Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Trek Remastered -- "Wink of an Eye"

Last weekend's episode was "Wink of an Eye", the first of the third season to get the remastering treatment. It's not one of the best, but there are a couple of impressive FX updates by CBS Digital on display. The city skyline matte painting (first used in the first season episode "A Taste of Armageddon") appears at least four times, and each time CBS-D's artists do an incredible job of rotoscoping the new image behind the actors. Then there is the phaser effect on the force field. Very well done! I also like the "Enterprise leaving orbit" shot in this one.

"Where No Man has Gone Before" is on this weekend. This is the second pilot episode of the Original Series and the first with Captain Kirk. The preview pictures and video are outstanding! I'm really anticipating more excellent CGI work during this episode.

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