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Subject: The original Star Trek (2009) opening WOULD have been better rss

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Spoiler-riffic spoiler-vision:

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So those familiar with 'Star Trek' (original series) know that Gene Roddenberry always intended that Kirk's Enterprise wasn't any particularly fancy fleet flagship or anything like that - just one of a dozen or so similar ships...cruisers, roughly...performing similar missions. Showing the flag, exploring new territories, arranging trade and treaties, etc. Very much like the old naval ships of the sailing period - with commanders having quite long leashes, out of contact with their home empires for months at a time (or longer) and given general objectives. And, along those lines, lived-in ships.

In the series itself, we are introduced to Christopher Pike, second commander of the Enterprise, who had it just before Kirk. And, in (much, VERY much) 'expanded material' - including the original series writer's guide - we have information that a Robert April was in command of the Enterprise before Pike...as her first Captain. Interestingly, the 'non-canon' material has George Kirk as April's XO. Starting to sound familiar?

Well, yeah, it turns out that the ORIGINAL take on Star Trek (2009)'s intro would have had THAT ship present. The Constitution-class, USS Enterprise, NCC-1701, that we all know and loved from the original series. Modeled just as we knew it, obviously in vastly higher resolution/quality and with more action than it ever saw before. But THAT ship. Captain Robert April and first officer George Kirk. And instead of (prime timeline), this Enterprise surviving long years of service to be commanded by Pike, and later Kirk...it is rather THIS ship destroyed by Nero in the opening credits instead of the Kelvin. April dead, George Kirk dead, the Enterprise we know and love destroyed, and Kirk born in a shuttlecraft fleeing the tragedy rather than back home in Iowa with both his parents and the ship safely in orbit for him to later command one day.

And that's why the Enterprise we are treated to later in the movie as the 'star' of it would have been so radically different from the 'original series' Enterprise. Because that ship HAD existed in this timeline...and was destroyed.


Honestly, that would clearly have been an improvement. Unfortunately, it seems the execs (or just marketing, in any case) were completely not onboard with that, and nixed it outright.

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It HAS to be marketing. Just HAS to be. Nobody else thinks like that! Kill off George Kirk and Amanda Grayson (Spock's mother)? Who are they? Do they have action figures? No? Who cares, then? Destroy Vulcan, with 10 billion inhabitants? Meh - I can't sell 'Vulcan'. Blow up the Enterprise?!?! ARE YOU INSANE?!?! DO YOU HAVE ANY IDEA HOW MANY TOYS AND MODELS OF THAT WE HAVE?!?!?!


Damn shame - would have really added some impact to the opening bit (which was, honestly, the best part of the movie)!
 
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Well, *I* thought it would have been an improvement...
 
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