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Original Series Gets New 'Doomsday Machine'

By Michelle
February 8, 2007 - 10:46 PM

The remastered original series episode "The Doomsday Machine" will air the weekend of February 10th with new digital renderings of the extragalactic "planet killer" and the ruined USS Constellation.

StarTrek.com has a preview of the remastered episode, in which Commodore Matt Decker, memorably played by William Windom, seeks revenge on the gigantic alien device that destroyed his ship and killed his crew.

A Hugo Award nominee (which lost to another Star Trek episode, "The City on the Edge of Forever"), "The Doomsday Machine" was written by prolific science fiction author Norman Spinrad and seen as an allegory of the results of nuclear proliferation.

"The Doomsday Machine" that airs beginning next weekend will contain over 100 new digital visual effects - the largest number for any remastered episode of the original Star Trek. CBS Digital designed a new version of the planet killer which resembles the original but appears more battered, as if it had actually traveled between galaxies.

The Enterprise's sister ship Constellation is also shown in more detail, with her shattered hull and burnt interior illustrated in detail. Some illustrations are here.

Episodes and air dates for Star Trek Remastered may be found here.

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