Original Star Trek Gets CGI Upgrades for HD Syndicated Return
By TRexx / 03:21, 31 August 2006 / General Star Trek
On the cusp of Star Trek's 40th birthday, the Original Series will stun syndicated networks with shiny new CGI features.
Affirming rampant Internet rumor, TV Guide reports that CBS Studios is giving all 79 episodes of TOS a makeover, digitally remastered with computer-generated effects, utilizing high definition (HD) technology that wasn't available when Gene Roddenberry crafted the timeless stories.
"We're taking great pains to respect the integrity and style of the original," says longtime scenic-art supervisor Michael Okuda, whose teammates on this 2-year project are wife Denise Okuda and production veteran David Rossi.
"Our goal is to always ask ourselves: What would Roddenberry have done with today's technology?"
Formerly static backdrop paintings come to life with animated people and landscapes of sauntering clouds and shimmering water. A view of Earth in "Miri" has been "replaced with a more accurate image, now that we've gone into deep space and looked back at ourselves," notes Okuda. And some goofs will be tweaked.
The upgraded episodes will appear weekly, in no particular order, commencing with "Balance of Terror" as a flagship example "that gives us a chance to really show off the 'new' Enterprise," said Okuda. "The exterior of the ship now has depth and detail, and it will fly more dynamically."
The opening theme music is also embellished, re-recorded in stereo with a larger orchestra, as a new singer wails the wordless vocals.
Check your local listings for this gilded Star Trek on September 16.
Read the exclusive report online at TV Guide Insider, and pick up the latest TV Guide magazine for comments from William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy.
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