Star Trek: That Which Survives - Logical Edition

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Original Release Date:
1969
Original Running Time:
51
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Fanedit Running Time:
48
Time Cut:
3
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Available in HD?
Brief Synopsis:
The Star Trek TOS episode "That Which Survives" in a version that gets Spock, who's wildly out of character here, in line with his portrayal in the rest of the show.
Intention:
"That Which Survives" has always been a complex episode to stomach for me. On one hand I enjoy the main Losira plot, but for me the episode is ruined by having Spock act like a completely douche to everyone, but particularly Scotty and Uhura, for no reason whatsoever. The Warlord got around the problem in his "Star Trek: Survival" edit by linking his behavior to the Pon Farr, but while his edit was beautifully realized, it's necessarily non-canon for reasons I won't spoil, plus such a concept only really works if, like there, appended to "Amok Time". This edit presents most of the episode intact, but with the Spock scenes trimmed back to his usual persona.
Special Thanks:
Bionic Bob, for previewing the edit and providing his usual Trekker wisdom. Live long and prosper, good sir!
Release Information:
AVCHD
Editing Details:
Used the original FX version of the episode. Sorry, but I detest the CGI FX ones. As for the technical stuff: Sony Vegas Pro 13 for the main editing, Audacity to separate the audio into six .wav files, SurCode DVD-DTS to mux the result back into .dts, Adobe After Effects to customize the title card, and MKVToolNix to create the final 5.8GB (Blu-ray compliant) .mkv file.
Cuts and Additions:
- Added FE.org logo at the start.
- Cut Spock's reply to Uhura "My head seems to have impacted with the arm of the chair" and Uhura asking again. Now he replies properly the first time around.
- Customized the title card, motion tracking the additions in Adobe After Effects since the original was not completely still.
- Cut Spock calling Scotty's statement "both illogical and unworthy of refutation".
- Cut Spock telling Scotty to restrain his leaps of illogic.
- Cut Spock's "unavailing and undignified" remark to Scotty.
- Cut Lt. Rahda telling Spock the estimated time of arrival, and him chastising her for not being more precise.
- Cut Spock telling Dr. M'Benga to refrain from guessing.
- Only non-Spock cut: Cut Sulu's horribly sexist line "Stop or I'll shoot! I don't want to have to kill a woman".
- Cut Spock's extremely cold lines to Uhura about the woman having gotten off the ship "the same way she came in" and calling the chances of Kirk and the others being alive "gambling".
- Cut Spock's inappropriately over-precise calculation of the minutes and seconds until maximum overload, and Scotty telling him that those few seconds don't make any difference.
- Cut Spock coldly telling Scotty "I'm aware of these facts. Please get on with the job" when facing the possibility of having to jettison him.
- Cut Spock asking Scotty about the purpose of saying "thank you".
- Added acknowledgement to the end credits.

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3 reviews
Overall rating
 
9.8
Audio/Video Quality
 
10.0(3)
Visual Editing
 
10.0(3)
Audio Editing
 
10.0(3)
Narrative
 
10.0(3)
Enjoyment
 
9.7(3)
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(Updated: August 02, 2021)
Overall rating
 
10.0
Audio/Video Quality
 
10.0
Visual Editing
 
10.0
Audio Editing
 
10.0
Narrative
 
10.0
Enjoyment
 
10.0
Firstly, I must say that I am absolutely delighted someone else has finally decided to fanedit an Original Trek episode!

My own edit - which Dwight Fry kindly references in his IFDB entry - stemmed from a poster's comments regarding Spock's uncharacteristic behaviour in this episode. Thus, this edit is quite an appropriate choice; removing rather than explaining the odd behaviour of our First Officer.

The cuts are 100% seamless and flawless that if you hadn't seen the episode before, you would not know anything was missing. I was particularly impressed with the first cut our good editor made - the 'feel' (to quote our Chief Engineer! ) is totally different - and for the better - in the Enterprise scenes of the episode. With all the a***hole dialogue gone, our Vulcan hero is in tune with his usual professional self.

Interestingly - and perhaps magnified by this edit - Scotty too, is quite out-of-character here. Gone is the calm, efficient senior officer, and instead we have an emotional, loud character in his place, who even raises his voice to shouting level. This is not the same officer who, whilst clearly tense, acted cool and professional a few weeks earlier in The Tholian Web, or indeed The Paradise Syndrome, when Spock was in command. Another character, perhaps, diluted in this episode.

As another reviewer said, this is not an edit for a TOS 'virgin', rather for the expert fan who would appreciate a subtle alteration of the "third season syndrome".

I am delighted the editor chose to utilise the original effects. I, myself, would love to do so in my edits; indeed I prefer them. Unfortunately I can only edit in DVD quality, and the best prints on DVD only have the TOS-R option. The Blu Ray discs thankfully have both effects. My only wish, is that given the original effects were used, the editor would have kept the original (and for me more favourable) title music, as the newer version felt a bit out of place.

The new title cards are stunning, and look incredibly authentic.

Despite my above comments, this is truly a perfect edit of an imperfect episode.

This will certainly be my 'go to' version of the episode! Well done! Please, please keep the TOS edits coming!!
T
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Overall rating
 
9.5
Audio/Video Quality
 
10.0
Visual Editing
 
10.0
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10.0
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10.0
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9.0
The third season of Trek had lower production values than the first two seasons because of budget cuts which constrained the type of stories which could be told. But the season also suffered from the new direction the new show runner gave it which placed action before plot and sometimes made the characters take dumb decision or act completely out of character to serve a poor script. One of the worst examples of this is in "That Which Survives" where Spock, like reviewer bionicbob pointed out, acts like a micromanaging a**hole because apparently that's what logic driven people do.

Dwight Fry removed the most offending moments, Spock's and others, and returned this episode to watchable status. If you've never seen an original Trek episode I don't think I can recommend this as a first watch because it's one of the weaker episodes but if you're a Trekkie (or Trekker if you're offended by "Trekkie", I'm personally fine with being called either) this is definitely a replacement for the original episode. The edits are completely invisible both visually and on the audio side - absolutely flawless. There are new title cards which are simple but very well executed and seem studio-produced and overall this is pretty much the level of quality I wish I would see in the fanedits I watch. This is a textbook example of quality editing,

The image quality is excellent in the bigger 6gb file but in the smaller smaller file there is slight artifacting in some places but it's a small sacrifice for the convenient file size. The editor chose to use the original special effects, it would have been nice to have a version with the redone special effects as I actually like them but I realize I might have an unpopular opinion about this.

Overall, fantastic work. This will replace the original in my collection.
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Overall rating
 
10.0
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10.0
Visual Editing
 
10.0
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10.0
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10.0
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10.0
The third season of classic STAR TREK has many solid entertaining episodes, but it also has some very odd and off-character episodes, compared to it's two previous seasons. But this is not unexpected since Roddenberry was no longer running the ship and new producer Freiberger was more interested in action over character, thus there are many episodes with moments where our heroes behaviour seems slightly off or exaggerated or even unrecognizable.

For me, the two biggest offenders of this is "Requiem for Methuselah" , in which Kirk makes it his mission to seduce another man's love, and "That Which Survives", where the writers do not seem to know that there is a difference between being logically unemotional and micro-managing @sshat.

But now I can take "That Which Survives" off my blacklist, as Dwight Fry has saved this episode for me.

With subtle cut work and editing, Dwight has cleanly removed the most offensive behavior of our Vulcan First Officer and turned him back into the professional and dedicated Starfleet Officer we all know and love.

If I did not know this episode so well, I would not know anything was cut. Technically all the work is excellent, especially in the audio department, as there was tricky dialogue to edit. I also want to say great work on the new opening title card!!! It looks perfectly natural and fits seamlessly with the other credits.

The video file is a nice size, as the picture, colour and sound quality are all top notch.

A very entertaining watch for this old Trekker.
Thumbs Up! :)

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