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Old May 2 2013, 11:51 AM   #13
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Re: Saucer Separation

I've said it before, but another sensible use for the separation would have been to leave the saucer in orbit of a planet you are studying in detail while the rest of the ship does another mission (say, zipping around and scanning the area).

My guess is the real reason they abandoned the separation was just because they didn't have many shots of the separated models, and when they shifted to the non-separable 4-footer, that was that. There's also the space the Battle Bridge set took. They can say it was because it slowed the story down, but they could have easily cut down the number of shots for the separation to make it quick.
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