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“Enemy Within” Screenshots January 30, 2008

by Matt Wright , Filed under: TOS Remastered,TOS-R Screenshots/Video , trackback

Really not much for CBS-D to do with this episode, just lots of orbit shots. We get the good Kirk/bad Kirk, an attempted rape of Yoeman Rand, and a funny little alien dog in a Mugatu costume.


Remastered & Original


Posing like an evil man

Give me the brandy!

Huddling under a parachute

Phasering a rock

Poor frozen Sulu


1. ety3 - January 30, 2008

I was very disappointed they didn’t take the multi-directional rotating phaser blast and make it a single, wide-angle beam.

After that hard work they put into “Wink of an Eye,” I would have thought something like this would have been relatively easy.

2. Matt Wright - January 30, 2008

#1 — I was expecting it too

3. New Horizon - January 30, 2008

Man, they didn’t even use angles that were as interesting as the original in a couple of shots. Have they given up?

4. ncc-1987 - January 30, 2008

Did they fix the goof where Kirk’s insignia swaps sides and is even missing in some of the shots?

I used to have this episode on VHS and it was one of the things the commented on in the trivia on the box case.

5. Anthony Pascale - January 30, 2008

oh boy matt…you are the man thanks for getting this done

6. ncc-1987 - January 30, 2008

Also on interesting plot note, they didn’t use the shuttle to rescue the landing party when the transporter is broken.

Perhaps the writers hadn’t invented the shuttle craft at that early point in the series…

7. ety3 - January 30, 2008

#4 –

I think that would’ve been far too demanding. The insignia is missing and shots are flipped back and forth for the whole teaser.

I do wish they could have somehow smoothed the jumpcuts from good Kirk leaving the screen/bad Kirk coming in. That may not even be possible.

#3 –

I don’t think they’ve given up … I think they have bigger fish to fry (ie, “Ultimate Computer” in two weeks).

Man, I do miss the previews and sneak-peek images we used to get.

8. Kevin - January 30, 2008

Okay, so something I never understood about this episode. I understand that the real world reason for not using a shuttlecraft was because they didn’t have one. Presumably that means that the writers had only intended on the transporter to be the way on and off of the ship. However, the model used for the Enterprise has always had the big shuttle bay doors in the back. Were those intended to be something else?

I suppose this episode is just full of holes. Scientifically creating another Kirk through the transporter would require a great deal of energy. Splitting someone into good and evil… well that just really makes no sense.

9. ety3 - January 30, 2008

#6 –

I knew that wouldn’t take long.

They hadn’t really developed the shuttle yet because of expenses. THey only got the shuttle built for “Galileo Seven” because modelmaker AMT paid for it as part of their deal to get licensing rights for “Star Trek” ships.

Also, one would think they could beam down simple things to keep the crew warm: blankets, sheets of metal for a shelter, matches. If the transporter duplicated those things, no biggie – they could use the extra.

(OK; I’m done for tonight.)

10. Daniel Broadway - January 30, 2008



11. DarthDogg - January 30, 2008

#8- I suppose if they were not Shuttle Bay Doors at that time, they could have been concieved as simple Cargo Bay Doors for loading supplies at starbases

12. ncc-1987 - January 30, 2008

7# Yes probably very difficult ,although, when Star Wars V was redone in 2004 (for the 2nd round of edits?) the exact same sort of mirrored insignia shot problem, was fixed.

Maybe the transporter had more problems than they realised, mirroring people as well!!

13. The Vulcanista - January 30, 2008

#6 The shuttles were on order and wouldn’t arrive until next Tuesday?

That’s always bugged me too.

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

14. JBS - January 30, 2008

Thanks Daniel B. #10: That clip was was excellent and so timely. :-)

15. Tom - January 30, 2008

Couldn’t the tell that the evil Kirk liked to use eyeliner as well a blemish hider?

BTW, Spock’s comment to Yeoman Rand at the end of the episode was very un-Vulcan-like, always bothered me. I realize this is an early episode. But in the military a superior officer would never make such a joke to a subordinate who was nearly raped

16. Krik Semaj - January 30, 2008

Lot’s of things in this episode that are interesting/disturbing. Like when Spock says he knows what it’s like dealing with 2 personalities – his human half, and his “alien” half. He always refers to himself as a vulcan/human mix, but in this episode the Vulcan half is an “alien” part of him. And how about a smirking Spock at the end implying to Rand that “the imposter had some “unique” qualities wouldn’t you say”. Interesting? Like attempted rape? It shows the dated thinking of the time. It was almost like Spock was implying that she was asking for it. Watching that now makes me cringe – very un Star Trek like dialog. Just goes to show how it has evolved, and that the notion of “canon” is absurd.

17. Captain Pike - January 30, 2008

This episode took place during the Shuttlecraft Maintenance Technicians Union Local #3445 strike of 2266 and the other crew refused to cross the picket lines….

18. Mark T. - January 30, 2008

Even if one disregards the whole shuttle issue, which I can’t believe I didn’t think about until today, they still managed to fix the transporter and reintegrate the Mutt-gato. Wouldn’t that imply, despite the animal’s death, that heaters, shelters, rice wine, etc, could now be sent down? They seem convinced shock killed the beastie. All that other junk should work. Why risk the commanding officer? Perhaps because at that point, Sulu and the others were too incapacitated by the cold to set up the equipment. Plus, it’s more dramatic! Nevermind, I answered my own question.

19. SPB - January 30, 2008


…a lot of these early episodes were produced BEFORE the women’s lib movement really took off in, when, 1970-71?

So yeah, the Spock comment is INCREDIBLY skeevy.

20. DEMODE - January 30, 2008

It’s to bad they coudn’t just edit out the Spock line to Rand at the end. Seriously… its just not something the Spock we know would say, and it isn’t funny either. Not to white wash the past, buyt would anyone miss that line if it was gone?

21. JessIAm - January 30, 2008

Was Chekov in the show yet? If it was, why wasn’t he the one suffering on the planet?

22. James Heaney - Wowbagger - January 30, 2008

I presume with all the crazy movie news going on, Tony and the staff haven’t had the same kind of time and energy to devote to TOS-R. And, you have to admit, we comment threaders were *really* hard on some of those reviewers. I certainly was.

I love this episode. Watching it last night, I decided that, of all the original Star Trek, this would be my ideal episode to introduce someone to the series–perhaps even the franchise. It has all the essential character elements, has a freakish sci-fi premise that allows the audience to explore the human condition, and does so while avoiding technobabble. It’s really a beautiful synthesis of some common Trek tropes with great drama and writing to produce a wonderfully representative episode.

Also, it features Bill Shatner wildly overacting, as #10 reminds us.

Also: yes, “The Enemy Within” was written and filmed before the development of the shuttlecraft, which be neither conceived nor constructed until “The Galileo Seven.” Hence, the idea doesn’t occur to a single member of the crew.

23. Anthony Pascale - January 30, 2008

we should have more tosr coverage coming up in the next week.

24. Ian B - January 30, 2008

I think maybe it’s a bit of a PC knee-jerk reaction with Spock’s comment to Rand. I’ve always read it as him hinting that he knows she has the hots for Kirk, in a knowing way, and she’d now seen that passions indeed lurk within Kirk, normally suppressed by his professionalism. The writers weren’t condoning rape, as demonstrated by the scene depicting her distress after the attack.

25. Mark T. - January 30, 2008

16, 19,

I always thought “early” Spock had a similar creepy moment in “Shore Leave” when he gets ready to go back to the ship. The whole “touch under the chin” he and the caretaker do with the women always struck me as a little demeaning. Fairly innocent when compared to something like James Bond dismissing Dink the masseuse with a swat on the rear end at the start of “Goldfinger”. Boy did this show evolve quickly.

26. Batts - January 30, 2008

I was expecting a lot more from this episode. When I got the box set, I was really excited, however there was nothing fancy. In the original we were pretty much looking at Delta Vega with another name. Someone said earlier that the phaser fire was bland. I agree!! I thought maybe they could have shown a more aerial view of landing party conditions on the planet. Sometimes it seems that the CBS-d team is not really interested in adding anything new to this project. Maybe they need to hold out an opinion poll and ask us what we think and the winner gets some sort of reward.. I dont know??? Also the soft ore that Fisher brough aboard could perhaps have had some sort of glowing crystal look instead of looking more than sand from the beach.

27. Frank - January 30, 2008

I thought the white viewscreen shown during the good/bad Kirk confrontation on the bridge could have been fixed to show the planet below…

28. Enterprisingguy - January 30, 2008

#8 Kevin: I suppose this episode is just full of holes. Scientifically creating another Kirk through the transporter would require a great deal of energy. Splitting someone into good and evil… well that just really makes no sense.

I agree. Scotty barely gets Kirk through and after he walks away the transporter comes on by itself and evil Kirk comes through lickety split. It would have been more convincing if they appeared together or if Scotty noticed that there was still something in the buffer.

I have always thought that they should have at least tried to beam down something. And when things got desperate enough they should have just said the heck with it and beamed the men up anyway and dealt with the results later. At least they would be alive until they figured it out.

But all nagging aside not a bad episode except for the Spock line at the end!

29. Ali - January 30, 2008

So why didn’t they beam Sulu down a heater and take the risk it might split into a heater and a fridge?

30. Jeffrey S. Nelson - January 30, 2008

One of Trek’s best. Shuttlecrafts were all being refit at a starbase. That’s why they didn’t launch one to save Sulu.
Transporter duplicate is a great plot device. Stop being so picky.

31. Andy Patterson - January 30, 2008


I’ve always wondered that.

And…..If Bret Favre and the Packers barely survived that cold last week how could Sulu possibly do it?

32. OR Coast Trekkie - January 30, 2008

I am disappointed they didn’t fix: The phaser fire, the insignia problem, the scratches on the wrong side. The scratches are something probably many of us can already do, or could do with 5 minutes of photoshop training.

I like how the increased the size of the planet for this episode. I will give credit and say the old one didn’t look bad.

As for the shuttle issue: the actaul reality of not having the shuttlecraft was budget. As some of you may know (and for those of you who don’t, now you will) the “transporter” came about as a budgetary solution. The shuttlecraft was conceived of before the transporter, but the problem lied in budgeting shuttlecraft takes offs/landings each week. However, someone came up with the genius solution of just “beaming” the crew down. It’s cheap, easy. PRESTO – we have the most famous piece of “technology” in Star Trek.

And now, in real life, I beleive I have seen something on Discovery or something that scientists have been able to transport a photon of light, or something in that nature.

It’s great to see Shatner in this role the first time he played it. As we all know, he would reprise this “evil Kirl” role 20 years later on Saturday Night Live…

33. Magic_Al - January 30, 2008

Did the transporter duplicate Kirk’s mass or did it actually split him? What would happen to the human body if exactly every other molecule, evenly distributed, vanished? You’d suddenly weigh half as much and probably be very weak, but there wouldn’t be any organs missing either and you could quickly replace your lost water mass. Cell division might replenish weakened tissues. You wouldn’t get your brain back to normal, though, which was the problem in the episode.

34. Bobby - January 30, 2008

ahhhh i miss the light-hearted comments about the TOS-R episodes we all used to have. so much talk about canon over the new film here has made me stop posting for the most part.

but good to have this energy back.

35. jeffery wright - January 30, 2008

#29 lolz

were all the shuttles in for their 10,000,000,000 mile oil change at the time?

right, before shuttles in the show… how about sending down a probe full of goodies with a parachute?

36. Vulcan Soul - January 30, 2008

I’m seriously sick of their so-called “realistic planets”. Do these people at CBS-D ever look at space photographs from NASA? Reality is nowhere near as drab as these apparent fans of black & white television want it to be. And thank god for that.

37. OR Coast Trekkie - January 30, 2008

#29 – Wasn’t there a line that said they couldn’t beam them down a heater because the splitting renders the machines inoperative?

38. Michael Hall - January 30, 2008


“The shuttlecraft was conceived of before the transporter, but the problem lied in budgeting shuttlecraft takes offs/landings each week. However, someone came up with the genius solution of just “beaming” the crew down. It’s cheap, easy. PRESTO – we have the most famous piece of “technology” in Star Trek.”

No. Roddenberry’s description of the transporter (and its limitations, which were initially considerable) go all the way back to his outline for “The Cage.” It was a budgetary and dramatic fix to the problem of getting the characters on shore quickly and cheaply, but no extensive use of the shuttles as landing boats was ever contemplated or considered.

And personally, I think the TOS-R planets look just fine.

39. T Negative - January 30, 2008

#38 Agree

Why do people keep bitching about the planets? These new planets actually look like real planets and with realistic atmospheres, clouds, textures and colors. Real planets are not pink, green, purple balls of styro-foam in space like the original had.

Good job CBS -D!!

40. The Vulcanista - January 30, 2008


“Corbomite Maneuver” or “BOT” would be the eps I’d show as an introduction to Trek. The crew characterizations, the story, the tension and all else had gelled into, IMO, what Roddenberry had in mind as the vision for the show.

And thanks, Matt, for reviving the TOS-R thread! I’m really surprised we even had one this week, given the workout this site received over the weekend.

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

41. Bart - January 30, 2008

Missing script page :

Interior shot :

Kirk, Spock, McCoy and sulu by sick bay bed.

McCoy to Sulu : You’ll be OK, one more minute down there and that
would have been it for you pal.

Sulu to McCoy : Why didn’t you guys send down a shuttle for us?

Spock turns to Kirk and they stare at each other.

Kirk lets out : “D’OH!” while holding up his right hand to his forehead.

Roll end credits.

42. neal - January 30, 2008

#22, let me echo that fine comment. The point of this episode is an exploration of humanity. Shuttlecraft, phasers, insignia, and what-not are mere trifle. The transporter accident might seem hokey, but who care, it’s just a set up for the real meat of the episode. Which was some cool-ass Freudian stuff, like which parts of the human mind are truly the essential core components? If you split a rock, it cleaves along fracture points dictated by its internal chemistry. If you cleave a human mind, might it cleave in the same way? Although Freud is largely held in disfavor by scholars today, the basic idea that human minds involve the opposition between a rational component and an animal-survival-emotional component continues to inform contemporary theory. The basic idea of this episode is still *really* cool to this day: strength of will, the courage to command, the audacity to hold a position of authority, all these things come from the same animalistic core that creates evil, horror, murder, rape. It’s profound.

43. CmdrR - January 30, 2008

Yes, there are a lot of problems in 60’s TV series that strive to break ground and result in pieons having conversations more than 40 years later.
This is a great episode because it’s a great episode. The high concept (never mind the magnificent leap of faith you’re asked to make) of splitting a man’s psyche in two is such that it is the stuff of college courses. Shatner’s acting. Nimoy’s creation of the neck pinch and Shatner’s emotional sale of it onscreen led to a series-long string of ‘moments.’ Sulu getting screentime. Rand getting screentime (with a near rape no less — not something you got a lot of in ’66.) Kelley ending any doubt that there were THREE stars of this show. It’s all here, folks.
I care not at all about the shuttlecraft question. If you saw it the first time, you’d never have asked that. I don’t even care about the editing issue (I think Spock pronounces “We have an intruder on board!” AFTER they’ve started the search. duh.)
It’s a great ep, that’s that.

44. Bill Shatner - January 30, 2008

Best acting EVER, in the history of EVER. Enough said.

45. jeffery wright - January 30, 2008

what other tv show from the sixties is still so celebrated and debated, over 40 years later?

trek is quite a phenomenon… fascinating!

46. Joe American - January 30, 2008

You guys all worked up over the attempted rape of Rand and Spock’s comments on “interesting qualities” are in serious need of a reality check.

1. No one approved of the rape attempt but you need to read Star Trek Lives! by Jacqueline Lichtenberg to see what real, honest-to-Friedan 1970s feminists thought about rape. To them, the “rape fantasy” was about the sexiest thing imaginable next to the homosexual fantasy.

2. Back when men still had testosterone, sexually aggressive behavior was expected and women were expected to do what was possible to quench it. In other words, they didn’t play with fire for the kicks.

This is the real reason so many of the original series fans are concerned about the movie, since the new fans are by and large products of the feminist movement, itself an aberration and perversion of human nature.

Get real boyz. Your ideology will die with the generation that embraced it in the name of rebellion.

47. bmar - January 30, 2008

Was anyone else upset by the absolute HACK job they made of the syndication cut? Here in DC, it was awful…

48. Michael Hall - January 30, 2008

#42, 43–

Yep. Richard Matheson without a doubt was one of the best writers ever to work on the series. It’s a pity he didn’t contribute more, since unlike some of the other established SF authors who wrote for TOS in its first year I never heard him express any dissatisfaction with Roddenberry or the way his episode turned out.

Despite its virtues I would have to call “The Enemy Within” more fantasy than hard SF, though. But so what?

49. Heywood Jablomee - January 30, 2008

I think this episode was one of the Shat’s better outings, ’cause he gets to play three different kirks (good wimpy Kirk, evil jerky Kirk, and regular flavor kirk) and actually does a halfway decent job. Note the position of his hands when he’s (chuckle) holding on to himself in the transporter room. They change position between the wider shot of Kirks and the closeup. Pure Star Trek, though, in every way.

50. Ty Webb - January 30, 2008

I think it’s funny the way people complain that they didn’t fix everything. Maybe I’m not enough of a geek but the phaser thing didn’t cross my mind. Also, it’s nice that they still keep a flavour of the old effects by not changing everything.

51. CmdrR - January 30, 2008

I think Spock’s commment to Rand a the end is completely in line with his character development for this episode. He’s shown as being a fascinated observer of the human condition. What he says to Rand is no less dispassionate than when he’s jawing with McCoy about the two Kirk filets. “Those are the captain’s guts you’re talking about!” The writer/director/star are trying to show you that this truly is a non-human looking at humans under stress. It works, like most of this ep. Only the literal mind rejects this story. This is a gut punch. Enjoy it.

And Vulcanista, my evil side would like to meet your evil side, if only the transporter would — but, I’ve said too much.

52. Jamie - January 30, 2008

No one else seems to have commented on the very attractive purple glow around the planet.

I think it looks really nice.

On the whole, the Enterprise seems to be looking good in most episodes, although there are some shots (like the third shot down) where it just looks too shiny, like it’s made out of tin cans.

Still, I can’t complain. I like the new-look Enterprise.

53. Gene L. Coon (was the Better Gene because he) was a U. S. Marine - January 30, 2008

Yep. Good one. A lot of what made Star Trek Star Trek was first fleshed out here. The high concept, Spock’s increasingly complex backstory, McCoy’s first iconic confirmation of death.

When Kirk tells Sybok years later that he needs his pain, he knows what he is talking about.

54. eagle219406 - January 30, 2008

#21 Chekov didn’t come in until the second season. That is why people found it confusing when Khan said that he knew him.

I liked this episode especially when the remastered it. I don’t know why people keep bitching about the planets. I looked at them in the old series. Not only do they all seem to look alike, but you could sometimes see through them. I like how they redid the planets.

55. Lord Garth, Formerly of Izar - January 30, 2008

Great episode
Print looked vibrant and clean
Stock effects we have seen 30 times , maybe 31


56. NCC-73515 - January 30, 2008

And I am the first fan member… even before the cast and crew. How cool is that?!?
The greatest honor…

57. Penhall - January 30, 2008

They didn’t bother fixing the missing isignia, and they didn’t even bother fixing an easy mistake: a few shots of the viewscreen TOTALLY BLANK (when there should have been stars).

Lazy, lazy, lazy

58. DavidJ - January 30, 2008


Yup, Scotty says the heaters “duplicated” and wouldn’t function. That doesn’t mean they still couldn’t beam down a MOUNTAIN of blankets though.


Yeah the white viewscreen really jumped out at me too. There were only a few shots of it during that whole scene, so it shouldn’t have been THAT hard to fix. Even a simple starfield would have been better than nothing.

59. Michael Hall - January 30, 2008


LOL. The only thing Orci’s and Abrams’ generation embraced in the name of rebellion was mixing pop-rocks and soda. You’re reaching pretty far, methinks.

Been threescore years or so since I read the Marshak/Lichtenberg opus, but as I recall the duo were self-described devotees of Ayn Rand, not card-carrying members of the bra-burning set. I’d be fascinated, though, to read an excerpt of what, God help us, one of the last non-castrati in America–in his own, overheated imagination, at least–sees as that book’s endorsement of rape fantasy, hetero or otherwise. Anything’s possible, of course, but my guess is that when everything not reeking of self-pitying white male victimhood is excised, it will bear a striking resemblance to Kim Du Toit’s seminal essay on The Pussyfication of the American Male, Dirk Benedict’s contention that Starbuck’s gender change is prima facie evidence of Western decline, and other such examples of that overcrowded genre. Have at it.

60. Matt Wright - January 30, 2008

yes I was rather shocked they’d let the blank/white viewscreen go considering they’ve done an incredible job dealing with the viewscreen before.

61. Krik Semaj - January 30, 2008

#46 I get it. Chicks dig bad boys. My wife married me because of it. She doesn’t like wimps. Look, I like Trek, I am a 48 year old closet geek. I am also 6’3″ 235 lbs, hold a black belt in Kenpo ( practicing now for 30 yrs) I scuba dive, snowboard, hike, coach my 2 sons little leage teams. I also think your post is creepy. No woman wants to be raped. The rape fantasy scenario has been debated for quite a while. But again fantasy is one thing reality is quite another. Kirk is a womanizer, but not a rapist. PC is not the issue here.
#51 PLEASE.Typical defend anything any character said as making perfect sense mentality. Spocks comments would never be uttered by the Spock we have come to know. Let’s face it. It was poor choice of words.

62. Spork - January 30, 2008

Everyone knows that the reason why they didn’t send down the shuttles is that they keep them broken down, in storage, because of the size limitations of the flight deck and the way the ship rocks back and forth when it’s grabbed by giant hands or hit by phasers.

What they should have done though is a large scale, ship-mounted phaser blast targeting ALL the rocks in the area.

Why rely on dinky hand-phasers to heat up a few rocks, when the ship could have warmed up all the rocks in a 60′ radius.

We know they’re precise enough. Look what they did to the mobsters outside Oxmyx’ HQ in “Piece of the Action”.


63. Robert Bernardo - January 30, 2008

Penhall wrote:

> …they didn’t even bother fixing an easy mistake: a few shots of the
> viewscreen TOTALLY BLANK (when there should have been stars).

At first glance, it would seem to be an easy fix. At second glance, no. A great deal of difficult rotoscoping would have had to be done. Look especially as evil Kirk dashes past the white viewscreen as the camera pans with him. Extremely difficult to match the rotoscoping with the movement of the camera and of the the actor and make it look convincing.

As an example, in the Remastered Conscience of the King episode, Kirk and Lenore are on the shuttlecraft observation deck. In a series of shots, the two are pictured in front of an outside viewport, stars streaming behind them. No problem… until the camera does what appears to be a tilt/elevation and a pan at the same time. Though it’s a slow movement, the compositors tried to match the shift in camera perspective, but what came out was an unnatural starfield effect. And that was with a slow camera movement!

Back to the Enemy Within…. Had Kirk slowly walked past the screen, had the camera panned slowly or not panned at all, it would have been easier to get the FX in there. Now the other shots in that sequence where the camera is stationary, where the actor/s are relatively still are easier for the compositors do their FX magic. However, I say that one “action” shot above killed the idea of rotoscoping the entire sequence, i.e., can’t just rotoscope the “stationary” shots while leaving the “action” shot alone. If they were to try to rotoscope in a planetary and star background onto the white viewscreen of the “action” shot and then try to match the camera and actor movements, the end result would have been unnatural and unconvincing.

Yes, there is a limit to what rotoscoping can do, especially with shots that were not originally conceived to have FX dropped into them.

64. OR Coast Trekkie - January 30, 2008

I knew I forgot to list something they didn’t fix: the viewscreen.

I do have to admit sensing laziness to this episode. All that was included was stock footage and planet #28 (just an example) in the software program .

I really hope we get to see some neat ships for The Ultimate Computer, and some improved battle/weapon sequences…

65. S Smyth - January 30, 2008

They DID fix the insignia problem. In the orifginal, when the evil Kirk beams in, he HAS an insignia. They HID it. Look closely if you have the HDs or have it on HD-DVR, and you can see where they maked it out.

The reason they had the good Kirk without an insignia and the bad Kirk with one was so it would be easier to distinguish the two. Of course, the way Shatner played the evil Kirk was with body language, so the lack of an insignia was moot.

I do agree, there are several opportunities to fix continuity gaffes in the remastered episodes, and since this was one of the earliest episodes, it would have benefitted greatly. There were numerous scenes of the main viewscreen with no starfield, flopped film, etc. I think they shy away from these because they want to keep as much as possible without ruining the flavor of the originals, but if they are going to fill Norman’s belly with modern CGI in “I, Mudd”, do a complete overhaul of the matte paintings in “The Managerie” and do a short range phaser sweep in “Wink of an Eye” they can fixed Kirk without an insignia.

66. The Vulcanista - January 30, 2008

#43 “I care not at all about the shuttlecraft question. If you saw it the first time, you’d never have asked that.”

Funny you should say that. I’ve been watching Trek regularly since the seventies, and the shuttlecraft issue didn’t occur to me until I saw the remastered version the first go-round.

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

67. The Vulcanista - January 30, 2008

#51 “I think Spock’s commment to Rand a the end is completely in line with his character development for this episode.”

Uh, I dunno. I detected some Smirky Spock during that delivery.

However, that being said, I *loved* the way ol’ Janice clawed and kicked her way out of that situation. The Rand *does* rock!

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

68. The Vulcanista - January 30, 2008

Who cares who posted this: “…the feminist movement, itself an aberration and perversion of human nature.”

Wow. The most ignorant statement I’ve seen at this site so far.

Too bad you can’t keep up with us.

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

69. The Lensman - January 30, 2008

Ok, I’m sorry but the FX for this ep sucked. Seeing the same old stock shot is bad enough in Remastered, seeing the same old shot in the same ep is really bad.

They have a model of the ship orbiting the planet saved…this allows them to just retexture the planet, move the light source and more importantly…reposition the damn camera. C’mon guys….the work has just been so spotty. Remastered “Court Martial” is an example of an exellent job how hard would it have been to spice up the few shots in this ep? I thought that was part of the Remastered deal?

Not to just use the same old same old shots every time, but to give us some new stuff, even if it’s just some new angles. My enthusiasm is wearing on this cuz it seems like the guys have lost theirs. Which sucks because when they’re on their game, man are they on their game!

70. Adrian Anansi - January 30, 2008

So I’m sure I’ll get in trouble for this, but I’ll ask anyway. Is there anywhere on the internet where I can watch/download these episodes? I work when they come on, Itunes is useless, what can a guy do? It’d be awesome if someone would rapidshare all these remastered episodes….

71. sean - January 30, 2008


“…sexually aggressive behavior was expected and women were expected to do what was possible to quench it.”

Have fun living in 1952. The rest of us (especially the women) will enjoy your absence in 2008.

72. Katie G. - January 30, 2008

Okay — haven’t read all the posts so I hope no one has said this yet.

The title of this episode is “The Enemy Within”, right?

Well, in Season 3, there is an episode called “And The Children Shall Lead” and the above three words are in it. It goes as follows:

“When the U.S.S. Enterprise finds that all the adults in the Starnes’ Expedition to Triacus have killed themselves, they beam to the planet’s surface to investigate. The children, however, are alive and well and strangely oblivious to their parents’ fates.” (from startrek.com.)

The “Gorgon” that has deceived the children to believe that he is their friend, tells the children to use the crew’s inner fears to control them to get what he wants.

Okay — so — my point — in one of Professor Starnes’ logs (as he is having an anxiety attack), I am almost sure that he cries something like:


Is that a co-incidence? Did they borrow that line from this episode or the other way around? (And yes, it can be that way. They could have had a bunch of scripts lying around that they hadn’t used yet and borrowed ideas from them.) This has been puzzling me for years.

Just thought it was interesting…


73. Katie G. - January 30, 2008

Okay — haven’t read all the posts so I hope no one has said this yet.

The title of this episode is “The Enemy Within”, right?

Well, in Season 3, there is an episode called “And The Children Shall Lead” and the above three words are in it. It goes as follows:

“When the U.S.S. Enterprise finds that all the adults in the Starnes’ Expedition to Triacus have killed themselves, they beam to the planet’s surface to investigate. The children, however, are alive and well and strangely oblivious to their parents’ fates.” (from startrek.com.)

The “Gorgon” that has deceived the children to believe that he is their friend, tells the children to use the crew’s inner fears to control them to get what he wants.

Okay — so — my point — in one of Professor Starnes’ logs (as he is having an anxiety attack caused by the evil alien), I am almost sure that he cries something like:


Is that just a co-incidence? Or did they borrow that line from this episode or the other way around? (And yes, it can be that way. They could have had a bunch of scripts lying around that they hadn’t used yet and borrowed ideas from them.) This has been puzzling me for years.

Just thought it was interesting…


74. Katie G. - January 30, 2008

Oops. Sorry.


75. DarthDogg - January 31, 2008

You can tell that the only thing on Rands mind at the end of this episode, was wether or not the captain was still going to come by her quarters later to “explain things”. Spock new this, thus his comment.

76. Chain of Command - January 31, 2008


I didn’t get to see it but I’m sure it was all cut to hell. I stopped watching the remastered eps because of how badly they’re syndicated to be honest. It’s one thing to trim it a little, but man do they hack these old shows to bits. It wouldn’t be bad if it were done tastefully but when you take a 51 minute original cut and hack it down to like 40 minutes that just lame.

When I was a kid back in the !!80’s!! WPXI ch 11 out of Pittsburgh used to run the show completely uncut. The picture quality was pretty worn out on them but they were completely intact. I still have those tapes and they are identical in length to the DVD’s. Too bad TV stations have to show 3 million commercials now.

77. Fleet Captain Kor'Tar - January 31, 2008


78. yo - January 31, 2008

“Every man hath also an enemy within himself …”
— Obadiah Walker, 1673

79. Daoud - January 31, 2008

I always preferred the shuttlecraft explanation being that the winds of this planet were extremely high energy, and severely dangerous upper level that would prevent safely getting a shuttlecraft down.

80. Iowagirl - January 31, 2008

Spock’s comment at the end may be out-of-character and incomprehensible, but I think it’s more important that they touched the subject at all. And I think, the overall handling of the almost-rape is quite mature given the times. Rand is in love with Kirk, but she nevertheless fights him because she realizes that this is not the way she wants to be “recognized”. And afterwards, everybody questioning her trusts what she says although it naturally sounds unbelievable. And most important of all, we learn that it’s not the fact to have no “dark” sides that make a man an adult, but to be able to choose to which of those stimuli you cave in.

All things considered, a remarkable episode with a conclusive Jekyll and Hyde version providing important Kirk insight, and some great Shatnerism.

81. Holo J - January 31, 2008

79. Daoud

It would have been cool if they had placed a graphic on one of the display screens, showing a graphic saying something along those lines.

82. Anthony Thompson - January 31, 2008

Why is it that oftentimes the original shots look so much better than the remastered shots, when shown side-by-side, as above? The first time I saw it I thought, “Anthony messed-up and reversed it”. But us Anthony’s DON’T mess up! : ) It is the remastering team who are doing half-assed work! Has the studio no shame? This work will probably never be revisited and done right (at least in our lifetimes).

83. Moonwatcher - January 31, 2008

A couple of things about this episode…First, I’m most disappointed in a missed opportunity. It occurs throughout the confrontational scene between the “good” and “bad” Kirk on the bridge, during which multiple shots of the main viewer are blank. Would it have taken much to drop in a star field?!! Way back, when they stared this project, they said there were only a few interior items they wanted to enhance, such as adding a beam to Scotty’s phaser in “The Naked Time” for example. These particular scenes beg for a star field on the main viewer, and they should have made that enhancement list!!!…Second, as a young lad I always wondered in episodes such as this one when members of the crew were stranded on the surface of some planet why the shuttlecraft wasn’t used to rescue them. Later, I became aware that this particular episode was too early in the first season and the shuttlecraft was not ready as a prop/stage until “The Galileo 7”. But in all reality though, I don’t think a shuttlecraft rescue would have fit into this teleplay. Where’s the drama if you can solve the predicament so easily? When I watch the episode now, I just pretend that there are some atmospheric conditions that prevented it from being utilized.

84. Moonwatcher - January 31, 2008

#31… Thanx for reminding me about that #$@^%$ game!!! As a Packer fan who bleeds green and gold, I’ve been in denial since that bloody Sunday! =:(

85. Dr. Image - January 31, 2008

First season eps, warts and all, have a vibe that the the other seasons don’t.
I like Sulu’s bizzare multi-beam phaser blast. It’s another first season quirk.
Planets? They’re beautiful! They really bring the E into a tangible realm.
TOS is so operatic- I think in fact someone was actually going to do a ST opera a few years back.

86. JJK - January 31, 2008

Aside from the shuttlecraft issue, I have two other minor quibbles with this episode. The first is why it took so long for Kirk and Spock connect the dots after (1) the conflicting reports of Kirk’s disgusting behavior and (2) the reporting of the transporter incident with the good/bad dog. Secondly, I know I’m used to the bioscanners and such in the 24th century, but I’ve always found it odd how difficult it was to detect and locate intruders aboard the original 1701. I know it’s more suspenseful, but it seems peculiar that Spock or Kirk couldn’t have at least used a tricorder to find the evil Kirk, rather playing that cat and mouse game with him in Engineering.
Other than that, I regard this as one of the more thought-provoking treks.

87. JJK - January 31, 2008

Did anyone notice the actor Edward Madden playing a geologist named Fisher in The Enemy Within, after playing Geologist Madden in The Cage?

88. FredCFO - January 31, 2008


Never noticed that before !

He was uncredited in the Cage. Was he called Madden ?

89. Diabolik - January 31, 2008

Actually, all the shuttlecraft were down due to a recalled seat belt which had a possibility of coming loose during missions. Safety first.

90. JJK - January 31, 2008

FredCFO – That’s a very good question. The pilot only listed some of the actors and not the names of the characters. I have seen that character listed as Madden all over the place (IMDB, for one), but I can’t say whether that came straight from the source or whether it’s “canon.” I’ve also seen the character listed as “Geologist.”

91. Michael Hall - January 31, 2008


I never noticed it myself, but now that you’ve pointed it out–yes! Good catch!!

Other than an interview done many years ago with the late John Hoyt for Starlog magazine, there haven’t been too many published interviews done with the actors who comprised the original Enterprise bridge crew that I’m aware of. Too bad, since they were there at the start, and I’m sure their thoughts about everything that’s gone down since would be fascinating.

92. Andy Patterson - January 31, 2008


Hey man…I’m with you. I live in Dallas. They’re still getting over that here. Especially something that should have been a done deal. It’s a good sound bite to play TO crying, but I feel his pain too. Maybe not to that extreme…… but still….

93. [The] TOS Purist - January 31, 2008

#73 – Professor Starne’s “…the enemy within!!” quote always sounded more like the old “Monsters…monsters of the Id!” from Forbidden Planet, a movie which inspired many aspects of Classic Trek.

Personally I think the guys at CBS Digital were asleep during the “remastering” of this episode.

94. [The] TOS Purist - January 31, 2008

In Greg Cox’s first book in his two-part “Eugenics Wars” series, Kirk mentions that they couldn’t use the shuttlecraft because the atmosphere had frozen solid, and breaking through it would have caused terrible repercussions for the environment. Just going to throw that theory out there…

95. JJK - January 31, 2008

Hi Michael Hall – You’re right. I’d love to read interviews of those involved specifically with the first pilot. I didn’t know about the Hoyt interview — I’ll try to find that. Some of second tier players would probably have an interesting perspective on the origin of the series. I saw that Peter Duryea (Jose Tyler) is running a retreat somewhere out in the northwest. I wonder if he would do an interview. Nowadays it takes very little to set up a podcast, so someone so-equipped should give him a call!

96. Iowagirl - January 31, 2008

– ..but it seems peculiar that Spock or Kirk couldn’t have at least used a tricorder to find the evil Kirk, rather playing that cat and mouse game with him in Engineering. –

It’s the key scene, the moment when good and evil are confronted, THE Jekyll and Hyde moment. IMO, this is predominantly to be seen as a metaphorical scene, not so much as a normal intruder situation which should be solved with the usual technical methods available to them. The conflict which culminates in the face-to-face confrontation, the awareness and the final proof of each other’s existence could only be made clear by means of slow rapprochement.

97. Andy Patterson - January 31, 2008

It’s also the birth of the Vulcan neck pinch is it not? Or was that the one with Finney?

98. Andy Patterson - January 31, 2008



probably a long forgotten decision…..but I’d like to to know why they didn’t go with the real voice of the guy who played the transporter chief. I never noticed until I saw the showing of the Menagerie on the big screen that it was Bob Johnson (the voice on the tape who gave Mr. Phelps his orders every Mission Impossible ep.) instead. That’s something I bet nobody alive remembers the answer to.

99. Sean4000 - January 31, 2008

#93: just like 95% of all the other remastered episodes thus far.

Bring on the Ultimate Computer so I can at least download 2 of these eps for my collection.

100. JJK - January 31, 2008

98 – Yes, that is strange. This is purely speculative, but perhaps there was a problem with the transportation chief’s dialog (improperly miked, perhaps, or maybe omitted or incorrect) that didn’t surface until post production. Johnson was also doing the voice of the First Talosian, presumably in post production as well, so perhaps it was easier from him to provide the mere couple of lines of dialog than it would be to bring the actor back in. Again, just speculating…

101. LordEdzo - January 31, 2008

The VFX remastering team *SO* dropped the ball on this episode, I was really disappointed. Granted, there wasn’t much by way of VFX that needed “improving,” but I was hoping to see three things – all in Act 5 – fixed and/or added.

1) On the Bridge, why didn’t the team fill in the blank view screen behind the dupe-Kirk? They did it in “The Menagerie, Part I,” behind Capt. Pike in his quarters.

2) Same scene, I don’t know much about cinematography, but couldn’t the team have “re-reversed” the reversed image of dupe-Kirk when he finally breaks down (“I wanna live!”)? It’s a minor wish, granted, but shouldn’t it be part of the remastering process?

3) The Missing Shuttlecraft: The original episode provided the perfect opportunity to insert a 3-to-5-second visual “explanation” shot regarding why the shuttlecraft wasn’t used to rescue Sulu et. al. In the original, when Kirk is in Sickbay talking to a barely conscious Sulu on the surface, their conversation is briefly interrupted by an “insert shot” of the Enterprise in orbit of Alfa-177, sans music/dialogue, before returning to Kirk and Sulu’s conversation. Who knows why that shot was even put there in the first place – perhaps to fill time or whatever. Anyway, the VFX team could have used that “interlude” to show a crippled shuttlecraft coming in for a landing (INT or EXT), while a quick voice over says something to the effect of, “Too much wind shear. We couldn’t land.” Boom! You answer a question that’s been left hanging for 40 years.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Until the VFX remastering team starts fixing all these picayune nits, I ain’t buying the DVDs – I don’t care how low you price ’em.

If (or should I say “when”) you finally do go back, call me in for a consultation. I’ll work absolutely for FREE.

102. Andy Patterson - January 31, 2008


He was also a voice of a Provider. “I bid 4000 quadloos on the newcomers”

103. Engon - January 31, 2008

One thing I always notice in this episode is Garland Thompson’s performance as Transporter Technician Wilson. It’s interesting because it is a small role and Thompson is doing his best to bring life to it. Notice how he sets his jaw as he goes off to get a “synchronic meter.” Unfortunately, this would be his second and last appearance on TOS. Previously, he had been seen briefly in “Charlie X” where it had been his action that Charlie was emulating when he swatted Rand on her behind.

104. tronnei - January 31, 2008

My biggest problem with this episode is with the men trying to survive on the planet’s surface. No human could survive in a -120 degree atmosphere for more than a minute or two. Yet we’re asked to believe four men did for several hours.

105. COMPUTER - January 31, 2008

*computing* …. analysis complete … prefer original effects …

106. John Pemble - January 31, 2008

Planet looks nice.

107. Harry Ballz - January 31, 2008

#104 tronnei “No human could survive”

Yes, thus the expression, “to boldly go where no man has froze before” :)

108. Christopher - January 31, 2008

I was disappointed that they didn’t fix Kirks scars by flipping the film.

109. Sean4000 - January 31, 2008

108: I thought the exact same thing.

Someone nailed it on the head when they said that CBS-D’s efforts seem like only the second step out of 3 or 4. I hope they can do a great job on the Ultimate Computer.

I won’t hold my breath though. The DDM is hard to beat.

110. Engon - January 31, 2008

Why not phaser INTO those big rocks and make a cave for shelter?

111. Leonel - January 31, 2008

Count me in among the “what the heck about the white viewscreen” folks.. that stood out like a sore thumb!

112. Magic_Al - January 31, 2008

This episode also set up, and is a great contrast to, the story of duplicate Rikers on TNG. On TOS Kirk was artificially split into “good” and “evil”. On TNG Riker was perfectly duplicated, but became different people because of what happened to each duplicate afterward. Same sci-fi premise, very different characterization, but ultimately years later, the same result of a good and bad Riker.

It was a much better TNG/TOS “sequel” than “The Naked Now,” that’s for sure.

113. eagle219406 - January 31, 2008

I don’t know how people made a big fuss about the view screen. To tell you the truth, I saw it on DVD and didn’t even notice it. How many people actually noticed it before reading it here?

There is another thing I wondered about this. Besides the Shuttle thing, I have noticed that on not only this but on other episodes, They come to an Ice planet, where it is very cold, and they beam down without so much as a jacket on, and the cold doesn’t seem to bother them.

114. He's Dead Jim - January 31, 2008


Same here. I would have liked to have seen them add stars or orbiting the planet to the viewscreen in that scene too. I keep wondering if some of these episodes were hurried in order to get the HD-DVDs out by a certain date.

There were a lot of goofs in this one. One that always stuck out for me was when the evil Kirk was found down in engineering in the long shots he was holding the small hand held type 1 phaser then they show a close up of evil Kirk’s hand holding the classic Star Trek type 2 phaser then after Spock gives the evil Kirk the Vulcan neck pinch he is lying on the floor with the Type 1 phaser back in his hand.

No complaints with the space shots. It’s nice to see some different angles from time to time. And Bones says “He’s Dead Jim” for the first time.

115. T Negative - January 31, 2008

I know why they didn’t fix the viewscreen in this one. Because they rushed so much to get it out on DVD they simply did not have time to do it.

If you watch the in program features on the HD-DVD’s Okuda and Rossi say over and over that they wanted to do this or that but “we just didn’t have the time” is uttered over and over.

116. Sean4000 - January 31, 2008

Over and over. That’s why I muted it.

I hate how Paramount did such a rush job by springing this in time for the 40th anniversary, went in-house, and then dumped a chop-job on us. Best Buy sells this crap for 179.99

117. OR Coast Trekkie - February 1, 2008

Remember, the reason why they don’t have time is becuase redoing special effects was never the intent… it was only to restore the film to HD. The only reason we are getting new space shots is because they looked bad once they were made HD. So really, the reason they don’t have the time is because it was never scheduled in the first place.

One day, there will hopefully be a project where the main purpose will be to rework the special effects. Until then, I’m not going to pay $179ish for the DVD’s.

118. Holo J - February 1, 2008

“One day, there will hopefully be a project where the main purpose will be to rework the special effects. Until then, I’m not going to pay $179ish for the DVD’s. ”

I hope that day comes sooner rather than later as I would love to see this done with more time and attention to detail.

I guess we will have to keep dreaming until Pararmount sit up and take notice or they see some profit in spending money in making this the best it could be.

119. Sean4000 - February 1, 2008

Maybe they’re rushing to get all the episodes done for the final HD-DVD releases while planning to spend more time remastering FX for the Blu-ray release?

i am thinking wishfully but you never know.

If they ever decide ot do VOY-R, then this model maker should be hired on the spot:


Scroll down to the voyager model and behold.

Is that THE Dennis Bailey from Trekmovie that modeled the Ent-A???

120. RichR - February 1, 2008

Regarding the doubling problem in this episode’s transporter…so you’ll just have to freeze to death because we can’t beam you up, Mr. Sulu. Or you might have to snuggle with the other crewmen to keep warm…”


Or how about beaming them up, not rematerializing them, and saving their DNA codes in the pattern buffer until the problem is fixed?

As in: “That’s what those devils deserve…NON EXISTENCE!”

Or Scotty might have thought, “Maybe one day I’ll try that myself…when we hit a Dyson Sphere and we’ve gotta bail out…but have no place to go…except into the transporter!”

Oh the possibilities of knowing what future Trek technology will bring!

121. Balock - February 1, 2008

well, we’re getting real close to their last effort to go over the top with Ultimate Computer (like they did with Doomsday Machine). I hope they really put a lot of effot into this one with ships……

122. Sean4000 - February 1, 2008

I REALLY hope so too. Although I don’t think they can make this lackluster, inconsistent ride any better with 2 good remasters. Even when it’s out on Blu-ray the price will have to be much lower than 179.99X3 for me to buy.

Overall, nice try. But give TNG-R to the big boys over at EdenFX.

123. sean's clone - February 1, 2008

I’m really trying not to get my hopes up for “The Ultimate Computer” but I’m sure they will have some nice work in that episode.

I think it’s pretty obvious that the TOSR team’s focus has been on the fan faves – recreating and adding space shots. Even “Operation Annihilate” gets some bonus footage of the Satellites deploying from the belly of the Enterprise. (I think that airs next week)

I’m also sure that the CBSD team is happy to have some of the focus and pressure off them for a change – while all the buzz is going toward the movie.

124. Sean4000 - February 1, 2008

Sean, hi there. Long time no see.

I hope that TOS-R will just end and the new movie will take over completely. As you know I’ve not been a big fan of this endeavor.

125. seangh - February 2, 2008

Hi Sean and Sean – nice to see my fellow correct spelling Seans around again.

Sean4K – I have not been a very big fan of the remasters either, especially lately. Maybe its because of the steady stream of tid-bits coming out about the new film, but most likely because the effort has really just been so lackluster. Still looking forward to the “Enterprise Incident ” and “The Ultimate Computer”, although, like Sean’s Clone, my hopes are not high for either.

126. Balock - February 2, 2008

yeh, this started out with a lot of promise, but sure feels like it has fizzled lately. Don’t know whether its the CGI being a step down from the models, or the fact that even this site doesn’t seem to be ahead of the new releases anymore with pics/video’s or updating remastered content…

127. David B. - February 2, 2008

At the end, Kirk said two things that were interesting…

“I saw a side of myself I never want to see again”, and, “The imposter is back where he belongs.”

Was this the Wimpy Kirk talking about the Savage Kirk, or the Savage Kirk talking about the Wimpy Kirk??

I have no extra comment about the obvious “why didn’t they use a shuttlecraft” thing. Maybe there was no place to land one down there?

But when they thought the transporter was fixed, why not beam some test objects down, see if they duplicate? If they don’t, great, get Sulu and those guys back up to the ship now!

128. Balock - February 4, 2008

So, are we even going to see anything for the Changling? I guess an advance on Utlimate Computer would be asking for too much (unlike last year)…

129. Sean4000 - February 4, 2008

Thinking back to the DDM, I was not that excited by the effects as I was just really into the story. If i had to pick the BEST episode of TOS it would be the DDM.

What makes me so upset is that this project could have been SOOO much more than it fizzled out to be. Even if CBS-D used their talent, and I use that word VERY lightly, and fixed everything that needed to be addressed then I would live with it. But there are so many shots that are unchanged that this looks like the Star Wars Special Editions. By that I mean there’s CG where it doesn’t need to be, ie Gorn blink, and it is juxtaposed with old effects that really could have used a touch up. Mixed bag is the perfect way to describe it.

CBS/Paramount are the most cheap companies out there. They wanted to rush this out in time for the 40th anniversary so they hired a bunch of talking heads to lead the project and went skimpy on the animators that really can’t do the level of work that EdenFX can, I’m sorry but it’s true. Money buys talent and These guys are in sore need of it, but Okuda and others covered it up by saying they were sticking with the spirit of the show and not going far from it. BS! What Eden Did was a faithful recreation of the original work and they got crapped on for it. What CBS is doing is on par with jimmy Neutron, nothing more. Credit to the person who first made the JN reference. And on top of that they want me to pay 179.99 for it, SORRY NOT HAPPENING.

I laughed to myself at the article put out by Autodesk that bragged about the software CBS-D’s animators were using. While the software is excellent, the people bring the creativity to it. Click on the link below to see the Starship Voyager model made by a REAL ARTIST that used FREE software called Blender! Sarod is the creator. When VOY-R is made I’m sure the model they use will look like a micro machine but hey…


Hope this can be one of my last rants but I doubt it.

Take care,

When “In A Mirror Darkly” is released in HD it will blow these remastered eps right out of the stars!

130. sean's clone - February 5, 2008

Hey Sean,

Why I have issues with the quality of the digital work CBSD has churned out over the last year or so, like you, I really have more of a problem with the inconsistent way they have approached this re-master effort.

Ultimately, I think the remasters will always be viewed as a so – so effort. Hopefully, one day (and a lot of this depends on the success of the new Trek Movie) TOS will get the remaster effort it deserves – with top notch producers and artists honoring the original show and the eddicated fans that have made it such a success.

131. Sean4000 - February 5, 2008

Inconsistency, that’s the word.

I hope Paramount will take some more time to put out fully remastered episodes out on the Blu-ray edition of this set. HD-DVD is dead, sorry. Warner/NewLine put the lid on the format wars.

132. William Bee - February 18, 2008

Good day !! I will start by saying I have been a trekker since I was 8 . I am 42 now . I have read all the post listed above , and have decided most of you suffer from the worst form of expression the 90’s and this decade have to offer . “I’m not happy with this !!” “This how it should be done”

Not to offend anyone . I only want a moment of your time .

Do you have an opinion on how the Mona Lisa should have been painted ? Would you change it ?

Do you know what I find the most sadest behavior of all ?? In anyone ?? In myself ?? NO SENSE OF HISTORY !!

This was an excellent episode . It was filmed a certain way . Using the technology of the day . And mistakes occurred due to the pressure of time . Time for completion . And attitudes of the time . The people working on this series did the best they could . Give them some credit !! It was ground breaking in that era . And brought to light issues NORMALLY not discussed on television .

I have seen episodes aired recently with the new CG Enterprise and planets . I thought … What the —- !!! This is NOT what those people gave their time and effort for !! So some hacks with comps , could destroy the original work and STATEMENT of the technology of the time .

I want to see and remember Star Trek the way I did the first time I saw it . 8 years old , staying up late at some party with my parents . Seeing it and wondering if I’d ever see it again .

History . It was filled with it . The issues of the day . The tech of the day . Actors/actresses of the past and the future . Mistakes and wonders for the imagination .

The “expression” problem I meantioned earlier . I dreamed of the day computers would be common place . 20 years later and I am not so pleased . I have found they have made cynics of us all . They have given us a quicker paced life . Made us impatient . And quick to judge that which we find imperfection with . We want everything perfect . And we want it now !!!

STERILIZE !! STERILIZE !! … sound familiar ??

Quit knocking it . It’s entertainment . Look at it as an historian . Accept and love it . Or hate it . (Shuttlecraft (not defined then), blankets , ship’s phasers) . Lack of these items were need to move the story along .

This episode and others stands as a moment frozen it time . To be looked at , cherished , and understood for what it was and is . Like a child in infancy making mistakes .

As for Spock’s comment . It’s history again . Not appropriate for the character at the time or for the time now . But should be left to show how the series grew . And more important , how WE as a society have grow … from that time in OUR … history .

133. RD - August 31, 2008

That “one action shot” over the blank viewscreen lasted all of about 30 frames, 1 second. Otherwise it was totally unobscured. Almost as if they planned to matte something there in the original, but were faced with the same dilemma as trying to rotoscope a panning shot.

Let me just point out, I work in the industry and most television routinely rotoscopes shots like this to fix production problems, particularly when they shoot a TV screen with someone walking past it with an image someone failed to secure the rights for – and yes I’m talking a panning shot, where the camera shifts position as well, much much harder than this shot. Is it difficult, time consuming and expensive? Yes, but it is routine. Most recently, family portraits had to be inserted behind an actor walking down a staircase as the camera panned with them. No different.

In short, CBS digital was lazy not to do this because of a quick 1 second shot that would have been acceptable as imperfect because of all the foreground action, if it made up for the rest that has been bugging fans, probably since it first aired on NBC in 1966.

And why not accept a simple blank screen which has been seen in other episodes on other view screens? Because everybody was looking forward at it, like they were looking at something! It doesn’t make any sense!

As for all those other viewscreen shots? I would have put Federation logos on all the blank screens a la TNG. That’s the kind of little touch which would have really helped the interior shots. But I digress.

CBS DIgital = lazy, under-budgeted or overworked. Probably all of the above.

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