This man is our FAVORITE Star Trek person to date. Why? Well… Here is an excerpt from an exclusive interview that Robert Meyer made to TrekCore.com about upcoming remastered TNG episodes and he says some stuff about TAS.
The interesting thing about all of this is the part were Robert reviews JJ Star Trek XI (or as some call it 2009 Star Trek). He said some things that were mentioned in the reviews posted here, and will be mentioned in the TREKNEXUS reviews, once they are published.
TrekCore: You are probably one of the more outspoken critics on J.J. Abrams’ version of Star 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.
He also spoke about DS9 and the possibility of it getting remastered.
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.
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.
Special thanks to TrekCore.com, please visit them and read the full interview.
We fully support the views and statements that Robert Meyer Burnett has expressed concerning the JJ Abrams Star Trek.