The shuttle exploded within the planet killer; however this also registered a small power loss on the Enterprise scanners. They were often pretty lazy with the focus knowing that NTSC TV was TEH SUXORZ (which I’m sure is the phrase they used in the 60’s) and there are other details you can make out like the computer monitor screens being paper, etc. The Doomsday Machine, as it appears in 2409. in 2409, during the Klingon war with the Federation, the Klingons under B'Vat got hold of the Doomsday machine after he was aided by the temporal manipulations of the Na'khul. During the novel's climax, in an engagement with three Borg cubes, the Borg fire weapons powerful enough to actually hurt the machine, revealing a secondary hull of rodinium beneath the neutronium, and an inorganic coolant fluid running through its conduits that causes the planet killer to appear to "bleed" when it is sufficiently damaged.
I'm glad to see this episode get four stars. Star Trek: TOS’s special effects were originally designed with many goals, but hyper-realism wasn’t one of them.
It’s definitely the case that filming a real model, if done well enough, will look identical or very close to putting an actual spaceship into space and filming it flying around. Can you think of something that we can shoot on standing sets, so we don’t have to build anything?” I had an early novelette, which wasn’t very good, which was something like the story of “Doomsday Machine” and something like Moby Dick.
Plus all the bloopers, deleted scenes and extras they have dug up. If depicting reality with as much precision as possible was the only goal of every artist, then we wouldn’t have animation or abstract art. I believe that this was what the goal was with Star Wars except they went absolute there and refused to acknowledge the original theatrical releases. Part one is down below and visit StarTrek.com again tomorrow for part two. And, actually, my unpublished novelette, which was the other genesis of (“The Doomsday Machine”) was written before the Saberhagen stuff. One last thought. Air date: 10/20/1967 In this encounter, it was revealed that the machine was the creation of an extinct species designated by the Borg as Species 4672, and Harry Kim presents a 'report' on the original encounter with the planet killer that includes an accurate record of Decker's fate. Despite all of the enhanced special effects of TNG, DS9, VOY, and ENT that allowed them to feature multi-ship battles, this one still beats them all in exemplifying a strength of TOS ship battle episodes: Tactics. You must be a registered user to use the IMDb rating plugin. However, the Enterprise was overwhelmed as quickly as the Constellation had been, and soon trapped by a tractor beam which was pulling the ship towards the planet killer's maw. It looks like a wind sock dipped in cement.” Gene, having been a pilot, said to me, “That’s what it is, it’s a wind sock dipped in cement.
Spinrad: Sure, but the funniest thing is there’s a sequence in there, dialogue, that goes Spock, Kirk, Spock, Kirk. In the episode, the starship Enterprise fights a powerful planet-killing machine from another galaxy. (STO mission: "The Doomsday Device"). Great episode. Re-editing with modern effects is like re-writing some historical events so that women suddenly also play an important role where they never did before. Star Trek: TOS’s Original Effects Are Actually Good. It should be noted that due to the presence of the seemingly impenetrable neutronium hull, the hulk (or "corpse") of the planet killer was left intact, floating lifelessly in space. I’d done what he’d asked me to do, in terms of writing the episode to budget, and so I guess he trusted me to be there. If this were done today with something ridiculous like CBS throwing 1 million dollars per episode into a CGI remaster, maybe we could have gotten something that resembles some of the more modern shows and films instead of a TOS + plastic CGI models.
If a CG remaster were to be done, It should have been produced sometime around “nowadays”, 2006 was just a bit too early for the tech AT THE BUDGET THEY HAD. It was believed the doomsday machines were created by the Preservers to be used against the Borg. It just can’t work (without it). Peter David's novel Vendetta featured another "planet killer" that was believed to have originated as an ancient race's (perhaps the Preservers) last resort weapon against the Borg. (Last Unicorn RPG module: All Our Yesterdays: The Time Travel Sourcebook) However others claim that the machines were billions of years old, and came from outside the galaxy, a theory that Jean-Luc Picard did not buy into due to the lack of planetary bodies in the intergalactic void. Later Treks lost this virtue of strategy: Their battles are just a series of people pushing buttons and talking nonsense as dozens of ships shoot at each other in Star Wars fashion, causing sparks to fly and people to fall out of their chairs. As the two Starfleet ships withdrew, the planet killer returned to L-374 and resumed consuming the planetary debris, taking in additional fuel. So the thing looked ambiguous; you wondered looking at it, “Is this alive or is it a robot?” Then, when they shot it, they showed me what they’d do it with. Likewise, we can’t just have everything be stylized either, because realism has weight and grandeur that draws from the existing beauty of nature. The model is always going to look superior.
Saw this as an 9 year old when it came out and it had me on the edge of the bed the whole time. This race informed him of the existence of the weapon in the T'Ong Nebula where he uncovered it and intended to use it to bring about the ascendance of the Klingon Empire. Men were far more masculine in the 60s than the whipped, complaining snowflakes of today. So he did call me back in six weeks. Go back to TOS: They were really doing something original and special here so many decades before Trek became more slickly commercialized, to its detriment. CGI photorealism has the same goal as filming a practical model.
The story, even at the end, if you remember the end of Moby Dick, Ahab goes down with the whale. The original "Doomsday Machine" was completely dependent dramatically on the plausibility of its space combat scenes - even more so than the battle-heavy "Balance of Terror". Looking for a movie the entire family can enjoy? With Kirk off the Enterprise, Commodore Decker had the authority to assume command of the Enterprise, and ordered that the Enterprise needed to engage the Doomsday Machine. It's a little too convenient. In a fourteen-page treatment which outlined their plans, Straczynski and Zabel supposed, "What if we discover that the device was a left-over piece of warfare tech from the race our characters are pursuing? As the ship entered the system, they discovered the fourth planet in the system was collapsing. Commodore Matthew Decker is the only one left on the ship. Kirk launched a diversionary attack on the Planet Killer that allowed both ships to escape. The plot is nothing too special, but the presentation and acting (and lack of flirty sexy lady! In Star Trek Online, Ambassador B'Vat's faction of Klingons rediscovered a planet killer, and managed to modify and reactivate it for use as a weapon against the Federation. (TOS - Constellations short story: "Devices and Desires"), Eventually, the remains were returned to the Rigel system to act as a monument in honouring those who lost their lives in its destruction. A Jim Henson Muppet looks more like a living creature than this. It’s because as soon as the theme song ends, the normal episode’s audio comes in and there’s a drastic difference between the nature of the sound between the two.
He could only watch helplessly as the machine consumed the planet below and killed his entire crew of 400 men and women.
It's a rare treat to see another starship, in this case, the USS Constellation which is found adrift and abandoned except for Commodore Decker (a memorable performance by William Windom) after encountering planet-killer machine of unknown origin.
Another is fought over between players and Klingon of the 23rd century. Then, in the final scene where he is dying, it was an amazing portrayal of fear and suffering by radiation exposure. Beyond simply moving the show into an HD screen format, every special effect shot in the series was replaced with computer generated ones.
He totally 'out Shatners' Shatner to great effect. A good write-up, and I agree with you. According to David's story, the planet killer encountered by the Enterprise was an automated prototype, sent on a course that would have eventually carried it to Borg space, had the Enterprise not stopped it. "The Doomsday Machine" might very well be the first one which actually looks better with the new graphics". Take your favorite fandoms with you and never miss a beat. Review by Jamahl Epsicokhan.