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Star Trek and visual quality

Despite my being a fan of Science Fiction TV and films, some criticism can be made that is specific to the visual medium. The Star Trek episode, for example, looks outdated to modern-day viewers in its visual representation. The campy, obviously-constructed set designs, props and costumes, for me, negated a sense of it’s being “real” in an immersive fictional sense. Furthermore, the remastered version I viewed on Netflix had updated the sequences of the USS Enterprise in space, making use of improved CGI. These points highlight technological limitations during the time in which the content is created. This could detract from a quality of timelessness for many viewers, more so than a text where its outdated qualities are less obvious. Fictional immersion may be better for a reader than for a viewer of a Star Trek episode from the late 60s.