Reviews Of Trek Remastered Mixed

Today 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? 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, has recently registered the domain…which for now goes to the Remastered subsite on We may do more with it in the future

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As I said in another post,

Damned if you do, and damned if you don’t.

At least people are talking Star Trek again, so in terms of viability, the new program is a success.

And, let\’s face it … there\’s something to be said if people are watching STAR TREK at BARS at 2 AM.

I think it was a beautiful job … can\’t wait to see them uncut in HD …

Hey boys over there…i’m from germany and i’m a big fan of the original star trek series….i have to wait a long time (i think 6 oder 12 months) until i can see one of these episodes in german TV.

Is there any possibility for me to watch these episodes?!



My feeling after watching the first two shows fits in pretty much with what was said by others. In the attempt to remain faithfull, I feel they remained TOO faithfull. Duplicating the exact same shots was not really what I imagined. I was thinking the establishing shots would have more movement to them. Like they did with the estab. shots from the DS9 “Trials and Tribbleations” episode.

I am glad they didn’t touch the transporter effect. I felt that was good in the first place. And I felt there was no real need to alter the Romulan plasma weapon as it looked good as well. What would have been nice is instead of cutting to yet another viewscreen shot, have an exterior shot showing a flyby of the E followed by the plasma weapon or something like that. But alas, an opportunity wasted.

OK I watched it a second time last night to finalize my opinion. (Well, part of it, as here in New York City, the GENIOUS who works overnights WNBC-TV Channel 4 decided to start this important television event 48 minutes EARLY, but I digress…) Let me start by saying I am a 39 year old Star Trek fan since birth (according to my mother – I don’t remember but she says I have always been this way). (And no, I do not still live with my mother, but with my wife and kids in our own house) My favorite Star Trek is “Star Trek” No colon, no subtitle. I prefer the Original Series and the Animated Series to any of the movies or spin-off series. That being said, I was mostly disappointed with this first effort. Watching New Voyages and Daren’s “Doomsday Machine Enhanced” clip got me excited to see some Computer Generated 23rd Century action, but what we got was a very respectful, yet uninspired, show. What I liked: I love the remastering, and am more than a little pissed Paramount didn’t do this for the DVD sets they charged $125+ for: the live action scenes are simply gorgeous (even on SD). With the exception of the nacelle caps, the Enterprise fly-bys are nice. The underside and side views of the Romulan BoP are gorgeous as well. I also prefer the slow dissolve of the cloaking effect which they thankfully preserved from the original series. I know I am a total geek, but I love the bumpers that ran during the commercial breaks. I can only imagine what the new opening credits look like from watching those. What I did not like: “Balance Of Terror” has a number of continuity issues, which I thought would finally be corrected with… Read more »

George P. Wansor

I am a 40 year old male, and am familiar with Star Trek the Original Series. My Nephews are staying with me awhile and I decided to introduce them to a Sci-Fi Show I grew up with. They watch Battlestar Galactica, Farscape, and Stargate. (12 and 14). I thought an introduction to the new HD/CGI Star Trek was just the thing. After we had watched the Balance of Terror, the boys had enjoyed the crew and their interactions, but when exciting parts came up such as (Firing the Phasers, & the Nuke Explosion). The correct word they used was “Weak”. What I saw as a good remake of the series, they saw it differently. To them the colors inside the ship where bright and cool, they noticed the ceiling lights on the bridge where even different colors, the ladies in skirts where nice, the Captain and Story where good, (who would win, who would lose.). It was the Space scenes that where not to their liking. My Nephews have grown up on Space Scene Battles with effects of the hit, colors of explosion, and Space looking Bold and Vast in the Background. They wanted to see the Enterprise swing around and fire, they wanted the Romulan Warbird to come out of its Cloak in a “Cool” fashion. At the end of the show, they thought that is how I saw it back in the 70’s and that nothing changed. They tell me the Story inside the ship would not be lost if the story outside the ship was brought to match it. They said it would make the overall show even better. Well if the goal is to catch the next generation, I think the effects need to be better and more up to date with what is out their.… Read more »


Hello, my name is Scott and I’ve been a Star Trek addict for 31 years. (“Hi Scott!) When the “surprise” announcement was made about the updated Trek effects, I was really jazzed. I’ve been annoying my Star Trek-tolerant best friend (he prefers that Star Wars thing) for several years with my idea to update the effects, graphics, matte paintings, etc. Let me be clear: I. Love. Star Trek. It is hands-down my favorite TV show. For me, it transcends television. And while I watched all the movies and most of the spin-offs, for me Star Trek = Kirk, Spock, McCoy, velour, mini-skirts, bright colors, lush memorable music and yes, less than perfect visual effects. I totally respect and admire Matt Jeffries and the Anderson effects guys for what they did at the time. Stellar work. Still, like the the above posters, I was completely underwhelmed by Rossi’s and the Okudas’ efforts. I understand their desire (fear?) about making these true and respectful to the original show. However, I think they should have pushed it further. Daren Dochterman gets it. His work is respectful, but it brings this great show into the 21st century with respect AND panache! Here are my arguments for giving us … more. If this new version is meant to get old fans like me to watch these, and presumably buy them, again…well, a shot for shot recreation that’s a little cleaner (and as noted, often a little “videogamier”) isn’t going to get me to pony up for yet another DVD set. These new effects aren’t so exciting that they’re preferable to the original effects. If they are meant to draw in a new generation of fans…the new effects are definitely not going to do that either. I’m not surprised by poster George Wansor’s nephews’ lukewarm reactions.… Read more »

My name is Mark McLaughlin, Gene Roddenberry was one of my Role Models. I became a Screenwriter because of him and George Lucas.
I have been a Star Trek Fan since I was 6 years old and I have seen
every single episode ever since and more than 100 times. I have
seen every single Trek film as well. My feeling on the Remastered
Trek is I am glad they were faithful to the Original but the F/X should
have been more exciting. Like the F/X for Star Trek-First Contact or
any of the Star Wars films. I hope the F/X will be finetuned before
the final release on HD-DVD/Blu-Ray. TV Land will always show
the Original versions but I want to see better F/X for the Remastered
editions. May Star Trek live for another 40 years…

Mark McLaughlin –

stated on a previous thread

reflections on TOS Enhanced “Balance of Terror”

1) The Digital Transfers were top notch. Well worth the wait.
2)CGI Enterprise: Good work on keeping the original look and scale.
3) Sound remastering: Much better.

1) Syndication cuts: These were godawful (but since the new DVD’s will be coming out, I can’t complain too much) and JARRING for even a person who hadn’t seen the episode (had a buddy go, “Did they make a bad cut somewhere? Did I miss something?”) Guy’s review your synidcation cuts if you are trying to push this remaster. Sheesh

1) ‘Bouncy’ Romulan ship: recheck when the Romulan first decloaks on it’s assault run against the asteroid. It’s like it crests a hill then drops. What was that?

2) Cloaking device: I dunno….the Romulan old school cloak looks weird.

Suggestion: Considering the shoestring budget of the original series, I think we can afford to fart up the backgrounds and various exterior shots of the original series a little bit.

If the Big E is around a planet that supposed to be technologically advanced or a major starbase, how about a few sattilites or ships in the background just to make the place look a little more busy. It won’t really detract from the story and might adda bit more depth to the show

The occasional different panning shot for the big E would hurt (passing and asteroid, the old girl tilting to port or starboard before openning up on an enemy duringa combat sequence isn’ta bad idea either).

For ‘The Ultimate Computer’ shot of the 4 other Connies baring down on the enterprise having them take a cheveron formation while on approach would be kinda cool. the box formation was rather silly looking. And I’d like to see those ships taking damage during the fight with M-5.

just my thoughts



or perhaps we can see something other than Constitution-Class starships in that ep ?

Maybe a Saladin-Class Destroyer ?????


That’s a good idea but I think as far as canon each ship was supposed to be a Constitution class-


For better or worse in the time of TOS this represented the bulk of “starfleet” , at least in terms of firepower and state of the art.



The Defiant was replaced with the Valiant if memory serves on the decal sheet of the of the old Enterprise model.



I was hoping we’d get to see some Saladin and Ptolemy ships, but it seems all the ships seen throughout the series are/were Constitution class.