vanyel writes, I watched the first of the new episodes last night: Balance of Terror, admittedly one of my favorites, despite some problems. Apparently they’re not doing them in original order, but more of a “favorites” order.

I have mixed feelings, but overall, they are an improvement, but just barely. The Enterprise no longer jumps around on the screen as it flies by, and the planets are significantly improved, but their keeping the improvements in the style of the original limits the improvement. As I expected, the sound improvement is the best, but the phaser bursts (admittedly one of the problems with this episode, which confused phasers with photon torpedoes) work really well, with nice reflections off the ship. The only problem is the bursts are too circular and look artificial as a result. The booms that go with them are great.

In one of the opening scenes, they chose to fly the ship under our point of view, instead of over. I think that is a less interesting a view, but it did allow them to show off the top of the saucer, I guess, which has less defined changes in the curvature. They did leave in the \”5 year mission\”, contrary to previous reports.

The Romulan Bird of Prey has one nice shot that shows the hull plating to nice effect…

I still need to compare more scenes, as I have too much to do right now to really pay attention to comparing with the DVD, but a brief look didn’t really show much improvement in the rest.

Miri, one of my least favorite episodes got dramatically improved shots of the planet; I haven’t had a chance to compare with the DVD yet, but doesn’t seem like there was a lot of room for improvement, as I think a backlot set was used for most of it, rather than painted mattes. If I’m wrong about that, the set improvement would be pretty impressive, but I don’t think so.