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Old June 4 2009, 04:43 PM   #1
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What bridge design do you like?

Out of all the bridge designs that have been in the various TV shows and movies, both Federation and Alien, what bridge design do you like the most and would therefore want in your ship? If you don’t like one design in particular, but would rather piece together design elements from different bridges, what elements would you piece together and from what bridge, ship, would they come from?

As for me, I’m drawn to the bridge of the USS Prometheus for one reason, and that’s the way Ops and the Helm are sunk into the deck so that the Capt. has easy viewing of what’s going on. Wait, there’s a second reason, I lied, sorry. The other reason I like the Prometheus’ bridge is that it doesn’t seem to be over crowded. This is the reason I don’t like the Bridge on Enterprise E, it’s just too crowded with stations and what not. However, over all I like the layout of the bridge on Voyager better. I like how Voyager’s Ops and Tactical stations are in their own little cubby hole (for the lack of a better term) and therefore have a clear view to the main view screen. I also like how Voyager’s bridge is a bit roomier…people just don’t seem to be on top of each other. If I could change one thing about Voyager’s bridge it would be here briefing room; I’d make it wrap around and behind the back wall instead of the way it is now.

I do have one question about Voyager’s briefing room I’m hoping to get an answer to. There’s the entrance to Voyager’s briefing room via the sliding doors, however, there appears to be another entrance directly across from the main door that leads behind the wall. Does anyone know where that leads to? Here’s a link to the picture of the briefing room: http://www.utopiaplanitia.info/voylounge.html
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Old June 4 2009, 04:48 PM   #2
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Re: What bridge design do you like?

Give me the Defiant's bridge any day. It's small and efficient and doesn't feel like the lobby of an Embassy Suites hotel (I'm looking at you E-D!) Also, I hate bridges with multiple levels, that's just asking for trouble, especially in an emergency.

Another bridge that looked nice was the Enterprise bridge from TFF. One of the few things that I liked about that movie.
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Old June 4 2009, 04:53 PM   #3
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Re: What bridge design do you like?

I like two kinds. First is the TMP Enterprise refit and the second is combining the TMP Klingon bridge with the TMP Enterprise refit, basically simplify the bridge stations making it smaller and adding the structual supports from the Klingon bridge.
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Old June 4 2009, 05:41 PM   #4
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Re: What bridge design do you like?

I think the Kelvin bridge is my favorite... Gotta love the three windows/viewscreens.
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Old June 4 2009, 06:27 PM   #5
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Re: What bridge design do you like?

For me, its a coin-toss tie between the Defiant-Class and the Nova-Class.
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Old June 4 2009, 06:47 PM   #6
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Re: What bridge design do you like?

The Enterprise-E bridge as seen in First Contact (since IIRC, it's not exactly the same in any of the 3 Ent-E movies, like how the Ent refit/A wasn't the same in any of THOSE movies) is probably my favorite, with the Defiant's a close second.
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Old June 4 2009, 06:55 PM   #7
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Re: What bridge design do you like?

Enterprise D. Classy, comfortable, asthetically pleasing, not too "busy" looking, open spaces, smooth, curvy, not bulky & clunky, well lit, pleasing sounds and graphics ... all the way; just a terrific bridge.

In fact, the Enterprise D is other rooms are all better than other incarnations; Engineering, transporter rooms, halls, so forth.


Excelsior (Sulu-run design) and Enterprise B bridges are nice on their own.
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Old June 4 2009, 06:56 PM   #8
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The Excelsior from Star Trek VI.
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Old June 4 2009, 07:22 PM   #9
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Re: What bridge design do you like?

I like the bridge to reflect the purpose of the ship in one shot and Defiant's and Voyager's, I think do the best job. I can't recall all the bridges, but I do know that I absolutely hated how crowded the bridge on nuEnterprise felt. I hope they take another look at that for the next movie.
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Old June 4 2009, 07:33 PM   #10
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Defiant, Voyager and TOS Ent
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Old June 4 2009, 08:05 PM   #11
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Re: What bridge design do you like?

Middle Earther wrote: View Post
I like the bridge to reflect the purpose of the ship in one shot and Defiant's and Voyager's, I think do the best job. I can't recall all the bridges, but I do know that I absolutely hated how crowded the bridge on nuEnterprise felt. I hope they take another look at that for the next movie.
I agree with the bolded part completely. I thought it was too crowded. Didn't like it at all.
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Old June 4 2009, 08:10 PM   #12
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Re: What bridge design do you like?

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The Excelsior from Star Trek VI.
Ditto
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Old June 4 2009, 08:14 PM   #13
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Re: What bridge design do you like?

I truly wouldn't have said this four years ago, but I actually like the layout of the NX-01 Enterprise bridge. It's very simple and functional, with the stations all facing the captain in the center.
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Old June 4 2009, 08:24 PM   #14
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Re: What bridge design do you like?

I like the NX-01 and have a soft spot for the 1701 (original and refit)
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Old June 4 2009, 08:32 PM   #15
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Re: What bridge design do you like?

I really disliked the Enterprise-D bridge from the TNG series, but I'm amazed at how nice it looked in GEN. The upgrades really went a long way at making a boring hotel lounge turn into something that resembled a functioning nerve center of a starship. The added consoles, new paint job, video monitors, etc. really made that set look nice.

The Enterprise-A in TUC also looked really great - it looked real. The details were really nice, and I liked the mix of okudagrams with tacticle buttons (kind of a transitional phase from the 23rd century designs to the 24th century designs). I really liked the elements of realism that directory Nicholas Meyer injected into the films he directed. The ship's sets really looked believable.
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