Boy o boy, there are so many arguments raging about the scale of the new Enterprise (NuEnt as I call it) from the 2009 Star Trek movie.
The size of the NuEnt might not completely jive with everyone. But I’m glad they kept the basics intact: Saucer, two nacelles and an engineering section.
We should all remember that Trek as we knew it was dying. We fans became so obsessed with “canon” that the studios were stifled. (I mean, what were all those hatemails regarding the ST:Enterprise intro music all about! C’mon!) The TNG movies pandered to the needs of the fans, but sucked at the box office because no one else went to see them! You had to be a well verse Trekker to get a lot of the references in those movies. This discouraged people. When they cancelled ST: Enterprise, I thought that was it. Trek would be doomed to re-runs and the occasional christmas special DVD collection with a few more artist renders chucked into the special features section. When I read someplace that the new top boss at Paramount hated Trek and promptly ordered it’s sets destroyed and models and costumes sold, I was convinced the end of Trek was here.
However, instead of letting Trek fade into memory, Paramount did the only thing they could. They wiped the slate clean, took an ST Encyclopedia for reference and started a new universe. That fact the film made so much money tells me they got it right. We, as trek fans, should embrace the Vulcan IDIC philosophy and embrace the “NuTrek”.
I am and I for one am glad that Trek is back!