Originally Posted by mmoore
I also see a windshield on the bridge.
I guess that means the bridges on these ships are oriented forward:forward relative to the ship itself. Stop me if I'm wrong, but a LONG, long long long time ago, I think I remember seeing like a bridge "floor plan" in some "Geek's Guide to Things That Aren't Real", which showed that on the TOS Enterprise, the bridge turbolift (which looks offset, not directly behind the captain's chair) is actually amidships; that means the bridge itself is actually offset about 40 degrees to port, so that when you're in the captain's chair and looking at the viewscreen, you're not facing straight ahead, but you're actually facing off to the left somewhere. Please tell me if my imagination invented this.
If it did not, and the bridge is genuinely oriented that way, is there any really good reason why? It doesn't seem to make any sense. I mean I suppose it doesn't matter, because it's not a window, but a viewscreen - the bridge could be facing backwards and still work fine. But it just seems very odd from a construction standpoint that the bridge would not simply for the sake of propriety be facing forward. I cannot think of a single reason why functionality or practicality would require rotating the bridge 40 degrees from forward.