Now, more than 20 years later, Star Trek has released a total of 10 films, and has spawned 4 spin-off series over 700 hours of storytelling. But had it not been for Star Wars, we would not have the Trek we know today. Had Star Wars not
forced Paramount to go with a movie, there would have been no Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, Voyager or Enterprise. Most likely the show would have run for5 years, then been relegated to syndication, thus ending Trek for good.
With over 700 hours of stories, there's bound to be a few adventures that don't hit home with the fans. For many this describes Star Trek V: The Final Frontier. But for me, I found Trek V to be the movie that most reminded me of the original series with which I had grown up. So, to showcase what I believe to be a very underrated film, I offer this remixed version called: Star Trek Phase II In Thy Image the re-imagined pilot episode of the Lost Trek series.
This remixed version of Trek V runs 63 minutes (the same runtime as the original pilot,The Cage). The story is broken up into the traditional Trek format of a teaser and five acts. Also, the storyline has been altered, removing those things fans found most objectionable like a certain Vulcans new half brother or a turbolift shaft that travels through 78 decks (when we KNOW the ship only has21 decks total!!)
The music score has been enhanced with music from the original series, as well as many classic sound effects such as the bridge ambient noise, the planet background sounds and other effects having been added. In addition, several special effects have been replaced.
So, forget what you know about Star Trek. Imagine turning the dial (manually) to September of 1978 to the premiere of the new Trek show. There's a new ship, the 1701-A, the familiar crew, albeit older and wiser, and when its over you realize that this IS Star Trek. An alien convinces a crazy Vulcan that hes God? Crazy Vulcan in turn hijacks the Enterprise and heads for the center of the galaxy with Kirk and company in tow? Kirk stands toe to toe with said alien
and kicks his ass? Sounds like an original series episode to me!
Enjoy and remember, this is provided as a collectors oddity only. If you buy it or sell it you're BREAKING THE LAW. Star Trek is owned by Paramount Pictures and no infringement is intended.