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Star Trek Keeps Changing the Enterprise for Legal Reasons

They might’ve found themselves in a whole lotta Tribble…

Star Trek designer John Eaves has explained why the Enterprise spotted floating in space at the end of Star Trek Discovery looks different than expected – and it’s to avoid legal issues. Comicbook.com reports that Eaves took to Facebook to explain the discrepancies (although the post is now unavailable), saying the guidelines he and Scott Schneider had to work to stipulated that the Enterprise had to be 25% different to the ship from the original series.

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“We had the advantage of a 10-year gap in Trek history to retro the ship a bit with elements that could be removed and replaced somewhere in the timeframe of Discovery and the Original series,” he explained. The pair took Matt Jefferies’ concepts for the Enterprise in the original series and “with great care tried to be as faithful as possible” when making their changes.

Eaves said that after Enterprise, the “properties of Star Trek ownership changed hands and was divided, so what was able to cross TV shows up to that point changed and a lot of the crossover was no longer allowed.”

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J.J. Abrams alternative universe concept “was what really made that movie happen in a way as to not cross the new boundaries and give Trek a new footing to continue,” he added. The second season of Discovery will air some time later this year.

Inhuman’s star Anson Mount will be joining the cast, and you can find out in what capacity – but be wary of spoilers.

Shabana is a freelance writer who enjoys JRPGs, wine, and not finishing games.

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