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Old 06-28-2008, 04:31 PM
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My first thought of the ship was "Excelsior..."

Entertainment Tonight actually showed the first real image of the Enterprise-E when they did a behind-the-scenes on the filming of First Contact. They didn't show the ship itself, but they did show Picard and company on the bridge and in the background was the schematic of the ship.

My initial thought was that they were on an Excelsior-class...

Might as well have been...
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It does have a sort of Excelsior-esque profile. Actually, it would seem that every Enterprise since the Ent-B has had that sort of design in one way or another.

The Enterprises C and D have the squared warp support pylons and thick neck sections...and the Enterprise E's secondary hull has the boat bottom body and navigational deflector style of the Excelsior, but the swept back pylon style of the refit Enterprise.
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Ent E definitely looks fast but it also has a "severe" appearance as well. I had to get used to the "no neck" design with the primary hull almost directly attached to the secondary hull.
Yeah, the Enterprise-E was meant for battle more than exploration. In addition, unlike the Enterprise-D, it didn't have families traveling aboard it. The Enterprise-D was more like a hotel in space and strictly for exploration, while the Enterprise-E was mainly for battle, kind of like the Defiant in a sense. However, the ship not having familes returned the Enterprise to its classical status when Kirk was Captain in that there were no families aboard. One point that really stood out to me was when Picard said in Insurrection, "Can anyone remember when we used to be explorers?"
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Yeah, the Enterprise-E was meant for battle more than exploration. In addition, unlike the Enterprise-D, it didn't have families traveling aboard it. The Enterprise-D was more like a hotel in space and strictly for exploration, while the Enterprise-E was mainly for battle, kind of like the Defiant in a sense. However, the ship not having familes returned the Enterprise to its classical status when Kirk was Captain in that there were no families aboard. One point that really stood out to me was when Picard said in Insurrection, "Can anyone remember when we used to be explorers?"
Good points all around. The concept of such a vessel (hotel in space or family ship) is better suited for navigating within well charted regions of space and not on the frontiier.
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Good points all around. The concept of such a vessel (hotel in space or family ship) is better suited for navigating within well charted regions of space and not on the frontiier.
On the other hand, all that extra space is good for establishing and supporting frontier colonies.
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Establishing and supporting; yes. But after the region has been cleared by the exploration missions.
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On another note, I actually highly doubt that the number of families on the ship is that significant. First, even with the facilities on the ship, it's not easy to maintain a family under such conditions. Also I doubt it's really easy for many Star Fleet personnel to really start families in the first place for the same reasons that many present day military personnel have issues with starting and maintaining families. Despite the fact that the Galaxy and Nebula class ships are capable of supporting families on board, most of the fleet isn't composed of such ships. Getting an assignment to such ships is probably not all that easy either. Just as one can probably expect to be on a waiting list for base housing in today's military, I suspect that in Star Fleet there's probably a waiting list to get an assignment to a ship with an open family slot.
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On the other hand, all that extra space is good for establishing and supporting frontier colonies.
Or for storing a helluva lot more photon and quantum torpedoes.
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Well, the D never caught on with me. I never liked the design- the saucer was incredibly top heavy and the proportions were all off. I had a hard time taking it seriously. Someone mentioned that it reminded them of Carnival Cruise Lines in space and I was ROTFL. After reading the ship data link that DNA provided, I agree that a lot of the E design made sense for a faster battleship, like its lower profile, sleeker lines, and overall sense of balance. The lack of neck makes sense to me, kinda like a football linebacker. The forward-sweep nacelle design did remind me of a turkey drumsticks in the roaster!

My fav ship of all time is the Constitution refit and watching the E design come together did remind me a lot of the A, thus proving my point that the A rocks, but it also did give me a new appreciation for the E.
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