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Old October 28 2012, 02:25 AM   #8
Knight Templar
Location: Oklahoma
Re: The Doomsday Machine - now 45 years old

One question I have about this episode is

"Why did so many fans (and reportedly Spinrad himself) down on the design of the Planet Killer?"

I've heard many maligned the design as a "giant Hoover (vacuum cleaner)"

But I loved the design. I think it looked powerful, menacing, rugged, durable and extremely old (Spinrads early script had Spock saying it was about 3 BILLION years old).

And the glowing look it had in distant shots made me think it was glowing due to extreme radiation in the open end.

I know there were some problems with effects shots. Such as the close, forward three quarter views where you could see stars through it.

But overall I loved the design.
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