This is a compilation video edited together by Youtuber John DiMarco comparing the varying visual effects used in the Star Trek franchise for ships warp jumping, featuring examples from 1979 – 2021. Some more info about warp jumping and timestamps of all the movies and shows used while I warp jump to the kitchen and make myself a space sandwich:
One of the hallmarks of Star Trek’s visual aesthetic is the classic jump to warp speed. Audiences were treated to the first version of the warp jump in 1979 with the release of Star Trek: The Motion Picture. In this video, we will be doing a survey of how the warp jump effect changed over the years. Note: The Kelvin timeline and other alternate continuities are not included in this overview.
0:00 – Star Trek: The Motion Picture, 0:32 – Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, 1:02 – Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, 1:17 – Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, 1:43 – Star Trek V: The Final Frontier, 2:00 – The Next Generation, 2:50 – Generations, 3:27 – Deep Space 9, 4:04 – First Contact, 4:27 – Voyager, 4:58 – Nemesis, 5:32 – Enterprise, 6:09 – Picard, 6:22 – Lower Decks, 7:29 – Prodigy.
Personally, I prefer the older visuals to the newer ones. But that’s just me and I’m forever telling the cashiers at Target that “They sure don’t make them like they used to.” That’s usually when they tell me I don’t look that old, and I say that’s clearly because they’ve never seen an undead warlock before. And THAT, my dear friends, is how you avoid being asked to sign up for a Target credit card every time you shop.