Trek Trailer and Serious Geek Questions

So JJ Abrams did his best to whip the fanboys into a fever pitch with his new Star Trek trailer that played before "Cloverfield." Here it is below:



In the grand scheme of things, it's not much of a trailer. But teasers are never supposed to be big grandiose endeavors. They are usually just a cloudy snippet of some trivial thing that only hardcore fans would know or understand, and then only hint at the amazing, spectacular - whatever- is going to be released in just a few months from now.

But there was something that has bugged me about the trailer since watching it and I cant get it out of my mind. Something a lot of people as of late have been picking up on and questioning.


Why in the hell would you build a spaceship, designed to live its entire existence in space on Earth? Wouldn't it be infinitely easier to build the thing in a zero gravity environment? Especially considering, as Mark Bernardin from EW.com pointed out, "Starfleet built the Utopia Planitia Fleet Yards — in orbit around Mars — expressly for ship construction. Because Starfleet ain't stupid."

The geeks over at trekmovie.com naturally had that same question and asked "Star Trek IX" co-writer and executive producer Roberto Orci to help explain things.

In other words, the geeks that work at Paramount's marketing department that help drive the content for the trekmovie.com "fansite" wrote the information to shut up the thousands of trekkers out there that were starting to ask too many damn questions and ruin the hype of Abrahms latest opus:

TrekMovie.com: Did you guys realize that when you set the construction of the USS Enterprise on Earth that it would spark controversy?

Roberto Orci: Of course.

TrekMovie.com: So what is your guys logic for setting it on land?

Roberto Orci: Besides the thematic stuff we discussed, which is to connect it to today and make it clear. Firstly, there is the notion that there is precedent in the novels, etc that components of the ship can be built on Earth and assembled here or there. And the second thing is that the Enterprise is not some flimsy yacht that has to be delicately treated and assembled. The idea that things have to be assembled in space has normally been associated with things that don’t have to be in any kind of pressure situation and don’t ever have to ever enter a gravity well. That is not the case with the Enterprise. The Enterprise actually has to sustain warp, which we know is not actually moving but more a warping of space around it. And we know that its decks essentially simulate Earth gravity and so its not the kind of gravity created by centrifugal force, it is not artificially created by spinning it. It is created by an artificial field and so it is very natural, instead of having to create a fake field in which you are going to have to calibrate everything, to just do it in the exact gravity well in which you are going to be simulating. And the final thing, in order to properly balance warp nacelles, they must be created in a gravity well.

TrekMovie.com: Where did that come from?

Roberto Orci: That comes from our creative license. No one can tell me that it is not possible that in order to create properly balanced warp nacelles they have to be constructed in a gravity well.

When they originally started writing up the script for this new incarnation of the Trek franchise, there was much rumor about changing the pre-established Trek cannon to reflect whatever creative license the filmmakers wanted to take. In an article last October, John from the Movie Blog mentioned that the best way for this new Trek film to be successful would be to ditch the previously established story arc and take the new film in a whole new direction, re-imagining it from scratch.

Now its starting to appear that this may actually be the case.

Personally, at the risk of sounding like the comic book guy from the Simpsons, I have to call B.S. on this explanation. By coming up with some half-brained excuse, they have completely dismissed the notion that it would be far easier to build the ship in an already built spaceship-building dock already floating in space. Of course, since all of this happens in the past, it would have been easier to just say that the Enterprise was the first of its kind and when they built it, the space-based dock didnt exist.

But come on now, are we going to have shots of Rosie the riveter pounding in red-hot rivits with a sledgehammer just because it looks cool and patriotic to show it? This is supposed to be a highly advanced spacecraft. Arc-welding parts together just seems crazy. I could probably go into further detail about how a low-oxygen environment would probably even be better for high-strength welds, but seriously, that's even too geeky for me.

But don't worry: we will only have another 11 more months of speculation, hype and rumor-mongering to contend with. Type your summary here

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