Dale Sams wrote:
Here I thought this was going to be a thread about why the most important part of the ship is exposed like a hood ornament.
How often has a bridge actually taken direct damage (not
exploding consoles - something that breached the hull)?
"Year of Hell" and the Abrams movie are the only examples that I can think of off the top of my head. 99% of the time, the shields and hull (and plot armor) do a good enough job of protecting the bridge from damage. Burying it deeper in the hull would be pointless from a design perspective, and detrimental from a dramatic one.
(And if you're a believer in replaceable bridge modules, burying it would complicate or prevent those.)