“If you keep your nose off my bridge, I’ll be thankful.” (New season of Star Trek: Remastered premieres this weekend)

Technically, it’s only been seven weeks since the season finale of Star Trek: Remastered. Yet, I find myself more excited about this weekend’s season premiere than any other show currently on television.

Perhaps it’s because this is likely the last time the original Star Trek series will have a season premiere, for the remaining 40 episodes of the classic series will get the remastered treatment of upgraded effects, enhanced picture and sound, and other improvements throughout the 2007-2008 season. Unless, of course, the episodes are refinished yet again . . . in another 40 years or so.

Or maybe it’s because the lead-in episode, “The Galileo Seven,” is one of the finest installments of Star Trek. Not only that, but it should offer plenty of opportunities for CBS Digital to take their effects work to a new level.

Below are the press release and pictures from CBS for “The Galileo Seven.” Judging from these beautiful images, CBS Digital appears to have come through yet again. Find out by watching this weekend (see links below to find channel and airtime in your area). Click on each picture to view larger versions.

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Star Trek returns, September 15, 2007
The digitally-remastered version of the original Star Trek series returns for the 2007-2008 season with the nationwide premiere of “The Galileo Seven” during the weekend of September 15. The episode, first aired in 1967, features Spock in command of the tiny shuttlecraft Galileo, crashed on a dangerous alien planet.
Although most Star Trek episodes use the famous transporter room to “beam” the crew to alien planets, “The Galileo Seven” was the first episode produced to feature a shuttlecraft. It is the titular shuttlecraft Galileo that becomes lost in this episode, forcing the logical Mr. Spock to take an all-too-human gamble to save the lives of his crew. The highly-anticipated visual effects in this episode feature the Galileo in flight, as well as Murasaki 312, a dangerous space storm, in which the Galileo becomes hopelessly lost.
Shuttle, quasar
The remastered episode features all-new digital transfers of the original Star Trek film elements, revealing the show’s spectacular color and the classically futuristic designs with unprecedented clarity. Also featured are newly-recorded remasterings of the show’s main title theme, composed by Alexander Courage, as well as state-of-the-art CGI renderings of spaceships and other visual effects created by CBS Digital.
Tiny shuttle
“The Galileo Seven” stars William Shatner as Captain James T. Kirk and Leonard Nimoy as Mr. Spock, with DeForest Kelley as Dr. McCoy. The original episode was first aired in January, 1967. “The Galileo Seven” was directed by Robert Gist and written by Oliver Crawford and S. Bar-David from a story by Oliver Crawford. Star Trek was created by Gene Roddenberry. Star Trek remastered is distributed in nationwide syndication by CBS Paramount Television.

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“The Galileo Seven” remastered preview video (StarTrek.com)

Episodes and air dates for Star Trek remastered (StarTrek.com)

US stations carrying Star Trek remastered (StarTrek.com)

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