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tannerwaterbury 05-18-2013 03:16 PM

Ew! That Warp Core!
I keep hearing people go ecstatic over the "new" Warp Core, as though we'd still have Giant Nuclear Reactors by the mid to late 2250's. Can anyone explain why the Traditional Warp Core was considered "Too Futuristic" when that new Warp Core looks like it could of came from the 50's? I mean, where is the right mix for Modern and Futuristic? Anyways, that's all my ranting about other's rantings on the New Warp Core.

Roysten 05-19-2013 12:10 PM

Sorry Tanner but I liked the warp core personally, was a lot better than what we saw in the previous films. I didn't like the reference to it being a big nuclear reactor (swear I heard that said in the film), but I liked the general look of it, it felt like it could power a ship like that.

One thing I would have liked was some of the familiar pulsing, or some kind of ambiance to make it feel like it was kicking out a lot of power.

starbase63 05-20-2013 08:11 AM

I'm sorry, but that "warp core"?

Main power reactor of a Death Star, anyone?

Virtually the same design. Yet again, JJTrek moves toward Warsification.


horatio 05-20-2013 08:55 AM

I haven't seen the movie and thus the new warp core but given your comparison and the maze-like nature of (all of, not just central) engineering in the previous movie I think that the problem is related to JJA being an old mystery moviemaker. This is antithetical to the implicit paradigm of Trek that technology should be transparent and clear ... and not evoke too much of an emotional response like awe or wonder (with the emphasis being on too much as one does of course wonder while watching TOS how the guts of engineering beyond the control room look like or while watching TMP how far the core reaches laterally and vertically).

kevin 05-20-2013 09:28 AM

It wasn't my favourite thing looks wise certainly.

I much preferred the snazzy multi-level central hub set piece section. Overall I liked that the general look of things was consistent within the visual parameters Abrams and his team set in the first film. It was added to and expanded but not wholesale changed.

martok2112 05-20-2013 02:34 PM

The crawl through the warp core seemed a bit reminiscent to me of Kirk Prime's climb through the guts of the defelector dish in Star Trek Generations. So, definitely not bad.

omegaman 05-25-2013 07:29 PM

It was interesting… but really… can something get so misaligned without any damage to the surrounding container… and… be realigned with several kicks.

starbase63 05-27-2013 11:55 AM

Hush, omegaman, JJTrek isn't supposed to make sense...


DNA-1842 05-28-2013 02:33 AM

I've seen complaints about the "design".

But wasn't that thing the laser fusion apparatus in the laser fusion lab that they were filming in? (along with the engineering deck of the "Ring Vessel*".) So technically they didn't design it at all.

*Anyone got a good name for that thing?

kevin 05-28-2013 03:28 AM

I think the Warp Core and other parts of the ship were filmed at the National Ignition Laboratory so probably a good part of it was just what was there, but it will have been augmented by visual effects and some additions for the movie I expect.

I liked the design a smidge more second time around. It at least fits into the established look of things.

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