This Is How the Star Trek Warp Jump Evolved

From Star Trek: The Motion Picture to Star Trek 2009; from the first Enterprise and Birds of Prey to the NCC-1701-E and back to the Enterprise: This video shows all the warp jump effect types in all the movies. Engage!

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I have to admit that the rainbow effect has a retro charm that is still surprisingly fresh today. [Gizmodo version built from the YouTube original]

DISCUSSION

Does anyone know the reason for the final lens flare off in the distance? Since Star Trek is often said to be very real-world-physics based, so what is the reasoning behind that final giant release of energy?

Or was it just artistic license?