King Daniel Into Darkness wrote:
Watch the Enterprise two-parter "In a Mirror, Darkly" - when the crew of the mirrorverse Enterprise NX-01 board the USS Defiant (fresh from vanishing in "The Tholian Web") they are amazed at what they're seeing. It's not crude analogue technology at all, but technology meeting art in the 23rd century.
This is exactly what I was trying to say in my post above, but King Daniel
has phrased it far more eloquently than I ever could.
In-universe, the TOS era Constitution Class ships have got a deliberate 'retro chic' design. That's the only sensible way to explain it. Acknowledge that it's meant
to look that way, and that the designers of the ship in-universe were making an artistic statement of some kind with that design.