Tuesday, September 05, 2006

What's that I hear...

...why it's the sound of a million fan boys crying in outrage...

So have you heard about this one? Apparently CBS & Paramount are putting the original Star Trek back into syndication remastered in high-def featuring updated visual and audio effects. These new versions will begin airing on September 16th on over 200 stations.

What's been changed? The press release lists the following CGI alterations:

Space ship exteriors -- The space ship Enterprise, as well as other Starships, will be replaced with state of the art CGI-created ships. The new computer-generated Enterprise is based on the exact measurements of the original model, which now rests in the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.

Show opening -- The Enterprise and planets seen in the main title sequence will be redone, giving them depth and dimension for the first time.

Galaxy shots -- All the graphics of the galaxy, so frequently seen through the window on the Enterprise's bridge, will be redone.

Exteriors -- The battle scenes, planets and ships from other cultures (notably the Romulan Bird of Prey and Klingon Battle Cruisers) will be updated.

Background scenes -- Some of the iconic, yet flat, matte paintings used as backdrops for the strange, new worlds explored by the Enterprise crew will get a CGI face-lift, adding atmosphere and lighting.

Not to mention the original Alexander Courage theme has been re-recorded with new vocals and the famous William Shatner "Space the final frontier" monologue remasterd.

What is the deal here, didn't Paramount learn from the outraged Star Wars fans that messing with a classic is always rejected by the fans? Or is it even more incideous than that? Did they just cook this whole thing up because having released every Star Trek show on DVD and afraid of falling revenues they wanted something else for fans to buy? God forbid Paramount isn't raping the fans for money every chance they get. Sometimes it's hard to be a fanboy.


Anonymous said...

While I am not a Star Trek fan, I can see how fans could get royally pissed by this move.

Anonymous said...

I love how my long and drawn out comments...........don't show up here! And it was a good one. Watch, this one will show however... =/

Becca said...

Sorry you are having problems with comments! This is a great story to put your five cents in on.