AICN’s Knowles Reports on Star Trek Footage

JJ Abrams gave Aint It Cool News’ Harry Knowles a sneak peek of a few scenes the new Star Trek movie. Excerpts below.
[Obviously contains spoilers].


Knowles describes the following scenes
1. Ben Cross (Sarek) & Winona Ryder (Amanda Grayson) cradling a baby Spock on the surface of Vulcan. (no effects added yet, not much to say)

2. completed visual effects pass of a pre-Enterprise Federation ship from about 25 years before the Enterprise. (this would be Captain Robau’s USS Kelvin which TrekMovie reported on a few weeks ago.) Knowles describes it thusly:

I really like the dynamics and tone of this Space shot – very much not like something I’d seen before – although it was Star Trek, because the ship was a saucer, with a nacelle above and below the saucer. It just felt aggressive and frankly… badass.

3. A hangar/Academy scene with cadets getting on Transports, described thusly:

It feels as though some Intergalactic Pearl Harbor has happened and all the cadets are anxious to get underway. You’d see cadets running to meet their shuttles – and as shuttles filled up, they took off to take their crews to their respective starships. They hold on the long shot – we hear Leonard McCoy being assigned to the Enterprise – You catch Uhura being assigned to a place… not the Enterprise. You see Chris Pine as Kirk demanding to know why his name wasn’t called out – apparently Kirk is in trouble.

4. A scene on the Enterprise (immediately after the hangar scene). Knowles describes the bridge:

…all ended with characters arriving on the bridge, under the command of Captain Pike. Sulu was at the helm – and the bridge. And the uniforms… Classic Trek. Nice. Then for the first time in the history of Star Trek, it looked amazingly functional. It echoes that classic Trek look – but imagine if you handed that design to the folks at APPLE and said… Make it really work. I instantly believed in the functionality of everything.

Knowles appears impressed with what he saw and provides more details, CLICK to read his full report.

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June 26, 2008 10:10 pm

I want to be Harry right now. Surgery and All!

June 26, 2008 10:20 pm

*changes underpants*

June 26, 2008 10:21 pm

Interesting. I’m amazed they kept the TOS uniforms, but I’m totally onboard with it.

All the characters on the bridge with Pike seems like something that could enrage the canon junkies, but that may not be the case; after all, everything Harry saw was out of context.

It’s nice that we finally get a little nugget of info from JJ. Anthony, he should hook you up with a sneak peek too!

June 26, 2008 10:21 pm

Knowles’ article gives me hope.

hope |həʊp|
1 a feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen
• a person or thing that may help or save someone
• grounds for believing that something good may happen
2 archaic – a feeling of trust.

June 26, 2008 10:21 pm

That is SO cool! I want to see!!!

June 26, 2008 10:22 pm

Ooh! Exciting.

Xplodin' Nacelle
June 26, 2008 10:26 pm

The “fully functional” bridge sounds really exciting! – can’t wait to see what real tech it influences in the next 50 years…

June 26, 2008 10:27 pm

I don’t really care for that site, personally, but it sounds awesome just the same.

June 26, 2008 10:28 pm

by “it sounds awesome” I mean the movie, not the site. :P
(just to clarify)

June 26, 2008 10:28 pm

wow, I am speechless!

June 26, 2008 10:31 pm

I am just so frakkin’ jealous of Harry Knowles right now!

Why can’t JJ show US some love and release one image of the cast in uniform, or the Enterprise? Please! Just one.

This is gonna be a long year waiting for this film.

June 26, 2008 10:32 pm


Spock with a Crowbar
June 26, 2008 10:33 pm

Cool! And you won’t see a bit of it if you’re on your way to ComicCon this year!

June 26, 2008 10:35 pm

I’m a happy trekkie

The Last Maquis
June 26, 2008 10:37 pm

Now this is the kinda stuff I want to hear!! It all sounds promising. though I am Worried about Uhura not bing like Uhura , but then again Zoe could read me the Phone book and I’d be excited. and isn’t Harry a “Warsie” anyway?

June 26, 2008 10:45 pm

Oh my!

June 26, 2008 10:47 pm


demon barber of starfleet
June 26, 2008 10:57 pm


June 26, 2008 11:07 pm

Squee!!!! I cannot wait!

June 26, 2008 11:09 pm

Oh yeah I have confidence that this will be a great film

June 26, 2008 11:18 pm

this movie is gonna make me cry, sweat, and possibly pee my pants with joy, i want to see baby spock on Vulcan & I need to see grouchy young Kirk. I love it. I love it. I love it.
now give us a trailer. give it.

June 26, 2008 11:44 pm

I can’t wait to see this frikkin movie !!

Section 31
June 26, 2008 11:47 pm


Why is Pike in command when the crew of TOS arrives on the bridge?!?! Kirk is suppose to be the captain. I can’t believe the film is going to end with Kirk NOT in command! They violated STAR TREK CANON for crying out loud!

June 26, 2008 11:49 pm

I dont believe a thing. It’s AICN after all…

I wait for the movie!

Kirk, James T.
June 26, 2008 11:51 pm

AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :D

June 26, 2008 11:51 pm

Mongo knew canon peoples find something they not like.


June 26, 2008 11:54 pm

” Why is Pike in command when the crew of TOS arrives on the bridge?!?! Kirk is suppose to be the captain. I can’t believe the film is going to end with Kirk NOT in command! They violated STAR TREK CANON for crying out loud!”

Hahaha. But to anyone who may have read it that way possible.. re-read the context, I believe he said his “footage session” ended with that.. not that the movie ends with it.

Section 31
June 26, 2008 11:55 pm


Why the hell are they getting on shuttles?!!?!? They should be using TRANSPORTERS by now. This isn’t ENT!!!!

It’s suppose to be STAR TREK!, NOT Battlestar Galactica!

June 27, 2008 12:04 am

why have shuttles if you never use them?

June 27, 2008 12:06 am

That is effing awesome! I hate that it’s still almost a year away…

Section 31
June 27, 2008 12:07 am


I’m talking about common sense in the Star Trek universe. If war is going on, riding on a shuttle IS NOT a good idea, because it could be shot down be enemy fire. Remember what LaForge said “the transporter is still the safest way”. The whole shuttle scene is nothing more than an action scene for the movie. Goddamn writers! Always trying to make the movie appealing to non-Trek audiences!

June 27, 2008 12:11 am

Hi Bob Orci mans!

Section 31 mans forget that maybe if in state of war, shields up on ship. No use transporter. Surprise you no realize.

Section 31
June 27, 2008 12:12 am


But if shields are up, shuttles can’t enter the ship! Duh!

June 27, 2008 12:16 am


Yes can. Since Starfleet ship can match shield harmonic, shuttle can synchronize with ship it dock to and pass through shield.

And no say “Duh”. It not make you sound smart.

Section 31
June 27, 2008 12:17 am

#34 But, starships can match the harmonics of the shields with the transporters!

June 27, 2008 12:18 am

#28: There’s probably a dangerous field of Plot Device Energy encircling the globe at the time, and if there’s one thing I’ve learned from years of Trek, it’s that you should never attempt to beam through Plot Device Energy fields.

Section 31
June 27, 2008 12:19 am

#36 But they did in First Contact!

June 27, 2008 12:21 am

Perhaps the scene in question is a flashback? Or a drill? Maybe some one is playing a joke on some one else?

June 27, 2008 12:24 am

38. Bob, your coyness is endearing with an edge of irritating, haha.

June 27, 2008 12:24 am


That not true. No Starfleet ship capable of beaming through shield. Transporter and shield technology different. Transporter use technology similar to matter replication. Shield use technology similar to phase energy pulse but with different spread. Not compatible. Also transporter is subspace technology and in state of war reasonable to assume enemy using subspace jamming technology. Transporter not as safe as shuttle.

June 27, 2008 12:26 am

And whole thing just pretend. No sense getting panties in bunch.

Frank B. Chavez III
June 27, 2008 12:27 am

It sounds really awesome. I can’t believe people are actually arguing about descriptions of scenes in a movie that’s probably just now getting into post production. Their is probably a very good reason they are using shuttles instead of transporters. Remember the transporter malfunction in The Motion Picture? Remember Star Trek V? The transporters were off line during most of the movie. It’s called dramatic effect you jerks.

Section 31
June 27, 2008 12:27 am


Ever seen Voyager before? They could beam through shields in rare instances. Especially the movie First Contact!

June 27, 2008 12:27 am

makin’ progress

Section 31
June 27, 2008 12:30 am

What about the last scene of the movie? It ends with Pike! Not Kirk!

June 27, 2008 12:31 am


You know Voyager and First Contact take place 80-100 year after scene in movie we talk about?


Name calling for children.

June 27, 2008 12:32 am

On a serious note: sounds like they’re diving right into crisis/urgency without much navel-gazing, and that sounds like a wise choice, as long as the film can keep it smart and keep the emotions genuine.

Or if not genuine, at least good and sappy.

Or if not sappy, at least have people yell a lot.

June 27, 2008 12:33 am


Think you read that wrong. That last scene Harry see, not last scene in movie. And remember:

Just pretend.

Section 31
June 27, 2008 12:34 am

#46 Yeah, but the main reason why the bridge of the enterprise in the new movie looks different from TOS (1966 version) is because rogue TNG Romulans contaminate the TOS timeframe.

Kirk, James T.
June 27, 2008 12:35 am

^ Oh Shush! lets see what’s out there before we judge.