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“By Any Other Name” Remastered: Review + Screenshots March 9, 2008

by Jeff Bond , Filed under: Review,TOS-R Screenshots/Video , trackback


An odd but entertaining late-second season entry, “By Any Other Name” suffers from an extreme clash of styles. It begins as a grim hostage drama, and with its static planet set and stiff face-offs between Kirk and alien leader Rojan (Warren Stevens of the sci fi classic Forbidden Planet), the episode plays out like one of those morose third season episodes with Kirk suffering more anguish from losing crewmembers and waxing poetic about the loss of personal freedom.

Jerome Bixby’s and D.C. Fontana’s script posits the Kelvans as multi-limbed, monstrous beings from the Andromeda Galaxy disguised in human form. That leads to a typically humanistic gambit for the Enterprise crew (goading the aliens into experiencing human emotions and sensations that will overwhelm their alien logic), and that in turn causes the story to take a rather welcome left turn into comedy. Between an epic Scotty drunk scene and Kirk and Spock’s continual baiting of Rojan as he grows jealous of the Captain’s dalliances with his cohort Kelinda (Barbara Bouchet in a spectacularly simple Bill Theiss costume surely ranks as one of the most sizzling alien sirens Kirk ever seduced), “By Any Other Name” hits the finish line as a full-fledged farce and it’s pretty funny. “It would appear you have little control over her,” Spock says to Rojan of Kelinda. “Or perhaps Captain Kirk has more.” There’s a number of other nice lines (Scotty’s “It’s, uh…it’s green.” And Kirk’s “I’m…stimulating him!”), the effect of the Kelvans reducing Enterprise crewmen to crumbly dodecahedrons with their belts is classic Trek gimmickry, and before the comedy takes over there are a couple of crackling suspense sequences, particularly when Scotty rigs the Enterprise to explode upon contact with the galactic energy barrier. Less effective are the early scenes in captivity, especially when Spock has to replay his mind meld lure scene from “A Taste of Armegeddon,” with Kirk helpfully referencing the episode for continuity porn purposes (this does allow Spock to get a mental glimpse of the hideous creatures the Kelvans actually are, however). “By Any Other Name” isn’t a TOS classic but enjoyed on its own merits it’s still a lot of fun.

By late second season photography of the large Enterprise miniature had been finessed to the point that the horrific blue spill, heavy grain and obvious matte line had been largely eliminated, so new effects shot for the episode of the Enterprise streaking toward Andromeda and eventually wheeling away from the distant galaxy to head back for home looked pretty decent. Other effects, such as the return to the energy field at the edge of the galaxy, were recycled from the “Where No Man Has Gone Before” pilot. CBS-D goes the extra mile on this one but in doing so they call some of the oft-stated precepts of the project in question. As in “Spock’s Brain” we get a gorgeous introductory matte painting enhancing the landing party beam-down that goes a long way toward erasing the problem of the claustrophobic, bland original planet set. The team reuses the hyper-warp effects from “Day of the Dove” and replaces the pilot-style Enterprise model with the “production” version for shots of the starship moving towards, through and away from the galactic energy barrier. The sensation of speed was always very well put across by the original episode, particularly in cutting around Chekov’s line “We…made it…” with the ship shown streaking away from the barrier and immediately after rocketing toward the Andromeda Galaxy. The new effects team has always done a great job painting astronomical objects and Andromeda here is rendered larger and with far greater detail and color than the original—the effect is particularly impressive in a rapid whip-pan showing the Enterprise streaking toward and then away from the camera as Andromeda is slid into the frame. The final shot of the Enterprise banking away from Andromeda was nicely enhanced by a terrific music cue and the new shot answers some of the critics who’ve been carping about all the ultra-fast motion shots of the ship—it’s a majestic banking shot displaying an unusual top angle of the ship before it turns to advance on the camera to leave Andromeda behind.

Great stuff, but the one continuing fly in the ointment is the nicely done but redundant imagery of wholly Earth-like planet “globe” shots. The standard line here is that we now know what Earth looks like from space and so, apparently, ANY planet with a breathable atmosphere not covered by desert must look essentially just like Earth. That’s fine but why, then, is artistic license still the going concern on the spaceship shots and matte paintings? The opening matte shot is done in the classic Trek style with looming moons and a lighting scheme that one has to suspect is far from realistic. And while even the original series probably cheated by making Andromeda a visible disc in the distance as the Enterprise leaves the galaxy, CBS-D cheats even more by making the other galaxy a massive disc filling the frame. Add the standard space lighting scheme that keeps the Enterprise brightly lit no matter where in space it travels and you hardly have a strict, scientifically accurate view of the universe here. So why allow all the pulpy, colorful artistry that makes Trek so fun in these other areas and refuse to allow for any real variety in the planet exteriors?

The other continuing question is the inconsistency in effects application where it’s clear some episodes have few resources thrown at them while others get the royal treatment. This speaks to hard choices made by the new effects team and it’s clear that the overall budget and schedule is to blame here. The irony is that the basis for the schedule was arguably the DVD release schedule, but since Paramount chose to hitch its star to HD-DVD that’s now thrown out the window and we likely won’t see season two until the end of the year. Given that this work probably could have been done on a far more leisurely schedule and truly been done for posterity instead of as an alternate syndication package where quality fluctuates from week to week. It’s still frustrating to see shots that totally fulfill the project’s goal alongside imagery that’s just not photoreal enough to satisfy tech-savvy 10-year olds who are used to much more sophisticated effects.

by Matt Wright

Remastered & Original





couldn’t get to the reel on time, but Xindi1985 did one so thanks and here you go




1. Drew - March 9, 2008

Not the best episode…. just ok

2. neal - March 9, 2008

it’s green!

3. Morn Speaks - March 9, 2008

Classic Trek had the hottest consistency women on an episode to episode level. And “By Any Other Name” is no exception!

4. SPB - March 9, 2008


…but “By Any Other Name” has always been one of my personal favorite second season episodes, purely on overall entertainment value alone.

I truly enjoy the humor in the TOS episodes, whether or not it fits the overall tone of an episode. There’s some damn serious stuff going on here, but it’s not morose or dull. Just enough humor to make it FUN.

I’d hate to see what kind of a take the sterile TNG would have made with a plot like this.

5. Andy Patterson - March 9, 2008

I’ll tell you one thing I’ve noticed with this enhanced HD and scrubbing of images they’ve done; and that Nimoy’s smokers bottom row of teeth before he got his dentures. Man, that’s very evident on these new remastered shots.

And as I said on another thread – I always notice that smoking hot Barbara Bouchet in any version. She and Sherry Jackson are near the tops for me of Star Trek women.

Oh, and then there’s Barbara Luna. How could I forget her? Which reminds me, she’d be the perfect subject of an article on Trek conventions. I’ve never seen anyone work a convention like her. She ought to write the text book. She sells it. Man, she’s good.

6. SteveinSF - March 9, 2008

The only creepy thing was the killing of the red shirt girl would couldn’t act.

Still my favorite shot ever is the TOS version of the Enterprise turning around back towards home. That is such a majestic shot–the slow banking of Big E and the lighting; It can’t be duplicated.

7. T Negative - March 9, 2008

This episode has some great moments and the remastering was quite good. I’m glad they didn’t recycle the Barrier shots from WNMHGB.

“I’ve been giving Hanar injections of Formazine. It should have him climbing the walls.”

-Dr. McCoy

8. Trek or Treat - March 9, 2008

Haven’t seen this remastered ep yet. They don’t air til 3am Monday Mornings here in Miami :( However from the stills above, the new galactic barrier shots look GREAT! along with the opening matte painting. Looks like a winner for CBSD


Agree with your on Barbara Luna. I’ve seen her at conventions several times. GREAT lady. She certainly does know how to work it.

9. David (Flaming Wings Forever!) - March 9, 2008

The reduction of people to the ‘octahedral’ shapes was what freaked me out as a kid. But the most memorable moment was Scotty… ‘It’s green’. The delivery of that line was, IMO, a ST classic.

10. Garovorkin - March 9, 2008

I agree not the best episode, but those screen shots look fantastic,the planet the ship of course. But on top of that they did a remarkable job on the energy barrier at the edge of the galaxy and the ship traveling through ithe barrier and leaving the galaxy to Andromeda. In the original series, it looks as though they simply reused the same barrier sequences from the second pilot episode Where no man has gone before which was common practice back in those days The original sequence looked one dimensional which begged the question of why the ship didn’t fly over it instead of through it This was not their fault the problem is they had neither the budget nor the technology to render it any better then they did, I am not knocking what they did achieve, that was state of the art back in the 60’s. They also did a great job rendering the landscape of the planet based upon the original. I may be a critic of certain aspects of the story , but not the effort to make the episode look so much better.

11. Gene L. Coon was a U. S. Marine - March 9, 2008

Bouchet is OK, but I say Marianna Hill retires the award. Dr. Helen Noel, in Dagger of the Mind. You take the rest, give me Hill!


12. Xai - March 9, 2008

Ok, what were the octahedrals really made of?

13. CmdrR - March 9, 2008

Bill Theiss deserves a medal… or a lengthy sentence. In any case, Kalinda is yet another babe to inspire young men to learn their science, and biology.

I’ve never been too clear about the chain of events regarding the Kelvins. They came to “invade”… what? The entire Milky Way? Aren’t there only six of them or so? If you wanted to invade a galaxy, wouldn’t you just go for it. Send, dunno, 50-60 trillion of your multi-limbed bad-boys and kick some Milky butt?

OK, maybe they’re a scouting mission. Whatever… So, their ship is kerblooey at the edge of the galaxy and they barely make it to purple world with the clothes on their backs. (Off the back, in Kalinda’s case.) First order of business? Use their extensive supplies to build a cave/jail and send a May Day (something they no doubt would ignore since they’re intergalactic jerks) directed specifically at the Enterprise.

Hey wait, we got too many dang limbs for the turbo-lift (which we know about, cause we’re all alien and stuff.) No worries. Along with the cave-jail, we brought a dna-reseqencer. Poof. We’re pasty-white humanoids.

So… we freeze-dry the E crew and… what? Send out a message that it’s open season on the Milky Way? Nope, we head back on a trip on the E that even with our super-science is gonna take longer than we’ll live.

Does this even begin to make sense? It’s somewhat better than the Martians’ plan in Spielberg’s War of the Worlds (hide the ships during the time when hominids can barely wipe their own butts so we can surprise them in their industrial age.) But, still Plan Kelvin makes me think Bush is running Andromeda.

Anyway, this is one of those eps that is definitely a lose framework for character moments to hang on. It’s clear that Gene and the writers knew who “the big four” were and were playing to them. And on that level, it works just fine. “It’s green” got more play at high school and college parties than I can count.

Woo, that got long. Anyway — fun ep. Nice enhancements from CBS-D.

14. mntrekfan - March 9, 2008

One of the best McCoy scenes ever! As Spock passes out, McCoy makes this great face of surprise. Go check it out if you don’t know what I’m talking about! Maybe there’s a vidcap or something. It’s funny!

15. mntrekfan - March 9, 2008

Oh, yeah, couldn’t the effects guys put that moon/second planet in the space shot? Would’ve been kinda cool

16. roebeet - March 9, 2008

This one always bugged me, in that the head Kelvin purposely killed one of Kirk’s crew, and yet seemingly gets away with it without punishment, in the end. Major plot hole, in my opinion. A better way to wrap this one up would have been that the head Kelvin is killed – maybe in a heroic way to redeem himself, and the others colonize the planet.

17. Scott - March 9, 2008

Jeff Bond, tellin’ it like it is! Jeff Bond, takin’ it to The Man!

Good points about the remastering effort, Jeff. I agree.

And the caption for that picture of Kirk with Kelinda above:

“What does THIS button do?”

I don’t know what that means.

Scott B. out.

18. Scott - March 9, 2008

Re: #15 mntrekfan — excellent point! Where’d the moon go? Bolsters Mr. Bond’s comments about the new planet effects’ ineffectiveness.

Scott B. out.

19. Batts - March 9, 2008

Here is my opinion. I am just getting bored with the same earth type planet (talk about the reuse) with different sky!! I was OK! with what I saw, but nothing really said WOW!! Physically, moving through the barrier was interesting and the conclusion of turning around was NICE! but I just did not jump out of my seat!!

CBS has gone on for too long with jacking up this 2nd season remastering efforts. I dont know! What’s left?? I still think “The Cage” deserves a special touch. Even though “The Menagerie” will save them some time. We just did NOT see many ship exteriors in the pilot. I thought perhaps showing the E on approach to Talos IV would be good. My favorite revision is when the Talosians probed the computers we saw 1960’s history,perhaps can we see a quickie of 9/11, iraqi war, the presidential race, shuttle explosions. I deeply apologizze for offending any sensitivities, just offering an opinion.

Can someone tell me what you think of those ideas??

20. Batts - March 9, 2008

All this does is add more weight to the statement of the keeper. “This makes you too violent and dangerous of species for our needs”

21. Garovorkin - March 9, 2008

#19 I agree I would like to see the cage get the full treatment, sliding in historical events like 9/11 and the Iraq war would not be a bad idea at all.

22. Chris Basken - March 9, 2008


Yeah, I wonder how Kirk explained THAT to her family.

“We regret to inform you that your daughter/sister/mother died. Her death served no purpose except to demonstrate the inhumanity and ruthlessness of a conquering thief. But rest assured he was brought to justice and given his very own planet.”

23. Sean4000 - March 9, 2008

LOL 20, and 21. Hope in one hand, spit in the other and see which one fills faster. Good idea though. We’re about to run dry in this well here.

24. S. John Ross - March 9, 2008

Always one of my favorites. I’d say that I classify this ep as a guilty pleasure, except I really only know that phrase from hearing others use it; I can’t quite parse the concept :)

Always one of my favorites.

25. Batts - March 9, 2008

For instance, another way these guys at CBS is going to fly under the radar again will be with “Is there in truth no beauty?” We have another visit to the barrier (3 totaled so far) That episode was not exactly my favorite, but here again ” a little more sensationalism” could’nt hurt either!! LOL.

One might ask “What are you looking for exactly, Batts?” I come to you with an opinion poll, whoever wins with the best suggestion, gets a walk on part in the new movie and $1000. I know i have been drinking Sorium Brandy and smoking Maka Root!! LOL. Ha HA. Good night, fellow trekkies!!

26. Garovorkin - March 9, 2008

#23 Sean4000, your right this topic is running dry, how many times can say we like the visuals before it gets old, well it has ,When it comes to the technical aspects of the remastering process Im way out of my league on this one. I am not a technical person per say. I read what you and Spockboy and the rest talk about, its simply beyond me> I must say i have learned a few thing though. Good night all!

27. Sean4000 - March 9, 2008

Hey, Garo. Keep the praise and nay says coming. lol. I meant that TOS-R is coming to an end and that the well is almost dry in that respect. Not that we’re sick of seeing comments; not at all.

28. Batts - March 9, 2008

Oh! I forgot one more thing!! How come the ships computers did not catch fire and explode and no one’s ESP was heightened??

29. Izbot - March 9, 2008

19 & 21. RE: “The Cage”

The Remastered version airs week of April 26.

….Aaaaaannndd again another planet with blue oceans seen from orbit and yet a magenta/violet sky on the surface — and CBS-D even put in a lake in their matte painting that reflects that magenta/violet sky!

The seas should be the same color as the sky, as on earth.

30. DavidJ - March 9, 2008

Actually one of my favorite aspects of this episode ARE the continuity references– both the Taste of Armageddon reference and Kirk telling Rojan, when talking about the Barrier, “yes, we’ve been there.”

That kind of thing was so rarely done on the original series, that it really jumps out at you here. I always get a kick out of that.

I also love the idea of the Enterprise having to travel BETWEEN galaxies for once. Watching Trek, it’s easy to forget sometimes that we’re only seeing this one, lone galaxy being explored in episode after episode. There’s an entire universe out there that is still completely unexplored in Trek.

31. sean - March 9, 2008

I’m not sure why anyone would be complaining about the planet in this one – the original was hardly anything to write home about in terms of TOS planets.

That aside, it IS frustrating when the remaster team gives us several flops and then randomly treats an episode like this with the gold treatment. I’m just not sure how they qualify an episode as worth the extra effort? A coin flip, perhaps?

32. Moonwatcher - March 9, 2008

How is it that an advanced race such as the Kelvans would have problems entering the barrier (their ship was destroyed), when the good ship Enterprise acts as if it were just a speed bump?….I don’t know, maybe it was the technological trap of a more sophisticated technology failing when more rudimentary equipment endures. Also, it’s a good thing nobodies EPS ratings jumped though the roof after leaving the galaxy or they would have a number of “Gary Michaels” to deal with on the return flight. : )

33. Moonwatcher - March 9, 2008

Oops…that was ” Gary Mitchell’s” not, “Michael’s”. It’s late!

34. Mark 2000 - March 9, 2008

Christ the old barrier was so much better in terms of color, design, and sheer power. The new one looks like a long stringy cloud. Probably the most CG effect in the TOSR project.

35. Michael Hall - March 10, 2008

<“I’d hate to see what kind of a take the sterile TNG would have made with a plot like this.”

Actually, I think post-third season TNG would have handled this story with a lot more depth and sophistication, if less campy fun. There is a memorabe scene or two, the main cast gets off some jokey dialogue that fans remember fondly, and don’t even get me started about Barbara
Bouchet. But with its furtive stabs at suspense, intrigue, sci-fi, and, ultimately, farce, in the end “By Any Other Name” just doesn’t know what kind of episode it wants to be. It’s an okay hour of ’60s action-adventure television, but a far cry from the mature, literate SF series for adults that Roddenberry had initially promised.

As for the remastered FX, other than the inevitable reuse of the horribly reconceived energy barrier from “Where No Man Has Gone Before,” no complaints here.

36. Robert Bernardo - March 10, 2008

Jeff Bond wrote:

> So why allow all the pulpy, colorful artistry that makes Trek so fun in
> these other areas and refuse to allow for any real variety in the planet
> exteriors?

> It’s still frustrating to see shots that totally fulfill the project’s goal
> alongside imagery that’s just not photoreal enough…

Huh? I’m confused. Jeff Bond wants more pulpy, colorful artistry and yet also wants photo-realism? There’s a contradiction.

In my opinion, the Remastered FX team is trying to strike a balance between the two styles, and for the most part, they succeed.

37. Jeffrey S. Nelson - March 10, 2008

11. Gene L. Coon Was A U.S. Marine…
Check out Marianna Hill in 2005 dvd release of “State of Grace Coma Girl “… cameo role that doesn’t do her justice…but she still looks great at age 67!! Not the greatest dvd release, but it’s something.
Also, who can forget Marianna Hill in the “I Robot” episode of The Outer Limtis from 1964, as Dr. Link’s daughter. Leonard Nimoy also in the episode.

38. borgz - March 10, 2008

Scotty’s “it’s green” line reoccurred nicely in his role in TNG “Relics” as Data offers an aging Mr. Scott a drink from Guinan’s secret collection in Ten Forward. Scotty asks Data what the drink is. Unsure of the answer Data tastes it, gives up and declares, “it’s green.”

39. ety3 - March 10, 2008

I would have liked a shot of the Milky Way being left behind, instead of three or four shots of Andromeda.

40. Garovorkin - March 10, 2008

The Kelvins are planning an invasion and they only send one ship, now given the fact that it takes them 300 years to reach our Galaxy, you would think in all that time that they would have sent addtional follow up expeditions to see how the first one fared. The Kelvins must be seriously cash strapped if they can only afford to send one ship every 300 years.

41. marshmelloncraver - March 10, 2008

1) the remastered shot of Andromeda is way too large for it to be 300 years away.
2)Why were Kirk, Spock, Scotty and McCoy spared from being crystalized when they would not survive the trip anyway?
3) If the Kelvins could make the E go up to warp 14+, then why didnt they have the knowledge to break on through the energy barrier.
4) Is the energy barrier at the edge of the Milky Way real science? I’ve heard there could be such a barrier at the edge of our solar system.

42. DeBeckster - March 10, 2008

Doesn’t the new barrier shots kind of look like the shock wave from the Praxis explosion? Haven’t see the whole episode yet. My favorite part is Scott getting his drunk on.

43. FREAKAZOID - March 10, 2008

How come we gave all the other galaxies cool names like Andromeda, or Holmberg, or even Pancake (yes there really is a galaxy called the Pancake Galaxy ^_^) and we name our own something lame like “Milky Way?”

44. Son of Sarek (the original) - March 10, 2008

BTW – Barbara Bouchet did some work for Penthouse…

45. Randall - March 10, 2008

#41 marshmelloncraver:

1) That’s a completely subjective call–we don’t know how big the damn galaxy would look in this instance. But anyway, it’s artistic license. It looks great. Give it a rest.
2) Good point, this episode is full of holes. Still, I disagree with everyone else who downplays its quality. I think it’s a fantastic episode. Funny, tense, dramatic, cool… I find nothing wrong with it (except the aforementioned holes).
3) Easy to answer this one. Clearly the energy barrier is unique to our galaxy (or at least Andromeda doesn’t have one) because Rojan makes the point of saying “there’s an energy barrier at the edge of your galaxy.” Had there been such a barrier around Andromeda, he would have said something like, “there’s an energy barrier at every galaxy’s edge.” Clearly he was pointing out that this is something unique to the Milky Way. So the Kelvans were unprepared for it. Not knowing the nature of it, they tried to cross it without whatever precautions the Enterprise’s crew has learned to take—and their ship got destroyed. Probably had the Kelvans been prepared they would have made it through okay.
4) The energy barrier is not really “real” science. There’s no theory that would support such a thing, though there were ideas at one time how something like it could occur–so it’s not totally out of the question. There is no such barrier at the edge of our solar system–what you are thinking of is either what’s called the “Bow Shock” or the “Heliopause.” These are the boundary lines between where our sun’s influence ends and deep galactic space begins–i.e., where the solar wind reaches it’s farthest limit, and is, in a sense, “blown back” by the particles and energies of deep space. This forms a kind of bubble around the solar system, protecting us (to some degree) from dust and energy from galactic space. But it isn’t an energy barrier of the type shown in Star Trek… merely a sort of boundary layer between the sun’s influence, and where that influence stops. The Pioneer and Voyager spacecraft will soon be crossing over into the area where galactic space begins—first man made objects to ever do so.

46. Randall - March 10, 2008


Come on, look up at the sky. The Milky Way is visible (at least one of its arms of stars, gas and dust is) from earth. Doesn’t take too much imagination to think of it as a great trail of milk, squirted across the sky.

And this is just how the Greek’s envisioned it–as coming from the breast of Hera, queen of the gods. Her milk streamed across the sky—hence, “Milky Way.”

Is that really any worse than “the Pinwheel Galaxy,” or “the Sombrero Galaxy?” Most galaxies just have numbers, not even names.

47. thomoz - March 10, 2008

“Barbara Bouchet in a spectacularly simple Bill Theiss costume
surely ranks as one of the most sizzling alien sirens Kirk ever seduced”

I’ve had some serious bones for this lady for only . . . 40 years (laughing).
I imagine when I get to see this ep in HD I’ll be in a spin ALL OVER AGAIN . . . .

48. freezejeans - March 10, 2008

Man…seeing this as a kid in the early 70’s freaked me out a bit when they’d crush the sponges and thereby kill a person–I wondered what that must’ve felt like! What a way to die.

Loved the updates on this one, nice job, CBS-D!

49. British Naval Dude - March 10, 2008

How many degrees Kelvin is Barbara Bouchet? Hot, hot , hot!
And now she’s a grandmother… soooo… uh…. I should be ashamed of meself.

This was a good adventure and a hoot ta boot.
Funny how what we could call “character flaws” in Kirk and Scotty are what drove the Kelvins (sorry Kelvans with an “A”… oh, and some “T” as well here…) batty.
Now, I know Scotty was not a drunkard… but Kirk of course chased tha gals so… I think I lost me point before i start- just as well as I wuz ta draw similarities to today’s health paranoia and drug pushing with McCoy doing the same thing to intentionally drive that Kelvan batty,

Ahhh… at the end they all knew what was bound ta happen being human.
(Being a Kelvanist, I suppose they believe in pre-determination.)

Great Scott! Green! Wonderful moment ta be treasured. Despite Scotty needin’ an interior decorator.


50. Vulcan Soul - March 10, 2008

It’s amazing how the energy field effect from the 1960s has a much more “real” and cinematic feeling than that computer game plasma CBS-D has produced…

51. Garovorkin - March 10, 2008

#41 great points, here’s another one for you, Why didn’t they keep the warp engine modifications that th Kelvins made to the Enterprise, wouldn’t it have been a good tactical advantage for the for Kirk and the Federation to have the fastest ship in the galaxy. What is the rational for demodifying the enterprise?
To me this has always been a big problem with not only the original series but with all other incarnations of trek, They get hold of wonderful and even useful new technology and they don’t use it. they incorporate it into federation technology, which if you think about it violates the whole premise of trek about exploration and new knowledge. What good is getting the knowledge if you don’t use it?

52. The Ghost of Space pioneering President John Fitzgerald Kennedy - March 10, 2008

Too bad they did not leave in the superior shots of Enterprise heading for and eventually turning away from Andromedia, my only gripe, and as the reviewer said by this time in the late second season they had no need to redo those shots ….

He made one error though, Day of the Dove from the third season took the idea he spoke of from this episode, not visa versa.

cheers from the stars,

President Kennedy …or his Excalbian clone waiting to help Kirk one day.

53. eagle219406 - March 10, 2008

I Liked the effects of this episode. I was a bit nervous because of syndication that they would cut out the “It’s Green” part. I was so glad that they didn’t. If anybody is complaining the planet looking like earth, It doesn’t. I am looking at the side by side comparisons and it doesn’t look that different from the old one. And none of the planets looked like earth unless they were supposed to look like earth. So they had Oceans and Continents but you think we are the only planet that does?

54. eagle219406 - March 10, 2008

#10 In the original series, it looks as though they simply reused the same barrier sequences from the second pilot episode Where no man has gone before which was common practice back in those days

IT’s still done today. They do it to save money on effects. It’s a lot cheaper to reuse an old effect than to try and create a new one.

55. OneBuckFilms - March 10, 2008

This is one of those episodes that I enjoy, but never think of when quoting my favourites.

Interesting, because the “It is Green” quote is one of those memorable moments people remember.

56. Batts - March 10, 2008

I was watching this with my kids and they died laughing how Kirk Bitch-Slapped, Rojan!! That was hysterical!!!

57. marshmelloncraver - March 10, 2008

Thank you #45. I know everyone likes the “Its green” quote, but I was equally as moved by Mr. Scott’s exclamation: “I can think of one way right off.”

58. eagle219406 - March 10, 2008

#19: CBS has gone on for too long with jacking up this 2nd season remastering efforts. I dont know! What’s left?? I still think “The Cage” deserves a special touch. Even though “The Menagerie” will save them some time. We just did NOT see many ship exteriors in the pilot.

That is because in “The Cage” There were no exterior shots except in the beginning and end. I would be pretty cool if the showed 9/11 or other things that happened since the 60s. I doubt they will do that though.

#30 Actually one of my favorite aspects of this episode ARE the continuity references– both the Taste of Armageddon reference and Kirk telling Rojan, when talking about the Barrier, “yes, we’ve been there.”

That kind of thing was so rarely done on the original series, that it really jumps out at you here. I always get a kick out of that.

I agree with you on that. Continuity was obviously not a big thing in the 60s. YOu may notice that the order in which it originally aired was much different than the order in which they were produced and why would they do that if the production order made so much more sense? That is probably why they rarely mentioned events from a previous episode. They do it a lot more often today. But since it was rarely done then, they could air it in any order and get away with it.

# 43: How come we gave all the other galaxies cool names like Andromeda, or Holmberg, or even Pancake (yes there really is a galaxy called the Pancake Galaxy ^_^) and we name our own something lame like “Milky Way?”

Because if you go to an area where there are no lights around, you see a big cluster of stars so close together that it actually looks like milk.

59. Geoffcapp - March 10, 2008

Andromeda is not necessarily in the direction of the outer rim. I believe it is in the southern sky. Why doesn’t the Enterprise fly toward the part of the galaxy that could be described as its “southern flank”?

I used to wonder why the energy barrier only appears in the middle of the viewscreen and spreads in both directions.

I surmise two possibilities. One, the barrier is normally invisible, but reacts locally to the approach of an energized object, or two, to being probed by sensor beams or deflectors.

The CBS remaster seems to treat the barrier as if it is a narrow band. If that’s the case, then fly over or under it! If anything, the remaster is worse than the original in this respect, because even at a distance, it already spans the width of the screen.

I would have rendered it this way. As the Enterprise approaches, the misty cloud effect lights up and spreads rapidly across the vicinity, in all 360 degrees of view. As the ship gets still closer, the solid looking section appears dead center and more slowly enlarges, appearing roughly, but not precisely, circular, with wisps of solidity near it (think of very tensile liquid drops ripping away from time to time, sometimes coalescing into the main body).

As the Enterprise gets still closer, the solid area shows energy waves rippling through it.

Once through it, the solid area fades behind the misty cloud, which dims, slowly at first and then rapidly, revealing a huge expanse of stars in one of the great arms of the galaxy.

At the end of the episode, I would have divided the time showing the Enterprise turning away from Andromeda. I would have shown it already turning, and quickly panned around to show the great Milky Way, enormous and beyond filling the screen, with the width of one huge broad arm visible and the hint of a second arm just at the edge of view as the Enterprise warps back home at Warp 14+. After all, they’d only been flying for a day or two, out of 109,500 days, so they’d still be only 25 or 50 light years out, practically within swatting distance.

I wonder if the Kelvans inventoried all the cubes so they know which ones to restore when the first four men become old fogies. And how will the Kelvans procreate? Will two of them revert to Kelvan form and retire to the shuttlecraft bay to procreate? It takes 9 months to gestate a human being – how long does it take to procreate a far more complex-brained Kelvan? I have a hunch that Drea and Kelinda would simply become “with child” in a very human way, and that Rojan’s orders allow him to “go human” in order to get intelligence information back home, then his and his crew’s genetic lines are willingly sacrificed for the “good” of the race.

Jeepers, even Rojan would have seen in about 15 years or less that they had no hope of fulfilling their mission.

Furthermore, why not stop outside the barrier, beam the signal to Andromeda, and wait for the invasion force in a mere 20 or 30 years? I can’t believe that Rojan’s ship wasn’t capable of crossing the distance in 200 or even 100 years – we’re talking a galaxy-spanning race that could make Janeway’s trip home in a few months. Now, add Rojan’s original trip time to his departure date, and the Kelvan scientists might have been able to invent faster stuff like the slipstream drive. I’m surprised Rojan’s crew wasn’t overtaken by faster ships before he even reached the MIlky Way. I can just see it.

Spock: “Why not transmit a message back to Andromeda?”

Rojan: “No form of transmission can penetrate the barrier.”

Sound effect of Kelvan transporter. 100-limbed creature appears. Telepathic broadcast reaches all seven (Kirk & party, Rojan, Kelinda).

Kelvan: “It can, now. Invasion forces are now orbiting this planet.”

Rojan: “How did you get here so soon, Admiral?”

Kelvan: “A minor technological breakthrough after you left.”

McCoy: “Well, there goes the neighbourhood.”

60. Steve Short - March 10, 2008

I hope when they beam down to the planets in each episode that they will always use this effect a wide shot to see the planet surface better as they are beaming down. And when The Cage airs I hope it’s cut to one hour like the other one hour episodes have played. On Sci Fi Channel The Cage was cut to one hour It was a lot better cut.

61. Batts - March 10, 2008

#58. Yes. I am aware that were no other shots of exteriors, what I meant was. Can it be squeezed in anywhere?? For example when Talos 4 comes rushing towards the screen and the ship assumes orbit. Could we put a quick flyby there?? Definitely, in the end, where the E is clearly a model going through the stars with the closing music. That needs help!!

When Pike tells the transporter chief about where to beam them. “Theres a canyon to the left” Can we show an overhead view of the surface?? Just an opinion.

62. Geoffcapp - March 10, 2008

When “The Cage” is redone – they should lift some scenes from “Deep Space 9: Past Tense” (Sisko and Bashir in a Sanctuary District), and from “Enterprise” – confronting the Xindi, for example. Perhaps even scenes from the eighth movie, and some opening title shots from “In a Mirror, Darkly”. Hitler rallies… Hiroshima… university Vietnam protests… Mid-East warfare… attempt on Reagan’s life… Red Square military parades… Challenger… fires of Kuwait… Khan’s mug shot… 9/11… Col. Green’s mug shot… Sanctuary District violence outbreak… a hint of the Earth-Romulan war of the late 2150s (only time it could have happened).

63. Garovorkin - March 10, 2008

# I seem to recall that the original cage episode ran for more then one hour, I think It was motion picture length. i often wonder why Paramount did not initially release it as a feature film in the theaters, It probably would have created a buzz for the series back then. Its funny but I actually liked Jeffrey Hunter in the Cage, and I think that much of what the cage was influenced certain aspects of Next Generation. I often wonder what Trek would have been like had Hunter doen the series. Its also interesting to consider what trek would have been like if other actors had taken on the role of Captain. Lloyd Bridges was consider, In my opinion, grat actor but would not have worked out in that role, Jack Lord great actor would have been a good Kirk had a reputaion of being a real stinker to work with, Shatner worked out the bset. One actor i think would have made a good kirk was Warren Stevens(rojan) he would have been quite good in the role.

64. Andy Patterson - March 10, 2008


Actually one of my favorite aspects of this episode ARE the continuity references– both the Taste of Armageddon reference and Kirk telling Rojan, when talking about the Barrier, “yes, we’ve been there.”

You’re right man. I do remember thinking any reference like that was neat. That was exciting to me as a kid.


And Garovorkin I have always noted that though the role was written for others,…..although it’d be interesting to see on some other Earth 2/alternate universe whatever, how that would have turned out….it really wouldn’t have been the same without Shatner.

65. T Negative - March 10, 2008


Isn’t this the shot of the Milky way being left behind??? I thought this was one of the Milky Way’s spiral arms when viewed edge on. Our galaxy is so massive that when you are right next to it you can only see a portion of it. There is no way you can see the entire galaxy until you are BILLIONS of miles away. Just my two cents.


66. Thomas Jensen - March 10, 2008

Julie Cobb (the crushed crewwomen) is married to James Cromwell (Zefram Cochrane).

67. Garovorkin - March 10, 2008

#64 Andy I wonder if our parallel selves in those other universes would share that sentiment Sorry Andy this one was to good to pass up but in all seriousness ,your right Trek would not have been the same without Shatner.

68. The Vulcanista - March 10, 2008

I missed this one, but I do like the enhanced landing-party screenshot up above. Stuff like that is what I’d loved to have seen more of on the TOS-R project.

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

69. Steve Short - March 10, 2008

63 The Cage was longer about 64 minutes long on VHS without the commercials in it. The scene with Pike looking at the aliens in the other cages the aliens looked stupid and there was more. So cutting it to a one hour is a better The Cage. The one hour The Cage you saw on the Sci Fi channel was the same scenes you saw in The Menagerie but a different ending.

70. Robert Bernardo - March 10, 2008

Randall wrote:

> The energy barrier is not really “real” science. There’s no theory that
> would support such a thing, though there were ideas at one time how
> something like it could occur–so it’s not totally out of the question.

Actually a few years ago on PBS, there was video showing how scientists created a situation in which particles were suspended in a magnetic field. The particles formed concentric “globes” and a definite center. Theorizing it out, what was created was model of a galaxy, with a galaxy center and not only a outer boundary (barrier, if you want to call it that) but also several boundaries within. Not only did this demonstrate how an outer boundary could exist, but it showed how there are other boundaries, like when the Enterprise crossed the “Great Barrier” to get to Sha-Ka-Ree in Star Trek V.

71. Kyle Nin - March 10, 2008

Again, I’m not sure why people are complaining that the planet is too “Earth-like”, when it was clearly meant to be that way in the original version. The biggest difference between the two versions is that the original was shown with more water and the new version is shown with more land.

72. Diabolik - March 10, 2008

Do a Google image search on Barbara Bouchet with the filter off, and see what goodies are out there on her…

73. Andy Patterson - March 10, 2008

72 Done it. Great stuff that internet.

74. MrRegular - March 10, 2008

The stills will have do for me, KXVO did not show this episode over the weekend due to the incessant basketball tournament coverage. Geez.

75. Jorg Sacul - March 10, 2008

I’m looking forward to The Cage, having seen The Menagerie at the theatrical release last fall. I hope they do run the entire episode, but for the other caged aliens, they CG something new and better in there. Maybe a Gorn (rubber suit preferably) and a packed room of tribbles? Obviously no horta. The place would be riddled with tunnels!

76. toddk - March 10, 2008

Rojan was the only star trek bad guy who scared the crap out of me, those eyes, especially during the beginning of the episode,. his power was absolute, no escape, rojan lamenting about the closeness of walls” was damn creepy..and yeah , scotty was funny too.

77. Irish Terran - March 10, 2008

REDO MIRROR MIRROR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

78. Batts - March 10, 2008

My complaint with the “earth-like” planet appearance is this. I would like to see some rings around the planets, their moons, another planet next door, maybe even their sun or 2 suns. I mean make it interesting’ to explore strange new worlds” should be enough to justify what I am thinking.

Of course, the CGI remakes as a whole are superior to 60’s technology! But at least in the past they tried by making some planets one solid color, sky blue, blue, red, brown etc.

79. Dr. Image - March 10, 2008

Dead-on review, Jeff.
That opening matte painting, utterly beautiful.
This ep, though, has so much “classic” stuff that it’s easy to excuse a lot.
Now if I would have remembered to switch to DST, I actually would’ve seen it!

80. Steve Short - March 10, 2008

75- Good CGI a Gorn in the other cage, CGI all the aliens. The CGI Gorn in STAR TREK ENTERPRISE was good why not use that one for looks. Then use the whole 64 minutes The Cage and make it a 2 hour episode with all new CGI. With the commercials add to the 64 minutes and new CGI that would make 2 hours.

81. Andy Patterson - March 10, 2008


Get out. That’s very interesting.

82. Leslye - March 10, 2008

#66 James Cromwell did not play Zephram Cochrane-Glenn Corbett did
Although Julie Cobb is married to James Cromwell

83. The Vulcanista - March 10, 2008

James Cromwell played Zephram Cochrane in “First Contact.”

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

84. Engon - March 10, 2008

Spock: “Why not transmit a message back to Andromeda?”

Rojan: “No form of transmission can penetrate the barrier.”

Spock: “Well, why not fly just beyond the barrier, transmit your message and save yourself a 300 year journey?”

Rojan: “Hmmm. You know…”

Fry: “QUIET! Your both just talking in circles!”

My personal favorite – and Darren McGavin’s, too…

85. Trek Forever! - March 10, 2008

Great episode, esp. with Warren Stevens. May he R.I.P.

Big issue with this “remastering” effort: How come the Enterprise has the exact, same lighting inside the “edge of our galaxy” shot (inside the pink energy field) as outside?

This strikes me as VERY lazy special effects work.

On the flipside, major kudos for the Act 2 matte shot. THAT is what a remastered Star Trek is all about.

86. Garovorkin - March 10, 2008

#85 Warren Stevens Died? but i saw recent article on forbidden planet a few weeks ago there was recent photo of him, Leslie Nielson and Richard Anderson, When did he die?.

87. Engon - March 10, 2008

The Andromeda Galaxy is only about 15 degrees above (or below) the galactic plane, so its bearing relative to the Milky Way as seen in this episode makes sense. Also, Andromeda’s bright center can be seen with the naked eye from the ground on Earth (due to the way the retina works, it will appear brighter if you look slightly away from it). Removed from the light pollution and atmosphere of Earth it requires only a little artistic license to imagine that it would be as visible as it is seen in this episode (to extremely dark-adapted eyes). If you could see Andromeda fully from Earth, it would stretch across the sky the width of 7 full moons, so again, its depicted size in this episode seems reasonable.

On the downside, Andromeda is not directly opposite the center of the Milky Way as seen from Earth. It is actually about 90 degrees, or half-way, around to the other side of the galaxy. This is considerably further away than the range of the Enterprise/Federation that was assumed in the original series.

88. Engon - March 10, 2008

Stevens was in two movies released in 2007 and there is no indication that he isn’t still with us according to the IMDb or his own website:


89. Kevin - March 10, 2008

Wow. I am so sick of people complaining about the planets. First of all, complaining about it in this episode is moot b/c the planet in the old shot is very much like the planet in the new shot. It’s blue and green with continents and oceans. The difference is that CBSD added an atmosphere, which it looks childish without.

You want a big cheesey looking orange or purple ball for a planet go watch the originals or travel back in time to a point where that actually looked high tech. Be sure to drop some acid while you’re at it. The psychedelic 60’s are over.

My complaint is that in an effort to remain faithful to the original, the scale is all wrong. The Enterprise always looks to be the size of a small moon.

That’s no moon. That’s a starship.

90. THX-1138 - March 10, 2008

I have found the arguments about how the new planets look to be interesting. Someone may have to correct me, but during the original series run, weren’t most of the colored globes in fact the same heavenly body (the moon?) with a colored filter? I thought I read that on some “making of” web site.

At least now, they have “different” planets to go to and not just the same one in orange, green, blue, red etc.

91. Redjac - March 10, 2008

Warren Stevens is still alive…he’s 89 years old though.

92. Redjac - March 10, 2008

For the Cage, just borrow EdenFX CGI Gorn and put it in a cage. LOL!!!

93. Sean4000 - March 10, 2008

A new Gorn, that would be ……..cool actually.

94. Kamal'Rex - March 10, 2008

Nice work CBS-D!
Where is the FX-Reel???

95. neo - March 10, 2008

still angle for angle i see.

96. Denise de Arman - March 10, 2008

Surprised and pleased at the quality of the matte shot – that’s right up there with the remastered shots on Amok Time. Really liked the way Spock put himself into a meditative stupor in this ep, as well as his oh-so-sly way of egging Rojan into a jealous showdown with Kirk. The boys always knew what to do when it came to aliens inhabiting human bodies.

97. Petitspock - March 10, 2008

Not the best episode, but it had some fun moments. Looks-wise, Barbara Bouchet is my favorite of the alien women Kirk ever hit on.

98. Rick - March 10, 2008

5. Andy Patterson

“Oh, and then there’s Barbara Luna. How could I forget her? Which reminds me, she’d be the perfect subject of an article on Trek conventions. I’ve never seen anyone work a convention like her. She ought to write the text book. She sells it. Man, she’s good…”

I have to agree Mr. Patterson. I just saw her at WonderCon a few weeks ago in SF. I just walked by her busy table and she took a brief moment and smiled at me. That made my day. She seemed like a sweet gal. I also saw the lovely Chase Masterson and shook hands with one Bobby Clark who played the Gorn. So some nice STAR TREK angles to that con.

This was a fun episode in many ways and man I forgot to tape it. Oh well looking forward to the posted reel. Great writeup Matt!

99. OR Coast Trekkie - March 10, 2008

This episode was not shown for me yet, as the Trailblazers take precedence.

Did they use the new CGI model ship for the pass through the barrier? The one in “Where No Man Has Gone Before” was just bloody awful.

The Andromeda Galaxy Looks nice. Does anyone know if this is an actual Hubble Image of the Andromeda Galaxy?

While I appreciate the blankness of space when they are between galaxies, shouldnt there be a rogue star here or there, or even the indication of other, futher away galaxies?

The new matte was really well done. Only wish that there was a moon in the planet shots to match.

Which brings me to my next point: What is the deal with the off and on work of these episodes. While the matte is a nice touch for this episode, the time and money used to render that matte could have been used for better battle sequences in “The Ultimate Computer.” Somebody asked “Are they just flipping a coin over these matters?” I’m almost inclined to believe that.

100. Garovorkin - March 10, 2008

# 99 thats a good question about the Andromeda Galaxy, if they used a Hubble image wouldn’t there be something in closing credits of the episode to indicate that?

101. Batts - March 10, 2008

I seem to have stepped on a few landmines with my opinions. For anyone wishing to comment on what I said, please READ emphasis on READ my posts at #19, 20, 25, 56,61 and 78. I would like to read a thought or two!! Fellow trekkies.

102. Batts - March 10, 2008

Even #28 was said jokingly!! LOL

103. Kev-1 - March 10, 2008

I have a theory about Kirk’s ”anguish” over crewmember deaths. 67-68 was wartime, and Roddenberry and others who were probably veterans of WWII and didn’t want Kirk portrayed as seeing his crew as exploratory cannon fodder. I for one would want him to give a darn.

104. Brian - March 10, 2008

Baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaarbara Bouchet. Dio mio. Look for her clips on YouTube. You’ll jettison your warp core.

105. Garovorkin - March 10, 2008

#101 Bats its not so much what you said, you do have some intriguing ideas it just the way your saying it, your a little to slam bang on comments and that can put people off. this is something that I know a little about. Sometime though people are preoccupied on a topic and kinda go right by what you say its most likely nothing personal.

106. Batts - March 10, 2008

Thanks for answering, Garovorkin! I try to respect the opinions of others and hope they do the same to me. When you say “slam bang” I guess that meant too rough around the edges or brazen:) Please note, it is all directed at CBS-D!

I admit #56 could be taken the wrong way! I apologize for offending “I have no ego to bruise”

107. eagle219406 - March 10, 2008

Many people are asking why nobody had their ESP senses heightened by the barrier this time. While I don’t know for sure I have a theory on why it didn’t. The Kelvans modified their warp drive to go faster than normal. So they were going a lot faster than before. It is possible that they were going so fast, that they got through it before it had a chance to cause any problems.

108. Garovorkin - March 10, 2008

#107 its an intriguing idea Eagle, but its more likely another case of cannon inconsistency from both the writer and producer . Its like them totally forgetting about the warp modifications that the Kelvins made to the ship in the following episode.

109. Leonel - March 10, 2008

103 – Agreed.

However, its one thing to be whiny about it like I thought Kirk was in The Apple. That performance just doesn’t sit well next to this one. In my opinion, at least.

110. Bart - March 11, 2008

Where did the moon (as visible in the beam-down shot) go? In the orbit shots the moon is nowhere to be seen! A pity;, this could have made a dramatic space shot with the planet, the Enterprise and the moon…

111. FredCFO - March 11, 2008

I read somewhere the opinion that Starfleet had improved the hull and the shielding of starships to prevent further ESP incidents.

Decent ep, the remastered SFX added to it. Especially the beamdown sequence a la “Spock’s Brain”.

112. eagle219406 - March 11, 2008

THe thing about the modifications with the warp. It is possible that they took those out because it was something they weren’t ready for.

113. British Naval Dude - March 11, 2008

Arrrr… Scotty’s hangover overcame him… while surveying the modifications the next day, he wretched all over them and rendered them useless…

What if that planet they plopped the murderous Kelvans on was set Alpha 4?

arrrrr… ST XI, The Wrath of Rojan…

how original be I… and a smart dresser ta boot with me designer “Kelvan Klein” belt buckle


114. Garovorkin - March 11, 2008

#113 Somehow that explanation works as good a any. given the inconsistent nature of the original trek.

115. neonknights - March 11, 2008

#90 – They used a photo of the Moon for Talos IV in “The Cage” and “The Menagerie”. During TOS they had 2 or 3 planets and used different colour schemes to make it look like a lot.
Actually in season 1 they used only one planet in two variations: brown and dark-blue (on two occassions green). It was a little bit boring after a while. At the end of season 1 they made two other planets which they used in later seasons. The first one which was made for “The City on the Edge of Forever” as the Guardian’s planet was used in a blue or brown/sand variation in season 2-3, the other which was made as Deneva for “Operation — Annihilate!” was used in it’s natural form for Earth-type planets and also in purple and red variations for different ones.

116. neonknights - March 11, 2008

Correction: they also used a very fake-looking Earth globe in season 1 for Miri which they later color-corrected to green (for “Shore Leave”) and yellowish (for “Arena”) and re-used in season 2’s “Assignment: Earth”. They also used a different version of Earth for “Tomorrow is Yesterday”.

117. Garovorkin - March 11, 2008

Like trek another series that made excessive use of multi colored globes for planets was Space 1999. but they had quite a bit more varieties of Planets then trek did, better color schemes. They did do some blue earth like planets among those. The only problem with this is that the color of a planet may give you an indication of chemical composition of the atmosphere or the terrain whether the plant is earth type inhabitable, something with a green brown or red atmosphere may indicate a toxic atmosphere. Many millions of years ago planet earth was a green planet, because there was very little breathable oxygen in the air but the with the accumulation of O2 and the decrease in Carbon an methane and other noxious gases gradually turned to blue which means can support life. A world thats all brown like some of the planets in trek, may mean no water arrid or possibly even volcanic. I could of course be wrong here.

118. British Naval Dude - March 11, 2008

“…made excessive use of multi colored globes…”
That’s what casting and Mr. Theiss were doing alright.


119. Xindi1985 - March 11, 2008

Here is my “By Any Other Name” Remastered FX-Reel.
I hope you enjoy it!

120. Engon - March 11, 2008

Anyone else remember comedian Franklyn Ajaye’s hillarious routine about this episode and Spock’s analysis of the fate of crewman Shea?

121. Tassieboy - March 11, 2008

#19 I agree it would be great to see historical events from the point of view of TOS crew which had not yet happened in the sixties. It would kind of legitimise the fact that Kirk and Co are actually in the future.

Maybe JJ wil do something similar with the movie, have Spock make mention of something from the present day, or the 80s or 90s.

122. Clearly, the Kelvins are not a threat. - March 11, 2008

Hello all.

I’ve been rewatching most of these eps (remastered) and this one, like many others, is not worth the effort. I have great affection for the show but a lot of episodes are the worst kind of formulaic crap. There is no reason for anyone to watch them. I wish they had put the majority of the budget into the handful of decent episodes and left ones like this with stock shots. The new movie’s writers are 100% right when they say that they have to focus on the story.

123. toddk - March 12, 2008

chekov: we…..ZOOOOOM..made it!…LOL

124. richr - March 12, 2008

Ok…in this ep, what’s with the lame a*s “shaky camera” perspective when the Enterprise is penetrating the barrier? Was that some attempted throwback to the original primitive model effects that literally involved shaking the camera? Becuase if it did, it just came off as amaterish! A more dynamic movement of the CGI ship would have worked MUCH better.

125. Closettrekker - March 12, 2008

#122— There were only about 20-25 good episodes out of the 79 aired, IMO. That was enough to make me a fan for life. Watching the rest cannot be much more than amusing and nostalgic, but some of them are extremely good television, even today.

It’s funny that I cannot think of that many good episodes in all of TNG, DS9, and VOY combined, yet I can spout off 25 excellent TOS episodes at the drop of a hat.

126. Sean4000 - March 13, 2008

Right on 126!

CBS-D honored a show hindered with budget issues with another low-budget hindered attempt. This time with quick CG. Where does it end? From the way people talk about them and the “budget” you would think they can’t keep the lights on and the grape sodas cool. They simply hired a group of amateurs, gave them the keys to the TOS franchise and let them free. They’ve given us a mixed bag of work that we’re expected to be over grateful for it and shell out 179.99 a season. Sorry, not happening.

And what the loads of artificial grain is supposed to make us think that this was the job they would have done in the 60s? “60s CGI”???

Everyone say what you want about the looks of the new Trek movie. I could live without it fitting in perfectly for a few reasons. We have a good director. Scratch that a FANTASTIC director. Writers and producers that visit the site regularly and like us; Rob Orci, etc. A cast that is worthy to succeed the legends. Bruce looks nothing remotely like Hunter while everyone looks at least a good bit like their counterparts but that’s minor. Very minor. His acting talent will blow us all away for sure! And the biggest gem of all is that Paramount has so much faith in the film that they drowned the movie in budget, gave it a fantastic release data and viral campaign. ILM is doing the FX work for God’s sake! The best FX house in the world has Trek XI! Hell yes! On the flip side TOS-R got progressively smaller in budget, less impressive and more whiney about what could have been. I saw the DVD commentaries and had to mute it because all I heard was bitching and moaning.

I bet they never even showed Bob Justman In A Mirror Darkly, Part II when it first came out. Then we might have had one of the original members of the production on our side.


EdenFX got screwed.

127. WLSTEELE - March 13, 2008

#127, Sean4000:

WHOA!!!!! Those pictures are BEAUTIFUL! OMG!!!!

I got more excited looking at those “fun” images than the real TOS-R effort.

In fact a few of my friends at Loyola Chicago’s graphic school can’t help but laugh when they see new CG in the middle of the ancient reused viewer screen shots. They are all in the graphics and animation they’ve seen student films that look better than this.


128. T in HI - March 13, 2008

Must be one of my personality flaws… I always thought the second Kelvan woman, played by Lezlie Dalton, was cuter than the more elegant Babs Bouchet. Similarly, I always thought the other alien woman in “Wink Of An Eye” (whom has apparently never received a screen credit for her performance and remains unknown to me to this day) was cuter than Kathie Browne.

129. Garovorkin - March 13, 2008

#126 Sean Those images are fantastic and they make the current remastering effort wanting in comparison. I admit I am not familiar with Eden Fx but you know what, they should have been involved in the remastering. I definitly owe all you special effects guy an guys apologies especially SpockBoy.

130. Ryan - March 13, 2008

Kelvin commits cold blooded murder of the tall black guy and Kirk helps them like it’s nothing.

131. Xindi1985 - March 13, 2008

I hope they do something with the earthquake in “That Which Survives”!

132. Sean4000 - March 14, 2008

129: No apology necessary.

133. toddk - March 14, 2008

Im thought the red shirted yeoman got killed not the black man….

134. thomoz - March 15, 2008

” 66. Thomas Jensen – March 10, 2008
Julie Cobb (the crushed crewwoman) is married to
James Cromwell (Zefram Cochrane from ST8).”

her imdb entry: http://imdb.com/name/nm0167784/

How totally bizarre, and true. AND to top it all off, Cromwell claims
to have not been all that much of a Star Trek fan, despite being in
ST8 and an earlier ST-TNG episode.

135. ozy - March 15, 2008

Pink sky and blue oceans????

Wrong again!!!!!

136. disgusted fan #9,256,871.86 - March 16, 2008

im sick to death of you fan boys who “claim” to be fans of the original series yet think the cbs craptacular fx is anygood, for the most part my kid in high school can do a better job of fx in his hobby group online!

137. disgusted fan #9,256,871.86 - March 16, 2008

the white girl died a crushed cube, and the black guy lived shown mercy by the kelvians…, chripes, ever watch the episode sometimes?…arrrgh.

138. Commodore Wesley - March 22, 2008

#120: Yeah, that was one of the funniest Trek-related routines I ever saw!

Kirk: “Spock, analysis!

Spock: “The (expletive deleted)’s a cube, Captain.

Also, he did a great impression of Shatner as Kirk, and a, shall we say, unique alien monologue.

Maybe someone can post a link here to that routine, if they can locate one.

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