When the Enterprise attempts to penetrate a space barrier, it is damaged and creates a potentially worse problem. Two crew members, including Kirk's best friend, gain psionic powers that are growing at exponentially. This leaves Captain Kirk with the difficult choice; either marooning them or killing before they get so powerful they lose their humanity and become truly dangerous. Written by
Kenneth Chisholm <firstname.lastname@example.org>
The thing I remember of this 2nd Pilot episode was the fantastic shot of the Enterprise entering the "Barrier" at the galaxy's rim and the way it appeared while being tossed around like a rag doll. I was nine years old when I first saw this, it left an impression.
I have just watched a version of this pilot, with all of those incredible graphics TOTALLY REMOVED and replaced with the worst CGI I have ever seen.
This is a debacle as bad as George Lucas ruining his original Star Wars trilogy by inserting all kinds of busy CGI garbage. And now for the second time, I have to say NO! Leave it as it was originally done!
To replace an eleven foot model of the USS Enterprise with a badly rendered CGI dupe, was wholly ineffective. The ironic thing is that Digital Modeling has gotten much better and even in 2005, the USS Enterprise D was duplicated digitally for the series finale of "Enterprise" - THAT, at least, was realistically done. The graphics for this enhanced Blu Ray set, a child could have done, and it was no way as effective as the original photographic plate.
I'm glad the producers of the set gave the viewers the opportunity to choose which version they are to watch, Original or Ruined.
As far as this episode was originally made? It broke all barriers of Network Television, creating a new standard of production to beat, always being challenged by lesser shows like "Lost in Space" or "Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea." Ironically, the budgets for this show were so low that it is amazing that they were able to pull off the quality of production that they ended up with.
To make us BELIEVE we were in a starship, traveling among the stars, visiting all those planets, meeting Vulcans, Andorians. Klingons, Romulans.... No other show had as big an impact as this one small show from the 60's
In this episode, crewman Gary Mitchell, Kirks colleague and friend, is touched by some force that rapidly changes him into something with Godlike Powers. This was portrayed rather simplistically but effectively, basically bringing to mind the adage about "Absolute Power" and it's properties of corruption.
It is the choice of what to do with that power: One person wants to use it for manipulation, the other with compassion.
It is not that people will not make mistakes when given an allotment of authority: It is, what they will do with it at the end of the day: When all of the chips are down, what kind of person are you?
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