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Official Star Trek Site Adds ‘Dossiers’ & Bridge Panoramas + Movie Gets PG-13 Rating April 3, 2009

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The official site for the new Star Trek Movie ( startrekmovie.com) has a very cool set of updates today you should check out. There are new images and crew information, an amazing tour of the bridge of the USS Enterprise and a closer look at all those artist models. See below for a breakdown. The film also now has its MPAA rating

 

UPDATE: Star Trek is PG-13
One important piece of news on the update of the offical movie site today is that the film now has an MPAA rating of PG-13. This is no surprise as the filmmakers had previously said many times this was the target.


Star Trek is PG-13

 

New Official site content
There are three content updates to startrekmovie.com today:

  1. New Dossiers Section
  2. Bridge Panoramas (regular and red alert)
  3. Gallery of ‘artist enterprise models’

Check them all out at startrekmovie.com. All the sections can be found by clicking the ‘NAV’ button on the left. We have a breakdown of the new stuff below.

1. Dossiers
The new Dossiers section at startrekmovie.com has spaces for 17 total ‘Dosiers’ with five currently showing. Each dosier has details on one character or ship, with an image. The five showing so far are: James. T. Kirk, Capt. Pike, Dr. Leonard McCoy, Uhura and the USS Kelvin. Each dosier image is also available as a downloadable wallpaper. Each Dosier has interesting tidbits about the characters.

Click images to enlarge


Kirk – seen in Kobayashi Maru simulator


Capt. Pike


McCoy – seen in Kobayashi Maru simulator


USS Kelvin


Uhura

2. Bridge panoramas
The two bridge panoramas offer a lot of new detail for the Bridge of the USS Enterprise, both at standard and at ‘red alert’. You have a total 360 view at startrekmovie.com, here are some screencaps.

Click images to enlarge


Front of bridge


Front of bridge [red alert]


Close-up on viewscreen (animated at startrekmovie.com)


Close-up on viewscreen (animated at startrekmovie.com) [red alert]


close-up on front console controls


Left side of bridge


Left side of bridge [red alert]


Detail of station controls on left side of bridge


Capt. chair and rear of bridge


Captain’s chair and rear of bridge [red alert]


Right side of bridge


Right side of bridge [red alert]


Ceiling of bridge


Ceiling of bridge [red alert]

3. Enterprise Project
The final new update to startrekmovie.com, are images of the artist impressions on models of the new USS Enterprise. These models have been showing up at various events around the world. This gallery has its own url at startrekmovie.com/modelgallery. Currently there are 11 of the total of 25 models on display. They rest will be updated later.


Full gallery of ‘Enterprise Project’


Close-up one one of the ‘artist Enterprises’
…this one makes one think of Scotty’s line in STIII "and if my grandmother had wheels, she’d be a wagon"

Check out the full set of Enterprises at startrekmovie.com/modelgallery

Comments

1. TyanaZai - April 3, 2009

Nice! Love the Red Alert!

2. Remington Steele - April 3, 2009

Im probably not gonna be first but since its 5 weeks today to the new movie, I hope all you boys and girls watched the Motion Picture last week and are firing on the wrath of khan this week….

I know i am….

3. Shatner_Fan_Prime - April 3, 2009

Damn, all 4 of the actors look great in those shots!

4. Toonloon - April 3, 2009

Very cool!!

5. Spectrum of the Spock - April 3, 2009

i like PineKirk’s pajamas…

6. senwod - April 3, 2009

SWEEEEET!!!

7. Tom Welling For Superman - April 3, 2009

Red alert, but Purple color? WTF?

8. Jim - April 3, 2009

KIRK IS A INSTRUCTOR!

Says he was assistant instructor of the hand to hand combat class. A bit of a canon bend, but considering the timeline changes quite possible.

9. Admiral Grand - April 3, 2009

The more I see, the more excited I get. Which I did not think possible! The bridge looks fantastic.

10. Shatner_Fan_Prime - April 3, 2009

Still no first name for Uhura?

11. I'm dead Jim - April 3, 2009

I’m still lovin’ this but that bridge is so bright it could do retinal damage from prolonged exposure. They must look forward to red alerts to dim the lights a bit.

12. Jim - April 3, 2009

also noticed its very likely bones was a doctor BEFORE signing up for Starfleet as he went to the University of Mississippi before entering Starfleet.

13. NCC-73515 - April 3, 2009

I love the little joysticks!

14. 1701 over Gotham City - April 3, 2009

LOVE some of the background info, ESPECIALLY the wonderfuly canon (Hey, deal with it) comment of McCoy attending the U of Mississippi! I also love the comment that Kirk is a Hand-to-hand combat instructor… that Kirk-fu has to come from somewhere!

Meaningless tidbits that just overflow with character. GREAT shots… even if I still do not like the cluttered Ipod bridge, the photos are incredible shots!

15. The Original Spock's Brain - April 3, 2009

Awesome stuff.

16. Star Trackie - April 3, 2009

With apologies to the great one….how sweeeet is is!

17. Selor - April 3, 2009

Hell yeah! Kirk-Fu is a obligatory course at the Academy xD

18. tHE tRUTH iS oUT tHERE - April 3, 2009

I would not call it Kirks pajamas…almost looks like the jackets they wore in the original pilot…a nod to canon?

19. SaphronGirl - April 3, 2009

Uhura is proficient in 83% of Federation Languages.

FINALLY.

20. Mark from Germany - April 3, 2009

Wow……LISTEN TO THE MUSIC !!!! Must be from the soundtrack….great………..

21. BaronByng - April 3, 2009

Anyone finding the panoramas don’t launch? I’m on a Mac running Safari 4 Beta, which runs the rest of the site fine (Flash), but I just click on em and…nothing.

22. The Last Maquis - April 3, 2009

I do Like the view Screen but the rest of the Bridge Sucks.

23. Ensign Ricky - April 3, 2009

#10
I was wondering the same thing.

24. raveoned - April 3, 2009

I like the transporter room when you look at the crew dossiers.

Also, good detail on saying Pike was from Mojave. So far, I’m loving it all!

25. SaphronGirl - April 3, 2009

14.

// I also love the comment that Kirk is a Hand-to-hand combat instructor… that Kirk-fu has to come from somewhere! //

LOL… FLYING LEG KICK!! BARREL ROLL!!

26. Joel - April 3, 2009

Did anyone notice they finally gave the movie a rating? PG-13 it is.

27. OneBuckFilms - April 3, 2009

Good to see more details of the Bridge.

Dossiers are fun. Uhura in charge of the singing group. Nice touch !!!

28. I'm dead Jim - April 3, 2009

11. I take it back. I think it’s mostly the lighted floor around the captain’s chair combined with the rest of the lights that give me a headache. Looks excellent otherwise!!!!!!

29. old baby - April 3, 2009

bridge has Lightbulbs in the 23rd century?

30. Ian - April 3, 2009

Sweet! Red alert, raise shields! Full power to phaser banks and deflector!

I can’t stand the wait any longer! The nerd in me is about to explode!

31. Chadwick - April 3, 2009

WOW, LOOK AT THAT BRIDGE!

32. Mark from Germany - April 3, 2009

AND…. PG-13…….now the movie finally semms to have been rated…

33. Devon - April 3, 2009

Oh noes! Kirk is an instructor at the academy! McCoy attended a university, likely becoming a doctor before entering the academy. Uhura is born in Africa, and is profecient in her field. They stuck to and respected canon. How dare they! They are ruinin…..

Oh wait.

Bloody fantastic!

34. Jarod - April 3, 2009

I bet the simulator bridge and Kelvin bridge will look much better than the Abramsprise’s bridge.

35. Frederick - April 3, 2009

Isn’t that a new, different piece of music playing than before? Sounds more symphonic and more of a discernable theme than the last one. Looking forward to hearing the main title and theme.

36. Mark from Germany - April 3, 2009

oups…seems….

37. orgcaptainnemo - April 3, 2009

The movie is officially rated PG-13 now too for

“SCI-FI ACTION AND VIOLENCE AND BRIEF SEXUAL CONTENT”

Awesome!

38. sean - April 3, 2009

Does this mean people will finally stop complaining about all the white on the bridge? Because a simple glance at those panoramas shows the bridge is FULL of color.

39. jon - April 3, 2009

I got goosebumps listening to the music and reading the dossiers.

40. Steven PDX - April 3, 2009

I think this set includes the tradition of a ship’s plaque. Have a look at the right side bridge entrance (looking at the back wall of the bridge). There is a gold trapezoid which looks an awful lot like a bridge plaque. If it is, there are always special traditions and citations on these–paying homage to writers, actors, etc. I’d love to see what this one says!

Since this is a time travel story, I keep wondering if they will correct the timeline changes at the end of the firlm and the crew will end up on a replica of the original Enterprise bridge, shocking the heck out of all of us!

41. gp1477 - April 3, 2009

Great to see the crew bios are true to what we accept as canon. Lots of unknowns surrounding the background of these characters but good to see their basics are presented up front.

42. gp1477 - April 3, 2009

Also, any idea of what class of starship the Kelvin is?

43. NCC-73515 - April 3, 2009

I don’t get new music, just the old one.

44. Closettrekker - April 3, 2009

#38—”Does this mean people will finally stop complaining about all the white on the bridge?”

Probably not, unfortunately.

45. Chadwick - April 3, 2009

I wonder which is the real shape of the view screen, the rectangular shape or the trapezoid? Definitely to do with polarized or wide-angle lenses on the camera. We have seen Spock standing beside it and it looks like a trapezoid. Or is it both, depends on where you stand on the bridge, weird.

46. drapera - April 3, 2009

Still not crazy about the fragile looking/overlighted bridge. I am very disappointed in the ceiling dome. Looks like it came right out of a nightclub.

47. Dunsel Report - April 3, 2009

That must mean there are six federation languages and Uhura knows five of them. English, Vulcan, Andorian…? I still hold out hope for a dossier file on Thal Arctos, the polar bear engineering officer envisioned for “Phase II.”

48. Rusbeh - April 3, 2009

Everything looks great…except the bridge. it just doesn´t look like anything of Starfleet. of course you see how much money went into it nevertheless imo the production designer failed big time with the bridge.
I really hope there is a conclusion to this mess at the end of the movie, something which looks a bit more like Starfleet.

49. The TOS Purist aka The Purolator - April 3, 2009

#8 –

Actually, in “Where No Man Has Gone Before,” Gary Mitchell comments that Kirk was an instructor at Starfleet Academy (with the rank of Lieutenant).

I hate that freaking Bridge. What’s with all those other extra stations? Despite the production designer talking out of his ass, the Bridge looks NOTHING like the TOS version. Hell, it doesn’t look like any Star Trek bridge. Wtf…

50. Closettrekker - April 3, 2009

So McCoy already has attended the University Of Mississippi prior to his entry into SFA. I wonder if he attends Medical School there first and enters the Academy with an “M.D.”, or if his study at Ole Miss is just “Pre-Med”.

Something like that could make a big difference in his age as he is depicted in the film.

51. Andros - April 3, 2009

I almost want new screenshots to stop emerging because I want to be surprised, even if its by their wardrobe.

52. Driver - April 3, 2009

The bridge is inspiration for my home theater dream.

53. OneBuckFilms - April 3, 2009

40 – I doubt it. You don’t change and revamp things, then go back and say “not really”.

54. Michael - April 3, 2009

I wonder if the food replicators will still dispense multi-colored squares of protein which simulate the taste of turkey….or meat loaf! HA!

55. krikzil (aka Lixy) - April 3, 2009

Greenwood sure cuts a fine figure of a man as Pike in that photo above.

56. ChristopherPike - April 3, 2009

Colour me impressed.

57. Capt Mike of the Terran Empire - April 3, 2009

Red Alert. Raise Shields. Arm Phasers and Photon Torpedoes and stand by to fire on my Command. At warp 5 will be there in 5 weeks. Getting so close and yet still a long time. Time to do the Slingshot around the sun and go to time warp.

58. Shatner_Fan_Prime - April 3, 2009

I always believed that Bones was already a doctor (and an older guy) before going to Starfleet, so this works for me.

59. Kyle Cawley - April 3, 2009

Also very cool that Uhura was VP of the starfleet chorale ensemble – a throwback to her singing in a few episodes I’m sure!

60. THX-1138 - April 3, 2009

“We need a price check on the bridge. Price check on the bridge?”

Bridge is cool but I HATE the UPC scanners.

And if Quantum Mechanics can make little accurate models of the Enterprise that aren’t so…well…Playmates-looking, how come we, the general dollar wasting public who collect such things can’t get one?

61. Mr. Atomic - April 3, 2009

21 – Turn off the pop-up blocker. Once I did that, worked for me on a similar setup.

62. The Original Spock's Brain - April 3, 2009

21. BaronByng – April 3, 2009
“Anyone finding the panoramas don’t launch? I’m on a Mac running Safari 4 Beta, which runs the rest of the site fine (Flash), but I just click on em and…nothing.”

It launches in a popup window. Disable popup blocker.

63. The Original Spock's Brain - April 3, 2009

39. jon – April 3, 2009
“I got goosebumps listening to the music and reading the dossiers.”

Ditto.

64. Mr. Atomic - April 3, 2009

And really, the bridge looks fines (and looks nothing like any Apple product, so the “iBridge” thing is really played out).

65. Closettrekker - April 3, 2009

#49—I think that the layout of positions is similar, and that’s what I took him to mean.

Specifically, the command chair, science station, communications, and helm/navigator consoles are in the same positions relative to the center and turbolift doors.

“Gary Mitchell comments that Kirk was an instructor at Starfleet Academy (with the rank of Lieutenant).”

Yes. I think that, in the original timeline, Kirk becomes an instructor *after* his service aboard the USS Republic. According to the Enterprise records officer in “Court-Martial”, he is only an ensign during this time—and as you’ve pointed out—Mitchell refers to Kirk as a Lieutenant during his time as an instructor.

I have always imagined that Kirk was given a ground assignment after the tragedy aboard the USS Farragut, and that his time as an Academy instructor would make the most sense then.

But I think that Kirk’s path in the altered timeline, albeit similar, is still a different road which happens to lead to the same destination.

66. Jefferies Tuber - April 3, 2009

Do people really need to use the word “hate” to describe anything in Star Trek?

Great pictures, cool marketing. But the website is frustrating to navigate and the music on the site is too ponderous. The music sounds like how I imagine it feels to watch THE READER.

I’ve dropped into a few Apple Stores in the last few months, and none of them reminded me of the new bridge. Blocky wooden tables for Sulu and Chekov would have been a daring choice.

67. Closettrekker - April 3, 2009

#54—My chicken sandwich and coffee….This is my chicken sandwich and coffee!

68. THX-1138 - April 3, 2009

#66

Yes. As in “I HATE the UPC scanners.” I don’t strongly dislike them. I hate them.

69. Sebi - April 3, 2009

Wow, still no Nyota on Uhura…

70. Shatner_Fan_Prime - April 3, 2009

Where is the new music? I’m only getting the old…

71. John Hazard - April 3, 2009

For some reason I cannot view the Apple store bridge on my Mac.
Illogical.

72. C.S. Lewis - April 3, 2009

I see each station has a bar scanner. Why? Obviously, to keep payroll time sheets for the crew

:-)

Sincerely,
C.S. Lewis

73. Mark - April 3, 2009

Cool pictures, I like the bridge.

I’m glad they calmed down Red Alert a bit so that the whole bridge isn’t blinded in red like in TWOK.

anyone notice the edge of the saucer section seen in the viewscreen pictures,?it looks cool, plus it looks more realistic. I like it. now it looks more like a view from the outside.

74. Shatner_Fan_Prime - April 3, 2009

Re. bar code scanners:

“I need Kirk or Spock to navigation, please. Price check on navigation…”

75. Jefferies Tuber - April 3, 2009

THX, Got that.

I would submit to you that Paramount and the set designer have fabrication resources like you wouldn’t believe. Note that the consoles on the floor and the outer science stations each have smaller white versions. And the top level, greeter stations have their own black versions.

76. WhatInBlueBlazes?! - April 3, 2009

Excuse me, I’m busy picking my jaw up off the floor…

Wow!

77. Anthony Pascale - April 3, 2009

Mac users

I am told you should clear your cache and try again, it is better if you don’t use full screen.

78. DAYXDAY - April 3, 2009

I’m thrilled to see the new movie! I love the plot elements that I’ve seen so far! I love the casting! I hope this movie reaches a new audience while still pleasing the older fans like myself. That being said, I’m not fond of this bridge design at all.

79. Star Trek XI: Fakten, Gerchte, Infos - Seite 249 - SciFi-Forum - April 3, 2009

[...] So jetzt sind Bilder von der Brcke drausen. Normal und "Red Alert" Naja an das muss man sich sicher gewhnen Enterprise Brcke [...]

80. Shatner_Fan_Prime - April 3, 2009

Hello? New music? Anyone? Anyone?

81. tribbilations - April 3, 2009

I would gladly slap the idiot who designed this horrid bridge silly with a magenian flat slimeworm!

82. Alex - April 3, 2009

#60

I just noticed today that they use those barcode scanners at my university’s canteen. Viral Marketing perhaps? :-) (I’m talking about the one with the ‘tail’, on the consoles next to the captain’s chair, not the ones attached to the con/ops station)

83. John from Cincinnati - April 3, 2009

I love the cast.

Love the new uniforms.

HATE the bridge.

84. Shatner_Fan_Prime - April 3, 2009

The bridge hasn’t grown on me, either. It’s too damn busy! Just overloaded and kinda gaudy. The bridge in TOS and the movies always looked sleek, like there was nothing included that wasn’t supposed to be there.

85. The Wild Man of Borneo - April 3, 2009

Wow, I can now honestly say the whole ship looks ugly. From the exterior and interior. Unbelievable. And those uniforms they’re wearing aren’t too great either.

86. tribbilations - April 3, 2009

WHATS THAT THEY ARE DOING TO THE ENTERPRISE??? MAKING IT INTO A SKATEBOARD OR CAKE?????

THIS IS SACRILEGE!!!

I hate everything about this movie and the stupid ideas that they came up with to promote it.

87. Kirk's toupeé - April 3, 2009

#86………wot a knob, get a life…………

My only disappointment is that Capt Pike will not be seen in his bleepy bathchair…………..

88. Stanky McFibberich - April 3, 2009

Handy that they have make-up lights at each station to make-up the fake actors….

and re: 84. Shatner_Fan_Prime – April 3, 2009

“The bridge hasn’t grown on me, either. It’s too damn busy! Just overloaded and kinda gaudy. The bridge in TOS and the movies always looked sleek, like there was nothing included that wasn’t supposed to be there.”

You took the words right outa my mouth

89. THX-1138 - April 3, 2009

Tuber

The scanner thing has been has been discussed to death, but it has been pointed out that they are out-of-the-box code scanners. No fabrication. Right off the cash register at your local Circuit City or Best Buy. The fact that the studio and film-makers have the resources to fabricate anything they desire is probably a better source for my intense and strong dislike in the extreme.

Sorry for my snarky tone. It is not you I am hating. Far from it. It is the fact that those scanners are on the bridge at all. And I know I’ll be sitting there enjoying the movie and then all of a sudden I’ll get a glance of check-out-stand implement from my local Wal-Mart and get taken out of the movie for a moment. And it chaps me a bit.

90. Dennis sisterson - April 3, 2009

The picture of Nero on the viewscreen is stereoscopic 3-D. Take some red/green glasses to the cinema! Also – looks like the viewscreen is also a window! I like.
Speaking of viewscreens, in the downloads section of the website they should have had maybe something like a novelty screensaver that looks like a moving starfield… oh wait… never mind.

91. Captain Dunsel - April 3, 2009

Is anyone else disappointed that after all this time http://www.ncc-1701.com hasn’t seen any play or updating?

I mean how long are we supposed to be staring at welders? Especially since the main site has gotten all this new content.

92. rm10019 - April 3, 2009

the music has been on the site for weeks, not.new.

93. TrekMadeMeWonder - April 3, 2009

Looks like the damn bridge was designed for a Japanese onster movie.
Sorry, but that’s NOT the way to do (or redo) Star Trek.

C’Mon New Voyages. Where is Part two of B&F?

94. LostOnNCC1701 - April 3, 2009

I have to say, the more I look at the bridge, the more it grows on me. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not TOS bridge to be sure, but you can definitely see the influence of the TV Bridge on it.

95. THX-1138 - April 3, 2009

#91

That’s kind of like what JJ and co. did with Cloverfield and the Slusho site..

Sort of a GNDN deal..Come to think of it, that is canon.

96. John from Cincinnati - April 3, 2009

Bones went to University of Mississippi?

Pike rose to Captain in 4 years?

Those are things I never knew.

97. Check the Circuit - April 3, 2009

Uhura still doesn’t have an official first name?!

Christopher Pike is from Mojave. How about that? Looks like the Trek 09 team was really paying attention to the established details.

98. Darkowski - April 3, 2009

Man, couldn’t they put even more lights on the bridge?
Looks like a x-mas tree.
You stair at it too long and you get nausea…

99. OneBuckFilms - April 3, 2009

I don’t think the music is new. They cut down the clip a bit though.

100. Schtobes - April 3, 2009

Love the “Trials and Tribble-ations” connection with McCoy attending Ole Miss.

101. Daoud - April 3, 2009

If we could just rip out those “greeter stations” to the left and right of the Captain’s chair, and those ugly Plexi panels and their frames, the bridge would look MUCH better.

I do like the idea the designer went for with the 2-level concentric stations. Makes sense if you posit a larger bridge. I know the later retcon was that TOS-1701 had an outer corridor in the blueprints and all (as seen behind the console in This Side of Paradise a bit), so having a lower tier set of stations, and then the higher ones occupies the same overall space.

Again though, maybe for the sequel, they can yank those panels and standing-stations and posit or retcon they were there for training purposes, and that as Kirk goes forward with a 5 YM for Enterprise in the sequels, they make it so.

102. Mark - April 3, 2009

anyone else having trouble getting the bridge panoramas to work?I keep getting fractured pictures and parts don’t even load why is this?

103. CaptainRickover - April 3, 2009

The Kobayashi Maru-uniforms look cool.

Pike looks cool

But I still don’t like the bridge. Too many lights and too many things that seem to have no purpose (glass plates with circuits, supermarket scanners etc.)

104. Anthony Pascale - April 3, 2009

tribblations : warning for trolling
Kirk’s toupee : warning for flaming (no need to sink to their level to counter)

105. KJTrek - April 3, 2009

I LOVE IT!!! I LOVE IT!!! I LOVE IT!!!

I think this movie is going in a great direction. I don’t completely agree with the bridge and it’s impractical design, but nonetheless it’s interesting and thought-out. I love the idea of giving models to artists!

106. Shane - April 3, 2009

#49 –

Actually, I think the extra stations causes it to vaguely resemble the Enterprise-E bridge.

I really don’t like the new bridge very much either, though. It is too busy.

Please note that I am *not* someone who has a problem with the bridge because it’s different from TOS bridge. While I strongly hope that in some way the timeline is reset or set to where it is “supposed” to be in terms of all of the canon and whatnot – in fact I probably will have no interest in the “new” franchise otherwise – I have no real problem with changing the visual style. It is fiction, and if they make the bridge and the ship and the uniforms look better with our modern cinema technology, I can buy that it’s the same ship. It’s “just a movie,” after all. The only real problem there would be would be that the TOS bridge appeared in TNG Relics, but still – I can deal with visual changes made due to cinema production technology.

The issue I have with the bridge is primarily that it’s *so* different in some ways – i.e., the extra stations and the glass walls and whatnot. Take those away, and I’d be pretty happy with the bridge.

107. freezejeans - April 3, 2009

52

bahaha…we can dream, can’t we?

108. Ampris - April 3, 2009

Dear lord, I hope that music is from the movie; I could listen to it all day. It’s so wistful, but it’s inspiring. I love it. Dossiers are nice, too. At first I’d imagined that they’d all be uniform, y’know? With the same info on all of them, ala baseball cards. Seeing them, I wondered why some characters had more/different info than then the others; it seemed a little strange, but now I’m going to assume, that, say, Uhura’s has more info than McCoy’s because of what’ll be revealed in the movie. That’d make some sense. Still, it’d have be nice if they at least told us exactly what part of Africa she’s from. All in good time, perhaps?

Also, the corridor shots are great. I’m still a bit weirded out over the curvy, snaking shape, but this way more of the black is visible and you can see that the color is definitely grey underneath all of the lighting. Mostly I just think that it’s hella cool to be able to sit and look around the Enterprise, like you were actually seeing it, being there. Doesn’t matter that it’s not exactly the same; I still think it’s fabulous. :)

109. Dr. Image - April 3, 2009

That bridge is like some Disneyfied nightmare.

Love Pike’s uniform though.

110. Check the Circuit - April 3, 2009

Anyone who looks at the bridge set and can’t immediately identify it as the command center of a Federation Starship hasn’t been paying attention for the last 40 years.

It’s functional, colorful and dynamic. It’s not a recreation from the 1960′s…but then again, it shouldn’t be. For reasons that are creative and practical for a 21st century movie. AND…after reading Countdown, I think we’ll have a story-related reason as well.

111. Chancellor Jake - April 3, 2009

Way cool!

112. Jeyl - April 3, 2009

“PG-13. This is no surprise as the filmmakers had previously said many times this was the target.”

……..frell. I freaking hate the PG-13 rating.

113. Jefferies Tuber - April 3, 2009

THX

Like you, I’ve seen the claims to no end that these are off-the-shelf scanners, but I’ve seen no proof. If they’re so standard, then let’s see not just one, but all three models.

Wasn’t Bones’ medical scanner notoriously a “salt shaker,” except that the people who built it said it really wasn’t?

I think the burden of proof is on the people taking the pot shot.

114. Nelson - April 3, 2009

Can’t see the bridge tour using Safari on Mac OSX. Anyone else?

Looks like Uhura is at the helm! “Thats what I like, make the women do the work, universal suffering!”

115. bmar - April 3, 2009

Everyone was right all along! I knew once we saw the whole bridge, the truth would come out! It IS the APPLE STORE BRIDGE!

Look:

http://i248.photobucket.com/albums/gg187/wlmar/AppleBridge.jpg

;)

(Actually, I’ve never thought it looked like an Apple store, but idle hands are the devil’s playground, especially when Photoshop is so much fun.)

116. konar - April 3, 2009

Love Love Love the bridge

117. Izbot - April 3, 2009

10. Shatner_Fan_Prime –
“Still no first name for Uhura?”

Her new fully-canon first name is “Hazel”.

118. pinky - April 3, 2009

Bridge is okay, good shape and all. But the lights are irritating. Oh, and the shades-of-blue readouts at every station are dulling. I get it that Apple technology was used, but apple comes in other colours! :P

119. Dennis Bailey - April 3, 2009

#72:”I see each station has a bar scanner. Why? Obviously, to keep payroll time sheets for the crew”

You’re months behind on the snark. At least keep up.

120. BrF - April 3, 2009

@21 (and other Mac users):

The panoramas don’t seem to like Safari, but they run on Firefox.

And on Firefox, what I notice about the bridge is how crowded it is, and how many steps and levels it has. A good place to trip over things, is my impression. But maybe that’s being too literal.

121. Jefferies Tuber - April 3, 2009

101. Daoud

Regarding those greeter desks, that seem to be staffed by Yeoman, TOS did not foresee the mouse pointer as the primary tool of systems navigation.

Kirk will say, “on screen” in TOS, but we all know that’s insufficient to run a computerized display, let alone the new screen.

The new view screen appears to be a heads-up display within a transparent aluminum window, dynamically feeding information to the Captain, Helm and Tactical.

There would have to be one officer who is actually facing the view screen simply running the information. Helm and Tactical can’t be distracted.

Then again, they could be, literally, Battle Stations.

122. OneBuckFilms - April 3, 2009

108 – The music has been on the site for a while, but I believe it is from the movie.

The clip has been shortened a bit, cutting off a more energetic section of the piece.

It is rather pleasant to listen to, and I can imagine it working great.

For more action/suspense-oriented music from the score, listen to the background music for the eSurance exclusive clip, or the MTV “Spoliers” segment (the same piece of music).

When they are doing the interviews in those segments, the background music sounds like Giacchino’s work, and I strongly suspect it’s from the movie.

123. The Governator - April 3, 2009

The bridge looks better than I thought!!!!!!

Cool Stuff.

124. Anoymous Coward - April 3, 2009

Looks like an Italian cruise ship. ‘Look dear, the Disco!’
Photographed the same way, too.
It’s too busy and too bright

itsonlyaparalleluniverse, itsonlyaparalleluniverse, itonlyaparalleluniverse…

#40- No, they won’t. It’s JJ Abram’s Universe, now, and we just live in it.

125. Neil Bradley - April 3, 2009

Woah. How many lights are there?

I hope they’re all OLEDs. Lol.

126. TrekMadeMeWonder - April 3, 2009

WOW!

The comments against the new bridge design are considerable.
How refreshing to see the ol’ bridge each week in TOS Remastered reruns. I really apreciate that CBS!

115. bmar

Your post ALMOST turned me into a STXI hater!

I gotta stay unbiased until the movie premier.
BUT I CAN’T WAIT TO POST MY REVIEW OF THE MOVIE!!!

Boy, looks like the Shat is really gonna hit the bussard collector next month.

Kudos to the hollywood agents of JJ, Orci and Kurtzamn.
They already sealed a deal for the next one?

What has been the mantra here all along?

Wait until you see the movie. For Parmount I think the rule should be different, Paramount should be wise enough by now to wait for real fan reaction.

I certainly will not place any more faith in the same “suits” that prduced so many miserable ST movies. Face it everyone, they have failed us for so long already. Just because this is another attempt, it does not make it right.

I so hope I am wrong about all of this, or that the producers are just fooling us for now. But I gotta call it as I see it. And this is not just my opinion. I have ALOT of friends my age who are into the Science Fiction or Fantasy genre. They are all (mostly) sick of hearing about this movie already, when it is obviously so off the mark from where Trek should be.
Most have been sick of the Franchise for years, purely because of Trek’s poor track record for producing a sigle quaity Science Fiction movie.

Can you all handle the openess and honesty of my words [ducking and covering]?

127. Christine - April 3, 2009

I love the bridge, but it’s really… really… busy.

128. THX-1138 - April 3, 2009

Tuber
Here is one.

http://blockheadpictures.com/images/misc/trek001.jpg

129. THX-1138 - April 3, 2009

Tuber
And here is the other

http://www.styleteks.net/rmsfusion/ProductDetail.cfm?ItemID=536

130. mikey_pikey (Ireland) - April 3, 2009

LOL i’ve tried all the tips to view the panorama’s on my mac, but still can’t see the Apple Store Bridge, OHHH the irony :((

131. TrekMadeMeWonder - April 3, 2009

Your pushing me over to Trek’s dark side with that post.

WHY? WHY? WHY!!?

127. Christine
“I love the bridge, but it’s really… really… busy.”

“I love your hair, but it’s really… really… busy.”
If I were to compliment you like that, you would be mad.

So, is that another no vote for the bridge design?

132. TrekMadeMeWonder - April 3, 2009

#128 – #129 THX-1138

You’re so on the money.

WHY? WHY? WHY!!?

133. sean - April 3, 2009

Some of these complaints truly crack me up. “OH NO, THE BRIDGE IS TOO BRIGHT! THE CREW MIGHT ACTUALLY BE ABLE TO SEE WHAT BUTTON THEY’VE PUSHED!” ;0

Honestly though, the bridge isn’t that bright. It’s brighter than what we’re used to, but it’s certainly not as bright as the Star Trek IV bridge.

My thought was that the 2 new bridge stations are likely for Yeoman or replacement crew to hang out at until their needed. Makes sense, as sometimes TOS & TNG depicted backup crew as simply wandering the bridge.

And for the last time, no one but us supernerds will notice the bar code scanners are bar code scanners, since they look nothing like most bar code scanners out there in everyday use. In fact, if someone had pointed it out and started spreading the picture comparisons around the internet, I doubt most of us would have given it a second thought, either.

134. I Am Morg Not Eymorg - April 3, 2009

Love the bridge. Love the various uniforms. Filled with excitement!

JMN

135. NDP - April 3, 2009

at first I hated the ship, bridge, uniforms, actors, etc. but I must say over time I have come to accept the new look. With Old Spock and Nero coming back in time, one could argue that history has been altered and hence the new look.

This is definately the way i am viewing it. Kirk is back!

136. THX-1138 - April 3, 2009

Look, honestly it’s just a nit. But, true to your name, It Makes Me Wonder.

I’m sure the movie will be great! ; ^ )

137. Stanky McFibberich - April 3, 2009

That Enterprise design is bad enough without having to paint it up even weirder….

138. Dunsel Report - April 3, 2009

The music reminds me of “Master of Orion 2.”

139. THX-1138 - April 3, 2009

I am not watching this movie as someone who would not notice things. I DO notice the bar-code scanners. And they REALLY bug me.

Another thing: Why is this not bothering you, sean? To me it indicates a laziness on something that should be so simple. It makes me feel like corners are being cut. Wasn’t this what we were getting excited about? A Star Trek movie where they spared no expense and put it all on the screen? How do you do that with bar-code scanners on the helm of the Enterprise? Not just one inconspicuous one, but several placed all around the Bridge. Is there something up with that? Do they have some sort of strange bar code scanner product placement deal going on? I mean, WTF?

And still I look forward to this movie with excitement. But I will see them. And it will sort of momentarily spoil it for me. And I’ve been waiting 3 years for this flick. And I am an uber fan.

140. tman - April 3, 2009

Love the return of the nehru collar and the costume Kirk, Bones are wearing reminds me of an interesting mix of TOS’s dress uniform nehru, Kirk’s costume in the later part of TOS, TNG two tone, and the uniform in the original TOS pilot.

Like the bridge and the subtle color changing (from cool to slightly warm) in the red alert. Actually makes sense!

Strong design elements and good colors. Other than some direct lighting very plausible!!!

Like it alot. Cannot wait!!!!

141. DavidJ - April 3, 2009

Wow, I am totally in love with this bridge! Just beautifully designed all around.

Yeah it’s really busy and overloaded with detail– but it’s the command center of a huge-ass Federation Starship!!! What do you freakin EXPECT?!? lol

I know the first time I saw TWOK or FC, I thought the bridges were really busy too. Now I look at them and they look plain and kinda… dull. From today’s perspective, there just isn’t enough going on from a design or technology standpoint on those old bridges (and especially the TOS bridge). They aren’t nearly high-tech enough.

The new designers simply HAD to take things to the next level, and I think they did a spectacular job.

142. pinky - April 3, 2009

#133
Well, I didn’t like how much light there was on the bridge but then it got me thinking. I really honestly totally don’t think it’s the brightness that’s bugging people so much as it’s the kind of lights. TNG was very bright and I loved that about the show, it gave me a lot of energy. So I’m not against the brightness, I KNOW that! I think it’s that TNG used inconspicuous lights. These lamps in this new movie are flaring everywhere and all shiny and blurring out the screens…. it’s the wrong kind of lights.

143. SChaos1701 - April 3, 2009

Oh jeeze will you all shut up about the barcode scanner. It’s a non-issue. Were people getting all up in arms because they used a salt shaker for a scanner or a microphone to silence people’s heartbeats back in the 60′s? You folks are just grasping at straws to justify your hate for this movie.

144. Captain Pike - April 3, 2009

The new bridge designs and what seems to be an upgrade in the tech probably has a lot to do with Neros incursion into the timeline. I am so tired of the critics who are moaning like little babies over this movie. A lot of people are being real morons over this. What ever happened to just enjoying the ride thats about to take place. Star Trek is going to be relevant again in a major way. Leonard Nimoy is in the movie. That ought to tell you something. Please stop the whining about the uniforms and the ship blah blah. What the hell did you expect. They obviously wanted to upgrade and at the same time respect the Next Generation and they didn’t step on Enterprise’s toes. I am going to enjoy this movie no matter what you big ass babies say. Get over it. They could have pulled a Ron Moore and gutted it but they respected the canon and tweaked it with a time travel story. hey if the original series timeline has been rebooted then maybe Generations did not happen. Cool. Orci and Kurtzman said that the link to the TNG universe creates this new continuity and they are leaving a lot in tact just tweaking it. A lot of you guys on here are so anal. Get a lap dance and shut the hell up.

145. pock speared - April 3, 2009

#88 dear stanky
hey. the first 50 times or so you used the word “fake” (so long ago!) as a way of expressing your outrage at whatever you imagine is… insincere? inauthentic? somehow a cheap duplicate? i was willing to scroll past it because i thought i understood what you meant in the abstract.

your constant insults to paid, thoughtful, hard-working artists by incessantly using the word “fake” always offended me, but i could get around your inability to express yourself because i assumed you would develop your position at some point. (or perhaps you didn’t receive enough oxygen as an embryo, whatever.) you never did.

i once thought maybe you were actually making a case that this film, or ANY film based on TOS should “never be made” , as the primary actors are dead or aging past a believable scenario or narrative, which sort of makes sense in a childlike, refusal-to-mature kind of way. but you never bothered to explain how “fake” is to be inferred. you just keep saying “fake”.

but lately, a few hundred “fakes” later, i need ask if you ever had anything to say at all, and hereby submit that the word “troll” now be replaced with “stank” when referring to a specific pedantic and banal one word wind-up prattle. i.e. “it’s a stank, ignore it.”

146. pinky - April 3, 2009

#143, I seriously don’t think people were all up in arms about the salt shakers at the time TOS was out. I think there was enough credibility in these things that we were able to suspend disbelief.

And to be honest, yes, it always bothered me that Geordi’s VISOR looked like my hairband. But I actually loved it more, when I found out NASA had donated it to the production and that is WAS a hairband. Mmm… If they just admit it and give it some valuable and meaningful reason, we’d be okay. You’ve got to understand everyone, that part of making us believe is maybe, telling us what the freak the barcode scanners are — so we can think about it in that way. Maybe we’ll accept it better when we know.

147. Moses - April 3, 2009

CAN WE HAVE

BITORRENT SPEED

NEXT

TO Warp Speed ?

ON THE ENTERPRISE SCREEN.

148. Captain Pike - April 3, 2009

Another thing…I was checking out the crew dossiers and they mention that McCoy is a medical student at the University of Miss. That was first mentioned on DS9. These guys went out of their way to respect the continuity and obviously create a great story. No More fan boy Bitch Azzness. Relax and enjoy the movie. Stop Assuming everything.

149. old - April 3, 2009

12 days to go ! berlin im coming !

like the interiour and exteriour design very much, but the bridge is really a bit crowded.

sometimes less is more.

150. sean - April 3, 2009

#139

They don’t bother me for the same reason I’m not troubled by the fact that the family in Little Miss Sunshine drives to Scottsdale by way of Flagstaff after having already driven through Phoenix, despite the fact that Scottsdale is suburb of Phoenix and Flagstaff is 3 hours north. However goofy that might be in reality, it had nothing to do with the plot and is totally inconsequential in the long run.

Along those same lines, the bar code scanners don’t bother me because they are the least bar code scanner-looking bar code scanners I’ve ever seen. I’d have never known they were bar code scanners had someone not pointed it out. They just look like futuristic doodads, and I assure you 95% of the audience won’t think twice about it, in much the same way that 95% of the audience of Little Miss Sunshine likely didn’t know the geography of Arizona well enough to realize the trip route made no sense. And that was an actual plot point, whereas we’re talking about set dressing. Heck, most of the people I watched Little Miss Sunshine with were from Phoenix, and they didn’t catch it.

151. THX-1138 - April 3, 2009

#143

Easy Francis. It appears that you might burst a gasket. Just exactly why would at least 6 barcode scanners on the bridge be a non-issue? Particularly in the comments section of an article about the bridge?

I notice that some people only compare this movie to TOS when it seems convenient for them. So here is a comparison for you:

This film is purported to be budgeted at around $150 million. I haven’t exactly adjusted for inflation, but I would gather that TOS in it’s entire three year run didn’t equal that. I can justify cutting corners when just to produce the show you need to be creative like that. But I don’t think that with this movie that would be the case.

I have offered up my opinions why I think it was the wrong move and something that could have been avoided with the whole bar code deal. I have yet to hear a reasonable explanation defending them.

152. THX-1138 - April 3, 2009

And sean, those are great numbers. You are, of course, making them up. 95% of people won’t notice them. How do you know that? As for the alleged 5% who do notice them: what then? To bad for you, 5%? We didn’t make this movie for 5% of people. Sounds like a different take on an old argument.

I noticed and I’m really not looking for them. I don’t work in a store or anything with bar code scanners but I recognize them. Does recognizing an object say more about me or about the people that don’t recognize things they see?

153. Slade Brunner - April 3, 2009

if you look at TNG alot of the cargo containers used were obviously bought from target or wallmart

154. LordCheeseCakeBreath - April 3, 2009

The bridge is really ugly. Silly looking. The original pike bridge looked less high tech but far less cheesy looking. So far it’s the worst Star Trek bridge set I’ve ever seen. It’s almost as if they went out of their way to make it look like plastic heaven. I want to like it so badly. The more I look at it the more I hate it. The over sized book lights and Grocery store scanners are just so stupid looking in my opinion. The view screen is only cool thing I see. What the heck were these people thinking Noone is more excited than me to see this movie. I just wish the set looked more like Star Trek not an over produced cheese center.

155. pock speared - April 3, 2009

the bar code scanners offend me exactly as much as the “borg regenerator plasma wall mounts” that were available at every mall in america around the same time they were used in FC: none, zilch.

if you are so wound up about barcode scanners, why don’t you all whine uniforms that look like fabric? turboshaft doors that look like elevator doors? or about a car that looks rather like a corvette?

“star trek was a good film, but the barcode scanners really killed it for me. but i still enjoy a wank very much.”

156. THX-1138 - April 3, 2009

#154

Yet you and I will be labeled as haters of this movie.

157. OneBuckFilms - April 3, 2009

I just figured out why the Bridge layout is what it is in the film.

I noticed that the Science and Communication sections are behond those Hostess stands.

This being the case, the Department Heads can report directly to the Captain, and be able to face the viewer for general situational information to which they may need to respond quickly.

The workstations behind them, against the back wall of the Bridge, would be where officers can perform various tasks under the department heads.

To match the TOS layout more closely for departments, I would have swapped the Science and Communication stations around ;-)

I noticed that the Port side of the Bridge, we have Engineering and Environmental Controls, the same as TOS.

The Keypads for data entry on the consoles appear to mirror the TOS and Movie quater/circle ergonomic design.

There is also a data readout between the Helm and Navigation stations, which mirror the TOS Astrogator in many ways.

Looking closely at this layout, it works from a functional standpoint for me.

Also, the Red Alerd doesn’t turn everything red, but changes enough lights as a constant visual reminder for the crew, so that no matter what they are doing, they are always aware that they are in an emergency mode of working, enabling them to perform under usable lighting.

The Heads-Up Display on the main viewer is a good idea, since it means there is no loss of visuals in favor of key data points, or vice-versa.

Barcode scanners aside, I like this bridge.

158. TreKMadeMeWonder - April 3, 2009

THX-1138 and Pinky

How about this. The Scanners are for the Yoemans to collect data from each duty station as a check for crew performance. I am sure we will be seeing a Yoeman use the devices in the movie.

Still, the overuse of lights everywhere is distracting. Especially when ALL the controls seem to be backlit. PLUS there are additional pen lights above each station (?). Why the overuse of all these lights?
THE CONTROLS ARE ALL BACKLIT! Just so distracting.

Was’nt this movie supposed to be about the characters? with TOS style sets this whole contraversy could have been avoided. AND wahts up with the bridge dome? Did they ever watch the damn show??

IMO the bridge is beginning to look rediculous. But I still reserve judgement until I see it onscreen. However the more screencaps I see, the less I like.

159. THX-1138 - April 3, 2009

BTW the Borg plamsa things looked stupid to me as well when i saw one of them in Spencer’s. And I still loved TNG.

If the turbo shaft doors were taken directly off of an Otis elevator I would complain about that too. The corvette is supposed to be a corvette=non issue. The fabric of the unis is just that. Fabric. Again, non-issue.

160. tauntme - April 3, 2009

So much bitching and moaning going on. If we go to the same movie theater and you guys start muttering and moaning while i’m trying to enjoy the movie, I swear to god your face will meet pavement.

161. awa - April 3, 2009

Bill on da bridge:
“Hey!!! Are we in a fashion store?!”

162. Paulaner - April 3, 2009

I love the bridge and I’m excited about this new movie. Trek is going in a new direction, and the beginning of a new voyage is always thrilling!

163. Thomas - April 3, 2009

160. tauntme,

That’s been my biggest fear about this movie: that I may be stuck sitting next to someone who would spend the entire movie complaining about how Abrams “ruined Trek.”

As for the barcode scanner thing, if someone here hadn’t pointed out what those things were, I would never have given those things a second thought. As to the question of why they would use off-the-shelf items in a $150 million-budgeted movie, why not? Having a large budget is not carte blanche to spend money just any old way. Even with a huge budget, the producers will be watching where the money goes, especially since this is a major investment to revitalize a major franchise. Besdies, I have not heard as much as a single word of complaint about it outside of fan circles. It is the issue that is a total non-issue.

164. Montreal Paul - April 3, 2009

i love, love, LOVE the new bridge! Looks freakin’ fantastic in those shots! Great bios on the characters… They really are paying attention to the little details.. love the canon nods too! Well done gentlemen!!

165. TreKMadeMeWonder - April 3, 2009

160. tauntme
I don’t know. I have to wait untill I see the whole movie to judge. And I will, as always, remain at the theater. Except for the candy wrapers. Those are always tough to open quietly in a dark theater. But I’ll bring my Phaser remote just in case. Hopefully you’ll bust out laughing when i pull it on you.
Then I’ll just run away.

BTW. That trailer from last week (and now on Zach’s new website) just ROCKS! I am back in the pro ST09 camp everytime I see it. Chills and all!

GO TREK!

166. TreKMadeMeWonder - April 3, 2009

160. tauntme
I don’t know. I have to wait untill I see the whole movie to judge. And I will, as always, remain QUIET at the theater. Except for the candy wrapers. Those are always tough to open quietly in a dark theater. But I’ll bring my Phaser remote just in case. Hopefully you’ll bust out laughing when i pull it on you. Then I’ll just run away.

BTW. That trailer from last week (and now on Zach’s new website) just ROCKS! I am back in the pro ST09 camp everytime I see it. Chills and all!

GO TREK!

I reposted due to the typo (quiet).

167. J. Marcus Xavier - April 3, 2009

I just want to know what PART of Africa Uhura is from. I mean really. Dude.

168. Shane - April 3, 2009

Re: The Barcode Scanners

The barcode scanners do not bother me because they are barcode scanners. They bother me because I think it looks ridiculous to have these little towers with red lights sticking up from the helm and nav stations, as well as the others where they are placed. There’s nothing I can think of in all of Trek that remotely resembles those things, though I am open to correction. The metalic looking “arm” pieces look fine to me, as they are reminiscent of the viewing pieces which were present at helm and nav in The Cage and which popped up from time to time when Sulu or Chekov needed them. That said, this is not just a “this is new and original” reaction. If there was nothing in Trek like it before but it looked alright, I’d be ok with them, but they just look awful to me..

That said, I want to address two points about their barcode-scanner-ness for the sake of contributing hopefully to the accuracy of the discussion. First, those kinds of scanners are NOT anything unusual – they’re all over the place. Virtually every CVS has them, as do many of the big department stores. I think it’s fair to say that more than 5% of people will notice them.

Second, the point that McCoy’s scanner was a salt shaker is, I think, not important for the simple reason that it never looked like a salt shaker. I just pulled up a picture of it now, and it doesn’t look anything like one. The creators obviously did a good job of hiding it. I think those objecting to the barcode scanners for their barcode-scanner-ness wouldn’t have a problem if they were used in such a way as to not look like barcode scanners.

169. sean - April 3, 2009

#152

I have made no claims to clinical accuracy in the numbers I was using, only speaking in general terms. I have only my own experience and common sense, but I know plenty of people that probably could not point out a more ordinary model of bar code scanner, let alone these fancier ones. The use of found items in movie production is nothing new, and it’s a very rare film that fabricates every set element from scratch. You’d be surprised at the ordinary items transformed for movies. Even with the budget here, the film crew have to make certain choices about where they will spend and where they will be frugal.

And again, my example in Little MIss Sunshine provides an easy parallel – I watched that film with 30 other Phoenicians, and none but myself noticed the gaffe. And that gaffe was made far more obvious than these scanners.

I don’t begrudge you your opinion or think of you as ‘a hater’ because of it. The only point I’ve made time and time again is that even if every single moviegoer notices that they are bar code scanners, they are an incredibly minor detail and the majority of those patrons would likely not say that recognizing those scanners ruined the movie. I may be proven wrong, but I’ll make another educated guess and say there are no pivotal scenes in Star Trek that hinge on those scanners. They are background elements.

I recognize that the navigator chair looks remarkably like a chair I can buy right now from Copenhagen (the store not the city). But it would never be something that would bother me to any measurable degree.

170. TreKMadeMeWonder - April 3, 2009

J. Marcus Xavier
Uhura was born in the United States of Africa. Kenya I presume.
Nichelle Nichols was born in Robbins, Illinois.
Zoe Salandra, I don’t know.

171. LordCheeseCakeBreath - April 3, 2009

156, All I do is talk about this movie. I feel like a promoter. Im actually taking off the day after so I can see it. Im sure the story will be really cool. I just think the design is horrid. I really wish it wasnt. Ill enjoy the movie. I might just laugh a little when I see the barcode scanners, book lights on the helm, and the odd look of the New SillE. Other than that I can’t wait! Im not a hater, just someone who loves the look of STAR TREK. Seems like it would have been hard to screw up the look with all that money. Just my opinion.

172. Paulaner - April 3, 2009

Are we still talking about the barcode scanners? OK, they are not the best thing on the new bridge, but I still love it. As for me, I didn’t know they were barcode scanner until someone pointed that out. The more we talk about them, the more we will notice them. Let’s forget those scanner and move on :)

173. sean - April 3, 2009

#170

I seem to remember Uhura speaking Swahili, but was it ever established whether she was Swahili, or merely spoke Swahili? Does anyone remember?

174. Swift Justice - April 3, 2009

Coming in the next Nacelles Weekly : “Barcode Scanners : Why They Are Awesome!”

175. TreKMadeMeWonder - April 3, 2009

HArd to belive a barcode scanner is larger than a Tricorder.

BWWWWAAAHHH!!!!! LOL!

176. LordCheeseCakeBreath - April 3, 2009

Just looked again. Those spot lights seem so odd. Don’t see the point of them. The Entereprise E bridge seems way cooler than this one. At least it felt like an Enterprise bridge. I feel like im in a teenager clothing store or something. Maybe it will look cooler in the next movie. Who knows.

177. markk - April 3, 2009

On McCoy. Doctors in the Army and Navy today usually go to med school before becoming commissioned officers. They do an abbreviated training afterwards.

178. Dr. Cheis - April 3, 2009

I think it’s time to face the fact that Uhura has no first name. Her entire name is “Uhura.” I actually like that about her. It sets her apart from her “Western” companions. It says we can have humans on the bridge of the Enterprise who come from different cultures with different traditions than our typical American white boy. It’s called diversity. :)

Personally, I’m more annoyed that she’s listed as being from “Africa.” Pike is from Mojave, Kirk is from Iowa, I’d have though they would be a bit more specific than simply list her continent of origin. (I chalk that up to inconsistent formatting though. While Kirk and Pike both have “- Earth” at the end of their locations, McCoy has no listed place of origin, and Uhura lacks the “- Earth” suffix. Given the inconsistency here, it feels like each record was entered by different people and thus according to their own standards. Had the dude who wrote Kirk’s bio done Uhura’s, it would have specified a part of Africa. I’m also assuming that these different bios were written by different in-universe people, so I’m not attributing fault to the webteam, but merely stating that even in the future people aren’t perfect.)

At least that’s what was on my mind.

179. Kon - April 3, 2009

# 10 – Just Uhura, like Maddona

180. Jefferies Tuber - April 3, 2009

THX – A meaningful head nod in your general direction for pulling those pics.

Still, I don’t see a qualitative difference in the movie. They could have fabricated something in the shop for less money, but aesthetics matched.

The chair in Mr. Spock’s personal quarters http://www.iit.edu/~fongpat/chair.htm
was designed in 1953 by William Katavolos and widely available for sale in the 60s.

Nearly ever screen or monitor on TOS is a tube-style box.

Somehow Star Trek endured.

181. Lord Garth, Formerly of Izar - April 3, 2009

They are not barcode scanners they are infact cordless black and decker screwdrivers and flashlights

either way they look pretty dopey

182. Brendan - April 3, 2009

That bridge certainly does look awesome.
So glad I only have to wait 4 days to see it on the big screen.

Always knew that living in Sydney would one day pay off ;)

183. K. Thatcher - April 3, 2009

Bridge is ugly

184. Dan - April 3, 2009

Now someone has to build that in their basement, so they can do thier own episodes. :p

185. the quickening - April 3, 2009

Overall, I like what is presented. Like some, I find the bridge a little bit disappointing, but that’s a personal reaction. On another personal note, I’m liking a lot of the new uniforms and costuming. The uniforms that don’t work for me are the go-go boots, skirts and pajama-looking pull overs with the tiny delta shields. I wish all of theses would have been further redesigned. They look so 60s and tacky. I just don’t think they fit the decor and stick out like a sore thumb. I guess the film makers thought there would be too much of an outcry if these would have been radically changed… one of the many times I wish they would have ignored the fans.

186. The Governator - April 3, 2009

I think the bridge looks really cool. I keep reading comments about how it is too bright, there are unnecessary spotlights, its too busy, and of course, the barcode scanners. But I think one of the main issues here with many fans is just the fact that its different and not what you would expect to see. It looks busy because we are used to it being bare, perhaps. To me, this is a good thing, because I believe new styles and direction are something Trek needs right now. I always liked the starship designs of the 24th century ships (excluding the Enterprise-D), especially the Enterprise-E. They were neat and all, but the more I think about it, the more I realize that they might be a little too bland. By the time we got to Nemesis, everything was blah. The uniforms were blah, the sets were blah, and at that point, everything was just losing its flavor. It is true that the bridge is much brighter than any other we’ve seen before. However, is it really all that bright? Nothing like a healthy dose of illumination to brighten your spirits when your sitting at a console all day. The barcode scanners don’t bother me, mainly because I would never have known what they were if someone hadn’t mentioned it. Hell, I still haven’t seen any barcode scanners that look like these. If they are barcode scanners, they’re the coolest ones I’ve ever seen!

P.S. – For anyone who might question why I support everything I’ve seen thus far, it is because I like what I have seen thus far, and have nothing to complain about, with the exception of the pipe fiesta revealed a few days ago. Anyway, just my two cents.

187. Dan - April 3, 2009

I think the bridge should look like the cheap low budget designs from the sixties, and also the ship design. lol

188. Shane - April 3, 2009

182 –

Lucky you! I still feel like having a premier a month before the general opening kindof defeats the point of all this secrecy that they’ve have for so long. In any case, I’m sure I’ll have read the entire plot by the time I see it lol

189. bmar - April 3, 2009

Bar code scanners on the bridge are no worse than the carpet padding used for the walls of the turbolift in ST2 (with holes in it, no less) or the tape cassette holders painted and glued to the walls of the bridge in TMP, TWOK & TSFS.

You’re looking at them in a still image – when it’s a moving image you’ll never notice them.

190. screaming satellite - April 3, 2009

so is this the 3rd film get PG 13? – FC and NEM

TWOK was PG at the cinema but has since been rerated PG 13 hasnt it?

It was a 15 on vhs in the UK (15/18 certs in UK = R rated)..then downgraded to 12 (equivilant to PG 13) for dvd

plus TVH is a 15 in the UK on dvd for some reason…on the actual film disc its PG but the extras disc is labeled 15 so the actual set gets a 15…wonder why TVH extras are 15? maybe that interview with shatner where i swear to god he seemed seconds away from laying the (pretty dreadful) interviewer out cold – so maybe the psycological stress of watching a man about to kick some serious ass?…to be fair the interviewer was dreadful though

191. TreKMadeMeWonder - April 3, 2009

Gee Dan, then perhaps Paramount could have afforded three more years of new Trek. But no. They went for “quality” over quantity.

192. Will - April 3, 2009

I still maintain that the bridge is entirely too busy and bright.

193. THX-1138 - April 3, 2009

I already noticed them. It’s too late to take it back. And I realize that to a lot of people it doesn’t matter. But I hate them.

And for the 1 zillionth time, I will still go to the movie and enjoy it if it’s good.

And #160

Why don’t you give that a try, cupcake. If you’re feeling froggy, start hoppin’.

194. Andy - April 3, 2009

My only complaint is that this new bridge design will be too difficult for me to recreate accurately in my basement!

Can’t wait to see it in action!

195. konar - April 3, 2009

Okay — what is a barcose scanner. It’s a laser reading device. Maybe, as such, it is evolved as it needs to be. A match can do more than light a cigarette. A laser reader can do more than scan barcodes. Maybe they are log recroders — ever wonder how in TOS when they would “replay” a log entry it would be nicely cut together just like a professionally edited scene… well maybe a log entry plays an important plot point, and so they needed something obvious as “cameras.” This would be consistent with laser scanners that are used for 360 scanning. In fact, if holography is a part of this universe’s tech, the cameras would almost have to be laser based. Maybe they look like barcode scanners so that it is OBVIOUS that they are laser scanners.

Point is, you just don’t know. I’m going with log recorders myself. It’s frankly a bit more plausible than lazy, stupid, uncaring, etc. designers and producers.

One final note… there’s a popular aphorism in plotting that says “if there’s a rifle on the mantle in act one, someone will fire it in act three” (and many variations of the same.) So, since they are there, and there are so many of them, and they are so prominant, it is likely that they will play a role in the plot.

196. TreKMadeMeWonder - April 3, 2009

Sure is, Will.

And Bmar, Yes there have been so many examples of design shortcuts.
I am glad you are questioning why these things appear onscreen in big budget movies. I’ve always thought that Hollyweird uses these “big budget” movies more as a tax dodge than… oh wait, I am going too far.

Is it that hard to do creative original designs well?

197. screaming satellite - April 3, 2009

looks like Terminator 4 will also be PG 13 – man what a downer that will be if so – the future war movie which is supposed to show people getting torn limb from limb by terminators as a PG 13!….so very few if any F Bombs or MoFos…bloodless bullet hits…camera pulling away b4 any nastiness etc…..ok they’ll probably dub in a few F Bombs and extra blood for the R rated dvd but it should be seen in the cinema and have that menacing disturbing feel – like the original T1/2 or Private Ryan or Schindler

guess we can thank FOX for making Die Hard 4 and AvP PG 13s as before those Warners were happily churning out R rated big budget Sci Fi (T3 and the Matrix trilogy)…maybe seeing fox rake in extra $ from previously hard R franchaises made them think…hmmmm…wed like some of that extra moolah for T4

198. Steven - April 3, 2009

This is awesome! Come on, May 8! The anticipation is killing me!

God bless!

199. BK613 - April 3, 2009

168
Good post. The Staples in the town where I live has the helm/nav console variety.

Query: Anyone started a “Spot the barcode scanner in RL” photo page yet?

178
Maybe ‘Africa’ is a planet. Why should all Earth colonies be Anglo-European in origin?

200. The Real Stanky McFibberich - April 3, 2009

re: 145 pock

Thank you for your comments. Apparently you can express your “outrage” much more clearly than I.

First of all, I am not outraged. I am dismayed that people can be so excited about this version, but certainly not outraged. There are any number of posters who convey or attempt to convey outrage, but I am not one of them. Yeah, I can be sarcastic at times, but I am hardly alone in that.

“Fake” is a term which means “not the real thing.” This is, of course, my opinion when I deem an actor, or more accurately, a recast character as “fake”, and you are welcome to not share that opinion.
I am not denigrating any of the actors in any way. I am commenting on, as you mentioned, the decision to recast, which is no fault of theirs. As time has gone on, I see many other aspects of it I don’t look upon favorably. I don’t care for the whole idea of it, and therefore I can be critical of it just as those who think it is “just marvy” can fill us with the words expressing their joy.

In this space, it seems that any sort of critical opinion of this Star Trek Movie is regarded with comments about the immaturity of the critic “because they cannot accept change” or whatever. And of course we always dredge up the old chestnuts like “Roddenberry would have approved” and “IDIC” and so forth to add on a further air of superiority.

I know what I like, and I know what I don’t like. On occasion I like to express that opinion. If you choose to take it as something more than my opinion and that it is some attack against “artists” then that comes from you. If you are offended by a contrary opinion or by my shorthand term, “fake” I apologize. If you are reading more into my comments than is actually there, I apologize.

As for being a “troll” I guess I am not savvy enought to recognize what that is all about. Apparently it has something to do with people posting with the sole intent of “stirring up the crowd.” I know I don’t go around looking at the posts and labeling people as trolls or anything else. I read some of the comments, agree with some, disagree with some, roll my eyes at some, and laugh at some. When I write something, it is my own opinion (and yes, I suppose some part of me wants others to agree), but apparently I have exceeded the number of times that I am allowed to do that.

201. Gary - April 3, 2009

Whats up with the plexi panels? Are they supposed to be touch screen computers similar to those used in the latest Bond film. Seems to me alot of crewmen will be bumping into them when things get turbulent. Also this bridge is way to busy and distracting. I would not enjoy working on this bridge. Will Spock or Sulu have similar scanners at their stations like those used in the original series?

http://www.startrek.nl/pictures2/tos/sulu-chekov.jpg

http://i202.photobucket.com/albums/aa196/gbg1701/P49_12_thatwhichsurvives.jpg

202. BK613 - April 3, 2009

200
“As for being a “troll” I guess I am not savvy enought to recognize what that is all about. Apparently it has something to do with people posting with the sole intent of “stirring up the crowd.”

Comes from this term:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Troll_(angling)

The term has an interesting history…

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Troll_(Internet)

203. Valar1 - April 3, 2009

My internet was down, and I completely missed this, I hope I’m not too late to contribute – did someone already say “Apple Store”, or “Barcode Scanners”?

204. frederick - April 3, 2009

I for one feel extremely lucky we are getting ANY Trek at all after the last few did so badly… but a new movie based on TOS? It’s a dream come true. We should all step back and get the big picture. This is a MAJOR motion picture event. It’s not a cheap knockoff. Star Trek, against all odds, LIVES!

Don’t worry. Be happy.

205. FS9 - April 3, 2009

I know what some people have said about the bridge but in my opinion, it’s beautiful!

206. The Invader (In Color!) - April 3, 2009

I like the bridge MUCH better now! Still brighter than I think it should be but I DO like it!

207. FS9 - April 3, 2009

That site is….fascinating!

208. Colin - April 3, 2009

The site froze our computer forcing us into rebooting the machine.

I expected more from the dossiers. I was thinking they might be more like the personal files seen in TNG which listed date of birth, place of birth, parents, maybe siblings, work history, and current assignment. These dossiers at the site are too brief. And, why are they so evasive about the name of the class the USS Kelvin belongs to?

As for the bridge, I am asking myself – where did the budget go? If I read correctly, the engineering deck is a modified factory floor and the bridge has code scanners. This reminds me of a B sci-fi movie working from a string budget.

209. pock speared - April 3, 2009

#200 skanks
aw babe, i respect your position, and really get a kick out of your dedication to being the loyal opposition. more power, as i know it means alot to you.

but really, i think you dis the project coldly and dismiss the work of the artists (yes, artists) who have tried very much to address your concerns.

but the “fake” shit is old, lame, pointless.
find a verb, man.

210. KMKProd - April 3, 2009

I wonder if those stupid barcode scanners are supposed to be retinal scanners for personnel to access classified systems, etc. as a security precaution. If that were the case, then I can accept their presences, I just wish the art department had modified them to look different.

211. Harry Ballz - April 3, 2009

Pike made Captain in four years?

Is that a subtle nod to the legacy of the first older Captain, namely Shatner?

212. Will_H - April 3, 2009

I still wanna know why they have damned early 21st century barcrode scanners on the bridge, that’s just weird, and dumb I think. Besides that, though, awesome.

213. The Riddler - April 3, 2009

Brief sexual content? Gigity Gig.

I see Darth Vader on that Helm console.

214. THX-1138 - April 3, 2009

You talk any way you wish, Stanky. If somebody doesn’t like it, they don’t have to read it.

I have noticed the trend over the last six months or so of labeling anyone who doesn’t go ga-ga over everything they see as a negative whiner. I don’t think that’s fair. This will be a cool movie. Lot’s of people will get introduced to Star Trek and fall in love with it. Many old fans will be able to revisit their old friends on the screen.

But here is my guarantee for 2009:

This movie won’t be perfect. There will be flaws.

Some of us are seeing things that we don’t just absolutely love. But we still just may enjoy the movie. So I promise not to accuse the lot of you of drinking the Kool-Ade. Don’t bag on me (or some of the others) as a hater if I voice my criticisms.

215. pock speared - April 3, 2009

#214 thx, etc.
hey, if your not ga-ga over the film then your not a real fan and have no mind!!!

(does it feel better now that someone has indulged your fantasy of persecution?)

please voice your objections, sweets. i share a few myself. you’re a fan like me and you and the stanks are my butt buddies.
i just hope you like the movie more than you imagine you will.

216. TreKMadeMeWonder - April 3, 2009

No Harry. Just another example of a missed opportunity to tell it right.

217. Admiral Crane - April 3, 2009

Can’t find where this has been said already. If it has, sorry.

Listen to the loop of music, right before it recycles, it fades out. If you listen to the fade out, it sounds to me like it’s fading into the the sustained high note that came before the original theme music (think about the note that plays while Spock narrates “Space, the final frontier . . . in ST II).

218. DavidJ - April 3, 2009

208

I’m amazed that anyone could think this bridge in ANY way looks “cheap.”

Are you guys kidding me? The thing looks sophisticated as hell– lightyears moreso than any bridge we’ve ever seen before.

219. JML9999 - April 3, 2009

instructor-Well at least they taught him how to fight, considering how he gets pummeled in the barroom brawl. Judo was his thing in the original timeline as seen in Charlie-X

220. The Governator - April 3, 2009

I suppose the barcode banter is a legitimate argument, but it still seems silly to me. Even if it is right out of the box, it blends in with everything else. Whatever, looks good to me.

221. Ryan - April 3, 2009

Ok here’s the way I see it:

The people who have made the movie aren’t stupid and they know the people that are watching it aren’t stupid.

Take a chill pill people.

222. THX-1138 - April 3, 2009

#215-pock

Seriously? Someone is supposed to take you serious after such a ridiculous thing you just posted?

I think I hear your mom calling. Time to shut the computer off and get to that homework, junior. Let us know when you are going to grow up.

223. Enterprise - April 3, 2009

The music sounds like it’s from the Alias soundtrack.

Big surprise :) LOL

224. Roflcopter - April 3, 2009

THERE..ARE……345 LIGHTS!

225. CarlG - April 3, 2009

I like the gallery. The Enterprise as art installation/sculpture… an intriguing notion.

Love the bridge, except for the light strings inside the ceiling dome. They look cheesy; it would have looked much better if the dome had one central light source, or was more diffusely lit overall.

On the other hand, if at any time during the movie my attention wanders towards the ceiling, there’s something wrong with me.

Advanced Hand-to-Hand Combat instructor, eh? Does he give seminars on the notorious Kirk Judo Chop? Or the patented Shatner Flying Bodyslam? :)

Is Uhura gorgeous or what?

226. CarlG - April 3, 2009

@255: Painfully obvious troll is painfully obvious. And fails at grammar to boot.

RE: Enterprise gallery: Chocolate Enterprise with sprinkles FTW!

227. LordCheeseCakeBreath - April 3, 2009

Could the barcode scanners be projectors Maybe the project on the screen. That would be stupid of course. Just trying to find a reason for them.

228. IcebreakerX - April 3, 2009

Where are the viewscreen blinky moving lights?!

229. CarlG - April 3, 2009

They show up in the Red Alert overlays.

230. Smitty™ - April 3, 2009

Bones an Ole Miss alum!

That’s all!!

-cs™

231. Kirk's Revenge - April 3, 2009

“Main power down. Auxiliary power down. We’ re down to mood lighting here!”

–Mister Moe

232. MI-6 - April 4, 2009

Anyone notice that for the first time we can see the hull (saucer section) from the viewscreen! AWESOME!!!! Especially the NCC 1701 showing up is just HOT!

I honestly believe that this will be THE Enterprise of all time…. Sure the original is a beaut……….but the scale, detail and sheer awesomeness of this Enterprise (Can you say nacelles on steroids) will surely earn this model a nickname it hasn’t had since WWII………..”Big E”….

233. DJT - April 4, 2009

“those ugly Plexi panels”

I think Plexi Panels are a nod to every parallel universe episode ever seen in TNG. Namely, well, ‘Parallels’, ‘All Good Things’, ‘Yesterday’s Enterprise’…etc, etc…..

234. ucdom - April 4, 2009

#195

Good idea mate.
I have to admit that I first thought, ‘barcode scanners? haha, everyone’s joking’, and then someone pointed out the site where you could actually buy identical barcode scanners for like $200, and I thought, ‘Do’oh!’

But now it makes sense. We know from TSFS that there is a mission recorder, which Kirk scrolls through to see the video of Spock transferring his Katra. It makes perfect sense for a flight data recorder to have 3D imaging capability, maybe using somekind of laser scanner at each work station.
I know they’re taking about putting cameras in airplane cockpits (which the pilots hate),and this is kinda the same thing. Maybe.

*cough* where’s my coat….?

235. Jai1138 - April 4, 2009

I suspect (and hope) that the bridge will look better on screen than in the photographs (though the panorama effect on the Official Site is pretty cool).

My biggest problem is that for all of Mr. Abrams’ mentioning of the “GalaxyQuest” satire effect (which never seemed that relevant to me), he seems to have OK’d a production design that suits that same sculpted phony-future mentality (and I say this as an admirer of designer Scott Chambliss’ work on Alias). I think Nick Meyer got it right on VI when the production design was a cross between Herman Zimmerman’s projection into ST’s 24th Century and Meyer’s more earthbound take that turned the Enterprise into a submarine by way of Ridley Scott’s Nostromo.

Still, as I said, I’ll hold off judgment ’til I see the film. I just want it to feel real, like those involved have suggested, and not “phoney real” like most movies today pretend toward.

236. captain_neill - April 4, 2009

I was expecting the film to be a PG-13, which means it will be a 12A over here in the UK.

Now althought I don’t like the original in comparison to the original bridge and some of the other bridges I do have to admit from these angles it does not look as bad to me. I could love this bridge in the end but it is not as warm to me me but elements of it kick ass.

Any one wishing Herman Zimmerman was still on board?

Not liking the controls as much as previous designs but I agree that the red alert effect looks cool. I wish Engineering was consistent with this design as well rather than being done in a power station.

I think I am not keen on different decks looking different, goes against what has come in the past.

The profile on Pike is ok, confirms a different outcome in this timeline than in the prime and proper universe.

237. Phil 123 - April 4, 2009

New Bridge looks good to me!!

238. Bart - April 4, 2009

The other uniforms (academy, simulator) or so much nicer and realistic than the TOS ones! They also fit in much better with continuity towards TNG.

As for the bridge, even the CIC on Galactica looks better than this Christmas tree.

As how it looks now, I think the look of the Kelvin era is much better.

239. Geoffers - April 4, 2009

Like the look of it all…

240. William Kirk - April 4, 2009

I like Pike :-D

241. Todd Judson Thomas McDaniel - April 4, 2009

Can’t even spell my own name correctly. It WAS “Danel”. It should be:
“Daniel” or “McDaniel”

Any whooo: What cool, fantastic scenes. More buyable posters,

More buyable toys and models. That amalgamated Enterprises group
photo—good as a poster, or as blueprints.

See you at the movies in one month and 4 days.

Todd.

242. fizzben - April 4, 2009

200 & 215 I have absolutely no problem with anyone who is not excited about this film. I happen to be. Everyone should have the freedom to have and express their own opinion. The only thing I hate is people judging others because of their opinion. This only incites anger and name calling. My favorite color is green, should I ridicule someone that likes blue better? Just respect the ones that are genuinly excited about this film, don’t be a downer for them. A few of the negative posters on the SciFi board are downright violently opposed to the film and I have a lot of fun wih them. But then they are very disrespectful. Everyone has an opinion, I respect that, I just expect the return. Just don’t judge, that goes for everyone.
oh and btw, the new site additions are awesome!

243. LordCheeseCakeBreath - April 4, 2009

I also looked at the ceiling dome. Man, do we really need to see rope lights being used. The only time we see the dome in TOS is Where no man has gone before. The 1st official pilot. That was way cooler….simple. Rope lights! TMP dome looked way bettere as well. The clear star viewingdome from TNG was cooler. Hopefully the design will be cool for the next movie. Let’s hope. Didn’t some one from the movie say that this bridge is the closest to the original out of all the movies…..

244. Leonel - April 4, 2009

224: funny!!

217: I was actually just thinking there was a hint of Undiscovered Country in that theme..

245. Justin - April 4, 2009

NEW TV SPOT

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bvv72Oj6Krk&fmt=22

246. Chris - April 4, 2009

All I want to see is the new dedication plaque!!!

247. sean - April 4, 2009

I think that as soon as we stop making assumptions about those that disagree with us, we’ll all be happier people. Just because someone is excited for the movie does not mean they’re sheep that will accept anything labeled Star Trek. And just because someone doesn’t like what they’re seeing of the new movie, does not mean they are haters who will call down hell upon anything new.

I don’t think anyone is getting frustrated with opinions, what they’re getting frustrated with are the characterizations that are thrust upon them simply because they stated one.

248. Xai - April 4, 2009

different universe= different bridge

get over it already

249. LordCheeseCakeBreath - April 4, 2009

I thought it was a joke that these were real barcode scanners. Just did an image search. These really are real barcode scanneres. Do we need barcode scanners to make Star Trek hip

250. captain_neill - April 4, 2009

The bridge is cool looking but I still have my preference over the original and movie bridges.

Teh red alert effect is cool but the controls don’t seem Starfleet to me, it seems more alien. Guess I kind of miss the Okudagram consistency.

251. Daoud - April 4, 2009

#178 In the original, TOS, writers bible, Uhura is from “The United States of Africa”, which as the United States of America is just called “America”, her country likely is called just “Africa”.

Her name’s Nyota (enn-YOH-tah) Upenda Uhura. But unless you’ve slept with her, or you’re part of her immediate family, calling her Nyota is impolite. That’s not unlike modern African nations where people’s last names are the “common” name.

#249 etc. Barcode scanners might have some purpose on the NCC-1701 under Christopher Pike if his Enterprise is a special training project, preparing for the day Nero returns. Or something like that. There’s been plenty of speculation that they’ve got additional holographic function, or that they also have phasers on board. I like that idea the most, that they have phaser function. No one will get a drop on Worf now!

Just think in TOS how many times an alien dropped in on the bridge and you had to “call security to the bridge”. Did that EVER make sense?

252. captain_neill - April 4, 2009

the panels seem to be more alien than Star fleet, the controls don’t seem to be very clear

253. captain_neill - April 4, 2009

2- I am going to start going through the movies this weekend with Motion Picture and go right through to Nemesis.

I am still going through TNG at the moment, having previously watched ENT and TOS. Intention is to watch all 5 shows.

Can I aslo ask if anyone is missing Herman Zimmerman’s production designer, he and Matt Jeffries were my favourite production designers on Trek. I also loved Zimmerman’s work and he loved doing Trek

254. WolfTrek - April 4, 2009

I like the music, and the attention to detail on the sets. Very slick, and impressive. However . . . . .(you knew this was comming – everyone’s got an opinion – LOL) I am curious as to who thought it would be a good idea to have a dozen bright, spot lights pointed at the user that will be working any station on the bridge? (I haven’t read all the 252 entries on this posting, so I’m sure someone has already mentioned this.) It seems to me that – in a practical sense – that it would be a disadvantage in a crisis situation to have all those “flash bulb” spots burned into a persons’ vision.

255. Closettrekker - April 4, 2009

My guess is that what looks like a “bar code scanner” probably serves some kind of purpose, just like the salt-shaker and microphone on TOS. I cannot imagine something like that taking me at all out of the moment or hampering my ability to enjoy the movie. Personally, I don’t care. Had it not be brought to my attention on this site—it may have taken several viewings for me to even notice it.

I think the money was well spent. I can buy this as a 23rd Century starship bridge, and more importantly, I think my kids will too.

I just hope they enjoy the movie and these characters as much as I enjoyed them on TOS.

And loved the bios…but I wish there was a little bit more information on some of them.

256. Tyr Anasazi - April 4, 2009

- This new ship seems to be very , very … shiny..and strange..hmmm….this movie looks more like a prequel to VOYAGER..which isn’t such a bad thing…

257. Mindless Boob (aka CT) - April 4, 2009

#214—-I wonder what Mongo thinks about bar-code scanners in Trek…

258. freddy - April 4, 2009

I’m heterosexual but Captain Pike = shwing

259. TrekMadeMeWonder - April 4, 2009

Has Bob O ever commented on the Bar Code Scanners?

Looks like it may play a role in the plot. I like some of the explainations above. The security feature is interesting and practical. They deserve an explaination.

C’mon Bob, Please comment on the bar code thingies!

260. colin - April 4, 2009

On the rating : “BRIEF SEXUAL CONTENT”

Hopefully not too brief or Kirk’s reputation goes right out the window…! :)

The bridge looks a bit bright, but apart from that I think it’s really cool. And if there was dramatic lighting to make it look less “plastic”, the nacelle experts on here would want to know what was in all the dark spaces…

261. craig - April 4, 2009

Can this Enterprise get blown-up in this movie? Please! Is it too late. Maybe crushed by the black hole?
Or
Reset the timeline so that everything goes back to how it was.

The words clunky, overkill, A.D.D come to mind every-time I see the new trek designs. My eyes hurt.

Say it with me… “Less is More.”

262. Harry Ballz - April 4, 2009

Les Ismore?? Is he back in town! Wow!! What a treat!!

263. Montreal Paul - April 4, 2009

Are you guys STILL talking about the barcode scanners??? Good Lord people.. really…who cares?! You don’t even know what they are for. They look functional and the look like they belong. And as someone said early in this thread…. You are looking at a screencap.. you will barely notoce them (if at all) when the picture is moving. Wow… people gripe about every little detail… how are you ever going to enjoy the movie if you are looking for little details to nitpick???

264. MC1 Doug - April 4, 2009

I was just watching the trailer again…

“Your father was the captain of a starship for twelve minutes, he saved 800 lives, including yours. I dare you to do better.”

When Nero screams, “fire everything!” …I don’t know if I’m alone on this, but I get goosebumps every time I see those two scenes!!!

I’m getting more and more excited each day as we get closer to 08 May!

265. Jack - April 4, 2009

Cool. Dig the academy uniforms. The bridge looks, at first glance, a little (sorry, purists who wanted the original bridge) old school — lots of LEDs and big buttons… perhaps it will look better on screen. The controls kind of remind me of the TMP bridge/ Star Wars. I’m not a fan of the big light board behind the captain’s chair, but maybe that will also be cooler in action. My bettered first-gen iphone looks slicker than anything on this so-called ibridge…

you can’t please everyone.

266. S. John Ross - April 5, 2009

I like how the dossiers include little nods like indicating that Uhura is a singer and that Kirk helped teach martial arts (no doubt including signature Kirk moves like “throw my ass at the opponent and fall to the ground”) :)

I too find it odd that Uhura is listed as simply being from “Africa,” without anything more specific.

Still, I won’t be too shocked if Spock beats even that and ends up listed as simply from “Vulcan” :)

267. Dom - April 5, 2009

163. Thomas: ‘That’s been my biggest fear about this movie: that I may be stuck sitting next to someone who would spend the entire movie complaining about how Abrams “ruined Trek.”’

That’s why I’ll probably wait a week before I go to see the film. It’s sad but there will probably a lot of dweebs who’ll yack away for the whole movie bitching and snorting derisively. I’m not a violent person, but phasers will certainly not be set for stun if those little b@stards spoil the film for me!

The greatest irony with movies now is that, given people talk so much in the cinema, I’d rather buy a massive HD TV and Blu-ray player and watch a film at home! If I miss Star Trek in the cinema (always a possibility given the strange hours I work) I’ll buy the Blu-ray.

It’s sad that Star Trek fans themselves are the cause of my biggest reservations about seeing this film in the cinema!

268. Dom - April 5, 2009

Interesting to note that Jim is treasurer if the Xenolinguistics society. I guess they’re ignoring that crap about there being no finance in Star Trek. Thank God!!

269. Stanky McFibberich - April 5, 2009

re:248. Xai – April 4, 2009
“different universe= different bridge
get over it already”

different universe=different show

270. freddy - April 5, 2009

#264 I’m with you – i’m Addicted to trailer 3 plus the music it’s perfect

271. TrekMadeMeWonder - April 5, 2009

264. MC1 Doug – April 4, 2009
…I don’t know if I’m alone on this, but I get goosebumps every time I see those two scenes!!!

ME TOO! Weird. Good trailer! That’s the only one that gave me the Chills!

272. CarlG - April 5, 2009

@262: Ooh! ooh! Mr Ismore! Can I have your autograph? Make it out to “my biggest fan, Craig — keep on kvetching, L. Ismore”.

@163, 367: Agreed, to the power of infinity. As someone from another scifi show once said, people like that should go to a very special level of hell. Special hell, if you will.

Those barcode scanners have gotten so much grief, I’m beginning to like them out of spite.

273. BaronByng - April 5, 2009

200. Stanky,

I don’t quite understand your theory of what is “fake” or “real” as relates to the actors, set, etc.

Because It’s ALL fake. All the Trek we’ve seen to date are people from the 20th and 21st centuries playing roles in teleplays or motion pictures, works of fiction, created by teams of writers, directors, set designers, etc. There IS no real Enterprise, there IS no “real” James T. Kirk.

There is a guy called William Shatner who played the ROLE of “James T. Kirk” on TV. Perhaps you have confused which is which? Is it merely because this particular actor was the first and longest-running one to play the part?

Did you know that Shatner was born in 1931 to a Jewish family in Montreal, Canada, and not in Riverside, Iowa, in 2231?

That he did not go to Starfleet Academy, but rather, did amateur drama at McGill University and then went on to the Stratford Shakespeare Festival in Ontario? And that his first TV gig was playing Ranger Bill in the Canadian version of Howdy Doody? That his first film role was in The Brothers Karamazov? And, after Trek, he did this police show called T.J. Hooker which was pretty popular for a while, and then originated another great role, Denny Crane, on Boston Legal?

None of us groundlings are the ones fronting $150M to make a movie. We’re not the ones who have to recoup the costs, or answer to shareholders and fans alike. We’re not the ones who revised the script for weeks on end (with a looming writers’ strike, to boot), writing day and night to turn in the best possible draft. Nor were we asked to be in charge of designing and fabricating the sets and costumes. Nor did we slave for months over the CGI effects.

We are not the ones the studio chose to be in charge of the creative process here. JJ Abrams and his team are. They have a pretty good track record of delivering shows that attract loyal audiences on TV and blockbuster hits in the theatres. They wouldn’t have a track record of creating hits, certainly not in the 21st century, if they didn’t create shows with compelling characters as well as cool action / FX etc.

There are plenty of shows with mindless FX action (Mutant X, anyone?) and zero character development out there, occupying the limbo hours of TV syndication. Most of them aren’t JJ’s.

As a former actor and theatre instructor, I know that stepping into any role originated by a legend is risky. These new actors are taking on established roles, yes, but that doesn’t make them fake. It just makes them new. Should Kenneth Branagh have not done Hamlet because (take your pick – Nicol Williamson, Olivier, Richard Burton) did it before?

If Trek is really an eternal tale about optimism and the future, then it by necessity must be renewed every few decades or so, adapting with new actors, a new vision of the future, technology, moral dilemmas…it’s not a period piece like Horatio Hornblower (or Master and Commander), set in a fixed, knowable past time period.

In fact, if Trek survives to the 22nd century, I’m sure that future creative direction will push it forward so that it’s perpetually “about 300 years from now”.

Last word: none of us have seen the whole film. Those who have seen parts say that the actors inhabit the spirit of the characters we know, without making them into impressions of the actors, and that is all we can really ask or hope for, on that front.

Counting down…

274. THX-1138 - April 5, 2009

#257

I imagine Mongo would like to know how much the check-out clerks earn per hour on the Enterprise. They don’t LOOK like bar-code scanners, they ARE actual bar-code scanners. Right out of the box.

And I’m glad they don’t bother many people. That is good for you. But they bug the crap out of me. And yes, I’m still going to comment on them in an article about the bridge where there are screen caps of them. perhaps some people are too sensitive to my comments. If you go back and read what I wrote, I didn’t attack anyone (well, unless they came after me with their own brand of stupid attacks or attempt at flaming). I won’t keep quiet about what I don’t like.

275. Harry Ballz - April 5, 2009

#274

….and we wouldn’t expect any less from you!!

276. Digginjim - April 6, 2009

Sorry folks, the bridge still isn’t doing it for me… whats with the office style chairs?

277. captain_neill - April 6, 2009

The bridge does not look bad from these shots, but I still prefer the original over this.

278. starbase63 - April 6, 2009

Tooo….bright…..can’t….see……….!!!

Maybe we’ll get lucky, Kirk will be blinded by all the harsh lighting and will hit a self-destruct control by mistake…no more iBridge…

:laugh:

279. rrcivil - April 6, 2009

For the most part I like the bridge. It keeps the basic design principle for Trek bridges. that is the commander in the center with easy access to the various information centers around him. Over all the lighting doesn’t seem as bright as earlier glimpses we’ve had, however the lighted flood around the captain’s chair seems to me would maake reading the view screen and other displays more difficult.
Standing workstations on a bridge of a ship never made sense to me. Ships get tossed around quite a bit. On the 1701-D why did you not have your tactical officer more secure at thier station. Not sure of the duties these standing station serve, but when the phasers start firing these folks will be the first on the floor.

280. JT - April 6, 2009

God damn barcode scanners come on!

281. CarlG - April 6, 2009

@280 I know! It’s almost as bad as those goddamn salt shakers… wait a minute…

282. Gary Barclay - April 6, 2009

This just proves that this new Star Trek movie will be the biggest yet in the numbers of people going to see it. I took my two sons ages 23 and 18 to see “The Day The Earth Stood Still”. They both told me that they want to go and see the New Star Trek movie after seeing the trailer for it. It has even peeked my youngest son’s interest so much that he has been watching my Star Trek movies and TV shows on DVD with me. Star Trek is about family and friendship and it has given me many hours of quality time with my son.

Live long and prosper!
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283. banjosh - April 9, 2009

Spock and Kurk are “rivals” WTF? in series 1,2 and 3 they stick together like glue. “I have fought for kurk many times before” – Spock
Now all of a sudden they dont get along?

Apart from that it looks great.

284. Spaceman Spiff - April 19, 2009

That Bridge is WAY too cluttered. No room to move around. And couldn’t they have at least made the railings red?

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