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Maw of the beast by thefirstfleet Maw of the beast by thefirstfleet
I wanted to re-make that especially dark effect shot of the Enterprise facing the Planet Killer. I don't know why they used that really subtle lighting. Maybe this is how the shot just came out and had no budget to re-shoot, or maybe it was deliberate, to capture the dark atmosphere of the episode. Anyway, here's using state of the art tech to make something look as if it were made half a century ago :D


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:iconwonderbee31:
wonderbee31 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2018
I know many modern folk that complain about the planet killer and how simplistic and stuff, but for me it was one of the ways Star Trek could turn things on the head, from Baloks big ship to the conical planet killer to a giant space amoeba, Trek did things on tv that bigger budget Hollywood still had trouble with, and up until the cig era, Trek was still standing out of a lot of stuff.  Beautifully  done and always look forward to more of your art.
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:iconthefirstfleet:
thefirstfleet Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2018
Thank you very much!

And I agree with your words!
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LoneBrowncoat Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2018
WoW!! looks like 35mm film stock!
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:iconthefirstfleet:
thefirstfleet Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2018
Yupp, I wanted to make this look like a real old footage.
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Wingsley Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2018
I can hear that bit of music with the gong in it, from that scene in "The Doomsday Machine" after Decker tells Sulu: "Get us in closer".
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:iconthefirstfleet:
thefirstfleet Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2018
:D
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Geoffryn Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
"Commodore, we must withdraw.  Our shields can only take a few more minutes of this...!"

"Recommendation noted.  Fire all phasers!"

It was clear Matt Decker was insane, but where was Jim Kirk?  He was off having a little vacation on an abandoned starship, exploring the ruins.  On Deck 5, Kirk found an experimental holodeck Starfleet Command was testing out on the Constellation.  It still worked, and Kirk was enjoying time with a scantily-dressed Orion slavegirl, while the Enterprise was being blasted to bits.

Oh, well!
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:iconthefirstfleet:
thefirstfleet Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2018
Priorities, gentlemen, priorities! :D
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MirrorKhaos Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Great work.
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:iconthefirstfleet:
thefirstfleet Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2018
Thank you!
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Traeumer1981 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2018
Great part of the Show and a great Picture from you.
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:iconthefirstfleet:
thefirstfleet Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2018
Thank you very much!
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Mindslave24-7 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
:iconthinksplz:Y' know, really, if you think about it. ...blowing up from inside, really doesn't make sense.
This thing eats planets, and fire out an Anti-proton beam. It should be able to withstand that blast.
(And how exactly does eating a planet make fuel? that's very inefficient, wouldn't you process the good bits out before 'digestion'? and then only eat those? )
So many, many,  questions when you waaay overthink an episode.... :laughing:
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:iconthefirstfleet:
thefirstfleet Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2018
I think it actually "ate" the molten core of the planets, filled with heavy elements, radioactive stuff, and so on. But it's nothing compared to the explosion of tons of antimatter.
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Mindslave24-7 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
which, makes more sense...

but again, we're over analyzing a 50 year old TV show....
We, have way too much free time. :rofl:

(And we will continue to do so until warp drive becomes a reality! :evillaugh:  )
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ChrisMillerGU Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2018
OH NOES! :(
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:iconthefirstfleet:
thefirstfleet Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2018
Don't worry, Kirk knows what he does!
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:iconbrproducts:
BRProducts Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
"That's one odd star."

"Boy, that ain't no star."
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:iconthefirstfleet:
thefirstfleet Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2018
:D
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King-Hauken Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Came out really well. Looks just like a physical model. Excellent work
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:iconthefirstfleet:
thefirstfleet Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2018
Thank you very much!
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celticarchie Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2018
"They say there's no devil, Jim, but there is. Right out of hell, I saw it!"

- Decker, describing the doomsday machine.

Watch this episode and then watch Jaws... eh, Mr Williams, where'd ya get that sound track... ahem! :D
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:iconthefirstfleet:
thefirstfleet Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2018
Oh! Ooooh! I can hear it now!
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celticarchie Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2018
Listen when the machine appears, the second time is when you best hear it and when the Jaws music kicks in then you can really hear the similarities. :D

www.youtube.com/watch?v=kdXfGR…

And now Jaws:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=lV8i-p…
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:iconheavenly777protector:
SHOVE THAT DOWN YOUR PIPE AND SMOKE IT!!!
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:iconthefirstfleet:
thefirstfleet Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2018
:D
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:iconheavenly777protector:
AND TWO PROTON TORPEDOES AS COLLATERAL!👿
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USSTalladega Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2018
Wow, thats about as perfect a recreation as you can get! Are you sure this isn't just a screencap? lol
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:iconthefirstfleet:
thefirstfleet Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2018
Nahh, mine is still too clear and crispy :D
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Phenometron Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2018
Impressively impressive. ^-^
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:iconthefirstfleet:
thefirstfleet Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2018
Thank you very much!
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CaptainZammo Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think this is a terrific episode, William Windom was brilliant as Commodore Decker. The sequences on the Constellation's secondary bridge were excellent, and you've done a great job recapturing Decker's filed charge.
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:iconthefirstfleet:
thefirstfleet Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2018
Thank you very much!
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:iconpeterrearick:
peterrearick Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2018
I could hear the music in my head the moment I saw the picture.
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:iconthefirstfleet:
thefirstfleet Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2018
I'm glad I could achieve this effect!
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timnaas Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2018
very cool!
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:iconthefirstfleet:
thefirstfleet Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2018
Thank you!
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timnaas Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2018
anytime!
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ToeClaws Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2018
I think budget and lack of effects technology had a lot to do with the original looks, but it's nonetheless a great shot of such a dangerous automation encountered in deep space. :)
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:iconthefirstfleet:
thefirstfleet Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2018
Indeed!
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Nuclear-Fridge Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This story I remember as being one of the TOS "warning signs" episodes. Kirk and crew find a sister Constitution vessel which has suffered a dreadful fate (like the Defiant, the Intrepid, etc). Kirk and his comrades had to figure out how to beat whatever wiped out the crew of the other ship before it happened to them...
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:iconthefirstfleet:
thefirstfleet Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2018
Also, a great allegory to nuclear war!
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Nuclear-Fridge Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Indeed! In fact, it's an eerie forerunner of our modern-day military's use of drone technology. How long before someone decides it would be a good idea to give the machines the ability to act autonomously...?

The Planet Killer was the first 'space menace' in a TV show that really scared me as a child. It was like an avalanche or an earthquake - a force that would simply obliterate you and never even notice. You couldn't even get at its controls or "off switch"; as Spock pointed out, the long-dead designers would have thought of that. Too bad it killed them...
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BalloonPrincess Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2018  Hobbyist Filmographer
Magnificent work!  :heart:

From one of the stories that I remember about this episode, they had to go to a hobby shop and get an Enterprise model and change out the numbering to make the NCC-1017.  It makes me wonder if they rushed the rest of the details on the episode to get it in place.
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thefirstfleet Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2018
Yeah, it was a really effects-heavy episode, so they had to do their best which whatever they could get their hands on. The Constellation was an AMT plastic model kit maltreated with a soldering iron.
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BalloonPrincess Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2018  Hobbyist Filmographer
**Giggles!**

I wish you could have heard Pop back when I first saw this episode when I was a little kid back in Lexington Park, Maryland.  He had just brought down my TV dinner so I could have Star Trek Tuesday! something that my folks let me have when I was good.  And I was impish to be sure!  He said that this was the worst episode since it was obvious in the one shot of the Constellation being pulled into the doomsday machine that it was fake ... the model wiggling.  "No pilot worth his salt would have allowed the ship to wiggle," was his comment about Captain Kirk.  "Well, Pop ... it's damaged."  He smiled with that cocky smirk I remember so well.  "It's Captain Kirk."  :)
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thereal9thdoctor Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Another story about this episode, which I recently found out from a documentary: the scriptwriter, Marc Shapiro, also did the original design of the Doomsday machine. He designed a sentient, wormlike robot with a maw surrounded by biomechanical tentacles. He'd sent it to Roddenberry, and didn't hear from him. So he followed up, and according to the documentary, was informed by a somewhat sheepish Roddenberry that there was no way they could've built his design, so they used a windsock socked in resin, which of course is what wound up onscreen!
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LoneBrowncoat Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2018
Well, the trouble with TV in those days, especially the networks, is they were still run by even older farts from the late 1940s, and '50s who thought the only reason TV existed
was to sell soap. Westerns were popular because everything could be pulled out of central wharehouses, locations were overused. How many times has the Vasquez rocks been seen, not just on Trek?  (sorry to use the real old spelling of Wharehouse, even in the UK, I don't see them using the silent 'h' any more, at least I don't use the 16th-17th century spelling, that would really confuse people, a leftover from my elementary school that had a Scottish vice-headmaster)
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BalloonPrincess Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2018  Hobbyist Filmographer
**Giggles!**

That sounds about right from some of there information I've heard.  :)
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