Wednesday, November 12, 2008


And here, courtesy of EW, is our first look at the re-imagined Enterprise in JJ Abrams' Star Trek.

The verdict? Not crazy about it.

Let's look at the original Enterprise, as seen in the TV show and the refit version from the first six Trek flicks, both of which were designed by the late Matt Jefferies:

In my opinion, the Jefferies version remains as timeless and impressive today as when it was created, and wasn't really in need of tweaking, however minor. In contrast, the Abrams version looks like an awkward melding of the movie refit and the Enterprise-D from TV's Star Trek: The Next Generation, but ends up as neither fish nor fowl.

It's not horrible, necessarily, but it's hard to imagine, despite all the filmmakers' protestations to the contrary, that the '09 model Trek is meant to fit in with the existing canon. It's even harder to reconcile with this quote from Abrams regarding his vision for the ship:
"If you're going to do Star Trek, there are many things you cannot change. The Enterprise is a visual touchstone for so many people. So if you're going to do the Enterprise, it better look like the Enterprise, because otherwise, what are you doing?"
I'm wondering.


Mr. Boy said...

I will admit, there is something slightly "off" about it, but I can't put my finger on what.

I will also say that it doesn't bother me nearly as much as it seems to bother you.

You have to look at it from the standpoint of the film being meant to wrangle a new posse of Trekkies.

The fans will show up, but newbies need to be enticed. The younger the audience, the less forgiving in terms of the visuals. Think of all the teenagers who will see this movie who have slim to no exposure to films that used models, miniatures, puppets, and matte paintings.

It's a CG world, and I think they had to update the design enough so it wouldn't look like something from "some old TV show our dads used to watch."

I'm with you, there's something a little "eh" about the whole thing. But I understand why they did what they did.

Zaki said...

I guess for me, it all comes down to "if it ain't broke..." and this just feels like a fix they didn't need. look at the movie version in the picture above. It still looks impressive. The "streamlined" Abrams version just feels like a needless change to me. It's not a market improvement, and in some ways it's inferior.

Ian Sokoliwski said...

This is gonna be like watching some European version of the ST. Nothing is specifically wrong, as such, but everything is just subtly different....