Friday, February 09, 2007

Trek's 'Doomsday' Reborn

A digitally remastered and enhanced version of the original Star Trek series episode "The Doomsday Machine" will debut in syndication on Feb. 10, marking a milestone: It features more than 100 all-new digital visual effects shots, the most of any episode in the original series, CBS Paramount Television announced.

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. CBS Digital created the new version of the massive weapon, based closely on the one seen in the original episode, but gave it a battered, more realistic appearance.

Another highlight of the episode is the depiction of the U.S.S. Constellation, a sister ship to the U.S.S. Enterprise, as a shattered hulk nearly destroyed by the doomsday machine. The hull of the damaged Constellation has been torn open, revealing details of a mangled and charred interior.

The episode features guest star William Windom as Commodore Matt Decker, commander of the wrecked Constellation. The classic episode was written by SF writer Norman Spinrad and was honored with a Hugo Award nomination by the 1968 World Science Fiction Convention. The original episode was first aired in October 1967 and was directed by Marc Daniels.

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