Let this be your last episode, Gene (Coon)
Last weekends digitally remastered episode was the Civil Rights era allegory “Let That Be Your Last Battlefield.” Although allegory may not be the right word, perhaps ‘sledgehammer’ is more apt for this not in the least bit subtle tale of race relations in the 23rd century. Although a bit over the top, especially thirty nine years later, this last episode written by Gene Coon (he gets a story credit under his pseudonym Lee Cronin) is one of the standouts for the third season…replete with great Kirkisms (” Listen to me — you both must end up dead if you don’t stop hating!”) and Spockisms (“to expect sense from two mentalities of such extreme viewpoints is not logical”) throughout. This episode also features the famed “zero, zero, zero, destruct, zero” self destruction scene (which was recreated in Star Trek III). In the “Last Battlefield” version of the scene (as well as other scenes), director Jud Taylor seems to be borrowing heavily from the 60s era Batman complete with extreme close-ups, odd angles and copious zooms — all that was missing were the ‘POWs’ and ‘BAMs’ during the fight scenes beteen Lokai and Bele.
For CBS-D there was a surprising amount off effects for them to do. Throughout the episode they took the opportunity to replace stock and re-used shots with new digital ones. This was most notable in the sequence capturing the stolen shuttle and when the Enterprise orbits and decontaminates Ariannus. Also Planet Charon gets redone with scorch marks that better fit with the story. Throughout the Enterprise herself looks good and she gets some nice flybys and distance shots to mix it up a bit. All in all one of the better efforts from CBS-D.
Remastered & Original
Star Trek vs. Batman
As mentioned above this episode (which featured Batman’s Frank Gorshin) came close to parody. However there is an award-winning indie film that went all the way called “Star Trek v. Batman” (below).