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TrekIn09: Star Trek Buzzwords of 2009 December 23, 2009

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Today TrekMovie begins its annual look back at the Star Trek year that was. We are going to start off by doing our own version of the NY Times tradition of the ‘buzzwords‘ of the year. These are the words and phrases that became part of the lexicon here and with the fans when talking about Star Trek in 2009.

 

Star Trek Buzzwords for 2009
2009 has generated some brand new terms for Star Trek fans or introduced terms into discussions of our favorite franchise. As expected, almost all of the new buzzwords had to do with the new Star Trek movie. And here they are

bromance
Although not a new word, much of the hype around the new Star Trek movie in April and May focused on the ‘bromance’ of Kirk and Spock as well as the actors Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto. Pine explained what bromance is all about it in an interview with Parade:

It’s a relationship between two men that spend a lot of time together in space…It is very much a story about two men learning really to love one another, and in the end, they become fast friends. But, along the way they butt heads because they’re alpha males. They strongly believe in themselves


Pine and Quinto jogging together before Sydney Star Trek premiere in April

prime timeline + alternative timeline
Through the magic of time travel, the new Star Trek movie was mostly set in a new timeline created when Nero went back in time and killed Kirk’s daddy. Since then Star Trek has been split into two timelines or universes. The original has been dubbed the ‘prime’ timeline, which grew the script writers using the name "Spock Prime" to distinguish Leonard Nimoy’s dialog from Zachary Quinto’s. There was no naming of the new timeline or universe, so it has been dubbed both the alternate universe as well as the ‘JJverse’ or ‘Abramsverse’ in honor of Star Trek producer/director JJ Abrams. The only official distinguishing of these two universes so far is a graphic on the Star Trek Online website making it clear that game takes place in the ‘Prime Timeline’. In 2010 we will see Star Trek books and comics set in both timelines, and of course in 2012 there will be a new movie set in the ‘alternate timeline’ so it looks like Trekkies are just going to have to get used to keeping two continuities straight (but hey, we love continuity so now we have twice as much to obsess over).


Two Treks for storytelling from now on

budgineering
One of the more talked about areas of the new Star Trek was the look of the engineering and ‘lower decks’ parts of the new USS Enterprise. Unlike previous incarnations of Trek, these had a very industrial look to them, which was achieved by filming them at a Budweiser plant. And although controversial, by the looks of it, JJ Abrams and Scott Chambliss are happy with the results, so we should probably expect more vats and pipes in the future.


Space, the final brewery

Supreme Court
Since Gene Roddenberry first created Star Trek in the 60s, there have been many producers and writers who could be seen as the masters of Star Trek. The current team behind the Star Trek see this like the Supreme Court, with themselves as just the latest appointees, who expect to someday be replaced by the next team. The team is comprised of JJ Abrams and his cohorts, Alex Kurtzman, Bob Orci, Damon Lindelof and Bryan Burk. They were even featured together in this month’s GQ as the power players of the year (along with Lindelof’s Lost co-show runner Carlton Cuse).


JJ and his court…making a ruling on the beach

seamless branching
The one non Star Trek movie related term of the year is a term of art used previously in home video, but introduced to the Trek franchise with the release of the three seasons of the remastered Star Trek on Blu-ray. For the last few years this site has been home to many a debate about the new digital effects for the Star Trek Remastered project, but in a stroke of digital genius, CBS released all three seasons with the ‘seamless branching’ technology allowing you to jump back and forth from the original effects to the new digital effects, and with that they made all sides happy.


Old school or 21st century CGI, your choice

Honorable mentions:

 

Comments

1. R-104 Delphinus IV - December 23, 2009

Works for me, sweeeet

2. AJ - December 23, 2009

I vote for the word “Grapefruit,” as voiced by Simon Pegg as Scotty.

3. davidfuchs - December 23, 2009

Actually, that has always bothered me: ST09?

Why not STXI? Considering the nomenclature of all the other films, it doesn’t seem to make much sense to just refer to it by date. After all, we haven’t been saying “ST82″ or whatnot.

4. Captain Robert April - December 23, 2009

With regard to the new ship, we got “JJprise”, “Abramsprise”, or my personal favorite, “Uglyprise”.

5. TC - December 23, 2009

And here I thought “nuTrek” would gain more popularity…

6. CmdrR - December 23, 2009

Don’t forget: “Shat outta luck.” (To describe someone who messes up a great opportunity.)

7. The TOS Purist aka The Purolator - December 23, 2009

#4 – Don’t forget the “Edselprise.” ;)

Pine’s comment about Kirk and Spock “both being alpha males” is retarded; Spock was never an “alpha male.” He must have said it himself 50 times in TOS that he does not seek command – even Mirror Spock doesn’t want to command a ship.

Budgineering wouldn’t have been so bad if they had at least gone to the effort of redressing it just a bit. Many times a filming location and its final look in the movie aren’t very similar at all, but they didn’t even go to the effort of using different lighting. Which is why “Budgineering” is just about universally hated in the Star Trek fan community. The only people who don’t admit to it being stupid are Abrams and Orci, who are too cowardly to admit that they f*cked up, royally.

8. CardassiaPrimera - December 23, 2009

The iamgen of JJ and his court…is amazing.

9. davidfuchs - December 23, 2009

#7

I think you could argue it either way. Saying “alpha male” implies a sort of out-in-your-face manner, but while Spock might not *seek* command, I don’t think anyone would doubt he could be a strong and capable leader (evidenced by the times we saw him in command).

10. Anthony Thompson - December 23, 2009

Bob, you are lookin’ good! : )

11. fansince66 - December 23, 2009

#3

I thought ST09 works, because it’s such a break with the continuity of the Star Trek Saga (which,BTW,to JJ. O & K, I appreciate greatly, thank you very much.)

I look forward to ST12,ST15,etc…

12. LCDR Arch - December 23, 2009

JJ Verse….

13. Sybok's Secret Brother - December 23, 2009

THIS IS A DISASTER!!!

14. Sybok's Secret Brother - December 23, 2009

;-P

15. GarySeven - December 23, 2009

Did anybody notice that the Blu-Ray “seamless branching” doesn’t really let you go back and forth? It takes like thirty seconds to change from one to the other. And it only works of course for the special effects. So I find I have to just rewind the scene and start over with the alternate effects. Has anybody else seen this problem, or is there something I’m missing?

16. Captain Kirk - December 23, 2009

Love it!!!!!!!

17. nerdinpink - December 23, 2009

5: I thought so to.

Also, I’ve never heard “Preboot” before; its funny.

18. Anthony Pascale - December 23, 2009

Although THIS IS A DISASTER is still going, that was born in 2008.

And Purist, do you really have to be so rude and unpleasant in everything you write? you have been warned and banned before, we get you dont like anything since 1970…enough!

19. ryanhuyton - December 23, 2009

“preboot” is a new one for me as well. Nice picture of the Supreme Court sitting and “working” on the beach. Boy, I’d like to have their job. Or a least be a fly on the wall.

20. SarahJM - December 23, 2009

#18

Oh wow! After reading many comments on this site, “we get you dont like anything since 1970…enough!” sums up my feelings so well!

21. Will_H - December 23, 2009

I still don’t get how they think this whole prime timeline thing holds up. Each time before in star trek that there’s been time travle is worked where the actions in the past change the future, not make a new timeline. Oh, and even though this probably wont make a difference please for the love of god and Star Trek change the engineering section, it was beyond horrible. Star Trek V’s shortcomings when it came to interior shots were far easier to overlook than the ones in this new movie. At least make it so it all could fit inside the Enterprise.

22. ryanhuyton - December 23, 2009

And I hope there are more “TrekIn09″ articles covering merchandise, interviews,etc. Something like the “Best of ” articles last year. They were great, just like the majority of articles Anthony and his hardworking staff put up everyday.

23. Henry Blake's Plane - December 23, 2009

@7. Ya know, I didn’t really mind the whole, what was it, “budgineering” thing. I was just so happy to be watching a STAR TREK movie after 7 years of nothing.

24. Anonymous Coward - December 23, 2009

ST 09 does not start at the end of the TNG universe and loop back. From the moment we see the Kelvin, we are clearly in a parallel universe with a heretofore unseen villain and a Spock that is like, but not the same, as the Spock we know.

I wish they had just taken this as a straight re-boot without mucking up canon and then lying about it.

25. ryanhuyton - December 23, 2009

#23 I had a problem with the Budwieser plant being used as engineering. For one thing, it was clearly to big to fit inside the secondary hull. Secondly, it was way to cluttered with too many pipes.And thirdly, there was no discernible warp core until they were ejected. At least in the original series, there was something that at least looked like an engine.
Now, I don’t have a problem with a real world feel in regards to what an engine room should look like, but clearly it shouldn’t resemble a beer factory. It was too distracting and jarring. However, since only a tiny portion of the movie took place in engineering, it didn’t ruin the movie. The film was great inspite of that. And I don’t hold it against J.J Abrams since he had to spend the money on visual effects instead of an engineering section. And I do understand that they probably will use the same location for the sequel. I just hope they use CGI to make it look less like a brewery and more like an engine room aboard a 23rd century starship. And I don’t mind a few pipes here and there, but what was seen in the movie was too cluttered.

26. S. John Ross - December 24, 2009

The phrase I’ve taken away from this whole ride and used the most in conversation (seriously) is “successful and tested.” I can use it to drape wet layers of dripping irony on nearly anything, now; it’s very functional.

It’s technically from December of 2008, but it really made it’s way into my permanent vocab over the course of this year.

For those who didn’t show up ’til after the movie was out:

http://trekmovie.com/2008/12/11/bob-orci-explains-how-the-new-star-trek-movie-fits-with-trek-canon-and-real-science/

It starts in the article, it builds in the commentary, and it just kept on growing from there.

27. Alex Rosenzweig - December 24, 2009

My biggest complaint about some of the design choices–“budgineering” in particular–was that in those scenes, I stopped believing I was looking in on the goings-on on a starship. It not only didn’t look like a vessel interior, it *did* look *exactly* like what it was…a building.

I’ve seen some of the concepts for engineering that were suggested for the film, and while they would have been expensive to build, I think they would have resulted in a marvelous setting for those scenes. What we got was a kludge, and it looked it. I hope that they do revisit that issue for the next film, or at least redress the setting (with CG or otherwise) so that it doesn’t look so hugely out-of-place. I mean, okay, big turbines and stuff for the main power generators, maybe. But giant vats in the communications bay? Give me a break…

28. Cobalt 1365 - December 24, 2009

One thing that’s so great about the ST09’s Supreme Court is that they listen to the fans, especially on this message board. While, yes, they aren’t at our beck and call, and we don’t have the same perspectives on things that they do, I’m sure that they take our ideas, opinions, objections and the like to heart.
I would be fine with Budgineering if they spent a little more money and upgraded or refitted it. From what I understand, direct sequel movies don’t take quite the budget that originals do, since contracs are signed, props have been made, etc. So they should spend some money to dress it up a little bit. Maybe box up some of the pipes, cover the i-beams, that sort of thing.

29. Cobalt 1365 - December 24, 2009

One thing that’s so great about the ST09’s Supreme Court is that they listen to the fans, especially on this message board. While, yes, they aren’t at our beck and call, and we don’t have the same perspectives on things that they do, I’m sure that they take our ideas, opinions, objections and the like to heart.
I would be fine with Budgineering if they spent a little more money and upgraded or refitted it. From what I understand, direct sequel movies don’t take quite the budget that originals do, since contracs are signed, props have been made, etc. So they should spend some money to dress it up a little bit. Maybe box up some of the pipes, cover the i-beams, that sort of thing.

30. Darrksan - December 24, 2009

24. Anonymous Coward – December 23, 2009

ST 09 does not start at the end of the TNG universe and loop back. From the moment we see the Kelvin, we are clearly in a parallel universe with a heretofore unseen villain and a Spock that is like, but not the same, as the Spock we know.
——
I think you are right about these things.

The old spock in this JJ film is not the same Spock of TOS and TOS-crew movies.

His actions are not like the Spock of TOS and TOS-crew movies.
old spock in this film does even look like spock or a Vulcan of the old trek. The old spock looks fit in with the JJ film universe and not TOS, TNG and so on.

Spock’s ship, the Kelvin designs fit in with the JJ film universe designs and not TOS designs, nor TNG designs.

The ranking colors of the Kelvin crew does not fit in with the old trek ranking colors ENT-TOS (but, they should have).

Nero and his crew do not look like the Romulans of TNG-era (but, they should have).

Thinking of the many worlds interpretation, I come to the thought that none thing in this JJ film is linked to the old trek universe (not even Old Spock, Kelvin stuff or Nero). Everything in this film are from parallel universes. Leonard Nimoy is not playing the Spock of TOS, but parallel old spock just like Zachary Quinto is playing parallel young spock.
The time traveling along with parallel universe traveling idea is a mess, but the idea of that old spock is really an older version of JJ- universe’s spock who travel back in time in JJ- universe works better.

31. S. John Ross - December 24, 2009

#30: “Everything in this film are from parallel universes.”

That’s an excellent way to look at it :)

*sigh* I really wish they’d just done a full-on, no-compromises reboot with spine up and balls down.

32. Chris Pike - December 24, 2009

Got the blu-ray of the film and it is one hell of an enjoyable ride, no doubt. But that use of industrial sets is jarring and for me interrupts my enjoyment for a moment – I have to deliberately try to focus on a whatever character’s in shot and not look at the surroundings when in those scenes. It just doesn’t work at all and needs to be changed for the follow on films. Watching the extra features, the PD and JJ are in love with those locations, and I just don’t get it, especially as the other aspects of his direction are so successful. The film is a disappointment in just the PD area for me, and there’s no doubt that improvements in PD for the next films will only serve to make great films even better.

33. greenapple7 - December 24, 2009

I actually like the engine rooms… looked more loud and grimy and stuff… more realistic

34. jonboc - December 24, 2009

#30- You think the Romulans should look like TNG Romulans? Complete with bad Spock wigs, Frankenstein brows and shoulder pads Joan Crawford would die for?? You gotta be kidding!

35. Lore - December 24, 2009

#34 All of the Romulans in TNG were members of the Romulan NFL. That was their football uniforms they were wearing. Tasha’s daughter was a great running back, or so some say.

36. Lore - December 24, 2009

Oh, and those weren’t bad Spock wigs, they were advanced protection headwear.

37. Simon - December 24, 2009

#15 – You must have one of the slower BD players. Also, only the FX have branched segments. You wouldn’t need branching if you’re just encoding the entire episode twice.

38. Dr. Image - December 24, 2009

#30 This is the way I tend to look at it too.
The Kelvin, etc. are simply all too different.
When the Narada went back, it landed in a universe that WAS ALREADY parallel to the “prime.” That would explain a lot.
I think, though, that this whole concept would have been way too much for an audience to wrap its head around.

39. CarlG - December 24, 2009

You forgot one very important buzzword — “Cupcake”.

:)

Merry Christmas, everyone!

40. Jeyl - December 24, 2009

Here’s a special Christmas Gift from Paramount to all you Trekkies out there as a thank you for making Trek09 such a huge success.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=grtZSwqoe7w

Not only is Trek09 NOT your father’s Star Trek, but you should also be embarrassed to have liked the previous Star Treks all together, because that Trek wasn’t ‘cool’ the way JJ wants it to be.

Hey Trekmovie staff, do you think this is a fair and accurate portrayal of fans of Star Trek in general? Were you ever embarrassed for liking the good old Star Trek like the actors in that TV spot? Are you ashamed that the old Trek wasn’t as cool or as dumbed down as JJ “slusho” Abrams movie was? I hope you don’t kiss the feet of JJ and crew too much because I’m sick of supporting and paying for all things Star Trek and having the higher ups label us like this.

41. Devon - December 24, 2009

40 – Drama Queen much? What does that have to do with ANYTHING?

42. garen - December 24, 2009

40 Jey

that commercial is old news. its already been covered on trekmovie. (find the right thread for your comment)

also…lighten up. its a funny ad.

43. Eli - December 24, 2009

it’s a funny commercial. that is all.

44. Tox Uthat - December 24, 2009

I was a Trek fan from day 1. I read all the novels. I’m OK with this.

45. Desstruxion - December 24, 2009

Don’t like the brewery. Love the bridge and exterior of the new/old E. Transporter room’s nice too. The Kelvin made me think about the ship designs from the ST: Enterprise series. I though it fit well into that lineage. Plus it was also a tough looking ship. I would love to see a cutaway pic of the Narada. Anyone know a link to anything such as that?

46. Desstruxion - December 24, 2009

Not sure about the “windshields” on the bridge. They made a nice effect though. I thought Pike’s phrase “punch it” was interesting.

47. Starship Conductor - December 24, 2009

I work for the Union Pacific Railroad. The assignment (train) that I work on delivers the rail cars to the Budweiser plant in Van Nuys, California. I always wear my ball cap with the name ‘STAR TREK’ embroidered on the front. Back in January 2008 (I think it was January) my crew and I were switching Budweiser when a production/location manager came up to me and wanted to know how I found out about ‘Star Trek’ being filmed there. Being a BIG Trekkie (Trekker) and knowing that the movie was being filmed on locations all over Southern California, I looked at the guy and said “What are you taking about……..Oh, my Star Trek hat, I’m a fan of the TOS show, I always wear this hat, but are you telling me that right now at this very moment that Paramount Pictures is here on location filming Star Trek the new movie for 2009 inside the Budweiser plant!” He looked at me with a dumb look and said “Ahhh, No, the movie were filming here is called “Corporate Headquarters!” I said to him as he was walking away “Then why did you want to find out how I new about ‘Star Trek’?” He just continued to walk away. I love studio personnel! LOL!

The studio filmed there for about 2 weeks and becuase of my Star Trek hat, we were treated to a look at the set a few times. Yes it was cool, but using the Budweiser Plant for the engineering set just didn’t work for me!
“Scotty, we more hops, grain and beachwood or the ship will blow up!”

48. AJ - December 24, 2009

40:

It’s a great ad! Targets the non-OCD middle-class male US demographic. These are ‘regular’ guys who follow sports, have barbecues, a few kids, and have had a great love of Trek for years. I know guys like this. some are ‘lapsed’ casual Trekkers.

It does NOT appeal to the “lunatic fringe” demographic. We all pre-ordered it in several formats while it was still in the cinema.

49. CarlG - December 24, 2009

@40: :Poor darling. How do you survive under such indignities? Have a cookie, on me.

@45: I agree, Narada schematics or something of the kind would be awesome, especially if the original Romulan ship was visible underneath the layers of accumulated Borg tech. :)

50. THEY WERE ALL DRUNK MAKING THIS OVER RATED sci fi - December 24, 2009

They all had too much free bud making this movie thats why r2d2 is flying across the view port among other stupid stunts

51. AJ - December 24, 2009

50:

Yeah, that totally pulled me out of the film retroactively (once I saw the magnified still photo on Trekmovie).

52. boborci - December 24, 2009

10. Anthony Thompson – December 23, 2009

Bob, you are lookin’ good! : )

———————-

Aren’t you sweet!

53. jonboc - December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas to Bob Orci and everyone else. Be safe!

54. ryanhuyton - December 24, 2009

Bob, Merry Christmas! I’m among millions (hopefully billions, either on Earth or on some other planet) that really enjoyed this movie.

55. ryanhuyton - December 24, 2009

Jeyl, I think you have already made it clear to everyone countless times that you hate the movie. MOST OF US are quite comfortable with liking this movie, thank-you-very-much! And you have no right telling others how they should feel regarding how this movie fits with previous Trek. Enough said.

56. ZZZ - December 24, 2009

i see all the haters are out tonight.

57. screaming satellite - December 24, 2009

merry xmas to bob orci and the rest who brought Trek back from death (like Kirk and Co brought back Spock in Trek III)

58. Sybok's Secret Brother - December 24, 2009

@18 Oh yeah… it was 2008!

59. ironhyde - December 25, 2009

Sorry, ST09 is still Insurrection to me. Anyone remember how abbreviating dates “threatened the world” with a millennium bug? What’s the next movie going to be – ST12 ? We’ll just throw out sensibility this one time and then try to bring it back. Let’s call the next one ST2, huh? How about that? Try to completely erase Khan’s movie all together, why dontcha?

I really think this movie was STXI. They want to reinvent Star Trek, fine. But there were 10 other movies before. Live with it.

60. SarahJM - December 25, 2009

@59 I think you are ranting and raving, but I am not sure.

I also think you forget that we all like those 10 previous movies as well… we just aren’t total babies over a new, (and completely plausible within the star trek universe), chapter. It’s over, it’s done with, so you should just take a deep breath and unclench before you pop some blood vessels in your eye.

61. Crewman Darnell - December 26, 2009

Agree with it or not, one buzzword I was totally expecting to be recognized here was: “iBridge.” I recall that being one of the first to be bandied about, even long after the first shots of the Bridge design was revealed.

62. Captain Robert April - December 26, 2009

That’s only because we couldn’t decide what the bridge looked the most like, an Apple store or a hair salon.

Sure as hell doesn’t look like the bridge of a starship.

63. Captain Robert April - December 26, 2009

And, I agree with Jeyl, that commercial is offensive.

64. Z Remorca - December 28, 2009

GQ shoot = cool :))

65. Bill Lutz - December 28, 2009

Budweiser:
the Final Frothy taste
these are the voyages of the Starship Enterprise
Its brewing mission:
To create and store beer in a brewery that supposes to be our engine room,
To make this room look foolish
and enormoulsy too big to be on starship.
To chug and sell out Star Trek (ala Star Wars)
Where none have sold out before…

66. ryanhuyton - December 29, 2009

#65 HA! Maybe get William Shatner to say that as the opening monologue for the t.v airing of the movie. It would be appropriate on two fronts: a) he was (and always will be Captain Kirk and b) more importantly, he did an “I am Canadian!” ad for Molson beer a few years ago.

67. Jack - January 2, 2010

Am I the only guy who really liked the engineering scenes — especially the flurry of movement and everybody jammed in there. I didn’t totally buy that It was on a star ship, but I probably believed it a lot more than I did the TNG engineering sets. It felt right. The Rest of the ship itself felt kind of flat — the bridge and single corridor and everything else were all right beside each other (and I get that part of that was due to the cool “look how fast the turbolift is” switcheroo shot, which was rad) and not a multiple-decked starship… I’d like to see more of it in the next one.

68. skyjedi - January 2, 2010

The word i heard the most was Trek 90210 why is it not on the list?

AppleStore Bridge,lol.

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