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The Comic-Con STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION Season One Blu-ray Trailer Is Now Online!! + TNG Blu Season 2 Trailer, And A Comparison Image!!

Published at: July 19, 2012, 11:10 a.m. CST by merrick

 

Here's a look at the STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION Season One Blu-ray trailer which screened at Comic-Con over the weekend.  

I wish an Internet video format existed which fully and adequately conveyed the powerful image offered on these S1 Blu-rays.  This is NOT just an upscaled version of the seasonal DVD sets which have been in circulation for some time.  This is something entirely different...and no online video has come close to capturing the crispness and vibrancy of image brought about by the TNG restoration team's painstaking efforts.  

No matter what your feelings towards TNG, I'd be shocked if you weren't moved by the quality of presentation alone.  My late teen son...who hasn't seen a single moment of TNG beyond the movies...walked through the room while I was watching the S1 Blus the other night, stopped in his tracks, and said "Holy shit that looks good."  So, evidently, one doesn't have to love TNG to appreciate the sheer magnitude of this accomplishment.   

With this in mind, here's a comparison image to give you a sense of how much picture quality has been affected by the restoration.  Note, of course, that the picture on the right...the Blu-ray image...is a clumsy screen grab and is not even being presented in full HD herein.  This is from 11001001.  One of the better Season One episodes in my opinion, one of the better episodes of TNG on the whole, and Carolyn McCormick's Minuet is one of the sultriest and hottest (perhaps THE sultriest and hottest?) TREK Babes ever.  Good God...

  

(l -DVD, r -restored Blu-ray) 

 

Along these same lines, here's the Comic-Con clip...which I encourage you to consider only as an appetite whetter than fully indicative of what's in store for you.  

 

Also, here's a trailer for the Season Two Blu-rays via TrekCore - thanks to @Aatrek for calling it to our attention.  This trailer appears on the Season One Blu-ray and gives us our first look at the Q Who  - which introduced the Borg (in true HD on the actual S1 Blu-ray).  It looks dazzling.  

This episode has always struck me as rather well produced to begin with, so I'm not altogether certain why I'd be surprised that it's HD appearance is so...agreeably cinematic. All hail Rob Bowman!  


Word on the streets is that an extended version of the legendary The Measure of a Man episode will be included on the Season 2 Blus -  I'm comfortable this will indeed be the case, and am eager to see what material will be restored.  

The second season of STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION looks to be arriving on Blu-ray later this year, if I understand correctly - Season One streets next week and is up for pre-order HERE.  

More TNG Blu goodness within the next few days...

 

 

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  • July 19, 2012, 11:18 a.m. CST

    First!

    by SpencerBarnes

    And there he sits! Pinnocchio is broken. His stings cut.

  • July 19, 2012, 11:18 a.m. CST

    drat!

    by SpencerBarnes

    strings!

  • July 19, 2012, 11:30 a.m. CST

    As badly as I want this, I think I'll wait for the box set

    by Lily

  • July 19, 2012, 11:43 a.m. CST

    Well, I'll be darned. I guess you CAN polish a turd.

    by Raptor Jesus

    Some good episodes, and I love the Enterprise 'D', but a horrendously flawed series. Why can't someone do this right? No ship's counselor, no children, better actors? No bald French Captain with an English accent?

  • Endless hours of talking heads, Halloween Express makeup, low-rent sets and cheesy video effects in perfect resolution. All for only $80 a season.

  • July 19, 2012, 11:58 a.m. CST

    Never liked this series

    by Big_Daddy_Nero

    It always just came across to me as 'Pansies In Space' Like someone above said, why the HELL did they feel the need to have some kind of a counselor there to talk about their FEELINGS? Why did they think they needed a CHILD in a high-level position on a military vessel? And the acting was... ugh. Not all bad of course, not as bad as I make it out to be, but it captured NONE of the spirit of the original. Call me crazy, but I liked Voyager a lot more - the characters, the design, heck the whole premise was just much better. Much more of an adventure rather than just a bunch of 'Wimps on Patrol'.

  • July 19, 2012, 11:58 a.m. CST

    That Comic-Con trailer...

    by landosystem

    Isn't in HD so it looks shite, should be pulled soon for the good of everyone.

  • July 19, 2012, 12:03 p.m. CST

    Took me a second to realize that was Michael Dorn

    by Bass Ackwards

    Tall good looking guy, I'm surprised I haven't sen the guy in more stuff outside Trek.

  • July 19, 2012, 12:05 p.m. CST

    The 4K future....

    by Two

    I really hope as people as doing these remasters they are actually doing it at 4K and scaling down to a 1080p Bluray release... Otherwise they'll just need to repeat all this painstaking work in another 2-3 years when we step up to the "next" technology... 4K home projection... it's a comin'...

  • July 19, 2012, 12:26 p.m. CST

    It was ok at the time, looking at it now it`s just so dull and clunky.

    by higgledyhiggles

    Rewatched the Voyager `Caretaker` first eipsode. Jeez that`s just bad on all levels.

  • Really, you "wimps in space" people show a disappointing lack of either respect or understanding (not sure which) for the basis of Roddenberry's vision, which is captured best of all in TNG. Which is fine, but do yourselves a favor and say what you liked about, say, Voyager rather than pretending there's something lacking in TNG. There isn't. It's a thoughtful, smart show that was more interested in being thoughtful and smart than in catering to the action joneses of the rabble. Whining about the presence of children and discussion of feelings says a lot more about you than about the show. Really - it's a weird and immature thing to be intolerant of. Not that popularity proves everything, but it was far and away the highest-rated and most-awarded Trek show. So there just may have been something to the TNG formula.

  • July 19, 2012, 12:31 p.m. CST

    What will happen when 5K comes?

    by freejack_1971

    I laugh when the theater has to display some animation before the film starts stating that you are watching this in 4K. Like 99.9% of the audience actually knows what the hell that means...

  • The Blu image is sharper, but harder to make out due to the darker, more saturated blue of the planet, which murks everything up. The original quite properly saved the darkest & most saturated colors for the foreground, which reinforced the sense of distance from the hazier planet surface below. My hope with these restoration projects that re-do the effects is that they'll respect the artistic intent of the original effects artists. I'm sure the original artists would have loved a sharper image, but it's not as though dark blue wasn't available to them. The original image works better from a color and lighting standpoint.

  • July 19, 2012, 12:36 p.m. CST

    Uh, two, I think 4K for home use is

    by jawaburger

    probably closer to 10 years away than to 2 or three years away.

  • July 19, 2012, 12:39 p.m. CST

    Coming soon...to a Piratebay near you!

    by obijuanmartinez

  • July 19, 2012, 12:44 p.m. CST

    RAPTOR_JESUS

    by Rob

    GO FUCK YOURSELF. I T WAS A FANTASTIC SERIES. ESPECIALLY FROM SEASON 3 ON. IT FOUND ITS VOICE AND BEST OF BOTH WORLDS PTS. i AND ii ARE BETTER THAN ANYTHING ANY OTHER TREK SERIES CAN PUT UP.

  • July 19, 2012, 12:44 p.m. CST

    RAPTOR_JESUS

    by Rob

    GO FUCK YOURSELF. I T WAS A FANTASTIC SERIES. ESPECIALLY FROM SEASON 3 ON. IT FOUND ITS VOICE AND BEST OF BOTH WORLDS PTS. i AND ii ARE BETTER THAN ANYTHING ANY OTHER TREK SERIES CAN PUT UP.

  • July 19, 2012, 12:50 p.m. CST

    Yes the sets and effects look dated

    by eric haislar

    But whoever watched Star Trek for the effects. It was always the characters and stories that made me want to watch. TNG still is some amazing tv.

  • July 19, 2012, 12:51 p.m. CST

    Yes the sets and effects look dated

    by eric haislar

    But whoever watched Star Trek for the effects. It was always the characters and stories that made me want to watch. TNG still is some amazing tv.

  • July 19, 2012, 1:22 p.m. CST

    When you say Voyager > TNG, you sound like an idiot.

    by BackwardGalaxy

    Seriously, there are people like this? And they're allowed to drive and get jobs?

  • A guy called Psycho Dave wrote some salient rants on this topic in the late 90s that remains timely in discussing the various Trek iterations: http://www.weirdcrap.com/scholarly/trek.htm

  • July 19, 2012, 2:44 p.m. CST

    Never before have I seen such negativity about TNG!!!

    by photoboy

    What's wrong with you lot? ;) Anyway, I'm looking forward to these sets even if no-one else is! I watched the cast re-union preview in the second video and it's quite sad to see Marina and Gates have been at the botox. I know getting old in Hollywood is hard, but the trout pout is so obvious that they really shouldn't bother.

  • July 19, 2012, 3:25 p.m. CST

    two

    by MONKEY BUTT

    My thoughts exactly. There's already much discussion of 4K TV in the tech community. It's inevitable and not far way. Pretty much every digital master these days is done at least 4K. To do any masters today at only 1080P is rather short sighted.

  • July 19, 2012, 3:47 p.m. CST

    Currently burning through the Voyager seasons

    by Chris

    on Netflix, and in all honesty, it's not as bad as I had always imagined. Sure Janeway can be a bit grating but Tuvok and the rest of the crew certainly make up for her short comings and the fact that Voyager has some of the best Borg episodes only makes me happier. In the end, the good far outweighs the bad. Next Generation will always be my favorite though, childhood nostalgia can be a bitch

  • There's nothing wrong a with a tight knit crew

  • July 19, 2012, 3:56 p.m. CST

    wow Troi and Crusher still look hot

    by sunwukong86

    Troi was my first pre-pubescent crush

  • July 19, 2012, 4:13 p.m. CST

    Whoa, wait a minute... DS9 deserves the blu-ray!

    by Norman Colson

    Fuck all that other shit. i love tng, but damn sisko was a badass captain! Janeway was aight, but sisko would pimp slap that bitch. he's the only captain i know besides kirk who likes to fistfight with the badguys. and the only captain i now who punched the shit outta Q! ds9>tng>voyager>enterprise...

  • July 19, 2012, 4:20 p.m. CST

    Troi and crusher...

    by Norman Colson

    Yeah those two was very fuckable. I always wanted troi. didnt know why picard always so hesitant to step over that line with beverly. clearly they had a thing for each other... Riker was getting plently of ass.

  • July 19, 2012, 4:45 p.m. CST

    I know time doesn't stop, but...

    by Flutchy

    ...boy do they look shockingly old, except for Stewart and Wheaton. Anyway, best series of all times. Ever.

  • July 19, 2012, 4:46 p.m. CST

    I know time doesn't stop, but...

    by Flutchy

    ...boy do they look shockingly old, except for Stewart and Wheaton. Anyway, best series of all times. Ever.

  • July 19, 2012, 5:42 p.m. CST

    the SD image looking worse than it should

    by Bouncy X

    i agree that it never looked THAT bad. i'm wondering if that shot is taken from a wideshot of the show where the ship was tiny on the screen so they blew it up hence why it looks so bad. if thats the case, then the HD comparison is even more impressive if a blown up image can look so good. of course if it isnt, i wouldnt put it past them to have simply made it look worse on purpose to push how awesome the blus are. its like those videos about the Raiders and Jaws restorations, it shows the original negative in TERRIBLE shape but of course we never saw the negative and the theatrical, DVD and tv airings never looked close to being that bad.

  • July 19, 2012, 6:22 p.m. CST

    My late teen son...

    by MrD

    Anyone else at first think that Merrick's son had died, and was a little shocked that he then walked through the room?

  • July 19, 2012, 6:45 p.m. CST

    Voyager killed Trek

    by FrodoFraggins

  • July 19, 2012, 7:12 p.m. CST

    Re : bouncy x No It Always Looked That Bad

    by Real Deal

    I have a really nice home theater set up and the DVD version of TNG looks soft and fuzzy. I recently bought the try it out set on Bluray and it blew those out of the water. Everything is sharp and the colors pop out at you! I was thinking there wouldn't be a big difference but if you have a nice HD set and love TNG you'll love these!

  • July 19, 2012, 8:06 p.m. CST

    Was the picture always that bad?

    by mraig

    Normally I agree that they overdo the "before" pictures to hype the remastering. But old TNG probably looks shittier than you remember. <P> They shot it on film (which is why they can redo it in HD) but immediately transferred it to lo-res videotape to edit, and the original film was put in a vault and has basically never been touched till now. Every version you've ever seen has a videotape from the eighties as the starting point. <P> This being Star Trek, there are plenty of screenshots online. Here's a website that has extensive DVD screenshots of every episode (done long before any of this remastering business), so you can judge the original for yourself: <P> http://tng.trekcore.com/gallery/index.php?cat=2 <P> For comparison, here's their screenshots of some of the remastered episodes: <P> http://tng.trekcore.com/hd/index.php?cat=2 <P> This particular remaster might be the greatest jump in image quality from previously available versions. I'm pretty excited.

  • July 19, 2012, 8:18 p.m. CST

    re: mrd

    by mcgillj

    Ashamed to admit it.. but i re-read that several times until it struck me he was referring to his age not that he was dead... although the word late is just an odd descriptor to use. And for all the Wheaton bashing. He himself admits it was a mistake and the height of ego to leave the show. But even so I think it was for the best he exited when he did.. aside from the space injuns episode I enjoyed his guest shot episodes. And I enjoy his bits now on Leverage, The Guild and Big Bang Theory. Have my season 1 set on order. It's a bit expensive but Trek has never really had any decent price drops.. unlike say ANY other show.

  • July 19, 2012, 8:23 p.m. CST

    Poor Jonathan Frakes

    by Geekgasm

    Anybody still making fun of Shatner and his toups - would you really rather he look like Frakes???

  • July 19, 2012, 9:06 p.m. CST

    Roddenberry didn't die until season 5, BUT...

    by Cartagia

    the show did get better once he stepped back (which was post Season 2). I'm re-watching all of Trek on Netflix right now, and I just finished Season 4. When TNG is firing on all cylinders, it is simply one of the best things, ever.

  • July 20, 2012, 12:45 a.m. CST

    S1 DOES have long streches off being utterly naff...

    by Lacobus

    But there's some amazing TV in the series as a whole. And the sci fi geek in me will probably love the new visuals. I know they're Trek people but get the Okuda's to do B5 next!

  • July 20, 2012, 12:58 a.m. CST

    Future Trek blu releases

    by E

    I wonder how future seasons will transfer, given the CGI that starts to appear more regularly throughout the series. In fact, I wonder about future releases of DS9 and Voyager for the same reasons. Would those shows be re-rendered in the same way? How does that work re-compositing CGI? I also wonder about the likelihood of those shows being presented in 16:9. While TNG was shot in the 4:3 form factor, I believe those shows were actively cropped. I guess we have the next decade to wait it out.

  • Nobody would have greenlit TNG under normal circumstances. There was a writers strike in 1987, so the studios tried reviving old shows - including Star Trek and Mission Impossible - and reproduce old scripts with new actors. If it wasn't for that writers strike, Star Trek might have died with Star Trek V.

  • July 20, 2012, 3:03 a.m. CST

    fuck that looks good

    by rakesh patel

    i have to wait for the boxset though, its just ridiculous to buy them individually for now. It looks amazing. A pity that the set look a bit dated with all that clarity, but as everyone else has said it was the acting and story more then anything else. They all still look good, Dorn is one handsome man. Wheaton is looking more like the son of riker more then anything else, nice to see him on a level with the rest of the crew. And to those hating on TNG. what are you fucking idiots? i mean c'mon really? 25 years. damm.

  • July 20, 2012, 9:59 a.m. CST

    Those that bitch about Trek's "questionable" science

    by Dan

    Need to shut their gobs and get laid.... the best trek has NEVER been about the science, it's always something deeper, broader; human, relatable, more important than the techo-no babble. You are'nt smart when you point that out, just missing the entire point. Unless your a Sheldon-sized Douche, enjoy it for what it is and not for what it never was... Worf looked so dumb with short hair... Will be nabbing these....looking good.

  • July 20, 2012, 10 a.m. CST

    Not buying at $80 a season - No way, no how

    by gruntybear

    Drop the price in half and Paramount would sell these like hot cakes. But, no, of course, because it's Star Trek, the audience will once again get hosed on the price.

  • and its looks terrible. I'm glad they kept the negatives to TNG, it finally looks almost as pristine as the original series.

  • July 20, 2012, 10:05 a.m. CST

    Deep Space 9 is vastly superior in every way...

    by Dan

    Love that show...

  • July 20, 2012, 11:38 a.m. CST

    @godfadda42

    by Chad

    There was no writer's strike in '87. It was in '88, and impacted Season 2, NOT Season 1. "Star Trek: The Next Generation" was announced in '86, and premiered in the Fall of 1987. The motivation to create a new Trek show was due in part to the popularity of Star Trek IV, and part due to the fact that they had been "developing" a new Trek for years and thought that the wake of Star Trek IV was a good time to do it. Next Gen. was not created because of the writer's strike that began in March of '88, as the show premiered in September of '87.

  • Sad. <p> Great series that looks even better in all the preview material I've seen for these sets. I'm looking forward to my S1 set arriving in the mail in the very near future.

  • I do think it's better than TNG, particularly the way they killed it with the last three seasons. But taken as a whole the number of really classic episodes are pretty close to equal. <p> And I will say again, Voyager has aged better than any other Star Trek show. It still looks pretty good and most episodes are better now than they were back then. I think we, the Star Trek fans, were just really burned out on over a decade of constant shows at that time. As such, when Voyager wasn't exactly what we wanted we were quick to write it off. When I watch it now I realize that I actually like nearly every character (Chakotay is a douchenozzle, though) and that a majority of those episodes are very well written. I just wish they had brought them home sooner and moved on to something else with that ship/cast (that way they could have gotten rid of douchenozzle Chakotay).

  • July 20, 2012, 12:21 p.m. CST

    Voyager

    by E

    I wish Voyager was being made for today's TV. In post-BSG time. Granted, I hated the end of BSG, but that tone, and a lot of the themes, translate to Voyager so well.

  • July 20, 2012, 1:15 p.m. CST

    I've still not watched a single episode of new BSG

    by Jaka

    But I gather from everything I've read that it was very solid sci-fi and nailed the "tone" it was going for. So I'm sure Voyager would have worked well in the same format. I definitely think Voyager would have worked well if it had been produced and aired later. Like, say, in place of Enterprise.

  • July 20, 2012, 1:35 p.m. CST

    jaka

    by E

    ANYTHING in place of Enterprise would have been an improvement over what we got. Most people are able to hate on TNG-DS9-VOY while still loving aspects of each, but Enterprise is on a whole different level. Just like (almost) every show, I'm sure it had a handful of great episodes, but I find the series itself unwatchable. And now, with JJ Trek, I can't help but feel "progressive" Trek is dead. Somehow, I doubt there will be a jump ahead to a, ahem, next generation. Enterprise set a bad precedent for the franchise by going backwards because it makes it harder to move forward.

  • July 20, 2012, 2:36 p.m. CST

    Voyager WOULD have worked if....

    by Dan

    the original actress, Geniueve Bujold (?) would have stayed on. She's more feminine, yet strong. Mulgrew had an odd voice and was often times phony in her delivery...stridant and self-serving. Also too had the crews been seperate at first, the Marque vs Feds... played it up like a Dirty Dozen in space, trapped in space together FORCED to work together, some great character work might have emerged. The one thing Enterprise did right was to make the Vulcans not so inherently good. Showed some bad apples amoung them. Voyager was too much shiny happy people bullcrap- was mostly syrpy and ball-less.

  • Voyager should have really have been bold and put two females in hte leads of for Janeway and First Officer.

  • July 20, 2012, 2:42 p.m. CST

    jaka - watch BSG

    by Dan

    It gets a little full of itself in the middle of the third season and early 4th, but the good far outweighs the bad and the finale is solid. I often times was annoyed at the show's too-grim-for-television tone, but it was brilliant mosto f the time. The music especially is flawless.

  • July 20, 2012, 3:45 p.m. CST

    @zodlovesmaude: Star Trek science is LAZY...

    by obijuanmartinez

    I would issue the disclaimer I'm a lifelong fan of all iterations of Star Trek (save "Enterprise", the last one, which I barely watched). It's entertaining and fluffy, but hardly a contender for serious science fiction. I disliked "Prometheus" for many of the same reasons I poke fun at Star Trek: LAZY writers who don't at least attempt some level of dexterity with their subject matter. Take the Binars - A group of aliens so dependent on computers that they would die if their homeworld's main computer ever suffered even a temporary power-outage. Even in the 80s, there was enough knowledge of distributed computing, emergency power supplies & data mirroring to ensure at least a passable story. Making an interruption of the Binars' planet central CPU a fatal condition is beyond silly - it reveals an adolescent understanding of technology. You don't have to be a PhD in Computer Science to obtain this information, you just have to be detail-oriented, and interested enough to render the most factually-accurate story. Details matter!

  • July 20, 2012, 4:11 p.m. CST

    On TNG, DS9, and VOY

    by AstroNerdBoy

    First, I laughed when someone complained about the $80 BD price tag for the first season set (which Amazon now has at $60). The base price for this BD set is cheaper than the base price of the DVD set when it came out. *lol* At $60, I pre-ordered ASAP. And yeah, once Mr. Roddenberry stopped being involved, TNG stopped feeling like a retread of the original Star Trek and became something good. Second, I don't know if it is possible, but I'd REALLY love to see DS9 in HD. That one is my favorite of all the Star Trek series. Third, what would have made Voyager a better show for me would have been to have made it so that there was an actual plan to get home rather than sticking to the alien of the week format. I wanted to see Voyager looking rougher and rougher as time went on, thanks to not being able to stop at a star base for repairs. By the end of the series, having Voyager look patched up would have made it feel real. As it is, back in the VHS days, I did purchase the pilot episode, but I never bothered with the DVDs, and I've never felt like rewatching the series.

  • July 20, 2012, 4:31 p.m. CST

    Computer Tech of the 80s and the Binars

    by AstroNerdBoy

    @obijuanmartinez -- As an IT guy, I know what you are saying. However, back in the late 80s, mainframes and midrange systems were still king, not distributed systems. Nearly every bank, insurance company, or other major company had its own data center with either an AS/400 midrange, an IBM mainframe, a Unisys mainframe, a Tandem midrange, a DEC (VMS) midrange, etc., or a combination of the above. I know on the IBM mainframe, there were logical partitions set up, which could be used for data mirroring (one partition crashes, fail over to another), but if the box itself died, then every LPAR on it would die as well. As for UPS, back in the 80s, those weren't as reliable as you might think. My first data center job (which was with the Government) had TWO generators as well as a UPS system to bridge the gap. Sadly, I don't recall a single time where we successfully switched to generator power, either because of a fault in the UPS, or a fault in one of the generators. By the early 90s, these problems had been resolved. BTW, even today, there are some major corporations which would probably die if they actually suffered some sort of catastrophic computer failure, despite UPS, data mirroring, and distributed technology. Most still rely on the old offsite backups to get them back on their feet, and you'd be stunned at how many companies fail their disaster recovery exercises. So for me, the Binars story isn't implausible on those grounds alone. The problem with the Binars story for me wasn't the stuff you had a problem with, but rather the solution to their problem. They created a hot, holodeck babe for Riker to boink, thus keeping him on the ship. That being the case, then why make the method for accessing their offline backup on the Enterprise require TWO people, especially since it was an accident that Picard stayed behind at all? That was the fail of the episode for me from an IT perspective.

  • July 20, 2012, 5:25 p.m. CST

    This video is private

    by paketep

    Fuck YouTube. Two times nothing.

  • July 21, 2012, 9:16 a.m. CST

    @astro: I'm an MEP engineer...

    by obijuanmartinez

    ...and while the teenybopper me who watched the TNG episodes first-run wasn't specifying geographically-diverse electrical services, redundant generator plants & N+1 UPS grids for Tier 3-rated data centers, I think even most of the 'computer nerds' of my day would've had at least a passable alternate to save the Binars than what the script writers fielded... Granted, I've only been in the IT biz since the late-90s, but even back then, the gear, ATS, gens, and UPS were just fine - errors in MEP infrastructure (in my experience) mostly come about due to insufficient burn-in, testing & commissioning, not due to a shortcoming in the equipment. When in doubt, blame the human factor, not the gear. Your critique of the babe-hound Riker is equally valid, though, and I agree! Lazy writing makes me tune out instantly! Like imagining the crew of "Prometheus" being shot into space on a trillion-dollar expedition, the crew (sight-unseen) meeting each other for the first time 2 years from home - no training, no simulations, no team cohesion, etc. Ludicrously inept writing...

  • July 21, 2012, 6:04 p.m. CST

    Season One had some really well-written episodes.

    by Royston Lodge

    The problems with Season One (and Season Two) have nothing to do with the writing. They were trying to emulate the classic, "make-you-think" sci-fi of authors like Clarke, Bradbudy, Asimov, Ellison, etc, and largely they succeeded brilliantly, as far as the writing is concerned. Rather, the problems with season one are purely technical. The costumes were anachronistic (miniskirts?!). The makeup was overdone (so much rouge on Troy and Dr. Crusher! They look like 18th century whores.). Plus they really didn't have the budget for decent alien makeup, decent space battles, or decent planet sets. The faults of the first season can be forgiven if you keep in mind the budgetary limitations they were working under. Season one also works better if you mentally superimpose a mustache on Riker. Riker is really unsettling without a mustache. ;-)

  • July 21, 2012, 6:15 p.m. CST

    Nitpicking about Trek science is half the FUN of being a Trekkie!

    by Royston Lodge

    I agree that those who rag on Trek science MALICIOUSLY are being douchebags, but I'll never get mad when a Trek FAN makes fun of the pseudoscience. (Or the continuity errors, for that matter. "Captain, I sense deception from the Ferengi." lol) Trekkies nitpick out of love. If you haven't read The Nitpicker's Guide to Star Trek, you're missing out on some hilarious stuff. Besides, the writers usually did a good job of acknowledging that they KNOW FULL WELL it's pseudoscience with the winks and the nods, the Heisenberg Compensator being the best example of that. It got out of hand later on, especially on Voyager, when the writers/producers started taking themselves too seriously.

  • July 21, 2012, 6:26 p.m. CST

    obijuanmartinez: I dunno about that.

    by Royston Lodge

    In 1987, most of the computer "nerds" who would have been watching TNG were still using a Commodore 64, Apple IIc, or an IBM AT. If they were REALLY lucky they had an Amiga, a Mac Plus, or a 286. In other words, unless they were computer professionals or college-level computer science students, most computer "nerds" at the time were lucky if they had a rudimentary understanding of BASIC, let alone the intricacies of enterprise-level networking. I also think it's unreasonable to expect too high a level of computer literacy from the first season TNG writers. In 1987, most of 'em were still writing on electric typewriters.

  • Most episodes are so character-driven that the show rarely left the Promenade. As such, it shouldn't be TOO expensive to remaster most of DS9. The other side of that coin, of course, is that when DS9 did do an effects-heavy show it tended to be REALLY effects-heavy. It might be a wee bit more expensive to redo those episodes that include epic space battles involving dozens of ships. I would like to see an improved changeling effect though. I remember thinking Odo's morphing looked primitive even upon the first viewing.

  • July 21, 2012, 6:49 p.m. CST

    jaka: Voyager looked good, it's true. It was the acting that I hated.

    by Royston Lodge

    Except for Tuvok, I didn't like a single character on that show. I dunno if it was the writing or the casting, but every single one of 'em really grated on my nerves. Lots of people disliked Tuvok, but I thought he was the best portrayal of a Vulcan since Sarek. For some reason, it's pretty difficult to do a good Vulcan. Kirsty Alley and Kim Cattrall both came across as too emotional (more Romulan than Vulcan). I always though Tim Russ did a really good job with the heroic stoicism. Every other character sucked ass. Also, the aliens really sucked. Who knew the Delta Quadrant would turn out to be such a boring place? Still, I have to concede that the show usually looked pretty spectacular. The opening title sequence was fabulous, with SO MANY different elements composited together. The episodes where the ship landed on a planet looked pretty awesome. On the other hand, they did fall in the trap of reusing the same flyby shots too many times, and way too many episodes were confined to the ship. On TNG you could get away with that since the Enterprise was suck a large ship, they could invent all sorts of different sets for it. The Voyager was a small, claustrophobic ship, so shipboard episodes got pretty generic pretty fast.

  • July 21, 2012, 6:55 p.m. CST

    spazicus34: I thought the first season of Enterprise was really solid.

    by Royston Lodge

    I thought they did a good job of coming up with neat ideas for playing around with different stories in that setting. Mankind's first baby steps into the galaxy. The shaky relationship between Earth and Vulcan. The limitations of the technology. Etc. It fell apart for me later on when they stopped focusing on the civilizations we know and love (Vulcan, Klingon, Romulan, Etc) and instead threw that retarded Time War bullshit together. When they announced Enterprise, they promised it was going to be an fan-friendly examination of the history and politics that had been talked about for years but never shown on-screen. The first season delivered on that promise, mostly, but then they went back on it. I'm still bitter that we never got to see an epic Earth-Romulan war, and I hated the way they retconned the "Augments".

  • Oh come on. It's not IMPOSSIBLE to put 1080p video online at a decent compression rate. It's simply very bandwidth intensive.

  • Did they reshoot the opening sequence completely, or simply remaster the original version. I think the original version of the opening sequence will look pretty bad in HD. Some of the planets in the TNG opening really look like badly-painted styrofoam balls. In HD, the flaws will be that much more noticeable. If they reshoot the opening sequence completely, on the other hand, they have an opportunity to make the planets look like real planets. TNG S3 Opening: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7tIWYtcwp2I (Ironically, I think the planets in the Season One opening look way better.)

  • July 22, 2012, 8:30 p.m. CST

    TREK has never been about the science....

    by Dan

    I don't give a fuck if they travel through a black hole unhurt... it's never about the science, it's the human element.... read it, know it and live it... and Prometheus had very much a human element- love that flick.

  • July 22, 2012, 8:33 p.m. CST

    What the hell is wrong with Frakes's face?

    by Dan

    Hairless, he is a bug-eyed freak!