My name is Sheridan
- Mar 31, 2009
Absent, your sence of humor seems to be, much anger I sence in you young padawan.
I'll get my coat.....
I'll get my coat.....
Yeah, I imagine a series produced now would do it much better simply because the effects are so much easier and cheaper to do.
The Second Battle of Deep Space Nine, where the Federation-Klingon fleet captures DS9 back from the Dominion was the first battle on Star Trek generated using CGI entirely.By the end of DS9 they were showing battles with entire fleets.
(src)This episode contains the largest battle ever seen in Star Trek, topping "The Way of the Warrior", which itself had topped "The Die is Cast". It is also the first Star Trek episode where CGI is used exclusively. Being the first episode where the battle scenes were entirely done in CGI, the producers realized that this was a massive project for television and quickly decided to split the workload between Digital Muse and Foundation Imaging. The latter was tasked with digitizing the alien ships, while the former would handle those Federation ships that were not digitized yet. The animation of the battle itself was for the first half handled by Digital Muse; Foundation did the second half (with the USS Defiant breaking through the lines and the arrival of the Klingons). Visual effects supervisor David Stipes explains that traditionally, scenes like this were done on the sound stage with models via motion-control rigs, but that was not an option this time, due to the immensity of the battle; "the problem is that motion control is about shooting one ship at a time, one pass at a time. There was just no way we could have done it. We just didn't have enough time or money."
DS9 - my favorite of the ST series and probably the most anti-Roddenberry in philosophy, which is probably why I like it so much. I own seasons 4-7 on DVD (the best seasons) but I still like watching random eps on netflix because its so convinient.
I think it's already been mentioned on this thread, but go watch Shatner's documentary 'The Captains' which is avail now on netflix streaming
Basically he travels all over the country and UK to sit down and chat with every ST TV series captain that followed him. Very honest, fun and beautifully shot.