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“Turnabout Intruder” Remastered – Review + Video & Screenshots August 3, 2008

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REVIEW
by Jeff Bond

In 1969 when Star Trek ended its three-year run, it was rare for a TV series to create an “ending” for the show—most shows simply ended their runs in cancellation, their creators no doubt still hoping for a pickup for the following season. Episodic television wasn’t serialized—only afternoon soap operas in the U.S. did that on a regular basis—so TV shows could be repackaged for syndication and “stripped” to run every five to seven days a week in the afternoon and early evening, usually in a completely random order that was little-noticed by viewers as one stand-alone story led into the next.

So it was with Star Trek and “Turnabout Intruder,” an unspectacular but fitfully entertaining third season story that has a bitter old flame of Kirk’s, Dr. Janice Lester (Sandra Smith), using an ancient alien machine to transfer her life essence into Kirk’s body and vice versa. Lester is a self-loathing woman who’s nursed a grudge against Kirk because Starfleet doesn’t allow females to captain starships, and once in Kirk’s body she takes over command of the Enterprise—but since she’s a moody, jealous and vindictive female her petty and erratic behavior soon starts giving her away.

Yep, it’s not one of the series prouder moments where the portrayal of women is concerned, although as a woman who’s apparently criminally insane, Lester doesn’t quite represent her gender as a whole. The story is by Gene Roddenberry, a man who was always fascinated by sexual politics, and the appeal of the concept is obvious: William Shatner gets to spend the bulk of the episode playing a woman, and Star Trek’s most theatrical performer does not disappoint. Shatner had numerous opportunities to play an “evil” version of Kirk over the run of the series but this one perhaps takes the concept the farthest as we see Kirk turning into Captain Bligh as Lester attempts to eliminate Kirk in her body and eventually anyone else who stands in his/her way.

Shatner makes an effective villain, although his caricature of female behavior runs hot and cold—by the time we see him filing his nails in his quarters during a conversation with McCoy you have to wonder if this was one of those episodes originally planned to be a comedy that Fred Frieberger steamrolled. The episode flirts with a homosexual subtext in Kirk/Lester’s scenes with Lester’s sad-sack old flame and enabler Dr. Coleman (Harry Landers), but most of the effort goes into showing Lester as either smug or hysterical. Of course, the most controversial aspect of the story has always been the idea that Starfleet won’t allow a woman to be a starship captain—that’s refuted directly in Star Trek Enterprise (whether you think that’s canon or not!), which showed a woman as one of the very first starship commanders—but it seems odd that Roddenberry, who had his character Number One from the original Trek pilot rejected by the network for being unacceptable to audiences, would allow the stereotype of women being unqualified for command to be reinforced this late in the series. Fans have argued with some justification that Lester’s line “Your world of starship captains doesn’t admit women.” may have been a symptom of her own paranoid self-delusion, but unless he’s just humoring her Kirk seems to confirm it in his response and there’s no evidence in the episode to believe that she hasn’t stated a fact.

If Shatner has a field day as Lester, Sandra Smith has an equally challenging role playing Captain Kirk in a female body. “Turnabout Intruder” doesn’t rank as one of Trek’s casting triumphs—Smith is arguably better at playing Kirk than Lester, but even in this pivotal performance she doesn’t register very strongly and one wishes that someone with the gravity of a Diana Muldaur had been given the role. Even worse is Landers’ inert Dr. Coleman. Several actors who appeared on the original series have noted that Shatner often insisted on being the focus of any scene, to the point that he preferred the other performers to remain in their positions while he moved around and generated action and interest. That’s amply demonstrated with Landers, who sometimes seems like a stolid mannequin wheeled into his sequences.

“Intruder” puts Kirk not only up against himself in a way, but also in what must be the strongest direct conflict with Spock that he has throughout the series. With Spock convinced of the real Kirk’s story of mind/body transference after he mind-melds with Lester, the Vulcan first officer acts forcefully to protect his captain, disobeying Kirk/Lester’s orders and helping Lester to break out of the brig. That leads to a court martial scene that is memorable for the fireworks that Shatner generates (although the syndication cut eliminates some of his crazier moments and undercuts the drama). Ironically given the focus on Shatner’s performance, this final episode of the series features some of the strongest contributions from Trek’s supporting cast. Nimoy and DeForest Kelley are in fine form as they question and counter Kirk/Lester’s odd behavior, and Nimoy in particular is unusually forceful in opposing the possessed Captain.  There’s also a particularly nice scene between Scott and McCoy outside the courtroom, with James Doohan delivering a lovely monologue that indicates his depth of knowledge and loyalty to Captain Kirk in a scene that also shows off the gruff wisdom of these two old space dogs, the most mature and experienced men on the Enterprise.

That makes it all the more disappointing that “Turnabout Intruder” ends so clumsily, with Herb Wallerstein’s awkward and ineffectual staging of Lester finally being forced out of Kirk’s body. It’s a feeble finale for the series but Kirk’s last line (“If only…if only…”) has always had a strange resonance as a reflection of Star Trek’s three-year struggle to remain on NBC.

“Turnabout Intruder” offers little in the way of work for CBS-Digital—it’s an odd episode in that there are very few shots of the Enterprise with most cutbacks from commercial breaks fading into live action instead of the traditional starship establishing shots. There’s an opening shot of the ship in orbit around Camus II, shown as a desolate world with prominent rings, and at least one shot from underneath the ship midway through the story. But in this case the CBS-Digital crew has an advantage the original Trek team never had: they knew this would be the last episode (or at least they thought so until "The Cage" was moved off the schedule). And while the shot they produced to show the final view of the original Enterprise may not be the most spectacular one they’ve produced, it nicely echoes the final shot of TNG’s “All Good Things,” with the camera slightly above the Enterprise saucer hull, tilting to follow the vessel off as it cruises towards what looks like the gorgeous M45 Plieades star cluster augmented with a colorful nebula.



 
Remastered now fits TOS with the final shots of other Trek series

SFX VIDEO

SCREENSHOTS

Remastered vs. Original

Extras


Lester as Kirk


Kirk as Lester

 

FINAL THOUGHTS ON REMASTERED PROJECT
by Jeff Bond

So now we’ve seen it all (other than the revamped “The Cage,” which will be aired sometime in the next year). Whatever you can say about the Remastered project, it’s always been interesting, with effects work that’s run hot and cold. Some episodes have been noticeably improved by the new effects work, and some of the best work has been marvelously subtle—something as simple as eliminating the freeze frames in the final shot of the Guardian in “City on the Edge of Forever.” At their best the new effects added to the drama and impact of the episodes, particularly in the gorgeous, stylistically consistent use of digital matte paintings, and showed us stuff we’d always assumed was there but had to imagine due to the original series’ low budget: the S.S. Antares in “Charlie X,” the Klingon vessels in “Errand of Mercy,” “Friday’s Child,” “A Private Little War” and “The Trouble With Tribbles.” At its worst the project undermined the excitement of the show’s limited but well-chosen original effects with new shots that painfully displayed the limitations of CGI rendering and shot design—“Elaan of Troyius” is an episode I’ve always enjoyed immensely, and it’s the one Remastered episode I can say I would not want to sit through again due to the terrible rendering of the Klingon warship (remarkable given that this is the single most important “adversary ship” in the history of Star Trek) and some very badly designed space combat shots.

Throughout all of the episodes, however, there’s been one consistent reason to watch: the gorgeous, sharp and vibrantly colorful new transfers that have given me the chance to look at the original show in a way I’ve never seen before. Los Angeles channel 5’s broadcast is hi-def (whether what we see on it is a true 1080i hi-def broadcast of Star Trek or not remains debated), and the image clarity on the bulk of the Remastered episodes shown there has been stupendous—far better than the somewhat washed out look of the standard definition second season DVD set. I can only imagine what the Blu-ray discs of the show will look like at true 1080p definition. So I salute this project for providing some really fun moments, giving me some idea of what it must have been like to see this show during its original broadcast on NBC and most of all for giving me a great excuse to rewatch the original series one more time.

 

 

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Comments

1. Commodore Lurker - August 3, 2008

“TI” isn’t a real Trek episode; it’s a very poor pretend-satire-in-bad-taste of a lame joke, about a director’s hung-over-puking gut-wrenching bad trip of a hallucination, mixed with indigestion and putrid flatulence, from a sordid, under funded, poorly written, horribly acted, psychological aneurism of a non-existent Trek episode. However, one day I might actually form an opinion about it.

2. Commodore Lurker - August 3, 2008

Now, I know someone is going to swear this was their favorite ep. IDIC.

3. Shanaynay - August 3, 2008

this is my favorite TREK episode of all time!

;-)

4. Beam Me Up - August 3, 2008

Desperate Housewife Trek style.

5. Redshirt96 - August 3, 2008

I’ve always liked this episode. Despite the non-PC nature of the story, any chance to see the Shat chew the scenery with this much gusto is great.

6. freezejeans - August 3, 2008

Gotta hand it to CBS-D for that final shot, a very nice touch!

7. eagle219406 - August 3, 2008

The line about Women and Star Trek Captains wasn’t Gene Roddenberry’s fault. He said himself that he regreted that line. But today it can be explained by her insanity. It’s possible that with her condition, Kirk just didn’t have the heart to tell her that it wasn’t because she was a women that she could captain a starship, but because she was mentally unstable. She obviously never heard of Erika Hernandez.

8. Commodore Lurker - August 3, 2008

Okay, wrote the above without remembering it was a Roddenberry story. None-the-less, it still sucked, and goes to prove that even my hero, a man whom I met and dearly admired: The Great Bird of the Galaxy, was not perfect. (sigh). I’m done Jeff and Anthony, I promise.

9. sebimeyer - August 3, 2008

females weren’t allowed captaincy durin TOS times? Is that said explicitly?

I have to admit I never caught that, if they did.

10. OneBuckFilms - August 3, 2008

A touching final shot for a less-than-perfect finale.

The woman playing Kirk/Janice Lester’s Body did not quite get James Kirk’s character. The reactions were not that Kirk-like to me in places.

It seems she was trying to play a Man so much, that she didn’t quite play Kirk.

11. OneBuckFilms - August 3, 2008

I just realized that the last shot echoes the last one of Star Trek VI, sort of mirrored, but with a nebula instead of the sun.

Beautiful.

12. huberis bigend - August 3, 2008

anecdote: years ago i caught up with a friend who i hadn’t seen in years who much to my surprise wasn’t the girl i’d known growing up. she was a guy, and a very successful one. when i asked what exactly led to this change he said to me: “well, i was janice lester, and wanted to be captain kirk. except i got away with it.”

13. Mixed feelings - August 3, 2008

I still think this is the WORST of the TOS episodes. I cannot watch it. It’s that bad, imho.

- Shatner at his overacting finest. (sigh)
- Horrible script.
- Unbelievable scenario with Kirk’s unprofessional, unbalanced actions that would have had McCoy relieve him of command duty faster than he tried with Commodore Decker in “The Doomsday Machine.”
- Really tired of yet another Kirk ex-lover showing up. (Fatal Attraction time!)

On the flipside, CBS-D did a great job. Thanks, TrekMovie, because I won’t have to suffer through the episode again. Watching the f/x clips above was all I needed.

Great review, Jeff Bond. :) Really enjoyed the summary at the end, too.

14. random_person - August 3, 2008

interestingly enough, i never thought that Janice didn’t make captain because she was a woman and assumed that that was simply something that she convinced herself to justify (in her mind) her denial for the post, rather than admit she was in some way unfit for the job…

15. Beam Me Up - August 3, 2008

It always kinda bothered me how quick in some episodes Spock or McCoy are to relieve Kirk of command. I mean, isn’t the Captain supposed to be the most trustworthy on the ship?

16. Cervantes - August 3, 2008

And so it ends….well, apart from ‘The Cage’ that is.

Nice review Jeff, and a fair summary of CBS – Digital’s CGI work in general. It’s too bad that there was actually an episode so badly done, that you wouldn’t wish to even watch it again, compared to the original. That sums up what a missed opportunity this was overall.

Sure, it’s been great that the actual ‘clean-up’ is terrific….but it seems a shame that the new ‘additions’ were not consistently good. While some things were a big improvement, some things were dreadful….and don’t even get me started on the fact that not every handphaser beam was tweaked for consistency! Am I glad it was done at all….yes….but I wish it had been done better (which was certainly possible), with a slightly better budget, and in a less frantic time-frame. I wasn’t expecting multi-million dollar Movie-quality effects, but I was expecting more than what we got in too many episodes. I’ll re-buy the episodes when the eventual Blu-rays come out….but I’ll yearn for what could have been, when I do…. For those that are content, or delighted with it as is, enjoy the show.

Sean4000 – Nice to hear you are still planning a ‘project’. Good luck with that. Can you tell me if you are registered with OriginalTrilogy.com by any chance, as I wasn’t able to contact you in the past.

17. Xindi1985 - August 3, 2008

Oh my god!
What a fantastic shot! Very very nice CBS-D!

18. eagle219406 - August 3, 2008

Think of it this way: By the 23rd century, mankind has evolved to the point where people’s differences no longer matter. Race, gender, no human is turned down for any task because of those. They kept saying that those days were behind them, and all of a sudden, women aren’t allowed to be starship captains? Does that make sense to anybody? Even at the time the episode was made, It made no sense canonwise. The fact that she was mentally unstable is a good way of explaining that.

I would have loved to see it. Unfortunately I missed it because I filmed the wrong channel.

19. The Underpants Monster - August 3, 2008

I always got the feeling that there wasn’t an official policy against female captains, but that there was a sort of unspoken glass-ceiling boys’ club type thing. Or that there were enough people in the Fleet brass at the time who preferred not to have female captains, and so very few were promoted.

20. Michael Hall - August 3, 2008

Hmm. That opening shot of the Enterprise in the ringed planetary system is far superior and more photoreal than the similar shots in “I, Mudd.” A shame indeed that the artists at CBS-D didn’t have more time and money to get this remaster pitch-perfect; it’s especially regrettable that outstanding episodes like “Balance of Terror” suffered for their learning curve while sub-par shows like this clearly benefited from it.

Still, I always liked Smith and Landers in their roles (aside from Smith’s scenery-chewing final moments). I thought they brought more dignity to the procedings than they deserved. “Turnabout Intruder” isn’t the worst Trek script ever penned by Gene Roddenberry–that would still be “The Omega Glory” (or the last fifteen minutes of “The Omega Glory”)–but it’s a tedious clunker for the most part. It’s our good fortune that this wonderful saga didn’t end–hasn’t, in fact ended–with such a whimper.

21. classictrek - August 3, 2008

i really like this episode. one of my favs

Greg UK

22. Peter Lemonjello - August 3, 2008

Wow that’s cool that they’ve created a sort of final shot of the Enterprise going off into the distance with a sense of ending about it.

23. Captain Dunsel - August 3, 2008

As the son of a screenwriter, I know that writers occasionally use the characters to vent their spleen at people in the real world (by “occasionally”, I mean on those occasions they sit at a keyboard…)

And so, with that “ear”, I don’t hear the women-and-captaincy dialogue taking place between Kirk and Dr. Lester. Rather, I hear it as between Gene Rodenberry himself and one (or possibly both) of two women who figured prominently in both Trek *and* Roddenberry’s life.

“Your world of Starship Captains doesn’t admit women.”

“Yes, and you never stopped punishing me for it.”

(Probably not the exact words, but you get the idea.)

*HE* knew they were going off the air. He knew it when they got put Friday at 10 PM. And never forget, he tried in the very first pilot to have a woman as second in command, but got shot down by the network brass. So why on Earth (or Vulcan or Tau Ceti or the Benecia Colony) woud he suddenly have a lapse at the end of three years, with a story premise so far at odds from what he had tried to do all along?

No, fellow Trekkies – the only thing he *DIDN’T* have in mind was that 42 years later a nunch of us propeller-heads would be trying to *justify* those lines.

24. Redjac - August 3, 2008

Very nice closing, CBS-D!

25. Irishtrekkie - August 3, 2008

well congratulations to cbs digital , for the remasters esp’s , i admit there where some shots i did not like , and things that still annoy me ( james r kirk lol) , but overall they did a really really good job , and kept things true to the orignal show . i will be buying all 3 box sets when they are out ( i will be holding out for blue-ray i am afraid (well will wait another year to see , and if there is none just go for dvd ).

so thanks again . for giving us all a reason to watch tos in all its glory with some lovely new effect.

26. SPB - August 3, 2008

SANDRA SMITH’S DOPPELGANGER…

For YEARS, I was always stumped as to where I’d thought I’d seen the actress Sandra Smith before, or why she at least reminded me of someone else. A few years ago, it finally struck me…

She reminds me of a young Rue McClanahan, from TV’s “The Golden Girls!”

27. Greg Stamper - August 3, 2008

I really enjoyed that last FX Shot.
Plus Jeff Bond’s review and summary of the Remastered Project is spot on.

28. Jon B - August 3, 2008

This is for the whole project…
I thought the remaster team did a very good job on the episodes. While some shots were effy, all were some sort of improvement on the originals. Plus, I think the low budget and no time worked well on this project. The series was produced (in the 60′s) on the cheap and quickly. It makes sense that the remaster be done under the same parameters. Personally, I think the project was a success and I wish to congratulate the crew for a great job.

two final notes:
A.) I love how the final shot was made to go with the final shots of the other series. Go CBS Digital!
B.) The only lost opportunity I can think of: They should have change the R on Kirk’s tombstone in “Where no Man has Gone” into a T. That is my only dissappointment.

29. Sean4000 - August 3, 2008

Fair attempt overall.

Let the fan remaster begin!

30. Xai - August 3, 2008

I’d love to have that group of five shots in a much higher res as part of my screen-saver group. Nice!

31. capt mike - August 3, 2008

That was a beautifull shot of the enterprise at the end. To bad all the shots in the remastered tos could not be the same.But at least we have a lot of inprovement and who knows. maybe one day they will remaster the remastered and make it much better. One can only hope.

32. FredCFO - August 3, 2008

This episode was the worst.

Nice shot at the end — there is only 30 seconds of remastering in this episode.

I have enjoyed the remastering project. I have also enjoyed Trekmovie’s coverage of it. There have been many times that the only way I have seen the remastering has been on this sight. The scheduling of TOSR has not been consistent — sporting events, early morning scheduling, me not programming my VCR correctly, etc.

The reviews have been very good — Jeff Bond, Anthony Pascale, Dennis Bailey….

I will miss the weekly forum on this part of TOS now that all the episodes are now complete (save for “The Cage” — and most of that was seen on “The Menagerie” both on cut TV and uncut theater).

It would be nice for the following:
- what did CBS Paramount think of this project — we the ratings good enough, are the sales of the DVD’s acceptable, did it generate the anticipated buzz for Star Trek XI?
- Jeff did a nice “final thoughts”. Will Anthony, Dennis and the other writers weigh in as well?
- are they going to remaster TAS ?
-will they take another crack at some the remastered episodes that didn’t measure up?

Gee, I feel the same way I did back in 1969 when they canceled the show…

33. Bonjovi - August 3, 2008

all in all..the remastering COULD HAVE been much better. The CBS digital crew must have had a very large workload along with this project because if they didn’t…well..they don’t have much in creative talent.

The idea was a good one…the people they hired…not so good. On utube…they have more talented kids doing star trek then these CBS “professionals”. I mean..why not hire the guys who created the star trek versus star wars…or the star trek versus babylon 5 which is extremely good.

It’s really sad when you pay good money for bad work…substandard…all I know is that CBS in the end did horrible work. Even interns have more talent,

34. Andy Patterson - August 3, 2008

While the episode with lawyer Melvin Belli is Jeff Bond’s worst episode topper (and certainly one of mine) this has always been my most hated episode. This was the number one, after school downer episode for me. I never even watched it fully though as a kid. I couldn’t bring myself to do it. It was like torture. For one reason more than any….I hated seeing Kirk switching places with a woman when I was a kid. I always thought it was such a weak way to end the show. The whole episode just felt ‘so over with’. It just felt like they were ready to put this one to bed and never check if it had kicked the covers off in the night. I still don’t care for it that much to this day. Nonetheless…I’m going to watch it tonight. 45 more minutes.

35. erica rachel kathryn hernandez-garrett-janeway (lol) - August 3, 2008

doesn’t anyone notice that TI STILL has intense sociopolitical significance? and new poignancy as well these days?

now it mirrors the extremist aspect of feminism, those deluding themselves to believe that insane women have more of a right to positions of power then sane men just becuz theyre women…that somehow a mentally unstable woman is still ten times better than a man in perfect mental fitness

also it alludes to how women aren’t allowed into combat in the military and how women are paid less for the same positions as their male counterparts

36. erica rachel kathryn hernandez-garrett-janeway (lol) - August 3, 2008

in almost 40 years not much has changed! token changes filled with hypocrisy!!

37. Thomas Jensen - August 3, 2008

Very well thought out review and a nice parting shot of the ship.

That second shot down on the right of the Enterprise slightly nose-up would have been great remastered as it was in the picture. That angle was used on the second cover of “The Making of Star Trek’ and numerous posters and visual items over the years. I don’t think they ever did a cgi shot of it.

It was great they did so many new views of the Enterprise, but it seems some of the more iconic views we have come to know never made into the project.

Plus, I’m sure they never fixed the screaming soprano singer standing up-front during the second and third season title music, she was subtler in the original recording.

All in all, however, I’m very glad they undertook the project.

38. Billy Bobby - August 3, 2008

I don’t care what any Trekkie says, Turnabout Intruder is a great episode. I think that this was a fitting way to end the series. It seems like only hard-core Trekkies hate this episode. One of my favorite lines from the series is, “If only…if only…..” I also loved that last shot of the Enterprise. It fits in the episode because the Enterprise was on it’s way to study some natural phenomenon. Overall, I am glad that CBS remastered Star Trek, but there is a lot to be desired. Perhaps one day, we will get a true remaster.

39. Xai - August 3, 2008

#32 Bonjovi
You gave an awful lot of criticism, even after you admitted you didn’t know what kind of workload they carried. Maybe you should find out what’s going on before you trash another’s work?

40. sean - August 3, 2008

I wish they could ‘remaster’ the sexism out of the episode, because that definitely needs some clean up! If it were only Lester’s line that made the accusation, I could dismiss it. But the fact is all of Kirk’s responses to the allegation just end up reinforcing it. Especially his patronizing final line, “Her life could’ve been as rich as any woman’s”. Ugh.

That aside, it’s a sad end to a great show. They can’t even keep straight which General Order demands the death penalty (clearly established as #7 in The Menagerie, and stated as #4 here). And hell, the very fact that Kirk was threatening the execution of several of his senior officers alone should have ensured his removal from command. Those security officers should have been fired! :)

41. Billy Bobby - August 3, 2008

It’s funny seeing how many girls hate this episode. I don’t think that this episode is sexist at all. On the contrary, it shows the negative effects of not allowing women to be captains. Did anyone ever think of that? I think it would have been great if one of the security guards sexually harassed Kirk/Lester. Then Kirk would not be so inclined to treat women as sex objects. Just think how much of a soul-searching moment it could have been for Kirk. Great episode! And for all those who say its bad, quit your bitching.

42. Harry Ballz - August 3, 2008

I remember hearing that most of the scenes where Shatner is carrying the body of Lester around and he appears to be sweating is because Shatner was fighting the flu at the time!

If anything that gave every scene the “vibe” that Kirk was trying to fight off the possession of his body by another “essence”.

43. T Negative - August 3, 2008

I am bummed that the remastered project has come to an end. I really enjoyed watching these the last two years and I look forward to a an eventual Blu Ray release in the near future.

Thank you CBS digital for doing this project for all of us Star Trek fans out there, and for making TOS more up to date for newer fans of the show to enjoy!!

Great job on the final shot of the Big E heading off into space. Nice touch!!

44. J.H. - August 3, 2008

As much as I think The Enterprise heading toward the nebula was a great idea, they still should have added The Potemkin as well (since they were to rendevous with it in the first place). And this is an episode where for once Nurse Chapel looks hot (she looks much better as a brunette anyway. Look at “The Cage/Menagerie”). As for The general Order number, that would be writer’s error they forgot what number to use). IOW, Oops.

45. steve623 - August 3, 2008

“The series was produced (in the 60’s) on the cheap and quickly.”

Compared to the average budget for an hour long drama on the air in the late 1960s, Star Trek was a very expensive show. $180,000 or $190,000 per show was not chump change in 1966, believe me.

46. Enterprisingguy - August 3, 2008

I would like to put in my two cents worth with a nitpick rather than wallow about it being the last episode.

Did anyone else think it was cheesy that Lester/Kirk needed a broken glass to cut the restraints that could obviously be undone by her free hands?

At the very least she could have just slid out from under the “seat belt” that was holding her in!

And why were they using glass on a starship in the first place? This is just the reason why it makes no sense since they didn’t have replicators then. We have been using unbreakable food holders since the first world war!

Finally I would like to make a suggestion to Anthony. Now that the remastered episodes are over how about doing “guest reviews” for the reruns? I would love to see other perspectives on these episodes. Not that the reviews weren’t great but as we’ve seen they always spark debate! After all….we have some more time to fill until the new movie!

47. JL - August 3, 2008

“…giving me some idea of what it must have been like to see this show during its original broadcast on NBC…”

Um. No offense but the day this show originally aired there was not a single human being sitting in their recliner seeing this show in crystal clear hi-def.

Just sayin’.

48. JL - August 3, 2008

And my opinion stands… sometimes these segments look really nice. And sometimes the Enterprise looks 100% completely and utterly fake. Fake as in “oh my god, that looks like videogame footage” fake. Come on, be honest with yourself. Does that ship look real at all?

49. Redjac - August 3, 2008

As much as I enjoyed the remastered episodes, I agree with Jeff on “Elaan”. This one was a huge disappointment.

Still, I am kind of bummed out we don’t have more remastered episodes left (aside from The Cage). I looked forward to each episode to see what the team did with them. I guess this is how fans felt when watching the show during it’s original run on NBC — when it was cancelled.

I hope CBS-D gets the opportunity to go back and fix the early episodes and those that obviously fell short of expectations such as “Elaan”.

If not, then I hope some talented fans will go back and do their own versions as mentioned in another post.

The Phase II FX team could do a great job.

50. Admiral Stedman - August 3, 2008

Sounds like I missed a good one. (For the most part). I start back to work tomorrow after summer school break so I went to see The Mummy 3.

Ugh. You want to talk about bad scripts. I should have did a turnabout and left the theater. Why oh Why did I not listen to the critics?

51. Warhoon - August 3, 2008

I’m saying this only because it’s unusual for an actress in a production, not because I’m a fan of some weird double-standard for women in a sitting position….

…but has anyone noticed that “Lieutenant Lisa” sits on the bridge with her legs spread to an unusual degree in at least two scenes in this episode?

Not that I was looking….

52. Beam Me Up - August 3, 2008

Who cares?

53. Wes - August 3, 2008

Well, it was a good run….Now time for TNG remastered! Anthony, how long will they continue to show TOS-R?

54. John Trumbull - August 3, 2008

NBC did NOT object to a female second-in-command. They simply objected to Roddenberry casting his mistress in the role. The “they didn’t want a woman in a position of power” thing was just GR’s cover story. I’m suprised to see you spreading that old rumor, Jeff.

55. Nate - August 3, 2008

Until a few years ago (when I watched it on G4), I never saw “Turnabout Intruder,” I don’t know why I always missed this episode while I was growing up.

Before the Remastered Project, I never really was into the original Trek, probably because of the bad effects (I consider DS9 as the best Trek series, before and after the TOS-R project, it’s the only entire Trek series I own on DVD (along with the Animated series, the fan collectives, and the Picard TNG collection DVD)). But the TOS-R project got me in to the original Trek, because I love visual effects and I hated the original effects. I’ve downloaded all of the preview images made available before the episode aired, on this really awesome site and the official Trek site (Rest in Peace). I also downloaded the SFX and comparison videos because I was obsessed (and glad to see work CBS-D had done) with the TOS-R project.

I’m very excited to buy the upcoming Fan Collective DVD with the TOS-R episodes. I hope they (CBS/Paramount) release a Romulan Fan Collective, then I can have my favorite TOS episode (Enterprise Incident), along with one of my favorite TNG episodes (Contagion & Timescape) on DVD. I plan on buy Remastered Season 2 on DVD when it comes out on Tuesday (I’m holding out to buy Season 1 until CBS/Paramount releases it on Blu-Ray/DVD or DVD (since I only own a DVD player at the moment)).

*applauds CBS-D on their awesome work on the TOS-R project*

I wonder what the TOS cast/crew thought of the TOS-R project (aka opinions)?

56. Cato the Llama - August 3, 2008

Ya know, I’m a life-long Trek geek. I’ve lived on Star Trek reruns since I was able to speak . . . to this day I’ve seen every TOS episode more times than I can count. That is, with the exception of this one.

I haven’t seen this one since I was around five. By the time they started playing reruns again, I had learned it was the last episode. So for some strange reason I always wanted to avoid watching it because I didn’t like the idea of it ending. (I’m weird).

So I don’t fully remember what happens in this episode, honestly. Tonight I’m going to watch it for the first time in 22 years. I understand it is a sucky one, but it’s going to be like seeing a whole new TOS episode for me, with new effects to boot. This should be weird.

57. Beam Me Up - August 3, 2008

I hope itunes updates their Trek section with seasons 2 and 3 now that they’re both out on DVD sets.

58. Warhoon - August 3, 2008

Who cares?

59. OneBuckFilms - August 3, 2008

54 – I’d love to hear your impressions of this one.

60. Beam Me Up - August 3, 2008

What?

61. Oregon Trek Geek - August 3, 2008

Don’t mince words, Commodore Lurker, tell me what you –really– think!

62. monger - August 3, 2008

I feel sad that the whole Trek remastered thing has come to an end. As uneven and at times lackluster as the output from CBS-D has been, I’m still going to miss the weekly anticipation of seeing another newly tweaked episode. I wonder what will be syndicated in place of Trek once the 2 year deal has lapsed? Oh well, at least we’ve got Trek 11 to look forward to!

63. Kirk in Diapers - August 3, 2008

I think these guys were tops at inserting new stuff into live footage. The mattes are great. Stuff like the radar screen in Fridays Child is super great. Stuff like that, that seems would be the most intrusive, was the highlight. It made me really happy to see awful reuses of backgrounds eliminated. That’s why it makes me so sad that TOSR won’t be my preferred viewing experience of Trek.

These guys couldn’t light or animate a ship if their lives depended on it. I think its true that high schoolers have better senses of motion and weight than CBSD did. So many episodes we see the ship moving incorrectly, turning off its center of gravity, looking like its on a string. And the shots are dark and dull. Where black shadows should be there is dark gray. Where mid tones should be there is slightly less dark grey. The ship just doesn’t look alive, heavy, real. Worst examples: Tomorrow is yesterday, elaan of troyius, immunity syndrome, and every single episode where the ship flies into the distance and seems to accelerate as it gets further away rather than slow down as its speed is scaled with distance. And so many shots feature the ship off center, leaving the middle of the screen empty with half the ship disapearing off the top or bottom of the screen.

Sorry, CBS, but you should have waited until you had the money and time to do this and hire the right people. And god bless Mike Okuda for being one of the best FX guys ever, but he’s not a director or a photographer. It just was the right job for him to tackle. He’s also to entrenched in modern Trek. Just like those who designed for Phantom Menace didn’t understand Star Wars’ original aesthetic, neither did the CBS team totally understand TOS’s.

So a 50/50 job, CBS. And unfortunately 50% on any test is an F. But I’ll put you on a curve and grade this effort a C-.

64. Sean4000 v8.04 "Hardy Heron" - August 3, 2008

Kirk In Diapers,

You have said perfectly what I have struggled to get out for 2 years now. I applaud you for having typing skills far beyond my own. Your thoughts are my thoughts 100%.

I am not as generous a teacher. I would have said a solid D.

Click my name too, Kirk In Diapers.

65. warptrek - August 3, 2008

TOS made distinctions between ‘Starships’ and regular Starfleet vessels like the Antares for example… the controversial sexist line “doesn’t allow women to captain Starships” might be refering to the capital ships that the Enterprise was part of. They picked males to command these current 5 year missions of the Constitution class. Whether this was policy or from lack of applicants with high enough grades, Who knows what Roddenberry actually meant?
Obviously, Lester failed her psyche tests. She was nuts!

66. Jovan - August 3, 2008

#52: Women also objected to her in test screenings, though. Thought that she was acting too big for her britches, trying too hard to fit in with the men etc. I really do think the fact that a woman had such an important position WAS part of their decision though.

What I’m more concerned about…

“…you have to wonder if this was one of those episodes originally planned to be a comedy that Fred Frieberger steamrolled.”

Is this. The misconception that Freiberger had everything to do with the worst parts of the third season. That is simply not true and I desperately want people to stop thinking this. You cannot point to a single smoking gun in this case. When it came to the third season, they had less time, less money, a terrible timeslot and to add insult to injury NBC kept slashing the budget as they knew they wouldn’t renew it. Strange how he gets all the blame, but none of the credit.

67. Commodore Lurker - August 3, 2008

59, Oregon T.G.

Okay, there are two and only two eps of TOS that I find utterly unwatchable: “The Turnabout Intruder” (love that title by the way), and “And the Children Shall Lead.”

In the Canon in my head, these two simply do not exist. To paraphrase Mission Impossible: I disavow any knowledge of their existance.

I am thankful for the work CBS-D did for the closing shot. At least now TOS has a beautiful and fitting end.

I also agree with my friend Xai, I’d love to have those five shots as screen savers.

There are a few other eps that I prefer to ignore, but TOS was my first Trek love, and I guess I feel so strongly because TOS means so much to me. }:-)>

68. Tango - August 3, 2008

I think that the reason women couldn’t be captains had something to do with all that nail filing.

69. Tango - August 3, 2008

65. I agree with pretty much all of your points, but if I were to state them, my tone would have been more diplomatic. That’s probably because I got too much empathy–I thinik it’s a personal weekness of mine.

70. Dr. Cheis - August 3, 2008

I don’t know if somebody else has brought it up or not (I admit it, I skip most of the comments), but I have always assumed the line, “Your world of starship captains doesn’t admit women” didn’t mean that women cannot be starship captains (which as everybody will agree is rather hard to believe coming from Gene Roddenberry, as well from a modern perspective (furthermore, why would a woman be able to be “number one” if she cannot assume command in the event that the captain was killed) not to mention all the female captains to appear in other Trek series and movies). Rather, I thought it was referring to the way Captain Kirk seems unable to maintain a relationship with a woman because being a starship captain comes first, which we have certainly seen over and over.

Some might say that this interpretation is contradicted by the court marshal scene where “Kirk” says that if he is removed from command and “Dr. Lester” is incapable of command, Spock would be in charge. Does he ever say though “because she’s a woman” or “because he is inside a woman’s body?” He does not. It seems rather plain to me that a starship captain requires a great deal of physical and mental conditioning (which McCoy compares to previous test results in this very episode), and the body of Dr. Lester has taken or passed no such test. Not only that, but she’s suffering from radiation poisoning.

In regards to the remastered project as a whole, I am very supportive of what they did. True, some of the new effects weren’t as amazing as others, but this is the case with just about any modern television series. Personally, I attribute the “CGish” look of some of the ship shots (such as “Elaan of Troyius”) to that being the way the ship happened to look when lit in that manner, in other words a model identically lit would look very similar (and thus the error would be in our perception, not the effects). I don’t know if this is true or not, but I’m going to choose to believe it, since I see no other way such shots could continue to reappear throughout the series. If there was something wrong with them, wouldn’t they have stopped using them? (Especially with all the fuss about the nacelle caps), I’m sure some CG expert out there will disagree with me, but perhaps I’ll persuade a few outraged Trekkies out there…

I do think it’s a shame CBS couldn’t get their hands on the original footage (without the transitions and special effects added). Obviously that has limited what could be done. Imagine real-looking phasers, transporter effects, and all the other cheesy magic marker effects resolved. I kind of wish that they had attempted to paint over them though. I figure you could pretty easily paint a good looking phaser beam over a crappy-looking phaser beam if it is the exact size and shape.

I think I can say though that this wasn’t Star Wars all over again. Captain Kirk still shoots first, and I would have looked forward to even more changes. Perhaps another 40 years for now the series will be remastered yet again, this time dealing with scene-fades and other issues that today aren’t technologically feasible to fix.

What’s important to me in the end though isn’t what technically could or could not be done, but the artistic decisions made, and in such cases, I strongly approve of just about every one.

(And now I secretly wonder if in the near future we will be seeing Star Trek the Re-animated Series, or new special effects on TNG.)

71. Mac - August 3, 2008

It seems there is an error in this episode. If Dr. Janice Lester says Starfleet does not allow females to captain a starship, why did Captain Archer´s girlfriend captain the Columbia in Enterprise?

72. Captain Robert April - August 3, 2008

I’ll grant that Freiberger was doing the best he could after being dealt a pretty lousy hand, but the fact remained that he never really understood Star Trek, certainly not the way that Gene Coon understood it.

If Roddenberry had done the right thing and named Bob Justman as the line producer, the show probably would’ve still had its budget slashed and its schedule monkeyed around with by the network, both due to 1969 being a very interesting year news-wise and the new owners of the newly conglomerated Paramount Studios not knowing jack squat about either filmmaking or television, and it still would’ve ended after the third season, but it wouldn’t have had nearly as many stinkers as they got from Freiberger.

Does Freddie deserve as much blame as he gets? No, but he still deserves a healthy share of it.

73. Harry Ballz - August 3, 2008

Yeah, funny how a T.V. episode from the 1960′s screwed up with continuity by not matching with the info in a show done 40 years later!

How stupid can they be??!!

74. The Vulcanista - August 3, 2008

#69

Starfleet doesn’t allow CRAZY females to captain starships. Capt. Hernandez , as far as we know, wasn’t insane.

Just because crazy ol’ Janice was denied her chance to sit in The Big Chair (because she’s INSANE!) doesn’t necessarily mean that what she believes to be the status of females in Starfleet is true. Crazy tends to come with a skewed version of what the facts actually are.

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

75. The Vulcanista - August 3, 2008

#70

LMFAO!!!!

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

76. Mr Lerpa - August 4, 2008

I agree with #68s comments, I (like to) think she means Kirks personal life as a starship captain doesn’t allow him room for relationships.

that said, it was the 1960′s…

#70 well said.

77. Engon - August 4, 2008

Well, in “Court Martial” Commodore Stone does say, “Now, look Jim. Not one MAN in a million could do what you and I have done– command a starship.”

78. Engon - August 4, 2008

Star Trek’s first broadcast episode was “Man Trap” on 9/8/66. Almost three years later, Trek seemingly comes full circle with its last original episode, “Turnabout Intruder,” on 7/3/69.

Once again the Enterprise visits a romantically involved pair of scientists exploring the ruins of a dead civilization. Once again, the female is first introduced as an old flame of one of the landing party. Once again, the male scientist is covering for the female, who is not what she seems to be. Once again, the female is able to take on the form of one of the familiar cast members and go unnoticed for a time.

Considering its theme, this episode could even have been called “Man Trap.”

79. Paulaner - August 4, 2008

At the end of the remastering process, I cannot refrain from noticing the awesomeness of the classic Constitution-class. Timeless, elegant and well beyond its times. In my opinion, still the best looking ship in all Trek history.

80. Jackson Roykirk - August 4, 2008

Hmmm. Maybe we’ll see Crazy Janice and The Kirk on their first date in the new movie?

Maybe Nero tried to hypnotize Crazy Janice and get her to kill The Kirk before he could become an enemy of the Romulan Empire?

Maybe Nero will shape-shift into Finnegan and try to kill The Kirk with his bare hands?

Naaaahhh.

81. Engon - August 4, 2008

Exactly how was Kirk/Lester going to explain the stragulation death of Lester/Kirk?

McCoy: Did you notice any unusual symptoms while we were gone?
Kirk: Nothing at all. She was unconscious all of the time.
McCoy: How did this scarf get wound around her neck?
Kirk: Uh…radiation poisoning?

82. Sean4000 v8.04 "Hardy Heron" - August 4, 2008

76 “””At the end of the remastering process, I cannot refrain from noticing the awesomeness of the classic Constitution-class. Timeless, elegant and well beyond its times. In my opinion, still the best looking ship in all Trek history.””””

Boy is it indeed timesless! It looks good in any century!

Although, IMO, I believe DS9 and ENT did it WAY better with model work and EdenFX respectively.

The ship itself is a testament to the genius of Matt Jeffries, a truly incredible man!

83. Robert Bernardo - August 4, 2008

In my opinion, this episode is next to the worst episode, “The Way to Eden”.

However, the final ending shot of the Enterprise flying away toward a nebula was just gorgeous, and yes, reminiscent of the Star Trek VI’s Enterprise flying off to a sun. Now I’ve got to get a screen capture of it!

84. DJT - August 4, 2008

# 70
re: Captain Kirk unable to maintain a relationship with a woman because being a starship captain comes first

I had the same thought, too.

I think the episode would have had much greater impact if we had been told the specifics on their relationship.

Was she loony before she met Kirk or did she come undone because of her relationship to Kirk? Kirk never gets the chance to explain.

The closest we come to an explanation is Kirk’s regretful “If only” line.

If only what?

If only she hadn’t been born a man?

85. Iowagirl - August 4, 2008

The episode certainly isn’t one of TOS’ most ingenious moments, but Shatner showing us all stages of Dr. Lester going completely nuts – hey, that’s an inimitable and glorious case of The Shat whooping it up. After watching the episode, you feel quite mad, too…:)

BTW, did I mention that the nail filing scene is brilliant? Love it!

And Jeff’s right about the grave scenes in TI. The mindmeld, and Spock’s rather forceful fight for his Captain, and particularly the very intense Bones-Scotty moment. You feel their conflict. After all, it’s their beloved captain, and it’s the unimaginable they’re dealing with – mutiny.

All things considered, not such a bad episode at all.

#74
Good point – agreed.

86. subatoi - August 4, 2008

I’m probably not the first to think so, but maybe they’ll release The Cage before the movie.

87. James Heaney - Wowbagger - August 4, 2008

Nice summing up of the project, Mr. Bond. I really did enjoy TOS-R. It was an incredible way to see “The Ultimate Computer” for the first time. Where it didn’t help the show, at least it rarely hindered it, and it really was a great excuse to rewatch TOS-R.

88. Crewman Darnell - August 4, 2008

I too am bummed that the remastering effort (minus “The Cage”) has all been seen. My own overall grade is a regretful C +.

As for this episode, I wouldn’t consider it one of the worst. Along with Kirk filing his nails, I’ve *always* enjoyed the scene where the duty-bound red shirt (but didn’t Galloway get atomized in “The Omega Glory”?) catches Spock trying to sneak in a nerve pinch on him. His understandably, frantic reaction to what he saw coming is a real Kodak Moment.

89. Holger - August 4, 2008

One very tangible effect of this now finished Remaster Project is that I can’t stand watching the original episodes any more. Whenever there’s a space shot or a cheesy re-used matte, I go: Geeee, this looks terrible!
The original episodes won’t disappear from TV, it seems, but once Blu Ray has become THE standard, and DVD is obsolete, the original episodes won’t be available anymore. In combination with that, many fans, I think, will not want to watch them anymore.
This does not make me sad, and after all I have the orginal DVD releases. But nonetheless, a TV classic is slowly signing off in its original form.

13: Yep. Also remember how close Bones was to relieving Kirk in ‘Obsession’, and in this episode, it turned out, Kirk was still acting within his command privileges and within good reason.
When Lester-as-Kirk started ranting about death penalties, Bones should have finally called the show off. I was also shocked by the blind obedience of the redshirts in this matter.

90. Jeffrey S. Nelson - August 4, 2008

The most glaring error of the remastering effort is in “The Paradise Syndrome” when the mentioned blue flame from the asteroid deflector is shown as a red flame. Doesn’t get more blatant than that. Bloody hell! Borgus frat!

91. Brandalf the Gray - August 4, 2008

Now they have finished on these, how’s about remaking the animated series into CGI, using the original voice and music tracks?

That would be great!

92. Holo J - August 4, 2008

Now they have finished on the remastered DVD’s how about taking all they learnt this time around and give up a further more detailed effects update for the BLU-Ray release.

I have enjoyed watching out for the new effects but there has been so many missed opportunities to make this remaster truly superb. I wish they fixed some more of the smaller things like the display screens on the bridge and all the phaser shots. But I guess it wasn’t to be, this time around. I really hope one day it can be further refined.

93. Holo J - August 4, 2008

As most people have noted the new Matt paintings have been fantastic apart for Stratos from the ground, which I thought looked awful compared to the shot of it over top in the sky. They could do some more matt paintings to some of the episodes that were less fortunate and didn’t get a lovely new matt painting.

I hope the movie makes Star Trek big business again and maybe one day in the future they will go back and do some more work on this great series to make it as visually exciting as it can be, with a budget it truly deserves.

94. Bryan with Pointy Nacelles and a large Dish - August 4, 2008

The visual problem for me with the remastering was this:
While all the angles of the Enterprise was beautiful, the contrast and levels were not vibrant enough. The ship always looked flat and dull. Too gray for my tastes.
The original filming model was a greenish gray.
She was photographed with high white lights, forcing a wide contrast ratio.
I know the original shots sometimes looked white, gray, blue or greenish because of the matting and process work. But she always had a wide contrast ratio.
I have taken some of the HD shots into photoshop, and with very minimal adjustments of the levels and curves, the Enterprise was more like the original photography.
The CBS-R Enterprise for the most part looked flat and cartoonish.
However their skill and creativity still impressed me.
When a live action shot changed to an FX digital shot it was like it was culled from another source. Didn’t seem seamless.
The Enterprise is a beautiful ship, and I really enjoyed seeing the creative angles they would render.

95. New Horizon - August 4, 2008

#66 -

Yes, because Fred Frieberger is known to have done such a great job on another series….Space 1999. He did so well on that one that the cast nearly revolted from the banal direction he took the show.

96. JJK - August 4, 2008

I consider myself to have a high tolerance for Trek cheese, but Turnabout Intruder is more South Park than Star Trek to me (think Mr./Mrs. Garrison!). I’m so embarrassed for everyone involved with it that’s it’s almost unbearable to watch. I’m glad that my DVR allowed me to easily fast-forward to the special effects.

On a positive note, perhaps it was my knowing that this was the last scene of the series, but the Enterprise flyaway at the end seemed a little more majestic and even elegaic than most (somewhat like the final flyaway on STVI). Whether intentional or not, I’d say CBS-D’s final “sign-off” was nicely done.

97. JJK - August 4, 2008

Sorry #11, I made the same point as you about STVI in my #96 remarks. I had overlooked your comment the first time around.

98. star trackie - August 4, 2008

Great episode.Shatner’s great as the whacked out Lester and the scene where Spock turns against him (her) at the hearing is priceless. I always loved the look of that alien transfer device as well. Very alien indeed.

As far as the remastering project goes, to listen to so many complaints, I have to wonder how many of the complainers managed to sit through the episodes PRIOR to the remastering. I mean with all that ugly grain on the prints and scratched up oributal shots I have to wonder how they could see past that and enjoy the story. These kids today.

After all, the STORY is where it’s at anyway. Instead of pitchin’ a fit about the “video game” look of the ship, one should be looking at those gorgeous cleaned up high-def prints and appreciate that these wonderful STORIES have never EVER looked better.

Well done CBS-D. Your efforts ARE greatly appreciated.

99. jimj - August 4, 2008

#95 (and an additional message to #65)-Fred had a good reputation in some areas, but Sci-Fi wasn’t one of them. All I can say is, thank God he didn’t ruin Trek as much as he ruined Space:1999!!!!

100. tonydup - August 4, 2008

By the time this episode first aired I had tired of Star Trek. This from someone who would taper every episode (on 3.5″ reel to reel – cassettes came later). It has been fun to watch the re-mastered episodes. Real space battles, with real ships. Thanks for the effort CBS-D.

LL&P

101. trekboi - August 4, 2008

love the- final shot- exactly what i had envisioned- i just wish the Enterprised had passed more random space nebula on its way around the galaxy.
i do think it was her mental issues that created a paranoid belief the starfleet was a boys club- kirk never said the line.

102. Mr_Niemand - August 4, 2008

# 89

“The original episodes won’t disappear from TV, it seems, but once Blu Ray has become THE standard, and DVD is obsolete, the original episodes won’t be available anymore. In combination with that, many fans, I think, will not want to watch them anymore. This does not make me sad, and after all I have the orginal DVD releases. But nonetheless, a TV classic is slowly signing off in its original form.”

And you don’t think it’s a shame that the original version of the show will be lost in a few years? Probably no TV station will broadcast the original version in SD if they can have a hi-def version instead. But of course, the HDTV version is only available with new SFX.
So it’s the same as with Star Wars. The original Star Wars versions are only available in SD transfers from the early ’90s. A lot of people complained. Yet with Star Trek nobody here seems to have a problem with the original historical version of the series being lost.
When releasing the series once again in HD, this time on Blu ray, CBS should include the original versions of the episodes in HD as well, so everybody can choose their favourite version. Technically that’s no problem at all.
However, this won’t happen as long as people accept releases that only offer the new versions and don’t complain about the way CBS shows its disrespect for the people who worked on the original series and did the best they could being limited by a tight budget back in the ’60s. The original version is of (film) historical value. This version should not be lost. It should be made available in the best possible quality. An HD transfer of the original series is possible, so it should not be hold back.
So people should start to complain to CBS, have them include the original version of the series in HD on any future HD releases.

Additionally, I have to say that I don’t dislike the new version at all. It’s just that the new version should not replace the original historical version of Star Trek. The new version with its nice SFX is a fine addition, nice to watch, but its just that. It’s of no historical value. The original version is. This is the version that started it all. Don’t let CBS make the same mistake as Lucas. Lucas’s mistake was not to visually “enhance” his Star Wars films but to replace the original versions of the films with the new ones, not letting people choose the version they like best. This must not happen with Star Trek.

103. McGyver - August 4, 2008

- A..i think that TNG should have a remastered edition ..too…the first season from TNG.. looks like a normal sequel of the final season from TOS ..excepion is the look of klingons..offcourse…

104. Randall - August 4, 2008

I don’t know if anyone’s mentioned this yet, but this episode was the centerpiece of a part of the book “Star Trek Lives!” in the 70s, illustrating the behind-the-scenes filming of the final episode of Star Trek… it was a fascinating piece, showing what went on on-set, through the eyes of an enthusiastic fan who had been given the right to tour the Desilu sets by a friend on the staff, and ended up stretching out her stay to an entire week on the Star Trek set as “Turnabout Intruder” was being filmed.

Interestingly, Shatner was ill with the flu during this time, which may have explained some of his more than usual hamminess.

Anyway, I counsel anyone who wasn’t aware of this to seek out the book. It’s a bittersweet little rendering, showing the humor of Shatner, the dignity of Nimoy, and the gentle humanity of DeForest Kelley behind the scenes.

105. star trackie - August 4, 2008

Star Trek Lives was the first Trek book I ever read. Great recommendation Randall, especially in light of the airing of Turnabout Intruder. . I love behind the scenes info on TOS, I may just dig it out again, just to refresh myself on that particular chapter.

106. Holger - August 4, 2008

102: Well, even given all the virtues the original episodes have, the remastered episodes are plainly much, much better from a visual point of view. The stories remain completely unhampered, it just looks better. No wonder they are preferable. I agree, the original episodes are of great historical value, and that’s why I’m glad I have them on DVD. But Edison’s wax cylinders have great historical value, too, but I wouldn’t listen to them when it’s the music I’m after, and not the history.
I think Lucas was a lot more disrespectful towards his classic movies, because he changed not only some visual appearances. But in the end, the original trilogy was released on DVD as well, fortunately. (Even more remarkable, for me, is his remastering of THX 1138, which is a weird 70′s underground classic. Why would anyone change that?) Star Wars (1977) is one of my all-time favorite movies, it’s a classic and won an Oscar, and I should think it deserves more respect in its original form than to be mothballed for many years. But still, being honest, I have to admit I watch the Special Edition when I want to watch Star Wars. It just looks better and I’m not a cinema historian. For me the visual experience is an essential part of a movie. (By the way, that’s also the reason ST:TMP is one of my all-time favorite movies.)

So, thanks CBS for this wonderful project and thanks for the respect with which the episodes of Star Trek, one of the best TV shows ever, was treated.

I, too, would appreciate the inclusion of the original episodes in future releases. But it seems CBS/Paramount would have to go with Blu Ray/DVD hybrids, because I understand one of the main reasons for the remastering was that the original episodes’ effects shots would look terrible in HD.

107. Andy Patterson - August 4, 2008

After having watched it, all the way through last night I see a lot more in it than I used to as a kid.

But one thing sticks out to me….dig those sideburns Scotty had! He was stretching those almost into muttonchops. Shatner was a bit too. Perhaps that’s the style the show would have morphed into had it continued on. The bridge may have eventually looked like the cover of a Blood, Sweat and Tears album.

Interesting that Uhura wasn’t in the very last ep. And the chick who lost her fiance way back first season ( I guess Balance of Terror) was in her chair. And was that Majel with a completely different hair do and color?

“You’ve seen the Captain, delirous, sick ,drunk,……” Good speech Doohan.

108. Andy Patterson - August 4, 2008

102, 89

“But nonetheless, a TV classic is slowly signing off in its original form.”

“Yet with Star Trek nobody here seems to have a problem with the original historical version of the series being lost.”

I have a problem with it. That’s what I was trying to tell Dave Rossi at convention once. Just because it can be done, and might make some shots look better, I don’t think it SHOULD be be done.

I feel like I’m the only one who feels this way. I’ve always felt like I’m the only one who feels this way. The original was a work of art of it’s time; problems and all. It shouldn’t be tampered with. I’ve always felt this way Yeah, I’ve watched everyone of these new ones and enjoyed aspects of them. It just makes me sad the original ones won’t be around. I seem to be in the minority on this though.

109. Billy Bobby - August 4, 2008

Even though it would not have fit well into the episode, it would have been cool seeing the Enterprise dock in drydock (The Motion Picture). But like I said, it would not have fit in with the story.

110. FredCFO - August 4, 2008

Andy:

TV Land shows the originals. CBS has the originals for online streaming. Many has DVD’s and VHS’ of the original. I don’t think it is going to be lost.(and if it ever is, make a fortune on Ebay by selling your copies.)

And the Thermians are bound to show up sooner or later with copies of the original “historical documents”.

Just kidding, I see your point. George Lucas is supposed to release the original Star Wars on DVD at some point due to fan demand similar to your own.

Billy Bobby:

Why didn’t you get a hold of CBS-D with that brilliant idea sooner ? Outstanding. It would have fit as well as the nebula (which I liked, too.) If only, if only…

111. Sebi - August 4, 2008

Perfect explanation for the “female captain issue”:

At one point in her life, Capt. Hernandez screwed up so badly (maybe wrecked the Columbia) that they didn’t allow females to be captains for a looong time.

Just kidding of course….

112. richr - August 4, 2008

I always liked this ep…with Shatner chewing the scenery…and essentially doing a proto Denny Crane at times…what’s not to like?

As for the anti-female spin…for 1969…it probably wasn’t as blatant to the writers or the audience as 2008 ears now hear it. Sure it kinda violated Trek canon at the time (Number One), but it was still pretty good.

But the one thing that always bothered me was that during the court marshal, all you needed was for Janice Lester to start revealing details about missions and crew members that the phony Kirk wouldn’t know…and that wouldn’t have appeared in the ship’s records for Lester to have studied beforehand. For instance, Lester might have been able to find out where Kirk’s cabin is located, but would she know the combination to the safe…or what was inside?

…or would “she” know the self destruct codes for the Enterprise?

000 Destruct 0…

I THINK NOT!

113. Holger - August 4, 2008

110: “Just kidding, I see your point. George Lucas is supposed to release the original Star Wars on DVD at some point due to fan demand similar to your own.”

These have already been released. But you have to buy each movie in a two-disc set along with the Special Edition – which everyone already has >:-(

114. Andy Patterson - August 4, 2008

113

Yeah,….that’s the point. It shouldn’t have to be this way.

115. Holger - August 4, 2008

114. Oh, I see. You meant they should be released original version only. Sorry!

116. Wolf Trek - August 4, 2008

My thoughts on the remastering of the Original Series? At first I was the purist (“How dare they tamper with the original masters!”), but was won over by some of the imaginative fourishes provided in several episodes. I am so glad they went ‘all out’ on my childhood favorite “Doomsday Machine”, but was disappointed in “Elaan of Troyius” and “The Ultimate Computer”. They set the bar so high, and then failed to live up to their prior accomplishments.
My biggest complaint – the Enterprise. With only a few exceptions, the ship always came across as “animation” to me. It had no life or weight to it. They never got it quite right. (Especially in the high speed fly by’s in the opening credits.)
I much prefer the original footage – matte lines and all.
But I give the remastering team an A+ for cleaning up all the scratches, grain, and correcting the color timing.

117. John from Cincinnati - August 4, 2008

Now that the remastered eps are over I have to say I am overrall happy about the CGI effects and remaster. There was no new CGI effects that disappointed me, in fact, I think the crew at CBS – D did the perfect marriage of updating TOS with modern effects and kept the original story and spirit of the show intact.

118. Dr. Image - August 4, 2008

Day of the Dove would have been a great series finale.
This IS one of my favorite eps, BTW.
It’s a hoot.

119. Andy Patterson - August 4, 2008

115

No, what I mean is….referring to George Lucas….he shouldn’t be milking the cow so hard , so often. We all knew he was going to release the original versions eventually….it’s just insulting to the fan how it’s been done.

120. Izbot - August 4, 2008

To me this episode suffers for two big reasons: 1.) Repetition of themes and motifs already covered several times before in previous episodes, and 2.) the frustrating fact that for the viewer we already know that Kirk and Lester have switched bodies yet we have to endure the entire episode listening to Kirk as Lester trying to convince his unbelieving friends of this fact — which is tedious and doesn’t do the other characters any favors. How thick does Spock have to be not to figure this one out immediately?

On the repetition of themes and motifs, #78 Engon has already effectively covered it’s similarities to “The Man Trap” as just one example. It also reminds one of “The Enemy Within” which did what this episode attempted to do much earlier and much, much better. What also puts me off about this episode is the rolling out of the tired “mutiny” accusation leading to another dull-as-nails court-martial scenario that eats up almost half the episode.

The whole episode could’ve been much more effective if it had been written as a mystery and we the viewers were not shown the mind/body transferrence at the beginning and were left to puzzle over why the two characters were behaving the way they were. Knowing what had happened and then having to slog through an entire episode’s worth of, “I’m telling you, I’M Captain Kirk!!” is just a chore with no satisfying payoff.

Similarly, years later during the early days of TNG’s first season, an episode called “Datalore” has Data’s evil twin Lore masquerading as his brother whom (predictably) Wesley is the only one to recognize. Wes takes the role of trying to persuade others of the fact only to be dismissed and told to “shut up” by just about every member of the bridge crew. Again this did no service to those characters and, Brent Spiner’s enjoyable acting turn as Lore notwithstanding, makes the whole affair eye-rollingly frustrating for the viewer.

Too bad no Uhura in this last episode.

***Hey Anthony and Jeff: I’m really going to miss these reviews and the opportunity to discuss single episodes now that the whole Remastered series is (almost) complete. Any chance of doing once-a-week ‘retro-reviews’ on episodes of other Trek series? I’d love to get in on some discussions and read reviews on TNG, DS9, VOY etc episodes given years of hindsight.***

121. John Trumbull - August 4, 2008

#66: #52: Women also objected to her in test screenings, though. Thought that she was acting too big for her britches, trying too hard to fit in with the men etc. I really do think the fact that a woman had such an important position WAS part of their decision though.

No. That’s just GR creating another myth around himself because it makes him look better. Read INSIDE STAR TREK: THE REAL STORY by Solow & Justman.

122. Scott - August 4, 2008

Something struck me while watching this episode, a silly thing, but something I’ve never seen pointed out before: in both “Corbomite Maneauver,” the first regular-season episode filmed, and this episode, the last one filmed, you get to see Kirk on that nutty sickbay cardio-test bed with the pumpy-blocks giving them a workout. Those are the only two times I think Kirk ever does that in the series: the first and last episodes. Am I wrong?

Scott B. out.

123. Mr. Atoz - August 4, 2008

122

I think you are correct.

124. richr - August 4, 2008

Re 122:

I think Chekov might have used the “pumpy blocks” in the Deadly Years…while McCoy was running him through a battery of tests to determine why he wasn’t aging…but I don’t think Kirk touched them in that ep.

You might be right.

125. richr - August 4, 2008

Also…regarding this ep…and the gender role reversal…

I wonder if the NBC sensors had any problems with the obviously flamboyant Kirk and what would have been a twisted post-switch relationship with Coleman.

This WAS only the late 60s after all.

126. Thomas Jensen - August 4, 2008

Let us see the Blu-ray versions of the remastered AND the original without the new effects.

127. Izbot - August 4, 2008

125. richr -
“I wonder if the NBC sensors had any problems with the obviously flamboyant Kirk and what would have been a twisted post-switch relationship with Coleman.”

I kinda doubt it. TV in the 60s had it’s share of flamboyant actors and characters (Liberace, Charles Nelson Reilly, Rip Taylor, Paul Lynde) but they were always naively presented as quirky or comedic. And I think the man-stuck-in-a-woman’s-body sci-fi/fantasy schtick was played out in a lot of the more outlandish sitcoms of the time like “Bewitched” and “Gilligan’s Island” while skirting the gender role questions we ‘more sophisticated’ viewers of the 21st century automatically dredge up.

128. Iowagirl - August 4, 2008

#122

You’re right – in Memory Alpha’s background information it says:

“The physical exam scene in sickbay with William Shatner and DeForest Kelley is very similar to the first appearance of those two actors in the first regular-season episode of the series to be filmed, “The Corbomite Maneuver”, right down to the detail of a shirtless Shatner undergoing a stress test on the leg-exercising machine.”

Ah, what a nice way to come full circle, isn’t it?;) But if I remember correctly, there was more sweat during the CM scene. I’ll check…:)

129. Marshall McMellon - August 4, 2008

OMG! Until last night, would you believe I had NEVER EVER seen this episode before? I thought I had seen every TOS ever made (I’m 43 y/o and have been watching Trek since I was about 8 or 9). Amazing.

130. Donald G - August 4, 2008

Re: #102 Mr Niemand:
According to the CBS Distribution syndication bible entry for STAR TREK:

http://www.paramounttv.com/whnjs.htm

“This series has been transferred into HD and has the following masters:

Network 4×3 HD

Network 4×3 HD VFX (in progress)

Network 16×9 Tilt & Scan HD VFX (partial, in progress)

Syndication 4×3 HD (in progress)

Syndication 4×3 HD VFX (in progress)”

[except snipped for space]

“Note:

Star Trek is currently receiving new special visual effects inserts in HD and standard def, network and syndication. These updated versions are noted internally as “VFX”. Completion of the final episodes is expected during early 2008.”

From reading this, it looks like they’ve also got available HD versions (both uncut network and syndicated edits) of non-CGIed TOS

131. Bara Khuda - August 4, 2008

The best “special effects” are Kirk’s “overacting”, facial expressions, and the interaction of the “Holy Trinity” which always overcompensated for any otherwise bad episodes (except maybe & Children Shall Lead.)

Specifically Bones exclaiming “JEMMM!!!” at the karate chop, and how he looks at Spock in disbelief, searching for his reaction. The court martial is wonderful, particularly Kirk/J’s reaction to Spock’s “tirade”. Its funny when he goes on the bridge, is rebuffed by the crew, and then tries to snap his own neck!

If this episode has bad acting, then what is good acting?

They should have let Angela Martine be her original self, without the restyled hair, etc.

Strange how Coleman is apparently given the opportunity to “take care” of Janice moments after trying to kill Janice/K, rather than Security taking them away.

132. Rayna - August 4, 2008

Hilarious parody of one of the scenes from this episode here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aY5SI9sQgYM

133. neonknights - August 4, 2008

At least Our Favourite Planet Named After a French Existentialist Writer is not an Earth-type one (again), but a new one with rings. BTW I never liked this episode too much.

134. Commodore Lurker - August 4, 2008

132, Thanks for that Rayna, that was funny. It also made me realize why I hate this ep so.

135. dep1701 - August 4, 2008

#37 “That second shot down on the right of the Enterprise slightly nose-up would have been great remastered as it was in the picture. That angle was used on the second cover of “The Making of Star Trek’ and numerous posters and visual items over the years. I don’t think they ever did a cgi shot of it.”

CBS-D did redo that angle; check out the episode title shot of “The Changeling” and the phaser firing shot in “Day Of The Dove” for a couple of examples. They just didn’t use it as often as the original series did. A shame too, because it was a good shot.

136. dep1701 - August 4, 2008

Anthony, reading some of the comments here which mirror my own opinion has given me an idea.

Since you have contact with insiders on the remaster project, I suggest we create an on-line petiton here for Paramount : When they finally do release all three seasons of Trek on BluRay ( which isn’t even slated yet ), that given the supposedly superior data capacity, they should release the remastered versions of the episodes along with their original NON-CGI effects counterparts in their cleaned up pristine glory, in each season set. That way, Trekfans can have both versions in perfect archival quality .

I also would like them to include all the bonus material that was on the HD set, since some of us never got to see it because we (wisely, as it turns out ) didn’t jump right on the bandwagon and buy a player.

I’d be willing to shell out a bit more to have both versions beautifully restored in one set.

137. Andy Patterson - August 4, 2008

136

“I’d be willing to shell out a bit more to have both versions beautifully restored in one set.”

I think that’s a great idea. I’d buy that for a dollar.

138. Simper Simon - August 4, 2008

#46 I honestly never noticed that; I always got distracted by the horrible simpering dialogue immediately preceding!

139. OR Coast Trekkie - August 4, 2008

Overall, I’d only have to give the Remastering project a C. Some of the stuff was good (matte shots) but a lot of it was inconsistent (hand phasers).

I would have preferred more realism to their style of effects. I enjoyed the Eden FX shots and would liked to have seen something along those lines done.

All in all, with only a C grade, I’m not sure I want these guys to be doing TNG Remastered.

140. Denise de Arman - August 4, 2008

Rayna#132- That was just too funny! Almost as good as BND’s meanderings. Thank you for the link.

141. Jeff Bond - August 4, 2008

121.

Given that the Solow/Justman book is apparently the final word on everything (if you really want some depressing muckraking, don’t forget Susan Sackett’s book about her sex life with Roddenberry throughout the years), I am aware of the story of Roddenberry’s relationship with Majel Barrett (I have it on good authority that they married but I don’t want to spread rumors…)–however, if the NBC suits merely objected to Barrett in the role of Number One, why didn’t Roddenberry simply recast another female actress in the part? So his response was to reduce Barrett to the role of Nurse Chapel and eliminate that Number One character that everybody loved so much? Man, he sure showed them…

The fact that the execs didn’t want Roddenberry to cast Barrett in such a key role to me does not fully explain the elimination of this character–maybe that is the answer but I don’t think anyone on this board has access to the complete story no matter how many tell-all books they’ve read.

142. richr - August 4, 2008

Question to all regarding the remastered episodes on DVD…

Are all the scenes cut for syndication/commercial breaks restored? And, if so, are there any particularly noteworthy additional effects shots in those scenes that would make purchasing the boxed sets worthwhile?

143. richr - August 4, 2008

Also…a last thought on Turnabout Intruder…

I always found this episode most disturbing in that we get a glimpse of how an off-his-rocker Starfleet captain could basically engage in murder (Captain Tracy) or perhaps even genicide (Lord Garth!).

As long as the captain had the backing of security, he could likely get away with all sorts of unpleasant actions. And this bothered me about the Red Shirted Blockheads in this ep…they were basically going to back Kirk’s plan to have a mass execution on the hanger deck! Did it occur to anyone in Security that they just might want to ring-up Starfleet HQ and drop a dime on the good captain?!?

So that was always a beef…in that the Enterprise crew, with a few exceptions, wasn’t really that much different or “special” than the average crew that could possibly follow their captain to ruin.

144. Mr_Niemand - August 4, 2008

#130

Thank you Donald G for that interesting link to the Paramount Syndication Bible. If the information provided on that site is accurate, then CBS has got available HD versions of non-CGIed TOS, just as you’ve stated.

That means the original version can be easily included on any future HD release of the series. So I agree with dep1701 (#136) that we should have an online petition for the inclusion of the original version of Star Trek in HD on BluRay. Let CBS/Paramount know that this is important for us and that we want the original version of the series to be included on the first(!), not second or third, HD release of the series on Blu ray. I won’t be buy any HD releases of Star Trek as long as they don’t include the original version as well. Since the BluRay format provides good support for seamless branching, only scenes that differ in the two available versions will have to be included twice. So the inclusion of the original version won’t take away that much space on the discs. CBS/Paramount should also additionally include the original soundtrack of the series (in mono and 5.1). Technically, with about 50 GB of space available on each BluRay disc, this should not be a problem, either.

145. jfddoc - August 4, 2008

One thing I’ve never been able to figure out…why does Kirk feel the need to explain that he “really didn’t want to destroy” Janice to Spock and Scotty? She was one who inhabited his body, almost strangled him (her) and kept saying “kill him, kill him.” What exactly did he do to destroy her?

146. sean - August 4, 2008

#132

haha, thanks for the video.

“Oh! Your mouth full of food? You can’t talk? Rich chocolatey nougat? Is that the problem!!?”

147. Izbot - August 4, 2008

142. richr –
“Question to all regarding the remastered episodes on DVD…
Are all the scenes cut for syndication/commercial breaks restored? And, if so, are there any particularly noteworthy additional effects shots in those scenes that would make purchasing the boxed sets worthwhile?”

Yes, the DVDs are the full, uncut versions. What we are seeing on TV presently is a pared-down edit to accomodate all the *vitally important* commercials we all fast-forward through anyway. Most of the cuts consist of lines of dialogue. In terms of new effects it’s doubtful we’ll see many changes on the DVDs in the longer versions. We’re talking about a matter of four or five extra minutes per episode whereas the effects shots usually comprised one or two minutes total out of an entire episode.

148. dep1701 - August 4, 2008

#142″And, if so, are there any particularly noteworthy additional effects shots in those scenes that would make purchasing the boxed sets worthwhile?”

Well, I can’t speak for every episode, but in “The Doomsday Machine”, for example, we have a nice close starboard side view of the Constellation sailing past – similar to the side orbiting shot of the Enterprise seen in the opening credits – revealing even more damage on the engineering hull ( right after Decker makes his run for the shuttlebay ), which was cut in syndication.

There are little bits and pieces like that in various episodes ( for another example, in the 1st season box set, the shot of the wrecked Romulan ship on the viewscreen which was cut for syndication ).

149. sharon fisher - August 4, 2008

#84: in the Blish novelization, the “if only” line becomes “If only she had been able to accept *being* a woman,” from Spock.

#112: I wondered that too

The other thing I wondered is, how long was Kirk at the Academy and how did he fit in so many serious relationships? We have Ruth from Shore Leave, “the little blonde lab technician” who may or may not have been Dr. Marcus, and now Janice Lester, and IIRC the episode established they’d been together a year.

As far as the remasterings as a whole, to me the biggest flaw is as described in #147, all the cuts. There were so many times when I’d remember a really beautiful line, wait for it — and it wasn’t there! Argh!

150. Mike - August 4, 2008

It’s so sad to read about what an outrageous egomaniac Shatner was/is. This episode sucked too, but MOST disappointing was the sickening sexism. Granted, this was never really TOS’s strength, but episodes like this make it hard to sell trek to others as being a progressive show. Sadly, as forward thinking as it was, it didn’t go nearly far enough. Women are still little more than sex objects in TOS. I really wish they had ditched the miniskirts for the new movie, but at least all the women won’t be forced to wear them.

151. scifiguy67 - August 4, 2008

the last shot of big E looks like star trek 6 last shot or the big E 1701-A ………….that’s cool!!!!

152. navamske - August 4, 2008

There’s a scene in this episode in which Kirk/Lester is ranting during the proceeding in the briefing room, and after he calls a recess, he stomps off to the left of the screen toward a place where we know there’s no door. I read someplace that Shatner and maybe some of the other players tried to tell the director (a noob, apparently) that there was no door in that direction, but he insisted Shatner do it his way. There may even have been a sound effect to indicate that Kirk/Lester had exited the room offscreen.

153. David - August 4, 2008

In defense of Shatner … at a time when “acting” for television (and movies alike) requires nothing more than a pout, a whisper, a dead-eyed and sullen pessimistic style, I praise Shatner for keeping the proceedings interesting enough to warrant tuning in week after week, and day-after-day in syndication. In Shatner’s memoir, casting director Joseph D’Agosta praises Shatner as being “higher echelon” than most of his contemporaries, and that it was a “coup” that they got him over the unavailable Hunter or the ridiculous Lloyd Bridges (who started doing his best work much later on in his career). Shatner’s style has been parodied for years, laughed at, and dismissed while nothing is ever mentioned of Patrick Stewart, Avery Brooks, Kate Mulgrew, or Scott Bakula and their applied histrionics. Star Trek demands big acting, in the best tradition of Shakespeare and Beckett.

154. David - August 4, 2008

Defense of Shater afterthought… that’s not to say Stewart et al didn’t do fine jobs as actors in their roles – they did, even the much-maligned and often uninteresting Bakula. He did what he had to do for the show, but it was weak casting. I often thought of Mulgrew as a female Kirk, down to that halting .. way … of … speaking! Stewart was absolutely bad-ass as Picard. I just watched him in the “Chain of Command” two-parter. Very much a big performance. He got a perfunctory Emmy nomination in the final season, but his best work is in this episode.

155. David - August 4, 2008

Stewart’s best performances in addition to “Chain of Command”…

“Sarek” (“No! It is wrong! It is wrong!”)
“The Inner Light” (“It’s me. I’m the one it finds.”)
“Where No One Has Gone Before” (When he meets his grandmother.)

Priceless, brings me to tears.

Shatner’s best performances …

“Shore Leave”
“City on the Edge”
“Operation–Annihilate!”
“Return to Tomorrow”
“The Empath”
“The Paradise Syndrome” – Awesome, I don’t care what anybody says, but his BIG acting is the best, especially when pantomimes the concept of happiness. Beautiful, just beautiful. His sorrow when his wife dies? He never got an Emmy nomination. Unbelievable.

156. trekboi - August 4, 2008

Did it ever occur to anyone that kirks “World” of starship captains which excluded her might have been a reference to him dumping her to be a starship captain- his responce was refering to her not forgiving him for leaving- she immediately talks about her love for him- surly a woman as obsessed as she was couldnt have been a good candidate for captancy.
- her ranting about it being better to be dead than be a woman shows she had a twisted view of the world and her worth as a woman.

im watchin the SD episode again to listen to the lines properly.

157. AmandaR - August 4, 2008

#128

First time poster…long time reader. If I remember correctly, I think the pumpy-blocks were also seen in “Charlie X” when Dr. McCoy is examining Charlie Evans right after he is brought on board.

158. Jovan - August 4, 2008

#141: Exactly what I was trying to say, thank you. Your logic is impeccable. I still think you are in error to solely blame Freddie Freiberger for “steamrolling” certain episodes though…

#70: That’s a good interpretation, and makes plenty of sense too. Kirk was mostly tied down by his duties. He kissed and hugged a few ladies, but half of them seem to be platonic anyway. He occasionally fell for one. Despite what people want to believe, Kirk did NOT sleep with that many women. Maybe three or four at most, two to be conservative. In fact, most of the women he encounters have little to no interest in him, and the feeling is mutual! Know who else slept with two women? Spock! Nobody calls him a “player” or a “stud.” :)

159. Jovan - August 4, 2008

Oh, and speaking of homosexual subtext, has anyone noticed how freaking LONG Spock holds hands with Kirk in Lester’s body… after he finds out the truth? Slashy. :)

160. 7 of 5 - August 4, 2008

Janice Lester-

I hope JJ Abrams doesn’t touch on this name in the Academy scenes of ST’09, a grim thought that popped unbidden into my head during the opening credits of Turnabout Intruder. They spent a year! together at the academy? Here’s a case where canon should be ignored and not even mentioned.

Please, please let the romantic interest be Carol Marcus….

161. Reign1701A - August 4, 2008

I really think Janice’s line about women not being admitted in the world of starship captains can be easily explained by her insanity. That is a vague way of saying it, if the line were “Starfleet regulations prohibit women from commanding starships” then we’d be in trouble, but the line from Janice is hardly concrete. Kirk, who was briefed on her condition (and probably recalling her “intense hatred of her own womanhood”) , was just humoring her. Remember in the court scene Kirk (in Lester) states that Lester did not have the merit to be a captain (indicating she just wasn’t qualified, and she rationalized that by saying it was sexism).

Also, as nice of a touch as the final shot is, why is the Enterprise heading toward a nebula? I thought she was supposed to rendezvous with the Potemkin? Is the Potemkin in the nebula? Whatever, lol.

162. Jovan - August 5, 2008

Sure, why not? The mission of Constitution-class ships is to explore, after all. :)

163. DJT - August 5, 2008

I want to see ILM take a crack at this series one day. After all, it is the series that started it all.

164. Redjac - August 5, 2008

#155 –

But…but…but…what about Shatner’s great performance in Spock’s Brain!

“(falling on knees and grovelling before Kara the Imorg) GREAT LEADER…Great Leader…we come from a FAR PLACE to LEARN about your CONTROLLER!”

Too funny…

165. Redjac - August 5, 2008

#160 Imagine if Kirk had knocked up Janice Lester instead of Carol Marcus…

His kid would’ve been nuckin’ futs!!!

166. richr - August 5, 2008

#160 Imagine if Kirk had knocked up Janice Lester instead of Carol Marcus…His kid would’ve been nuckin’ futs!!!

Ahhh….uhhh…David Marcus…developer of the Genesis Device…can blow up planets in seconds! With that in mind, please define “nuckin’ futs”

167. Redjac - August 5, 2008

LOL!!! Well, at least David didn’t intend for that to happen…

Who knows? The spawn of Kirk and Lester could have been the next Khan! Or the next Garth of Izar!

Nothing good would have come from that meeting of sperm and egg, let me tell you!

168. Andy Patterson - August 5, 2008

153,154

As the passage of time and entrance into my forties I’m very aware of human frailties and the dangers of hero worship. I, however, don’t think his contribution to the show and the franchise can be overestimated. Despite what some say…Justman’s book (and I enjoyed this book) and others….I put Patterns of Force, A Private Little War, Omega Glory and others up there in the great performance category. The last scenes of Doomsday Machine warrant Emmy.

I still love Shatner.

169. Billy Bobby - August 5, 2008

161

Lester/Kirk: Our gravitational studies of that binary system will not suffer,
and a life may be saved!

170. Reign1701A - August 5, 2008

Ah thank you sir. I stand corrected. Okay now I really like the ending shot.

171. Adam Bomb 1701 - August 5, 2008

#104 – “I don’t know if anyone’s mentioned this yet, but this episode was the centerpiece of a part of the book “Star Trek Lives!” in the 70s, illustrating the behind-the-scenes filming of the final episode of “Star Trek”… it was a fascinating piece, showing what went on on-set, through the eyes of an enthusiastic fan who had been given the right to tour the Desilu sets by a friend on the staff, and ended up stretching out her stay to an entire week on the Star Trek set as “Turnabout Intruder” was being filmed. ”

The “enthusiastic fan”, a very nice lady (she helped run the New York “Trek” conventions in the 1970′s, spoke at them and co-authored a book about them) was recently put into an assisted living facility in New York State. She’s now in her late 70s, and I guess can no longer care for herself.

I don’t think anyone mentioned a fix that CBS Digital did. The shot of (IIRC) Kirk/Janice, beaming in carrying Janice/Kirk , and materializing not quite on the transporter pad, was fixed. I have no clue how, though.

172. Thomas Jensen - August 5, 2008

#135 Thanks for the heads-up on that shot. I certainly would have liked a few more original shots to have been included in the cgi, as in the close-up view of the Enterprise from the rear under the starboard nacelle, turning to the right and slightly downward.

I’m happy for the project, but it seems in their excitment to add new shots (which of most were very good) they left behind some of the more famous angles of the Enterprise.

Which is another reason to add the original versions to the future Blu-ray releases of the show.

173. mim - August 6, 2008

Okay is it me,but since I do own the 3 Seasons of TOS,and have already now the first two seasons of Remastered DVD, and having seen the 3rd season on TV,of the remastered season,I am eager to get it when it hits the shelves. Why you ask? Because I believe Gene Roddenberry had a great concept. To promote that many cultures and backgrounds can live harmonously without causing conflict of going to far in the limits of the realm of human nature. Sure you have the anxious Kirk,the inquestive Spock, the analytical McCoy,the femine angles from Uhura,Rand,and Chapel, the enginering stand from Scott, the stay on course attitude of Sulu,and the anxious fresh kid of Checkov,but there are so many others that intertwined that Roddenberry had to put them in different characters of the human condition that he simply could not have had in just one character. Now re: TI/TOS episode. The original if anyone was paying attention, had Spock holding “Janice Lester’s “hand as she and Spock left the quarters? And on the remastered, it was not shown? Could this be the ‘smoking gun” that most fans, feel this is what “planted the seed” the notion of homosexuality in K/S relationship? I certainly hope not. But don’t forget when editing the original to be remastered some things must have been done that they regreted to delete but now have to put back in because of syndication time restraints? Another example? Okay how about the “I,Mudd” the opening sequence. Typical McC/Spock banter, when Spock says about “judgments”! Did anyone catch onto that?? Look again at that episode then the remastered and tell me what you think? Okay? Thankyou for allowing me to vent. Thank you Majel Roddenberry and Eugene too for allowing the fans to reinvent Star Trek all over again. And for not re-naming the series of remastered, “Star Tweak”! LOL!

174. British Naval Dude - August 6, 2008

Also… what tha’ heck happened ta’ tha’ scene wit’ Kirk as Janice standing in tha’ mirror and… well… uuuuhhhh… let’s just say that if I suddenly had me a woman’s body, there’s a lot I’d be getting off me chest….

Arrrrrrr…

175. Jon B - August 6, 2008

http://www.amazon.com/Star-Trek-Original-Season-Remastered/dp/B001DHXT3Y/ref=pd_bbs_sr_4?ie=UTF8&s=dvd&qid=1218036344&sr=8-4

The remastered version of Star Trek Season Three is now availiable for preorder!! :)

(Sorry to the creators of this site if they wanted to be the first ones to give the news. I just wanted to share the good news.)

176. Jon B - August 6, 2008

102. I agree with you. The originals need to be availible along side the remasters, both on Blu-Ray. That goes double for Star Wars and THX 1138 as well.

177. Billy Bobby - August 6, 2008

I love the Third Season.

178. Marshall McMellon - August 6, 2008

Something just occured to me. Where was Uhura? Shore leave?

I suppose since this was the final episode maybe Ms. Nichols had moved on to other projects.

179. Billy Bobby - August 6, 2008

Speaking of Uhura, it’s funny thinking how Kirk shagged Elaan in Uhura’s quarters. Kirk is a kinky man.

180. mim - August 6, 2008

Bill,
Oh how we soon forget. Or did you never ask Nichelle Nichols why she was not in this episode at a convention or why Uhura’s quarters were quite similar to Elaan’s? I did on both parts, 1st she was off the set for personal reasons(she wouldn’t divulge why even 30+ years later)and for the quarters, she said, originally in the series, Uhura was asked by Kirk to get Guest Quarters for Elaan,and Elaan had distaste for what would have been a vacant Janice Rand’s and her name on the door,but the scene was to also have her name taken off,but GR nixed both ideas and said,to give a woman’s touch, since we know what Uhura’s looks like,let Elaan experience the Terran touch of diplomacy and offer her quarters up for an esteemed guest of the Federation. As far as the shagging part, well know, how do we know he shagged her? ? ? ?

181. Thomas Jensen - August 6, 2008

#180

I don’t think he did. He was just making out.

182. smarty-pants of wisdom - August 6, 2008

Xai…
I read your opinion of Bon Jovi..tsk-tsk. I myself worked in that field and I can tell you that CBS digital is indeed has done awful work. I agree with Bon Jovi.
Those people don’t have that much talent. In the end what did they really do? They created a circle and to resemble a planet…teh all they had to do was change the coloring of it to resemble another planet. Most of the shots of the enterprise are identical. I mean seriously….CBS digital did an extremely horrible job. They must be first timers or interns. Kids today do a far better job. I think my dog could do a better job. Don’t worry about it. You spoke up and gave your opinion.

183. Spocko - August 6, 2008

Doesn’t seem like too long ago when they were first starting this project. Sure, they’ve had their ups and downs, but all in all I’d say it was good work and fun to watch and anticipate. And the most important thing is that it’s helping to keep Star Trek alive for all to enjoy.

184. Billy Bobby - August 6, 2008

181

Oh no, they shagged in Uhura’s quarters.

185. David - August 7, 2008

It really meant a lot to me to go back and look at these episodes with fresh eyes for the new visual effects, and while I considered a few of the lost opportunities of a team obviously smarting from the rejection of the George Lucas-approved effects “enhancements” of the original Star Wars trilogy – admittedly, they had an enormously thankless task, I think it worked. I think it worked very well. It brought me back to Star Trek, and what I loved about the original series, and that’s all that matters … in the end.

We should all be so lucky to live long and prosper as Star Trek has.

186. Billy Bobby - August 7, 2008

185

Totally agree. After watching these episodes again, I was surprised to find myself enjoying episodes that I had remembered not liking. Unfortunately, this also worked in reverse.

Episodes whose stocks went up
A Private Little War
Spectre of the Gun
The Mark of Gideon

Episodes whose stocks went down
The Galileo Seven
This Side of Paradise
Obsession

187. john adama - August 7, 2008

I believe some of the trekies have gone quite mad to even consider that CBS digital did an okay job. I have never seen such sloppy work. I can’t believe thet got paid for this.

188. Robert Bernardo - August 8, 2008

Hey, I posted this under Science Friday: 8-8-8 Edition. Under that topic, mention is made of the Hubble telescope. If you click the link for the slideshow, you’ll find the nebula that the Enterprise is heading for. Here is my post from that topic –

That’s it! Here at the Las Vegas Creation Star Trek Convention, Mike Okuda said they used many Hubble shots for the Remastered Star Trek. Specifically, the final shot of the Enterprise moving toward a faraway nebula at the end of Turnabout Intruder — that was a Hubble shot — but he couldn’t remember which it was. Now here, on the slideshow of shots from the Hubble telescope, there it is — slide 5. It is the primitive nebula of N90!

189. jerry21 - August 9, 2008

Remastered??? I saw this episode. What changed? The ship looks a little better but it wasn’t really well done. I think kids in preschool could have done a better job. I must admit…its very ..um…well…bad work.

190. Robert Bernardo - August 9, 2008

Er, 189, look at the shots and video above.

191. Billy Bobby - August 10, 2008

Question: Is this your favorite t.v. show of all time? I am curious to see how it holds up against today’s shows.

192. jerry21 - August 10, 2008

er #190…I was being sarcastic…you have a gift for reading between the lines.

193. Billy Bobby - August 16, 2008

192

That was mean. It was obvious that you weren’t being sarcastic.

194. jerry 21 - August 18, 2008

definition of sarcasm is “harsh or bitter derision or irony. ”

The irony is that CBS tried to remaster the original footage of the ship in hopes that it will greatly succeed the original but ultimately…failed.

You see Mr 193 and 190…CBS didn’t really change much….no new ships were added when it was called for…all they did was redo the planets and make the ship exactly like the original. They could have made some more details during close up…like showing individual plates on the exterior of the ships…photon torpedoes coming from somewhere else…klingon ships firing …if you noticed ..the green blasts were as bad as the original…also the remastered tos ship could have extreme close up of the phaser turrets on enetrprise for some shots…
when at a starbase…could have a miranda class ship in orbit other then another constitution….supposedly there were only 12 constitution …but thats all you ever see other then the antares class.
I could go on and on. CBS was very unimaginative. Not only that…they could have added new ligt beams for everyone elses hand weapons. Did you ever notice they were all sonic other then the federation weapons?

All CBS did was some shots look better…but never added to it. They did make a new starbase which I did like…but they could have added another different starship leaving it and pass by enterprise…or just have a couple flying around it but different types.

They didn’t…because they were notgood at their jobs. Not inventive.

195. jerry21 - August 18, 2008

before I forget..i will apologize for the “reading between lines” comment. I did not consider it rude but I also did not wish to offend mr 190 either.

Well its been fun….I am now signing off from the blog forever…any comments ..please forward them to captain kirk’s secretary. Hopefully he will forward them to me.

If i misread the definition…please feel free to correct me.

196. wait - August 30, 2008

I read the part about it not making sense that women can’t be starship captains and that it was a contracdiction because in the pilot episode showed their was a 2nd in command female officer and then of course some other indiscrepencies.

When you think about it…in the 1960′s women probably didn’t have many rights…but it was ridiculous to assume they wouldn’t have them in the 23rd century because on the show …there was a black male admiral over kirk that was in command of a starbase. Not to mention that many women on the ship were officers and could tell enlisted personnel what to do. Also in the Navy especially in the sixties and seventies women did not serve on combat ships with men but they did on star trek.

But…think of it this way….reality is that most, if not all people, usually can’t take responsibility for their failures and need to blame others. In this case…a woman assumes she can’t be a captain because she was a woman….even though she was actually paranoid and unable to accept the truth that her character lacked the ability in that area of a starship captain.

Today…many people for whatever reason..blame another’s race or sex or religion or even age when they failed at something. They just can’t face the fact they have no talent for whatever they failed at and its easier to blame others for their failures.

Although there ARE times that some people are screwed out of a promotion because of a prejudice.
An example would be ..maybe this female character encountered a sexist admiral in which he pretty much told her she had no hope of being a starfleet captain because he PERSONALLY didn’t think women could cut it..not that Starfleet Command as a whole had a rule against it.
But she couldn’t prove it and this sexist admiral lied about why he was denying her promotion. And maybe Kirk suspected it and thats why he mentioned it on the show.
Its realistic…we all have suspicions why a friend of ours get denied something but we can’t prove it. Sometimes we think they did something and sometimes we think their boss is a jerk.

Anyway, I think the show had some holes in it but the plot wasn’t about her promotion board…it was after she was denied promotion. Many people after they get screwed out of something either try again and succeed or they go into a deep depression and complain about it.

As fake as Star Trek is…..its almost odd how it sorta mimics real life drama. Of course…I never met the writers so technically I’m just guessing here.

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201. Final Credit - September 13, 2008

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203. Geoff Capp - December 11, 2008

I want to know what the schedule is of episodes airing during the 2008-2009 season. The startrek dot com website has not been updated for a year! And there doesn’t seem to be a news item here that’s relevant to it that I can add a comment to.

Please, somebody get the info and post it conspicuously! I want to know what episodes are coming down the pike.

204. Trek - July 9, 2009

The line about Star Ship captains doesn’t necessairly have to be explained away by saying it was a product of Dr Lesters insanity. She could have been meening that Kirks devotion to his particular world of duties as a starship captain left no room for loving a woman. This being a theme that was often looked into throughout TOS. Kirk was married to the Enterprise and could never marry a woman. Hence in this case severly cheesing off said spurned woman. Hell hath no fury….

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