STbtM 038: NCC-1701 Ready to Launch
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The first 30 seconds of this segment continue the CGI approach of the shuttles and their landing in the Enterprise's shuttle bay. We zoom onto a huge bay area with zillions of criss-crossing columns, and filled with crew scurrying in every direction. I can't help but wonder if this is another location shot, or whether the set builders actually put this up. Kirk and McCoy hurriedly march through the area and the doctor announces "We need to get you changed," which seems an odd comment, since they are both wearing exactly the same Academy uniforms. Kirk slurs out "I don't feel right – I feel like I'm leaking…" and McCoy cuts him off with "Hell, it's that pointy-eared bastard!" as they veer off and out of sight.
Spock, turns from a conversation and walks purposefully into a lift. With a slight turn of his head, perhaps a subconscious curiosity about detecting Kirk aboard in the crowd, the lift stops and Spock walks out onto the newly envisioned Enterprise Bridge. The only things that seem out of place here are that there did not seem to be any selection of deck and destination when the lift started moving, and the walls of the lift seem almost entirely made of backlights.
Nevertheless, Spock did arrive safely to his duty area and takes a seat at an aft station among the bright blue lighting and shiny surfaces of the bridge as the skipper greets him from off-screen with "Mr. Spock!" Touching a few controls, Spock reports: "Captain, Engineering reports ready for launch." Pike acknowledges with "Thank you."
In all, this segment was a fairly nice looking, fast-paced view of the new ship with music that effectively sets a mood of increasing tension as the rescue is about to get underway.
Only men speak in this segment.
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