I have watched almost all episodes of all Star Trek TV series, but I am unable to recall this scene:

Star Trek - Wormhole warping

In the image, I can clearly see a Warp Nacelle which is twisted/warped by a wormhole or something.

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    Where did you find the image? Commented Nov 5, 2014 at 14:45
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    That looks more like fan art than a screenshot from an episode.
    – Thien
    Commented Nov 5, 2014 at 14:46
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    It does look like fanart/someone took an image of that ship and distorted it themselves in a Photoshop type program. Look at the top left part of the picture- there's a clear seam/line in the sky and clouds, probably the top of the original undistorted image.
    – Trish Ling
    Commented Nov 5, 2014 at 15:06
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    @Richard You need to use the warp tool...
    – kapex
    Commented Nov 5, 2014 at 23:00
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    @kapep - Hehe. Warp speed, Mr Kapep.
    – Valorum
    Commented Nov 6, 2014 at 0:01

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I've located the original image. This ship is a concept art of the USS Archer, designed by senior Star Trek illustrator Rick Sternbach and hand-drawn by Yoshi Vu for the Star Trek Renegades fan series.

concept art of spaceship

As such, this image is not a canon production. It appears that the original image has been distorted by another (unnamed) fan.

Major hat tip to @kapep for untwisting it.

  • And there's another pic here of the same ship; facebook.com/STRtheSeries/photos/…
    – Valorum
    Commented Nov 6, 2014 at 0:03
  • I didn't know it was upside down :D I've just used the photoshop polar coordinates filter in case anyone wonders.
    – kapex
    Commented Nov 6, 2014 at 0:06
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    @kapep - You did great work here. It's only because I'm a colossal trek nerd that I immediately thought "well, that's inverted".
    – Valorum
    Commented Nov 6, 2014 at 0:09
  • That is one fine-looking ship. Commented Nov 6, 2014 at 18:17
  • For the record, the background is a stock image.
    – Valorum
    Commented May 15, 2017 at 0:12

This is not from any canon production. As has been discovered by other Experts, this is fan art - Art created by someone who was a designer for the series, but for a non-canon project. The rest of the post will remain in tact for historical reasons.

It should be noted that while the image is of a Sovereign class ship, it is not a particularly good one. There are errors. But the intersection of the primary and secondary hulls eliminate Intrepid class as a possibility for this ship. This is obviously fan art.

Another factor that prevents this from being Voyager is the lack of the Aeroshuttle on the underside of the primary hull, lack of the impulse engines on the nacelle pylons, the shape and color of the main deflector, and the addition of Dominion War era escape pods in a loose formation on the hull (they were more tightly arranged on the intrepid).

A key factor in identifying this as fan art is the low quality of the color of the image, lack of film grain (which while the ship was digital, the movies were mastered to film, and have film grain, at least in every version I have seen of them, including blu-ray), general low polygon count, incorrect nacelles and Bussard collectors, and the amateurish warping of the image. While not definitive by any means, the aspect ratio is not even close to the ones used in any of the films - the image has, at least in that respect, definitely been doctored.

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    Are you sure about the Sovereign-class? Looks like Intrepid-class (USS Voyager) to me. Still, I agree that it is most likely fanart.
    – Layna
    Commented Nov 5, 2014 at 15:05
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    The intersection of the primary and secondary hulls are all wrong. It is smooth in the intrepid, and staggered (as shown) in the sovereign.
    – Tritium21
    Commented Nov 5, 2014 at 15:06
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    The front of the nacelle doesn't match Enterprise E. I would add that this is obviously fan art. Commented Nov 5, 2014 at 15:10
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    BTW, reverse image search didn't find it. But Google does think it looks like the Manet of a cow. oilpainting-frame.com/upload1/file-admin/images/new8/… Commented Nov 5, 2014 at 15:10
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    Here is the untwisted images: i.imgur.com/cNhi0Yf.png Still no reverse image search result though.
    – kapex
    Commented Nov 5, 2014 at 23:16

As many of the other answers have already pointed out, the image posted is a fan art image.

However, at the title of the question I immediately thought of the Star Trek: Voyager episode "Twisted", in which an unknown energy field distorts the ship, and I thought I would mention it here in case anyone else was thinking of it or may find it useful.

I cannot find an image of the ship distorted from the outside, but here's a schematic of what the ship "looked like" to the people on board:

twisted schematic

And the bar Sandrines, looking a little less than stellar:

distorted image of a bar

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    It should be noted that the Sandrines picture is the only example of its kind throughout the episode. The rest of the episode consists of utterly un-distorted rooms whose doors are just magically connected to different rooms than usual. Commented Nov 6, 2014 at 8:53

I can confirm it is fan art as both the radial fade that is the focal point of the background and the twist effect that is on the ship are both distinct features of the graphical editor Paint.NET - a professional wouldn't have left them so obviously recognizable.

Additionally, I believe the ship image is from a Sketchup Model.

  • Why on the Earth would ship image from Sketchup Model?
    – user931
    Commented Nov 5, 2014 at 18:46

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