Post by j2expert on Jun 4, 2019 17:53:08 GMT -5
It's HERE! Before I watch the newest adventure in the Classic Continuity, I decided to go back to the beginning, back to where it all began- but in color this time! Anyway, here is my review!
WOW. I know I say that a lot, (and I'm sure I will say it again when I watch the Bill Mumy crossover!) but this was truly beautiful and incredible. I know I prefer the First Five episodes to the Unaired Pilot, and generally I prefer the original black and white to a colorized version, but this was a whole new experience. Honestly, when colorized, the visual effects are just as good as the modern ones, but there is a delightful Classic aura in this colorization that really makes it feel like a sci-fi film of that era, rather than just an episode with clips that were reused in other episodes…
It doesn't really match the tone or style of other LIS, but "No Place to Hide" never really did, so I think it works. Sometimes this colorized version is even more colorful than Season 2, sometimes it is more subdued, but it is always wonderful to watch, so fresh and new.
There are a few problems with the brightness,and a strange pink hue, it's not quite perfect, but I am in awe anyway, it is so surreal to see.
For the most part, the colors are very true to the few behind the scenes photos we have from that time, and the first season costumes and silver spacesuits look so much better in color. Some creative liberties seem to have been taken with the color, however, and for the most part, they are very good- that orange sunset sky is so beautiful, and the campsite is amazing- apparently that mysterious "road" in the background was actually a stream! Speaking of roads, I thought I saw a silver one in the background when John was flying around that iconic rock in the jetpack- could it be an illusion? A bleedthrough from the black and white? I'm not sure- also, there is the question of whether flying scenes like that were recolorized for this or if they used the color footage that exists for some of the effects. Either way, it looks great!
The Chariot is maybe a little too red, (and the area underneath the scanner was silver, not green like that!) but I love how it stands out in the background, in some scenes where I never noticed it before, such as inside the cave. And the Inland Sea sequence is even more fantastic, I think that was the highlight of the colorization for me!
Then there is the Gemini 12… what can I say, it's not what I expected! But technically it isn't the Jupiter 2, so I can't put these alterations in the "changes" thread- but yes- I know those launch gantry towers were originally red, but it just doesn't look right- in this case, I prefer the black and white original. I do appreciate that they kept the glowing hull color looking right, (That launch was still so amazing!) although the golden Viewport is very different, and it makes the ship look extremely adorable! / *** \ But the liftoff and meteor storm scene are very well done, and I noticed several details that I didn't before, such as the actual meteors visible inside the "elliptical form" out the viewport.
It's also very golden on the inside, and absolutely beautiful to see. It's just strange that the freezing elements are gold instead of silver, and that the Magna Panels (or, simply "controls" on the Gemini 12) glow a yellow color instead of blue- it's very possible that the original set could have been like this and we just couldn't see, but since I am so used to the Jupiter 2, it takes some getting used to. (It still looks fantastic, however!)
One change I do like is that the lighted panel where the General Alarm will be on the Jupiter 2 is colored red, just like the panel that will eventually replace it. And of course, the gyro ball is still the classic red, but for some reason the square apparatuses next to it are green! But seriously, they even colorized the logo on the Hot Wire Liquid Gas Detector! They really went overboard with this colorization, but in a beautiful and stylistically amazing way that totally fits with the insanely epic tone of this pilot. I don't expect it to replace the original, nor do I feel quite ready for a full colorized season one, but every LIS fan should see this, it's like seeing the series for the first time, all over again, and in an entirely new light. Words can't describe the beautiful colors and visuals, but I highly recommend viewing it and being immersed even more in the adventure that started it all!