Some have noted that CBS’s new CGI Doomsday machine doesn’t have that partially translucent look of the original. Well their reasoning is simple, it was never supposed to have it. Mike Okuda tells TrekMovie.com that he talked to the the original writer for the episode Norman Spinrad about this issue. According to Mike, here is what Spinrad had to say:
It was a glitch, not at all intentional. The FX was really primitive, simple blue screen stuff, which is why you can also see fringes around a lot of spaceships and so forth against star backgrounds.
TrekMovie.com also had a chance to speak to Spinrad and he recounted how he told Gene Roddenberry that he thought the final product looked a bit "like a windsock dipped in cement." Spinrad lamented on how the sketch he was asked to submit was pretty much ignored, but understood time and budget constraints were at play. The writer says he is looking forward to seeing the TOS-R version of Doomsday and TrekMovie.com will do a full interview with him next week to get his thoughts on it.