(bonus points if you can identify the show that title quote is from)
Greetings, Gentle Readers. I went back to the arts school today, and it was actually pretty groovy. I got many hugs, handshakes, and even people I didn't know saying how glad they were that I was back. And they had actually gotten quite a bit done on the set in my absence. It's still going to be a tight squeeze to get the thing up in time, but not so impossible as I had feared. So, I'm in a good mood for the first time in quite a while. On to some more trivial things.
Saturday was the first showing of the first of the re-done Star Trek episodes. They chose Balance of Terror, which was the first episode to feature the Romulans. It starred Mark Leonard as the Romulan Commander, the same actor who would later play Spock's father, Sarek, and the Klingon Commander at the beginning of Star Trek: The Motion Picture. The new effects were very well done. Vastly superior to the originals, but made to blend seamlessly with the show itself, even adopting the same graininess and texture of the original footage. They could easily have ramped up the effects, but chose instead to simply replace the herky-jerky old model shots with much smoother CGI. Overall the revamp was beautiful. My only complaint was that the episode was still edited for syndication, but it was edited with all the subtlety of Freddy Kruger on crack. I guess we'll have to wait for the DVD's to see the real glory of the refits.
Ok, I'm really tired, so I'm going to end this here. I don't know what the future holds for us, but at least it's a lot less aggravating.