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21st Dec '17 8:07:49 PM tropeminer
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** And then finally we have [[Film/StarTrek the 2009 pre-boot]]. Its sets look quite modern, via EverythingIsAnIPodInTheFuture, but not particularly futuristic. This if anything means it will probably fall to {{Zeerust}} even faster than did ''Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan'', which even today looks dated mostly when Khan's 80s-hair-sporting entourage is onscreen.

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** And then finally we have [[Film/StarTrek the 2009 pre-boot]]. Its sets look quite modern, via EverythingIsAnIPodInTheFuture, [[EverythingIsAnIPodInTheFuture Everything is an iPod in the Future]], but not particularly futuristic. This if anything means it will probably fall to {{Zeerust}} even faster than did ''Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan'', which even today looks dated mostly when Khan's 80s-hair-sporting entourage is onscreen.
21st Dec '17 8:06:05 PM tropeminer
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** Rince and repeat with ''Series/StarTrekDiscovery'', meant to take place after ''Enterprise'' but before TOS. Technology clearly looks more advanced than ENT, but many have complained that it looks too ''different'' from what was shown on TOS, including tech that wasn't shown until TNG and DS9 (such as ubiquitous holo-communication, holodecks, and casual site-to-site transports). Meanwhile, Klingon design aesthetics seem to have shifted towards gothic. Strangely, they will, apparently, go back to their boxy designs in less than a generation.

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** Rince and repeat with ''Series/StarTrekDiscovery'', meant to take place after ''Enterprise'' but before TOS. Technology clearly looks more advanced than ENT, but many have complained that it looks too ''different'' from what was shown on TOS, including tech that wasn't shown until TNG and DS9 [[StarTrekDeepSpaceNine DS9]] (such as ubiquitous holo-communication, holodecks, and casual site-to-site transports). Meanwhile, Klingon design aesthetics seem to have shifted towards gothic. Strangely, they will, apparently, go back to their boxy designs in less than a generation.
15th Dec '17 12:35:27 PM ChronoLegion
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* ''VideoGame/CivilizationBeyondEarth'' has three technological affinities (Supremacy, Harmony and Purity) that the player's faction can adopt later in the game. Supremacy units have a sleek CyberPunk look and feel, the Harmony forces have a OrganicTechnology vibe while Purity units have a very retro-DieselPunk look to them. This look is intentional on the part of the Purity engineers as they are trying to recreate and honor the past glories of Earth and it doesn't mean the Purity units are any less capable or technologically advanced.

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* ''VideoGame/CivilizationBeyondEarth'' has three technological affinities (Supremacy, Harmony and Purity) that the player's faction can adopt later in the game. Supremacy units have a sleek CyberPunk look and feel, the Harmony forces have a OrganicTechnology vibe while Purity units have a very retro-DieselPunk look to them. This look is intentional on the part of the Purity engineers as they are trying to recreate and honor the past glories of Earth and it doesn't mean the Purity units are any less capable or technologically advanced. The DLC adds hybrid affinities that feature different aesthetic: Harmony-Purity tends to go with the "ancient Greek god" look, Supremary-Purity is of the EverythingIsAnIPodInTheFuture style, and Harmony-Supremacy barely even resembles anything human.
15th Dec '17 12:26:33 PM ChronoLegion
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** Merging of technology from different cultures tends to produce... different results. The ''White Star'' (Minbari/Vorlon hybrid) has the organic look of Vorlon ships and the fins the Minbari love so much, however, some have compared the look to that of a plucked chicken. The controls are all crystal-based. Meanwhile, the prototype ''Victory''-class destroyers (human/Minbari/Vorlon) have the triple-finned Minbari look but are more functional in general appearance, including the typical human battleship-grey color scheme, losing the ''White Star''[='s=] Vorlon-inspired organic look. Another attempt at marrying human and Minbari design practices has produced the butt-ugly ''Valen'', nicknamed by one Minbari as a "flying brick". The later ''Valen''-class cruisers have nothing in common with the original ''Valen'' and look like a sleeker version of the Minbari ''Sharlin''.

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** Merging of technology from different cultures tends to produce... different results. The ''White Star'' (Minbari/Vorlon hybrid) has the organic look of Vorlon ships and the fins the Minbari love so much, however, some have compared the look to that of a plucked chicken. The controls are all crystal-based. Meanwhile, the prototype ''Victory''-class destroyers (human/Minbari/Vorlon) have the triple-finned Minbari look but are more functional in general appearance, including the typical human battleship-grey color scheme, losing the ''White Star''[='s=] Vorlon-inspired organic look. Another attempt at marrying human and Minbari design practices has produced the butt-ugly ''Valen'', nicknamed by one Minbari as a "flying brick". The later ''Valen''-class cruisers have nothing in common with the original ''Valen'' and look like a sleeker version of the Minbari ''Sharlin''. [[PresidentEvil President Clark]]'s regime has also attempted to merge some Shadow technology with human tech, producing the experimental "Advanced ''Omega''" class, which looks like a typical ''Omega'', but with the organic skin (and spikes) of Shadow ships.
15th Dec '17 12:24:38 PM ChronoLegion
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** Merging of technology from different cultures tends to produce... different results. The ''White Star'' (Minbari/Vorlon hybrid) has the organic look of Vorlon ships and the fins the Minbari love so much, however, some have compared the look to that of a plucked chicken. The controls are all crystal-based. Meanwhile, the prototype ''Victory''-class destroyers (human/Minbari/Vorlon) have the triple-finned Minbari look but are more functional in general appearance, including the typical human battleship-grey color scheme, losing the ''White Star''[='s=] Vorlon-inspired organic look. Another attempt at marrying human and Minbari design practices has produced the butt-ugly ''Valen'', nicknamed by one Minbari as a "flying brick". The later ''Valen''-class cruisers have nothing in common with the original ''Valen'' and look like a sleeker version of the Minbari ''Sharlin''.
15th Dec '17 12:17:01 PM ChronoLegion
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** Inverted and played straight among Earth ships. The ''[[http://www.starshipmodeler.com/b5/cc_breheny_06a.JPG Hyperion]]''-class cruiser looks more advanced than the ''[[http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b50/liffrea/b5_omega2.jpg Omega]]''-class destroyer, but the ''Omega'' is the de-facto ''replacement'' of both the ''Hyperion'' and its contemporary ''[[http://vignette4.wikia.nocookie.net/babylon5fanon/images/2/23/Nova_dreadnaught_1.jpg/revision/latest?cb=20120818212013 Nova]]''-class dreadnought (from which it borrowed the hull) and has superior speed, carries heavier weapons and simulates gravity with its rotating section. Then we have the ''[[https://vignette4.wikia.nocookie.net/babylon5fanon/images/2/2b/Warlockviews.jpg/revision/latest/scale-to-width-down/400?cb=20120823225059 Warlock]]''-class destroyer and the almost unknown ''[[http://orig01.deviantart.net/6281/f/2012/023/b/5/marathon_cruisers_by_proiteus-d4ndg7a.jpg Marathon]]''-class cruiser, who both look more advanced than the ''Omega'' and are its intended replacement (the ''Warlock'' as a heavy fleet unit and the ''Marathon'' as a general-purpose fleet unit), featuring improved armour, weapons and speed and actual ArtificialGravity, eliminating the need for the rotating section.

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** Inverted and played straight among Earth ships. The ''[[http://www.starshipmodeler.com/b5/cc_breheny_06a.JPG Hyperion]]''-class cruiser looks more advanced than the ''[[http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b50/liffrea/b5_omega2.jpg Omega]]''-class destroyer, but the ''Omega'' is the de-facto ''replacement'' of both the ''Hyperion'' and its contemporary ''[[http://vignette4.wikia.nocookie.net/babylon5fanon/images/2/23/Nova_dreadnaught_1.jpg/revision/latest?cb=20120818212013 Nova]]''-class dreadnought (from which it borrowed the hull) and has superior speed, carries heavier weapons and simulates gravity with its rotating section. Then we have the ''[[https://vignette4.wikia.nocookie.net/babylon5fanon/images/2/2b/Warlockviews.jpg/revision/latest/scale-to-width-down/400?cb=20120823225059 Warlock]]''-class destroyer and the almost unknown ''[[http://orig01.deviantart.net/6281/f/2012/023/b/5/marathon_cruisers_by_proiteus-d4ndg7a.jpg Marathon]]''-class cruiser, who both look more advanced than the ''Omega'' and are its intended replacement (the ''Warlock'' as a heavy fleet unit and the ''Marathon'' as a general-purpose fleet unit), featuring improved armour, weapons and speed and actual ArtificialGravity, eliminating the need for the rotating section. According to background material, the ''Warlock'' is actually supposed to be a one-to-one match against the dreaded Minbari ''Sharlin''-class warcruisers, but they're still few in number (about 50).
15th Dec '17 12:12:37 PM ChronoLegion
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** Rince and repeat with ''Series/StarTrekDiscovery'', meant to take place after ''Enterprise'' but before TOS. Technology clearly looks more advanced than ENT, but many have complained that it looks too ''different'' from what was shown on TOS, including tech that wasn't shown until TNG and DS9 (such as ubiquitous holo-communication, holodecks, and casual site-to-site transports). Meanwhile, Klingon design aesthetics seem to have shifted towards gothic. Strangely, they will, apparently, go back to their boxy designs in less than a generation.
21st Nov '17 11:13:35 AM nighttrainfm
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* ''Series/DoctorWho:'' Both because of how [[LongRunners long]] the series has been running, and because of what a tight budget it was on for most of that time, its extremely common in the original series for devices that are supposed to be insanely high-tech look quite clunky and primitive, especially to a modern audience. The new series has consciously and lovingly ''embraced'' this, to the point where it's almost rare for a high-tech device ''not'' to look deliberately old-fashioned.

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Both because of how [[LongRunners long]] the series has been running, and because of what a tight budget it was on for most of that time, its extremely common in the original series for devices that are supposed to be insanely high-tech look quite clunky and primitive, especially to a modern audience. The new series has consciously and lovingly ''embraced'' this, to the point where it's almost rare for a high-tech device ''not'' to look deliberately old-fashioned.
21st Aug '17 10:20:18 AM EDP
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** Inverted and played straight among Earth ships. The [[http://www.starshipmodeler.com/b5/cc_breheny_06a.JPG Hyperion-class cruiser]] looks more advanced than the [[http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b50/liffrea/b5_omega2.jpg Omega-class destroyer,]] but the Omega is in fact the ''replacement'' of the Hyperion and has superior firepower and speed and simulates gravity with its rotating section. Then we have the [[http://roleplaying.diraven.net/babylon5/starships/images/Earth_Warlock.jpg Warlock-class destroyer,]] who looks more advanced than the Omega and is in fact its replacement, featuring improved armour, weapons and actual ArtificialGravity, eliminating the need for the rotating section.

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** Inverted and played straight among Earth ships. The [[http://www.''[[http://www.starshipmodeler.com/b5/cc_breheny_06a.JPG Hyperion-class cruiser]] Hyperion]]''-class cruiser looks more advanced than the [[http://i16.''[[http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b50/liffrea/b5_omega2.jpg Omega-class destroyer,]] Omega]]''-class destroyer, but the Omega ''Omega'' is in fact the de-facto ''replacement'' of both the Hyperion ''Hyperion'' and its contemporary ''[[http://vignette4.wikia.nocookie.net/babylon5fanon/images/2/23/Nova_dreadnaught_1.jpg/revision/latest?cb=20120818212013 Nova]]''-class dreadnought (from which it borrowed the hull) and has superior firepower and speed speed, carries heavier weapons and simulates gravity with its rotating section. Then we have the [[http://roleplaying.diraven.net/babylon5/starships/images/Earth_Warlock.''[[https://vignette4.wikia.nocookie.net/babylon5fanon/images/2/2b/Warlockviews.jpg/revision/latest/scale-to-width-down/400?cb=20120823225059 Warlock]]''-class destroyer and the almost unknown ''[[http://orig01.deviantart.net/6281/f/2012/023/b/5/marathon_cruisers_by_proiteus-d4ndg7a.jpg Warlock-class destroyer,]] Marathon]]''-class cruiser, who looks both look more advanced than the Omega ''Omega'' and is in fact are its replacement, intended replacement (the ''Warlock'' as a heavy fleet unit and the ''Marathon'' as a general-purpose fleet unit), featuring improved armour, weapons and speed and actual ArtificialGravity, eliminating the need for the rotating section.
16th Jul '17 5:43:55 PM nombretomado
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* On the topic of aviation, though, it ''has'' been a trend for military aircraft to look sleeker and more advanced as technology progresses, which is perhaps part of the reason why people expect more advanced technology to look 'advanced'. Start with the flimsy biplanes of UsefulNotes/WW1, and continue through the propeller-powered fighters and bombers of WW2, the early Korean War-era jets, the first supersonic jets, the Vietnam era fighters, the '4th-generation' fighters, and the relatively recent arrival of stealth designs. It does indeed look at least partially as if there has been a general trend towards sleeker, more advanced looking designs over time.

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* On the topic of aviation, though, it ''has'' been a trend for military aircraft to look sleeker and more advanced as technology progresses, which is perhaps part of the reason why people expect more advanced technology to look 'advanced'. Start with the flimsy biplanes of UsefulNotes/WW1, and continue through the propeller-powered fighters and bombers of WW2, [=WW2=], the early Korean War-era jets, the first supersonic jets, the Vietnam era fighters, the '4th-generation' fighters, and the relatively recent arrival of stealth designs. It does indeed look at least partially as if there has been a general trend towards sleeker, more advanced looking designs over time.
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