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'The Lights Of Zetar' Shine On This Weekend's STAR TREK REMASTERED!!

Merrick here...
...with a look at this weekend's episode of STAR TREK REMASTERED. It's "The Lights of Zetar". This is the show in which a bunch creepy living light things are wandering around the cosmos, only to inhabit Enterprise crew person Mira Romaine (Jan Shutan). When these Zetar entities impact a human, the affected person's voice becomes garbled and echoey and funky & their faces glow in eerie, radiant, fluctuating colors. This scared the piss out of me when I was a kid, and it's still pretty fucked up today. Here's a reminder (from the original version of the episode, not the remastered):

Shari Lewis (the lady with the Lambchop puppet) co-wrote ZETAR with husband Jeremy Tarcher. At one point, she'd hoped to play the Mira Romaine character - but it didn't work out. Several tweaks have been introduced into the remastered version of this episode. Notice the interactive lighting incorporated into this shot of Enterprise approaching The Lights.



At one point in the episode, Enterprise travels to Memory Alpha - a humongous knowledge base/research facility. In the original iteration of the episode, we saw only the ship in orbit around a red planet. In the remastered version, we can see the Memory Alpha facility from orbit (located on something closer to a planetoid than a world).



HERE's a newly updated list of stations carrying the next wave of REMASTERED episodes. Airtimes/stations may be in flux. If you've been watching these, be sure to check for changes in your area. If you can't find a station near you, they can also be downloaded via iTunes and XBOX Live (where a number of episodes are available in High Definition - the series is not shown in HD by many, if any, broadcasters). "Original" images from TrekCore
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  • June 5, 2008, 12:49 p.m. CST


    by duct tape wallet


  • June 5, 2008, 12:49 p.m. CST


    by duct tape wallet

    Nyuk, nyuk, nyuk!

  • June 5, 2008, 12:51 p.m. CST

    But seriously..

    by duct tape wallet

    I do love the remastered Trek.

  • June 5, 2008, 12:52 p.m. CST

    Damn Non-HD Portland station!

    by Baron Karza

    I will wait for the DVDs.

  • June 5, 2008, 1:28 p.m. CST

    Remastered Season 2

    by kem070396

    The First Season was released on HD w/ the orginal episodes on the flp side...anyone have any idea what they are doing abou the second season? Like remasterd in standard def maybe??

  • June 5, 2008, 1:43 p.m. CST

    Dumb episode...

    by Kid Z

    ...that eerily presaged every Jud Apatow movie ever made (fat loser nerd <Scotty> falls for hot chick <Mira> who actually digs him back). Why would the Federation store all their knowlege on one easily, destroyable planetoid. That's the Library of Alexandria Problem... all it takes in one nutcase with a torch (or phaser bank) to lobotomize an entire civilization. The "Wahhhrrr whrrr waaah-ahhhr-aaahhhhr" voices were pretty creepy, though.

  • June 5, 2008, 1:44 p.m. CST

    Season 2

    by Bouncy X

    they already announced that the remastered second season is coming to regular dvd.

  • June 5, 2008, 1:51 p.m. CST

    When is this coming to DVD (i.e. Netflix)?

    by jbs0209

    When is this coming to DVD ** cough Blu-Ray ** (i.e. Netflix)?

  • June 5, 2008, 2:04 p.m. CST

    wait, *Shari Lewis* co-wrote an episode of Star Trek???

    by newc0253

    that noise you hear is the sound of my mind boggling.

  • June 5, 2008, 2:18 p.m. CST

    newc0253: Damn straight she was a Trekkie

    by MGTHEDJ

    The woman was a hardcore Trekkie. Too bad she never got a chance, that I know of, to appear on screen on any of the shows.

  • June 5, 2008, 2:50 p.m. CST

    How do you get Season One DVD

    by Samus Aran

    How do you get ahold of season one DVD of the remastered star trek? Is that the official name of it? I looked for it on Amazon, but couldnt find it.

  • June 5, 2008, 2:58 p.m. CST

    Kirk Bangs Cloud of Alien Light Minds

    by picardsucks

    Kirk Fucks them into submission. James T. Kirk Intergalactic Cocksman makes Bond look like a piker!!! That Chrissy Pine has him some BBBBBBBBBBBIIIIIIIIIIGGGGGGG shoes to fill. If they try to make Kirk a more sensative faggy politically correct modern guy this movie will be fucked , more fucked than the dozens of hot guest stars Shatner fucked in his trailer!!

  • June 5, 2008, 3:06 p.m. CST

    If Shari Lewis had been on Trek...

    by Kid Z

    ...What? Would she have played a member of some bizarre alien race, that, while nominally humanoid, were each possessed of a small, symbiotic, sentient, wool covered ruminant attached to one of their arms?

  • June 5, 2008, 3:25 p.m. CST

    This ain't that good an episode...

    by ckane123

    It's one of two Doohan-heavy episodes, and Jimmy does his best, but it's a typical season three episode. That's all I have to say.

  • June 5, 2008, 3:46 p.m. CST

    this freaked me out as a kid as well

    by Sir Loin

    I wonder if they'll do any touch-ups to that chick getting possessed, gave me nightmares as a kid...the "voice" was especially creepy. Looks like some great updates on FX, too.

  • June 5, 2008, 3:52 p.m. CST

    The One that Always Messed ME Up...

    by Rogue Planet

    ...was the scene in "Charlie X" when the guy and the woman were talking (you could see their silhouettes), and Charlie "wishes" the girl's face off. She struggles around the corner, trying to scream, with no face. THAT was a corker!

  • June 5, 2008, 5:14 p.m. CST


    by Ray Gamma

    Why is it that so many of these so-called 'remastered' effects are so poor, and in fact, many of the ORIGINAL blurry effects look more real and less like computer-game graphics than the 'new improved' effects that have been created 40 years later?

  • June 5, 2008, 6:17 p.m. CST


    by rben

    you sound like you might be around my age (50) but even if not, i agree. i recently saw Appleseed Dux Mecana (or however its spelled) and while i appreciated the effects (like a video game in detail only with the interactivity of a controller) it all goes back to the story. If story is too convuluted and nonsensical no effects in the world can save it. In the case of TOS, just the opposite is true: if the writing is great, embelishing it with newer effects while not the end of the world, doesn't really bring anything to it. In Paramount's case, it's another example of them milking the cash cow (or beating the dead horse.) I was a fan as a kid and have the original series in DVD, old effects and all and i'm prefectly happy with it (and i waited quite a while untill the price on Amazon came down to a reasonable amount. So if you already have it, enjoy it the way the original filmaker's (like Robert Justman intended.) He's watching you from heaven....

  • June 5, 2008, 6:25 p.m. CST

    oops, meant "without the interactivity

    by rben

    of a controller." Appleseed also reminded me of another animation of a year ago filmed in black and white instead of bright colors like Appleseed, weighed down once again with "Matrix"-like exposition. Again interesting visuals but not something you remember much over time (which seems to be a big problem these days.) Everything is "Short Attention Span" theater for the kiddies out there. I noticed though that not all Star Trek can stand the test of time. I tried to watch bits n pieces when scifi channel played 4 eps of TNG on monday and found the acting so stiff and the pacing (editing) so labored and slow as to be unwatchable. Everybody has different opinons though. My sister's younger then me and she thinks TNG is the superior show. I say TOS is. go figger....

  • June 5, 2008, 8:59 p.m. CST

    Why new effects?

    by Etrigan_

    I was under the impression that one of the main reasons for the new effects was because the old ones looked particularly shitty in High Def. The matte jobs and strings were too apparent. I don't really mind the new touch ups. Some are kind of fun, some are kinda lame just like they were first time around! But, it doesn't deter from the storytelling to me...

  • June 6, 2008, 3:15 a.m. CST

    So, are they also CGI tweaking Mira Romaine's hair so it's not h

    by Iblis_mage

    Just wondering.

  • June 6, 2008, 7:19 a.m. CST

    rben and Gamma....I'm with you on the effects

    by Carl's hat

    Gimme fuzzy effects done with real models and strings over CGI anyday. The human eye ( well both of mine) can just pick out CGI straight away. It doesn't trick us in the same way. Looks too computerey.

  • June 6, 2008, 8:51 a.m. CST

    The remastered cgi stuff...

    by Rameses

    As a couple of posts have mentioned , the older grainy model shot stuff , actualy looks a whole lot more convincing than the cgi.Especially that planet with bits stuck on it in the bottom right of the second pic!!thats poor.But I like that the guys doing this are being subtle and rather respectful , with their *updates*.Apart from ESB , the special Editions of star wars , show just how easily this stuff can get out of hand.

  • June 6, 2008, 12:17 p.m. CST

    Shari Lewis? Lambchop's puppeteer?

    by Baron Karza

    Yea, that fucking sheeps voice was creepy.

  • June 6, 2008, 5:10 p.m. CST

    "We only want the girl."

    by CerebralAssassin

    That's all I can remember.

  • June 7, 2008, 6:43 a.m. CST

    I don't think they do enough

    by Thunderball

    Yes, I'm a fifty-something fan and love the show as is. (Or, would that be was?) Still, if they're going to rev up the effects, then go all the way. Part of my problem is they're dumbing down the CGI polish as a wink to the old style effects. At least take one or two of the major episodes and really try to make them look like they were made today. The updates stand out (in a bad way) because they're done in little splotches. It's sort of like having Salvador Dali touch up just Mona Lisa's hair and nothing else. It looks incomplete.

  • June 7, 2008, 11:37 a.m. CST

    I don't know. It looks like a video game.

    by Rufferto

  • June 7, 2008, 11:51 a.m. CST

    by Rufferto

    I just can't honestly say that the new effects at least for this one are an improvement or more real. The textures make things pop out but they also seem to lack any kind of subtleties and screams, I am cgi!

  • June 8, 2008, 12:55 a.m. CST

    it's shit, a travesty

    by theplant

    These new SFX will date faster than techno music did, they are horrible to watch. At least the original look organic and from the times.

  • June 8, 2008, 6:37 a.m. CST

    Shari Lewis

    by Dazzler69 Got curious. Fuuny she was supposed to be in it but got denied?

  • June 8, 2008, 11:16 p.m. CST

    Shari Lewis Wrote An Epiosode Of Star Trek?

    by Red Dawn Don

    Shari Lewis wrote an episode of STAR TREK. Well that officialy blows my mind. Does Fran from KUKLA, FRAN AND OLLIE have any Sci-Fi writing credits? SHARI LEWIS was one HOT BABE. She would have made a nice STAR TREK mini-skirt wearer. SHARI was Jewish, I wonder if SHATNER thought he would not have had any luck bedding her. On a similar note, ELVIS PRESLEY claimed to have slept with all his MOVIE female co-stars except for one. This is such a smart thing to say. It gives EP denialblity while full out bragging. SHARI's wiki profile said she was in an episode of THE MAN FROM UNCLE. I am gonna keep my eyes out for that episode. Back in the 1960's, I got THE MAN FROM UNCLE toy gun set for X-mas.

  • June 9, 2008, 6:08 p.m. CST

    Old effects better than new effects???

    by relayer

    Are you folks who say that the old effects look better than the new effects ON CRACK? Can anyone honestly say that that "Original" picture looks better than the "Remastered" picture? In many cases, the biggest problem with the old episodes was the poor special effects. Many had good stories, writing, and acting, but the effects were often very shaky. I love the updated effects, as long as they're not re-editing the content to make it more PC or some such nonsense.

  • June 10, 2008, 8:39 a.m. CST


    by Damned if I can login

    True, Kirk was an intergalactic cocksman...but not during his academy days. He says this in the first season ep Shore Leave....he was the serious young cadet..."positively GRIM".<p>Thus the reason Ron Moore decided to make Picard the exact opposite when he wrote Tapesty...a hell raiser at the academy.<p>Oh, and if you had the chance to see the late 90s SciFi channel's extended ST:TOS, there were a couple of interviews with chicks that guested on the series. They said that Shat would kinda show up in their dressing rooms or trailers, claiming that his electric razor wouldn't work in his room or whatever, only to find him a couple minutes later on top of them humping like the dog in heat he was (is). Not that this is a bad thing, y'know....."Hey, my 'lectric razor isn't working....c'mere you....GRUNT-GRUNT-GRUNT"

  • June 10, 2008, 10:30 a.m. CST

    after 2 seasons, fresh out of writers?

    by ArcadianDS

    Was D.C. Fontana in a coma or something?

  • June 10, 2008, 12:20 p.m. CST

    Khan's Chest

    by Grand Moff Toht

    in "Space Seed" or "Wrath of Khan" does not need any digital enhancement. Khan shoulda been a running villain who took over worlds and waged an interplanetary civil war against the Federation. Not that the movie wasn't great as is...

  • June 11, 2008, 12:03 a.m. CST

    i couldn't agree more Grant Moff

    by RicardoMontalban

    My pecs are real dammit! hey check out this groovy new movie blog on blogspot. it's called thebitterproducer