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Alternate Star Trek TOS Pilot Found

kdawson posted more than 4 years ago | from the not-to-split-infinitives dept.

Sci-Fi 134

Raver32 sends news that the lost second pilot for Star Trek has been found, and will be released next month on Blu-ray. "Star Trek fans know there were two pilots for the original series. The first, 'The Cage,' was rejected by NBC for being 'too cerebral' (ah, some things never change). The second, 'Where No Man Has Gone Before,' replaced the actor who played the captain with William Shatner and was more action driven. That pilot had an alternate version which was largely lost and has never aired. Apparently, a film collector in Germany acquired the print and 'recently brought it to the attention' of CBS/Paramount. CBS is now releasing this version on Blu-ray Dec. 15."

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First (0, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30104918)

Wooo first post

Re:First (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30104928)

yeah /. was 503-b0rked

Sigh (3, Funny)

Foobar of Borg (690622) | more than 4 years ago | (#30107690)

If you're going to do a first post on an article like this, you could at least do it right and say something like

I'm Captain Kirk! I'M CAPTAIN KIIIRRK!

Nice marketing (3, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30104930)

This episode has been available at conventions for years. The only thing they "found" was access to the master copies, giving them better quality.

Re:Nice marketing (1)

paganizer (566360) | more than 4 years ago | (#30104962)

How many years? I was a True Blue Full Bore Star Trek geek up until about 1990, and I never heard of it.

Re:Nice marketing (-1, Flamebait)

Gadget_Guy (627405) | more than 4 years ago | (#30104998)

Just because it wasn't around 19 years ago doesn't invalidate the OP's assertion that it has been around for years. I am sure a lot can happen in that time.

Just to fill you in, they have also made other series (Deep Space Nine, Voyager, Enterprise) and many movies. It looks like you have a lot to catch up on.

Re:Nice marketing (1, Troll)

AbRASiON (589899) | more than 4 years ago | (#30105016)

Nice job being a dick to another slashdotter! You're awesome.

Re:Nice marketing (1)

Dishevel (1105119) | more than 4 years ago | (#30107112)

Where do I find the -1 Dick Mod?

Ge the torrent: (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30105034)

Re:Nice marketing (1, Informative)

vlad30 (44644) | more than 4 years ago | (#30105058)

It was aired as episode 3

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0061027/ [imdb.com]

Re:Nice marketing (4, Informative)

natehoy (1608657) | more than 4 years ago | (#30105234)

"Where No Man has Gone Before" was in fact aired as Episode 3. You are absolutely correct.

However, the article states there was an alternate version of "Where No Man has Gone Before" which did not air, but was the version used to sell Trek to NBC execs. That version never aired, and is what is now being offered up on the DVD.

Technically, most of "The Cage" also aired as part of "The Menagerie".

Re:Nice marketing (2, Insightful)

Chris Mattern (191822) | more than 4 years ago | (#30105690)

If you can't Read The Fine Article, could you at least Read The Fine Summary? This is an *uncut* version of that pilot, containing a great deal of footage that wasn't aired.

Re:Nice marketing (1)

commodore64_love (1445365) | more than 4 years ago | (#30106624)

>>>It was aired as episode 3

Yippy. That just means stupid NBC aired the show out of order. I typically watch "Where No Man" as episode 1, and all the other season one episodes in production order. Not only are the set & unform designs more consistent that way, but also the story flows better from episode to episode. (I don't typically watch The Cage because it's not all that great of story, plus it's already covered in The Menagerie Parts 1 and 2, so why watch it twice?)

Season 1 of Star Trek is also a good bargrain to buy on DVD. You get 29(?) episodes each 51 minutes long, or almost 1500 minutes, whereas today's shows like Stargate Universe barely offer up 840 minutes per season

Re:Nice marketing (-1, Redundant)

Eravnrekaree (467752) | more than 4 years ago | (#30105168)

The cage has been out for many years now. Is this the cage or is it something completely different. or a different cut of the cage?

Re:Nice marketing (4, Informative)

Inner_Child (946194) | more than 4 years ago | (#30105262)

The cage has been out for many years now. Is this the cage or is it something completely different. or a different cut of the cage?

Really? You couldn't even read the summary? Or even comments above yours? It's an alternate version of "Where No Man Has Gone Before".

Re:Nice marketing (2, Informative)

donaggie03 (769758) | more than 4 years ago | (#30107030)

To be fair, the summary is a bit confusing. It says there were two pilots, "The Cage" and "Where No Man Has Gone Before." It then says an alternate pilot was found. From just those facts in the summary, does that mean a different cut of "The Cage" or a different cut of "Where No Man Has Gone Before" or a different episode entirely? Also, he was replying to another comment waaay up the page. He wasn't down here to see the "comments above yours."

WOW (1)

Higaran (835598) | more than 4 years ago | (#30104968)

I thought I knew almost all of the major things about TOS, but I never heard about this. It sounds interisting and I wonder what it looks like, will the update the graphics or leave it just like it was? I can't wait.

Re:WOW (4, Funny)

aplusjimages (939458) | more than 4 years ago | (#30105114)

Man I just hope this original story keeps with the canon of the Star Trek Universe.

Re:WOW (2, Funny)

MightyMartian (840721) | more than 4 years ago | (#30106756)

In this alternate cut, Spock uses Red Matter to go back and kick his younger more emotional self in the nuts and state "You're not a fucking Martian, Roddenberry is out to lunch."

As well, Scotty's weird wrench sex fetish is finally fully explained, the final great mystery of Star Trek after Patrick Stewart revealed Picard's affinity for Klingon circle jerks.

Good God!!! (3, Funny)

FloydTheDroid (1296743) | more than 4 years ago | (#30104976)

This is the equivalent of ringing a bell at Pavlov's dogs!

Re:Good God!!! (3, Funny)

Jezza (39441) | more than 4 years ago | (#30105240)

Don't you mean Chekov's Dogs?

No wait ... that isn't right.

Re:Good God!!! (2, Funny)

gyrogeerloose (849181) | more than 4 years ago | (#30106174)

Don't you mean Chekov's Dogs?

No, Pavlov. You know, the researcher who developed an obsession to ring bells whenever he saw a dog salivating.

Re:Good God!!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30106594)

Woosh!

Re:Good God!!! (2, Funny)

gyrogeerloose (849181) | more than 4 years ago | (#30106778)

No, I think said whoosh was right over your head. Read my post again.

Re:Good God!!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30107142)

If you have to explain.... oh never mind.

Re:Good God!!! (5, Funny)

Tumbleweed (3706) | more than 4 years ago | (#30108100)

>> Don't you mean Chekov's Dogs?

> No, Pavlov. You know, the researcher who developed an obsession to ring bells whenever he saw a dog salivating.

Chekov did a different experiment with dogs. He'd ring a bell when they failed to get a joke.

Re:Good God!!! (1)

davester666 (731373) | more than 4 years ago | (#30106176)

It's Checkov's Cats,,,

Re:Good God!!! (1)

zippthorne (748122) | more than 4 years ago | (#30106464)

Pavlov had dogs, Chekov had a gun.

Re:Good God!!! (1)

Dishevel (1105119) | more than 4 years ago | (#30107148)

The Duke had a Gun. Chekov had a PHASER.

zomg it's trek (4, Funny)

florin (2243) | more than 4 years ago | (#30104978)

In other less important news, a stone tablet containing 5 alternate commandments was excavated in the Iraqi desert today.

Re:zomg it's trek (1)

denzacar (181829) | more than 4 years ago | (#30105102)

a stone tablet containing 5 alternate commandments was excavated in the Iraqi desert today

So what?
You'll find more tablets on any stoner. No need to go to Iraq for that. Or the condiments.

Re:zomg it's trek (3, Funny)

PopeRatzo (965947) | more than 4 years ago | (#30105322)

a stone tablet containing 5 alternate commandments

And #11 was "Thous shalt not listen to so-called "religious leaders""

Number 1 was supposed to be "Thou shalt read all instructions before beginning" and #15 was "Thous shalt ignore #2-14"

Re:zomg it's trek (1)

Kjella (173770) | more than 4 years ago | (#30106608)

Sooooooo... they should ignore that about not listening to religious leaders, and follow them blindly? I think they got that covered already.

Re:zomg it's trek (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30109282)

Making #11 moot.

Re:zomg it's trek (1)

Tiger4 (840741) | more than 4 years ago | (#30107998)

Thou shalt not examine this tablet too closely.

Oblig. Red Dwarf (1)

Blakey Rat (99501) | more than 4 years ago | (#30108508)

Newscaster: "Archeologists near Mount Sinai have discovered what is believed to be a missing page from the Bible. The page is currently being carbon dated on Bonn. If genuine, it belongs at the beginning of the Bible and is believed to read: 'To my darling Candy. All characters portrayed within this book are fictitious and any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental.'"

alternate universe (5, Funny)

rossdee (243626) | more than 4 years ago | (#30104986)

do they have goatees?

Re:alternate universe (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30105118)

They have goatse. No wonder nobody's seen this until now.

Re:alternate universe (1)

PopeRatzo (965947) | more than 4 years ago | (#30105334)

do they have goatees?

See, now that's funny.

Re:alternate universe (1)

Hurricane78 (562437) | more than 4 years ago | (#30107204)

No. But goatses!

karma's a bitch, eh NBC? (1)

Blue Shifted (1078715) | more than 4 years ago | (#30108518)

>>

was rejected by NBC for being 'too cerebral'

and now NBC in in fourth place, being bought by a cable company....

that's what they get for messing with star trek

Typical.. (2, Insightful)

Bentov (993323) | more than 4 years ago | (#30104990)

'too cerebral' the phrase of death for way too many shows....Come on now, we can't let the sheeple start thinking about more than sports, reality tv and porn...ok, the porn is ok, but please more than sport and reality tv.

Its not you its me (3, Insightful)

Ada_Rules (260218) | more than 4 years ago | (#30105020)

Sure there are some shows that were killed for being 'too cerebral' where it was true, but plenty of shows that received the ax with that phrase had a slightly different underlying problem. They were too f*ing boring.

'Too cerebral' allows the network to break it off without hurting the feelings of the fans or the producers. It will be interesting to see which category this pilot falls into...Maybe if it does not turn out well the pilot and I can just be friends.

Re:Its not you its me (1)

Bentov (993323) | more than 4 years ago | (#30105250)

Interesting, I wouldn't think that the network would care if it hurt the feelings of fans or producers; but I think your correct. Two shows come to mind off the top of my head: Threshold(ok, I just love Gina Gugino) and Surface. Oh, and also Eerie, Indiana I believe as well. Although I don't know if Eerie was too cerebral, I just think that kids have no taste :)

Re:Its not you its me (1)

jonwil (467024) | more than 4 years ago | (#30105330)

Too many other shows just completly change tack mid-series.
Like Jericho where it devolved and all the conspiracy theory stuff (Who just blew up half the world with nukes? Who is trying to stop the main characters finding out more? etc) went away to be replaced with a more character-driven show.
Or Prison Break where all the stuff about the reasons behind why that guy was framed and sent to jail were never explored.

Re:Its not you its me (1)

iluvcapra (782887) | more than 4 years ago | (#30106298)

That's Carla Gugino, famously of Sin City and the mother in the Spy Kids films; also wife of Sebastian Guitierrez, writer of Snakes on a Plane.

Threshold, really? What is it with Brannon Braga and transhuman genetic hybrids?

Re:Its not you its me (1)

Jesus_666 (702802) | more than 4 years ago | (#30107128)

In the case of Threashold it wasn't the show being too cerebral it was the writing being too atrocious. The show had little in the way of internal consistency ("We can't turn off the subway's power! It's too disruptive! I say this even though last week we happily EMP'd downtown!" Also, one episode requiring a SOTA sound processor to reproduce The Signal while another had an MP3 of an answering machine copy be equally effective), the science was so bad even laypersons could easily tell (the SOTA sound processor got faster the more current you applied to it) and some of the episodes simply made no sense (like a plank of wood that was exposed to The Signal somehow also transforming people).

I watched all of it because I like trash and it was to mystery shows what Troma is to cinema. Except that Troma is honest about their quality.


Eerie, Indiana was pretty cool, though.

Re:Its not you its me (1)

earlymon (1116185) | more than 4 years ago | (#30105490)

'Too cerebral' allows the network to break it off without hurting the feelings of the fans or the producers.

Seriously - you believe the phrase "it's not you, it's me" ever spared anyone's feelings? It's always sounded like the most sarcastic form of "it's not me, it's you" - a point grasped much earlier in the conversation.

Or that at the admonition that the Cage was "too cerebral" was met with any phrase besides "what the fuck....?"

I do appreciate you're explaining the motivation for those phrases, though - no sarcasm, no kidding. Prior to this, I simply attributed their use to stupid people.

Maybe if it does not turn out well the pilot and I can just be friends.

Well, if that happens, at least the pilot won't be the kind of friend that stopped sleeping with you and had already bad-mouthed you to anyone you did want to sleep with.

And - isn't that what TV is really all about? (rotfl)

Cheers.

Re:Its not you its me (2)

hson (78256) | more than 4 years ago | (#30105978)

Seriously - you believe the phrase "it's not you, it's me" ever spared anyone's feelings?

It's not you, it's me. I don't like you!
I find that statement a lot more honest (and funny),

Re:Its not you its me (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30106928)

Seriously - you believe the phrase "it's not you, it's me" ever spared anyone's feelings? It's always sounded like the most sarcastic form of "it's not me, it's you" - a point grasped much earlier in the conversation.

Or that at the admonition that the Cage was "too cerebral" was met with any phrase besides "what the fuck....?"

I do appreciate you're explaining the motivation for those phrases, though - no sarcasm, no kidding. Prior to this, I simply attributed their use to stupid people.

Well, I can explain a little better since you're still missing part of the point.

In business, polite brush-offs of this sort mean: I didn't like what you're pitching, but it's nothing personal, so if you have something new come back and talk to me again.

Blatant insults mean: I don't like the product, and I am so skeptical of your ability to ever produce something worth my time that I don't care if I become the last person you'll ever make an offer to.

So, yeah, "too cerebral" is a much better rejection than anything else--it's rejecting the pilot instead of the producer. And, whatever people in the business think, fans sure seem to eat that sort of thing up when news leaks about the "reason" a show barely got made. In a way that "almost not picked up because it was too boring" doesn't

Re:Its not you its me (1)

Mikkeles (698461) | more than 4 years ago | (#30107018)

'Sure there are some shows that were killed for being 'too cerebral''

Yes, like television news reporting being changed to entertainment.

Re:Its not you its me (1)

Blakey Rat (99501) | more than 4 years ago | (#30108562)

Seriously, have you ever seen Sapphire and Steel? Did you understand what the holy hell was going on in that series?

Re:Typical.. (1)

VoidCrow (836595) | more than 4 years ago | (#30105092)

Of course.

With sufficient education (and bananas onna stick), any monkey can be George Orwell...

Re:Typical.. (1)

V!NCENT (1105021) | more than 4 years ago | (#30106050)

That's the one of the best sayings I have heared in years! :-o

Re:Typical.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30106270)

Actually, I am surprised that "Bones", the television series not the doctor on the original Star Trek, made it to air. The show has a lot of scientifically valid material. Come to think of it so did "Numb3rs" until near the end of the series.

Its Life Jim (1)

ijakings (982830) | more than 4 years ago | (#30105008)

Its Life Jim, but not as you know it.

Another alternate universe? (0, Redundant)

MrKaos (858439) | more than 4 years ago | (#30105012)

All this messing with the time lines gives me a headache.

Re:Another alternate universe? (1)

MrKaos (858439) | more than 4 years ago | (#30109058)

All this messing with the time lines gives me a headache.

So no-one recognised the Janeway reference, eh?

Mad rush on Blu-ray predicted (1)

ThreeGigs (239452) | more than 4 years ago | (#30105014)

From TFA: "CBS is now releasing this version on Blu-ray Dec. 15"

Only Blu-ray? I predict a spike in Blu-ray sales that's higher than expected for Christmas.

Either that or new records will be set for the most downloaded pirated TV show.

Re:Mad rush on Blu-ray predicted (4, Funny)

Enderandrew (866215) | more than 4 years ago | (#30105024)

If you have old, grainy, low-quality footage, there is no other way to release it other than Blu-Ray!

Re:Mad rush on Blu-ray predicted (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30105968)

Actually, if it's on film, it's probably higher quality than anything on Blu-Ray (and you will still be able to get the codec 100 years from now). Hollywood prefers to archive on film because every time the EIA comes out with a new medium, it can be down-converted from film at the latest "highest quality evarrr!". All you need to read film is a light and a lens; you can't say that about 8" floppy, 5-1/4" floppy, 3-1/2" floppy, Zip, Jaz, Bernoulli, tapes, CD, DVD, or even Blu-Ray. Film: the medium of the future.

Re:Mad rush on Blu-ray predicted (1)

harlows_monkeys (106428) | more than 4 years ago | (#30109074)

All you need to read film is a light and a lens; you can't say that about 8" floppy, 5-1/4" floppy, 3-1/2" floppy, Zip, Jaz, Bernoulli, tapes, CD, DVD, or even Blu-Ray

OK, I'll give you light and a lens, but if we are allowed to use several lenses, then all you need are light and lenses to read a CD. The pit size is within the resolving power of optical microscopes.

Star Trek Act I...Warp II... (4, Funny)

rirugrat (255768) | more than 4 years ago | (#30105116)

Star Trek...In Color!

Starring Rex Hamilton as Abraham Lincoln.

Replace William Shatner? REPLACE William Shatner?? (3, Funny)

Provocateur (133110) | more than 4 years ago | (#30105138)

What are you going to do? Get a bald headed guy with a British accent to play him? I got news for you
pal, baldness will be cured in the 23rd century!

Re:Replace William Shatner? REPLACE William Shatne (1)

Gadget_Guy (627405) | more than 4 years ago | (#30105434)

No, Shatner (Captain Kirk) was the one who replaced Jeffrey Hunter (Captain Pike).

The main thing that I remember about the original pilot was that Spock yelled a lot. I guess this was filmed before they had electronic microphones.

Re:Replace William Shatner? REPLACE William Shatne (1)

shadowknot (853491) | more than 4 years ago | (#30106292)

No, Shatner (Captain Kirk) was the one who replaced Jeffrey Hunter (Captain Pike).

The main thing that I remember about the original pilot was that Spock yelled a lot. I guess this was filmed before they had electronic microphones.

Or figured out the nuances of the Vulcan psyche.

Re:Replace William Shatner? REPLACE William Shatne (2, Funny)

Hurricane78 (562437) | more than 4 years ago | (#30107184)

Actually, scientifically, we rather move in the hairless direction. The idea is, that there is no need for it anymore, anyway.

No Picard really is a rather advanced specimen. ^^

Re:Replace William Shatner? REPLACE William Shatne (1)

hodma727 (915852) | more than 4 years ago | (#30108284)

What are you going to do? Get a bald headed guy with a British accent to play him? I got news for you pal, baldness will be cured in the 23rd century!

Cured? Sorry hairy one, but in the future your children (should you procreate through some devious means) will all be bald in order to ensure their massive genetically engineered brains can dissipate the extra heat. Politicians will still do so by keeping their mouths open - just like dogs. Us "baldies" are just preparing in advance.

It's a plot Jim, but not as we know it (4, Funny)

syousef (465911) | more than 4 years ago | (#30105160)

Stardate 5191.5.

While googling frantically for pornographic footage of green three breasted alien women, have come across a place called "the pirate bay". Apparently this is an exchange post for all kinds of illicit material, but based on an analysis of the comments, quite inexplicably, it is only frequented by pre-pubescent teenage boys and social misfits who lack a fundamental part of the anatomy: a sense of humour.

Recommend we study these life forms to learn what we can from them. They seem to have formed a lawless society loosely based on an earlier society that advocated rape and pilleage on the high seas . Furthermore they have technology that allows them to store an infinite number of files on a loose connection of inter-0networked machines, but strangely none of these files are complete, which often results in cursing and requests to perform a strange ritual invoked with the words "please seed".

To guard against their natural enemies - a group who have become rich and successful by making entertainment audio and video recordings for a completely different group of pre-pubescent teenagers - they use a new kind of anti-mater which they call "peer guardian".

Mr Spock believes they are "fascinating" and I am hopeful we will soon encounter green alien dancing girls with 3 breasts. I have therefore committed all resources of the Enterprise to cataloging and studing this group.

Re:It's a plot Jim, but not as we know it (1)

jo42 (227475) | more than 4 years ago | (#30105342)

Chode? [trippingtherift.com] Is that you?

Re:It's a plot Jim, but not as we know it (3, Informative)

Kjella (173770) | more than 4 years ago | (#30105718)

Stardate 5191.5. While googling frantically for pornographic footage of green three breasted alien women

Clearly this is TOS, in TNG you'd just say "Computer, list all pornographic footage of green three breasted alien women." Not surprising that it's Google delivering that amazingly context-sensitive half mind-reading search assistant though, the way they're going it's either that or Skynet.

Re:It's a plot Jim, but not as we know it (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30108356)

No, in TNG you'd say "Computer, create simulation of green three breasted alien woman on holodeck 9. Run program extra slutty-1." After first kicking out Ensign Barclay, of course.

I hereby tag this: (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30105288)

swine, profiteering.

Because you can bet your butts that this single episode will first be sold for the price of a full movie. Then it will be sold in an "exclusive collector's edition" package for twice the price of a full movie. Then it will be sold again in an "exclusive collector's edition" package bundled with a lame, arbitrary Star Trek-related 2-cent gadget made in China, and/or a 10 minute interview with someone from the cast, for thrice the price of a full movie.

I'll just wait until it lands on . F**k you.

Re:I hereby tag this: (3, Informative)

pthisis (27352) | more than 4 years ago | (#30106104)

you can bet your butts that this single episode will first be sold for the price of a full movie.

According to TFA, the episode will be included as part of the bonus material for the season 3 release on blu-ray:

"The restored pilot will be included in the "Star Trek: Original Series - Season 3" Blu-ray release.."

They leave the galaxy? (3, Interesting)

brunes69 (86786) | more than 4 years ago | (#30105302)

From the clips on youtube linked in the article, it says they leave the milky way - that would be a huge departure from the current canon, in which they have never left he galazy under their own power, in any series or movie.

Re:They leave the galaxy? (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30106168)

From the clips on youtube linked in the article, it says they leave the milky way - that would be a huge departure from the current canon, in which they have never left he galazy under their own power, in any series or movie.

Actually in the aired version they leave the galaxy. That was the barrier they crossed. Much like the Bible Star Trek did have it's inconsistencies. I believe they do make mention of it in "By Any Other Name" but I haven't seen most of the original show in 20+ years. They may cut the references in TV versions for extra commercial time so it may only show in DVD versions. In "Where No Man Has Gone Before" it's the central theme as in the place man hasn't gone before.

Re:They leave the galaxy? (2, Interesting)

iluvcapra (782887) | more than 4 years ago | (#30106384)

I watched "By Any Other Name" last night and they certainly did leave the milky way, crossing the "galactic barrier" in the process. Also they do enter the barrier in "Is there no Truth in Beauty," but by then it's a little more casual and no one gets godlike powers in the process.

Re:They leave the galaxy? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30106458)

Only they did leave the "galazy" in that episode where the Enterprise is hijacked. Despite that you get mooded Informative? God I love this place.

Re:They leave the galaxy? (2, Informative)

caseih (160668) | more than 4 years ago | (#30106936)

Umm, no. In the original airing of this episode they did in fact leave the galaxy. And that's not the only time either. Also in "By any other Name" the Kelvins take the enterprise at "warp 11" through the barrier and into the void.

So yes, in the "canon" they have absolutely left the galaxy on two occasions. What kind of trekkie are you! :)

Re:They leave the galaxy? (1)

TangoMargarine (1617195) | more than 4 years ago | (#30108300)

What part of "under their own power" is not clear here?

Re:They leave the galaxy? (1)

Jesus_666 (702802) | more than 4 years ago | (#30107292)

Hey, at least Kirk doesn't get magical powers and befriends Lucifer like in TAS.

Re:They leave the galaxy? (1)

EvanED (569694) | more than 4 years ago | (#30109138)

In addition to what other people have said, it also happens in TNG's "Where No One Has Gone Before" [wikipedia.org] .

(That being said, that was one of the worst episodes in a pretty terrible season (I say that as a big fan of TNG too), so forgetting it is entirely understandable.)

Far from new or unseen (2, Informative)

earlymon (1116185) | more than 4 years ago | (#30105356)

If you're a fan of the ST TOS, go look at the embedded clip in the TFA - you've seen this episode.

As one commenter at the TFA stated: "Different music, graphics, some additional dialogue."

It was a great episode - Sally Kellerman (babe alert) and Gary Lockwood - where the eyes turn silver and mental powers abound.

http://www.slashcontrol.com/free-tv-shows/star-trek-the-original-series/3461344488-star-trek-where-no-man-has-gone-before [slashcontrol.com]

Season 1, episode 3.

See also - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Where_No_Man_Has_Gone_Before [wikipedia.org]

So - that was the alternate pilot. I did not know that. Very cool.

I mention all this for those us not on the Blu-ray bandwagon who will have to wait for this one.

Summary makes it seem like there is 3 pilots (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30105466)

Nice, confusing summary.
 

Star Trek fans know there were two pilots for the original series. The first, 'The Cage,' was rejected by NBC for being 'too cerebral' (ah, some things never change). The second, 'Where No Man Has Gone Before,' replaced the actor who played the captain with William Shatner and was more action driven. That pilot had an alternate version which was largely lost and has never aired.

So is this the first, rejected pilot ("The Cage") or an alternate version of the second, accepted pilot?

In an alternative time line (1)

nurb432 (527695) | more than 4 years ago | (#30105628)

It was the one aired..

My favorite part of the clip: (4, Funny)

Bob Hearn (61879) | more than 4 years ago | (#30105788)

"George Takei as Chief Physicist"

Helmsman, swordsman, physicist... the guy can do everything!

Re:My favorite part of the clip: (5, Funny)

hyades1 (1149581) | more than 4 years ago | (#30106248)

"Helmsman, swordsman, physicist... the guy can do everything!"

Except girls.

Don't care...just sayin'.

This is the first time... (1)

Cloud K (125581) | more than 4 years ago | (#30105808)

... That my facial expression has matched that of the fake alien thingy whenever it's been used as an article icon. 8-o

Should be interesting to see!

Sounds like true Star Trek alright (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30106356)

"The USS Enterprise, under the command of Captain Christopher Pike, receives a radio distress call from the fourth planet in the Talos star group. A landing party is assembled and beamed down to investigate. Tracking the distress signal to its source, the landing party discovers a camp of survivors from a scientific expedition that has been missing for 18 years. Among the survivors is a beautiful young woman named Vina.

Captivated by her beauty, Pike is caught off guard and is captured by the Talosians, a race of humanoids with bulbous heads who live beneath the planet's surface. It is revealed that the distress call, and the crash survivors, except for Vina, are just illusions created by the Talosians to lure the Enterprise to the planet. While imprisoned, Pike uncovers the Talosian's plans to repopulate their ravaged planet using himself and Vina as breeding stock for a race of slaves."

Yep, quality TOS here.

What's the point of releasing old TV on Blu Ray? (1)

cliveholloway (132299) | more than 4 years ago | (#30106474)

The resolution is what? 1/6 of Blu Ray HD. What point could there possibly be to releasing any legacy TV on Blu Ray?

Re:What's the point of releasing old TV on Blu Ray (2, Insightful)

dianebrat (212157) | more than 4 years ago | (#30106532)

not so, this is old TV that was on film, that film has a higher theoretical resolution.
had this been old TV on video tape, that would be different.

Re:What's the point of releasing old TV on Blu Ray (1)

zippthorne (748122) | more than 4 years ago | (#30106560)

Maybe the spend the extra bits on reducing fringing and/or increased color depth? BluRay is still a little weak in those areas.

Re:What's the point of releasing old TV on Blu Ray (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30106602)

the film that they used is higher resolution than HD.

Re:What's the point of releasing old TV on Blu Ray (4, Insightful)

Dogtanian (588974) | more than 4 years ago | (#30107736)

the film that they used is higher resolution than HD.

That's true, but people forget that the production values will have been made with television in mind- and 1960s televisions at that. In other words, at high enough resolution you might (for example) be able to see the obvious limitations and crudeness of props that would have been less apparent at ordinary TV resolution.

Just because the source material was recorded at a high enough resolution, doesn't mean it was filmed with that in mind. Given the budgets of TV shows, they wouldn't have wasted money on extra detail that wouldn't have shown up on televisions of the time; but the lack of it will show if scanned at high enough resolution and shown on modern HD sets.

Re:What's the point of releasing old TV on Blu Ray (1)

Jeremy Erwin (2054) | more than 4 years ago | (#30106824)

Judge the 1080p [highdefdiscnews.com] screenshots for yourself.

Personally, I think bluray, as a technology, is a little hyperactive.

Here's a portion of bluray box copy for No country for Old Men.

...Featuring an acclaimed cast led by Tommy Lee Jones, this stunning game of cat and mouse is even grittier in flawless 1080p. Each heart stopping frame delivers maximum punch as 24 bit uncompressed audio and the unbridled strength of Blu ray High Definition take you to edge of your seat and beyond

Stunning? I wonder if that's a reference to Javier Bardem's weapon of choice.

Blu-Ray you say? (3, Insightful)

future assassin (639396) | more than 4 years ago | (#30106748)

What about DVD? Oh those of us who don't own or wanna waste money on the next "best" in spinning disk technology gonna have to wait? I guess I'll just have to download it the day it comes out.

Goody gumdrops! (1)

Cur8or (1220818) | more than 4 years ago | (#30108688)

A Star Trek story on /. Great way to start the week!

The 3rd pilot (0)

Antiocheian (859870) | more than 4 years ago | (#30108948)

Here is an excerpt from the discussion on the article:

"Mind you there are differences such as Spock is not the 1st officer he's the second officer while Majel Barret played the 1st officer. In the remake of this 2nd pilot she was moved to the position of nurse Chapel. As other have said the music is different and the show is separated into sections land labelled as acts."

Capiche?

But there is in fact a 3rd pilot. Here it is: http://www.shatnerology.com/video.html [shatnerology.com]

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