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Preview Images From “Lights of Zetar” Remastered [UPDATED] June 5, 2008

by TrekMovie.com Staff , Filed under: TOS-R Preview , trackback

This weekend the remastered Star Trek episode “Lights of Zetar” airs and CBS has sent over a couple of shots, including a first look at the famed Memory Alpha. [UPDATE: Plus an exclusive look at a new logo for the Memory Alpha library]

see images below

 

CBS has given the ‘lights’ of Lights of Zetar an HD update, and below that you can now see the Memory Alpha library from orbit of the Memory Alpha planetoid…so that is one big library.

Shot 1: “Lights"


Remastered (click to enlarge)


Original

Shot 2: “Memory Alpha"


Remastered (click to enlarge)


Original

UPDATE: Just how big is this library?
Some have wondered just how big the Memory Alpha library is if you can see it from orbit, however it should be noted that this is a planetoid and not a planet. Trek Remastered producer Mike Okuda tells TrekMovie:

Based on the size and spacing of the windows, I’d estimate that each of the domes must be similar to the Superdome

UPDATE: Shot 3: Memory Alpha Logo

Mike Okuda sends in the following note and image:

If you look very closely at the far left dome (above), you might notice a small blue patch on the top of the dome. That’s the Memory Alpha emblem (below)


(click to enlarge)

The Remastered "The Lights of Zetar" airs this weekend in syndication, check local listings. See ST.com for a list of stations

Comments

1. Littlenatey - June 5, 2008

Love the base on the planet!

2. focuspuller - June 5, 2008

The planet looks damn cool.

3. Relentless - June 5, 2008

The base resembles the Chrysler car symbol.

4. CmdrR - June 5, 2008

That is a big big big library.

5. Green-Blooded-Bastard - June 5, 2008

The clean-up looks so good. It looks as though it could have been filmed as recently as 10 years ago.

6. COMMANDER KEEN - June 5, 2008

Memory-alpha kicks bottom. Zetar lights of look good, I think. Even if this is not a top notch episode, I hope they do a better job with image clean up on this episode then have over the last month or so.

Oh yeah, a note to Capt. Picard: “There are more than four lights!”.

7. COMMANDER KEEN - June 5, 2008

I hope they updated the tactical plot on the view screen as the lights attack the memory-alpha station.

8. THX-1138 The Fandom Menace - June 5, 2008

How big is the planet? Because Memory Alpha looks like it’s 125,000 ft tall and 4,000 miles across. Hate to have to be the maintenance dude.

9. CmdrR - June 5, 2008

Scotty gets a love story. Gotta love that, even if Kirk tries to horn in.

Man though, is that the best real estate the Federation could find for Memory Alpha? Shouldn’t the premier library get a few square k’s on Earth or Vulcan? This planetoid (that’s no moon) looks like it’s about two miles across. Hard to cram for finals there without an IHop nearby.

10. Bones Thugs & McCoy - June 5, 2008

AWESOMEEE!

11. Mr Lerpa - June 5, 2008

Is that moon base Alpha?

12. JeFF - June 5, 2008

Memory Alpha is the size of like a continent…? I’m confused.

13. SPB - June 5, 2008

LOUSY EPISODE, GREAT OVERACTING!

“Lights of Zetar” could easily make a Top 10 list of Greatest Shatner Grade-A Ham Overacting Moments… LOVE the bit where the lights suck the air right out of Kirk and the bridge crew! Gives me a great chuckle every time I see it!

14. Lord Garth, Formerly of Izar - June 5, 2008

Now that is cool, both shots are awesome !! The Rendering top notch, the newer take on the original material (Zetar cloud and Memory Alpha) are f*cking beautiful!!! See this is what guys like me and many of the other posters were crabbing about not enough consistancy and not enough original take like in these shots!!! Very cool can’t wait to see Scotty douching it up over Mira in this episode!!!

15. Anthony Pascale - June 5, 2008

I have added the notation that Memory Alpha is on a planetoid. There is no indication of size, but assume that the planetoid is small and it makes more sense perhaps

16. Thomas Jensen - June 5, 2008

Very nice, but in shot #1 “Lights” I like the original angle of the ship better. Of course, the camera could lower to that angle, but I don’t think they will do that.

17. Andy Patterson - June 5, 2008

The chick talking like Linda Blair in The Exorcist always freaked me out.

18. THX-1138 The Fandom Menace - June 5, 2008

Is it true that Shari Lewis, of Shari Lewis and Lambchop fame co-wrote this episode and hoped to star in it? If so, that would make this one odd duck among a series that had some strange quackers.

19. Demode - June 5, 2008

Reminds me of the Genesis Planet before it was transformed (size wise). Glad to see not every “strange new world” has to be the size of the Earth.

20. Thomas Jensen - June 5, 2008

#18 Yep, the same.

21. Sean4000 - June 5, 2008

That’s a teenie tiny little planetoid of those domes are superdome-sized. I live down here in New Orleans and that was nice technical reference, Anthony.

The quality appears to be okay this go round. I suppose they had extra coffee on this one.

Sure wish they had given this level of care to “Assignment Earth” ….cough…..the Earth rotated backwards….cough…..

22. Darco - June 5, 2008

pretty images

23. Sean4000 - June 5, 2008

It would be cool if memory alpha the wiki page would chime in on this one.

24. Denise de Arman - June 5, 2008

The actress who played Mira Romaine in this ep was great. I have always liked this ep because the “lights” were a protagonist which was not your everyday bad guy – left quite a bit to the imagination and drew in another unknown crew member around which to play. Also gave some suspenseful, heart-thumping scifi moments.

25. diabolik - June 5, 2008

The original effects of the planet and ship were better. Had more of a real feel to them.

NOT!!!!!!!

26. freezejeans - June 5, 2008

17. Andy Patterson

Same here! I first remember it in the early 70′s as a kid and being extremely freaked out by that lady’s face…but the voice is what really creeped me out. Still creepy all these years later, too.

27. Just another guy with glasses - June 5, 2008

Hey, look, finally they’ve done it – they put in some red and blue stars!

28. Marvin the Martian - June 5, 2008

The planetoid base is cool and all, even if it was clearly Built Ram Tough™, but wouldn’t it have made more sense to store Memory Alpha deep within the planetoid in case of attack?

Romulans or whoever threatening MA with destruction could present an interesting dilemma for the Federation. Just sayin’.

29. CmdrR - June 5, 2008

Marvin, maybe they made those improvements for Memory Beta.

30. Stan Wingson - June 5, 2008

Icky- that planet looks just like a video game circa-1998, not realistic at all. Seriously how many shots can CBS-D get wrong here? Someday someone with actual skills will hopefully get the nod to remaster this “remaster.”

31. Balock - June 5, 2008

well, the CGIs look pretty good, not use to saying that!

32. THX-1138 The Fandom Menace - June 5, 2008

#30

Uh, right.

33. SteveinSF - June 5, 2008

One thing I thought was cool in this episode was the use of a “tactical” display tracking the lights path to Memory Alpha. I wonder if CBS will change that or not?

34. Scott Gammans - June 5, 2008

Wouldn’t a planetoid that small more likely have an irregular shape like many of the asteroids we’ve seen in our own solar system? If those domes are “Superdome sized”, it would seem to me that the Memory Alpha planetoid would not be massive enough to have formed a spherical shape.

Just sayin’.

35. Commodore Lurker - June 5, 2008

Decloaking . . .
Hey everyone, zoom in as large as you can on Shot #1 at the Bridge Dome. It looks like you can see a silhouette of Kirk in his chair — that’s ultra super mega cool! Only the Shat’s head could be that big.

Denise our Vulcan mermaid, as a semi-professional actress you should know the Lights are the “Antagonist.” You are forgiven, but it won’t help with you application to SAG.
Recloaking.

36. CmdrR - June 5, 2008

Why do the soap bubbles in Trek have bad attitudes?
The Zetar dudes, vampire cloud, Dove thingie… The Companion had an interest in nookie, but still engaged in kidnapping. When will soapanoid lifeforms join the peaceful community of the Federation?

37. CmdrR - June 5, 2008

Then we could offer them the Palmolive branch of peace.

38. Spockanella - June 5, 2008

36, 37: You had to go there, didn’t you? Ba-dump-bump!

39. Garovorkin - June 5, 2008

I found the relationship between Mirror and scotty a little bit forced, but the episode had a lot chilling moments, The vision of the Dead scholars and see the lights themselves were creepy. This episode with a little better writing and better acting could have been one of the best ever. It would have been nice to learn what type of planetary disaster took place on Zatar.

40. diabolk - June 5, 2008

#28… We don’t know but that the actual core goes deep into the planetoid, and the structures we are seeing are just surface buildings. It would make sense.

41. Desertrat - June 5, 2008

9:00 pm Saturday night in Tucson.

Be there. Aloha!

42. CmdrR - June 5, 2008

Spockanella, I live there.
You think it’s tough reading me, try being me!

43. John Gill - June 5, 2008

Looks like CBS-D is definitely adding a “film grain” feel to The Enterprise, LOVE IT!

44. Ed - June 5, 2008

Just to cause trouble, who decided that this was not a planet, the IAU? It could be a dwarf planet which kind of counts.

Seriously I do like the looks from the images, wasn’t a bad episode either.

45. CmdrR - June 5, 2008

If they were going to build a complex like that, why not build a ship, so they could have a Galactic Federation BookMobile?

Actually, I’m sure a real library would have much more than texts. Otherwise, you could just keep a database. It would be interesting to revisit the library and see what’s really there. Might be part library, part zoo, part university, part museum. Who knows… but, it’d be cool.

46. 342 more to go - June 5, 2008

The new shots look great. Too bad they got the hang of it towards the end of the remastering project.

47. Buckaroohawk - June 5, 2008

Scott Gammans (#34),

Here’s my (highly speculative and barely logical) reason for the spherical shape of the Memory Alpha planetoid:

The Federation didn’t just build the library, they built the whole darned planetoid. Since a sphere is very sound, structurally speaking, that’s the shape they went with. Beneath the surface are many other levels with more information from all the planets of the Federation, all powered by a matter/anti-matter cell at the planet’s core.

How does that sound?

48. M33 - June 5, 2008

Wow!! Great Stuff!!

49. Spocko - June 5, 2008

To bad that giant library will be damaged by the lights of Zetar. I recall Spock saying that some of the data may be irretrievable.

50. earthclanbootstrap - June 5, 2008

looking at Memory Alpha all i can say is that someone at CBS digital must be a big fan of the 80′s arcade game XEVIOUS….
only one Solvalov left!!!!!!

51. Rhett Coates - June 5, 2008

Hmmm, maybe the “MEMORY ALPHA” WEBSITE people could do something with that image to augment their Star Trek website’s main page…. if it’s not out of place to do so? (I mean, with permission, of course—not to infringe on copyrighting such an image from CBS television, if anyone there wouldn’t mind.)

That’s interesting: it DOES look like the Chrysler logo with extensions. (—insert one standard car commercial HERE— …..LOL) But yeah, like CmdrR said above, that’s one big big BIG LIBRARY.

52. Decker's Stubble - June 5, 2008

That full-body shot of the Big E approaching MA is one of the best images I’ve seen come out of this project. The E looks like you could reach out and touch it, as compared to the uneven early efforts. Like the old cigarette ads used to say, “You’ve come a long way, baby!”

53. Tango - June 5, 2008

What is “library”?

Witch!! They’ll Burn ‘ya!

54. AJ - June 5, 2008

Chrysler is hemorrhaging along with the rest of the US car business, and the private equity firm who bought them from Mercedes in run by the guy who destroyed Home Depot. Pure coincidence.

But it IS a beautiful shot!

55. Redjac - June 5, 2008

Nice work! The “lights” look weirder than ever!

56. Denise de Arman - June 5, 2008

Commodore#35- Frak, I made one of those, uh… what is it called… mistakes…. And thank you so much for pointing it out, Lurker! Really, I have never been a professional anything when it comes to the arts – anything accomplished while treading the boards has been strictly amateurish.

57. Tom - June 5, 2008

The approach shot looks great, look at the all the bluescreen reflection on the original, though.

But I have to say, the Enterprise in the second shot still looks video game-ish.

58. Casual Observer - June 5, 2008

Here’s a review of the original script and what they intended to do:

http://www.fastcopyinc.com/orionpress/articles/lights_of_zetar.htm

59. jason - June 5, 2008

Dude, you talk to MIke Okuda??

60. G2k - June 5, 2008

A round planetoid with sports-arena-size “superdomes” taking up such a huge portion of the surface makes no sense.

During the 2006 planet definition debate within the International Astronomical Union, gravitational roundness was noted as generally being representative of objects greater than 800km in size.

Quoting myself from elsewhere:

“Small bodies of a few kilometers in size don’t have the self-gravity necessary to arrange themselves in such a shape. Meanwhile, the 900+km asteroid Ceres appears to, whereas the largest irregular objects in the solar system, Saturn’s moon Hyperion and Neptune’s Proteus, do not. Both are in the 400km diameter range. A certain amount of variability exists in this regard . . . some moons of a size smaller than Proteus are round, though this is often due to a low density (i.e. icy bodies) mixed with geologic activity.”

But that’s not an icy body from the looks of it.

61. KJTrek - June 5, 2008

wow-the enterprise look less video gamey, and the textures of the lights and planet are superb

good job-at least the team is going out with a bang

62. ster j - June 5, 2008

#9–THe IHOP is located in the second dome-lette at the NW corner of the base.

I highly recomend the Kansas Carrot Cake Pancakes, on sale now for a short time at IHOP.

63. New Horizon - June 5, 2008

That second shot is glorious. That’s the way the ship should look in every episode! PLEASE Paramount. Let them go back and fix the rest of the episodes for quality!!!

64. 7 of 5 - June 5, 2008

Ooooooooohhh… shiny pretty sparklies……

65. 7 of 5 - June 5, 2008

Shot 2 is now my desktop wallpaper for the forseeable future- until something suitable leaks out or is released from Trek ’09— what a grand piece of Trek art!

66. Sid - June 5, 2008

Hey, CBS-D has finally made a CGI model that isn’t totally embarrassing compared to EdenFX’s one for ENT, 3 years ago!

Good job, guys!

67. Ice Nine - June 5, 2008

I wonder what the overdue fees are like there?

68. Sean4000 - June 5, 2008

Ice Nine……that’s the best post i’ve seen in a while on here. I wonder too.

Sid, how right you are.

New horizon…….How i only wish. :(

69. The Underpants Monster - June 5, 2008

I would imagine the library would have to have its own power plant, and stuff like that to be self-contained. Giant biodomes seem like a good idea.

I always got kind of defensive of Scotty when Kirk started in ragging on him in his Captain’s log for being an old, pathetic bachelor.

70. Dr. Image - June 5, 2008

Yes. Appears they’re adding “film grain.” Anachronistic since film is DEAD. Nevertheless, those shots are (not perfect, but)beautiful. And look at the blue spill on the original! P-U!

71. earthclanbootstrap - June 5, 2008

# 62 – the thought of Montgomery Scott and Mira Romaine sharing a Rutti Tutti Fresh N’ Fruity in Dome 2 before the Enterprise broke orbit brings a tear to my eye….

72. Enc - June 5, 2008

#47
iirc i brought that up back in tws for their outpost.
and some one didnt like the idea.

now back to this chrysler thing. my first thought on looking at it was that it reminded me of the First Federation.

now to the superdome issue. these so called windows being the basis for a size comparison. we’ree looking at this from a distance. the light we see will flare out making those spots look larger then they reealy aree. nope. regardles of the size of the planetoid these are some bg domes.

73. Enc - June 5, 2008

darn i frogot to add.
what were the details on zeeks asteroid with gravity and atmosphere?

74. "Uncle" Clay Farrow - June 5, 2008

Well, since this new incarnation of Memory Alpha looks like the Chrysler logo, all they need is for Khan to do a commercial for them and talk about MA’s “real Corinthian leather!”

75. T Negative - June 5, 2008

#52

Agree, that shot of the E is perfect. Well done CBS -D!!

76. DEMODE - June 5, 2008

You know… we see the domes on the surface… but how do we know that the inside of the planetoid wasn’t mined out by the Federation? The library information could be deep inside the planetoid.

77. LOUIS G - June 5, 2008

SINCE SHARI LEWIS CO-WROTE THIS EPISODE, ARE WE GOING TO SEE A REMASTERED LAMBCHOP MIXED UP AMONG THE “LIGHTS” IN SPACE?

78. Stan Wingson - June 5, 2008

20 bucks says in 10 years this all will be completely redone again and this entire CBS-D debacle will be considered non-canonical…

79. Jeffrey S. Nelson - June 5, 2008

Wonder if they have an Atavocron? I heard Mr. Atoz’ nephew works there.

80. COMPASSIONATE GOD - June 5, 2008

Re: #78

Very likely. George Lucas cannot stop himself from even altering revisions (recall the 1997 Star Wars Special Edition CG-Jabba was replaced by a even crappier one for the 2004 DVD release?), and before the films are re-released again, more CG changes will take place.

It never ends, but unlike Star Wars, where so many of the films’ space and location-based efx were pegged for change, CBS’ primary concern were the space shots, above all other elements. With a task not on the level of ANY of the Star Wars Special Edition do-overs (not as great a challenge) how can they screw up on this level? Shot #2 in no way looks like a solid object approaching a body in space. Video game stuff again and again.

81. Lt Leslie - June 5, 2008

ok, I am not direct command structure on the bridge. I really do work there though. I have worn Gold shirt and red on really bad hair days. Kirk has gotten into my face simply because I couldnt understand his kid-forced yiddish orders he was rattling at me. I swear I have done about every job on the ship and I am sure I will be stationed ON Memory Alpha when those cute lights decide we can live without air…….. oh no… no sir.. not me…. I am jumping ship this time. No more kicking around Lt Leslie….. jeeze do I EVER get to shoot something??

Help me

Lt JG Leslie………..

82. cd - June 5, 2008

The diameter of the Superdome is 680 feet. The diameter of the primary hull is 417 feet. If those larger domes are the size of the Superdome, the primary hull would be about the size of those smaller domes.

83. Sean4000 - June 5, 2008

80: Although this is not perfect, and I admit not everything EdenFX did was either, I have to put these 2 shots above the “glove” of Zeus, the laughable first enterprise model, and above all……..Earth spinning backwards in “Assignment Earth”

Please don’t get me wrong Compassionate God, I agree with you 99.999999% of the time. It’s just I felt this go round wasn’t AS bad as the other great screwups in TOS-R history.

84. ety3 - June 5, 2008

It looks like a certain website needs to change its logo …

85. Jason in Perth - June 6, 2008

It’s amazing what you can do with Blender these days, hee hee.

86. Simon - June 6, 2008

Second largest library in the universe.. ;)

87. Nuallain - June 6, 2008

Yes, I think this one has taken the prize as largest library in the universe now:

http://doctorwho.time-and-space.co.uk/coppermine/displayimage.php?album=147&pos=122

PlanetOID?! PlanetOID?! This one’s a whole planet (including its hollowed out core!)

:)

88. Hbasm - June 6, 2008

That building looks huge! Or if the planetoid is small I would say it’s more like an asteroid, and asteroids aren’t so perfectly spherical or ??

89. paustin - June 6, 2008

#87

lol I had the exact same thought….

90. FredCFO - June 6, 2008

This episode is the worst episode of TOS. Couldn’t CBS-D remaster the script?

“Well, this is an Enterprise first. Dr. McCoy, Mr. Spock and Engineer Scott…
find themselves in complete agreement. Can I stand the strain?”

Unfortunately, the show could not….

91. New Horizon - June 6, 2008

I would have to disagree Compassionate God. This is one of the least gamey shots they’ve done. Both shots look quite good actually.

92. Cervantes - June 6, 2008

Personally, once the initial interest of seeing new shots has quickly abated, I wouldn’t say there’s anything that makes these particular ‘Enterprise’ shots any better than previous CBS-Digital shots. They are merely ‘okay’, but still mainly mediocre CGI work.

Also, the original angle from UNDERNEATH the Warp Nacelles in the top comparison shots is still a far superior composition too, as we have had the one from above them numerous times now. I’d wait and see how these ones MOVE before I get too excited….

93. Holo J - June 6, 2008

63. New Horizon

“That second shot is glorious. That’s the way the ship should look in every episode! PLEASE Paramount. Let them go back and fix the rest of the episodes for quality!!!”

I have to agree with you there. If only they would take the time to go back and make all the episodes to a higher standard. This work should just be the start of the remastering.

The current work is just a glimpse at what they could achieve. I look forward to a Blu-Ray version release in the years to come. I hope when that happens no opportunities will be missed when improving the any of the effects.

I also hope they add lots of unexpected improvements as well. So this series can look as good as it can be today. It’s what Gene would have wanted…. I think ;)

94. Holger - June 6, 2008

#23: YES, we positively should!

95. Magic_Al - June 6, 2008

Have to say, at last they have the lighting of the Enterprise pretty nice.

96. Thelin - June 6, 2008

Lights of Zetar in an under rated episode (IMHO), In fact this is one of my favorites, and I can’t understand why it gets trashed so much. The storyline is excellent, and maybe the special effects weren’t the best, but it got the message of the science fiction across to me just fine. I loved the concept of Memory Alpha, one the the best in original trek. I like what CBS Digital came up with for the planetoid and the MA complex. Thumbs up!

97. Ryan T. Riddle - June 6, 2008

Nice shots, but LoZ is still a horrible entry in the logbooks.

98. roebeet - June 6, 2008

#49: They had no Contingency and Recovery plan in the 23rd century? Never understood that one. I guess iron Mountain went out of business by then…

99. jkoolpe - June 6, 2008

This episode definitely falls in the “just O.K.” category for me.

The main problem I have with it is Scotty behaving completely out of character (a la “Who Mourns for Adonais?”). His character was so clearly altered just for the purposes of this script and nothing more…laziness on the 3rd season writers’ parts I would say :( …

Still, the effects look cool, and this one did freak me out a bit when I was younger…

Jon

100. Lord Garth, Formerly of Izar - June 6, 2008

Hey not to thread jack but any of you jello heads see The Starship Farrugat fan film, For Want of A Nail. Just wanted to say what a great episode. The effects(youtube sized) were really quite good. I just discovered this last night looking for Exeter updates I also discovered a rather disturbing Bailey Avatar but that is another story. Kudos to the Farrugat crew. Acting was a bit stiff and there were maybe a few too many goatees on the crewmembers but the story was rather compelling. The production was solid and the story was really terrific. In fact the last minute of the final act will tingle your short hairs !!!
Check it out kids strongly recommend it!!

101. ster j - June 6, 2008

#71–Rooty Tooty Fresh and Fruity!!! ROFMLAO! Actually, I think that Scotty would prefer the special with the Big Sampler–two ham, two bacon, two sausage, to eggs, two pancakes. Aye! Noo thot’s a meal for a strappin’ lad.

(I thought that little blue logo on the far left dome said IHOP!)

102. Robert Bernardo - June 6, 2008

The new Memory Alpha library buildings seem reminiscent of those described in the Star Trek novel, “Memory Prime”.

103. ozy - June 6, 2008

#34 ”Wouldn’t a planetoid that small more likely have an irregular shape like many of the asteroids we’ve seen in our own solar system?”

Pluton and Eris are planetoids from our sol system ( minior planets ), and they have the same shape like other planets.

Asteroids and planetoids ( minior planets ) are not the same thing.

104. OR Coast Trekkie - June 6, 2008

Good acid trip… I mean, good new lights…

105. Giuseppe - June 6, 2008

Yeah, well Pluto has a radius of about 1200km (~750 miles) and Eris is somewhat larger. Mimas, a satellite of Saturn, is the smallest known astronomical body known to us which has a near-spherical shape due to its self-gravitation and has a radius of about 200km (~120 miles).

All other smaller cosmic objects have very irregular shapes because they don’t have enough mass for gravity to pull their matter into a (roughly) spherical shape.

So that planetoid where Memory Alpha is build has to be at least 400km in diameter to have such a spherical shape (unless it is somehow made up of very heavy minerals, in which case it could be somewhat smaller; however this is unlikely). Even so that complex would have to be dozens of miles long from end to end, judging from the picture.

P.S.
I’m no astronomy wiz and I haven’t bothered to do any calculations. It’s just my two cents based on what I see in that picture and the little I know about astronomy.

106. 16309A - June 6, 2008

I finally figured it out!!!!!!!!

All of you that don’t like the remasterd episodes–DON”T WATCH!!

There, now you can move on and complain about the other things you can control, like the weather!

107. Redjac - June 6, 2008

Why is it out of character for Scotty to fall in love? People aren’t one-dimensional….

I liked this episode and I liked Mira and thought it was cool to see Scotty actually have an episode — first one since “Wolf in The Fold” that actually had some kind of focus on his character.

LOZ is a decent episode IMHO…

The story behind “the lights” reminded me a lot of the explanation for the existence of Armus in Skin of Evil…creepy concepts for sure. I would have made this episode even weirder though…

108. bobfred - June 6, 2008

what with the new emblem, does this mean that memory alpha(the website)
is going to change its icon too?

109. Kimmycat24 - June 6, 2008

#102. The Star Trek novel “Memory Prime” by Judith and Gar Reese-Stevens is one of my favorites! In that novel Scotty and Mira are actually reunited appproximately two years after the TOS episode “the Lights of Zetar”. From the descriptions in the book, they were deeply in love with each other even after being apart for that length of time. at the end of the novel they had rekindled their relationship. What is wrong with a character like Scotty finding someone to love? They are both brilliant and talented people and I think there was more than just a physical attraction involved in their relationship. People like the two of them are often misunderstood and rejected becasue they are so different. IMHO I like to think they had a long-term relationship. This is one of my favorite TOS episodes. Okay, I am a hopeless romantic.

I like the remastered shots of Memory Alpha. In the novel, MIra came up with a new design for Memory Alpha due to her encounter with the Zetarians. Actually there were a whole series of “memory planets” she helped create to protect Federation knowledge. Check out the novel.

110. Xplodin' Nacelle - June 6, 2008

Re: #11

No, It’s Moon Unit Zappa! LOL

111. William Kirk - June 7, 2008

Very nice shoots. And like this episode very much.

112. Paul - June 7, 2008

The patch, you know… it’s kinda sucky. I mean, a TNG-style rounded triangle, a TNG-style star cluster, a serifed lettering… it’s just too- plain and ordinary. :)

113. Rick - June 7, 2008

Funny like a few of you here I to as a kid was freaked out by the gal in the library was trying to speak after being attacked by the light creatures. Also dug the Scotty romance deal. I liked that the supporting cast got some moments once and a while.

114. Rick - June 7, 2008

One more note to all you syndicated programmers…”Hey please keep STAR TREK on a set schedule!” Geez in the SF bay area they have moved it at least 5-6 times in the last few years. I finally found the day and time this next episode is on. Hey they probably won’t read this, but I felt like saying it anyhow. ;)

115. Izbot - June 7, 2008

A lot of praise here for the ‘improved’ and ‘more realistic’ appearance of the Enterprise here but I don’t see it. Still nowhere near the realism of EdenFX’s Defiant on ENT.

And yeah, given the supposed size of the pressure domes there’s no way that planetoid could be spherical.

Logo’s nice but who’s gonna see it?

116. Sean4000 - June 7, 2008

Yeah Izbot I know. But what can we do huh? This remaster has been such a bumpy ride I am almost motion sick. If you can click the link in my name “Sean4000″ I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised ;)

117. Commodore Z - June 7, 2008

#116: Not bad, although given your comments in the past, I was expecting nothing short of a miracle.

118. Sean4000 - June 7, 2008

So this links work. cool.

I refer to Eden’s work on Enterprise as a whole, those shots, and in A Mirror Darkly especially.

All around I think their work is superior. We don’t even know the extent as to how Eden can perform but I would bet they can animate circles around CBS.

119. Crewman Darnell - June 8, 2008

Here in Oregon, I viewed this episode tonight. (06/07/06) For what it’s worth, here are my thoughts on this episode… Like others have commented, some original effects of this episode really creeped me out as a kid, particularly the belching/dying woman on Memory Alpha.

I felt the remastered effects were overall pretty good. The enhanced ‘Zetar lights’ were very effective but how come the ‘Zetar Lights cloud’ never changed it’s outside border shape? It stayed the same, with a pointy part on the upper left fringe. Was that intentional, or for some other reason? I recall the original ‘Zetar Lights Cloud’ appeared like an ever-shifting blob. I’m puzzled as to how the remastering team could overlook such an obvious discrepancy.

Lastly, perhaps Scotty was better off without the lovely Lieutenant further distracting him from his “bairns.” In several scenes, “Mira” noticeably had what appeared to be a huge cold sore on her lower lip. Over the years, I never noticed that before. Hopefully Scotty did.

120. Redjac - June 8, 2008

I think they should have digitally removed that cold sore! But then again, that would have been tampering with canon…

Well, cold sore or not, I thought Mira was HOT!!! :-)

121. SciFiMetalGirl - June 8, 2008

I don’t understand how Scotty could fall for such a be-yotch that Mira turned out to be! No wonder someone mentioned that they were surprised if Scotty even noticed if she had any brains!

122. diabolk - June 8, 2008

Scotty never could pick em. Between Carolyn Palamas and Mira Romaine, he seemed to choose women that would never work out with him

123. The Underpants Monster - June 8, 2008

I saw the episode yesterday, and overall it was gorgeous. The Big E was beyond beautiful, and the lights very effective. The only thing that really didn’t look right in context was the planet. I mean, it was well-done, but it looked a bit too TNG-era to fit in.

124. OR Coast Trekkie - June 8, 2008

Even for a planetoid, Memory Alpha still has to be hundreds of miles across, and hunderds of stories in height.

125. House of Adaks » Blog Archive » Random Star Trek News - August 10, 2008

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