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That Big Thing Back There 6

Wednesday 24 March 2010 - Filed under Horrorthon Posts






J. J. Abrams’ Star Trek movie gets its own TBTBT post for honoring this fundamental sci-fi schtick so marvelously. Here’s 23rd-Century Iowa, still clean and untouched, with enormous arcologies on the horizon in every direction (presumably standing on or near the sites of the original population centers). What better way to teach contemporary, disaster-weary Star Trek newcomers that (unlike nearly all popular filmed sci-fi) the whole Trek project is fundamentally optimistic and non-dystopian; i.e. you are encouraged to imagine a future without a ruined Earth for a change. Anyway, That Big Thing Back There, Star Trek style, and a class act it is, courtesy of ILM. (Click for full resolution DVD frames.)

UPDATE: Here’s a better view, from the 1080p HD trailer (click to see full size):

2010-03-24  »  Jordan

Talkback x 6

  1. Octopunk
    24 March 2010 @ 5:16 pm

    Ha! This is AWESOME. I remember talking about this with you Jordan, but I can't remember specifically if "TBTBT" was actually said aloud (but it must have).It's notable how these scenes depart from the TBTBT vibe of the 70's and 80's art we've been reviewing and uses an elegant, more 21st century style instead. Because they're simply big silhouettes in the distance, without myriad windows or pipes or numbers visible on their surfaces. Class act, indeed.

  2. Jordan
    24 March 2010 @ 6:05 pm

    You can see windows, etc. if you look really closely. (The Blu-Ray would make this easier, of course.) They're really far away and really big. There are some pipes too.

  3. Octopunk
    24 March 2010 @ 9:37 pm

    Oh crap you're right! Forget everything I said.Not really, because the choice for a more impressionistic Big Thing Back There is still solid, minor details notwithstanding. I particularly like the daytime shots, when you almost can't even see the Thing.

  4. Jordan
    24 March 2010 @ 9:46 pm

    Yeah, it's pretty much perfect (including the elements you're discussing).

  5. Jordan
    24 March 2010 @ 9:58 pm

    UPDATE: I added a sharper (bigger) image, from the 1080p HD trailer. The details are muted but they're very good!

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