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Old September 12 2013, 08:54 AM   #1
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Favourite Warp Effect...

What's everyone's favourite warp effect? It's always one of my favourite moments in Trek be it film or series, I just love seeing the Enterprise power up and storm off...

1 1st one in TWOK, this one for me perfectly captures what going to warp should be like, fast, and slightly trippy.
2: Either in TMP - see above
3: 2nd one in TWOK, similar to first 2 but from different angle
4: STO9 - love the noise it makes
5: NEM: Like that they ditched the 'stretch' effect
6: STID - they brought back the stretch effect! Noo and what's all the blue dust about?
7: All the TNG movies/series - As you've probably gathered I don't like the stretch effect. Think it's always looked cheap and cheesy.
8: TSFS, the effects in this movie (especially the spece dock scenes) are excellent. The warp effect isn't - just a cheap optical effect overlaid on the enterprise, and I think it looks dreadful.
9: TFF. Lets be fair, it looks crap. It's not even in the correct perspective, it looks like they just moved the enterprise to the left. Appalling.

Anyway - here they are..

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Old September 12 2013, 10:20 AM   #2
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Re: Favourite Warp Effect...

Traveling at warp it has to be the the original TOS "non-effect" just through the stars, no streaks, no cloudy-ness.

Entering warp the ST: Eleven boom and you gone effect. Although I dislike the bridge elongating effect like in the nu-BSG pilot.

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Old September 12 2013, 10:44 AM   #3
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Re: Favourite Warp Effect...

The first warp effect in TWOK. I like that rubber band like behavior of the stars.
The warp in front of the Spacedock in TSFS. I like how the ship turns into a streak of light.
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Old September 12 2013, 10:47 AM   #4
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Re: Favourite Warp Effect...

Yeah I liked the warp effects used in the TOS movies the best.
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Old September 12 2013, 10:53 AM   #5
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Re: Favourite Warp Effect...

I have never noticed any of this stuff.

People really are wired differently.
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Old September 12 2013, 12:15 PM   #6
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Re: Favourite Warp Effect...

At first, I didn't like the TNG era elongation of the ship, but it grew on me. Now it's my favorite.

TWOK ending and TSFS space dock warp scenes are my second favorite.

Trek 2009 era is great too.

TMP warp looks dated. I wish the Okudas would remaster the earlier films to match TSFS

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I have never noticed any of this stuff.

People really are wired differently.

No, it's just you who's wired differently.
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Old September 12 2013, 01:01 PM   #7
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Re: Favourite Warp Effect...

Same here it grew on me a little, I absolutely HATED it at first, but I still prefer the first 2 movies effect especially TWOK
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Old September 12 2013, 01:21 PM   #8
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Re: Favourite Warp Effect...

The TNG era (TNG-Star Trek X) ones
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Old September 12 2013, 02:01 PM   #9
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Re: Favourite Warp Effect...

The effect in front of the spacedock in Star Trek III TSFS is my absolute favorite.

Number 2 is Nemesis, I never liked the stretch effect either.
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Old September 12 2013, 02:32 PM   #10
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Re: Favourite Warp Effect...

I'd have to go for the end of TMP.

AbramsWarp is different from previous versions, but I'm not big on smears.
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Old September 12 2013, 02:40 PM   #11
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Re: Favourite Warp Effect...

I think all of the effects are good and sort of fit with the overall production of each film. The only one I don't like is TMP, which is a very 70s-esque effect. I feel like I'm getting ready to watch the old ABC Sunday night movie.
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Old September 12 2013, 03:21 PM   #12
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Re: Favourite Warp Effect...

The Abramsverse warp effect.

It really shows warp as being a powerful, dangerous ride.
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Old September 12 2013, 03:23 PM   #13
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Re: Favourite Warp Effect...

The 2009 movie. BOOM gone. And a really nice blue swirly warp field/tunnel thingie. Into Darkness has the same swirly warp tunnels, but I'm not too crazy about the ship leaving trails of ice behind when it makes the jump (yes, Star Trek is cool again, but that's going a little far). The way ships arrive in ST and ID is fantastic, a flash and they appear. Vengeance's arrival in ID is one of Trek's coolest moments.

TNG/DS9/VOY/ENT's warp effects always annoyed me. The stars streak past way too quickly to be in any way realistic. And the elastic band/Q poof jump just doesn't work for me. What is that flash of light supposed to be and where does it come from?

The classic movie effects are a mixed bag - TMP's is ruined by red white and blue AMERICA stars, TWoK has three distinct effects(!), the rejigged TMP one is excellent, the other two, not so much. Why does the BLUE nacelle leave a RED streak at the end of TWoK, and in STIII, IV and (in the worst looking of all, IMO)VI?

Plus, the whole thing is a blatant Star Wars rip off anyway.
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Old September 12 2013, 03:30 PM   #14
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Re: Favourite Warp Effect...

I think I'm in the minority, but my favorite is the TMP effect. It's visually impressive and it conveys a sense of power and something important happening. But it also avoids the constant streak trail of TWOK-TUC which I think looked kinda hokey. The TNG era warp effect might be more realistic, but I think it's less visually stunning.
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Old September 12 2013, 03:32 PM   #15
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Re: Favourite Warp Effect...

The 2009 movie effect.

Not crazy about the new dixie dust trails they leave in Into Darkness (well who knows, maybe that's why she's so much faster now).
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