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USS Enterprise To Soar Over Paramount Rose Parade Float December 29, 2011

by John Tenuto , Filed under: CBS/Paramount,Trek Franchise , trackback

The Pasadena Rose Parade is one of the biggest New Year’s tradition, and this year Star Trek will be making an appearance. Paramount Pictures is sponsoring its own float for next week’s parade and it will prominently feature a USS Enterprise soaring over the famous Paramount arch. Details and preview below.

 

Star Trek Part of Paramount’s Rose Parade Float

Paramount Pictures is celebrating its centennial with a special float titled "100 Years of Movie Magic" for the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California next week. And as Star Trek has been a major part of Paramount’s history for the last century, a USS Enterprise will feature prominently on their float. This will be Paramount’s first time in the Rose Parade.

In a press release, Paramount describes their float.

We’ve selected a few of our most recognizable films and franchises to celebrate this great milestone. Our goal is to evoke a sense of nostalgia for the magic we’ve created throughout our history, wile inspiring our employees and audiences worldwide.

Films possess the unique ability to transport us to a different place and time. They are a shared emotional experience with a common audience, which can make us laugh, scream, shout or cry. Movies are a series of images, some of which become ingrained in our memories, quoted, relived and shared throughout generations. Whether it be a World War I dogfight, the tragic sinking of the Titanic, a boy sprinting free from his leg braces, an alien race of robots battling for the safety of Earth or a spaceship Enterprise boldly going where no one has gone before, Paramount, throughout its 100 years, has been dedicated to creating images that we could only previously “Just Imagine”.

Here is an artists sketch of the Paramount float design

The release goes on regarding the Enterprise on the float:

Star Trek’s USS Enterprise represents Paramount’s continued journey to explore strange new world and boldly go where no studio has gone before. This globally beloved franchise from creator Gene Roddenberry is a cornerstone of Paramount’s history, and in 2009, director J.J. Abrams unveiled his successful reboot to the world, creating a whole new generation of fans.

The float will be 55 feet long and 26 feet tall and of course will be decorated with flowers and other natural materials. Specifically the Enterprise will be decorated with white coconut chips and accents of silverleaf protea petals and black seaweed. TrekMovie confirmed with Paramount that the Enterprise will be based on the original design from classic Star Trek series. The Paramount float is 46th in the parade order, in between the Calizona Appaloosa Horse Club and the Salvation Army Tournament of Roses Band.

The 123rd Rose Parade will be held Monday January 2nd. 2012 starting at 8:00 AM (Pacific). The parade will be broadcast on ABC, Hallmark Channel, HGTV, KTLA (Tribune), NBC, RFD-TV and Univision. More information can be found at tournamentofroses.com.

Not first Trek at Rose Parade

While the 2012 Rose Parade will be the first time Paramount has had its own float, it is not the first time that a USS Enterprise from Star Trek has made an appearance. On January 1st 1992 the USS Enterprise D (from Star Trek: The Next Generation) was part of Nestle’s "Voyages of Discovery" float.


USS Enterprise as part of Nestle’s 1992 Rose Parade Float
(Screencap from "Rose Parade: A Pageant For the Ages" – 2004 DVD hosted by Shatner)

The float did not have any Star Trek stars, but William Shatner, the original Capt. Kirk, was the Grand Marshal for the 1994 Rose Parade. Shatner also appeared on a non-Star Trek float in the 1969 Rose parade. This was just a few month’s after Shatner appeared in Star Trek costume for the 1968 Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade. 


Shatner at Macy’s 1968 Thanksgiving Parade (AP)

Comments

1. Danya - December 29, 2011

Maybe the Enterprise could unload its entire complement of photon torpedoes onto the Transformer underneath it.

2. Snugglepuff - December 29, 2011

Glad to see Trek is getting some love =)

3. Firebird64 - December 29, 2011

What an uninspired concept.

Pretty obvious that the conceptual artist for the float has no concept of Paramount’s history. I would’ve replaced the transformer (which has only financially influenced the studio for, what, 6 years) with Cecil B. DeMille. That man helped form the studio from the Famous Players-Laskey years.

Either that, or Chuck Heston as Moses parting the Red Sea with the Enterprise riding the waves, & flying through the Paramount archway.

4. I'm Dead Jim! - December 29, 2011

Good thing the Enterprise is flying well above all the s**t they’ll be getting into from following the Calizona Appaloosa Horse Club! Someone should give the Transformer a bucket & shovel.

5. bill hiro - December 29, 2011

I wonder how Ryan Church feels about his reboot Enterprise getting stiffed in favor of the old lady.

6. Keachick - rose pinenut - December 29, 2011

It looks great. Perhaps this might be where all of the new cast of the movie can be seen together?

Anthony, Trekmovie staff – lotsa pics, please. Thank you.

7. Red Dead Ryan - December 29, 2011

Why is there a friggin’ Transformer on the float? And in front of the Enterprise? WTF?? “Transformers” movies are just a big cash grab!

8. Rocket Scientist - December 29, 2011

5. How rude! “Old Lady”? LOL. She’s still way hotter than the new kid on the block!

9. star trackie - December 29, 2011

5 “I wonder how Ryan Church feels about his reboot Enterprise getting stiffed in favor of the old lady.”

He shouldnt feel “stiffed” at all. His version simply wasn’t around for a good part of the last century. The original was. Church’s version rocks, but it just hasn’t been around long enough.

10. Battle-scarred Sciatica - December 29, 2011

Hey Danya – do you drink Tranya?

I concur with your thoughts – photon the f#ck out of that transformer abomination…its ruins the view of the Big E!

Love longer and prosper!

:)

11. Red Dead Ryan - December 29, 2011

Simple. The TOS version rocks, and is iconic. Ryan Church’s design, while wonderful, will never, ever come close to being remembered as fondly as the original simply because the TOS ship was groundbreaking, and was a true character. The new version, while sleek and all, is merely a vessel.

12. Commodore Mike of the Terran Empire - December 29, 2011

One question. Will the Enterprise Float come with lens Flares. Lol.
This is great. Can’t wait to see the Enterprise in one of the Biggest Parades. Long Live Star Trek and the Enterprise.

13. AJ - December 29, 2011

1: Danya:

My 1st thought as well!

Where’s Indiana Jones?

14. Commodore Mike of the Terran Empire - December 29, 2011

Hey MJ.
Bob Orci has my Agoniser. He asked to borrow it for something. Not sure what. But I think he has plans for it.

15. Red Dead Ryan - December 29, 2011

Yeah, its kind of ridiculous how Indiana Jones isn’t there. Although technically Paramount doesn’t own the character. It’s a Lucasfilm property. Paramount was the distributor. So I guess they’d need permission from George Lucas, but I have to think he’d be happy to see his character on a float.

16. DS9 IN PRIME TIME - December 29, 2011

I think this is a sign that paramount is dedicated to the production of star trek in the future!

17. Vultan - December 29, 2011

Where’s Popeye?

18. Andy Patterson - December 29, 2011

@17
Good point.

I love that picture of vintage Shatner there. And I love the original Enterprise being used.

19. Commodore Mike of the Terran Empire - December 29, 2011

Hey Vultan. Better yet. Where’s Olive Oil.

20. Captain Dunsel - December 29, 2011

@19. Commodore Mike of the Terran Empire

“Hey Vultan. Better yet. Where’s Olive Oil”

Probably in a bottle in Rachel Ray’s kitchen. Olive Oyl, on the other hand…?

[g,d&r]

21. Keachick - rose pinenut - December 29, 2011

#1, #13 What happened to IDIC or simply “live and let live”?

22. Kev-1 - December 29, 2011

Nice catch on the ’68 Shatner photo. I had heard of this, but never saw any photos. What a find!

23. T'Cal - December 29, 2011

Maybe Chris Pine will pay homage to The Shat and don the uniform for the parade!

24. Phil - December 29, 2011

Nope, the cast won’t be riding the float. Sorry…..

25. Chris H. - December 29, 2011

@15: First, Paramount’s not going to get free permission to use a non-Paramount property on their float.

Second, why would they do that? They want this float to be about Paramount properties.

26. Vultan - December 29, 2011

#19 & #20

Everyone, sing along!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RzdhMc6K8e0&feature=related

27. Odkin - December 29, 2011

Yay, they’re using the REAL Enterprise!

Now get Shatner and Pine on that float!

28. Trekker5 - December 29, 2011

This is awesome news!! Can’t wait! :)

29. AJ - December 29, 2011

Where’s Axel Foley and his truckload of cigarettes from Buffalo?

30. NCM - December 29, 2011

Cool!

Go BADGERS!

31. Jeffrey S. Nelson - December 29, 2011

Amazes me that Star Trek now is something for Paramount to parade (no pun intended)…after its shaky start on NBC back in the day.

32. TrekkerChick - December 29, 2011

Cool. This means that there will be a second float in the parade that I’ll be interested in seeing!

(my alma mater, the Cal Poly Universities – Go Mustangs! – has been entering floats each year since at least the 1960s)

Feh! A Transformer? Chuck Heston on a floral perch, about to throw the 10 Commandments onto the crowds along Colorado Blvd. would work.

33. Red Dead Ryan - December 29, 2011

#21.

The “Transformers” movies are absolute crap! Why would Paramount want to include it on a float that is supposed to feature iconic images from classic shows and movies? Its just stupid!

That would be like getting Snooki to host the Oscars!

34. Commodore Mike of the Terran Empire - December 29, 2011

Here is a link to Trek Movies very first threds from August 2006. For those of you who would like to take a trip down Trekmovie memory lane. Some threds still to this day do not have a single post.

http://trekmovie.com/page/330/

35. Khan was Framed! - December 29, 2011

Thank god they went with the TOS Enterprise!!!

That disco nightmare facelift from ST’09 would likely scare any children present. It’s the Joan Rivers of starships!

#32 – Paramount might want to include Transformers because they are beloved characters from an almost 30 year old franchise which raked them in hundreds of millions of dollars. Crap sells! You know taht you referenced Jersey Shore.

36. jesustrek - December 29, 2011

Great in the 100 Anviersary of Paramount the Enterprise NCC1701 is a big STAR.

37. MC1701B - December 29, 2011

==as Star Trek has been a major part of Paramount’s history for the last century==

Only on trekmovie.com, where Chris Pine is playing the same character as William Shatner and it takes four years to write a quality screenplay, does a century consist of forty-five years.

38. MC1701B - December 29, 2011

And since when is it the “spaceship” Enterprise, and since when did the original Big E go where no “one” has gone before?

Oh, sorry, forgot, still at trekmovie.com, where revisonism is “kewl” as long as it’s popular.

39. Odkin - December 29, 2011

@38 – that quote is from the Paramount press release, not Trekmovie. Although I agree with you – it’s either ignorant or revisionist.

The “Where no one…” phrasing has always been clumsy and ridiculous. Clearly other species and individual creatures are someONE. The quote “where no MAN…” is a reference to our species. “No ONE” would only apply if the Starfleet was deliberate exploring remote never-inhabited planets.

40. Red Dead Ryan - December 29, 2011

#35.

“Transformers” is technically a Hasbro property. Paramount doesn’t own it. They have the rights to make movies though. But it was Hasbro that made the characters classic, and not the movies, no matter how many billions they made.

But yeah, crap does sell, and sell big, so I guess I should just let this go.

Just like I should let go of the fact that Rolling Stone put an autotuned Britney Spears song into the number 3 slot of the best songs of the year….GRRRR!

Sorry for the rant, but what is considered classic today just boggles the mind!

41. Vultan - December 29, 2011

Okay, fun science question:

Would it be possible to make fireworks work in space? Of course, it wouldn’t work with normal fireworks (the vacuum would probably nix that), but could some form of it be adapted to space? Some type of sparkly, reflective things bursting out in big beautiful angles. Perhaps a few spare nukes towed into orbit and detonated. But then, the whole fallout thing would make for an unhappy New Year… hmm….

42. Red Dead Ryan - December 29, 2011

#41.

Antimatter, perhaps?

43. Vultan - December 29, 2011

#42

Ah-ha!

44. Red Dead Ryan - December 29, 2011

I remembered the antimatter spread the Enterprise D saucer fired at the Borg cube during “Best Of Both Worlds, Pt. 2″ which looked sort of like fireworks as they hit the surface of the Borg ship.

45. Vultan - December 29, 2011

#44

Good point.

I also remember seeing ST: Generations in the theater and thinking: “Gee, it’s really sad to see the drive section finally explode… but it was very pretty.”

46. Red Dead Ryan - December 29, 2011

There was a similar series of explosions to the antimatter spread on the Borg ship when it was blowing up at the end of BoB Pt.2.

The Grissom blew up in a similar fashion to the Enterprise D stardrive section.

47. Keachick - rose pinenut - December 29, 2011

It should read, “Where no human has gone before”.

48. Buzz Cagney - December 29, 2011

Vults, the Top Gear Special in India will likely be heading your way very soon. It had its moments but it was disappointing in the main. Too contrived and too much messing around. A missed opportunity i thought.

49. Balok - December 30, 2011

At first glance, appears to be TOS E. But in looking more closely, looks like hybrid of TOS and junky ’09…

50. William Kirk - December 30, 2011

Yes, but looks more like the REAL Enterprise :-)

51. karanadon - December 30, 2011

Shame they couldn’t support Star Trek back in 2005… *grumbles*

52. CmdrR - December 30, 2011

Star Trek’s USS Enterprise represents Paramount’s continued journey to explore strange new world and boldly go where no studio has gone before. This globally beloved franchise from creator Gene Roddenberry is a cornerstone of Paramount’s history, and in 2009, director J.J. Abrams unveiled his successful reboot to the world, creating a whole new generation of fans.

I wonder how that would be phrased by someone who didn’t think studio suits were gods. ?? Paramount created a generation of humans? Paramount is exploring the galaxy? Guess I better rewrite both my science books and the bible.

53. Doug - December 30, 2011

There’s a new years parade!? I had no idea… and I’m old. I mean, I remember my first pair of rock underwear.

Any hoo, that’s awesome news to know the TOS Enterprise is going to be there!

54. Chain of Command - December 30, 2011

Paramount just loves $tar Trek. :-)

55. Boom Boom - December 30, 2011

I gotta say…love seeing “The Shat” in the Macy’s parade!

QUESTION FOR YOU LADIES AND GENTLEMEN…Has anyone heard anything further on who has been selected to play the villain in the upcoming movie?? Any speculation?? Gary Mitchell perhaps??

56. rm10019 - December 30, 2011

54 – Film & TV are both art can commerce, thanks for playing. Most people in the film/tv/storytelling business are there because they are like you and me, they love the art of storytelling and the like being paid to play in that arena.

57. Vultan - December 30, 2011

#48

I haven’t seen anything about it yet, Buzz, but that’s disappointing to hear. I’ll keep an eye out for it and let you know what I think. Though, we’ll probably agree. They seem to do more and more of the messing around stuff.

58. Phil - December 30, 2011

@55. The production team has said repeatedly they are not returning any characters from the origonal series, so no Mitchell, Mudd, Khan, etc….

59. NCM - December 30, 2011

53. Doug – December 30, 2011: There’s a new years parade!? I had no idea…

Maybe you think of it as the Rose Bowl Parade?

60. Keachick - rose pinenut - December 30, 2011

Incorrect. The villain that either Molla and Ramirez are being considered to play is from the original TOS series. However, Alice Eve is meant to play a new character.

Any news on this front? Perhaps JJ Abrams has now decided to keep that a big secret until if, whenever…

61. Boom Boom - December 30, 2011

@60. Thanks! I was also thinking that 58′s response was incorrect. I do remember a post that specifically states that the team would not be bringing back any original cast members like Shatner, Nimoy, etc.. BUT I recall reading something that leaned towards Gary Mitchell possibly being a main character. Either way I am sure it will be good.

62. Captain Realistic - December 30, 2011

1: Agreed. Although if it was Abrams new Enterprise the only way they would fire all photon torpedoes at it is if it was already dying and being eaten by a black hole.

Never liked that part of the movie.

63. DonDonP1 - December 30, 2011

Wow, can’t wait to see the Paramount Pictures Centenary Float that inlcudes the original USS Enterprise, even though ‘Star Trek’ as a franchise and all other television properties that Paramount once owned before the 2005 Viacom split is now owned by CBS. Darn shame that CBS will no longer simulcast the Tournament of Roses Parade. Of course, it will continue to air on the network that once aired the original ‘Star Trek’ series: NBC.

64. Phil - December 30, 2011

@61. Ultimately we don’t know, because the script isn’t done. The actors signed to play the other characters have not been identified to TOS guest roles, nor have any attributes to those characters been defined. I’m just taking the productions teams comments and denials at face value, and not trying to read too much into them.

@62. At what other point in the movie did Enterprise have reason or ability to fire weapons?

65. r c - December 30, 2011

they had an open casting call for the next movie last week.

66. The Original Spock's Brain - December 31, 2011

@ 3. Firebird64: “What an uninspired concept. Pretty obvious that the conceptual artist for the float has no concept of Paramount’s history. I would’ve replaced the transformer (which has only financially influenced the studio for, what, 6 years) with Cecil B. DeMille. That man helped form the studio from the Famous Players-Laskey years. Either that, or Chuck Heston as Moses parting the Red Sea with the Enterprise riding the waves, & flying through the Paramount archway.”

Did you not read the Paramount press release? I’ve done corporate artwork before. The Paramount marketing department dictated exactly what the float would look like. Yes, the Transformers and Star Trek made Paramount thousands of times more money than DeMille ever will.

67. Buzz Cagney - December 31, 2011

#57 and Jeremy has got some hot under the collar again. I don’t know why people get so bothered by him- they really do need to just lighten up.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2080152/Jeremy-Clarkson-accused-racism-AGAIN-Top-Gear-Christmas-Special-goes-India.html

And changing subject, I know you are a movie fan, Vults, and I was wondering if you’ve ever seen Memphis Belle?
I watched it again last night having seen it many years ago. I have to say it really touched me. I know I thought it was a good film but somehow it really resonated with me this time.
Maybe my advancing years has made me more mindful of the sacrifices these guy’s made to defend a country that wasn’t their’s and also the camaraderie they showed each other.
It was deeply touching to me. I think the feelings are going to linger long with me.
Right, i’m off to get the MG shortly. Sadly its a dull, cloudy day here in jolly old Emgland so i’m not sure that roof will be coming down today!

68. Phil - December 31, 2011

@66. On top of that, it’s a parade float, not a museum. Corporations use them for advertising, so in this case they know they have maybe a minute of TV time for exposure, so they are going to lead with the brands people recognize. There are plenty of museums in Hollywood devoted to the more detailed aspects of Hollywood history.

69. Vultan - December 31, 2011

#67

Oh good grief, do people still not realize Clarkson’s just a teenager who never grew up? Maybe they should turn their outrage machine to the Indian government—all that money and education going over there and most of their people are still living in slums? Something’s not right.

Anyway, yes, it’s been a long time, but I used to watch Memphis Belle at least once a year (or more). I’ve long thought it’s somewhat underrated in the way of war movies—and probably the best dedication the US Air Force (Army Air Forces) will ever get in film. Many years ago, I saw the actual Memphis Belle B-17 on display in Memphis, and my father and I talked with the original top turret gunner (not Virgil the Virgin like in the movie).

It was cool, to say the least. But the display is no longer there. The plane was taken to an Air Force base years ago and is undergoing a complete restoration. After a couple of decades on public display, the elements had done a job on her, and souvenir hunters had totally gutted her insides, right down to the gauges and control cables.

Standard.

;)

Happy New Year, Buzz.

70. Buzz Cagney - December 31, 2011

Oh wow, I just knew you would be the man to talk to about Memphis Belle! You never disappoint, Vults. :D

What was the Top Gunner chap like? I’m betting modest? These guy’s always are.
I do seem to remember seeing, I believe it was called, Sally B. the plane used in the movie, at an Air Show over here many years ago.
Bloody tough machine, that plane. They could take some pounding.

It is certainly a massively underrated film. A quite terrific piece of movie making yet It barely covered its costs on release.
Remarkable to see how young the guys in it look. Twenty years doesn’t seem so long but in that time we pass from youth to middle age. Make the most of these years, young Vultan!

See if you can find on iTunes the Instrumental version by Stuart Wood of Danny Boy, which featured so much in Memphis Bell . Its beautiful.

Oh, as is my MG TF! I got it home but I can’t legally drive it till tomorrow. Its took all my self-control to not take it out!

And a VERY HAPPY 2012 to you too. I wish you every success and happiness in all you do.

71. Vultan - December 31, 2011

#70

The gunner was a really nice guy. I wish I could remember his name, but yeah, he was also very modest—you know, typical of a generation that… just happened to save the world! I do remember asking him how fast the plane could go (I was only 9 years old, after all). I’m sure he’s passed on since, but I feel lucky having just spent a moment standing next to him.

Anyway, earlier this year I watched another massively underrated film—”Battle of Britain.” Not just great for all the dogfights but all the great Brit actors in it. I mean, Robert Shaw would’ve been enough to make it great (Sure, Captain Quint may have been eaten, but we all know Shaw ate sharks for breakfast! Ha ha).

I have a couple tracks of Memphis Belle on my iPod. Unfortunately, I can’t find the Harry Connick, Jr. version of Danny Boy he sings at the party. Madness!

Have fun with the MG!

Success and happiness to you as well in 2012.

72. Buzz Cagney - December 31, 2011

Robert Shaw was great, wasn’t he. Excellent scrap with 007 in From Russia. He was quite the piss artist (if you know what that means?). Held up shooting on Jaws more than once i heard due to being ‘tired and emotional’ i believe is the correct euphamism!
And General Chang in the RAF!? Whatever next!

The Battle of Britain did have an amazing cast. They can’t afford to do that these days.

My Mum worked for a spell during the war in one of those Ops. Rooms such as you see in the movie. She also worked as an Interceptor of enemy transmissions. She found out years later that the intercepts were sent to Bletchley Park where they were de-coded. I have a picture of her in her WRAF uniform. I’m very proud of her. As you say, a great generation.

I too noticed you can’t get Harry Connick’s version of Danny Boy. Only a much slower version. A real shame indeed.

We are off to the neighbours for nibbles and a little drink to see in the New Year, so i’ll catch you in 2012.
Have a good ‘un my friend.

73. Vultan - December 31, 2011

That’s really cool you’re mom was apart of that. Luuucky!

Your General Chang line threw me for a loop for a moment. I’d totally forgotten Plummer was in that flick. Another great one. But isn’t he… Canadian?

Funny, “Undiscovered Country” came down to a battle between two… Canucks! ;)

See ya next year.

74. Buzz Cagney - January 1, 2012

Plummer is indeed Canadian. I’m sure you know there was no shortage of non-Brits in the RAF during WWII. I can’t remember if he was playing a Canadian in that movie. If memory serves he did have an English accent.

I believe Plummer learned his trade alongside Shat in their early day’s.
He is a terrific actor and one classy guy. That Chang role must have been great fun for him. He’s usually so well ‘contained’ in his more usual role, he really got the chance to ‘let rip’ as it were in TUC.

Here’s something that I think will interest you, Vults. I really hope to take the trip one day.

http://www.guidedbattlefieldtours.co.uk/normandy-d-day-landings.html

75. Vultan - January 1, 2012

Thanks for the link, but wow, that’s very similar to another website I know:

http://www.beyondbandofbrothers.com/

Yeah, I seem to remember Plummer playing a Brit in the movie as well… not sure though. Hey, a good excuse to watch it again! And yeah, he was great in TUC. Between Chang, Chris Lloyd’s Kruge, and Dorn’s Worf, I’d have to declare a three-way tie for my favorite Klingon. But wait, then there’s also Kor… and Kang and Koloth—ah, forget it! They’re all great.

One of the thing’s I liked most about Chang, aside from the cool bolted-on eye patch and Shakespeare quoting, were the subtle ridges Plummer insisted on having because he didn’t like heavy makeup. Maybe it was unintentional, but it was a nice sort of tie-in to the TOS Klingons.

76. Buzz Cagney - January 1, 2012

I sense you are a Klingon fan! Me, not so much. I’m really hoping they aren’t going down that route in the next movie but i have a bad feeling about it!!

Did you feel the crew were racist towards the Klingons in TUC? I’ve heard that certain members of the cast did. I didn’t really get that.

77. Vultan - January 1, 2012

#76

Well, I like the Klingons, but can’t say they’re my favorites. And yeah, I don’t want them in the next movie either. A new alien would be nice, but if there’s one species I’d like to see again it would be the… the Gorn, I guess.

No, I didn’t get a racist vibe from the movie either. It seemed to me to be more about two opposing sides of a war (or cold war) suddenly forced into peace, and being uncomfortable with that—like the West and the Russians in 1991. Lots of Cold War parallels and references in there. Gorkon=Gorbachev. Praxis=Chernobyl. Chang saying “Don’t wait for the translation! Answer me now!” like Adlai Stevenson during the Cuban Missile Crisis, “Only Nixon could go to China,” etc., etc….

It’s clever writing like that that makes me wish Nick Meyer were still involved with Trek. Maybe he could at least do a script polish, be a story consultant of some sort on the new movies. I mean, does it really take 3 years to come up with a good story?!!! Meyer came in on TWOK, took some elements from a couple of other scripts, and banged out the final script in like a week and a half.

Of course he’s older now… so it might take him… what, two to three weeks tops? ;)

78. Bobby - January 1, 2012

I was in the Rose Parade in 1992. It was my senior year in high school, and I was in the DeSoto HS Marching Band (from DeSoto TX).

I remember that Star Trek float. We got to help decorate a float – I was hoping we’d get to work on the Star Trek one but it ended up being a different one. We didn’t get to pick. :)

That was back during the HEIGHT of Star Trek’s popularity. Good times…

79. Buzz Cagney - January 2, 2012

Vults, funnily enough I watched 13 Days just a few days ago (with our own Bruce excelling as JFK) and its a terrific movie. Very well made indeed.
I often wondered what made Chang think Kirk could speak Klingon! Beyond saying ‘choichu’ (sp?!) in TSFS i can’t remember him speaking it before?
I remember it was Nichelle in particular feeling there was rascism directed at the Klingons. My view is the same as yours. They were dealing with a deadly enemy and were very wary and mistrustful. Understandably so.
That they were disgusted at the Klingons lack of table manners was hardly rascism. I hate the way my 11 year old eats his dinner too! I’m sure he only does it so he can get to leave the table and back to his computer! Maybe the Klingons were equally keen to get back to their own ship!

Anyhoo, its a bright (if chilly) day here and the MG is going to get a go with the hood down. I’l see if I can get you some pictures. ;-)

80. Buzz Cagney - January 2, 2012

And I don’t know what made me keep spelling racism that way. As I typed it I knew it looked wrong! lol

81. David M - January 2, 2012

Despite what this article states, the float featured the Enterprise design from the 2009 movie.

82. Admiral_BlackCat - January 2, 2012

Just saw the float on TV. They did a great job recreating the new ’09 Enterprise!

83. bgdrewsif - January 2, 2012

Turns put it was the new Enterprise… complete with blinking navigation lights! The upcoming film got a mention on both NBC and ABC too…

84. ECHUSA - January 2, 2012

Yep just saw it on NBC.. It seemed small if you ask me and not perfect but takes a lot of work to make so no complaining. Good to see.

85. OMNI - January 2, 2012

Float fail: JJ-prise. Almost as ugly as Enterprise D.

86. Phil - January 2, 2012

Nice job with the Rose Parade float, Paramount. Looks great!

87. Holly - January 2, 2012

I helped decorate the Enterprise as the resident Trekkie there. For commercial purposes, we did decide to make it the ’09 JJ version since the sequel will be out next year. It’s a great deal more detailed than originally planned since I was helping out, but it’s certainly not to scale. Also, despite what this article says, it was covered in rice, not coconut. :)

88. Admiral_BlackCat - January 2, 2012

Awesome Holly! Your efforts turned out great! Wish I could’ve seen it in person.

89. Monique Rolle - January 2, 2012

I just saw my brother Antwan Rolle on the front of that float today in a Tux! He looked good! So proud!

90. Phil - January 2, 2012

If you are in Southern California, all the floats will be on display if you want to drive out for a look. Good job, Holly!

91. brian - January 2, 2012

Anyone got pics for those that missed it on tv?

92. PEB - January 2, 2012

#5 ….i guess church didnt feel so ‘stiffed’ after all huh?

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