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Old June 28 2012, 10:10 AM   #145
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Re: The operational status of NCC 1701-A...?

Which would be a technicality Scotty would be quite annoyed with - he didn't want any "bloody A" to mar his trip down the memory lane.
Doubtful and unlikely the case. If anything, Scotty probably has more memories with the refit version of NCC-1701 than the original (presumably 15 years versus 5 years). It wouldn't take away Scotty's joy of seeing the older configuration after so many years, however.
The fact is that Picard would know nothing about Scotty's dream ship if he were only familiar with the refitted Constitution class: the refit created an "almost completely new Enterprise" as stated in ST:TMP, a ship unrelated to Scotty's simulation in anything but name.
I don't believe this is a fact at all. The only thing we can say with any certainty is that Picard saw Scotty in a holodeck simulation and correctly surmised it was the original Enterprise bridge, Constitution-class.
From Scotty's POV, Picard is being a pal. From Picard's POV, he's telling a (rather white) lie if he has visited a refitted museum piece.
Not really.
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