“The Corbomite Maneuver” Screenshots and Video

Here are the usual assortment of screenshots from the remastered Corbomite Maneuver.

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SFX Video


New and Old
Saucer shot from the opening teaser
The buoy
The Enterprise is blocked by the buoy

An alternate buoy shot

The buoy gets dangerously close
The Enterprise fires phasers at the buoy
Hanging dead in space after the buoy explosion
The Fesarius approaches the Enterprise
The Fesarius
The Fesarius fills the viewscreen
The Fesarius zoomed out
Sulu’s Chronometer
The countdown
Being towed by the smaller ship
Being towed — angle two

Being towed — alternate angle three
The Enterprise breaks away from the tractor beam
The pilot ship disabled


Assorted Shots

The young Mr. Bailey

A rare glimpse over Kirk’s shoulder

You’ve been reading your textbooks again…

…zap — hot coffee

Spock proclaims that the Fesarius must be a mile in diameter

…may heaven have helped your mother

The wavy "scary" Balok

Kirk strikes a pose with his hand phaser

The real Balok… Tranya addict?

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Thanks for the shots, Anthony. Looks like a winner…
But not to start another “scandal”, but I don’t remember the bridge being so “tall” in the original shots..
“Saucer shot from the opening teaser”

I’ve got to say… It’s looking pretty darn good to me…

pardon me… I should thank Matt…sorry, bud

#1 The original used the pilot model. It had a slightly different bridge height

I don’t get to see any of this since it does not show in my area. Thanks.

All in all I am impressed with the alternate shots. Its like “rediscovering” TOS. I’m a long time lurker here.

Major Carrales

Wow! Can’t wait untill I can see the actual episode. The caps above look great! The ships look great and love the new angles, awesome! Thanks for the preview.

Damn cool….especially loved the shot when the Enterprise broke away! CBS Digital is getting their space legs, that is for sure.


I like the alternative angles too. the “The Fesarius approaches the Enterprise” new shot looks similar to an angle used for the “D” on TNG. I like.


I’m impressed, I’m just wondering when I can buy this on DVD.

They certainly pulled out all the stops in this one. The Enterprise is shown from a lot of new angles and it looks great in all of them. The cube storyline is chopped all to hell which is disappointing as this is my favorite Trek episode of all time. But the new effects shots were simply amazing. Each time a new one appeared on screen, I could feel my jaw hit the floor. Fantastic work on this one.

Now its three weeks of reruns before a new episode shows up again. :(

Forgot to mention….

Why, after replacing all the shots on the main viewscreen with new travelling starfields, didn’t they replace the starfield on Spock’s overhead monitor with a new starfield?

This looks *sweet* !!!! I can’t wait to see it!!! Now, we are talking great shots of the Enterprise!


I wonder if the repeats will have the new CG Enterprise retro’d into them?

I love that overhead shot of the original Enterprise, it looks so great from that angle… Makes me wonder why they didn’t really use any originally.

I loved it! Even though a girl wanted to talk all night. LOL

The changing colored reflections of the spinning cube on the Enterprise are quite effective. All in all, great work!


Did they alter “the wavy scary Balok” ?

it looked the same to me

#23-24 If so, it’s a shame. While the effect as a whole is an old fave, the stiff head and mouth movements always seemed more laughable than menacing to me.

In fact, I always thought the “real” Balok was 10 times a scary. I’m talking “secret room” scary! But I digress (Poor Bailey…)


Loved the new Enterprise views. I always found Balok scary as a kid. That’s the level that scary hits, so I still enjoy that sensation.

When the cube spins fast, it stops looking like a cube… but that was true in the original. Starts to look like a ten-sided die.

Much as I enjoy these episodes, I’m kinda glad for three weeks of repeats. I need the rest. It’s on at 2:05 a.m. in Atlanta and the recorders don’t like DISH, so I have to stay up. It’s been as late as 3:00 a.m. after WSB runs football and (please someone make Whoopi go away!) Showtime at the Apollo. If the original run had gone like this, it never would have made it through three seasons.

By the way Balok doesn’t tick off every minute of the countdown, cause that would get dull, not because they left it out. Sulu’s line “I knew he would” is to show he, unlike Bailey, is able to channel his nerves. (That was a thread from an earlier page.)

Yes, I’m inept with my DVD recorder. At least I don’t store my starship’s information on “tapes.”

Am I the only one who thought the new shot of the Ent breaking away from the tractor beam looked awkward?

Hey, didn’t they superimpose new graphics onto the briefing room table monitor at the start of that scene?

My only gripe with the CG Enterprise now is its navigation lights need to be way brighter. They’re barely visible in closeups and in the distant shots you can’t see them at all.


22 joe coatar – Thanks for posting the vfx reel! Haven’t seen the episode yet but what a wonderful teaser.

Effects-wise the show looks pretty solid… love some of the new angles and the cube’s light playing across the Enterprise’s hull… cool stuff, for sure.

30 Aphelion – yeah, the break away shot looked a little off… not bad, necessarily. It just seemed very two-dimensional in its movement or it was too quick, I dunno… awkward seems an appropriate description.

Nevertheless, keep it up CBS Digital… fine holiday gift giving, indeed!


33 – The only time in TOS when the tractor beam has light is in Tomorrow is Yesterday. Glowy tractors don’t show up until TNG.

Speaking of glowy thingies… I love seeing the IM engines glow when they’re on. (“Now, Sulu! Impulse engines, too! Then, get out and push!”) But, it’s hard to see the impulse deck’s ports in shots when they’re not on. There are dark parts still. It’s not bad but it’s something that could be improved.

Oh, and is it BAY-lok or BAAH-lok?

33, does it bother you in Star Wars too? Even Lucas didn’t touch that one.

….just watched the FX reel and noticed the moving starfield on Spock’s over head screen. Can’t believe I missed that scene when I watched the episode. Very nice. Let’s hope for more similar shots when the scene is static and the screen stays still long enough for them to easily drop something into it.

actually i think that effect was unchanged from the original, that shot should not have been in the Remastered VFX reel (my apologies)

This is all so cool !!!!!!!!! I agree with #36, (although the overhead screen shot was original) I am dying to see them do something with those overhead screens. They always looked like airbrushed paper and even more so in remastered form. Even on the new Starship Exeter the overhead screens have slicker looking planetary , and ship board schematics. The bridge looks sooo good and always has, if they did something with those overhead screens I think the bridge would be damn near perfect

I’m nothng short of dazzled by this episode. Fantastic work, CBS-D. I never thought I’d be so captivated by a spinning cube! Amazing.

Overall, excellent effort by the team! It’s become transparent, the new effects are becoming semmless and integrated with the live action.

The light off the cube and the Fresarius lighting up the Enterprise model was a nice touch, but I thought it was a tad bright.

The only 2 criticisms I have was the way the cube was rendered, it lacked the original’s colored gels that lit the cube’s sides more evenly. The other effect was when the Enterprise breaks free, it did look awkward, almost like the kind of efforts from Star Trek New Voyages or the way Anikan Skywalker as Darth Vader looked when he forst steps off the operating table in Revenge of the Sith. Nooooooooo! : -)

But the rest of the effects were splendid! Nice job!

Did anyone notice that it seems like SOME of the “wood creeking” background sounds from the bridge set were cleaned up?

Here’s the remastered clip of Baylok – the eyebrows never looked bushier!

All in all, great work!!! Fantastic!

Only areas for improvement would be:

a) loved the cube glow on the ships hull… perhaps it should have bee visible when they fired phasers as well?

b) smooth out the break-away from the tractor beam

But primarily, great job!

Great new shots. Love the reflections from the buoy dancing along the
ships hull. The different shots using other POV’s were marvelous. This
is really like seeing new treks. Looking forward to many more. Bravo to
the CGI team at CBS.

#40 – Nelson

I liked the uneven lighting of the cube… I thought that it gave it more depth. In fact, I was almost hoping that they would texture it somewhat…

Re: 14 – The only real difference between the main viewscreen and Spock’s monitor as far as the travelling starfield goes is simply the main viewscreen had them travelling much faster through that area of space then the original starfield shots. When they cut to Spock’s overhead monitor the speed is not as fast as the new starfield on the main viewscreen.

I would figure when making star charts / mapping a new area of space you are not going to race through it. They should either have slowed down the rate of speed on the main viewscreen, or replaced Spock’s monitor starfield with one that matched the speed of the main viewscreen.

Over all Spock’s monitor did not necessarily have to be replaced in order to answer the question in #14, this is one rare instance where the animated starfield was not a mirrored animation.

Fair enough John! I was referring to the way the cube looked from the bridge viewscreen, it looked great in the views outside next to the Enterprise

#41 – Good point about the cleaned up soundtrack. Does anyone know to what extent the sound track is getting worked on.

In particular, the scene where Kirk orders phasers to standby (about 21 minutes into the show ), Bailey repeats order to weapons, then weapons reports back via intercom “Forward phaser will comply. All weapons at operational ready.”

Can anyone confirm that that last bit of dialog was in the original episode – it sounds like it was added – there’s something about the way it sounds compared to some of the earlier bits of intercom voices.

#13, #14, #46

#13 may also be referring to the fact that “flashing white specs” on the monitor appear throughout the starfield. Not that bad, but they do show up. They should be cleaned up before the DVD release. No doubt not doing so was a slight time saver.

As always, thanks Matt for the screenshots.

Some nice details:
–Just before the E breaks free from the mini-Fesarius, the impulse engines are dark. Then Kirk says, “Now, Mr. Sulu, impulse engines, too.” In the next exterior shot (the glorious swooping break-away shot), the impulse engines are indeed lit up.
–Close-ups of E suggest you can see stuff inside the windows. I wonder if we’ll see actual movement inside those windows when we can view in HD.

Minor Observations:
–“Quite unnecessary to raise your voice, Mr. Baliey.” Excuse me, Spock, but weren’t you a little loud yourself in this particular outing?
–It would’ve been nice if Uhura had alerted the crew, like: “We’re going to try a violent sheering maneuver. Y’all strap yourselves in.” Instead, a whole ton of people just walking around the corridors on this or that business, only to get thrown about like rag dolls.