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Old September 22 2012, 08:16 AM   #40
Olive, the Other Reindeer
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Re: Are there too many "convenient" planets or scenarios to beam down

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I don't think it was ever confirmed onscreen, but in-universe Kirk had orders to explore and investigate Class M Earth-approximate planets.

So maybe not just convenient that we always saw the Enterprise stumbling across Class M planets. It seems those were the ones the ship was sent to explore. Or something.
From Gene Roddenberry's original series outline, as quoted in TMOST:
(Excerpted from orders to Captain Robert T. April)

. . . VI. Consistent with the limitations of your vessel and equipment, you will confine your landings and contacts to class "M" planets approximating Earth-Mars conditions.
So . . . yeah. It was part of the concept from the beginning that the Enterprise would be mostly limited to exploring Earthlike planets, obviously for budgetary reasons.
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