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?
An idea I've had is that it was a conscious effort to reward Kirk with a ship that was identical to the original Enterprise
as well as it being partially a public relations move to have Kirk go about the Galaxy in his most famous ride.
"Don't sweat the small stuff--it makes you small-minded..."