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This is not JJ Abrams' Enterprise...

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here. I love that above image, created by Gabe Koerner, who you may remember as being one of the central figures of the Star Trek fan doc TREKKIES. It's a beautiful image, something that would be impressive to see on the big screen. So, I love it and I hate it. We've been getting it emailed to us for what seems like years. Because it is so well done, everybody thinks it's from JJ Abrams' movie. It is not... and it's possible Abrams' final version won't be as nice as Gabe's work, but it's not from the flick. Every few months or so the picture pops up and we have to respond to those who email in with it with something like what I've written above. Now it's on Digg and we're getting a large number of emails about it. We appreciate the readers sending us information and that information is what gives this site its identity. We just want to make it clear to everyone that the above image of the Enterprise is not what we'll see in JJ Abrams' STAR TREK.

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  • May 8, 2008, 2:45 p.m. CST

    who cares?

    by greyspecter

    wake me when it's a month away

  • May 8, 2008, 2:45 p.m. CST


    by YakMalla

  • May 8, 2008, 2:45 p.m. CST


    by YakMalla

  • May 8, 2008, 2:46 p.m. CST

    But will it have flames?



  • May 8, 2008, 2:47 p.m. CST

    I've seen this.

    by YakMalla

    Isn't this the new print ad for Virgin Atlantic?

  • May 8, 2008, 2:48 p.m. CST


    by Jason B. Swaim

    Peter, this is the worst time you could have called! Go away!

  • May 8, 2008, 2:51 p.m. CST

    I guess Gabe isn't only gay for Star Trek...

    by LaudnerGomez

    ...but for dudes as well! Way to go, man. Sulu would be pleased.

  • May 8, 2008, 2:55 p.m. CST

    by the way

    Does this have anything to do with TDK?

  • May 8, 2008, 2:55 p.m. CST

    ^^^Nacelles look penis-y to you?

    by tylerzero

  • May 8, 2008, 2:56 p.m. CST

    Hmm. Looks kinda cartoony...

    by Brians Life

    ...either way, I'm not CRAZY amped about STAR TREK (Abrams). I will probably check it out, but man I tried to watch CLOVERFIELD for a second time the other day...that is undoable. I skipped to all the part where you saw the creature.

  • May 8, 2008, 2:58 p.m. CST

    Star Trek. JJ Abrahms. Get Ready To SHAKE!


    Will he have just-like-you're-there-and-don't-have-an-image-stabilizer-button action sequences?

  • May 8, 2008, 2:59 p.m. CST

    Put some rims on that sucka...

    by Dr Gregory House

    Just like every otha brotha who would rather drop bling on fucking wheels than put a down payment on a house

  • May 8, 2008, 2:59 p.m. CST

    Where no man has gone before.

    by bioforge


  • May 8, 2008, 3:01 p.m. CST

    It's still got to at least resemble that

    by Sithdan

    I mean, all the Enterprises look about the same to me. I'm not much of Star Trek fan, but I can't tell the difference between the Enterprise A and the Enterprise C. It's all the same to me.

  • May 8, 2008, 3:03 p.m. CST

    It looks familiar........

    by Half-Baked-Goggle-Box-Do-Gooder

    Why am I suddenly afraid to get a colonoscopy?

  • May 8, 2008, 3:06 p.m. CST


    by Embeedeuce

    This is *not* the one built by gay steelmill workers?

  • May 8, 2008, 3:10 p.m. CST

    I guess if you have cock on the brain then you can see the "peni

    by bigbaldpapa

  • May 8, 2008, 3:12 p.m. CST

    Bruticus: "But Will It Have Flames?" NICE!

    by Read and Shut Up that was funny.

  • May 8, 2008, 3:21 p.m. CST

    Kent Brockman

    by Embeedeuce

    There was a time when one of Harry's minions woulda tracked down the actual image of the Enterprise, instead of "Nope; this *still* isn't the one."

  • May 8, 2008, 3:33 p.m. CST

    Ain't It Not Necessarily the Cool News

    by Shepard Wong

    Just sayin.

  • May 8, 2008, 3:33 p.m. CST

    Then why print it? AICN really sucks these days.

    by HarryBlackPotter

    Time to call it a day fellas.

  • May 8, 2008, 3:42 p.m. CST

    First time I've seen it....

    by Yeti

    But then I'm clueless to the ways of the geek and am more of a novice.

  • May 8, 2008, 3:42 p.m. CST


    by Underoos Hero

    JJ is a fucking non talent hack. Cloverfield is shit. Glad I didn't pay for it and I'm glad I only waisted 10 minutes watching only the begining. He'll fuck Trek straight up the ass for a paycheck. Do you think this guy really cares about Trek? Nope.

  • May 8, 2008, 3:54 p.m. CST

    Over a year old, No?????

    by picardsucks

    Besides we have already seen a composite of the front view of the new E over at Screenrant cobbled together and lightened from the HD trailer. JJ E looks like an almost exact cross between the two coolest Enterprises (Kirk Movie E and The original) And his appears to be way more massive, Galactica massive. This looks to be the biggest Enterprise yet.

  • May 8, 2008, 3:57 p.m. CST

    You would think...

    by Disgustipitated

    You know, you would think by now that anyone who frequents this site and/or others like it would know by now that image isn't from the new Trek feature.

  • May 8, 2008, 3:57 p.m. CST


    by Bob Dobbs

    has come a long way since those painful, embarrassing scenes in Trekkies...

  • May 8, 2008, 4:08 p.m. CST

    My two cents...

    by Embeedeuce

    I mean there are obvious differences, but I checked out the Screenrant image and the real Enterprise and this dude's phony aren't seemingly *that* different. I mean, there are only so many variations you can make on this design anyway. To get dorky for a sec, I hated "D" cuz it looked like a cruise ship, and the "B" which was the Excelsior. This reboot seems to have more in common with "C" than anything else. Who knows. Who cares.

  • May 8, 2008, 4:10 p.m. CST

    Sensors indicate a strange gayness about it Captain.

    by Guy Who Got A Headache And Accidentally Saves The World

    Shall we raise shields and arm phasers?

  • May 8, 2008, 4:25 p.m. CST

    Will there be helper monkeys

    by Ben_Gazzara

    on JJ Abrams' Enterprise?

  • May 8, 2008, 5:12 p.m. CST


    by photoboy

    That design looks almost as bad as a continuity busting Kurtzman/Orci script!

  • May 8, 2008, 5:34 p.m. CST

    The REAL Enterprise!

    by bobsjohnson

  • May 8, 2008, 5:38 p.m. CST


    by BadMrWonka

    they printed it because a) everyone has been bugging them about it so they wanted to set the record straight, b) Quint likes the image and respects the mount of work that went into it, and c) it's gotten some recent attention that might mislead people.<p>you know how I know this? because it says so in the goddamn article.<p>brain donors like you that love to slag AICN every 2 seconds, whether they deserve it or not, are less than a dime a dozen in the talkbacks. do us all a favor and if you can't hold your tongue, go ahead and swallow it.

  • May 8, 2008, 5:51 p.m. CST

    Wouldn't It Be Cool If There Were Spaceships Like This?

    by LaserPants

    Alas, the only spaceships we have are boring. They don't even have lasers or nothing! They just go up, fly around, put up satellites, and blow up. BORING! I want cool spaceships with lasers and stuff that can go faster than the speed of light. Dear God, please make cool spaceships soon. Love, LaserPants.

  • May 8, 2008, 6:52 p.m. CST


    by samsquanch

  • May 8, 2008, 7:07 p.m. CST

    hey, it's the original Enterprise with Enterprise-E highlights..

    by Amy Chasing

    look at the lighting, shading, textures, warp nacelles - almost straight from First Contact. <P> That aside, if Abrams makes Star Trek like he made Mission Impossible, it's a resounding "meh" from me.

  • May 8, 2008, 7:41 p.m. CST

    Looks nice, Star Trek is still dead.

    by The Last Dodo

    The reason Star Trek died was because it was clichéd and used the same damn plots over and over. I don't see a remake changing this. Good riddance to bad rubbish I say. Have someone make a movie out of good sci-fi instead, like "The Man in the High Castle".

  • May 8, 2008, 8:24 p.m. CST

    Star Trek Is Still Alive

    by Real Deal

    Get over it already!

  • May 8, 2008, 8:31 p.m. CST

    It never had that many lights!

    by Orionsangels

    stick to the look of the show. stop trying to cater to modern audiences

  • May 8, 2008, 8:32 p.m. CST

    Actually looks pretty good.

    by PeterJayNovins

    not too far removed from the original in terms of general shape and proportions. Hopefully whatever they use for the movie is as faithful.

  • May 8, 2008, 8:40 p.m. CST


    by Elrando Horse

    Makes me think what a Star Trek RPG from Bioware (people who did Knight of the Old Republic and Mass Effect) would look like. Actually that'd be pretty awesome.

  • I hope at the end of the movie Charlie X wakes up on Talos IV.

  • May 8, 2008, 10:49 p.m. CST

    The fashion of the day

    by JumpinJehosaphat

    Crap all over JJ, Claim righteous indignation at the marring of Star Trek and mourn what might have been, crap all over JJ once more, exclaim how wretched Cloverfield was, claim complete disinterest in the new Star Trek, repeat. Eventually, go see the new Star Trek and legitimize it with your dollars at the box office, and then go crap on it and JJ in future talkbacks. If you guys were a movie, you'd be as shallow and derivative as the movies you claim to hate.

  • May 9, 2008, 12:23 a.m. CST

    "Not the local bulk-cruisers, mind you."

    by Buck Turgidson

    "I'm talking about the big Corellian ships now. She's fast enough for you, old man."

  • May 9, 2008, 3:22 a.m. CST

    Damn You Michael Bay


    Damn You Michael Bay

  • May 9, 2008, 3:28 a.m. CST

    Thanks, AICN.

    by PirateEmery

    I'm glad that you guys showed me this image then told me it's fake. My life has been forever altered by this article.

  • May 9, 2008, 5:09 a.m. CST


    by Smoke Monster Loves Kate

    They read this site right? I'm hoping that's why this was posted.

  • May 9, 2008, 7:25 a.m. CST

    This is not the NCC-1701 that you're looking for!

    by Rickey Henderson

    (sorry, someone had to say it).

  • May 9, 2008, 7:53 a.m. CST

    Yeah, good work but...

    by Kid Z

    ...the perspectives of various parts of the ship are off in relation to each other. The stock photo background is a little cheesy, too and the lighting doesn't match up with the lighting on the "Enterprise." Nice work for a fan, though.

  • May 9, 2008, 7:58 a.m. CST

    That NCC-1701 looks like it is still in atmosphere...

    by DarfurOnTheRocks

    And that is not a good thing...

  • May 9, 2008, 8:47 a.m. CST

    Looks Ok

    by Real Deal

    A little bulky but beutiful picture. Also it's orbit look at the top of the picture you can see the curve of the planet.

  • May 9, 2008, 8:58 a.m. CST

    If this were a VIRAL ploy...

    by garibaldi77

    Interesting I found this link on Gabe Koerner's myspace page. If they wanted to hide this in plain sight this would be a great way to do it. Lots of hi res images and quicktime clips. Apparently this goes directly to a directory listing. Very neat... lots of images of this version (hi-res at that) I've not seen before. No matter what I'm a die hard purist... and I love this take on the TOS Enterprise!

  • May 9, 2008, 10:05 a.m. CST

    Is that the JJ Abrams version?

    by Hive Mind

    Where's the Death Star?

  • May 9, 2008, 10:09 a.m. CST

    Is it me or does Abrams seem like an egotistical...

    by Darth Macchio

    ...douche? I don't watch Lost but I really liked Cloverfield and have a good feeling about his version of Trek but seeing some footage of him talking he seems like yet another talented yet obscenely narcissitic and self-absorbed asshole (like I've heard about Cameron, etc).<p><p><p>Still looking forward this Trek regardless. I think Abrams should use the theme song to "Enterprise" tho...that song wins the Frank Stallone hall of fame award hands down (sorry Frank but you're like the champ of schmaltzy, sentimental and annoying songs).

  • May 9, 2008, 11:48 a.m. CST


    by Embeedeuce

    I think they need to add some hot rod red.

  • May 9, 2008, 1:45 p.m. CST

    That looks cooler...

    by SlickyVonBoner

    then the gay model from 40 year ago. I like the background too with the sun reflecting off the Enterprise and Earth. It actually looks.... well real.

  • May 9, 2008, 3:40 p.m. CST

    ..."it's the ship that made the Kesel Run...

    by Kid Z less than 5 parsecs..." ""...don't worry, I know some maneuvers. We'll loose 'em!"

  • May 9, 2008, 3:42 p.m. CST

    "It's listing lazily to the left!"...

    by Kid Z

    ..."This guy sure knows some maneuvers!" Sorry... couldn't resist...

  • May 9, 2008, 4:05 p.m. CST

    Thank you BadMrWonka and JumpinJehosaphat

    by BBQGlazedSeabass

    The mindnumbing ignorance here is overwhelming, your statements are sorely needed.

  • May 9, 2008, 11:06 p.m. CST

    Wow, I Just Finished Watching 'Trekkis 2'

    by skoobyx

    Trippy. Gabe's in that and he has a girlfriend too. I guess there's hope for all of us.

  • May 10, 2008, 10:36 a.m. CST

    That design....

    by seniorspeilbergio

    isn't an original. It looks exactly like one of the early designs for Star Trek Phase 2/The Motion Picture before they came to the final design in the first movie. Also, I don't think it's Star Trek fans that should really be scarred but the people who watch Lost. That whole show seems to depend on the explanation they're going to give at the conclusion of the series and unfortunately Mr. Abrams has a pretty consistent track record for creating a lot of hype and then rolling snake eyes on opening day. Witness MI3 and Cloverfield. If Star Trek craps out, he's three for three. I want to watch Lost but my absorbing the entire show on dvd after it's done depends on what the fans who are currently watching the show will say of the conclusion and I have a strong feeling that after that last episode there's going to be a lot of Lost fans saying "Fuck, I wasted 5 years of television viewing for that crap? That's the explanation? Give me a fucking break!" But what else could you expect from JJ "the emperor has no clothes" Abrams. He looks like another rich kid, overeducated douchebag with no real life experience but was told he was "special" from the day he was brought into this world simply because of the tax bracket he was born into. Jesus, I think I would rather have Berman and Braga back over this overpriveleged asshole.