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Old May 29 2012, 02:58 AM   #67
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Re: Matt Jefferies and NCC-1017

The Making of Star Trek classifies the USS Enterprise as an Enterprise-type starship that has been in service for fifty years.

The script for the episode "The Doomsday Machine" classifies the USS Constellation as an Enterprise-class starship.

A sign in the movie Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan classifies the USS Enterprise as an Enterprise-class starship.

Then, starting in the movie Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, there is the first canonical reference to the USS Enterprise as a Constititution-class starship. This reference is from the Star Fleet Technical Manual, a fandom publication. Also, in fandom, we have the Greg Jein article and the Star Trek Concordance which classify the Enterprise as a Constitution-class starship. Greg Jein bases his assumption on a technical journal that may have been the depiction of another starship class's phasers, and it's not clear where Bjo Trimble got her assumption from.

Then in 1987, with the episode "The Naked Now", there is the first time when a character thru dialog classifies the USS Enterprise as a Constitution-class starship.

I would say that this is an example where fandom trumped canon, and the class of the ship changed because the people involved in ST: TNG were more familiar with the literature produced by the fans than that produced by the production team behind the original series.
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