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Old December 19 2012, 04:57 PM   #16
Re: Vertical Warp Core?

Indeed, I think the only time we saw a ship flying "above" a planet (but not within its atmosphere) would have been in ST3, when the ship commandeered by Kirk approached the cloaked Klingons above the Genesis planet. Funnily enough, this would have been the one time the heroes should have been concerned about the possibility and consequences of firing a warp core into the planet!

TOS in general preferred shots where the ship presented one flank to the planet, and TNG did likewise, although some shots involved funny angles. DS9 and especially ENT added more shot types, but they tended to favor ones where the ship was below and the planet above when they wanted to drive home the fact that "space has no up or down".

Timo Saloniemi
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