Wednesday, October 19, 2016

The Final Frontier

I've been watching Star Trek the original series on Netflix in honor of the show's 50th anniversary. But the episodes on Netflix aren't entirely original. Somebody replaced all the cheesy 1960s special effects with modern state-of-the-art CGI effects. And they've been having way too much fun. They've put rings around planets, showed a small asteroid hit a disabled starship and break apart, and other changes. The most blatant were probably in the episode "The Galileo Seven" which, for old Star Trek, was heavy on the special effects.

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.

No comments:

Post a Comment