Preview Image From “Requiem for Methuselah” Remastered

Another week for Trek Remastered, another late third season episode, and another new digital element. CBS has just sent TrekMovie a shot of a new matte painting from "Requiem for Methuselah," airing this weekend

check it out below


Flint’s new castle
"Requiem for Methuselah" offers the CBS Digital team another chance to enhance a late third season episode by replacing a recycled shot. In this case they have created a new version of Flint’s castle to replace the re-use of a matte of Rigel VII from "The Cage." The new castle is a digital matte painting by Max Gabl from a design by Niel Wray.

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The Remastered "Requiem for Methuselah" airs this weekend in syndication, check local listings. See for a list of stations

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T Negative
June 19, 2008 5:15 pm

That is quite an improvement!! What a great new shot this is!!

June 19, 2008 5:15 pm

Beautiful painting. The little arches remind me of Villa Balbianello on Lake Como (one of my favourite places on the planet) which was used in Star Wars II and III

June 19, 2008 5:16 pm

Wow, the painting looks great! A big improvement over the original reused matte painting.

June 19, 2008 5:16 pm

Nicely done … keeps the spirit of the re-used “The Cage” matte while creating a unique setting.

June 19, 2008 5:22 pm

Wow! Truly a great home for a man who has lived through the ages.

Captain Scokirk
June 19, 2008 5:26 pm

It’s almost too nice, the interiors arent nearly that grand, in fact they look like they would fit in a more fortress like place (the rigelian palace) this looks like Theed palace/Belaggio Hotel , all of those windows and yet we will have dungeon like castle sets for this episode.

I will give them credit it’s a beautiful painting and far more suitable a design for a man of such immense talent who lived through the renaissance.

Gorn Captain
June 19, 2008 5:31 pm

So, did Flint have this place custom built, and then used that suspended animation/shrink ray to make sure the contractors wouldn’t talk? ;)

June 19, 2008 5:32 pm

They also make bloody great desktop screensavers you know,
Ive got afew good ones of the Enterprise too now.

:o )

June 19, 2008 5:39 pm

I think i remember seeing a flat panel tv in the castle while flint was spying on kirk and Spock, talk about looking ahead. And it stands up to what many of us have today in our living rooms. It looks like a 50 LCD TV. Cool stuff.

June 19, 2008 5:49 pm

It is a beautiful painting.
It does go to show how good the original was too.
The original doesn’t look to dated in comparison.

June 19, 2008 5:50 pm

Gorgeous! Very welcome, indeed! Love how it incorporates aspects of Italian Renaissance architecture. Bravo, CBS-D! I knew there was still some good stuff on the way (despite all my recent grumblings). This painting goes a long way to help create the plausibility of an immortal genius as Flint is described.

Orb of the Emissary
June 19, 2008 5:52 pm

WOW! Simply beautiful…

June 19, 2008 5:53 pm

I just can’t see kirk getting so broken up over Rayna, He’s had long list of beautiful women, she just did not really impress me. This episode had some interesting elements in the hands of someone like Gene Coon, this episode would have shone.

June 19, 2008 5:57 pm

Holberg 917-G never looked better. And at least now we see it. ;)

Louise Sorel never looked better, too. They won’t need to remaster her… she was fine the first time.

If someday we get that wacky 60’s throwback “Assignment: Earth” series, it should feature Flint as a recurring character for Gary Seven to bump into. The possibilities are amazing.

June 19, 2008 5:58 pm

Twas still a good episode though without the input of Coon!
A good ol’ Star trek epi I feel

June 19, 2008 6:00 pm

Looks good.

June 19, 2008 6:15 pm

I think the painting’s quite stunning (though I maintain ambivalence about the remastered project, in both concept and execution). A nice addition to one of the best episodes of TOS’ third season. (I’d also include the underrated Specter of the Gun and The Empath on that short and sweet list.)

And on an entirely unrelated note, I’m going to the STAR TREK concert presented by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra tomorrow night (with guests Robert Picardo and John DeLancie) and will gladly share my reaction here.

John N
June 19, 2008 6:26 pm

Hey Jai1138…

I’ve got tickets to the same show. Looking forward to it! :)

Cox of Seagulls
June 19, 2008 6:27 pm

Looks lovely.

June 19, 2008 6:31 pm

Nice touch to add a stellar observatory (telescope dome) to the castle.

June 19, 2008 6:40 pm

WOW. Hey, CBS-D, can you put that matte painting out in 1024 x 768? I’m sure I’m not the only one who’d like to add that to my wallpaper collection. That shot is sweet.

The Underpants Monster
June 19, 2008 6:44 pm

That’s one thing that’s been consistently good about the remastered episodes – these new mattes are gorgeous.

Harry Ballz
June 19, 2008 6:44 pm

Jai1138+John N

I’ve got tickets for the same show! When we all post our reviews it’ll be interesting to see how they match up!

June 19, 2008 6:44 pm

What exactly does one do, sitting around the castle all day, on an otherwise uninhabited planet? I mean, sure you build Nomad and bang out a coupla hot blonde-bots, compose a few concertos, and chisel a statue or two. But, other than that what’s there to do?

Nice crib, Mr. Flynt.

June 19, 2008 6:49 pm

#14 – Flint DID bump into Seven in the Khan books (I think the second one) by Greg Cox. It was a fun ‘cameo’ they had together.

June 19, 2008 6:50 pm

“You who have been such men would do this to us now?”

Great episode the only problem that I had was the time frame. Kirk does not strike me as the type of guy to go completely goo goo over an alien or android unless under the influence of some drug or mind control machine.

There can be only one.

June 19, 2008 6:52 pm

Not exactly Dorothy Fontana caliber. I can think of at least 25 episodes I would rather watch, but at least they have given Flint’s place its own unique look. Nice job on the matte painting.

#13—I agree. I think any genuine feelings for Rayna constitute a reach to say the least. What in the name of Edith Keeler could have been so special to him about her? I never bought it.

Oh well, even some of the 3rd season junk is better than no Trek at all…

June 19, 2008 6:54 pm

#24 – Having been around as long as he has, I’m sure Flint has some cures for boredom. Perhaps he drinks excessively. One wonders – being immortal, how did he treat vices? One could live one ‘lifetime’ on drugs, promiscuous and essentially ‘living on the edge’ with no fear of going over that edge, and when you grew tired of it you could go back to ‘normal.’ Weird.

John E. Kirk
June 19, 2008 6:55 pm

I’ve still got a crush on Rayna.
Too bad I wasn’t the real Kirk.


June 19, 2008 7:05 pm

That painting is one of the most gorgeous images and designs done for any episode. Awesome!

June 19, 2008 7:09 pm

I wish CBS-D would always send over larger images (1920×1200 or bigger) so we can use them as desktops (aka wallpapers).

June 19, 2008 7:16 pm

Beautiful…simply beautiful, and honours the original

June 19, 2008 7:24 pm

Wonderful design!
Maybe a bit too grand for the one-man castle, but then again, it’s fitting for Metuselah, Solomon, Alexander, Lazarus, Merlin, Leonardo, Brahms, Pollack… :)

June 19, 2008 7:25 pm

28 — True, that would be interesting.

I also think Flint has an advantage, character wise, over other immortals in recent fiction. The problem, to me, is that the immortale dude is more interesting in the past than in our present. Flint is in our future, so that’s interesting too.

As for this ep’s weaknesses, they’re largely due to the constraints of budget and 1960’s storytelling. If Trek had been written with long story arcs, we’d have seen the relationship build naturally over weeks, instead of James Tomcat Kirk getting his usual afternoon delight. Still, the closing scene is one of the series’ best, very reminiscent of McCoy’s “Don’t destroy the one named Kirk” speech. Very moving.

Lord Garth, Formerly of Izar
June 19, 2008 7:25 pm

One thing they got right for sure during this turbulant remastering process has been the matte paintings. Each more beautiful than the next a pity the effects have not had the same luster and consitancy

Stan Wingson
June 19, 2008 7:34 pm

And it’s got COLOR! If only the matte guy got to do planets. Or was allowed to do them with color. My #2 complaint about CBS-D is the folly of making the planets look more scientifically accurate as opposed to the much more appropriate and more colorful ’60s psychedelic look of the originals. And really- how many M-Class planets have we actually seen up close besides our own- ZERO!

June 19, 2008 7:38 pm

I wish I could live there.

June 19, 2008 7:41 pm

Max Gabl is the star of TOS-R!!!

This proves it beyond all doubt. This is beautiful. Simply beautiful.

We can probably find these in higher res format on Max’s website.

June 19, 2008 7:44 pm

That really is cool. Could such a beautiful planet exist that were that much prettier than Earth? I tend to think not. Really is a cool shot though.


I would agree with this post by the way. It’s almost too nice for what we see inside Flint’s home.

Marvin the Martian
June 19, 2008 7:53 pm

I love the new shot.

However… Anthony, is there a reason why Ain’t-It-Cool-News gets this information long before you do? I’ve noticed that in recent weeks, you get scooped on Remastered eps repeatedly. I saw this shot this morning on that site, and it wasn’t until late today that it appeared here. In one case, it was a day later when we saw the same advance shots here.

Just wondering if you’re not gettin’ the love from CBS-D that’s due you.

Denise de Arman
June 19, 2008 7:54 pm

G#13 & Closet#27- Kirk had a weakness for virgins – think about it. In all likelihood, even though she was incredibly intelligent and independent, Edith Keeler was most likely a virgin in 1930’s NYC and Kirk was certainly aware of that. Miramanee – virgin. Rayna – virgin. Kirk was a sucker for intelligence and innocence. Also, as he told Spock at the end of the ep, poor guy was so lonely…

June 19, 2008 7:55 pm

Really excellent matte painting work! Shades of Couresaunt. Flint has a really nice place!

Agreed, Max Gabi is a star.

June 19, 2008 8:08 pm

Impressive, most impressive.

June 19, 2008 8:09 pm

Agreed again! The TOS-R project may have its inconsistencies, but the matte shots have ALWAYS been absolutely beautiful. They’ve given the TOS world some much needed scope and expanse.

I can’t wait to see what Stratos looks like!

capt mike
June 19, 2008 8:29 pm

The painting is absolutely beautifull. This episode is one of the best of the 3rd season.Hats off to cbsd for the painting and i can’t wait to see the episode.

Jackson Roykirk
June 19, 2008 8:40 pm

Yeah, the improved artwork is nice.

But, as several of us have already opined, Louise Sorel as Rayna has got to be one of the all time great Star Trek hotties.

Just sayin’.

the king in shreds and tatters
June 19, 2008 8:42 pm

Nice to see them bring their A game to this.

Now if more of the planets were the colour of that sky…

June 19, 2008 9:42 pm

Great painting. I just hope they don’t tweak the shots of the three foot Enterprise model on Flint’s table ( not much anyway … it would be kinda cool though, to give it some blinking lights ).

I always eagerly awaited that part of the episode as a kid. I wanted that ship so badly, and didn’t get a model of her ’til my family moved back to the U.S. in 1970 ( my Dad was stationed in Okinawa from ’67 to ’70 ).

June 19, 2008 9:45 pm

The design better reflects Flint’s status as a man who has had to change his identity time and again. His different identities clearly indicate that he was constantly on the move. The castle in particular reflects both Renaissance and Muslim architecture. The main building resembles an Italian villa while the domes and towers also make it resemble a mosque.

June 19, 2008 9:51 pm

Hmmm… the Highlander episode.

Not bad, not good. The part where Kirk falls in love with this android after one day and after she’s gone Spock mind melds with Kirk to help him forget her… totally out of character for both of them. Kind of spoils the episode.

That new matte is gorgeous though.