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Old December 26 2012, 04:01 PM   #84
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Re: NCC = Not Constitution Class?

Robert Comsol wrote: View Post
If I'm not mistaken this is a reproduction from the original writer's guide:

Compare it to the quoted / illustrated text from the original Star Trek Concordance and you'll notice that the "Constitution Class" part has deliberately been added to make it appear official (I consider this to be fraudulent behaviour).

One of the issues Gene Roddenberry felt very strong about was that "U.S.S." was an acronym for "United Space Ship" (or "United Star Ship") to make the show and the future palatable to international audiences. Of course, a "Constitution Class" carries strong allusions to American history and tradition (because of the US frigate of the same name and the United States Constitution), but I was always under the impression that Gene Roddenberry tried to keep such allusions to a minimum and "Starship Class" is an obvious proof for that, IMHO.

And was "Constitution class" inserted into the "Space Seed" script back in 1966 in order to make it appear official?
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