Originally Posted by andyp
What's behind the walls? Between the decks? How does plasma flow with out a pipe? How do raw materials get to the food processors? Where are the raw materials for the uniforms come from or being stored?
Even in TMP we saw Kirk and Scotty walking out of the shuttle for the first time and looking at the hanger deck with cargo containers being unloaded and stored.
You have to heat a space craft with something, and that something has to get to all parts of the ship, and it doesn't get there easy. The control room of Reactor plant is pretty with all the lights on, but you all know whats behind the walls...
My sentiments EXACTLY, and it has always been my sensibility concerning Star Trek. In TOS, it got pretty close to that vision (for me) because it had a separate area where Scotty and his team worked. Behind them were rows of massive columns that represented the warp core (and for a television budget, it did it's best to portray the massive size of the reactor). In TNG and the series after that, it drove me nuts, NUTS I tell you, in seeing the pretty strobing tube of light, and people walking around it, making sure all was well by monitoring it on flat, Plexiglas panels.
The Enterprise has always been a big, massive ship, and the depths of her various levels has never fully been portrayed. Even the area I call her "neck" has yet to be explored (unless it has been in the movie, which I haven't seen yet). An engine room has a Master Control and then a reactor room (or boiler room if really old school). Plasma can be controlled by computerized panels, but what of steam and other fluids. Computerized controls as well as back-up valves would work even in the world of tech. Hydraulics can still be managed by both solenoid as well as manual valves.
(Whew!) Okay...Rant off!
Thanks, Andy. That's just a viewpoint I've always held and shared on a thread on this forum many entries ago!