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Sunday, February 18, 2007
"Amok Time" Edits
This week's classic Trek episode to get the remastering treatment is my personal favorite Trek episode, "Amok Time." Because of that, I was pretty aware of the trims made to the episode, a few of which are substantial. So, here they are (proving once again I desparately need to get out more):
  • An establishing shot of Kirk in his quarters, lying on his bed and contemplating the situation.
  • After Kirk orders Spock to report to sickbay, we see him walk down the hall, report there and try to leave. McCoy starts to perform test and we see Spock's fist twitching.
  • A line or two when Kirk confronts Spock about what's going on and they discuss the pon-farr.
  • Chekov and Sulu discussing the many course changes. This scene ends with Sulu advising Chekov to plot a course to Vulcan. This exchange is referred to later when Kirk decides to violate orders and go to Vulcan.
  • Spock is contacted via the communications system and smashes the monitor in his quarters.
  • Chapel goes to Spock and reports they are bound for Vulcan. Spock tells her of a dream he had and asks her to make some more soup.
  • On Vulcan, Spock begs T'Pau to let someone else be selected for the challenge and not Kirk. T'Pau asks him "art thou Vulcan or art thou human?" A huge cut and one of the bigger scenes in the episode. It was BADLY edited with lines cutting of mid-sentence.
  • When we come back from the commerical break to act four (having just learned this is a fight to the death), McCoy protests that Kirk and Spock are friends and should not be have to fight to the death.
So, there are (once again) some pretty huge cuts done to this week's episode. I will give them credit--I loved the establishing shots of Vulcan that were done here as the landing party beams down and heads toward the arena.

But I still wish we could find a way to run these a little less edited so that fans who haven't seen them in years or are seeing them for the first time can get the whole experience.

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