Discussion in 'Star Trek - The Original & Animated Series' started by Ssosmcin, Apr 3, 2014.
Now THAT is funny!!
Thanks for making me laugh!
A few years ago someone did some research into the original miniature and determined that it was aluminum foil with blue lighting gels taped over it. Seems reasonable considering the budget. Despite what is written; it does not appear to be a "windsock dipped in cement."
Oh we love our seldom-seen characters. Like Slap-Happy Surgeon Dude and Oh-so-Fine Scrappy Shrink Babe...
That "someone" would be Daren Dochterman, hence his signature on the images you posted.
EDIT: Although some of the links are now broken, here's the thread on the Replica Prop Forum (link) about the machine and where Daren first shared his theory.
Thank you, I'm old and couldn't read the name
Don't feel bad, I couldn't read it either.
It's my favourite episode of Trek ever, too. It was the first VHS I bought when I was 8 years old, and it's the only video tape i currently own!
I loved Decker in the command chair "I don't recognise your authority to relieve me" type fights with Spock, Kirk and McCoy.
The music was also amazing and I love the SFX.
Great acting, pace, writing, plot, action shots and co-operative starship attacks. Brilliant!
And I will hear that guy's insane laughter 'till the day I die!
Balok's got nothin' on him!
But more thread-relevant: that energy effect animation inside the Doomsday Machine, as seen when Decker's shuttle was getting swallowed up, was far superior in the original episode. It seemed to be some kind of real energy. The effect in the remastered version seemed...I don't know...reminiscent of something from a Max Fleischer Superman cartoon or something.
I initially read the name of this thread with the words in the wrong order: "The Doomsday Love Machine"
And all I could think was, MAN, don't piss off the Deltans!
Of all 700+ hours of televised Trek, "The Doomsday Machine" is my favorite episode. One of the things I like about this episode is the way the entire bridge set was used,i.e., Kirk standing on the upper level facing the helm as the Enterprise searched for the Constellation, and then at the end of the episode, Kirk and Spock conversing as they walked around the upper level. It is about the only episode where the bridge set was fully used like that.
Amazing reading in These Are The Voyages, Season Two. How Bob Justman literally pleaded with Gene Coon to not produce this episode, and how Coon actually came up with many of the key facets that made it the classic we know and love.
Do you mean Justman wanted someone else to produce it, or that he didn't want this ep produced at all? And if the latter, does it say what he had against the script?
He probably hated it because of its original title, "The Planet Eater", which sounds like an Irwin Allen production.
I love the look on Kirk's face just before he is beamed back aboard the Enterprise. That look says "oh shit, I have finally pushed my luck too far, time to prepare myself for death."
He didn't want it produced, period.
Lol, yes I skipped right to "The Doomsday Machine" chapter myself when I got TATV vol.2
I see that I'm not the only one!
I would love to see a glass blower attempt this ship.
I think the original concept was something that would have wound up looking like a ramscoop starship surrounded by a ring of laser guns along the scoop. I seem to remember some art of that...
Apparently Norman Spinrad was disappointed with the final filmed version. Yeah, he did envision something bristling with weapons. But in this case the "less is more" approach worked quite well and with the way it was filmed it looked quite alien.
I dunno what Spinrad envisioned, but the written description of the titular machine in the script doesn't track with what he's claimed since.
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