C.E. Evans wrote:
So there's probably some irony that the Excelsior-class ultimately became a mainstay of the fleet for the better part of a century.
As far as I know, the design was
superior to Enterprise
I don't think there was much doubt that the Excelsior
was a more advanced ship than the Enterprise
. If anything, she contributed to the idea that the latter was old and ready to be decommissioned.
That said, Styles' posturing about a ship that wasn't even fully operational was childish and petty. Seeing Excelsior grind to a halt outside spacedock always brings a smile to my face.
I definitely believe that was the kid of reaction the filmmakers wanted, made even more so by Styles' earlier bragging of the ship.