Wednesday, October 19, 2016
The Final Frontier
And I can't decide how I feel about it.
I hate when they colorize films. To me that destroys the director's original vision. But with Star Trek, in the 1960s they were limited by technology and money and probably time. I admit, I remember the special affects looking pretty bad (every planet looked the same, except a different color, for instance). But every now and again I find myself trying to remember how they did a certain special effect originally. I wish they'd give you a choice, old effects or new ones.
At least the people who did the CGI are reasonably faithful to the original effects. For instance, in the Doomsday Machine, the machine is still a lumpy conical tube (it was originally a windsock dipped in concrete) but it looks black and menacing and not quite so, well, cheesy.
So, I'm conflicted. I like the new special effects, except I wish I could see the old ones.