Our inside man has sent us more images of this weekend’s remastered episode of Star Trek – “The Doomsday Machine”. “The remastered version of the fan-favorite Star Trek episode, “The Doomsday Machine” premieres in syndication nationwide during the weekend of February 10, 2007. The remastered “The Doomsday Machine” features over 100 all-new digital visual effects shots, the most of any episode of the original Star Trek series. William Windom guest stars as Commodore Matt Decker, commander of the wrecked Starship Constellation. Decker tried desperately to save his crew from the doomsday machine, only to be forced to watch in horror as they were all killed by the alien robot.” Offhand, I can’t think of another episode that could be cooler – and the images we’ve got bear that out. I can’t wait for this one. Read More for more info and the images, and check your local listings for air times.
“The centerpiece of the new visual effects for “The Doomsday Machine” is a digital rendering of the alien “planet killer,” a miles-long robot spaceship that destroys worlds, then eats the rubble for fuel. CBS Digital created the new version of the massive weapon, based closely on the original, but gave it a battered, more realistic appearance. Another highlight of the episode is the Constellation, a sister ship to the U.S.S. Enterprise. When discovered by Captain James Kirk (William Shatner), the Constellation is a shattered hulk, nearly destroyed by the doomsday machine. The hull of the digitally-damaged Constellation has been torn open, revealing details of a mangled and charred interior, underscoring the awesome power of the planet killer.
“The Doomsday Machine” is regarded by many fans as a classic of television science fiction, and was penned by noted s-f writer Norman Spinrad. The episode was honored with a Hugo Award nomination in the “Best Dramatic Presentation” category by the 1968 World Science Fiction Convention. (Ironically, “The Doomsday Machine” lost to another Star Trek classic, “The City on the Edge of Forever.”)
The highly-anticipated remastered version of “The Doomsday Machine” premieres nationwide during the weekend of February 10, 2007, starring William Shatner as Captain James T. Kirk and Leonard Nimoy as Mr. Spock, with DeForest Kelley as Dr. McCoy. The original episode was first aired in October, 1967 and was written by Norman Spinrad and directed by Marc Daniels. Star Trek was created by Gene Roddenberry. Star Trek remastered is distributed in nationwide syndication by CBS Paramount Television.”
Constellation: The battered hulk of the Starship Constellation reveals the terrible power of an ancient alien weapon in “The Doomsday Machine,” the remastered Star Trek episode premiering in syndication this weekend.
Enterprise escape: The Starship Enterprise narrowly escapes destruction by the mysterious planet killer in “The Doomsday Machine,” the remastered Star Trek episode premiering in syndication this weekend.
Shuttle launch: Starfleet officer Matt Decker steals a shuttlecraft in a desperate bid to destroy the alien planet killer in “The Doomsday Machine,” the remastered Star Trek episode premiering in syndication this weekend.
Tractor beam: The Starship Enterprise takes her sister ship in tow after the Constellation was nearly destroyed by the ancient planet killer in “The Doomsday Machine,” the remastered Star Trek episode premiering in syndication this weekend.