Gene Roddenberry's "Starship"...

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  1. Robert Comsol

    Robert Comsol Commodore Commodore

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    Were these just the Jefferies production sketches (Trekcore and Trekplace have one side view with the "dynertia" annotations) or something else?

    Bob
     
  2. Mysterion

    Mysterion Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

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    IIRC, and I probably don't (it's been thirty years since I've had them in my hands) , there were two sheets. One was Jeffries sketch art, and the other were orthographic type plans for the ship. Sorry, but I cannot recall any of the specific annotations on them. I do remember that the spherical bit protruding from the hull housed some sort of transporter-type device, though.

    The next-to-last image on this page shows one of the sheets: http://www.fantastic-plastic.com/Declaration-ClassEnterpriseCataloguePage.htm
     
  3. Christopher

    Christopher Writer Admiral

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    Not really. The only thing Andromeda took from Starship was the concept of a sentient ship as a main character.

    Not to mention this:

    Note the date. The animated version of Starship which Stan Lee's company was developing in partnership with Leiji Matsumoto (Space Battleship Yamato, Captain Harlock) and John Semper (the '90s Spider-Man, Static Shock) was in the works in 2000, simultaneously with Andromeda. At the time, Majel Roddenberry was actively trying to get as many of GR's "lost" premises on TV as possible. And it's a terrible shame that Lee's company went bankrupt before Starship could be made, because, good grief, look at those names! Stan Lee and Leiji Matsumoto doing Gene Roddenberry? What an amazing combination that would've been to see.


    Robert Hewitt Wolfe, actually.


    Also the genetically superior Nietzschean, Tyr Anasazi, was most likely inspired by the genetically superior Tyranians from Genesis II -- though the role was tailored for Keith Hamilton Cobb, whom the production company had under contract and asked Wolfe to develop a character for.

    Andromeda was a mix of a number of influences. Genesis II/Planet Earth was the starting point, but Kevin Sorbo was given a choice of whether he wanted an Earth-based series or a space show, and he chose the latter, so the premise got developed in that direction. But yes, a lot of the ideas came from Wolfe himself, and from his creative staff, which included the now-prominent screenwriting duo Zack Stentz & Ashley Edward Miller.
     
  4. Robert Comsol

    Robert Comsol Commodore Commodore

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    Fantastic, thanks! I get the picture. Interesting that the protruding sphere exists only on the starboard side, you can't tell from the other sketches alone.

    Bob