Well, as long as it is understood that I'm not attempting to replace
FJ's work. But it should be pointed out that he most likely wouldn't have spent too much time hunting through the shows even if he had video taped versions... he didn't like Star Trek (he was a Lost in Space
fan), and all this was done both for his daughter and to show the quality that could be done (but wasn't being done) by Trek fans of the earlier 70s.
The main argument that has been put forward since the FJ plans and manual came out was that the show was wrong, FJ was right
. And as a kid studying the plans and manual, I sat through episode after episode correcting what I saw on screen. But why?
As I said before, I'm not taking this project to be in any way, shape or form to be an Irwin Allen Production
. This is a test to see if what we saw on screen will actually work. If you built the Enterprise to these plans and re-filmed all of the episodes, could you do it without having to change much of what we saw?
For most of my life I was under the impression that the first real attempt to figure this stuff out was done by FJ... now, I'm pretty sure that a lot of that work was done by MJ during the extended preproduction that Star Trek had because the first pilot wasn't picked up.
Star Trek was truly unique and the fact that people lump it in with other 60s series from Irwin Allen
makes it easy to dismiss a ton of thought and hard work that went into making this show internally consistent enough that even technically advanced audiences of today can enjoy the stories.
But the point is
internal consistency. And I think that there is a lot more than a Lost in Space
fan like FJ had given Trek credit for. FJ had some great ideas, but I really do question how much respect he actually had for MJ and the rest of the Trek staff throughout his life. Both the technical manual and the blueprints were more to show off his abilities (and they are amazing) than to accurately document the show.
While I'm glad that you guys all like my abilities, the goal here is to document Star Trek
with as little compromised as possible.