Re: Was the reveal of the Enterprise-A a big surprise?
Because the Excelsior was demonized so much in Trek III I always hated it. However, how it was treated in VI as Sulu's ship kind of redeemed the class. It still looked wrong as the basis of the Enterprise-B and was clearly evident as a cost-cutting measure rather than making a new model.
I never hated the Excelsior
and remember being happy that Sulu was its captain in Star Trek VI
. It was Styles who bothered me. I hope Starfleet punished his incompetence by taking away the swagger stick that he always carried with him.
"I've sworn an oath to serve and protect the United Federation of Planets- an oath I will fulfill with my dying breath- for in my heart, I remain a creature of duty. I am Romulan." --Captain Sran, USS Naptown