"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.
Remastered & Original
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)