'Star Trek': An exclusive first look at the Enterprise

Enterprise579_lJ.J. Abrams wasn’t a huge fan of the original Star TrekTV series as a kid,  but he does have one unabashed gee-whiz Star Trekmemory: watching the first feature film (1979’s Star Trek: The MotionPicture) and marveling over the big reveal of the Enterprise during along sequence in which James T. Kirk takes a slow-boat tour around theiconic starship. "The coolest thing about it — maybe the coolest thing inthe movie — was when you flew around the ship, you could see all thedifferent panels that made up the ship," says the director of theforthcoming Trek reboot, slated for a May 8, 2009, release. "It wasthe first time I had ever seen that level of attention, that love ofdetail, given to the tangible, practical reality of the ship."

Here, in this exclusive first look at Abrams’ take onthe Enterprise, you see not only his vision of the ship but hisattempt to evoke that sequence from the first film that so captured hisimagination. If you’re thinking, "Wow! It looks the way the Enterprisehas always looked" — well, look at the big Spock brain on you! Abramswanted to take the original TV-series Enterprise and the movie-franchise Enterprise and fuse them together into a new yet familiarEnterprise. His ambition was a ship that felt very realistic, thatcould stand up to today’s F/X standards — and beyond. "If you’re goingto do Star Trek, there are many things you cannot change. The Enterpriseis a visual touchstone for so many people. So if you’re going to do theEnterprise, it better look like the Enterprise, because otherwise, whatare you doing?"

Fans and other interested parties will get more looksat the new Enterprise when the first trailer arrives this Friday,attached to Quantum of Solace. And if you missed the additional 11 Star Trek photos we debuted last month, click here and check ‘em out.

More on ‘Star Trek':
‘Star Trek': New Movie, New Vision (the EW cover story)
‘Star Trek': 11 New Photos
Not all of the ‘Star Trek’ films have been out of this world: A ‘Star Trek’ filmography

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  • Greg Eric

    Oh my God! I think JJ and ILM have outdone themselves this time. If the rest of the movie looks this good it’s gonna be awesome! Hard to blow up the tiny image big enough to see all the detail in there – come on EW give us some love i want a 1920 desktop wallpaper to cover my monitors will – this ship is gorgeous!

  • Szemer

    Dismaying beyond description. Out of respect for J.J., I’ll wait for more images, but that godawful, ill-proportioned engineering hull (the tubular part below the saucer, for all you non-geeks) looks terrible, in this shot. The rest I can deal with — I’m no purist. But that’s just klunky.

  • Rahul

    I like it. The updates (the modern warp nacelles) are subtle enough. Calm down purists; they’re trying to reboot an ailing franchise here.

  • Szemer

    “Calm down, purists”? Not a problem here. I like a lot of what’s going on here — but that part of the ship looks a bit jumbled, busy, somehow Not Right, and that’s from an objective design/balance standpoint. I can see they want its shape to parallel the line of the nacelles, which is neat, but there’s other stuff that makes it look overcooked…which is why I wish they’d released another shot. That shuttlecraft smack in the foreground doesn’t help, either.
    I actually wish they’d taken the design even farther, and not referenced as much of the previous versions.

  • JD

    Very disappointed. Much to different then what has already been established. The saucer is the only part that works.

  • James Cannon – RUNCORN TREKKER UK

    No no no no no no !!!
    It looks like half of it is missing?
    Sooooo wrong.

  • Sheila

    Wow, that is beyond awesome. Look at the taper in the nacelles and in the engineering deck. Notice how close the saucer section is to the mouths of the nacelles. The bevel on the saucer section and the new, thicker support tower. Very agreeable to this die-hard Trek fan. Well done. I shed a tear.

  • Mikey T.

    Meh, I’ll take the Millennium Falcon over that bucket of bolts any ol’ day!

  • j2talk

    as a life long Trek fan I’ve got to say…help me JJ you are our only hope…….this film is starting to look like it may be able to save Star Trek…..*yes I do know I am stealing a line from that Other series…

  • Akaranger

    I think its very good desgin since this is the first desgin aspect of the Enterprise 1701 Remeber here folks This is what the Enterprise 1701 looked like begfor TOS and the Cage and I bet you half of the stuff here is going to change through out the Movie as well

  • Evil Bastard

    That is the biggest pile o turd I have ever seen, I’ve better Fanboi Kitbashes than that!

  • Fluke

    wut. . . Tossing aside all canon this thing is UGLY too many clashing lines. Rim of the saucer looks like a bicycle tyre. All these conglomerate parts that clash with each other. It looks like a Reject lost in space effects prop.

  • OneBuckFilms

    This will take some getting used to.
    I’m alternating between love and hate with this.

  • Snarf

    Me likey.

  • arjo

    .. helo, i was wondering when teh next star wars movie is to be on the movie theater??/

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