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A Glimpse At More HD Footage From The Upcoming STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION Blu-Rays!!

 

Merrick here...

 

A new promo for the forthcoming issuance of STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION on Blu-Ray is now online over at StarTrek.com.  NOTE that the promo begins a bit similarly to the teaser we saw a month or two ago, but then moves on to incorporate more footage than we got back then.  

I'm told that one of these new shots in particular -   Enterprise orbiting the Klingon homeworld (for "Sins of the Father" I suppose) represents the "re-creation" of the FX in HD, but very closely matching then original version.  

You can find the new trailer HERE.  A Blu-Ray sampler disc of TNG episodes presented in newly realized HD, is coming in January with Seasonal boxed sets launching later next year (the series' 25th Anniversary).  

Whether you love or hate TNG, these clips...look pretty damn amazing and I can't wait to see them in full HD.  The STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES Remastered Blu-Rays rank high among my favorite Blu-Ray product ever in terms of mastering and overall brilliance of restoration.  While a somewhat different kettle of fish in terms of requirements and procedures,  if these TNG shows end up half as well executed as TOS, we're in for something truly special.  

See the revised trailer HERE

 

 

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  • Nov. 14, 2011, 8:31 a.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    Oi oi! Marina Sirtis takes it up the Hippocampus!! (too highbrow for this crowd?)

  • Nov. 14, 2011, 8:36 a.m. CST

    Do want

    by Autodidact

    these discs. I also would love to fuck Marina Sirtis from back in the day. Love greek women.

  • Nov. 14, 2011, 8:39 a.m. CST

    Someone in the prior post said Kirk shits out pieces of Picard

    by Autodidact

    Yeah, pieces of his semen!

  • Nov. 14, 2011, 8:48 a.m. CST

    Troi was at her finest in Trek VII

    by CARTMANEZ

    i remember seeing Generations in the theatre and whenever she was on screen all i could hear from the dudes in the audience were low groans and murmurs of approval...

  • Nov. 14, 2011, 8:51 a.m. CST

    nice ad

    by Rupee88

    or was that supposed to be a news story?...no? I didn't think so

  • Nov. 14, 2011, 8:57 a.m. CST

    talking of Troi...did Jean Luc Picard have his own Troi fantasies?

    by CARTMANEZ

    in Nemesis his clone has the hots big time for Troi as soon as he sees her. and spends most of the film trying to mind rape her. i doubt she was the first human female hed ever seen (what they dont have the internet in the 24th century?) this aspect couldve been explored in a sequel (i.e. a Troi/Riker/Picard love triangle - very much like the spiderman movies)

  • Nov. 14, 2011, 9:09 a.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    I believe the next six episode boxset compilation is going to be the mind rape of Deanna Troi volume 1.

  • Nov. 14, 2011, 9:32 a.m. CST

    An aggressive clean up of the Sp/Fx would make me happy

    by lochkray

    Especially for the first couple of seasons. Dramatically, the shows were of cinema quality. If they beefed up some of the action and space shots, they would be fairly fantastic shows.

  • Nov. 14, 2011, 9:34 a.m. CST

    Marina Sirtis...you all beat me too the punch...

    by conspiracy

    even at 50+ she is so hot her luscious Greek/Brit honey hole would melt your cock off...

  • Nov. 14, 2011, 9:34 a.m. CST

    'Klingon home world' ???

    by Sluggolicious

    PLEASE don't tell me Merrick doesn't know it's called Kronos

  • Nov. 14, 2011, 9:38 a.m. CST

    Also, it better be in widescreen format

    by Rob

    4:3 and it's a worthless investment

  • Nov. 14, 2011, 9:38 a.m. CST

    Imzadi

    by Autodidact

    You know Riker has been all up in that!

  • Nov. 14, 2011, 9:38 a.m. CST

    Sluggolicious

    by g0dai

    You need to stop grabbing your cock and go back and watch ST6.

  • Nov. 14, 2011, 9:46 a.m. CST

    Screw TNG...

    by Steven Carrita

    When the hell does DS9 come out in HD?

  • Nov. 14, 2011, 9:53 a.m. CST

    Why would you want it in widescreen?

    by Autodidact

    The show was filmed in 4:3.

  • It's fucking awesome. No, really. I've weaved in and out of nerd culture throughout my life, but I think I've always been in good standing as a non-trekker STAR TREK fan. I know what an Andorian is. But I never watched ENTERPRISE. The idea that all kinds of Important Things happened on another ship called the Enterprise, and yet these things were *never mentioned* in any of the subsequent series, seemed cheesey. Seemed like cashing in on a story I'd come to enjoy with a cheap concept. And that song they used for the opening sounded so much like an 80s adult contemporary Bryan Adams piece of crap, it seemed like the makers of the show were trying to make sure I didn't want to watch it. But there it was on Netflix Instant Watch, and in between all the other crap I watch on there, I figured I've give the pilot a whirl. It's been less than a week, and I'm already into the second season. I love this show. You want reasons? 1. The "humans take their very first stab at interstellar exploration" premise is fresh and well-executed. These characters face challenges the other shows didn't, and the fact that they're closer to our timeframe actually does make them weirdly accessible. 2. Bakula. The guy really holds the show together. Moreover, his character's enthusiasm for exploration and diplomacy is one of the most humanist and inspiring things to come out of STAR TREK. He's great! 3. Not just narrative continuity, but emotional continuity from episode to episode. As a kid, one of the things I felt limited The Original Series was the fact that the characters could have a mindblowing crisis -- a crisis that if it had happened to a real human being in real life would mark you for the rest of your life -- and not only move on to the next mindblowing crisis the next week, but pretend like the crisis never happened. ENTERPRISE takes the very non-synidication-friendly step of building on each of the experiences throughout the season, referencing them, and having the characters grow. Arguably, the other series tried to do the same thing, but I get the sense that this aspect is more fully integrated into the story and characters on ENTERPRISE. 4. The doctor on board, Phlox, is actually charming, not irritating like Neelix. It's so nice to be pleasantly surprised that the permanent guest make-up prothesis alien is appealing, instead of something to endure. 5. Even the role of Vulcans in relation to humanity (i.e., as scornful nannies) is interesting. It's unexpected. I didn't think I'd actually like it. But it works. And these are just some of reasons why I love the show. And sure, there still are a few problems: 1. The universal translater is conceptually fuzzy. The took the time to introduce the idea of it and explain how it works -- to a point. But does the speaker hear two languages at once? Or do they only hear english like we do? Are the lips in sync with the language they're hearing? 2. And speaking of translation, we're expected to buy that the communications gal can learn a language in a day. Not bloody likely. I mean, come on. 3. I love big boobed women as much as the next guy -- probably more. But I have trouble buying the Vulcan lady sometimes. She seems too pissed-off too often. (See my "Star Trek Vulcans have conceptually drifted too far from non-emotive to simmering powderkeg argument in past talkbacks.) 4. The show perpetrates the pet peeve I have about the Bad Sci-Fi use of Evolution. To wit: Evolution is NOT TELEOLOGICAL! Evolution occurs in relation to a specific environment, and does not have a trajectory towards "advancement," or even a trajectory at all! Argggh! 5. That fucking song. Fast forward past it every goddamned time. Despite these problems, I still love the show -- maybe as much as I love any of them. And if I ever feel like things are getting too precious in relation to the later series, I just pretend that ENTERPRISE is sui generis and not connected to the other series. Like it's SPACE: 1999 or something. So if anybody out there has considered giving the show a try, and you're tired of punishing yourself by forcing yourself to watch old DOCTOR WHO episodes, I wholehearted suggest you give ENTERPRISE a try. In fact, it may be time for me to catch a new episode right about now.

  • Nov. 14, 2011, 10:06 a.m. CST

    That blank area at the end of my post?

    by Greggers

    It's for doodling. Crayons were provided.

  • Nov. 14, 2011, 10:36 a.m. CST

    space jellyfish looks pretty sweet

    by coz

    at least we'll get some good star trek next year

  • Nov. 14, 2011, 10:42 a.m. CST

    I've always thought Enterprise is

    by Brian Hopper

    totally underrated. The first couple seasons (especially season 1) are shaky in some respects… a little flat in terms of the storylines and writing. But season 3 rules and parts of season 4 (obvious example: In a Mirror Darkly) are terrific. Good cast, hard-hitting action, really thoughtful retro integration of stuff into the ST canon. I genuinely like all the main characters. And it goes without saying that Jolene Blalock's luscious body is also a plus. Enterprise is easily the most underrated thing in the ST world, and I was always surprised that TOS and TNG fans didn't get into it more. One day I expect there will be a reassessment. Good stuff.

  • Nov. 14, 2011, 10:42 a.m. CST

    welcome to the fold greggers

    by coz

    I've always thought Enterprise was vastly underrated, and it just gets better through the run. Best eps are in the 4th season. But do yourself a favor and never ever watch the last episode, "These Are the Voyages..." It's godawful, a slap in the face to fans, and a complete abandonment of all the character progression that was done in the 4th season. Even the cast hated it. Had it ended the third season as was originally intended, it would at least have been tolerable. The two-parter that precedes it, "Demons" and "Terra Prime" serves as an excellent finale.

  • Nov. 14, 2011, 10:49 a.m. CST

    Enterprise was not bad...

    by ZodNotGod

    The Vulcans on Enterprise were cool. Not as benevolent as we had always thought and there were some who were actually bad and had their own self-interests at heart. The only Vulcan I hated was T'Pol who was not an accurate portrayal and the actress was rotten. THe only bad Trek show is Voyager.

  • Nov. 14, 2011, 10:49 a.m. CST

    Too bad the host can't afford more than a 56k hookup

    by Who Dat Ninga

    Y U SO SLOW

  • Nov. 14, 2011, 10:51 a.m. CST

    Even Seinfeld has been converted to 16:9

    by GulDucati

    ...so this better be.

  • Nov. 14, 2011, 10:55 a.m. CST

    @autodidact

    by GulDucati

    That's just it - it was "filmed" not video-taped. That means that film stock exists with widescreen potential. It was cropped at the edges for 4:3. Look at this example of what they did to Seinfeld episodes in full 16:9: http://www.engadget.com/2008/09/03/seinfeld-goes-hd-on-tbs-hd/

  • Nov. 14, 2011, 10:58 a.m. CST

    g0dai

    by Sluggolicious

    Do you realize what you wrote makes no sense, at all? It's meaningless jibberish. And FYI: I can't grab my cock since it's presently jammed up your mom's ass. And since we have your attention, she's asked me to tell you it's time to move out of the basement and find a girlfriend that's not inflatable (she's also sick of picking up your jizz-soaked socks all the time).

  • Nov. 14, 2011, 11:03 a.m. CST

    Peter David, rescue us from FACT! guy.....

    by rben

    help us PAD, yer our only hope!

  • Nov. 14, 2011, 11:22 a.m. CST

    I recall in the TNG episode Heart of Glory it was called KLING

    by Damned if I can login

    Guess that didn't last too long...

  • Nov. 14, 2011, 11:29 a.m. CST

    Klingon Imperial Empire

    by coz

    Actual line from "Sins of the Father": "Set a course for the first city of the Klingon Imperial Empire." ... When you're not creative enough to make it sound cool, make it redundant!

  • Nov. 14, 2011, 11:48 a.m. CST

    If the framing works then yeah sure 16x9 why not

    by Autodidact

    I guess any filmed show could conceivably be remastered for 16x9 if they kept the unused parts of the frame useable.

  • Nov. 14, 2011, 11:49 a.m. CST

    That theme song killed Enterprise

    by Autodidact

    Truth.

  • Nov. 14, 2011, 11:52 a.m. CST

    People hate TNG?

    by StarQrtrs

    While agree the series is starting to look a bit dated (even with this restoration it still is looking it's age) it's never come across to me as an unpopular Trek show, much less an unpopular show at all. This show was one of the biggest hits of the 80's and 90's and still continues to be loved by fans across the world. Sure the movies never caught on but that's because they never felt like movies.

  • Nov. 14, 2011, 12:16 p.m. CST

    FX closely resembles the original because it IS the same FX.

    by Legolars

    Almost all effects shots on the show were shot on film. So the original FX is being remastered to HD, thus it looks the same. That's the original 6 ft Enterprise model in that Kronos scene.

  • Nov. 14, 2011, 12:29 p.m. CST

    legolars

    by photoboy

    One thing I'm interested to see is how the footage of the 4ft model holds up. It was always noticeably different from the 6ft model (although at the time I thought it was just because they changed the lighting), but will the size and detail difference be more apparent at HD resolutions?

  • Nov. 14, 2011, 2:14 p.m. CST

    site crash again?

    by coz

    jesus guys, why don't you hire somebody who knows what the fuck they're doing?

  • Nov. 14, 2011, 2:40 p.m. CST

    We're back...

    by CARTMANEZ

  • Nov. 14, 2011, 2:47 p.m. CST

    Enterprise theme song

    by zonkk_za

    I have no idea why they decided to throw out the established use of orchestral themes that every other Star Trek show had. And to then select something so incredibly crappy like some terrible power-ballad was a huge insult, a slap in the face to anything respectable about the opening title sequence. I know that I immediately hit the mute / fast forward button to save myself the agony of hearing that damned song.

  • Nov. 14, 2011, 2:50 p.m. CST

    choppah, the dude's voice in that scene was hilarious

    by Mattman

    Sounded like Eeyore was delivering the news. "Enterprise... if it's no trouble... could you find my tail?"

  • Nov. 14, 2011, 3:30 p.m. CST

    cda

    by coz

    He IS on a different plane you twat. I'm sure he has way better things to do than be here but he chooses to be here anyway. You? Not so much. This is all you've got. So you try to make yourself feel superior by denigrating your betters. What are you, like 13? Grow up, boy.

  • Nov. 14, 2011, 3:37 p.m. CST

    They'll put STTNG on Blu-Ray...

    by Breotan

    But not Stargate? Really?

  • Nov. 14, 2011, 3:53 p.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    breotan, dioxholster - is that you?

  • Nov. 14, 2011, 3:54 p.m. CST

    Enterprise power-ballad...

    by Billyeveryteen

    As someone who lived through the horror, I need to report that the song was sooo terribad, that they "improved" it by increasing the tempo and made it more rockin'... I always said it couldn't get any worse. It got worse...

  • Examples: - Ignoring the Earth-Romulan War. - Making Noonian Soong a descendant of the man responsible for Khan Noonien Singh. Those, and the god-awful timewar storyline. The first season was pretty decent. After that, forget it.

  • Nov. 14, 2011, 4:17 p.m. CST

    4x3 vs Widescreen

    by Burger_Supreme

    Here's a link illustrating how the blu-rays could be done in widescreen even though the show aired with a 4x3 aspect ratio. http://www.ex-astris-scientia.org/inconsistencies/ent_vs_tng.htm Athough some information may be lost vertically, so much more is gained overall. I would love to see this (although purists may insist on 4x3) Personally, I can't stand seeing the matted black bars on the sides of modern tv's but unfortunately, from the looks of this latest trailer it seems they're going with the antiquated 4x3 format. I love this series dearly and I usually don't hesitate upgrading my favorites to blu but in this case my DVD's will have to suffice. Widescreen or no purchase from me.

  • Nov. 14, 2011, 4:23 p.m. CST

    CTM...Eating Marina Sirtis would be pure heaven...

    by conspiracy

    I bet that old broad shits Honey flavored yogurt out of her luscious greek ass and would dangle those dairy plump udders in your face like hummingbird feeders while she rode cowboy. I kid you not...I'd eat feta right off her puckered 56yr old 3rd input. Marina Sirtis...bringing masturbatory pleasure and fueling fantasies since 1987

  • Nov. 14, 2011, 4:23 p.m. CST

    Trailer footage looks fantastic. The preview disc is a buy for me.

    by Margot Tenenbaum

    I'll probably wait on the season sets due to Paramount's rapacious pricing on Star Trek items.

  • Nov. 14, 2011, 4:50 p.m. CST

    Greggers - Wait till you see "In a Mirror Darkly"

    by JudasPriestly

    Fucking awesome 2- part episode (with no shitty song intro.) Also, Marina Sirtis is delicious.

  • Nov. 14, 2011, 4:52 p.m. CST

    The wretched song for Enterprise's credits I think was

    by Dennis_Moore

    meant to be reminiscent of the rock & roll favored by Zefram Cochrane in First Contact. I think they wanted that feel, but failed.

  • Nov. 14, 2011, 5:05 p.m. CST

    gulducati 4:3 16:9

    by JoeSweden

    16:9 for TV(or the 1:1:85 used in the cinema) on 35 mm film doesn't use the whole frame available on the negative, the frame is actually square like an old television frame 4:3 (1:37:1 at the cinema). Some old American TV had 1:85 in mind when filming, because sometimes, especially mini-series, where released as movie-versions in Europe. with that in mind you could either show more picture top and bottom on the TV-version or if you shot real 1:85 have the 1:37 image within the 1:85 frame and have no vital information on the left and right and crop the sides for Television. The clue in the trailer is "full aperture 35 mm lens gate" which means they shot and composited the full 35 mm frame for best picture(the detail will be fantastic) and the only way to get 16:9 picture for Bluray is by cropping the top and bottom information of the image which means in a closeup you will cut the forehead and chin of people. That's no way to see Star Trek. I guess some people also have a problem with watching movies in black & white, mono sound or older than 1995? This is the best article I've read on the subject http://www.stringercam.com/articles/frameing.html

  • Nov. 14, 2011, 5:23 p.m. CST

    I would love to see it re-mastered in 16.9

    by skydemon

    Or something close to it. I agree that purist would keep it 4.3 It would be nice to be able to choose between both aspects. One problem with 16.9. I read recently here, or somewhere, that some film footage, about 13 minutes, from "sins of the father" has not been found. In a re-mastered 16.9 version, those 13 minutes would have to come from a cleaned up tape master, and would have to revert to 4.3 in a restored 16.9 version. If missing footage happens frequently during this restoration effort, and they have to "fill in" with standard def footage here and there along the way, it is probably best to stay 4.3

  • Nov. 14, 2011, 5:24 p.m. CST

    Where is this CG orbit footage? It's not in any of your links.

    by Pixelsmack

    That one link you do have is to the original teaser. FAIL.

  • Nov. 14, 2011, 5:30 p.m. CST

    @creepythinmanlives HOLY SH.. THANK SO MUCH.....FOR THAT LINK.

    by NorthTronic

  • He got the part chiefly because of the buzz around Heroes. A now dead show he happened to be the worst actor on. Yeah, he did ok in Star Trek but he had no gravitas and that high voice just ruined it. I hope to God they fire him and replace his with the guy who play Brutus on Rome. Of course this will never happen but one can dream.

  • Nov. 14, 2011, 6:04 p.m. CST

    Yes...Thanks CTM...Marina is a sporting broad..

    by conspiracy

    She has never shied away from a bit of nudity in film...and usually dresses like a tawdry cum slut in person...I bet she self loves those baby feeders nightly before she lets her husband near them.

  • Nov. 14, 2011, 6:43 p.m. CST

    HOLY SHIT!!

    by KilliK

    Those boobs are insane.!!

  • Nov. 14, 2011, 6:58 p.m. CST

    That was a nice link Creepy...but.........

    by Pixelsmack

    http://www.celebritymoviearchive.com/tour/movie.php/2302

  • Nov. 14, 2011, 6:58 p.m. CST

    THE KLINGON HOMEWORLD IS CALLED KLING!!!!!

    by zillabeast

    hahaha gotta love TOS continuity

  • Nov. 14, 2011, 7:22 p.m. CST

    I wish WB would do this for Babylon 5.

    by Banshee7

    seasons 2-4 of that show are some of the best TV period, regardless of genre.

  • Nov. 14, 2011, 8:19 p.m. CST

    Unbelievable improvement in Farpoint jellyfish!

    by Nem_Wan

    I knew there had to be lot more detail in those ILM models and puppets, and now we can see it. 1980s electronic post-production was no way to future-proof your $1 million-per-episode show, Paramount.

  • Nov. 14, 2011, 8:48 p.m. CST

    widescreen or nothing?

    by Bouncy X

    seriously? the same sorta people who say movies should be kept in their proper ratio want a tv show to be showed in an unproper one? don't get me wrong, if it be possible then sure go for it because there's nothing to lose. but are people really so picky and into their "HD world" that they refuse to watch something in a format that came before it? and as for the black bars on the side thing, if they're really that much a bother than just stretch the image and voila, they're gone. i can't believe this site of all places has people saying they want this widescreen or not at all and would rather stick to their SD dvds. the same people who look down at those who refuse to watch movies that are B&W or subtitled or hell even more apt, people who only bought full screen versions of movies. hypocrisy lives!! lol

  • Number 1, you have the bridge. I'll be in my quarters whacking off.

  • Nov. 14, 2011, 10:17 p.m. CST

    Inner Light

    by Vallius

    Is one of the best serial episodes of all time, from any franchise, period. If you're not in tears at the end, you have no soul.

  • I feel pretty much the same way about it as you. You said that so far you're into season 2. Just wait until you hit season 3. That's the best season of Enterprise. I won't spoil it by telling you why, but if you are enjoying the first two seasons, then I'll wager that you'll be even more pleased with three. Oh yeah, the opening titles theme song... I also fast forwarded through it, as I got into Enterprise on DVD a couple years after the series ended. Thank God for the scan forward button on DVD and BD remotes.

  • Nov. 14, 2011, 11:11 p.m. CST

    Not mentioned about the Enterprise opening theme...

    by Brian Hopper

    ... in spite of the cheeserock song, the credits themselves are beautifully done: a journey through mankind's heroic explorations. Very elegantly realized and an apropos intro that fits the theme of the show. For this reason, I don't even mind the song.

  • Nov. 14, 2011, 11:42 p.m. CST

    m6y

    by lv_426

    I also like the visuals shown in the Enterprise opening credits, but after several episodes, I didn't feel the need to have to endure that song with every episode.

  • Nov. 15, 2011, 12:17 a.m. CST

    It's decided. The best Star Trek show is...

    by Mattman

    MARINA SIRTIS' TITS.

  • Nov. 15, 2011, 2:44 a.m. CST

    I've always been more of a Dr Crusher guy myself

    by Bass Ackwards

    Have a crazy thing for redheads. Though that Sirtis interview posted above is...amazing. Damn TNG for 7 seasons and not a single episode featuring a shirt like that.

  • Nov. 15, 2011, 5:40 a.m. CST

    Never in all of Star Trek

    by Autodidact

    have they shown someone taking a dump or a piss. WHAT UP WITH THAT!?

  • Nov. 15, 2011, 5:45 a.m. CST

    Aspect ratios and AICN... Don't think the main audience cares

    by Autodidact

    I think AICN's audience is primarily fanboys and the majority probably wouldn't know what the hell an aspect ratio is.

  • Nov. 15, 2011, 8:24 a.m. CST

    Dr. Crusher

    by Kentucky Colonel

    If I could get my wife into one of those outfits....I could have done without some of her bigger wigs (or styles or whatever). Loved Gates' three seconds in "Crimson Tide" (right?). Very, very luscious. I didn't care for Troi. Why was she on the bridge again, sitting right next to the Captain? What about Ashely Judd as the most-delicious Ensign Lefler? Hell to the Yeah, young Wesley! And that one chick from the first season, the one who was in a clan-blood-feud and was going to waste that guy but Riker (who had probably banged her off-camera) incinerated? She was a carbon-copy of a chick I was banging that summer (Angela Jean Whatshername). LOVED that episode! Tasha was too uptight, but she should have stuck with it and mellowed. Nice to see when she returned as a guest. Still better looking than Troi. You know, really, I think there were only like two chick on the entire Trek franchise who were gross. The fat broad who played piano (again with Riker) in that two-parter about the stolen Vulcan ships? Gross. And that other one. From that one series. Jolene was hands down that sexiest woman in Trek ever. EVER. And I'm a redhead guy! I thought she did a great job. I have much love for Enterprise (Star Trek: Enterprise...whatever) except for the temporal-timeline-war season. Maybe if I took it all in at once, but week-to-week it was just too confusing. Shows like "The Wire" can get away with that kind of detail. Not Trek. Not so much. Season 4 was the best, except for that last episode. Another four seasons could have really been something. Bakula is indeed the man. A song and dance man, at that. I might have to buy that costume for my wife. Make that certainly.

  • Nov. 15, 2011, 8:25 a.m. CST

    Any future "Enterprise" BLU RAYS should drop the theme song

    by Jake Pantlin

    It is an awful song that the majority of people hate. The music from the song is fine, but the lyrics and singing are dreadful. Keep it on the pilot DVD, but every other episode should have the Enterprise music score played at the end of each episode put in it's place (or an extended version of it.) Christ, the studio would probably save money but not having to pay the singer on future releases anyway. throw the fans a bone, you Paramount bastards!

  • Nov. 15, 2011, 9:51 a.m. CST

    @vallius I agree re 'The Inner Light'

    by Brian Hopper

    I would also include 'Yesterday's Enterprise' on any short list of the greatest hours of television. TNG also has the notable distinction of having the finest series finale of any television show ever made. 'All Good Things...' is a tour de force, more thrilling and enjoyable to watch than most movies.

  • Nov. 15, 2011, 12:22 p.m. CST

    burger_supreme

    by MrFusion

    You realize that what you're saying is the equivalent of demanding a full screen release of a widescreen film, and how ridiculous that is? It was shot knowing that it would be 4x3, even if there are visual elements outside of that frame it doesn't matter, the director's shot with 4x3 in mind, that's how it originally aired, and that's how it should be released.

  • Nov. 15, 2011, 12:25 p.m. CST

    atheron: I liked it.

    by Playkins

    It gave a different flavor to the show.

  • Nov. 15, 2011, 1:05 p.m. CST

    Gulducati, about 16:9 "Seinfeld" episodes in HD...

    by ufoclub1977

    The article you linked to (http://www.engadget.com/2008/09/03/seinfeld-goes-hd-on-tbs-hd/) states that they are just shaving off the image area to zoom in and force-fit the frame to 16:9 So in effect you are seeing less of what the they actually shot. In the case of Star Trek Next Generation, with it's fictional universe of effects and sets, lopping off the top and bottom of the image to fit it to your 16:9 frame might be considered butchering the work.

  • Nov. 15, 2011, 1:25 p.m. CST

    it was ensign ro for me

    by rakesh patel

    she was hot, still is. sttng was the star trek for me. it was a revelation watching it at the time. you know what killed enterprise? the fucking second episode with a side plot about a fucking worm. i watched a couple of episodes and realised that braga and berman were just ripping plots from all the previous treks. i swear i could pinpoint epsiodes of stng, ds9 and voy that ended up in one ep of enterprise. After that i gave up half way through the first season. Me. the guy who brought how to learn klingon tapes and got the email address captainjeanlucpicard@startrek.com ( when they did mail) FUCK ENTERPRISE AND BRAGA AND BERMAN.

  • Nov. 15, 2011, 2:28 p.m. CST

    No point

    by temsi

    @enricobalazar The show was meant for 4:3, which means full Academy aperture. That means the entire frame was used for the original 4:3 broadcast. There's no point in making a widescreen version, as it would have to be a center crop of the original image, so you'd get LESS, not more.

  • Nov. 15, 2011, 3:42 p.m. CST

    My fave Trek-Babes are Ezri Dax and Robin Leffler.

    by Royston Lodge

    I'm just sayin'.

  • Nov. 15, 2011, 4:34 p.m. CST

    Best Trek Babe

    by _Maltheus_

    That red head Irish chick who brought the whole farm with her on the Enterprise. God her hips were amazing!

  • Nov. 15, 2011, 4:43 p.m. CST

    The hottest babe was D'Abo who was playing

    by KilliK

    the Q teenager who didnt know that she was a Q.she was gorgeous.

  • Nov. 15, 2011, 5:17 p.m. CST

    A few points:

    by Greggers

    1. Thanks for all the back-up regarding ENTERPRISE. I was a little afraid that the show was like a red-headed stepchild among fans, but it turns out that among people who've seen it (and post at AICN) it's actually recongized as an underappreciated jem. 2. Except by mr_X_. I think ALL Trek is derivative of something -- How many times did Kirk talk a computer to death? And that was just the first season. Derivative as it may be, Brannon and Braga have managed to flim-flam me with enough new plot and characterization to where I don't notice the repititon, or at least it doesn't fell hacky. And hey, I even liked the fact that Hoshi identified with the worm, but at the end was able to take a different path. 3. Playkins -- If you're talking about the theme, yeah it DID bring another flavor -- the flavor of shit. 4. Best Star Trek Babe: I'm going to reach way back for Sherry Jackson from "What Are Little Girls Made Of." (You can bet she was programmed to be a "pleasure model") 5. Regarding Marina Sirtis's boobs, they seem to change size. In certain episodes, especially the early ones, they never really looked that big. Maybe it was the costuming, but the boob size was never as obvious as it was with 7 of 9 or T'Pol. (Of course, they had boob jobs, but still.)

  • Nov. 15, 2011, 5:30 p.m. CST

    What Are Little Girls Made Of

    by _Maltheus_

    Well yeah, if you're gonna go there. Ok. You win.

  • Nov. 15, 2011, 6:12 p.m. CST

    This right here is all I wanted to know for sure...

    by Jaka

    "CBS is, in fact, returning to the original film negatives, a mother lode of material encompassing 25,000-plus reels of footage, and editing the episodes together precisely as they were when they originally aired between 1987 and 1994. Visual effects will not be upconverted from videotape, but instead will be recompositioned. The freshly cut film will ultimately be transferred to high definition with 7.1 DTS Master Audio." <p> That's it. I'm sold. I'll buy them. Probably not at first release prices, but I'll buy them all eventually.

  • Nov. 15, 2011, 6:17 p.m. CST

    greggers, lets not get to general in either direction

    by Jaka

    Some people like Enterprise, some people don't. Some people love it, some people hate it. For some people it was enough that it had a high production value and a half naked anorexic Vulcan. For other people, like myself, no matter how good it may look it will always be shitting on previously established Star Trek history, making new shit up as it went along. I'm a HUGE Trek geek. I've got every single show on dvd and/or blu-ray (other than Enterprise), likewise all the movies and nearly every book that's ever been printed. There is a lot they could have done with a prequel show that would have tied into TOS lore without having to use sledgehammers and heavy welding equipment. I think Archer was a good captain and Trip was an interesting character. The rest of the show was pointless for me, and often insulting. So no, not all people who have seen it "recognize it as an underappreciated jem". Honestly, not even close. But yeah, it does have some fans.

  • Nov. 15, 2011, 6:17 p.m. CST

    *Too

    by Jaka

    Too general. I hate that one.

  • Nov. 15, 2011, 9:36 p.m. CST

    Jaka -- But generalizing is so much *fun*.

    by Greggers

    Actually, I dig it. In fact, I *knew* there was some dissatisfaction with ENTERPRISE among the more die-hard Star Trek fans, which is why my first post was such a declaration in the face of (presumed) opposition. And I was pleasantly surprised to find such positive feedback about the show in this talkback. But of course, in the words of Dalton from the movie ROADHOUSE, "Opinions vary." Question: If it were possible for you to watch ENTERPRISE without the baggage of the other series, and it was just a science fiction show in and of itself, how do you think you'd feel about it?

  • Nov. 15, 2011, 9:52 p.m. CST

    How in the world do you bash Peter David?

    by Joaquin_Ondamoon

    Really? One of the nicest guys in person (met him briefly at a con back in the early 90's - I'm sure he has no recollection), and a talented author to boot. I can't recall ever reading any condescending posts from him on these boards - he always comes across as a fan, and never bashes any talkbackers, no matter how asinine they might be. Really?

  • Nov. 15, 2011, 10:03 p.m. CST

    And I would toss my bat into Marina's upper deck any time!

    by Joaquin_Ondamoon

    I was just watching 'All Good Things' last night, and was amazed at how hot she was in the mini that some female crewmembers wore in the first season. Her breasts are sublime. And have obviously gotten larger (thanks for the link, Creepy! I remember her at a con referring to that maroon jumpsuit she wore as the 'Cameltoe' outfit. And she said that blue dress she wore used wear shrank more and more as the season went on and gave her an atomic vag wedgie. God, she's a dirty old broad.

  • Nov. 16, 2011, 5:41 a.m. CST

    @greggers

    by rakesh patel

    ah mate, let me justify my dislike / hatred? for enterprise, before i sound like a rabid aicn hater. So my love of all things trek is there, i love trek, i grew up on re runs of tos and eagerly awaited new eps of sttng, ds9 and voy. I loved all those series. I couldn't understand the hate for voyager so much, it felt like trek and i enjoyed the episodes. when sttng came out there was no competition, no other sci-fi could really touch it. looking back i don't think the show runners realised that there were competing shows which were as good if not better then trek. Arguably it took B&B three seasons of a run of a series to hit it stride, sttng, when the borg arrived, ds9 when the dominion/worf came on board voy when they left kurzon space/ 7of 9 came on board. Thats a total of 9 seasons of mediocre tv, you would have thought they would have nailed it by the time enterprise came around. ( braga still doesnt get it ..threshold/terra nova) B&B had run out of ideas. they did some amazing shows (STTNG finale was perfect, absolutely perfect) but they had simply run out of steam. IF they had relinquished and handed over the reins to someone else trek would have continued. The recent trek movie reboot, was quicker than expected, i actually thought it would trek 10 years from the cancellation of enterprise before it would be start up again, but thanks to a new team (jj abrams et all) it came back. I like many fans had watched episodes constantly, i knew them off by heart. So when i watched enterprise i could instantly tell an episode made up of 4 acts had taken some from sttng, ds9 and voy. Why on earth would i want to watch an episode when i already knew what was going to happen? Especially when it was vastly inferior to the material it had ripped off. good episodes of enterprise where few and far between. 4 good episodes per season does not constitute a season. Who was going to hang around for them to hit their stride when other sci-fi like stargate, galactica and farscape? I didn't care about the whacked up continuity or the theme song. I cared about the stories and characters. but honestly there was no story. Phlox, T'pol and Trip seemed to be the only decent characters. i loved watched Bakula in quantum leap, but in this he just seemed wooden. I just turned off, i who would watch any trek found watching enterprise tedious. I wasn't the only one, people turned off in their droves. those hardcore fans, paramount bread and butter left. If you want to be flim-flamed fair enough. I'm going to point out that the emperor has no clothes and say there is a wealth of good scifi out there that you could watch with your precious time instead.

  • Nov. 16, 2011, 9:01 a.m. CST

    Ensign Ro, how could I have forgotten her?

    by lv_426

    Michelle Forbes for the win!

  • Aeryn Sun, Chiana, Sikozu, and the Peacekeeper villain Grayza.

  • Nov. 16, 2011, 10:45 a.m. CST

    mr_x_, even though this article has fallen off the first page...

    by Greggers

    I wanted to make sure I thanked you for such a well considered post (and while I'm at it, I'll thank Jaka too). Right now, ENTERPRISE is like a new toy for me, and my *surprise* at actually loving it is knocking me out. Maybe we'll be able to revisit this topic the next time Star Trek comes up at AICN. And maybe then I can talk about other stuff too, including my misgivings with "All Good Things." ('Cause I got 'em.) In the meantime, (left-click mouse button) Engage!

  • Star Trek hotness... TOS Crew: Uhura, 'natch. Guest: Shahna from The Gamesters of Triskelion TNG Crew: Chief B. G. Robinson(a very young Teri Hatcher), seriously Deanna Troi(for proof, check mudbath). Guest: Objectively, Teenage Girl - Anya(Mädchen Amick) from The Dauphin. Personally Blond Q-Bimbo from Déjà Q. DS9 Crew: Leeta (Rom's wife), too obscure? Jadzia Dax Guest: still Leeta VOY Crew: 7o'9 Guest: Sarah Silverman E Crew: T'pol Guest: I like Trip's MACO girlfriend, I LOVE Orion Slave girl First of 3.

  • My initial run on Enterprise didn't last the first season. It pissed me off on so many Trek related levels that I just wanted to throw heavy objects at my TV. <p> Cut to last year and I did my absolute best to watch it exactly the way you described. Like I said, it had decent production values. It had a couple of really good actors doing some good character work. It had a few well-written, tightly paced episodes. But as a whole the series still failed for me on multiple levels. The ongoing story threads were half-assed to begin with and poorly executed in the end. The use of the anorexic Vulcan week in and week out drove me nuts. The rest of the cast could barely act. Bakula, while I actually liked him in that part, would have been drummed out of service or started about 20 interstellar wars if the were trying to be at all genuine with their storytelling. Anyway... I'm not keeping it short here. Was it watchable as sci-fi? Yeah, I can see how some people could like it. Was it great? No, not in my opinion. Did it do justice to its Trek legacy? Not by a long shot.

  • Nov. 16, 2011, 6:11 p.m. CST

    Ah, mr_x_ reminded me of Phlox

    by Jaka

    Yeah, I liked what Billingsley was doing, too. But he was really just Neelix 2.0 And UGH! T'pol. Awful character. People are so blinded by a half naked skinny chick with a fake rack.

  • Nov. 16, 2011, 6:13 p.m. CST

    Re Star Trek women...

    by Jaka

    The producers of Star Trek, ALL the shows, have never really gone out of their way to hire ugly women. Ya know?

  • Nov. 16, 2011, 10:12 p.m. CST

    DS9 The Visitor

    by Refuge5

    is right there with Inner light to me... just great television! (dammit - I'm going to have to buy the bluray)......