000 - December 16, 2007

The matte was the highlight of the episode’s FX. Not much else to comment on.

Bring on The Ultimate Computer!

35. T Negative - December 16, 2007

I am going through Trek remastered withdrawals. Since I got the HDDVD set I have seen the last 5 weeks episodes already. The next remastered Ep that is not a re-run is Day of the Dove in Early January. The next two weeks are re-runs. Oh well, there is still A LOT of great episodes coming in the next couple months. I can’t wait for: Ultimate Computer, Obsession, By any other Name and The Enterprise Incicdent among others.

36. DavidJ - December 16, 2007

This is one of those episodes where I think Shatner was really at his COOLEST. I love the way Kirk talks to the Ambassador at the beginning, and his early confusion over the war games. And later his showdown with Anan in his quarters, and the way he keeps playfully hinting at the destruction he’s about to unleash.

And then of course there’s that little moment when he motions Anan over to the door with his finger. Cracks me up every time. :D

Yup, Chris Pine DEFINITELY has some big shoes to fill.

37. Dr. Image - December 16, 2007

I’m savoring watching my HDDVD version later.
What’s with the site today? On my one XP laptop all get are google ads. Page won’t load. Vista-based comp ok, ironically.

38. Ali - December 16, 2007

I guess the two guys in the background plate think they won’t get killed if they keep it up

39. Dan - December 16, 2007

First Time watching TOS-R in HD on cable. It looks awesome!!!! I read somewhere that only a handfull of stations are broadcasting these in HD, Pitty!

40. Harry Ballz - December 16, 2007

Well, it’s been 10 minutes since we heard from Quinto…..I’m having withdrawals……..what, nobody shoved a microphone in his face over the weekend?

I gottsta know!! :)

41. Andy Patterson - December 16, 2007


As a matter of fact while I’m talking about Barbara(s), I believe I love all the Barbaras that were on the show –

Barbara Babcock,

Barbara Luna (met her…no one can work a Star Trek convention like her. She should write a book. Man, she can work it!)

and HOT HOT HOT Barbara Bouchet who played a clueless Kelvan.

42. AJ - December 16, 2007

Barbara Babcock is Loskene? (goes to check …). Holy Crap!

43. I AM THX-1138 - December 16, 2007

This one was really well done. I mean the FX, not the taste.

I have to admit that I feel a little conflicted about buying season 2 after CBS’s a$$hat move with StarTrek.com.

44. Harry Ballz - December 16, 2007

Is that “conflicted” as in like how you feel when you hear that your mother-in-law just drove off a cliff………………in your new Mercedes? :)

45. I AM THX-1138 - December 16, 2007

Kind of like my sense of “I want my DVD’s” is getting over-ridden by my concience telling me that CBS’s corporate insensitivity doesn’t deserve to be rewarded with my money.

But, alas, I will probably get over it by March.

46. OR Coast Trekkie - December 16, 2007

I like the joke captions myself.

Sorry about earlier. I just could’ve sworn that Spock hit the wrist of the ambassador’s assistant who somehow managed to have a disruptor and just took it from him before he got shot.

47. Harry Ballz - December 16, 2007

“I will probably get over it by March”

Yes, beware the buys of March!! Friends, Romans, countrymen….lend me your…..ah, forget it!

48. I AM THX-1138 - December 16, 2007

We’re not countrymen, Harry, but maybe you could lend me some money in March.

49. Andy Patterson - December 16, 2007

This is the episode where we first see weapons on this planet that are later recycled as the Klingon disruptors in Errand of Mercy.

50. Ro-Dan - December 16, 2007

^And speaking of those disruptors, does anyone know if any beam effects were added for this episode? In the original episode it’s just a sound effect, nothing more.

51. TrekMadeMeWonder - December 16, 2007

Note to moderator.

I have tried to post twice today.

Have I been excluded or has there been a recent server error?

I had posted the #1 AND #3 post earlier today…

> What no video? What’s up StarTrek.com?

It was all in jest. A stab at CBS prod. for eliminating an important piece of internet history AS WELL AS the Star Trrek universe. Such as the prev article stated. But I see that they have the clip up now. I wonder if I can rely on it being there next month/year.

TrekMovie: This is the first site where I have ever posted. Thank you for the forum. I love your website and I enjoy reading the articles and posts for the latest ST news.

52. Smitty - December 16, 2007

A content question if I may.

Now that the first season is out on DVD will you be updating the screenshots/video archive of season one episodes?


53. Anthony Pascale - December 16, 2007

startrek.com have nothing to do with the video clips put up here every week. those are a feature of trekmovie.com….which it clearly states in the video. I have no idea why you are bringing startrek.com into this discussion…that is for another thread.

54. Gary Seven - December 16, 2007

Perhaps the confusion is over the previews, as opposed to the FX clips? I was wondering if we would still get those without Startrek.com?

55. konar - December 16, 2007

hey can anyone with the hd-DVDs confirm that there is ANOTHER Vulcan crewmember on the bridge durig the opening 30 seconds of this episode ? I am watching it on hd DVR but my local fox station only pretends to broadcast in hd.

I could swear a guy with ears hands uhura something and walks away. Wearing a science tunic.

56. Andy Patterson - December 16, 2007

my second favorite line from this episode is where Scotty calls Ambassador Fox …”that Pop’n-Jay Fox”

and a favorite scene is where Kirk takes down four guards single handed, Wild Wild West style.

57. roebeet - December 16, 2007

Saw this as a child many times, always seemed plausible. But, as an adult who now works in IT, I have to wonder – what moron on Eminiar 7 setup their infrastructure? In particular:
1. It exists in a relatively unguarded area. No one thought that some Eminian who wasn’t thrilled about walking into a disintegration chamber wouldn’t take matters into his/her own hands?
2. No one every heard of computer redundancy?? No alternate war computers in other cities, to take up the slack? What if there was a natural disaster like a flood or earthquake?

58. OR Coast Trekkie - December 16, 2007

#50 No beams were added to the disruptors in this episode. A disappointment to me to be sure. Also, they didn’t show the Enterprise under attack.

59. MrRegular - December 16, 2007

The Big-E orbital effects remastered in this episode were excellent. Anyone have a screen cap of the “leaving orbit” shot before the final credits were shown?
Astonishingly good!
Couldn’t agree with you more..those of us(myself included) who work in IT are supposed to take a huge leap of logic in this episode…a truly huge leap in assuming a largely unguarded, non-redundant war games computer is running flawlessly for how many years???

60. Andy Patterson - December 17, 2007


It would have been a cool effect, but like the Klingon disruptor, I think it’s really a weapon of sound waves. Or at least that was always my thought.

61. Holo J - December 17, 2007

58 & 60

I was hoping CBSD would have added a ripple effect coming out of the sonic disruptors. A see through, water like distortion traveling through the air getting larger as it reached its target.

62. Andy Patterson - December 17, 2007

I can see that.

63. Andy Patterson - December 17, 2007

I would have liked to see that with the Klingons. We never actually see them fire their weapons, we just hear it over an intercom.

64. Phil123 - December 17, 2007

is it just me or does anyone else object to the removal of the cool swirling multicoloured planets of the original TOS? All these remastered planets just look like earth. More realistic yes, but boring?

Maybe its just me, as i am against the whole remastering thing. to to any great extent, I remaster them and get more kids into Trek is all good, but i have no interest in watching bland sub par modern effects. i’ll stick with the original models, strings and all.

65. konar - December 17, 2007

The close up side view of the saucer moving across the screen is absolutely fantastic. I gasped when I saw it — the interactive lighting is so perfect. I was starting to get bored with the ship effects, and that one really woke me up!

66. Zachary Smith - December 17, 2007

Yeah, Mea 3 didn’t get kissed, but Kirk did grab and hold on to her for a while.

“Sir, there’s a multi-legged creature crawling on your shoulder.”
I thought Vulcan’s can’t lie. I guess he “exagerated.”

67. TrekMadeMeWonder - December 17, 2007

53. Anthony Pascale

You did not reply specifiically about my two deleted posts.

Is it my time to go into the disinigration chamber?

68. Greg2600 - December 17, 2007

Thanks to NYC-area channel 9 opting to air a New York Rangers hockey game (I am a Devils fan) instead of Star Trek, I missed the episode. I found out a day later that it aired on Saturday not Sunday.

69. Shaun - December 17, 2007

Not only have there been no shots of the E going to warp (which I would love to see), but there have also been no shots of an actual, visible tractor beam in any of the episodes that have had a tractor beam. I never understood the idea of the beam being invisible on the old, original shows. Now, for the remasters, there’s really no excuse.

Then again, I can’t understand why they haven’t done more with the updated effects and maybe replace that really stupid map of the “Romulan Star Empire” in Balance of Terror, or give us a CGI Horta to replace that rubbery piece of deep dish pizza from the original Devil In the Dark. To name just two examples.

Anyhow, while I haven’t always been totally happy with the SFX, they’ve done a pretty good job with most of the work. It’s made me actually want to watch TOS again… I hadn’t watched the show in years, in part because I’d seen them too many times but also because I just couldn’t stand to watch those bloddy awful original effects anymore. Every time I’d watch that shot of the disintegrating nacelle on the Enterprise I’d want to scream!

70. Dave in RI - December 17, 2007

There’s a line of dialog that gets drowned out by the sound effects. It’s when Kirk destroys the disintergration chamber:

Mea3: What are you doing?
Kirk: Thowing a monkey wrench into the machinery.
Mea3: You can’t do that!
Kirk: I just did. _______________.

I don’t have a copy of this episode and was wondering if anyone who does, could use closed captioning to fill this in. I’ve always wondered what he said….

71. Greg2600 - December 17, 2007

Unfortunately Shaun, Paramount as we knew it (even Berman Paramount) is no longer in control of Television Trek. That is CBS digital now, and the time given to the team, budget, and manpower are not very high. You’re forgetting that they have to first digitize, correct imperfections, etc. of the original film. Then they can get to the special effects. Computer effects and the artists are costly. I think George Lucas spent $300 million on Star Wars: A New Hope SE alone, and that was in 1997?

72. OR Coast Trekkie - December 17, 2007

#60 & 61 – That is an interesting idea that actually would’ve been a cool enhancement, if it was meant to be udnerstood that they were sonic weapons. However, in Star Trek III in the vaporization scene, I beleive we at least see a ball fired.

#64 – They’ve done some non-earth looking planets that were quite good. This earth like planet I think included city lights, which was a neat touch (looks like they’ve been reading our suggestion forums).

#66 – In the words of George Costanza, “It’s not a lie if you believe it.”

#69 & 71 – I agree, so much more could have and should have been done with this remaster. But remember, a reworking of the effects was not a part of the original project. The original intent was simple film-restoration to HD standards. The exterior shots were found to not be black enough upon restoration to HD, which is what inspired the creation of the new exterior effects. I would like to see the Enterprise go to warp, fixed phaser beams, tractor beams, fixed display screens, etc. and a complete re-recording of the musical scores (all of them, from the original sheet music) and sound effects (as originally sounded). I also think the effects that have so far been made could have been a bit “ballsier.” I understand where people would want to keep a 60’s look to it. I just don’t necessarily agree with it.

73. JK - December 18, 2007


‘my second favorite line from this episode is where Scotty calls Ambassador Fox …”that Pop’n-Jay Fox”’

Actually, he called him a popinjay, meaning (amongst other things) a vain person. Used famously by British MP George Galloway a couple of years ago ahead of a US Senate hearing, where he called someone “a drink-soaked former Trotskyist popinjay”.

74. Dr. Image - December 18, 2007

Those matte paintings and planets are exceptional. VERY.

Doctor’s Note:
How ironic that the fuzzy planets depicted in primarily the first season of TNG were based on the original fuzzy planets shown on TOS.
Also, that the original paint color of the Ent-D, sort of a robin’s egg blue, was based on the PERCEPTION of the classic E as seen on TV through the years.
Now, of course, we are enlightened- it was really a slightly greenish-gray.

75. eagle219406 - December 18, 2007

#66. Sir, there’s a multi-legged creature crawling on your shoulder.”
Yeah, it was Spock’s hand.

76. eagle219406 - December 18, 2007

# 69 “Every time I’d watch that shot of the disintegrating nacelle on the Enterprise I’d want to scream!”

Can you help me out here? I don’t remember a disintegrating nacelle. What do you mean by that

77. eagle219406 - December 18, 2007

70: Kirk: I just did. _______________.

I don’t have a copy of this episode and was wondering if anyone who does, could use closed captioning to fill this in. I’ve always wondered what he said….

I’m not sure he said anything past that. Are You Sure?

78. FredCFO - December 18, 2007

Great captions, Anthony.

79. MichaelJohn - December 18, 2007

The Enterprise really looks great in this episode! I really enjoy seeing all the close ups and new angles of the ship.

But it’s too bad that the CGI Enterprise in the first few remastered episodes is not up to the exceptional standard that is evident in this episode. I really wish the folks at CBS Digitial could go back and update those earlier attempts so that they better match their current efforts.

Mike :o

80. OR Coast Trekkie - December 19, 2007

how about a funny caption contest?

81. Dave in RI - December 19, 2007

#77 eagle219406:

I’m not sure he said anything past that. Are You Sure? ”

I could have sworn he says something after that. It looked to me his mouth was moving, but his voice was drowned out by the sound effects.

82. starfall42 - December 19, 2007

There’s a stock shot of the Enterprise approaching the camera where the starboard nacelle’s back end is eaten away. I think the blue screen was reflecting off the nacelle on the model, which caused that part of the nacelle to be replaced by the background.


Note that you can see some stars through the nacelle’s back.

83. eagle219406 - December 19, 2007

I have noticed something about how the original episodes were aired way out of order from the way they were produced. I also noticed that they were probably not as into continuity in the 60s as they are today, being that you rarely hear any of the mention an event that happened in a previous episode.

84. TrekMadeMeWonder - December 21, 2007

because there is no answer to my plea.

Is there no one in starfleet that can help me?

85. Cervantes - December 29, 2007

I liked all the shots in that fx video, bar the opening shot of the ‘E’ at the beginning. It was VERY poorly lit, and didn’t seem to remotely match the overall ‘flat’ look of the other shots in the video, and the style we’ve come to accept from CBS Digital…

86. penguin44 - January 6, 2008

Anyone know where the preview for the next TOS-R episode is these days?

87. James - February 28, 2008

I am a bit disappointed that they did not take this opportunity to show some of the other federation designs for starships beside the constitution class. I know they want to be true to the original show but I can’t help but to think that if the original show had the budget they would have built some variant models of federation starships instead of using the enterprise for every federation ship.

It would have been a nice visual that would have expanded the view of the trek world and could have been done with the same consistency to the original concept as the rest of the show.

88. Warpfactor7 - June 6, 2008

Those new shots looked very good and fitted the show very nicely. Now all I need to do is buy the newer improved versions. I’ll keep the first edition region 2 DVD as there’s nothing wrong with them and the Dolby stereo digital 5.1 mix is totally different from the original monaural sound that I’ve heard for many years.

89. Mike - January 31, 2009

I hate the remastered stuff. I like the show as it was and thankfully ownt he original dvds. I wouldn’t trade them for anything.

90. Aleksz - November 2, 2010

Yeah. Great episode. I like it original, this remastered stuff is like trying to re-master your granny that you are fond of. Just leave her alone. Am i making any sense?

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