^ About that last bit, I always thought it was just a MU thing: that the Terran Empire was so gung-ho as to have very low (if any) safety standards. As long as the ship worked, they wouldn't care how or why; I doubt they had any kind of quality control.
The regular universe Starfleet, not being genocidally evil and all, would certainly care a lot more about safety.
Richard Baker wrote:
You mean like the pair of constantly flashing tubes on the Bridge? I could do without THOSE in my workplace, thank you! ;-)
What on Earth are those stupid things supposed to do anyway? They also had them on the NX-01 Generation Ship encountered in 'E2'.
The network probably made the showrunners add them, just so viewers could tell which version of the ship they were looking at.