Star Trek. I haven’t watched it since the late 80s. It’s been Remastered. Now it’s being Re-viewed.
“The Doomsday Machine”
I’m jumping the gun a skosh here as this episode isn’t scheduled to air until 4 ay em this Sunday morning, but I wanted to post the fumetti for the weekend.
“Doomsday Machine” is one of the great ones, certainly a Top Ten of All Time episode, written by noted science fiction author Norman Spinrad. We get a simple concept: the ultimate “loose nuke,” one dangerous enough to assure both sides buy the farm in mutually assured destruction (“we may have lost, but you don’t get to win”). Guest star William Windom plays the obsessed Commodore Decker, who was crushed mentally and spiritually when he lost his entire crew. We get several great, tense sequences involving Kirk and Decker, Spock and Decker, and even McCoy and Decker (geez, that guy rubbed everyone the wrong way). All this wrapped in a gripping, fantastic musical score that works on the viewer in a manner similar to the Jaws theme, filling you with anticipation and dread.
I can’t wait to see the new CGI effects. That was always the one weak point with this episode, the special effects. I give them huge props, the visual effects guys did their darnedest, but the limitations of time, budget and equipment of the mid-1960s really worked against the concept of starships battling a giant planet killer (Decker’s damaged ship totally looked like the tiny 18” plastic model kit that it was).