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Not bad. He gets a lot right:

http://brightlightsfilm.com/minimalist- ... -look/amp/

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03 Jun 2017 00:56
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Minimalism is an architectural concept often used for new buildings interiors : white and gray walls with right angle and almost nothing else for decorations.
I'm born in the 80's and sometimes I remember 80's TV shows with old fashioned computers for instance. There is a kind of amusement to see how we imagined the future at that time and how it finally came out. The design is just an empty nutshell without any atmosphere. So, what I appreciate in the TOS show and in any other 60's series is the depth of humanism I cannot find in today's series. Perhaps is the "look" more important than morality now?
What I imagine as a good TOS look by the modern standard technologies is close to what we see in ST:ENT:"In a Mirror, Darkly" aboard the U.S.S. Defiant NCC-1764, but that is just my opinion. That's why I'm a bit embarrassed by the new Discovery look.


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I think the "in universe" way to imagine all those hard edges and imaginative lighting is to relate the two. In other words, the surfaces are "alive" in the sense that they react to stimuli in different ways. If a torpedo hits and you go flying into the bridge railing or console edge, it softens on impact and then immediately reasserts its previous hardness. This is a kind of future technology that is entirely conceivable, supports the minimalist design aesthetic, makes sense from a "need" perspective, and would be jaw-slacking impressive to see portrayed inversely proportional to the way CGI has rendered most SFX yawn worthy. Chairs that reform to support the sitter, walls that can become starlit fields or forests or can display needed information. The big blank spaces that aesthetic implies when coupled with the background hum and multi colored gel lighting tells us the ship is a living, caring character, so it should be alive in an appropriate sense.

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Yes, it is convincing enough as I consider any starship as a character. And I curiously consider the model kits I build as well. :D I meant that the minimalism in TOS was compensated by the depth of morality and the story in an allegoric sense. In a humoristic way crew members are like bacteriae in Enterprise's bowels. This is kind of V'ger-like vision of the show.
If 60's producers have gathered enough money they'd have done more for clearness and resolution like on "2001, a Space Odyssey" for instance. I don't think it was their goal at that time.


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I remember reading that article when it came out. A very interesting analysis and argument.

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it would be interesting to see a modern series using a minimalist design esthetic for ship interiors, props, costumes, and lighting... yet with a more complex naturalist or romantic approach for presenting the planets... : )

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Yes. And the minimalism explained by the fact the technology is so advanced, it doesn't need to be any more complex.

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