Star Trek was born on TV and well before HD so it has always been set in the rather narrow standard TV ratio, even on Blu-ray. But an intrepid fan has stitched together some screencaps to envision what the show could have looked like in widescreen, check out some examples below.
Star Trek: In Widescreen
San Francisco-based illustrator Nick Acosta (who gained some Internet fame earlier this summer by re-imagining the actual original moon landing as a Standly Kubrick movie), is now getting notice for showing Star Trek in a new way. As a way to celebrate Star Trek’s 48th anniversary, Acosta created a series of shots of "Star Trek in Cinerama" by stitching together screenshots from TOS. Here are some examples.
Here is how Acosta describes his project:
I created this project of what the show would have looked like in Cinerama widescreen. As a kid the show always felt bigger and more epic than it appears to me as an adult. I was able to create these shots by waiting for the camera to pan and then I stitched the separate shots together. The result is pretty epic. It reminds me of the classic science fiction movies of the 50’s and 60’s. Suddenly the show has a “Forbidden Planet” vibe. Other shots remind me of how director Robert Wise would use a camera technique to keep the foreground and background elements in focus.
See more at his website.