That's why the Defiant plaque was changed when "In A Mirror Darkly" was made, because the franchise had evolved since then and it didn't make sense to use "Starship class" in the vein that might have been contemplated in the 1960s. That's my two cents anyway.
In-universe, I would think that there were a number of years between the commissioning of the Enterprise
and of the Defiant
, and in the interim Starfleet decided to use the specific class name, rather than the generic "Starship Class". I personally had no problem with the Defiant
's plaque reading "Constitution Class".
Eh, I kinda agree with both of you. I disliked the change to the plaque, primarily because it was inconsistent with TOS. But, I can see where Bob is coming from by calling it disrespectful, too.
I would hazard a guess that no disrespect was intended.
I have often wondered how fans (including myself) would have reacted had the TOS-R team changed the Constellation's registry to NCC-1710. I don't think I'd have minded.
Personally, I've always thought of the Constellation
of a different, earlier class, since the use of the AMT model meant there were some differences between it and the Enterprise
. And we didn't see many sets, but wasn't Constellation
's auxiliary control different from Enterprise
's as well? I was actually disappointed that the TOS-R team didn't play up the differences and make Constellation
more visibly different, and instead just made her a standard Constitution
(OT: pre-TNG, I used to refer to this as other class as Constellation
class, since many of the early novels accidentally used this name when they meant Constitution
. But then "The Battle" went and messed that up!
Besides, I would have mourned the loss of the Kongo
OTOH, I disliked that they showed the Intrepid's registry in "Court Martial"
It completely bugged me that they used those stupid Jein numbers. If you're weren't going to use FJ, at least make new ones up that started with 17.
That would make sense. I think the only "exception" is with the Sao Paolo being renamed to the Defiant in DS9. Although the dialogue doesn't specify it, the later FX show the new Defiant with her old registry number.
Yeah, that was just dumb. It was unfortunate they didn't create any new footage for the final episode. I would think in-universe that the new Defiant
was actually NCC-75633. Sadly the post-finale novel covers stuck with NX-74205 too.