The Genesis planet...

Discussion in 'Star Trek Movies I-X' started by los2188, Sep 26, 2012.

  1. Timo

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    ...But solely for the purpose of turning it into life-generating matter, according to Marcus. You can't build a planet (or a star!) out of moss.

    Not on camera, I don't think. The camera simply moves along the surface, marred with craters visible from great heights. About thirty seconds into the ride, we close in on fuzzy orange mountains which then turn grey and sharp and then acquire snowcaps as the landscape acquires water and vegetation. The zoom-in would obscure all evidence of cratering: the mountains we see would not have been visible in the early moments of the simulation at all. In the subsequent zoom-out, water in turn obscures everything.

    To say that mountains "rise" in the transition from fuzzy orange to sharp grey is overstating the case: there is no vertical movement there to be seen.

    I'd say the orange fuzziness is the exact same thing we see on the main viewer after our heroes have made good their escape. It just lingers longer in reality than in the simulation. And involves just the sort of small scale changes demonstrated in the simulation.

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  2. MacLeod

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    It's been a few years since I watched TWOK and TSFS but as a referrence point can't we use the size of ships and the Regula space station.

    From memory Regula appeared to be smaller than the Genesis planet.
     
  3. beamMe

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    Nope.
     
  4. beamMe

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    explosion throws at least some of whatever Genesis is on Regula (it was a pretty damn big explosion) + whatever Genesis is springs into action and re-forms Regula = Genesis Planet

    That's a simpler explanation that at least meshes somewhat with what (little) we were told about Genesis. It doesn't introduce some new properties of Genesis, that were never stated in the movie anyway.
     
  5. Hartzilla2007

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    It wasn't that big.

    And thinking about this

    Actually I'm pretty sure they were far enough away to avoid the core breach seeing as that only endangers ships pretty close to it, and I'm pretty sure that the though that an exploding starship poses a threat to anything but itself was a modern trek concept.
     
  6. beamMe

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    I'm sure you are right.

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  7. Hartzilla2007

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    And it would still have to travel a ways to get to Regula. Or did you forget that while the nebula is visible from Regula, the planet was not visible from as close to the Nebula as they were before going in.

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    They never said the wave could magically fly through space to find a planet to change, where as they said it could change an equal mass into living mater which in making a planet is a bit of a stretch but still possibly with in the abilities of the device. One (your point) is something that goes against how the device was shown to operate while another (not your point) is a stretch of an established ability of the device.
     
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    And we don't see the explosion contracting again to form a planet - this still doesn't shake your interpretation.

    What we've seen of the abilities of the device, is how it's introduce into an already existing planetary/planetoid body and that it re-forms that.
     
  9. Hartzilla2007

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    Actually I could have sworn it does that in the director's cut.

    Either way the planet seems molten at first which is more in line the planet having formed instead of being changed by the genesis device.

    Besides its not just MY interpretation last time I checked, the tie-in guys seem to believe this interpretation as well. heck its been pointed out that the script writers may share this interpretation and I have yet to see more than one or two people believe your interpretation.

    Yeah, and we haven't seen any evidence that the genesis wave can expand the distance of a good chunk of a star system to reach a planet and still change it.
     
  10. Tiberius

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    The star shining on Genesis is the same as the one for Regula? Source please?
     
  11. Tiberius

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    But when you can rearrange that moss into whatever you want, this point doesn't apply.

    For those of you playing at home, here's the video.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QXbWCrzWJo4&feature=related

    Firstly, the only features seen on the moon are circular craters before the effect. None of these circular craters is seen on any part of the surface once the wave has crossed it. Therefore the surface topography must be changing - and that means parts of the surface are rising and/or sinking.

    Secondly, at 27 seconds in the video, you can clearly see that the terrain ahead of the camera is flat. By 29 seconds, the previously flat section has risen to form mountain peaks. You may disagree and explain it away by saying there's orange fuzziness, but the line of the horizon clearly changes.
     
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    And it strains credibility to me to think that a planet that is quite a long way from the source of the explosion would be turned into a planet (which, let's face it, was small enough that it's gravity couldn't even hold onto an atmosphere), while all the matter at the location of the explosion would have nothing done to it.
     
  13. Tiberius

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    I just watched it, and at 1:34:51, when Carol comes onto the bridge, Kirk turns and says, "My God, Carol, look at it." You can see the viewer as he speaks, and you can see a rain of molten rock falling onto a forming planet that is clearly expanding. Makes sense if it is forming a planet out of the nebula material.
     
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    This could also be explained as: matter thrown this way by the explosion and caught Regula's gravity well - the observed "expansion" of the planet could actually be just the Enterprise closing in on Regula - the glow is the same phenomenon we see in the presentation video.

    Boy, this is fun. ;)
     
  15. Hartzilla2007

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    Okay how far do you think the Nebula is from Regula? Because you seemed to think it's closer than it looked in the film.
     
  16. beamMe

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    Which other star would it be?
    Whether Genesis is the re-formed Regula or the exploded and collapsed Mutara Nebula, it's in the same system; the Enterprise never travelled very far when she left the orbit around Regula.
    There isn't a lot of (if any) time-cutting in the editing in that whole sequence.
     
  17. beamMe

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    How could I know?
    It is close enough to be reached by the Enterprise in a relatively short time - and she can't have had full impulse power since the Reliant could still "outrun" her.
     
  18. Hartzilla2007

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    Doesn't means its in magic explosion wave of magic range, plus the Reliant and Enterprise were flying around in the thing for a while so it seems pretty deep so I'm still trying to figure out how this magic explosion wave of magic range is supposed to reach Regula in the time it takes to make any sense in this film.
     
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    As we pointed out, the script specifies it will look the same, only much bigger:

    "Gigantic cosmic scale". Doing so much more, to the whole damn nebula, than we saw to the moon in the presentation video.
     
  20. MacLeod

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    Well if we use real time we can sort of work out the distance.

    If we assume a speed of .25c and a travel time of two minutes we get

    ~5.6m miles
     

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