Today TrekMovie.com ran our first review of Trek Remastered from Daren Dochterman and it was decidedly mixed, summing the first episode up as a missed opportunity. More reviews are coming in and it appears Daren is not alone.
On one hand, the transfers of the original episodes look absolutely gorgeous. The vibrant color, the fine detail, the light texture of the print grain… it’s just exceptional. The new HD transfers offer really a great looking image. On the other hand, the new CG effects aren’t nearly what I’d hoped they’d be. – Bill Hunt, Digital Bits
A few of the FX seemed appropriately organic, while others screamed out tacky CGI that didn’t integrate with either the feel of the show, or other newly rendered effects…. all in all, a mixed bag thus far. – Merrick of Aint It Cool News
but it isnt all ‘mixed’…
what they’ve done here is so faithful, that there’s nothing that any Star Trek fan can do but stand up and applaud. – Josh Tyler, Cinemablend
Tyler’s point on faithfulness has been picked up both here and across the web. Almost everyone can now see the what CBS meant when the said that they aren’t changing anything. Now many fans are wondering if this slavishness has gone too far. An example of that thinking can be seen in the TrekBBS threads:This is weak and Is Trek Remastered Being Too Respectful?
TrekMovie.com will be picking up on this theme in the coming days, but for now (like with many things about Trek) there is no consensus on Trek Remastered except maybe hope that it can be even better as time goes on. One more thing, TrekMovie.com has recently registered the domain TrekRemastered.com…which for now goes to the Remastered subsite on TrekMovie.com. We may do more with it in the future