Hi again, my dear trekker friends, wherever you are!
Today you'll get the next season 1 episode, uncut and therefore including all scenes! The first broadcast on CBS (on May 5, 2007) was cut, as usual, and they even dared to edit out some of the enhanced scenes, but here, you get the complete thing!
Star Trek Remastered - 1x19 - Tomorrow Is Yesterday [DVD-Rip]
Upload number 21/29
... and here are some of the most spectacular screenshots:
The first glimpse of the Enterprise at the sky of past Earth!
Enterprise desperately trying to achieve Earth orbit!
A look down on Earth...
Captain Christopher's jet, about to engage the Enterprise! (In the original, this had a black background, which didn't make much sense, as this clearly happened on a sunny day!)
Another shot of the Enterprise in the sky...
The Enterprise, as seen from Christopher's cockpit - the cockpit foreground in this shot was digitally added, I presume...
Beautiful shot of the Enterprise, finally in orbit!
Another orbit shot, this time you can smell the ship! (Yes, I know what Spock said to Chekov in "The Trouble With Tribbles" - I was joking, like Chekov!)
Finally leaving Earth - and the sixties!
Looking back at the - digitally created - Earth on the viewscreen!
The Enterprise about to create the slingshot effect, moving through the solar system toward the sun - passing one of the inner planets (looks like Venus)...!
... and hurtling further through space, approaching the sun in a desperate maneuver to again create a slingshot effect to return home!
As already seen in "The Naked Time": the digitally enhanced "chronometer" on the bridge, showing the time - moving backwards!
Slingshot effect in full progress - and the sun looks really big this time!
Finally, after reaching the breaking point, moving forward again in time - course: the 23rd century!
And while passing Earth again, they drop Captain Christopher back to his Earth and time!
Finally, moving home!
This episode was written by one of trek's most prolific writers, D.C. Fontana. She was one of the most influential writers of trek tos and also served as script consultant and associate producer and continued her trek contribution with several novels and scripts for the animated Star Trek, ST-The Next Generation, Deep Space 9 and even for the fan film project "ST - New Voyages" (now called "Phase II"). Her other trek scripts include, among others, "Charlie X", "This Side of Paradise", "Journey to Babel" and "The Enterprise Incident", and her uncountable contributions to other episodes as consultant have surely influenced the way the main characters were depicted.
About her script for "Tomorrow Is Yesterday", Miss Fontana had some insights to share:
"'Tomorrow Is Yesterday' was kicked off by 'The Naked Time', which ended with the Enterprise spinning off of a collapsed star. Originally, it was supposed to be a two-parter, but John D.F. Black had a movie deal and couldn't be involved with the second part. I said that I would develop the idea of being thrown back into space. They were going back in time at the end of "The Naked Time', so I took the idea and played with it.
"Then, I had everything Kirk does, though it's the right thing to do, land him deeper and deeper into trouble. Once he begins to get his footing in this strange and different time, he starts putting his feet right again. The human interest aspect is the pilot who wanted to go into space and didn't make the cut, as it were. But the irony of history is that his son, who wasn't born yet, gets to make a space flight which is vital to the space program's development. All of that, I felt, made for a fun and an interestingly human show. The sequel idea was dropped, and we actually wound up putting a new front end on it so that it would sit alone without being linked to 'The Naked Time'."
Episode director Michael O'Herlihy, who had a long directorial history with the Walt Disney Company, notes, "I rather liked the script. The one thing I did like about STAR TREK is that Gene Roddenberry went into the realm of science fiction, but he didn't go too far too often. Take the one I did, which was rather nice with the time warp thing. I'm not a science fiction fan, but even I could relate to it and understand it. I wasn't interested in funny things with ears coming out of them. But playing around with psychic forces and time, I understood. I enjoyed it very much."
And despite his modern-day sensibilities, he didn't find it difficult to deal with STAR TREK's future reality.
"I can only speak as a director and a storyteller," he explains. "You have the story to tell and you must tell it with as much honesty as you possibly can, that this did in fact happen. You can't say, 'This only happened because we're making science fiction'. This is the story, fellows, so it has to be told to the best of our abilities. That has always been my attitude on every show I've done. Once you begin to edit the veracity of the reality or unreality, you're wrong. Then, you're turning into a preacher instead of a director. I've always tried to do my best from that point-of-view.
"On STAR TREK you can supend your disbelief and just tell the story as if people at this time and at this space are dressed in these funny clothes, although you must not consider them funny clothes. You must consider that this is the way people live. It's like going back to the 12th Century. We know that has happened, so we can just tell the story. In this other material dealing with the future, we don't know whether it would happen or if it could, but I don't think people are going to change anyway.
"I don't think that human nature has ever changed or that it ever will. History is a great passion of mine and the more I read of it, the more I realize that nothing has changed within the human psyche. Man will survive as he always has. I don't care what happens. He will somehow or another survive, which is the one lesson that history provides that no one seems to ever learn. We can theorize or sermonize, but we have no idea of exactly how the future is going to turn out. One of the reasons that I think STAR TREK became so successful was that Gene Roddenberry instinctively kept the people human, except Spock, and I think it was the playing off of those two, one against the other, that was so terrible clever. The poor bugger can't be human but wants to be, and the other people want to be supermen but can't be. It's always a question of search and conflict that makes good drama."
In studyiing the STAR TREK phenomenon, O'Herlihy is quick to point out that he has not devised his own theory as to why the show has remained so popular.
"I know very well that in retrospect we can all come up with something we did to make the show a success," he confides, "but it was just an accident that became a fashion".
I'm uploading all 29 episodes from Season One IN PRODUCTION ORDER. Older episodes have been uploaded on thepiratebay and are still seeded!
Star Trek TOS episodes weren't necessarily broadcast in production order, so I've kept the broadcast number also in the torrent name for easy identification. Most episode guides (including the official guide at startrek.com) are using the broadcast order.
Prod.# 001 - "The Cage" - was not released yet. It is going to be released as part of the Season Three box. Therefore, my upload numbers don't correspond with the production numbers!
Star Trek Remastered - 1x21 - The Return of the Archons [DVD-Rip] (= Prod.-No. 022)
P.S. This is a list of the episodes (TV-Rips!) I was unable to obtain for you
"Whom Gods Destroy"
"The Way to Eden"
"Requiem to Methuselah"
"The Savage Curtain"
"The Cloud Minders"
"Spectre of the Gun"
If anyone can provide any or all of them, or know someone who can, please don't hesitate to do so! Thank you!
In the meantime, we can look forward to the season 2 DVD's, which have been released recently, and to season 3, which is going to follow in November, so there's hope someone may give them the torrent treatment this year! Since they have a much lower street price due to the fact that they are just standard def, the chances for some upper providing them for us may be better than for season 1!
"So your name is Captain Soundtrekker, you say? And what's all this nonsense about those torrent thingies you keep talking about? Never heard about such rubbish! I'm going to lock you up for 40 years, if you don't tell me what you're doing here!!"
"Well, that ought to be about right - by then you'll know what I'm talking about!"