I get the idea of the ship being the silent additional character............but Star Trek isn't about the ship as such. It's the people ON that ship.
The ship becomes a part of the show in the same way that Galactica does in BSG, or the Falcon does. But it's not the series as a whole. It's important it works as a setting of course.
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