How would you rate this TOS episode?
How would you rate the CGI in this Episode?
What was your favorite effect in this episode?
As good as the still shots were (that had been released over the past week), everything looks so much better in motion. From the asteroids, to the damaged Constellation, to the ships flying around in space, all the way to the Doomsday Machine itself.
Effects get an "A" from me. These were some of the best space shots I've seen so far. Right up there with the Galactic Barrier and the Fesarius. I hope to see more episodes with this level of detail. The story was good too and the new FX helped to bring it more to life, so I'll give that an "A", as well.
Oh, and my favorite effect of the episode was the damaged Constellation among all of the asteroids. Nice.
I think you're right on here. The obvious time and effort that went into the remastering of this episode is amazing to me. I voted "A" on both counts, although I do have to suggest that perhaps they could have made the shuttlecraft just a little bit
smaller (?) as it is seen lifting off the pad inside the hangar deck -- it appears to be, somehow, larger inside
the 1701 than outside, at least as it is shown approaching the opening doors. Something about that
just didn't sit right with me..........again: "?"
The pieces of destroyed planet slowly striking the primary hull of the NCC-1017 Constellation, then breaking up as they bounced off the un-sheilded skin of the wrecked hull, was a nice touch. And, when the nearby star's light revealed shadows TURNING on the hull of the Enterprise as Sulu veered away---with the planet-killer just below/behind them....... that was a cool effect, too. Besides that, the tumbling of the broken up planet fragments inside that star system was interesting.
I also think they paid some sort of homage to the way the original story's Constellation model SHOOK (badly) when filmed approaching the maw of the planet-killer near the climax: this time, it appeared as though the ship was simply "limping" slightly sideways (back and forth), but appropriately slower than simply A 1968 SCALE MODEL SHAKING ON A SOUNDSTAGE, as Kirk attempted to steer it into the thing from the limited controls in the auxiliary control room [battle bridge?]. Hmmmm............... Apparently that device did a lot more damage to the Constellation's engines than we originally thought, and even Scotty's temporary fix couldn't correct everything. That actually seems a realistic notion, to my mind.
I taped the episode, and now as I play back that sequence, that is the ONLY thing that I might (---MIGHT---) have a problem with. Otherwise, only the local/regional cutting of the story to fit into the 40-minute time allowed for 2007 commercial spots........... But then, we've already been informed that ALL of TOS episodes are being remasterd IN FULL (all 51 minutes/each episode), and they will [eventually] be released on DVD for us to enjoy them IN FULL. Now, I did notice that they kept the DESILU logo at the end of the closing musical theme, followed by a silent [no musical background theme under it] "CBS/PARAMOUNT" logo. That was interesting---and fun!
THE DOOMSDAY MACHINE is pure, classic Star Trek. No ifs, ands or buts. Yes: A+ on all counts, for this remastered show.
Edited by Rhett Coates, 12 February 2007 - 02:38 AM.
~~~ Regarding the woman EVE, in TOS
episode "Mudd's Women" ~~~
KIRK: "There's only one kind of woman--"
HARRY MUDD: "--or man, for that matter--"
KIRK: "--You either believe in yourself, or you don't."
(Truer Star Trek
words were never spoken.)"Good words. That's where ideas begin."
--David Marcus, in ST2:TWOK)
A quote spoken by Tom Hanks, portraying the Train conductor, near the end of the film The Polar Express,
describes the secret to a fulfilled life in a nutshell: "One thing about trains: it doesn't really matter where they're going; what matters is deciding to get on."
(Now, if more people lived by that adage, Gene Roddenberry's vision might come about a lot faster! -- RC)