- Hi: I've been enjoying what I've been seeing lately with the
CGI "Enhanced Star Trek" TOS episodes. Kudos to Mike Okuda and
everyone else involved in the project.
I like that they've remained true to the spirit of the original, yet
at the same time tweaking some of the old effects thereby giving the
shows more visual texture. One example was our first look at the
castle in "Catspaw." In the original, we had a close angle on the
castle door opening with fog effects all around.
In the enhanced version, we still see the same shot of the door
opening in fog, but the camera angle has pulled FAR back showing the
structure of the ENTIRE castle along with some of the planet's
surface, plus clouds in the sky overhead. Another neat and unexpected
example is where they let the Gorn blink his eyes now and again
in "Arena." Like wow!
With this in mind, could a similar "CGI makeover approach" help to
bring "Search" back as a TV Land-type rerun? What would we suggest
either changing, enhancing, or updating in the way of SPFX? Or should
everything be left alone?
Myself, I NEVER would have thought that colorizing the first season
of "Gilligan's Island" would have been worth doing, but it apparently
eventually paid off for Ted Turner Enterprises and WTBS. So I guess
anything is possible. :-)
Having read Randy's post above, where he clears up what he meant by
hokeyness, I can see that doing any kind of simple SPFX makeover will
never do for Search.
Star Trek TOS can be revisited with new FX because it has certain
timeless qualities, despite the fact that aspects indicate the late
1960's, such as hairstyles, mini-skirts, Klingons standing in for the
VietCong, no women in command, etc.
The problem with Search is what actor Peter Mark Richman mentioned to
us a while back. The show is dated. The clothes, the haircuts, the
big cars, the catch phrases of the time, women's lib being a new
thing -- the whole nine yards. The Search reruns might play better
on SpikeTV in connection with old James Bond movie marathons than
I once mentioned that if Leslie Stevens were still with us, he would
take his Search idea, apply it to 2006, but then project forward some
25 years for his concept today.
Unless you were there in 1972-73, you don't know what it meant to
those of us who were following it. You truly had to be there. My
nieces and nephews certainly see Search as something quaint and old-
fashioned except for the 'advanced for its time' technology angle.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "dghprobe3" wrote:
> With this in mind, could a similar "CGI makeover approach" help to
> bring "Search" back as a TV Land-type rerun? What would we suggest
> either changing, enhancing, or updating in the way of SPFX? Or
> should everything be left alone?