The City on the Edge of Forever

Behold the Planet on the Edge of Forever.

Behold the Planet on the Edge of Forever.

 

05)  “The City on the Edge of Forever”  Original Airdate: (04/06/67)  Remaster Airdate: (10/07/06)

 

Evaluation:

Regarded by legions of fans as the finest dramatic hour of TOS, “City” has a lot of plot, but very few visual effects and, as such, leaves us with little to evaluate here.  The grade at the bottom shouldn’t be taken as a disparagement of this episode—the story is an A+ no matter what and the fact that it isn’t reliant upon special effects to tell its tragic tale of an anachronistic love affair is an enduring testament to Harlan Ellison’s powerfully poignant work of superlative science fiction.  With a dearth of visual effects in the original show, the RM team had a scant list of replacement shots to consider.  Two shots of the Enterprise orbiting the planet and a handful of vantages of the planet itself (on the viewscreen as well as rotating in space) comprise the bulk of the updated shots for the episode.  The only other notable revision is the scene where Kirk looks up into space and the camera tilts from the surface into the night sky.  The transition in the original show revealed patches of star-flecked set wall through an airbrushed mountain range, but now the mountains are solid and a thin band of blue twilight serves as a gradient between horizon and space.  Though it would’ve been nice to see the Guardian’s pulsing lights updated with modern lighting effects, the shots still work well enough for those who can suspend their disbelief.  Even without enhanced visual effects or high definition formatting, this is one episode that will live in our hearts and minds forever.

 

Money Shot: The reworked shot where Kirk looks up into space and the camera follows his gaze and the CG planet.

 

Wish List: Updated lighting effects on the Guardian.

 

Remaster Grade:  B+

 

Screencaps:

 

Original                                                                             Remastered

01Oldcityontheedge_000                   01Newthecityontheedgeofforeverhd001

02Oldcityontheedge_048                   02Newthecityontheedgeofforeverhd093

03Oldcityontheedge_187                   03Newthecityontheedgeofforeverhd247

04Oldcityontheedge_483                   04Newthecityontheedgeofforeverhd591

05Oldcityontheedge_582                   05Newthecityontheedgeofforeverhd721

 

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I, Mudd

Purists Can Argue Its Appropriateness, But This Is One Gorgeous Shot!

Purists Can Debate Its Appropriateness, But This Is One Gorgeous Shot!

 

06)  “I, Mudd”  Original Airdate: (11/03/67)  Remaster Airdate: (10/14/06)

 

Evaluation:

As a character driven, largely landlocked episode, there were very few visual elements that needed to be enhanced for “Mudd.”  The biggest eyesore in the original episode was Norman’s robotic innards, which were comprised of circuits, transistors, a spaghetti-tangle of wires and multicolored blinking lights (because that just screamed hi-tech in the 60s).  Norman’s exposed abdomen now appears as a Borg-like apparatus with two spinning, circular data ports set into a metallic plate.  The close-up shot, where Norman replaces his stomach cover is remarkably fluid and, curiously, appears even more seamless than Data’s access panels in TNG.  One of the monitors above Spock’s station looks like a Horta with a red circle branded into it…it’s an ugly visual that, unfortunately, was ignored by the RM team.  Mudd’s planet is now a canary yellow, which is quite a departure from the original drab orange-brown.  Other than a nifty course correction scene and a few other external shots of the Enterprise in space and in orbit, there’s little else to comment on here…except for the breathtaking final shot of the ship breaking orbit, which now features a yellow ring system that wraps around the far side of the amber planet.  The continuous 180 degree shot begins with the Enterprise sailing straight toward the camera, tracks the ship as it makes a starboard pass around Mudd’s planet and holds steady on the rear aspect of the ship as it heads out into deep space.  It’s the perfect exclamation point to a highly entertaining Trek adventure.

 

Money Shot:  The final “breaking orbit” panning shot with yellow rings encircling the planet.

 

Wish List:  CG androids milling about in the background of various rooms and hallways on the planet to create the impression of an android population.

 

Remaster Grade:  A

 

Screencaps:

 

Original                                                                             Remastered

01Oldimuddhd0065                   01Newimuddhd0068

02OldTOS_2x12_IMudd0054-Trekpulse                 02Newimuddhd0156

03OldTOS_2x12_IMudd0055-Trekpulse                 03Newimuddhd0158

04Oldimuddhd0267                   04Newimuddhd0270

05Oldimuddhd1388                   05Newimuddhd1397