TrekCore talks to Robert Meyer Burnett, one-half of the talented duo responsible for the creation of the new bonus features on Star Trek: The Next Generation‘s remastered Blu-Ray releases. Normally to be found beavering away in his edit bay, Rob generously took several hours out of his busy schedule to talk to me about all things Star Trek, answering questions about his work and dropping several juicy hints about the exciting things he and Roger Lay Jr. have planned for future Star Trek Blu-Ray releases.

Robert Meyer Burnett

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TrekCore: Sadly, neither you nor Roger were involved with the features on the Original Series Blu-rays. Had you had the chance to manage their production, where would you have gone with the project?

Robert Meyer Burnett: Well, The Original Series is the thing that I’m a most life-long fan of. The Original Series is hard… so much has been written, so much has been covered, and we’ve lost many of the original people that made it. Even if you had them around, it was forty-five years ago – so I don’t know if you could do, if it would even be possible, to go back and look at The Original Series the way we’ve been looking at The Next Generation or the way Roger’s delving into Enterprise. I don’t know. I really don’t know.

What I would have done, had I been able to work on The Original Series… I would have loved to have gotten myself into a consulting position about the new visual effects. I would have loved to have been an overseer. I think Dave Rossi and the Okudas and everybody did as good a job as they could do, but I think what you needed was a director – a filmmaker making certain decisions about, for instance, how the Enterprise moved. Since you’re asking me, what I would have done is: ILM so beautifully, in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, showed us capital ships in starship combat. Even though it has no bearing on physics, or what would really happen when two ships the size of the Enterprise and the Reliant were fighting against each other – it wouldn’t really look like that at all – but in our imaginations, it’s two capital ships fighting the way ships would fight on the high seas, but in three dimensions with an X, Y, and Z axis. The ships were lumbering behemoths, pounding on one another, and they seemed HUGE.

One of the things that I did not like in the remastering of The Original Series was how fast the Enterprise moved in an episode such as “The Doomsday Machine. The sense of scale of the Enterprise, and the sense of weight of the Enterprise was just not there, because the Enterprise moves so fast. While the argument can be made that yes, that ships can see each other at all when they’re 200,000 kilometers apart is ridiculous anyway, but apparently they can – but I would have taken a different tactic regarding all of the visual effects and slowed it all up. Made it HEAVY.

My favorite effects on the redone, remastered Original Series – the show looks great by the way – on episodes like “Court Martial”, when you just see the Enterprise in orbit around the starbase, but you see where the storm damage was done – I love that! That geography was never understood before. Or whenever they actually added to the universe itself, like you’d see a starbase and see shuttlecraft floating around, or in “Amok Time” when you got to see that bit from The Animated Series [the view of ShiKahr on Vulcan, first seen in “Yesteryear”], then you got to see the mountain from Star Trek III… I love that stuff! That stuff was amazing! But some of the starship stuff could’ve been better… but again, they were learning. And they were hampered by time constraints and budget. But still, I wouldn’t have made some of the changes they made, like to the Tholian ships.

TrekCore: Rob, you’re a huge, self-confessed ‘Niner’. With so many fans eyeing Deep Space Nine in high definition – the next logical step for CBS – have you given any thought on how you would go about profiling the series, should you be asked to produce features for it?

Robert Meyer Burnett: I think our approach would be similar to our Next Generation approach – you still have one of the executive producers of the show, who created it, Rick Berman, still around – there would be a lot of interesting questions to ask. Again, that show struggled in the ratings. What I love about the show that it took Star Trek and upgraded it more to the serialized nature of modern television storytelling and it has so many great guest stars and ongoing plotlines… it would just be really interesting to cover it from that perspective. And when Ira Behr took over and just blew it all out of the water.

Rob hopes to take a similar approach with DEEP SPACE NINE as he has with THE NEXT GENERATION should CBS green light the show, albeit with an extra dose of fanboyish admiration.

I think on Deep Space Nine we’d probably be much more of slavish fanboys – for Roger and I both, I think Deep Space Nine is our favorite of the modern Star Trek shows – we’d come at it with less historical reverence, because it’s more of a scrappy show, you know, more of a down-and-dirty show. I would love to approach it that way – and the fact that you can go interview Frank Langella [‘Jaro Essa’ from the Season Two three-part premiere], and you can go interview Louise Fletcher [‘Kai Winn Adami’], and go find all of these people and talk to them about this show would be a lot of fun. The people who worked on Deep Space Nine really loved the show – not that they didn’t love The Next Generation – but it was never the show… Star Trek: Deep Space Nine is the Rodney Dangerfield of Star Trek shows: it doesn’t get any respect, even from the fans – there are a lot of fervent fans that love it – but there’s a lot that don’t. I would like to delve into that.

TrekCore: Let’s hear some candid talk from you about Star Trek: Voyager. It’s often the bastard stepchild of Star Trek, even more so than Enterprise, because it kind of gets forgotten in between all of the other shows. What are your thoughts on it now, looking back? Would you ever want to write VAM for that?

Robert Meyer Burnett:  I’ll admit, I liked the first season of Voyager – but here’s what I don’t like about Voyager.

Voyager, to me, is just an amalgamation of Star Trek tropes that are being put through Star Trek stories that we’ve already seen before. Then, in a shameless bid to grab ratings, they co-opted things like the Borg, and ruined them. They added Jeri [Ryan], who turned out to be a great character, but they added her and she was clearly, at least at first, eye candy. Brannon Braga’s obsession with time loops and all that; to me, what Voyager should have been – and maybe you should never criticize something for what it wasn’t, but what it actually was – but I do think that with Voyager, you have a half-alien, half-human in Roxann Dawson’s character (‘B’Elanna Torres’) who is Spock, who is Data, now a cliché. It was just an amalgamation of everything we’d ever seen before on Star Trek, and it didn’t offer much in the way of something being new. That is what I never liked about it.

But it had a great idea – that a starship has been flung to the other side of the galaxy, cut off from its supply line, cut off from any help – but the idea that they were trying to get home, to me, was dumb. Because, theoretically, the only way they’re going to get home is to cheat. They’re going to find some way to cheat, because they’re going to need some propulsion system or some transwarp conduit… Played straight, it would be impossible for them to get home, so that show should have been about Columbus going to the New World, or something, where they were going to take the ideals of the Federation – the idea of the Prime Directive – and try and build a coalition in a part of the galaxy that was full of strife and full of problems and full of conflict; try and world-build  how do you build a Federation beachhead in an area of space that isn’t interested while you’re cut off from any other supplies or aid from your homebase. That would have been the show that I would have liked to have seen – it would have been a much different show than we’d ever seen before, and I think it would have been fascinating to watch.

Rob views Star Trek VOYAGER as more of an “amalgamation” of ideas from previous Star Trek series. Episodes like “Year of Hell” stick out to him as particularly gimmicky.

But they didn’t go that way; they just started telling standard Star Trek stories that were, most of the time, rehashes and variations of what we’d already seen on the previous three series. There was nothing new, whereas Deep Space Nine was full of new ideas all the time, and it did really interesting stuff. That’s not to say that when I catch random episodes of Voyager, I don’t catch episodes that I like. I’ll watch individual episodes, and now I’m not so vehemently against it the way I used to be… but it just seems to me that it was the copycat Star Trek show. I know that there’s a lot… again, if Voyager was the very first Star Trek show you came to and you started watching it when you were young – also, I know that there’s a lot of women like Mary Czerwinski, who’s done a lot of work for Creation and, who adore the show. So I know – if you were female and came to Star Trek because of Voyager, there are a lot of – beginning with Kathryn Janeway – a lot of really strong female characters. Kes, Seven of Nine, all these characters… there’s a lot of strong female characters on that show, and I can see… and Roxann Dawson became a director! She started directing because of that show. I don’t begrudge people who came to Star Trek for the first time because of Voyager, but I think that Voyager is just so gimmicky, like, let’s do “Year of Hell”, let’s go back to Earth in the 20th Century [“Future’s End”], but then hit the reset button, so nothing which happened really mattered; I hated that. Also, everything, to me, was just shamelessly gimmicky all the time. Plus, the Kazon were lame, the Phage was stupid… I didn’t like it. And Janeway’s command decisions were usually incredibly suspect.

TrekCore: You could, arguably, describe another gimmick, in the form of Star Trek: The Animated Series, which is probably one of the most forgotten chapters of Star Trek. Many fans just accuse it of being a poor imitation of The Original Series; an attempt to cash in on the glory of it. What are your views on The Animated Series?

Robert Meyer Burnett: love The Animated Series, because to me – despite the very limited animation and some of the lethargy on display from some of the voice acting, and James Doohan doing every other alien voice – there are some great episodes of The Animated Series. Episodes that I really like written by Original Series writers, whether it’s “Yesteryear” being case in point; “Albatross” and “Bem”, “How Sharper than a Serpent’s Tooth” and “The Counter-Clock Incident” and “Jihad” – there are a lot of really interesting stories there that I think are really legitimate. There are plans afoot to bring The Animated Series to Blu-ray, and I have an idea that would be crazy to pull off, but if we could it would be really interesting – I like The Animated Series a great deal, despite its shortcomings. Again, I think there are some great storylines; “Slaver Weapon” with the Kzinti…

I hated that Gene Roddenberry said it wasn’t canon when you had David Gerrold, Dorothy Fontana, and Gene and a lot of other writers from the original show; so why would you say that? It was done as an animated show; it won two Daytime Emmys, didn’t it? It was great! The final two years of the five year mission!

Burnett looks on the ANIMATED SERIES as an extension of the ORIGINAL SERIES and reveals that plans are afoot at CBS for a Blu-Ray release of the series.

TrekCore: You are probably one of the more outspoken critics on J.J. Abrams’ version ofStar Trek. Where do you think that departs from the Star Trek you know and loved from Gene Roddenberry’s spark, and how would you put it back on track?

Robert Meyer Burnett: Well, here’s the thing that I try to explain to people. As a life-long Star Trek fan, when Star Trek: The Motion Picture came out, one of the revelatory things for me – as a twelve-year-old who watched the show for almost a decade, who’d poured all over the blueprints, read all the novels; I lived and breathed in my imagination the Star Trek universe – when Star Trek: The Motion Picture came out and I saw the design of the new Enterprise, which you could tell was bad-ass, it was souped up, but it all made sense. When you looked at it, you were all like, “Oh, okay, that’s an extrapolation of the design, it looks cooler. Faster. More powerful. And very, very sexy…”

But when you saw the interior – this is what blew my mind the most – when you saw the interior of the refit Enterprise, with the blue-and-red impulse dome, and the impulse engines you knew so well, and how they related to the rest of the Engineering section, how the intermix chamber came down from that impulse dome, went into the Engineering deck that was below the impulse engines, and how you saw that same intermix chamber snake back through the length of the secondary hull to where it went into the different warp nacelle struts… when you saw that, you realized that the entire internal makeup, the internal design of the Enterprise had been incredibly well thought out. You looked and that and just thought, “Oh my god!”  One could never understand the relationship between the warp drive and the impulse engines in The Original Series, because the Engineering set in The Original Series was located behind the impulse engines. So…how did that work with the warp drive? It never made sense to me; you never really got it. But with Star Trek: The Motion Picture, you finally saw how everything related, and the Star Trek universe was extrapolated upon in such a gorgeous way across the board – from Starfleet Headquarters to the Epsilon IX station to the Klingon battle cruisers; That first glimpse inside of the [Klingon] bridge, with the moving tactical displays, I nearly lost my mind. We’d never seen that before, other than the brief glimpse behind Subcommander Tal in “The Enterprise Incident.”  But we finally saw this with The Motion Picture. For me, as a Star Trek fan, the imagination and the thought that was on display in that movie – of the Star Trek universe itself – was wondrous.

One of the things about the Abrams Star Trek that irked me to no end is how they just haphazardly put into that movie whatever they particularly wanted. Like, J.J. Abrams wanted the image of a young James Kirk driving up on the ground, seeing the Starfleet shipyards as the Enterprise was being built, and then seeing his future. He wanted that image, and you know what? As a director myself, I get that. I think that’s great, J.J. – however, the actual design of the Starship Enterprise, from its very inception back into the Sixties, came from the very real scientific idea a ship the size of the Enterprise COULD ONLY BE BUILT IN ORBIT, because of its sheer size. That’s a very scientific, real world concept based on the laws of physics. Components would be built on Earth, then assembled in orbit. You would not build a starship that looked like the Enterprise, with that configuration, with small struts holding up massive warp nacelles, if you had to build it on the ground and figure out a way to put it in orbit. You wouldn’t do it! The energy expenditure it would take to lift up something like a starship from the surface of the Earth and put it in orbit, into space, you couldn’t do it. It wouldn’t make sense, even if you had the technology to do it, because the ship would not be configured that way – so when they put the Enterprise on the Earth simply for that “classic” image, to me, what it said was the filmmakers were throwing out 45 years of all of the imaginative Star Trek design work for one single image. In the theater, I felt I was seeing someone say to me personally, “Fuck all that. I want an image of this starship on Earth so somebody can ride up on a motorcycle and see it and look at his future.”

One of the scenes which Robert Meyer Burnett takes particular exception to in J.J. Abrams’ new Star Trek movie shows Kirk approaching the Enterprise on his motorbike to see it being constructed.

I’m sorry, but the Starship Enterprise was simply not built on a planet. It just wasn’t. One of the constraints of the Star Trek universe is the Enterprise was built in space. That’s the design of that ship. It just was! Now, you can sit there and go, “Well, I didn’t want it to be that way.”  But that’s always been the design of that ship; it’s as much as Spock having pointed ears. By putting it on the planet Earth… I was just like, okay, the thought behind the design work – it was just people saying, “Well, the practicality of all this, we’re going to throw it out the window.”  My thinking would be…the screenwriters and Mr. Abrams should’ve figured out a really interesting 23rd CENTURY way to show that same image of Kirk seeing the ship for the first time. Riding up on a motorcycle and looking off into the future is just not very interesting.

To me, that same thinking permeated the rest of the film. They used narrative shortcuts and previously established cinematic imagery to convey information. So, why, exactly, is James Kirk a troubled young man in the J.J. Abrams movie? We never see a scene with the young James Kirk having something that happens to him directly that turns him into a troubled young man – sure, we’re given this shorthand scene where he steals a car, drives off a cliff, and that, inexplicably to me, the audience goes “Oh, he’s a rebel.” Well, is he? We don’t know; why is he a rebel? His father’s not around because he sacrificed his life so Kirk could live. That shouldn’t make you troubled. Then you have an obligatory scene inside a bar where the townies get into a fight with the Starfleet Academy boys. That is a generic scene from a hundred other movies. “But let’s put it in a Star Trek movie where it will be in the 23rd century!” There was nothing in that scene that was clever or had a 23rd Century twist; it was a bar fight scene that we’ve seen in movies back to the dawn of cinema. It is not a great Star Trek scene; it is not an interesting variation on the bar fight scene; it turns Starfleet Academy members, or young cadets, into ogres and oafs… “You’re talkin’ to my girl? Well, let’s get into a fight!” I mean, we’ve seen that scene in a hundred other movies; it is the most uncreative, shorthand bullshit storytelling method ever.

Throughout that entire movie… I will say this, to give them credit; I did enjoy the young Spock stuff on Vulcan, I thought that was great. The rest of the storytelling, to me, was – while the filmmaking was fine, there was some brilliant filmmaking on display; the acting was great, I love the characters and I thought the casting was impeccable – but to me, the storytelling was just generic and subpar. It did not create a believable ‘reality’ to me. The universe of J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek movie is not ‘real’ the way the original Star Trek and The Next Generation and Deep Space Nine and Voyager – and even Enterprise – were ‘real’. You cannot give a third-year cadet on academic probation the captaincy of a starship. In what universe would you ever do that? He’s had one mission – admittedly, he saved the Earth; of course, Vulcan was destroyed – I mean, what does he know about first contact missions? What does he know about interacting with an entire starship crew – I mean, the original Star Trek, when you met Captain Kirk, you got through various episode back stories he’d served for years and years before he became captain.

I understand what they were doing, and the movie made a lot of money, but to me, it did not create a believable universe – the way Star Wars created a believable universe, the way Alien created a believable universe – that new Star Trek movie was generic pablum that appealed to the masses. But, to be fair, that was exactly what it was designed to do. The greatest thing about it – I will say this – it made a lot of money, it brought the franchise back from the dead, and now new Star Trek is viable and lucrative; people are going back and rediscovering the original show, which is really the most important thing. I just wish it were a lot more intelligent.

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ROBERT MEYER BURNETT wrote and directed FREE ENTERPRISE and produced Warner Premiere and Dark Castle’s THE HILLS RUN RED.

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  • SypherHawq

    I liked his premise for Voyager. And, while I loved her characters, it was really a show that destroyed some great ideas and sunk others. Also, the Enterprise being built on Earth, is like Pepper Potts running in stilettos on grates in Iron Man.

  • $38633853

    I love the idea of a future TNG movie… I’m not fond of JJ’s take on Trek either… a new cast is fine, it’s a given.

  • Quinn

    TAS on Blu-ray! Hallelujah!

  • archer923

    I agree with him on that seeing the ENT being built on the ground wouldn’t make sense. But I would of split the difference. Assemble the core components (engines, secondary hull, saucer) in parts. Then lift them into space. They have tractor beams.

    I didn’t really mind that voyager had rehashes of character ideas. What I did hate was that half of the cast was wasted. My god… Kim was a ****ing ensign for 7 years. HE SAVED THE SHIP IN TIMELESS (I don’t care if it was a future kim). Promote the guy… Torres didn’t do anything on the show. Kes left for no reason. Other than the fact she wasn’t hot enough. And Chakotay pulled a Troi.

    • $38633853

      Chakotay pulled a Troi?

      • archer923

        I call people that who do nothing. Until their focus episode.

    • Ashley Williams

      Yeah I always thought the “we have to have an ensign” argument was dumb. If you really believe that (why can’t you have everyone on the bridge be a lieutenant?), then make Harry the lieutenant and keep Tom the Ensign (after his demotion of course or make his original rank ensign). I liked Tom because I could relate to him, but seriously Harry deserved it far more than Tom.

      • archer923

        Yes. Holy crap. Tom got promoted back to LT. after a few months. They didn’t even give Harry a single beat of being pissed off.

  • SpaceCadet

    So I take it he really isn’t a fan of Star Trek (the movie). Lol.

    • $38633853

      Well, there’s more than one… I’m a fan of movies 1-10…

      • SpaceCadet

        Right, I was only referring to the most recent one.

  • trevanian

    He’s a lot more diplomatic about The Abrams Thing than I will ever be, that’s for sure. But going by comments I’ve read of his going back 15 years to the Sci Fi Universe days, when he talked about how great it would be to see a QuentinTarantino DS9 movie rated R, I’ve agreed with RMD about nearly everything relating to Trek. And this interview holds up that streak. Here’s to the ParaVerse where Trek actually got rebooted by the RIGHT guy! (and I’d probably be writing for him too!)

  • Chris

    Reading RMB’s thoughts on the new Trek universe was like looking at y own thoughts! Sadly it looks, to me at least, that STID is going to use the same narrative shortcuts the first used. The 1701 hiding underwater to surveil a people. Ridiculous and only done for the “cool” shot of it coming out of the water. Bloody daft, for Q’s Sake!

    Anyway, I can’t wait for the next part. Will it be available in hardback at anypoint! 😉

    • M. Wright

      Yeah I think many of us feel as RMB does. Best quote from him on the subject: “that new Star
      Trek movie was generic pablum that appealed to the masses.”

  • GarySeven

    Nice to see someone I respect and admire didn’t care for the movie either. And that’s being nice on my part. I can’t tell you all that I HATED about the movie. No one ever lets me say it and it just incites violence, but take my word for it. I’ve always felt Abrams knew the exterior things about Star Trek,. “Okay, Spock has a bowl hair cut and pointed ears. Check!” “Kid with a Russian accent, check!” McCoy speaks gruffly at times. Check!” “Now let’s see…I think I’ve read Kirk gets lots of girls,….and they make jokes about him getting green girls. Let’s go with that. Check!” They did all that kind of stuff, but it was not, and will not ever be Star Trek to me! Oh and did I say ever?! It seemed so juvenile. Abrams was like a boy who drew Boba Fet on his math folder (and wasn’t very good at it) in 8th grade now gets to have the Trek characters say “Punch It! (And twice if I remember correctly)…and now he’s getting to direct. I mean, the mere fact that JJ says he never got Kirk, or particularly Shatner, is enough for me. The wrong man for the job. But enough of that. That’s far more than I ever get to say on other message boards.

    I also agree with thoughts on the “remastered Trek”. I had lot of problems with the fact they were even doing a remastered version. I was at the 40th anniversary convention in Chicago and wasn’t exactly as mature or professional as I could have been with Dave Rossi. Or let’s say he was a bit defensive. I mean, I thought what’s next?….we’re going to redo “Lost in Space”effects or “Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea”? As I’ve said many a time,….(and this is coming from the guy who as a kid took everything Batman was saying as gospel – yeah I didn’t think it was a joke….I took Adam West very seriously)…I didn’t know the effects on Star Trek were bad. Around the time of the 20 anniversary I read a TV Guide article that called the effects bad or cheesy or something along those lines. “I remember thinking, “They were bad?!…I never thought,…I uh, didn’t notice.” I did like the nice little touches like having working gears and other parts in Norman the android’s stomach when he raised his shirt to show Kirk what he was. There were some things to like. I agree on the Enterprise. I never liked how it moved or looked in the updated versions. I’m so use to every beat every rhythm of the original,…it was jarring to see different things,…even if they looked slicker.

    I do look forward to the animated series on bluray. Much to like about it. It was a bridge to the next wave when I was a kid.

    • Sky

      The god thing is that no one is forced to see anything he don’t like to see. So by changing the “angel” on the blu ray of TOS you can see the show just the way you’re used to it and don’t have to bother about anything else 🙂 !!

      • archer923

        That was the smartest thing the ST movie/shows have done in recent years (minus the removal of the text commentaries). Give us the options for everything. It’s not that hard. Just do it right the FIRST TIME. I would of replaced my ST movie collection to BR’s if they treated them properly. Instead I saw fast released products to cash in on ’09’s popularity…

  • Masterironfist

    I used to think DS9 sucked back in the day but I really only watched a couple episodes and then basically gave up on the show. Later on when the show came out on DVD I decided to give it another go and now it is nearly my favorite Star Trek show of all. The later seasons of DS9 were really interesting and engaging.

  • Ashley Williams

    I’m surprised about hating the phage. I always thought the Vadians were good villians and I always had compassion for them. I even remember when they mentioned the cure (even though we don’t see them) and even though it technically meant nothing to the show, I still liked that it happened. I do agree the Kazon were lame though.

  • paustin

    he’s spot on with his TOS-R comments. That has always been the problem, the Enterprise is not a fighter nor should it move as such

  • pittrek

    Fully agree with Robert on JJ’s movie. Absolutely every word is like taken from my mouth. Thanks a lot, I thought I’m the one who’s weird. And he forgot one thing – the very stupid scene where Kirk rides a stolen CAR (23rd century anybody ?), and receives a call on a CELLPHONE from NOKIA (again, did the writers at least know this should appear in the 23rd century ?)

    • Tuskin38

      why can’t cars exist in the 23rd century? it was his uncle’s, he was probably restoring it or something. And whats wrong with a cellphone? They don’t have portable communication devices in the future? Although I question having it say Nokia.

      • $38633853

        It might exist, but I doubt it’d have an eternal combustion engine, I imagine by that time, all humans (not just the scientifically literate) realized the horrific effects on the environment they were having, but judging by the way it sounds in the movie, it has an internal combustion engine… perhaps it runs on a form of clean energy rather than gasoline… it might exist for purely display purposes… being the 23rd century, I imagine they have more practical, modern vehicles to use…

        • Tuskin38

          Pretty sure a few cars running on internal combustion would not effect the environment, plus they might have a way to counter act it by now.

          • $38633853

            Well, possibly, but even then, it might not be practical to maintain… even if money no longer exists in the 23rd century… it would require a lot of work to maintain a car through 3 centuries… not sure what year the Corvette is, but it’s a 20th century car…

  • James

    I’d agree with many of Mr Burnett’s complaints, although I enjoyed the film and was able to *live with* the enterprise being constructed on earth. All I’d like to point out is that none of the next generation films really worked on the big screen (except First Contact – and that was a pretty simple film).

    All the Trek films have their crazy scientific errors and gaping plot holes.

    Star Trek 1- the Enterprise is the only ship available to respond to the threat. Really? there are no other ships near Earth! Also, firing a torpedo at warp speed.

    Star Trek 3- the Genesis planet is quarantined – and only protected by the Grissom! Let’s build a giant space-station that ships fly into (no safety risk there then) – rather than tether to as in the more realistic DS9 station.

    Star Trek V – the energy barrier at the center of the universe.

    Star Trek Generations – Picard can leave the nexus to go anywhere, anytime. Why not go back to the moment Soran boarded the ship!!!

    Star Trek Insurrection – a joystick?

    Star Trek Nemesis – the dune buggy, and pretty much the entire movie. Check out it’s many flaws here:

    Don’t get me wrong, I love Star Trek, but to argue that the latest movie is somehow *worse* because it doesn’t add up scientifically is a spurious argument when one looks at V especially.

    Plot wise, I’d agree the 2009 picture is lacking, but then plot wise – so was First Contact – and that’s a good Trek film.

    Where I really agree with Mr Burnett is that the films (all except the Motion Picture) do not create a believable reality like the TV series do. Even then, I’d seek to qualify this with ‘most of the time’. Episodes like ‘Threshold’, ‘Genesis’ and even early TNG, which is often hailed as having more attention to detail sometimes fail in this regard, e.g.

    Episode TNG -“The Royale”

    When scanning the planet, La Forge reports temperature of the planet to be -291 Celsius. (-18 below absolute zero energy). Also, he reports thick atmosphere of methane, ammonia, etc and heavy winds. At that temperature everything would be a piece of solid matter with a vacuum above, not atmosphere.

    Man, if you really want to get down to it, in many episodes, time is frozen. This would mean that photons would also be frozen and you wouldn’t be able to see anything without constantly moving forward.

    Just my two cents, people are perfectly entitled to dislike the 2009 reboot. Just offering a small critique of the arguments against it.

    • I agree with you! I overlooked A LOT more BS in the first 6 films than I did with ST’09…you made some good points. I think that many people went into ST09 with a lot of unrealistic expectations and were let down. I tried to watch with zero expectations and was very entertained. I don’t take Trek (or myself) as seriously as I used to and I still get a lot more enjoyment from it.

      Yes, more time was needed on the visual effects on TOS Remastered, I agree on that point. But…

      Burnett’s comments on JJ’s movie read a little different to me…it sounds like he just wanted to be the guy in the director’s chair, that’s all (I don’t blame him). I’m sure he could’ve pulled off a smart film, but would it have done well? I don’t know, possibly not, hard to make that point. He definitely knows his Trek, though, I just haven’t cared for his previous films, IMHO.

      I think he would do better by being allowed to re-edit and restore ST5, I’d LOVE to see that! Perfect guy for the project! I’d be first in line to be a technical volunteer AND I’d gladly donate to that project too!

      Just my opinions.

      • $38633853

        Will it had done well? Not in this day and age, where most people want explosions, flashy bright lights, etc. rather than something cerebral… which is why the first TOS pilot didn’t go…

    • $38633853

      Well, remember that certain torpedo models are designed to travel at warp, at least as mentioned in TNG’s episode “The Emissary.” So we can assume that with those torpedoes in TMP as well.

      Actually, the energy barrier was at the center of the galaxy, not the universe. The one in TOS was at the edge of the galaxy.

      I can see a joystick offering more tactile response for something, like when I’m playing a game, it’s easier to use a joystick for certain things than a keyboard.

      Aside from the death of Data, all in all, I enjoyed Nemesis.

      When it comes to Generations, they could’ve done that, but then they’d have to still find a way to bring the Enterprise D to an end… or we might’ve never had First Contact, etc.

  • TBonz

    Agree 100% with the comments, especially regarding Abrams-Trek. I absolutely could not buy the “Hey, let’s put this young untried punk in the Captain’s chair!” “Why?” “Uh, well he’ll be Captain Kirk in the future and the sooner we get him there, the sooner we can start the story!” Bah!

  • John Q. Doe

    Wow!! I thought the fanboys on TrekBBS were hard to take. Burnett is as bad or worse. Get over it! J.J. Abrams made Star Trek live again and POPULAR!

    TAS on Blu-ray… sign me up!

    • $38633853

      He didn’t make my Star Trek live again, by making it an action movie, giving into sensationalism, and not making it cerebral like most of Star Trek… Star Trek was already popular to many people… and all his movie did was add in people who want an action flick and nothing else… they don’t get the true feeling and meaning behind Star Trek in JJ’s movie…