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First Image from “The Ultimate Computer” February 5, 2008

by Anthony Pascale , Filed under: TOS-R Preview , trackback

CBS just sent TrekMovie.com a first look of a new image from this weekend’s TOS-R episode “The Ultimate Computer”…check it out below

Remastered imageThis shot is from the opening scene as the Enterprise approaches the space station. CBS-D have created an entirely new space station, which is based on previous Original Series era designs.


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Original This is the shot used in the original version of “The Ultimate Computer,” but it is actually a re-use of the Enterprise approaching station K-7 from “The Trouble with Tribbles.”


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The remastered version of “The Ultimate Computer” airs this weekend, check local listings. TrekMovie.com will have more “Ultimate Computer” coverage as this big effects heavy episode gets closer.

Comments

1. catchupwiththesun - February 5, 2008

good ep.

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

Eight hundred and seventy first!

Looks like the covers of the vanguard novel…

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

the textures in that shot look better than in the screencaps you see on this site…

4. LoyalStarTrekFan - February 5, 2008

The space station looks a lot like the space station in the “Star Trek: Vanguard” book series. Even still, it’s nice to see a unique TOS era space station. The screen shot looks great and I look forward to next weekend!

5. Skippy 2k - February 5, 2008

Yeah, new preview image! Really looking forward to this one as i’m sure most are. Glad they added a new starbase, seen that one before but never on screen. Can’t wait! :-)

6. LoyalStarTrekFan - February 5, 2008

#2 I agree and commented on it in my post. As for the texture of the starbase: the screenshot is a distance shot. It’s possible that the detail will increase the closer the Enterprise is to the station. Even if it doesn’t it still looks pretty good.

I’m also looking forward to the battle between the USS Enterprise and the four other Constitution Class starships and the damage effects on said starships.

7. Alex Rosenzweig - February 5, 2008

It’s not exactly like Vanguard, but it absolutely looks like one of Masao Okazaki’s concepts. Very nice!

I wonder if that’s the Lexington docked at the station.

8. MrRegular - February 5, 2008

It’s looking wonderful from my perch in snowbound Omaha, Nebraska. Takes my mind off the wintry weather, believe me!!

9. Buckaroohawk - February 5, 2008

Well, this is a pleasant surprise! When I see things like this, I really wish CBS-D had the resources to go the distance on ALL of the episodes. I’d love to see some of the concepts they would have done with more time, money, etc.

Looking forward to this episode. Ther aren’t too many others where they’ll really have a chance to show off. “The Cloud Minders” is still in the wings. Any others?

10. cd - February 5, 2008

It’s pretty darn close to Vanguard: http://www.psiphi.org/images/vanguard-side.jpg.
The Masao Okazaki Vanguard and Starfleet Museum designs are awesome!

I wish the new movie would have kept with this design aesthetic.

11. [The] TOS Purist - February 5, 2008

After a string of let-downs, it looks like CBS-D has really been working hard on this one. I’ll bet the battle scenes are going to be AWESOME!!

12. Captain Pike - February 5, 2008

Actually it is exactly like Masao Okazaki’s Vanguard station as far as I can see by comparing the preview pic with the cover of “Harbinger”. It’s a great “old school trek” design that references both K7 and Franz Joseph’s Starfleet HQ. Very TOS. I much approve. Bravo CBS-D.

Compare it yourselves. Pic of Vanguard at Memory Beta: http://images.wikia.com/startrek/images/d/d8/Starbase47.jpg

13. David (Flaming Wings Forever!) - February 5, 2008

sa-weet. Nice usage!

14. Devon - February 5, 2008

I have to differ. That screen cap looks like a computer game screenie or someone’s really good 3-D Project.

Hmm.. hope the live action looks alot better.

15. DJT - February 5, 2008

Me want to see more.

16. Dipling - February 5, 2008

Looks like plastic toys.

17. Iowagirl - February 6, 2008

“Computers make excellent and efficient servants, but I have no wish to serve under them. Captain, a starship also runs on loyalty to one man. And nothing can replace it or him.”

Great episode; most remarkable for its excellent interacting between Daystrom, Kirk, and Spock, the pronounced and subtle dialogues, and the beautiful and memorable Kirk-Bones scene including “Sea-Fever”.

And the remastered shot from the opening scene looks grand.

18. toddk - February 6, 2008

I’ll wait til the epsode airs before I post any comments..wait, I just did!….

19. Robert Bernardo - February 6, 2008

Hmm, the design is reminiscent of the K-7 space station and of the orbital complex seen in Star Trek III to VI.

20. Xindi1985 - February 6, 2008

R.I.P. Captain Harris (U.S.S. Excalibur) ;)

I hope they add a screenshot of the “formation-flight” from the four constitution-ships BEFORE the episode airs.

PLEASE CBS-D!!!!

21. Pat - February 6, 2008

I dont wanna be that guy…..But. Why doesn’t the remastered ship scenes look a little better. Im not a fan of having the graphics looking like a computer game, im sure it doesnt take much money to make em look a little more realistic.

22. Pat - February 6, 2008

I dont wanna be that guy…..But. Why doesn’t the remastered ship scenes look a little better. Im not a fan of having the graphics looking like a computer game. Im sure it doesnt take much money to make em look a little more realistic.

23. Devon - February 6, 2008

#22 – In all fairness, CBS DIgital is all in house, so they can only work with the resources the have (which they do have quite a bit.) But then again, doesn’t change that it comes off looking like a computer game or some times.

I do hope EdenFX gets the job of doing a possible TNG Remastered though.

24. Aragorn189 - February 6, 2008

I can’t wait for this episode. I’m already psyched. Bring on epic space battle. In regards to a TNG remastered, it probably won’t happen #23, considering the effects are already really good in the first place. I’m happy with the originals being remastered because it brings them to a finish that is more in line with all other productions thus far and will probably fit the new film well to, although I think JJ and his crew will undoubtedly have more complex and original shots to work with.

25. Paul - February 6, 2008

I seriously hope Masao got paid for this, the guy deserves it. :-)

However it does look a bit smaller than Vanguard. Or is it just an illusion?

26. Balock - February 6, 2008

ok, sorry to say the CGI doesn’t look as good as models, too bad….
but I hope we get lots of starship shots and close-ups… good fist peek, I like what they doing with new shots, though CGI really takes away from it…

27. Mark Lynch - February 6, 2008

Have to say that the opening shot reeks of someones home produced 3D render. It looks nice but it is not broadcast quality to my eyes.

Perhaps the moving shots will do it justice.

28. Paul - February 6, 2008

I kinda like the plastic look of the ship and station. It evokes “Flash Gordon” and “Forbidden Planet” to me. 40s-50s cinematography at its’ best. :)

29. SteveinSF - February 6, 2008

Kudos for trying something new by changing the space station. Am I mistaken or are the rear lights below the shuttle craft bay doors finally on?

I saw th episode of Enterprise this past weekend called ” In a Mirror Darkly” and their version of the Defiant looked pretty good–not too CGI/cartoonish. This shot of TOS enterprise approaching the station looks too much like plastic toys and low budget computer animation. Maybe it will look better on TV rather than this screen shot.

30. ncc-1987 - February 6, 2008

I really hope we get to see some other federation starship designs instead of 4 constitution class ships like some of the ones in this video on YouTube

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zNPxvvN3fEs&feature=related

31. ncc-1987 - February 6, 2008

It’s a while since I saw the episode but apart from there being 4 constitution class ships on screen, I didn’t think there was any point at which it was stated by the characters which would leave the door open for this…

32. ThePhaige - February 6, 2008

The Texture work looks different to me from previous remasters. There is a glow about the models in the scene. The colors seem more vibrant and maybe not in a good way.Perhaps they have increased the shaders and bump mapping slightly. I guess we will have to see the finished product.

33. Sean4000 - February 6, 2008

#29:”"This shot of TOS enterprise approaching the station looks too much like plastic toys and low budget computer animation.”"‘

LOL. Because this IS low-budget computer animation!!

With you 100% on the Mirror Episode.

34. New Horizon - February 6, 2008

Their choice of angles really bother me as they often replace angles that were clearly superior. They can rarely seem to nail an angle that can represent the size of the ship vs. whatever else it is on screen with.

Also, these ‘special’ episodes seem to suffer from the cartoon look more than the regular episodes. It really drives me nuts when the quality/look of the work either suffers or benefits because it’s an ‘event’ episode.

Some consistency would be nice.

I appreciate the fact that they’re on a budget…but that’s hardly an excuse after all this time. With so many stock shots, it should be getting easier by now.

35. Tom - February 6, 2008

Nice depiction, but it does look a little “soft”, like the Enterprise has lost all the texturing on the hull.

BTW, in response to #23 & #24′s reference to the TNG effects, they will have to be redone for HD release. All the TNG effects were compostited digitally. So they may not suffer from the generational loss and graininess that can result from the optical compositing (like in the TOS case). But they were composited at a resolution adequate for standard definition TV (computing power being what it was in the late 80s). At HD resoultions, they will look very “blocky”. They can evan appear that way now on the current DVDs.

36. diabolik - February 6, 2008

Whiners…. it’s a low-rez image. Wait for the HD-DVD release.

BTW, I think it’s awesome. This is a TV show, not a movie. Better than a fuzzy reused shot from “Tribbles.”

37. colin - February 6, 2008

After this episode, the next one I am interested in is “The Way to Eden”. I would like to know what they change the design of the Aurora to.

38. Holo J - February 6, 2008

9. Buckaroohawk

I agree and I hope one day, maybe a few years from now this work will be improved on further and another more complete version will be made available on whatever format DVD is about at the time.

I think for each episode they should ask the fans what they would most like to see added or improved upon and then they should carefully go through each episode and add to the work they have currently started.

It would take a lot of time but it would surely be worth it. Obviously fans aren’t all going to agree but they could pick the best request or the most sort after requests and use their better judgment on the other stuff. I personally would love to see those static display screens doing something, displaying data, tied in to the episode.

CBS work has been great at times and at other times they leave me scratching my head as to why they didn’t make certain changes.

I like they have created a new space station based on the familiar TOS movie style space station instead of just using the model they made for “The Trouble with Tribbles” which would have been easy. They could have just used the “we didn’t want to change anything “ line. So it looks like they may have pulled out all the stops for this one. I live in hope that this remastered episode is going to be great!

I really miss the previews as they have been quite fun to watch.
Anthony is there any chance CBS Digital can send you this weeks preview
It would be great to see!

39. Imrahil - February 6, 2008

Hey, it’s Vanguard station! :)

40. scifib5st - February 6, 2008

I hope they do the same great job on the “space battle” shots. This is the one I’ve been wait to see how “Remasted” can improve on the original!!!

41. Vulcan927 - February 6, 2008

cool like the looks of very retro. mixing up K-7 and Star Trek III. Bringing the whole franchise together aesthetically.
Love the early peak. Thanks for sharing.
:-)

42. Blowback - February 6, 2008

Looking forward this episode. Obviously TOS did not have many extended battle sequences during its run so I hope CBS indulges a bit like they did with the Doomsday Machine.

I think Ronald D. Moore calls episodes like this a “Big Mac” episode. The special effects are designed to support the story but every so often you just gotta blow stuff up!!!!

43. jsonitsac - February 6, 2008

I wonder if replacing the K-7 design means they’ll add new starship designs to that fleet the Enterprise takes on.

44. Tony Whitehead - February 6, 2008

I think back to when this remastering project was announced. The screams and moans of “How dare you change a thing!” and “That’s not what Gene wanted!” have given way to “They didn’t go far enough!”

I have a lot of respect for what the team has done with cleaning up the episodes and the choices they have made on the cg shots.

45. Anthony In Indiana - February 6, 2008

This place needs a “submissions” thread. Check out this picture I found of the new Uhura

http://www.vanityfair.com/culture/features/hollywood_covers_slideshow

46. JimJ - February 6, 2008

I like it…..a lot!

47. Clinton - February 6, 2008

I’ve been looking forward to this one. However, if CBS-Digital keeps to their standard of only using the time alloted for the original 1960′s effects, I don’t know how much of the battle we will actually see. It will be interesting.

48. trekofficial - February 6, 2008

Its NOT canon, look at the star patterns behind the ship, this does not match the original in anyway in fact its a completely different system of stars namely the ta’ruan symbiote of clusters from N23

49. paustin - February 6, 2008

lol omgzzz the stars aren’t canon

50. OneBuckFilms - February 6, 2008

Stars are incorrect … RED ALERT !!!!!!!!!!!!

51. star trackie - February 6, 2008

Very cool. Love the style of the station. I don’t expect alot of jazzed up space battles, they can only replace the same amount of seconds that are already in place and there just isn’t a lot of time to do huge battles. But what little space exteriors we do see should have some new angles instead of that same stock shot showing the 4 ships in formation.

52. star trackie - February 6, 2008

#22 “I dont wanna be that guy…..But. Why doesn’t the remastered ship scenes look a little better.”

These screen caps on the PC don’t do the actual ship justice. Watch the HD-DVD’s on a 1080p display. The ship looks fantastic and not at all like a video game..

53. Mike - February 6, 2008

Remember when startrek.com used to do this and more for all us fans? I miss that!

54. Driver - February 6, 2008

That screenshot looks great. Nice work CBS-D.

55. British Naval Dude - February 6, 2008

Arrrr… perhaps CBS shall add a CGI created “Cap’n Dunsel” … just a quick shot to a drooling idiot as Spockie explains what dunsel means ta Bonesy…
Seems ta me Spock wore a dunsel cap on more than one epsiode to hide his ears…

Arrrr…. CBS should have a banner day with ship damage…

56. Nathan - February 6, 2008

It looks a little fake, but I’m sure in a better resolution it would look a lot better; I’ve noticed that about the Remastered work. It looks rather fake in low res, but really, really cool in high res…

57. Lord Garth, Formerly of Izar - February 6, 2008

Screen caps look like Nintendo 64. Will look better live I am sure

58. Decker's Stubble - February 6, 2008

Nice touch having the U.S.S. Lexington docked there.

59. Xindi1985 - February 6, 2008

The battle-scenes in “THE ULTIMATE COMPUTER” are very short. Look at the first attack on the Lexington (2-3 sec). I think it was a hard work for CBS-D to improve something. But I hope they do something ‘great’ like “The Doomsday-Machine”, my favorite remastered ep.

60. non-belligerency confirmed - February 6, 2008

i’m not watching it unless they put shatner in it.
oh wait, never mind.

i’ve heard this was a favorite of orci’s. there will be a tribute scene in the new film where young jimmy kirk talks his laptop to death (the macintosh V).

61. Tom_Fleetlord - February 6, 2008

Hey Anthony any luck with CBS acually sending you the video previews? Beats riping them from TV. CBS is huting its promotion of TOS-R by not sending them out anymore IMO.

62. Trekboi - February 6, 2008

glad they gave us a new space station- were the classes of the four ships in the battle stated onscreen? hoaping to see at least 1 new starship/old starship design.
still watching the ist season of remastered- goon through each each episode each week since it came out- cant get enough of it- never noticed how limiting the old fx were- cant wait for season two- they put date on it yet?

63. StarTrekRockerGirl - February 6, 2008

For some reason, I am anticipating being disappointed with this episode, since it has had such a huge build-up leading up to it, and we’ve been let down before :(

64. Sean4000 - February 6, 2008

Nathan: It looks a little fake, but I’m sure in a better resolution it would look a lot better; I’ve noticed that about the Remastered work. It looks rather fake in low res, but really, really cool in high res…

Here are some HD grabs:

http://tos.trekcore.com/hd/

65. Sean4000 - February 6, 2008

Gotta love the really cool CG in the middle of a crappy stock footage plate. lol.

The second revision of the digital Enterprise model is a great. EdenFX would be proud. Altought CBS-D would still be using the old model if we had not said anything.

66. Cervantes - February 6, 2008

Nice to see a different station for this episode now. I hope the rest is worth the anticipation.

67. Sean4000 - February 6, 2008

Here’s another good screengrab. lol:

http://tos.trekcore.com/hd/albums/1x03hd/wherenomanhasgonebeforehd697.jpg

Even in HD, the CG is hit and miss…….or missing.

68. Dr. Image - February 6, 2008

I hope they have enough space to SHOW the battle. The edits in the ep are pretty tight. Looks good- for CBS-D, that is.

69. bdrcarter - February 6, 2008

Looks great! I like the “new” space station that looks like it could have sprung from 60′s era Trek sensibilities. Nicely done! Can’t wait to see this one!

70. Mike - February 6, 2008

I appreciate all the work that has gone into this project, even if I don’t always like the results, but I imagine that the best, the definitive version will be produced on some super fans home computer when the technology becomes cheaper. When I used to play computer games, the best mods almost always came from the gaming community, not the developer, who was inevitably hampered by budget and time considerations. Still, it’s nice to see new elements added. New ships would we awesome.

71. Nelson - February 6, 2008

I know a lot of people do not agree, but CBS Digital’s Prime Directive is to keep the effects at a level that matches the series. If it was too slick and real looking, they feel it would be too jarring and take you out of it.

I do think a tad more real would help the CGI. The texture mapping on the Enterprise has been good and less then good from shot to shot. But it’s passable for what they set out to do and given the limitations they set on themselves. Maya can render more realistically, but they’ve held back.

I’d never heard of this Vanguard station before, it’s very cool that they took the effort to pull in things from other Trek sources, like they did from TAS.

72. JessIAm - February 6, 2008

I’m really looking forward to this one =D

73. Pensive's Wetness - February 6, 2008

Wants. Different. Ships. Designs.

Old school: 4 Composite Connies

New school: Maybe 1 Connie and 3 different ships (TOS Miranda’s? OMG a SF Saladin (updated to be realistic)?

one can dream

74. Ahab - February 6, 2008

#57 “Screen caps look like Nintendo 64. Will look better live I am sure”

Really? I can’t see the fog…

75. D. McCoy - February 6, 2008

Looks cg to me. I hope the motion version looks better.

76. Allan Cook - February 6, 2008

I didn’t believe it was possible, but the CBS digital stuff manages to look worse and worse with each new episode.

77. Devon - February 6, 2008

“48. trekofficial – February 6, 2008

Its NOT canon, look at the star patterns behind the ship, this does not match the original in anyway in fact its a completely different system of stars namely the ta’ruan symbiote of clusters from N23″

It’s all J.J.’s fault! He’s now crossing over into totally unrelated projects and having his way with us!

I mean, the star pattern in this particular scene of “The Ultimate Computer” is an icon, it was the one we all grew up with and remember watching as kids and stuffs. I mean, adding some detail to the stars is okay, as the star pattern is perfect, but to completely mess around with it and redesign it.. how dare he.

;)

78. The Lensman - February 6, 2008

While I’m looking forward to this ep, I’m doing so cautiously. Like “Balance of Terror” it’s a great ep, and like BoT, there’s not as many FX sequences as we think because we get so caught up in the battle. As has been mentioned above, the edits are pretty tight in this one.

There are a couple of decent timed shots of the fleet, both with four and three ships, but most of the rest are relatively quick cuts back and forth, and those are sporadic.

I hope they give us four Constitution class ships….don’t really care what other ships were in service at the time. These are the coolest and this is the only time we got to see this many!

The best big FX eps have already been done…..Doomsday Machine, Immunity Syndrome, and Tholian Web. What’s really left on that scale? Lights of Zetar?

79. Vfx2k4 - February 6, 2008

That really looks like a video game and not even XBOX 360 sharp. Star Trek Judgment Rights had more realistic looking graphics.

80. Nelson - February 6, 2008

Re post 78: What’s left is The Enterprise Incident and Elaan of Troyas. I hadn’t thought of The Lights of Zetar!

81. mctrekkie - February 6, 2008

Cautiously optimistic.

Put a mushroom cap on it and it’s ILM’s space dock from ST III.

(Well, not really)

I’m glad to see some of these bases updated. It makes sense to have different bases with different functions have a bit of a different look to ‘em.

I Wonder what Darren D would have done. New ships for the battle with M5? … or just updated connies?

82. JR - February 6, 2008

I’m glad to see that CBS-D is sharing the images w/TrekMovie.com since startrek.com is no longer being updated with remaster news.

83. Balock - February 6, 2008

the CGI ships, shuttledeck don’t look good at any resolution, I saw the Menagerie at the theatre, and the E and SB shuttlecraft looked just as cartoonish. The other artwork, like around SB11 looks excellent though.

My compliments to the Okuda’s , I think, for all the new/modified art work, very well done from my hardcore TOS point of view.

84. mars396 - February 6, 2008

I wonder if I will get my wish and FINALLY see a Saladin in action……

The next one I am excited for is The Enterprise Incident. I really hope they have these Battlecruisers with Birds of Pray on their undersides. It is a Romulan tradition that was forgotten by the time they showed up in Next Gen. reference – Balance Of Terror “How will we even know it’s a Romulan ship ?” “You’ll know, sir: they’re painted like a giant bird of pray.”

85. mars396 - February 6, 2008

or prey….

86. dalek - February 6, 2008

Cant wait for the space battles on this one :)

87. Lyle - February 6, 2008

I’m looking forward to this one…

However, I am wondering if it would even be possible to have non-Constitution-class ships in the fight with the M5, since it’s been canonically-established, has it not, that Excalibur, Lexington, Hood, and Potemkin were all Constitution-class starships?

88. GraniteTrek - February 6, 2008

Since the ships are actually named during the episode, and canon or tradition has ships of those names as Constitution class, I doubt they’ll be anything but those now.

89. Sean4000 - February 6, 2008

One of the few things I praised in this project were the matte paintings. Whoever did those has genuine talent. I cannot remember his name for the life of me.

90. M5 - February 6, 2008

This episode was aired in Poland about two weeks ago on a local TV station which belongs to News Corporation. It was really fun to watch all the CGI ships at various angles. I think the remastered episode was much better than the original TOS. I was surprised to see it before the US première.

91. T Negative - February 6, 2008

I think some other effects heavy episodes yet to air are: Enterprise Incident, Obsession, Elaan of Troyius and By any other name. None of these are even close to the Doomsday Machine or the Ultimate Computer but there should be some nice new shots to look forward to.

92. SteveinSF - February 6, 2008

#33–so who did the FX for that episode, “Mirror Darkly?” I wonder if it was so over the top expensive that they couldn’t use the same technique with the remastered episodes.

93. Jörg - February 6, 2008

Stratos should be cool as well!

94. Classic trek - February 6, 2008

one of my fav episodes.
looks good
greg
UK

95. Jeyl - February 6, 2008

“No! We’re invincible! Look what we’ve done! Your mighty starships! War toys to be crushed as we choose!”
*faints*

Take him to your lab Data.

96. Sean4000 - February 6, 2008

#92/33:

The FX were Provided by a company called EdenFX, they’re based out of Hollywood and are one of the leading FX houses in the industry. Paramount went so cheap on this project that anything that was one cent over the barebones budget was labeled outrageously expensive.

Money buys the artists that can do the job in any ammount of time. Eden has had tight budgets before. They were strapped for time/budget/everything in the 4th season too and had nothing to go on for the basis of their work. Yet they still produced “In A Mirror Darkly”

97. REDJACK THE UNAVOIDABLE! - February 6, 2008

*gasp* Could that look any more computer game-y??? It’s got that shiny computer game look!

Ugh.

98. REDJACK THE UNAVOIDABLE! - February 6, 2008

#12 that painting looks more realistic than the rendered image here on this site. It’s a shame. It’s a NICE design! It just needs to be rendered more realistically.

99. Vulcan927 - February 6, 2008

I was a little disappointed in the K-7 redo, but this looks good. I like not having the same ship, planet, space station just being stock footage, it really opens up the Star Trek universe.

I agree #12 does look like it very much…nice retro look. think looks good from the sneak peak

#93 I am looking forward to seeing Stratos in full glory very much myself. Was always one image that stayed in my mind since young, a city in the clouds.

100. The Vulcanista - February 6, 2008

#93, #99

I was wondering if they’d make Stratos any bigger. It seemed so small to me, but then again, Kirk & Spock were observing it from the planet surface.

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

101. Pete Tong - February 6, 2008

Looks cartoonish to me

102. Jamie - February 6, 2008

I find it ironic that the episode is called the “ultimate computer” since the render looks so cheap!

Seriously though, they’ve done a good job. I just have a problem with all these shiny metallic textures. It looks very CGI to me, and a bit like everything’s made out of tin cans. The original Enterprise model looked very matte and not shiny at all.

103. Captain Pike - February 6, 2008

#84 You won’t see a Saladin unless there is some special agreement made with the estate of Franz Joseph. He owns/ed the copyright on the art and designs from the Starfleet Technical Manual. Paramount does not.

And there also has to be a will to do it. If you are over 35 then the SFTM is important to your memories of Trek and Trek fandom. If you’re from the “Next Gen” generation then you could careless. I have seen printed remarks by Mike Okuda to the effect he doesn’t consider FJ and the the SFTM canonical/important/interesting so I wouldn’t hold my breath.

Me? I’d probably faint if I saw a Saladin class destroyer on screen. The SFTM does mean something to some people. Heck I met my wife through a Trek club named after one of the ships in the SFTM.

104. Thomas Jensen - February 6, 2008

That’s a spot-on selection for a space station which fits with what we’ve seen before. I’d like to see a Saladin class destroyer too, but I don’t need to see it in play during the episode. Perhaps if it were docked, but it’s more impressive to see four Constitution class vessels in war games against the Enterprise. Quite a dilemma for our heros, overcoming the combined forces of four Federation Starships!

105. OR Coast Trekkie - February 6, 2008

To EVERYONE who is busting on the screencap – the ships look better watching them on tv, as opposed to the low res capture you get and see on your computer screen (which for most people, isn’t larger than 17″).

Question to EVERYONE: are all the ships actaully named in THIS episode? When I say that, I mean what made it to screen; not what the script says that was never established in dialogue, not what what it says in the Star Trek Encyclopedia. If so, where/when? If not, I think it would be ok to make a couple of the ships different classes. But even if the ships are named, I would like to see them do something more to the ships, give them their own little look, and not have them be just copy/pastes.

Remember, the budget for the remastering never included fixing the effects in the first place. The space shots just couldn’t be cleaned up enough for HD. It wasnt realized till afterwards.

106. navamske - February 6, 2008

Everybody knows that the voice of the M5 is James Doohan, right?

107. REDJAC THE UNAVOIDABLE ONE! - February 6, 2008

The ships in the war games with the M-5 unit are:

Excalibur
Potemkin
Lexington

and…

Hood

108. Tassieboy - February 6, 2008

Looks good. It’s been a while since we’ve seen an interesting screenshot beyond the usual Enterprise orbiting a planet. I’ll be very interested to see more images after the episode has aired.

109. Jorg Sacul - February 6, 2008

If you want to see a Ptolemy-class or a dreadnought, check out the work in the New Voyages episodes. They also have a very spectacular TOS-era Miranda class ship, the USS Copernicus, in the upcoming episode Blood and Fire.

After “The Doomsday Machine”, this is my most awaited episode. I hope we’re treated with all kinds of eye candy!

110. Rob - February 6, 2008

with all the missed opportunities (ie the klingon scout in “friday’s child,” the J-class in “Mudd’s Women,” the blank viewscreen in “The Enemy WIthin” etc etc etc) and they come up with THIS crap? Somebody at CBS Digital doesn’t know when to leave well alone enough. They shouldn’t have done anything with the station design. D for idea, F+ for execution.

111. Andy Patterson - February 6, 2008

M5….M5 must survive.

My favorite part of this episode has always been crazy, dramatic Daystrom with his operatic voice. “I’M AM GREAT.” “YOU ARE GREAT”…..”THEY LAUGHED AT THE BOY GENIUS.” M5 must survive.

Years later Daystrom showed up as Cartoon King on Pee Wee’s Playhouse.

112. SteveinSF - February 6, 2008

# 105–although not in the war games battle, the Woden was an automated freighter that was destroyed by the M5. It looked just like Khan’s sleeper ship.

All the others were named by #107-

113. COMPASSIONATE GOD - February 6, 2008

Re: 29. SteveinSF – February 6, 2008
“This shot of TOS enterprise approaching the station looks too much like plastic toys and low budget computer animation. ”

Painfully true. No improvements this far into the project–only more inferior, video game-like junk.

Re: 111. Andy Patterson – February 6, 2008
Years later Daystrom showed up as Cartoon King on Pee Wee’s Playhouse.”

Though William Marshall is likely best known for his portrayal of vampire “Blacula” in the 1972 film of the same name.

114. Sean4000 - February 6, 2008

BREAKING NEWS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

CBS-D HAS BEEN AWARDED THE CONTRACT TO REMASTER ALL OF STAR TREK THE NEXT GENERATION!!!!!!!!!!

HERE IS THEIR DEMO SHOT THAT AWARDED THEM THE CONTRACT:

http://www.thelogbook.com/phosphor/nes/2007/s1.gif

LIKEWISE, EDEN FX IS SCRATCHING THEIR HEADS WONDERING WHY THEIR FX CLIP WAS NOT SELECTED AS THE NEW STANDARD:

http://images3.wikia.nocookie.net/memoryalpha/en/images/0/07/USS_Enterprise_%28NCC-1701-D%29_enters_asteroid_field.jpg
http://images3.wikia.nocookie.net/memoryalpha/en/images/e/e7/Galaxy_class_aft.jpg

115. OR Coast Trekkie - February 6, 2008

#111 – “That’s right, you heard us correctly, he’ll be right here directly, to show us the cartoon perfectly, shoo be do be do be do wa

#114 – Ah the Game Boy color… good times…, althoughh I do give them credit that their first efforts did at least look like the Sega Genesis 32X

116. seangh - February 6, 2008

Is that really a frame grab from TUC? It looks like a previs render. Wow, how icky the lighting is there.

Looking forward to TUC, but have very low expectations effects wise.

117. Fleet Captain Kor'Tar - February 7, 2008

This should be a fun if they do the battles right, either way I’m looking forward to it! All I ask is some tall ships and an M-5 computer to make dust out them!

118. Space Cowboy - February 8, 2008

I was a ten year old boy when TOS first came to the airwaves on
CTV and NBC, it made me switch from LiS(Lost in Space). So I’m really an old fart in this. Star Trek also owes a lot to Forbidden Planet, Rocky
Jones:Space Ranger,Tom Corbett et all as each were no doubt inspiration
for Trek’s Starfleet and “Federation” as each had their own take on same.
I believe that the upgraded FX, including the small touches, like replacing
the “roller wheel” chronometer on the nav/helm console with a true digital
readout is what Jim Rugg & William ‘Matt’ Jeffries would have wanted had they access to the cash and technology. I was relieved upon viewing TTwT
that there was no sign of Sisko,Dax,O’Brien or Bashir. So they kept the
“real” Trekverse intact. In that regard I am a fan of FJ and hold to many
of his designs, the ‘Ships of the Star Fleet’ books, yet I have a bone to pick with Micheal Okuda (and Naren Shankar for his bad episodes of TNG).
However, his naming of the frigates Miranda class can be seen as a
parallel universe 24th century designation of an inferior craft (hell so many
broke apart during encounters with the Borg and Dominuon). Therefore it should be noted that the Reliant is actually an Avenger class Frigate…
borne out of the previous Surya class, with the Coventry class being my
favourite TOS class frigate. I like the new FX and no doubt as a previous poster who said they own the new DVDs that the resylts look much better
directly viewed or when watching on an HD affiliate station. I look forward to seeing UC this weekend.

119. Battletrek - February 8, 2008

Looks like crap.

120. Chapman - February 8, 2008

Looks good.

121. Sean4000 - February 8, 2008

Looks mediocre.

122. Windsor Bear - February 9, 2008

I just watched the episode. The atrocious syndication cuts ruined what would have otherwise been a great episode. Completely butchered in my opinion.

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