It’s my obsession, my idée fixe, my royal PITA–for over a decade now (ten years–really?!?!) I have been working on and off on this project: to completely replace the visual effects from the classic 1967 Star Trek episode “The Doomsday Machine”.
The closest I’ve been to my goal was three years ago when I completed all of the pre-credits teaser and Act I, plus about 10 minutes of Act II cobbled together from an earlier 2007 attempt. But that’s about it. Every time that I worked on this project, I would inevitably run into some daunting obstacle that made it difficult to press forward, or real life threw up a roadblock, or I just grew so sick of the frakking thing that I got up and walked away–sometimes for months at a time. Sometimes years.
And that’s the funny thing about getting older. You notice after a while that the years just seem to slip away so quickly. You wake up one day and realize that you’re half a century old, and not getting any younger. Time’s a-wastin’.
Well, something else is approaching the half-century mark: Star Trek itself. Technically, the series’ 50th birthday is this December, when the series pilot “The Cage” was lensed, but CBS/Paramount officially recognizes the date of birth as September 8, 1966, when Star Trek made its network television debut on NBC.
So that’s the target date. The FINAL target date. I’m either going to finish this stupid project once and for all by September 8, 2016, or I’m going to die trying. But one way or another… here’s the opening scene of my final attempt to get this thing finished.