Fans who have seen Star Trek XI and have questions about various aspects of the movie had the chance to ask questions and receive answers from Star Trek XI Co-writers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci.
As reported by TrekMovie.com, the answers provided by Kurtzman and Orci should satisfy fans, provide details on certain scenes in Star Trek XI, and explain why certain decisions were made. Part of the reason for the look in engineering was, as one might expect, financial. “The deal is that we were pursuing the aesthetic of trying to shoot as many things practically as possible to contribute to the feeling of reality,” explained Kurtzman and Orci. “The analog feel was also part of the ethic of having the future we are presenting seem right around the corner. Also, the location we used gave us a production value that would’ve cost millions if we merely tried to build it.”
The writers were asked about “bringing back” Vulcan and Romulus as well as questions as to survivors of both of the destroyed planets. “Recall that in this new Universe, Romulus is still out there, as Captain Pike indicates,” they explained. “As for Vulcan, Spock, in his Captain’s Log, estimates that there are approximately 10,000 survivors. Let’s just say then that the 10,000 does not count off-worlders.”
Speaking of Vulcan, why was there a blue sky? “[The] red sky is seasonal,” explained Kurtzman and Orci.
Some fans wondered why the Enterprise was built in Iowa. “The idea is that George Kirk’s death caused Starfleet to commemorate his sacrifice with the Riverside Shipyards,” explained Kurtzman and Orci. “We’ve heard the complaint that it is inefficient to build a space ship on the ground, but we figured that any ship that can literally cross the galaxy by warping space and moving faster than light is surely able to what the space shuttle can do, and that is, get into space easily.”
One problem fans had was with Spock seeing the destruction of Vulcan from Delta Vega. “I prefer to think of Delta Vega as being in close orbit (although it could be a moon), but nonetheless, we like to think of that sequence as impressionistic for a general audience,” explained Kurtzman and Orci. “In other words, Nero could’ve beamed Spock prime down to Delta Vega with a telescope or some other type of measuring device to allow Spock to experience the pain of perceiving the destruction of his home world, but that simply isn’t very cinematic.”
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