Re: What's Up with the Warp Core (SPOILERS Into Darkness)
I think they went too far in the "realistic" direction; this is a power source that's supposed to be driven by matter, antimatter, and dilithium. None of those were involved in what we saw.
How would you know ? How can you tell what machinery will look like in hundreds of years ? Will they dress it up and pad it to be presentable to admirals, or leave its raw look so it can be accessible to the engineers ?
And that's my opinion.