In an effort to spread the love and not alienate any one online entertainment news site (except maybe us), Paramount Pictures has released a crop of photos from J. J. Abrams' Star Trek set, dropping "exclusive" shots (one each) all across the Internet. MTV.com posted the one they got -- which I consider the best of the lot, a pretty righteous shot of the Enterprise bridge, with Kirk, McCoy, Spock, and a little bit of Sulu -- plus thumbnails and links to all the other ones around the 'net. They also spoke with co-producer Damon Lindelof, who dropped a bunch of hints on what the photo means, etc. Some of the juicier tidbits lie ahead, if you're avoiding anything spoilery...
In the photo Kirk is wearing black, instead of the standard yellow uniform. Lindelof said that the black uniform is "significant" to the scene. Which is fine with me, as I hate that shade of yellow anyway. Abrams was insistent that every piece of equipment on the bridge serve a legitimate purpose -- that they all have "functionality." According to Lindelof, the maps we see in the background near the top of the communications desk were based on the generally accepted layout of the Star Trek universe. I'm guessing they pretty much just cribbed it from the totally awesome one at Star Trek: The Experience in Vegas. (Geeky as it may sound, the timeline/universe exhibit was totally worth walking through, until it was decommissioned last month.) Lindelof also confirmed that the bridge you see in the photo is the actual bridge of the Enterprise, not a training room, and that the running time of the film would be two hours.
The other "exclusive" pictures that came out yesterday include one of Eric Bana as Nero from Joblo.com, where we get confirmation from Lindelof that Nero is either a Vulcan or a Romulan; a shot of the U.S.S. Kelvin blowing up from Aintitcool.com; another group shot starring Simon Pegg as Scotty from UGO.com and a shot of Kirk on ice from IGN.com, where Lindelof confirms that the ice shot is from the midway through the film, to give you an idea of where the story may be headed. Have a click-happy afternoon, Trekkies!