Spoilers Picard Prequel "Children of Mars"

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  1. Greg Cox

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    Through an ion storm.
     
  2. thribs

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    But for Mars? A real planet that we have actual pictures of?
    My point is that they use two very different looking planets as Mars in an 8 minute short.
     
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    So? As you say it's an 8 minute short.
     
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    Since there've been no orbital shots of Vulcan on Disco, nor have we ever seen a shipyard orbiting Vulcan in all Star Trek, there's no way that can be a shot of Vulcan. As for why the two shots of Mars look different, the one with the shipyard at the start was done by the Short Trek's production team, while the one of Mars during the attack is actual footage from Picard the show.
     
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    This my bad. I thought you were arguing that one of the "two planets" was actually Vulcan (or something) for some reason, and I re-watched the short to see if there was any wriggle room for it to not really be Mars.

    It's obviously meant to be Mars in the short at all times, but it could be some sort of Discovery Season 2 or 3 establishing shot of Vulcan and a Vulcan Starfleet shipyard that was cut for time, and reused here. That would mean their budget was practically $0 by the time someone thought to use an establishing shot for Mars.

    We would've recognized the shot from Relativity and there would be even more groans (and less defenders) at reusing that clip, especially since they were building a Galaxy class in that scene, IIRC.
     
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    I had a look and the first one looks similar to the shot of Vulcan from the JJ movie. I couldn't find a shot of Vulcan in Discovery so it may be a new render for Mars. At least it was red. I'll give them credit for that. :)
     
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    It's worth remembering the Xindi attack on Earth in Enterprise resulted in seven million casualties.

    I think it can be argued that the tragedy of it wasn't really directed as well, but that's probably more the scope of death and destruction a 9/11 analogue should have.

    Maybe I shouldn't have trusted the people in the thread who looked through the credits. The point stands though that most of the visual design issues people have stem from this not really being a Picard production., but more like a Discovery production which happens to have a story related to Picard.
     
  8. Nerys Myk

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    It's not a Kim Stanley Robinson adaptation so....
     
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    Yeah. It was weird they showed all those explosions on Mars and only 3000 people died. Either Mars is very sparsely populated or the Synths are a terrible shot. Comparing it to the Xindi attack is apt since that was supposed to be the 9/11 similarity back in the day.
     
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    The Synths were drinking Synthohol...
     
  11. Nerys Myk

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    Could be there were specific sites targeted.
     
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    In TNG, 95% of Starfleet was comprised of 80-year-old Excelsior class ships.
     
  13. Tuskin38

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    I'm sure we will in the final show.

    Yes, but different productions have different budgets.

    We never saw Vulcan from orbit in Discovery. Please try harder next time.
     
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    You say that but it was a very elaborate shot of the shipyards. it wouldn't have taken that much longer to replace those ships with say an Akira and a Norway. Hell, I would've been happy with an Excelsior.
     
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    What's amazing is that the short has four credited writers. Each person wrote two paragraphs.
     
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    Yeah but there was a reason for that. They used physical models back then and they only had a few and it cost a lot to make more. Now in the age of CGI and with them having a library of hundreds of ships, they had no excuse.
     
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    Who can say. None of us are making the shows.
     
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    Models that spread out across several people and several companies.
    They have a perfect excuse. The Company doing this (Pixelmodo I believe), wouldn't have the models.

    It would have if they didn't have models that were up to the same quality as the Discovery models.
     
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    They are merely engaging in the "Grand Trek Tradition."

    TNG did it just as much. I guess Picard is a sequel to TNG ;)
    The models are not up to the quality they want. The models use a different program with no time to do the conversation. The production team didn't have access to the models in a timely fashion.

    Take your pick. There are plenty of reasons why, and production teams still have to work with limited time, budgets, and production demands. CGI doesn't make it better. Just a quicker way to screw up.
     
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    Of course they did. Creating a new CGI asset is also extremely expensive and time consuming. Just because it's not a physical object doesn't mean it's easy.