For a long time, I've thought this line by Spock in 'TWoK' referring to the Reliant
overwhelming the Enterprise
spoke almost exclusively to the fact that the Enterprise
was heavily damaged.
However, if you think about it, a Miranda
class vessel might indeed be faster and better armed than a Constitution
on an even playing field.
's mass would appear to be considerably lower yet she at least outwardly possesses largely the same engine equipment. One might argue that her powerplant could have been less potent, but then again she also appears to have two deflection crystals to the Connie
's one, so the contrary might be arguable.
also has two forward torpedo tubes and two aft torpedo tubes to Enterprise
's visible two forward tubes, as well as the two rollbar phaser cannons which some call 'megaphasers' but for all we know don't pack that much of a punch. Miranda
does, however, omit the ventral and above-shuttlebay single phasers that the Connie
is equipped with.
Further complicating the matter, perhaps, is that in Kirk's surprise prefix number attack earlier in the film, he seemed to score a pretty good hit near one of those deflection crystals, possible somewhat equalizing the situation? Saavik's and Spock's lines indicating that 'visual won't function, and shields will be useless' making the odds even are interesting too. Would a lack of targeting and shields really render the damaged Enterprise
an even match for Reliant
I would argue that this may indeed mean Reliant
was damaged comparably to Enterprise
, if not as severely,and that all of this when taken as a whole indicates that the Miranda
class might indeed outrun and outgun a Constitution
under nominal circumstances.
What say you?