Maybe I need to be brought up to speed here on what Phase II means... why the TMP nacelle design on the TOS ship? Didn't the new design make its debut in TMP?
The old, planned but aborted Star Trek Phase II
revival series from the late 70s had an updated Enterprise
. Ultimately, the series was scrapped--but The Motion Picture
was made instead. The Motion
picture also had a new Enterpris
e, too, of course--but it was a bit different from the Enterprise that was planned for the Phase II
series. So the Phase II Enterprise
is not the TMP Enterprise
(although they are similar).
We are postulating that there was a refit before The Motion Picture
refit. They are trying out the new engines and the new photon torpedo launcher and some new docking ports, but this isn't "the refit" that is being completed at the time of TMP
. You can see that most of the ship still retains its TOS
look. This is an earlier "halfway between TOS