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2 More Shots From "The Doomsday Machine" on STAR TREK Remastered This Weekend!! Pretty Cool!!

Merrick here...
..with a follow-up to yesterday's report about the remastered "Doomsday Machine", which airs this weekend (CLICK HERE for a list of stations and airtimes).
The first picture is a closer upper shot of the Machine's mouth - showing reworked texturing on the Machine's surface in clearer detail. Also note the planetary fragments drifing past in the remastered shot...presumably crumbs from its last meal.



Next: a side view of the battle-ravaged Constellation (Enterprise's sister ship, which is beaten down before the opening of the episode). I like the detailing evident in her battle scarring. I might be wrong about this, but I don't believe we ever saw a (Constellation) ship profile from this close angle in the original version.



Say what you will about the propriety of these "remasterings"...but this lower shot in particular is most certainly an improvement.
"Original" images from TrekCore
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  • Feb. 8, 2007, 11:09 p.m. CST


    by arrangedletters


  • Feb. 8, 2007, 11:16 p.m. CST

    Finally watched one of these in HD

    by GregoryHarbin

    (thank you Xbox 360, XBL, and a 720p projector--110", baby)<p> And I was quite impressed. The visual style of the widescreen effects shots (I got Trouble with Tribbles) is quite impressive, and the old film is cleaned up nicely as well. I do believe I'll be picking up Doomsday as soon as it's available for download. I've been waiting to see what they did with it since the early fan shots of the re-made Machine.

  • Feb. 8, 2007, 11:10 p.m. CST

    Trek re...

    by larryg


  • Feb. 8, 2007, 11:22 p.m. CST

    Never seen an episode.

    by keanho_in_nyc

    Is that wrong?

  • Feb. 8, 2007, 11:49 p.m. CST

    that thing...

    by jimmy rabbitte

    ...looks a whole lot like a joint, now that we have an even closer view of it.<p> They're doing a great job with these digitalized effects. Can't wait to see how the rest of them turn out.

  • Feb. 8, 2007, 11:48 p.m. CST

    Fuck Off!

    by darquelyte

    How did this happen? (Ok, actually these are pretty good) ~ÐL

  • Feb. 9, 2007, 12:32 a.m. CST

    I especially like the shot of the constellation

    by LeviDTinker

    pretty cool its to bad KNBC 4 out here in Los Angeles relegates the remasterd trek to sunday(or is that monday)at midnight.

  • Feb. 9, 2007, 12:33 a.m. CST

    Next up?

    by Maegnarval

    "Lost In Space", anyone? how about "Time Tunnel" or "Voyage to the bottom of the sea"? "Invaders", "Land of the Giants", "Buck Rogers", "Space: 1999"??

  • Feb. 9, 2007, 12:34 a.m. CST

    Does anyone know...

    by Roguewriter

    ... if there are plans to eventually release these revised episodes in a new DVD boxed set of some kind? Because, as much as I loathe the sort of revisions George Lucas made to STAR WARS 4-6, I gotta admit -- these enhancements are gorgeous and truly exciting to see. Makes me want to revisit ST:TOS for the first time in more than a decade. Ideally, I'd love boxed seasons, with each episode available in its original form AND in the retouched version on the same disks. Terrific work, obviously undertaken by people with true love for the original series. It's nice to see.

  • Feb. 9, 2007, 12:54 a.m. CST

    I just saw my first enhanced episode

    by Razorback

    I was impressed. It is really cleaned up and the special effects are ok... not great but better than the original.

  • Feb. 9, 2007, 12:56 a.m. CST

    that's no moon..

    by Amy Chasing

    it's a rather nice reworking of the Doomsday Machine - cool. Now if they only care like this about the new Star Trek movie. Live in hope (but not holding breath).

  • Feb. 9, 2007, 1:02 a.m. CST

    I always thought the ship designs looked stupid

    by Doc_Strange

    From a practical standpoint, who would design a ship that looks like that? That's always been one of the reasons why I could never really get into Trek. The ships look like they were designed by children. The only passable ship design has to be the Klingon bird of prey but I'd rather pilot an X-Wing or the Millenium Falcon an day.

  • Feb. 9, 2007, 1:19 a.m. CST

    Star Trek 5

    by Maegnarval

    Hey, Bill could use the CGI to fix up "Final Frontier" more to his vision! Like enhancing the Rock Monster scene. Today it probably could cost $300,000 just to add 20 of them using CGI.

  • Feb. 9, 2007, 1:22 a.m. CST

    To Roguewriter:



  • Feb. 9, 2007, 1:27 a.m. CST

    Looks pretty sweet...

    by FilmFanatik

    I'm glad I finally know what channel these episodes are airing.

  • Feb. 9, 2007, 3:35 a.m. CST

    Doc_Strange, other than the fact you don't like it,

    by raw_bean

    what's wrong with the design? They're in space, and have no need to be aerodynamic. And although the Star Fleet ships come in all manner of configurations, the basics that they all stick to are the two Warp nacelles (insert technobabble for why their need to be two of them, why they have to be cigar-shaped, and why they have to be parallel and forward facing) which are seperated from the main body of the ship presumably to make things safer for the crew, and the saucer section, which offers a full 360 degree view and aiming range in three axes. This makes a lot of sense for the defensive and protective ethos of the Federation. The agressive, forward aiming configuration of the Klingon Bird of Prey is more appropriate for their propensity for attacking things.

  • Feb. 9, 2007, 4 a.m. CST

    Thanks, Robogeek...

    by Roguewriter

    ... for that thrilling, though terse, reply. =)

  • Feb. 9, 2007, 4:04 a.m. CST

    Ship design...

    by Negative Man total late 60's. So really, anyone who's first experience with sci-fi is STAR WARS or above will most likely see the classic Enterprise as sorta silly looking. Which is A-OK. I saw Trek shortly before I saw Star Wars (yes, in the theater first day...I am old), so the Enterprise will always look cool to me as much as the ol' Falcon and X-Wing. Though, I'd be flying that bad-ass known as the Y-Wing if I had any choice. Or a Blockade Runner (the original Falcon). The Enterprise always felt like a ship at sea (lumbering, yet powerful), where the Star Wars vessels felt like aircraft (fast and maneuverable). Hence, Star Trek was a voyage and Star Wars was a...well, a war. So no fault to anyone feeling a fetish to whichever they enjoy.

  • Feb. 9, 2007, 5:24 a.m. CST

    fashion styles...

    by Jim Jam Bongs

    Fashion goes in and out of style over the generations. What's old is new again for a new generation. TOS is set during a time period when there's a resurgence of '60s era style, design and fashion sense. TNG is set during a late '80s/early '90s revival.

  • Feb. 9, 2007, 6:04 a.m. CST

    I think it's going to be HD or Blue Ray sets.

    by Style_92

    As far as I understand it: No original version Trek in High Definition, No retouched Trek on Standard DVD. Line in the sand dude.

  • Feb. 9, 2007, 6:51 a.m. CST

    Doomsday Machine has gone from blow!

    by Long Tooth

    That thing looks just wrong...not bad...just...wrong.

  • Feb. 9, 2007, 7:28 a.m. CST

    No Trek HD in Baltimore


    They play it at 3 or 4 in the morning in SD, even on the HD channel. Boo.

  • Feb. 9, 2007, 7:32 a.m. CST


    by biggles2_22

    Now I'll get the DVD box sets!

  • Feb. 9, 2007, 7:23 a.m. CST

    The Falcon?!

    by cutest_of_borg

    What a piece of junk! You want to fly that thing? You're braver than I thought.

  • Feb. 9, 2007, 8:13 a.m. CST

    sorry but...

    by dengreg31

    if you don't think this stuff is pretty sweet, well, you don't like Star Trek. The originals aren't going anywhere.. this is just an alternate version.. and one that I think is terrific... the HD transfers alone make it worth watching... Will the Tribbles have eyes? hmm..

  • Feb. 9, 2007, 8:43 a.m. CST

    Seriously, why can't I see these in DC

    by Kentucky Colonel

    Yeah....when can I see these in DC? Where are the torrents???

  • Feb. 9, 2007, 9:07 a.m. CST

    Check out this Doomsday Machine

    by diverdan And some really bad Kirk hair!

  • Feb. 9, 2007, 9:16 a.m. CST

    KY Colonel

    by cutest_of_borg

    You should move on down South, suh, to the great city of Norfolk. My dear darling wife and I will watch tomorrow at 3 p.m. right after I get back from the ODU/VCU game. Go Monarchs!

  • Feb. 9, 2007, 10:01 a.m. CST

    The New Voyages are kind of fun...

    by ComputerGuy68

    but they made the ships to agile. These guys must have been watching Star Wars when doing the F/X for this series. The Doomsday Machine twists and turns on their version...

  • Feb. 9, 2007, 10:01 a.m. CST

    The New Voyages are kind of fun...

    by ComputerGuy68

    but they made the ships too agile. These guys must have been watching Star Wars when doing the F/X for this series. The Doomsday Machine twists and turns on their version...

  • Feb. 9, 2007, 10:40 a.m. CST

    Thanks for the invite, cutest....

    by Kentucky Colonel

    I had a great time in Norfolk last summer at the Bayou Boogaloo where my boys the Subdudes were featured performers. Hell, last weekend my wife & I enjoyed a great weekend getaway at the Fairfield Resort in Williamsburg along with our gym rat friends. However, when I move back down south it will be back home to the Bluegrass...where TREK is back on WAVE-3, where it belongs. I only wish it was on at 11 am on Sunday mornings like back in the day. Yep, nothing like a little "Meet the Press" and then "Space Church". Ya feel me, mistah?

  • Feb. 9, 2007, 11:36 a.m. CST

    Embiggen is a perfectly Cromulent word...

    by -guyinthebackrow


  • Feb. 9, 2007, 12:20 p.m. CST

    This is going to RULE!

    by skydemon

    Can't wait!

  • Feb. 9, 2007, 3:24 p.m. CST

    Sweet Shots

    by DarthFloyd

    My only real complaint about the ship design of Enterprise (in just about every series) is the bridge location...right on top of the saucer! You might as well paint it red so your attackers know where to kill the command-level officers! I think someone finally did blow the Bridge off in an 'Alternate Reality' Episode of Enterprise! Lursa and Betor had the right idea in Generations, but they suffered from the "Dear in the Headlights" syndrome when they lost their shields.

  • Feb. 9, 2007, 4:20 p.m. CST

    How to catch it in DC

    by kenmc71

    Hey there, Kentucky Colonel! Glad to see a fellow Louisvillian remembers WAVE from back in the day. Anyway, in DC, remastered Star Trek comes on WDCA (the "MyNetworkWhatever" station) on the weekends. Only there's no set time, so ya gotta check listings. I guess in case it interferes with one of those "MyNetwork" soaps or whatever.

  • Feb. 9, 2007, 4:13 p.m. CST

    ROCK ON KenMC!!!

    by Kentucky Colonel

    Thanks pal! I am sooooooooooo there! you remember the sunday morning bloc of DAKTARI, the revolvoing western and then TREK? Those were the days!

  • Feb. 9, 2007, 4:50 p.m. CST

    I want to see the Doomsday Shroud.

    by Barry Egan

    As you know, the Premiere loves surprises.

  • Feb. 9, 2007, 5:20 p.m. CST

    DVD Release

    by Mazzer

    Roguewriter: Season 1 will be released on "DVD Combo" disc in the last quarter of this year. (That's regular DVD on one side, and HD-DVD on the other.) No specs yet on whether this will be widescreen or 1.33:1.

  • Feb. 9, 2007, 7:37 p.m. CST

    The Premiere is a man of the people, but still a man.

    by PurityOfEssence

    That is all...

  • Feb. 9, 2007, 9:28 p.m. CST

    The Sleeper Awakens!

    by ROBRAM89

    That thng looks exactly like a sandworm from Dune. They should have walked without rhythm.

  • Feb. 9, 2007, 10:55 p.m. CST

    Balok's ship doesn't need to be embiggened.

    by kabong

    Balok could beat any Doomsday Machine.

  • Feb. 9, 2007, 11:32 p.m. CST

    whats the matter... ship all banged up?

    by BendersShinyAss

    I loved the doomsday machine. one of y most favourite of the original episodes. but sourly, I'm disapointed in the updating of the planet eater. surely it could have looked BIGGER?

  • Feb. 9, 2007, 11:45 p.m. CST

    How can you not like the original ship designs

    by BendersShinyAss

    they're fucking awesome. very 60's yes. but when the 80's came along they made them look REALLY cool. And the 90's gave us the galaxy class star ship, which looks kinda strange at first but damn i wish they had of kept it for a few more next gen films.<p>take a long hard look at the ship inspection of the first motion(less) picture. It's fucking beautiful

  • Feb. 9, 2007, 11:36 p.m. CST

    true, Star Trek

    by Jack9599

    wen't down with a Whimper. Damn I miss DS9!

  • Feb. 10, 2007, 12:41 p.m. CST

    The original ooks like painted masking tape

    by bah

    So does the new one.

  • Feb. 10, 2007, 5:05 p.m. CST

    Actually they where not designed by kids

    by Falcon5768

    The ships actually are designed on a lot of practical reasoning. Jefferies designed the ships with the idea that the engines would be so powerful, they needed to be as far from the ship as possible, and that it wasnt going to look like the standard flying saucer which was all over the place during the mid-late 60's. In fact people like to make fun of the aerodynamics of the Enterprise, when it's actually a very stable design, and can fly on its own power without needing wings (the saucer providing enough lift to keep the ship up) Not that you know it matters in space.

  • Feb. 10, 2007, 6:38 p.m. CST

    "Vulcans never bluff"

    by Billyeveryteen

    Missing this line, and a few others, but I don't care. This eppy rocked! Please, please redo BoT. Can't wait for M-5.

  • Feb. 10, 2007, 11:35 p.m. CST

    YEEHAW!! Now that's some freakin' TREK

    by MasterShake

    Love how the new CGI shows the Enterpise manuevering around in close to the Doomsday machine firing phasers.

  • Feb. 11, 2007, 12:05 a.m. CST

    close ups of the Constellation

    by faelon

    The reason we never saw any close shots of the Constellation in the original episode was simple. The Connie wasn't a redressed Enterprise model. It was basically just an off the shelf MPC plastic "Enterprise" model kit . As a result it was only about 20" long. Way too small and detail poor for any closer shots. They used the retail model kits a few other times in the later episodes.

  • Feb. 11, 2007, 1:12 a.m. CST

    Balok will fuck you in the ass!

    by Uncle Stan

    Then he will drink his wine from your fucking skull.

  • Feb. 11, 2007, 3:08 p.m. CST

    Just watched It

    by skydemon

    That was really good, but it's so annoying watching the broadcast version. Growing up like I did on TOS I know every line, and scene that has been cut to make more time for commercials. I barely stand the crappy picture from Satellite Television. Yea, the picture from Dish Networks standard def broadcast is so blurry It's almost unwatchable. I really Doubt Direct TV is any better. I get a big laugh when the satellite people go out and claim that their picture is as clear a quality as DVD; that's complete bull$#!t!!! It's gonna be great one day to finally see these on a big screen unedited, and on either HD-DVD or Blue Ray.

  • Feb. 11, 2007, 11:01 p.m. CST

    Watched it as well

    by OStateFan

    Liked it overall. Missed some of the dialogue as well. Especially the comment "You wouldn't dare..." Can't wait to see it unedited and without commercials. But overall I liked the CGI stuff.

  • Feb. 12, 2007, 11:55 a.m. CST

    I agree with MasterShake and Orcus

    by Mr Incredible

    It was a thrill watching it again, although some of the dialogue you knew was missing. I felt like a kid again watching it on a weekday afternoon.