After Paramount released all the new photos from the Star Trek movie, TrekMovie had a chance to speak exclusively to Star Trek writers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci about the USS Kelvin image (the exclusive image for TrekMovie). The pair give us a bit of background on this new ship, plus there is a new image of the ship just made available. Oh and they also also talk about that black shirt Kirk is always wearing!
Here is the pic sent in to TrekMovie
Orci and Kurtzman talk Kelvin
TrekMovie: Any background to the name Kelvin?
Roberto Orci: It is JJ [Abrams] grandfather’s name
Alex Kurtzman: JJ’s grandfather had a company named Kelvin and Kelvin has appeared in everything he has done. It was in MI3, it was in Alias and Felicity.
Orci: Kelvin is also a big name in science with the temperature scale named after him, and there is certainly a believable reason that Starfleet would have a ship named after him.
TrekMovie: Would you describe the ship as a science vessel?
Orci: All ships — even the Enterprise is a vessel of science.
TrekMovie: True, but certain ships, like the Grissom, were specifically science ships.
Orci: Then, I don’t think I would describe it as a strict science ship.
TrekMovie: And is the registry number NCC 0514?
TrekMovie: What angle are we seeing the ship? Is that the leading edge of the saucer?
Orci: That picture should be the first clue that saucer and nacelle technology are still quite prevalent in our Starfleet.
TrekMovie: Is this just part of a larger battle or is this particular ship significant?
Orci: Aren’t all of life’s battles part of a large battle?
Kurtzman: [laughs] This is a very significant ship.
TrekMovie: Is this a different type of ship that the USS Enterprise?
Orci: Yes, a different type of ship.
Kurtzman: They are similar ships, but not the same ship. They are different classes of ships.
TrekMovie: There is a red beam hitting the ship, can you say who is firing on them?
Orci: It is a Star Destroyer. [very funny Bob!]
Kurtzman: The answer to your question is in one of the other photographs. [NOTE: This could either mean the USS Enterprise or the villain Nero…TrekMovie is going to guess Nero…duh]
TrekMovie: Here is a nerdy Trek question. In the history of Trek shields have been shown both as a bubble around the ship and as a skin clinging to the hull. It is hard to see from this image if there are any shield effects, but in the new Star Trek which approach is used?
Kurtzman: We have always thought of them as more like skin, less like bubble.
Orci: The bubble represents energy fields — signature, but not necessarily the physical shape of the shield.
TrekMovie: The ship seems to have lots of striations and marks on it, is that all from the battle or has this ship been around the block before it gets into the battle?
Orci: When you meet the Kelvin it is pristine, it is a beautiful site.
image of the USS Kelvin from Entertainment Weekly
Bonus Question on Kirk’s Shirt
TrekMovie: Regarding the other pictures, there has been a lot of questions about how Kirk is never seen in a gold shirt, will we see him in the gold?
Orci: That is a big question…we have given it a lot of thought.
Kurtzman: It is not a random thing. There is a reason his shirt is the color that it is.
What is with that black shirt?