‘Star Trek’: An exclusive first look at the Enterprise | PopWatch Blog | EW.com

Posted: November 11, 2008 in Scifi
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Nov 11, 2008, 03:23 PM | by Jeff Jensen

Categories: Sci-Fi, Star Trek

JJ Abrams wasn’t a huge fan of the original Star Trek TV series as a kid,  but he does have one unabashed gee-whiz Star Trek memory: watching the first feature film (1979’s Star Trek: The Motion Picture) and marveling over the big reveal of the Enterprise during a long sequence in which James T. Kirk takes a slow-boat tour around the iconic starship. “The coolest thing about it—maybe the coolest thing in the movie—was when you flew around the ship, you could see all the different panels that made up the ship,” says the director of the forthcoming Trek reboot, slated for a May 8, 2009 release. “It was the first time I had ever seen that level of attention, that love of detail, given to the tangible, practical reality of the ship.”

Here, in this exclusive first look at Abrams’ take on the Enterprise, you not only see his vision of the ship, but his attempt to evoke that sequence from the first film that so captured his imagination. If you’re thinking, “Wow! It looks the way the Enterprise has always looked”—well look at the big Spock brain on you! Abrams wanted to take the original TV series Enterprise and the movie franchise Enterprise and fuse them together into a new yet familiar Enterprise. His ambition was a ship that felt very realistic, that could “stand up” to today’s f/x standards—and beyond. “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?”

Fans and other interested parties will get more looks at the new Enterprise when the first trailer arrives this Friday, attached to Quantum of Solace. And if you missed the additional 11 Star Trek photos we debuted last month, click here and check ’em out.

via ‘Star Trek’: An exclusive first look at the Enterprise | PopWatch Blog | EW.com

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Comments
  1. Tony Dayoub says:

    A heck of a lovely ship. For a continuity hound like me, it even works on another level. Now I can see the transition from Archer’s ship to the movie ship and beyond.

    BTW, I love reading the other geeks around the intertubes who adamantly refuse to support this movie after seeing what the ship looks like. Same ones who thought Daniel Craig would make an awful Bond, and Heath Ledger was gonna screw up the Joker.

    Like

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