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“The Changeling” Remastered Screenshots + Video + Mini Review February 4, 2008

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

I am V’Ger Nomad
"The Changeling" starts off as an action packed episode with a cool space battle and then quickly turns into a somewhat muddled futuristic version of Mary Shelley’s "Frankenstein." In this case we have Kirk stepping in to play the role of the creator of technology that has gone oh so wrong. But in traditional Star Trek fashion, man once again is shown to be superior by outwitting the stupid (yet seemingly all-powerful) technology. Kirk even gets his logic complemented by Mr. Spock. Even though this episode is decidedly mixed, it still ended up inspiring the creation of V’Ger for Star Trek The Motion Picture (and foreshadowed the perfection-loving Borg too).

The only thing new CBS Digital really had new to do this week was the Nomad attacks and they decided to go green. The energy bolts had a nice wavy effect that was similar to Nomad’s scanning beam used later on Uhura. The final Nomad explosion at the end was good and certainly an improvement over the scratched grainy original which doesn’t come close to looking like an explosion in space. However the new explosion had a strange brief nebula effect which doesn’t make a lot of sense for something so small. Although minor, it shows that sometimes less is more and CBS should not be afraid of keeping it simple. Almost all the shots of the Enterprise were very ‘shot for shot’ matches for the original, except for a nice pan over the top of the saucer at the end. 

SFX Video

Star Trek Remastered ‘The Changeling’ FX Reel

SFX Screenshots

Remastered & Original









Me help

Me smart

Me nomad



Nomad on MST3KOur little perfection fetishist showed up on an episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000…check it out (comes in around 3 minutes into it)



1. Xai - February 4, 2008

did they hide the wires?

2. Keith - February 4, 2008

Anyone find it strange that a photon torpedo can’t destroy Nomad, but security still tries to destroy it with hand phasers?

3. Stanky McFibberich - February 4, 2008

re: 2 Keith

Maybe they should have gone at it with stone knives and bearskins :)

4. Sean4000 - February 4, 2008


What’s next week’s episode?

5. lodownX - February 4, 2008

ohhhhh NOMAD. you silly robot. I heard from a reliable source last night that NOMAD will NOT, repeat NOT be featured in the new movie. Just wanted you all to know that before the rumors got out of hand.

6. Harry Ballz - February 4, 2008

Too bad
So sad
Just a fad
Makes me mad
But, it’s rad!

7. Rick - February 4, 2008

Not a winner episode by any means. Some of the rare times that robots were used as part of the story, or reused in this case. I believe this little robot was used again in a stronger episode with a certain immortal. Oh those low budget STAR TREK days.;) Still I can’t help but love them as they have more heart and soul them some Scifi shows with bigger budgets. I do recall growing up wondering why the Enterprise would not have a few robots here and there for hazardous missions. Maybe all those redshirts really were advanced androids all this time.;)

8. John Pemble - February 4, 2008

More of a fan of these shots trying to look a little closer to the original style. Of course I still thinks the CGI ship isn’t right, but I’m goofy that way.

9. Engon - February 4, 2008

I always found it odd that the Enterprise withstands several “bolts” from Nomad, each said to equal the energy of 90 of their photon torpedoes, and yet Kirk is beside himself with disbelief when Nomad manages to withstands just one photon torpedo in return.

10. Leonel - February 4, 2008

#1: Yes, looks like they did clean up the wires. I didn’t notice them. Anyone?

11. Gary Seven - February 4, 2008

Exactly right, #9. That always bothered me a lot too. It really is obviously inconsistent and it is annoying the writers couldn’t put a few neurons together. Very careless and stupid.
But a good episode.

12. Engon - February 4, 2008

In addition to playing “M4” in “Requiem for Methuselah,” Nomad was also the Romulan cloaking device in “The Enterprise Incident.” I hope he got residuals.

13. dlr - February 4, 2008

I thought I also noticed a different and more fancy picture on one of the monitors above Spock’s station.

14. [The] TOS Purist - February 4, 2008

LOL I loved the Doctor Who reference in the caption for the last pic!! I actually did a photomanipulation of just that idea a while ago, check it out: http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y38/Deloravius/Trek%20Who/FINAL-DalekTrek.jpg

15. James Heaney - Wowbagger - February 4, 2008

This was always one of my favorites. I wouldn’t dare argue the point, though, because I have special reason to love it that seriously clouds my judgement: this was one of the three TOS episodes I owned on video when I was a wee lad. Every year or so, I would save up ten full dollars (which was a lot of money back then, you young’uns) and go down to Best Buy to purchase an Original Series VHS. This was a time of brutal and difficult decision making, as I always wanted to pick one I had never seen before, and there were quite a few of those, and just how is a boy of that age to judge what a good episode might be from just the cover?

Anyhow, I’d probably seen “The Changeling” two or three dozen times before we lost the tapes, and so it holds a place very close to my heart.

“Non sequitor! Error! Error! Error! Error! Tan Ru! Tan Ru!”

16. Batts - February 4, 2008

It truly seems that CBS is not taking this project seriously at all! They did not even change the phaser fire, like in wink of an eye, I mean c’mon. If we are going to spend over $100 on dvd’s please make them interesting. This 2nd season project is nothing but reuses. This episode did not involve planets, just ship exteriors.
Did anyone notice that at the time St.com was alive! the remastered trailers for season 1 were more exciting to watch. I dont know what happened??
Ultimate computer, I hope they really give this the TLC it deserves!!

17. James Heaney - Wowbagger - February 4, 2008

Oh, and the point of that whole post: well done, CBS Digital. It is a remastering worthy of one of my much-loved episodes.

18. [The] TOS Purist - February 4, 2008

I’m confused, though…if they were going for a green look for Nomad’s energy bolts, why weren’t they consistant with the redshirt zapping scene? For consistancy’s sake, wouldn’t it have made more sense to either change the space bolt color to red to match the redshirt scene, or change the color of the redshirt scene to match the space bolts??

I also can’t figure out why they leave some phaser effects alone, and allow the 60’s effects to prevail (apparently thinking they’re okay enough as is), but they replace stuff that IS okay enough as is (like Nomad’s space bolts).

I think CBS digital is really starting to get bored with this project. It sounded like a really awesome and amazing enterprise (pun intended) but it’s just fallen apart.

19. JustBob - February 4, 2008

Re: 7. Rick

“Still I can’t help but love them as they have more heart and soul them some Scifi shows with bigger budgets.”

Right on, Rick, right on! There are so many that do not appreciate that. All the flashy whiz-bang is no substitute for old fashioned “heart and soul”.

20. The Vulcanista - February 4, 2008

Next week is “The Ultimate Computer,” according to Comcast.

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

21. Sir Lurxalot - February 4, 2008

“To boldly go where Nomad has gone before …”

22. DJT - February 4, 2008

1) So why was this episode titled the ‘Changeling’?

2) I have TOSR on DVD and realized that hey they no english subtitles, and the spanish audio is super crap. To me that shows the true colors of this Remastered endeavor. If they can’t even upgrade that, how am I supposed to hope for anything above and beyond from the visuals. Really.

Note to Paramount. Star Trek is obviously a revenue producing item that should receive better treatment. When such sub par revamping is executed, it engenders animosity from fans and puts your business position with them in a state off ill repute.

If blu-ray does come out on top I hope you guys give this stuff over to ILM, the real masters of remastering. Who cares how long it takes. Just get it done right – that way Trekkers will vouch for your product, you guys will make tons of cash and the fans will be happy.

Defeat the no-win scenario.

23. Jackson Roykirk - February 4, 2008

I alone must bear responsibility for the unimaginable losses caused by the Nomad autonomous space exploration prototype. As I now realize, albeit far too late to save billions of souls, Nomad was equipped with an insufficiently developed and tested auto-destruct mechanism. Had the system worked as intended, Nomad would have annihilated itself on determining that it had been irreparably damaged or that its integrity had been compromised in any way that would have presented the slightest hazard to the ecosystems it was designed to study.

Captain Kirk and the crew of the USS Enterprise have again proven, in a spectacular episode of courage and intelligence, that there is no mere technological substitute for Star Fleet’s manned space exploration program. It is only through the combined efforts of the boldest and brightest minds of the Federation that we may learn more about our infinite universe, and more importantly, about ourselves.

– Jackson Roykirk –

24. Cheve - February 4, 2008

Beeing such a Dr Who fan as well, I’ve simply loved the EXTERMINATE picture. A very nice way to start the day.

25. Jimtibkirk - February 4, 2008

I believe this ep was an inspiration for TMP. Similar storyline.

26. Allynd Dudnikov - February 4, 2008

Love the Dalek reference! :D

27. spockboy - February 4, 2008

Did anyone notice(after Nomad blew up) that Kirk looked right at the camera before the extremely awkward fade to the Enterprise?


28. toddk - February 5, 2008

I thought for sure that CBS was going to go all CG with nomad. I never saw wires even in the dvd’s but the shot where nomad follows Mccoy onto the turbolift is god awful..looks like the camera and nomad are bolted to a shopping cart

Shame on CBS-D! lazy bums!

29. Blake Powers - February 5, 2008

even remastered that enterprise looks ridiculously small.

30. steve adams - February 5, 2008

#12 that’s fricken halarious.
#18 I’m beginning to agree with you.
#21 very good! And funny.
#22. Haha check out “tomarrow is yesterday” that title had nothing to do with the story ether. Also they (CBS/paramount)
want you to allways search for the best edition of Star Trek episodes. Do you really think this is the last TOS dvd set to end all sets. Haha.
BluRay is doomed.
Loved the Dalek reference.
This was a great episode for alot of reasons.

31. OR Coast Trekkie - February 5, 2008

The green weapon that Nomad fired was actually pretty good. The expolsion of Nomad was not. The original was actually better. The new explosion was just basically nothing too much more than a flash. The photon torpedo was ok.

But this is another one of those episodes where the things that were not fixed outweigh what was fixed. The reason for that is because of the minimal amount of space effects. You had a lot of opportunities to fine tune and fix: the had phaser shots – come on, having them stop suddenly at the edge of door frames?? You can touch up the beams, and add a shield around Nomad. The phaser shots that Nomad fires – you mean to tell me that a robot fires out a series of diamonds? The shots at the Ensign Ricky’s and the shot at Scotty needed fixing. The vaporization of the officers needed to be fixed too.

The scan of Uhura was actually not too bad of an original effect. It could have been made just a little bit more wavy, and added pulses to the beam. However, that’s just pickiness talking. Its still ok as is.

CBS-D here’s somethign for you to chew on: if you did more with this remastering going full on hardcore – fixing ALL those effects (like the phasers & vaporizations – and yes, I saw “Wink of an Eye,” so don’t tell me it can’t be done) digitally re-recording the music (as originally composed) and sound effects (an exact duplicate) I would be willing to pay what you are charging and probably even more. I’m sure there are a number of folks on this site who post on this forum that gree with me.

I think I speak for many people when I say that I really dislike that I was misled with how far this project would go when I saw the phaser effects on “Wink of an Eye.” The big episodes like “The Doomsday Machine” we expected something mind-blowing and we thank you for that. But even these minimal effects episodes need some love too, and fixing hand phasers is a nice touch. You fixed a vaporization (although I don’t think it was all that great) in “Wolf in the Fold” (I think) so that can be done too. To me, you have to fix all of them, or fix none of them.

In other issues: If there was ever a debate on what caused the doors to open: this episode proves it’s not weight on the floor, but motion activation.

Also, what is more impressive: the anti-grav hover units (which can be assumed exist, seeing as we see them in TMP, which in Trek canon, takes place only a few years after this) or the anti-grav carrying units seen in this episode, which presumably create a loaclized pocket which significantly reduces the effect of the ships artifical gravity?

32. Bobby - February 5, 2008


“BluRay is doomed”

and how is that? BluRay is taking the market by storm and is the far superior format. Do you have any evidence to support your theory?

33. Penhall - February 5, 2008

I was worried that they werent gonna hide the wires.

They did NOT hide the strings in “Where no man has gone before” when Gary makes the cup of water come to him (they’re glaringly obvious on the standard def version of the DVD)

I really hate that CBS digital isnt even bothering with some stuff that really needs fixing like the visible strings in “Where no man…”, blank viewscreen in “Enemy Within” and untouched matte in “Gamesters of Triskelion” What else are they gonna carelessly ignore?

34. Iowagirl - February 5, 2008

“That unit is defective. Its thinking is chaotic. Absorbing it unsettled me.”
“That ‘unit’ is a woman.”
“A mass of conflicting impulses.”

I could never figure out exactly why, but I’ve always liked that episode very much… :)

35. Holo J - February 5, 2008

31. OR Coast Trekkie

“But even these minimal effects episodes need some love too, and fixing hand phasers is a nice touch.”

I totally agree with you OR Coast Trekkie. I know that we are told the effects were an after thought to this remastering and that’s why the budget has not been there to give these guys the time to do more, but you have to ask why where the effects just an afterthought? Its been talked about by fans for years and It seemed obvious to me.

I would love to see this done again. Maybe if Blue – Ray wins out CBS will go back and look at more improvements? Maybe that’s just wishful thinking. but I would love to see some more time and love given to the effects for each episode. I say it all the time …”fix all those phasers” , ” I love to see the Static Display screens on the bridge do something” and “why have they left that matt painting alone” etc etc..

The truth is there is so much more that could be done IF they were given the time and money. It seems to be this project has been rushed and done on the cheap, just to turn about a quick profit, which is a great shame.

I don’t mean that I have found all the efforts by CBS Digital bad, far from it. I have enjoyed some of the work, like “Doomsday” Journey to Babel” and Amok Time” but even when watching those episodes I have thought I wish they could have done more to the little things.

I love TOS and enjoy it in its original form on DVD over and over so I don’t need the new effects to make me watch it, the stories do that for themselves but I would still love to see it and own a version of it where it’s been updated, effects wise, to the highest standard possible today.

Give this remastering a big budget and some decent art direction, make the most of the space shots and remaster all the dated effects, add little touches, like making those chucky pads they right on a touch screen and displaying data, lots of little touches like that would be worth it for HD DVD. I guarantee more younger people who can’t look past the effects of this show would start watching. Plus it would be so much fun to see.

I know this isn’t going to happen any time soon and to some extend I still enjoy seeing what CBS D has done each week. I just wish this whole project could have been more than what we have ended up with..

36. Engon - February 5, 2008

For my money, the teaser and first act of this episode are one of the high watermarks of Star Trek. The writing, direction, the editing, the MUSIC! (even if it’s tracked, it’s tracked superbly!), the performances are all first rate. There are few other sequences in which the show achieved such a peak level of tension – although the last act of “The Doomsday Machine” is equally fine.

37. Greg Stamper - February 5, 2008

#27 – spockboy – “Did anyone notice(after Nomad blew up) that Kirk looked right at the camera before the extremely awkward fade to the Enterprise?”

Because of the New SFX being added the fade is much quicker than the original.
In the original, Shatner looks to the camera and fades out even though he appears to be speaking. What did he say? – – – “Listen about that Bacon … no really!” – – – referring to the bad bacon served on set earlier that morning. “That bacon is really bad it just stays with you the whole day.” – found earlier in the ST Blooper Reel. Review and put the two scenes within the Blooper Reel together.

38. CanuckLou - February 5, 2008

Wow! Surprised at disdain for this episode! One of my favourites actually.

And the Spock affirmative reply to Kirk’s – you didn’t I had it in me did you? comment is worth the episode alone.

The adventure continues…

39. SteveinSF - February 5, 2008

The ball is..Bluu…..Bl.Bluu…Blu-E Ray?

Blue Ray=Betamax same destiny.

40. Randall - February 5, 2008

#22 and #30:

If you would LISTEN to some of the quieter dialogue in these shows instead of watching for the special effects and action, then you’d know why the episode was called “The Changeling.” Spock, after his mindmeld with Nomad, is telling Kirk how the original Nomad probe, launched from earth, was damaged in space, then encountered an alien probe of great power (Tan Ru) and together they repaired each other and merged into the “new” Nomad. And now this new Nomad is returning to Earth.

Kirk then remarks that this is like the old legend of the changeling—where fairies (with their awesome magical powers) would steal a human baby and replace it with a fairy baby, to take the human baby’s place.

Makes perfect sense and it’s a decent analogy.

Or, one might have simply looked this up somewhere in an encyclopedia or even a dictionary to get your answer.

Come on kids, start thinking.

41. DeBeckster - February 5, 2008

The effects on Doomsday Machine were excellent–but they chopped out one of the best lines of the episode–where Spock says, “Vulcans never bluff.” How could they chop that out?

42. Cox of Seagulls - February 5, 2008

39: Yeah, because Betamax out sold VHS every single week like Blu Ray outsells HD DVD.

43. j - February 5, 2008

“I am not Nomad, I am a similiar device known as Monad. I should destroy you for that, but I’ll give you a Mulligan this time.”


44. DK - February 5, 2008

HD-DVD is going to DIE!
Did you see their Superbowl commercial? If you were one of the few who got to see it because they paid stations to air the spot locally rather than nationally (shows how much money they’ve got), they aired it in standard defination.
Do they not want people to see how the picture is suppost to look?
GO BLU-RAY! The ONLY choice.

45. Diabolik - February 5, 2008

One thing I always disliked in this episode is how lightly Uhura’s memory wipe is taken. Her whole life up to this episode is gone… but in the space of that hour, she relearns everything and is back doing her job. Silly. What about her identity? She consists only of what she does for a living, and when she relearns YEARS of knowledge in a few hours, she’s fine? WHAT THE…?

I just pretend that they said “she has a short-term memory loss” and let it go. But it was sloppy writing and short-changed the character. All she is, is “Hailing frequencies open.”

46. Iowagirl - February 5, 2008

– If you would LISTEN to some of the quieter dialogue in these shows instead of watching for the special effects and action, then you’d know why the episode was called “The Changeling. –

Exactly. As much as I appreciate the remastered episodes myself, people shouldn’t forget about the fact that TOS got iconic without benefiting from elaborated special effects, but from giving us wonderful character interacting, great storytelling, and subtle dialogues.

47. Thomas Jensen - February 5, 2008

During “Turnabout Intruder” just before Scotty & McCoy discuss the procedings in the briefing room, there is a shot of the Enterprise from below/front with very dramatic music. The ship is slightly nose-up and is ‘sliding’ forward. It’s a great shot, one of the clearer opticals.

That’s a shot I think looks great and should be reproduced EXACTLY. But I’m not seeing a lot of that, sure some shots are close, but viewing angles are changed. I didn’t see this episode, but in the article, Anthony says the ext. opticals are “shot for shot”. Which, I think they should do with some of the better visually composed shots.

I’m glad for the upgrades, but sometimes the original shots are fine as they are. Anyone at CBS-D reading….?

48. richpit - February 5, 2008

Nomad rocks. ‘Nuff said.

49. Izbot - February 5, 2008

So does anyone else think the Enterprise could really take the pounding described in the opening of this episode? We’re told each one of Nomad’s blasts is equal to *ninety* photon torpedoes…and Enterprise takes *three* of these! That’s like getting hit with 270 photon torpedoes!!

50. Martin Pollard - February 5, 2008

I don’t envy the people at CBS Digital, because no matter what they do, some so-called “fan” is going to bitch about it. “You’ve gone too far; you’re raping my childhood!” “You didn’t go far enough; why did you even bother?!!” Not to mention the ones who’ll scream to the high hills if even one of the warp nacelles is 1/96th of an inch lower than the other.

51. StarTrekRockerGirl - February 5, 2008

I’ve always really liked the “Nomad-cam” view! ;)

52. Martin Pollard - February 5, 2008

#41 – “The effects on Doomsday Machine were excellent–but they chopped out one of the best lines of the episode–where Spock says, “Vulcans never bluff.” How could they chop that out?”

(A) You can never have enough time to push commercials on the viewers.
(B) The people doing the edits are complete morons.
(C) All of the above.

I’m thinking C. :)

53. Ty - February 5, 2008

#43: Great MST3k reference! Loved that ep.

54. Xindi1985 - February 5, 2008

For “THE ULTIMATE COMPUTER” FX-Reel, PLEASE add a link where we can download it! THANKZZ

55. Jorg Sacul - February 5, 2008

Just to blather technobabble, Scotty did route warp power into the shields. :-)

This episode was fairly straightforward as far as remastering, and you’re right, it’s the granddaddy of the Motion Picture concept.

My biggest beefs (beeves?) with all these are the damn edits for syndication ruining the pacing and dropping key bits of the stories, and not being broadcast in HD. Yes, I know that they’ll be in their full glory and in HD for the packages for sale…but c’mon. I didn’t buy an HD TV for watching the Food Channel! Other than Giada’s show, I mean.

C’mon, Ultimate Computer! Let’s see the Enterprise splatter the Excalibur! WOOO!!

56. j - February 5, 2008


Nomad skit starts at 3:28. Classic.

57. I AM THX-1138 - February 5, 2008

OK, smart guy, then why do they call the show “Star Track”?

I love this episode because when I was 7 Nomad freaked me out. I thought that it was a little ship and that little aliens were going to come popping out and take over the Enterprise like in that Outer Limits (I think) episode. The episode was compelling enough to me that I wasn’t disappointed to find out that Nomad was a construct of human and alien technology. Again, the writing made me feel a sense of connection with Nomad’s plight. A machine that was trying to fulfill it’s destiny and go home to be with it’s creator. I felt a little sad for him/her/it. Much more than I did for V’Ger.

Props on strings don’t bother me. Red/blue energy beams don’t bother me. This is a grilled cheese sandwich episode, so I’m biased.

58. Anthony Pascale - February 5, 2008

nice find j…i added that to the article

59. eagle219406 - February 5, 2008

I watched this show and in a way it was very similar to V’Ger.

I wonder now why if Nomad was an earth probe, “Nomad” who merged with another alien probe “Tan Ru” why did the two just use the name Nomad and not combine the two names like NoRu or Tanad? Like what they did in voyager with Tuvix.

60. Diabolik - February 5, 2008

#59.. probably the new intelligence of the merged probes considered the two names and thought that Nomad sounded cooler than Tan Ru, especially since Nomad means Wanderer and Tan Ru means Tin Can.

61. FREE TREK FROM THE CANONINSTAS! - February 5, 2008

I like this episode a lot. Man it even has dead Scotty!

It always seemed to me that TMP was just a rehash of this episode, and I feel like this episode was done better.

62. Fan since the 70s - February 5, 2008

Sigh. This whole remastering thing is turning into a classic example of what happens when you decide to do a project but you won’t spend all you need to do it right. The result of projects like this is often uneven quality at best, and that’s what were seeing here. I used to be looking forward to “The Ultimate Computer.” Now, I’m actually dreading it, since so many of the shots the team puts together are lacking in actual artistry (never mind some of the questionable fx they choose).

63. The Vulcanista - February 5, 2008

#56, 58

Thanks, that was funny stuff! That reminds me that I need to put some MST3K in my NetFlix queue.

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

64. Andy Patterson - February 5, 2008

One thing you can’t re-master is the voice of the great Vic Perin who did Nomad’s voice. Great voice/presence.

Interestingly, he and Ted Cassidy worked a lot doing voice over work together, particularly in cartoons.

65. Andy Patterson - February 5, 2008


mmmm Giada.

66. Rick - February 5, 2008

Why are they remastering TREK? Especially now that Mr. Abrams plans to alter it’s look completely, so what is the point?

67. Sean4000 - February 5, 2008


Excellent point

68. Nelson - February 5, 2008

Re: post 27 and 37- I’ve long ago noticed that scene where Shatner is speaking towards the camera after the Nomad explosion and I have seen the Blooper reel many times. But I have never connected these two. I thought the bacon bit was from Wolf in the Fold, based on the set in the background. I will have to re-view that.

I always like this episode. Good action in the beginning and good computer logic crushing at the end.

69. Jon - February 5, 2008

I always thought that the beginning scenes of this episode were essentially reused for TMP when the Enterprise initially confronts V’Ger… :)


70. Daoud - February 5, 2008

Would have made more sense that NOMAD the central processing unit beamed over to Enterprise, was just the brains of a much larger craft. The CBS-D team could have rendered it that way… it would have “fit” the idea anyway they had at first that it was a craft occupied by an alien intelligence….

#66 At first, it seemed they were trying to clean up visuals, add some mattes in the style of the times to replace the reuse of mattes such as Delta Vega and Starbase xxx. A little bit of manipulation to make the colors the same for various things, the photon and phasers consistent and other things not referred to in dialogue.

Then, they shortchanged the whole operation, killed their website, and shrugged.

A real shame, because this TOS-R “coulda been a contenduh.” Frankly, I’m finding that it… does not compute.

71. FredCFO - February 5, 2008

– Nomad
– Landrau
– M5

A similar thread….

And throw Vejur in for good measure.

The special effects reel clocked in at just over a minute. The energy bolts highly reminscent of Vejur’s (and why not, it’s virtually the same story…)

Not a fav… but looking forward to “The Ultimate Computer” extravaganza next week anyway.

72. konar - February 5, 2008

45 — EXACTLY!!!!

You can’t imagine — empathetic, literal kid that I was — how that brain wipe used to trouble me. It used to make me cry!

73. Robert Bernardo - February 5, 2008

One of my favorite episodes! I’ve been enthralled by it since the 1960’s when it seemed so strange and weird that this small object, Nomad, could match the Enterprise and surpass it in destructive power.

(I remember the WonderCon presentation on which was the most powerful robot of all time. It came down to Nomad against Robby the Robot. Nomad won, because it could destroy whole solar systems. :-D)

A show of surprises… not only a small object with destructive power but one that can levitate and talk. A surprise that Spock could mindmeld with it. A surprise that Kirk could destroy it by using logic against it. A surprise that Scotty gets thrown around again, just like in the Who Mourns for Adonis episode. A surprise at the flurry of effects in the show (yeah, more redshirts phased away!).

As for the remastered special effects, I am not sure that the new energy bolts are better than the old ones; the water-being-dropped-onto-a-puddle overlay on the bolts was interesting, but I still prefer the original, white, glowing, tumbling, irregular energy bolts. The same with destruction of Nomad — interesting to see a distant spot of Nomad move before it exploded; however, the original pyrotechnic explosion seemed more energetic, more irregular, and more in keeping with even the pyrotechnic explosions in the Star Trek II-VI movies.

All-in-all, an interesting reinterpretation of the effects in the remastered Changeling episode — a very satisfying episode storywise.

Now if I could only make a costume of Nomad for the next Creation Con… ;-)

74. Xindi1985 - February 5, 2008

When is the release of the second “Star Trek”-Remastered HD-DVD/DVD-Combo-Set??? March, May???

75. Robert Bernardo - February 5, 2008

Engon wrote:

> For my money, the teaser and first act of this episode are one of the
> high watermarks of Star Trek. The writing, direction, the editing, the
> MUSIC! (even if it’s tracked, it’s tracked superbly!), the performances
> are all first rate. There are few other sequences in which the show
> achieved such a peak level of tension…

Agreed. When I first saw the show many years ago, I thought, “There is no possible way that they are going to get out of this one.”
Marc Daniels, the director, did another outstanding job; I particularly like the handheld camerawork just behind Nomad as its leaving the bridge and the shot with Scotty being thrown over the bridge railing… that wider angle of the bridge shows some of the higher ceiling. (FWIW, Marc Daniels was Jackson Roy Kirk in the photo shown in the conference room viewer.)

76. SteveinSF - February 5, 2008

#56 Love it! MST3K!

77. Axinar - February 5, 2008

Did anyone notice that they also cleaned up that odd dissolve towards the end where the Captain is starting to say something?

However, they didn’t clean up something like THREE jump cuts in the initial Nomad attack before the opening credits.

78. the king in shreds and tatters - February 5, 2008

At least it didn’t pad out the story with five hours of effects shots.

79. Tassieboy - February 5, 2008

Been a long time since I’ve seen it but wasn’t one of my favourites.

80. Spock's Brain - February 5, 2008

Thanks CBS-D for yet another 10 seconds worth.

81. Balock - February 5, 2008

ok, what I like about remastered:

– updates to artwork done tastefully & improved (like SB11 in Menegarie)
– cleaned up film quality
– the effort to add/improve space scenes, especially Doomsday

what I don’t like
– CGI instead of models
– Shutlle craft hanger deck (I know, CGI, but it really bugs me)
– changes to classic look of photon torpedos
– re-recorded intro

It would be great to see them go over the top with Ultimate Computer, like lots of close-ups of other starships (no squinting to make out registries, etc.).

82. Joe Atari - February 5, 2008

Can’t remember if the photon torpedo shot is reused from earlier episodes, but didn’t it fire from the wrong location? I always thought those black dots higher up on the hull were supposed to be the torpedo tubes…

83. Iowagirl - February 6, 2008


Abrams isn’t altering the look of TOS, he is extending the TOS book by one or more chapters.

Believe me, if you watch an original episode after the film will have received its premiere, the episode will remain unchanged. :)

Remastering the original episodes is like making CDs in order to bring out the best technical quality possible – it makes perfectly sense and has no relation to the film whatsoever.

84. Greg Stamper - February 6, 2008

#27, 37, 68 & 77

It is possible that “Bad Bacon” was a running complaint of Shatner’s for more than just one episode or work period.

85. paustin - February 6, 2008

yes its a real shame this is the death blow for the little teeny tiny bit of the bacon blooper that existed in the actual episode.
#68 watch the blooper and watch this scene (un remastered of course) and you’ll see….it make me just love that they left that little bit in there.

86. Spocko - February 6, 2008

I was disappointed with this remastered one. They changed Nomad’s shot to a slow green glow that came from the side, and they changed the photon torpedoes to red when it has been blue during all the other episodes. They also didn’t change the turbo lift background behind Nomad when it comes out of sickbay. I’m not usually one to complain, but some of the effects in this episode were highly illogical.

87. smelly pot - February 6, 2008

In the old one it’s blue, in the new one it’s green.

So I’ve spotted a mistake… when Spok is looking at his science workstation he has a bright blue light shining in his face, presumably from the alien. It should be green to match the colour that it has been changed to!!

88. Hanov3r - February 6, 2008

#55: “My biggest beefs (beeves?) with all these are the damn edits for syndication ruining the pacing and dropping key bits of the stories”

Yep. Anyone notice, when Nomad first contacts them in English, Kirk says “Apparently, they got what they needed before the computers burned out”… but the sequence where we *see* the computers burn out was dropped.

89. eagle219406 - February 7, 2008

# 87 Spock’s workstation’s light is always blue, no matter what he is looking at. We don’t exactly know what he is looking at but I can pretty much say that it does not match what’s on the screen because he pretty much sees an analysis of it.

90. Jovan - February 10, 2008

#22: Try turning on your TV’s captioning… they are there, and I own the set. There are Spanish subtitles on the DVD as well if you dislike the mono.

91. G. C. McDowell - March 18, 2008

Does anyone know if they updated the computer readout with the diagram of the solar system?

92. Higgs Boson - September 3, 2008

OK- you can argue about the dated special effects from 1984, and how that was “improved” upon through the remastering process.
Nevertheless, this is one of my all-time favorite star trek episodes. A strong and compelling story for this one.
I can see why it was used as the basis for the first Srar Trek movie.
The fact that parts of Nomad were re-used in other episodes (the Romulan cloaking device as well as the robot M4) actually adds to my appreciation for this particular episode!

93. RD - January 12, 2009

They definitely missed a number of wires which were obvious on standard def broadcast. Makes me wonder how bad it will look on BluRay and how many more wires I will notice. Simple things like this should have been included as much as the exterior shots. Even a modern audience can overlook poor sets, they still turn up today, but bad special effects puts it into the Plan 9 category. Sadly little was done in this department from hiding wires to more convincing laser and beam effects.

94. Beee Rad - January 15, 2009

I am irritated with the remastered version they recently showed on the Fox Network. Was it censored for political correctness? In the original series Nomad said that Uhura was “a mass of conflicting emotions” and that “aborbing it unsettled me” (if I recall from watching it many years ago). Spock replied “We call it a woman.” Granted, it is sexist, but it is something from that era. Why take that away? It’s like saying we’re not going to allow “All in The Family” to air due to political correctness…

I am not a fan of the remasturbated episodes. I like the originals for what they were. It’s too bad they messed with them.

95. John Gravic - March 6, 2010

It has dawned on me after listening to the original vs the Blu-Ray remastered of Changeling that there has been a MAJOR sound remix done here. (and for all the eps) The music sounds way fuller and of course many effects and reverbs have been very significantly enhanced. Never mind the visual effects, I could spend years just comparing the sounds mixes from the original vs the remastered, and noting all the fascinating, enriched details. What they did to the music tracks is bloody amazing.

One effect I wish they really had fixed was when Nomad is brain scanning Uhura’s head and he zaps Scotty on the Bridge. The original ripple effect of Uhura’s head in Nomad’s beam holds up well and looks incredible. Then Tjordmann cuts to another shot of Scotty getting hit by Nomad’s beam. Problem is, Uhura’s head has lost the ripple effect! CBS absolutely should have fixed that! Also Scotty’s death beam could have easily been enhanced. IMHO this is more important to fix than to do those green energy bolts. The original bolts were better.

One other little detail that seems peculiar — a dialogue change. When Spock is looking at the history computer and the dialogue is “Why do you call me the creator?”, and Nomad says “Is the usage incorrect?”

Then Spock starts up from his view port and says, “The usage is correct!”. The new mix changes Spocks phrase to “The usage is correct, Nomad.” Even in the supposedly “original” version on Blu Ray, the word Nomad has been added. Why was this done?? So that Nomad could be sure that Spock is addressing him??

So there you go, folks, proof that somebody actually changed the dialogue from the original broadcast/VHS version.

Kirk out

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