Discussion in 'Star Trek - The Original & Animated Series' started by Joanna McCoy-Kirk, Feb 2, 2019.
I forgot to say incidentally, TOS episodes are closer to 51 minutes.
I wasn't entirely sure
I don't know how MeTV edits the TOS episodes, but at least it shows the remastered version of TOS.
During my DVR playback of Charlie's Angels tonight, MeTV had a mashup promo of Svengoolie flying backseat in Wonder Woman's invisible airplane, with Lynda Carter seamlessly interacting with him! And they see the Jupiter 2 miniature from Lost in Space fly by, and then the Enterprise, both against a blue sky. It was extremely well-done, technically. I've always hated their mashups, but this was good and I liked it.
What grabbed me was, I couldn't identify for sure the source footage of the Jupiter 2 and the Enterprise. I think the Enterprise shot was actually HD video of the restored 11-footer in the Smithsonian, post-2016, with visible grid lines on the saucer top, and the nacelle domes in full rotary motion. But I'm not sure.
Did anybody else see it?
That's the video, alright. Thanks!
What episode did METV start with? Where No Man Has Gone Before or The Man Trap? Or something else like maybe The Corbomite Maneuver?
Sure that's not the digital Enterprise from TOS-R? That's what Me is showing.
Yeah, it could be. The nacelle domes look brighter than the restored 11-footer has going. But it has a real-object quality like HD video of the actual model. It's probably just one of the most real-looking shots from TOS-R.
I think it was "The Man Trap."
Yeah, Weigel plays them in airdate order (H&I being a sister network).
Where I live (DC suburbs), that's not so. I have it on nearly every week, despite the flaws of the syndication versions. Last night (10 March) it was "Silent Snow, Secret Snow"/"Hell's Bells" and "The Phantom Farmhouse," all proper Night Gallery segments. Are there two different MeTVs?
Well, it must have been during 1973-1974 that the deal was struck. I suspect Serling knew he was on his way out, physically, and wanted to provide for his family. (I met him after his talk at Muhlenberg College on the state of the TV industry, April 1975, and he looked much closer to 75 than to 50. Wizened, although still sharp, of course. I asked him whether he wrote "The Messiah on Mott Street" for Edward G. Robinson; yes, he did - although of course it bears some resemblance to Bernard Malamud's short story "Angel Levine.")
I'm not sure if there are two MeTV's, but I suppose there could be in the sense that one part of the country finally recieved full Night Gallery episode packages, while the rest still get the butchered package with The Sixth Sense in 30-minute segments.
That is a great personal story, and thank you for sharing it. Its true--by 1973, Serling did appear almost twice his age, and in addition to his filmed lectures, his appearances in various commercial and documentaries were a look into the fatigue he dealt with in those last years.
The question I'm going to ask is probably a big "duh" to most of the folks here but I'm confused so any help will be greatly appreciated.
I want to purchase the entire original series, uncut and with the original effects. In other words, no redone effects. I want to be able to watch TOS like it was watched on first run TV. Can I purchase that in one set in either DVD or Bluray?
The current DVD set is TOS-R only. You have to either buy the Bluray box set, or else the old, yellow-clamshell DVD season sets that might still be around on eBay or somewhere. The Bluray lets you choose between TOS-orginal fx and TOS-R fx.
That's because it's the only version of the TOS syndication package being distributed. (It's the whole reason the Remastering job was done - so Paramount could continue to offer it to stations in the era of HDTV.)
BBC America was running TOS uncut for a fairly long period; and the way they did it was to expand the time slot for an episode to 75 minutes (shows how many more commercials they pack into an hour - as yeah, uncut with credits, the eps. run 50 minutes. In the NBC Network days it was 51 minutes because they added a 1 minute "Next Week" promo.
Thank you. That's just what I was looking for.
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