Re: Was the reveal of the Enterprise-A a big surprise?
I had assumed that either Excelsior would be renamed Enterprise or that a second Excelsior class ship would be revealed as the new Enterprise (which is what they really should have done, IMHO) but I had no idea when this would happen.
I agree. The Excelsior
was supposed to be a state-of-the-art design. The Constitution
-class design was being phased out of Starfleet by 2286. Why offer Kirk command of an obsolete ship?
"He clapped his captain—his friend—on the shoulder. Yes, this man was very much like James Kirk, in all the ways that mattered." --Christopher L. Bennett-- Star Trek: Mere Anarachy, The Darkness Drops Again