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Ever since Henchgirl started getting me into Star Trek: The Original Series, we've been waiting for Netflix to put it on Instant, which they finally did just in time for the comings months of sleep-deprived babydom! But in a Hefnerian twist, it's only the remastered version with new CGI bits added in.

Is there anybody else out there that finds this to be like a more distractingly annoying version than George Lucas' "remastered" Star Wars editions? Because apparently, no one else seems to HATE this the way Henchgirl and I do. I just don't get why anyone saw the need to do this. The new effects won't make any of the other crappy effects look not-crappy. You can make the Enterprise all slick and panaroamic as you like, but that's still papier-mâché on the walls in the next scene.

Besides, from what I can tell based on the episodes of TOS I've seen so far, the effects aren't the point. It's the writing. It's the characters. It's the ideas. If you tried sprucing up The Twilight Zone with CGI, you'd be missing the point the same way. You're not going to make the Gremlin (On. The. WingofthePLANE.) look any less silly, and the silliness never kept the episode from being considered an all-time classic in the first place, so why bother? Who are you trying to impress? What are you trying to improve? It's the exact same thing with the remastered TOS.

As time has gone by, TOS honestly looks strangely not-dated, as if taking place in its very own special point in the past, with only the occasional female character's hairstyle giving the 60's-ness away. The CGI, on the other hand, screams 2007, and thus instantly dates this version of an increasingly timeless show.

Saddest part of all? We watched some of Star Trek: The Next Generation and found that the 20+ year old effects actually hold up WAY better than the CGI remastered TOS episodes, if only because the effects are consistent within the aesthetic of the show.

... And to think, I started writing this post with the intent to do a major Triple/Quadruple Feature essay on the TOS episode "The Doomsday Machine," compared to TNG's "Chain of Command, Pt. 1," (comparing Decker to Jellico and the sometimes-forgotten militaristic themes in ST), followed by a second essay which would compare "Chain of Command, Pt. 2" and the Babylon 5 episode, "Intersections in Real Time" (two of Sci-Fi's all-time great examinations at interrogation and torture).

That's what I meant to write, but yeah, didn't happen. How can I explain why in a way that's thematic appropriate to this post?





Ahhh yeah, that's the stuff.

Date: 2011-07-09 11:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] captaintwinings.livejournal.com
Critical thinnking ftw! Also hooray for handsome babies and your icon.

Date: 2011-07-10 12:04 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lalalatentacles.livejournal.com
THEY REMASTERED IT???

FIE ON THEM. FIE, I SAY. WHERE IS MY IRON MAIDEN, THAT I MIGHT PIERCE THEIR ORGANS AND HEAR THEM DIE SLOWLY OF BLOOD LOSS AND PAIN.

ALSO. FENTON HARCOURT MUDD.

Date: 2011-07-10 12:08 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ievil-spock-47i.livejournal.com
I didn't mind the new special effects, tho the Enterprise looked drab. I was impressed with the cleaning of the negatives; the color pallet of the wardrobe and sets is so 60s.

see http://ievil-spock-47i.livejournal.com/694067.html

Date: 2011-07-10 12:13 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] thehefner.livejournal.com
I have no complaints about remastering the stuff that was already there (and yeah, it definitely looks sharp), but adding the new stuff just seems so very wrong and distracting. It takes me right out of it every time because I know that these effects were distinctly not around then.

Similarly, I think the remastered Star Wars are probably the single most gorgeously restored DVDs I have ever seen. That doesn't make me like the fucking beak on the Sarlaac pit any fucking more, y'know?

Date: 2011-07-10 12:43 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ievil-spock-47i.livejournal.com
Oh, you'll get no argument from me on that.

Date: 2011-07-10 07:04 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jackolantern.livejournal.com
You've hit the nail on the head. The fact that they could have the eighteen-year-old intern come up with a better looking semi-destroyed Constellation than they could afford to do back in the sixties (IIRC, what ended up on the screen back then was the product of an off-the-shelf Enterprise model kit and a cigarette lighter) doesn't mean that they should.

Date: 2011-07-10 07:11 am (UTC)

Date: 2011-07-10 02:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] petrona.livejournal.com
Perfect photo. He is a handsome boy.

Date: 2011-07-10 10:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] thirdbase.livejournal.com
If my best friend's little boy didn't also look about 6 months old the week after he was born, I would totally accuse Henchgirl of actually having had him 5 months ago and then stuffed a pillow up her shirt to throw people off and get you to keep bringing her ice cream.

Come to think of it, she's brilliant and eventually I am going to try that.

Date: 2011-07-11 02:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] candidgamera.livejournal.com
I adore the remastered TOS episodes. It's nice to actually get to see some of the ships they fight on the screen that didn't even appear before.

Date: 2011-07-12 06:44 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] thehefner.livejournal.com
I don't really see why that's anything other than window dressing. I mean, you don't need to see other subs in submarine movies.

Date: 2011-07-12 11:08 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] candidgamera.livejournal.com
Need? No. But it's something I enjoy.

Date: 2011-07-12 03:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] thehefner.livejournal.com
That's fine. I don't, but I think there should be options open for both of our preferences. Thus why I'm annoying Netflix.

Date: 2011-07-12 03:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] candidgamera.livejournal.com
Of course, I bought the things on Blu-Ray when they went on super-sale, and the Blu-Rays have the option of watching it either way.

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