Let me set my feelings on this straight:
I would never
accept a carbon copy of the 1701 from the original show for this movie, at least not as the ship that Kirk first encounters. It as if the new 2008 Camaro was just a rebadged 1969 Camaro RS (which I personally would have prefered, but even I would call that lazy.)
However, metaphorically or not, the ship depicted in this trailer (which, in terms of general atmosphere and impression, is brilliant) is generally awful.
When I said "Erector set," I was talking about the ship
. The nacelle caps and the registry font are about the only things I really enjoy from that. Even though this isn't a fair example to judge the design with, my first impressions of something are usually right.
That, and building the thing on the fucking ground
screams lame at the top of its whiny lungs.