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Old June 30 2009, 02:56 AM   #106
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Re: What bridge design do you like?

I'm partial to the NX01, Defiant, and now the Kelvin bridge. I'm not certain of this, but I think I read somewhere that the NX01 bridge was partial leftover and redresses of the Excaliber bridge set, from the B5 spinoff. Anyone know if that is accurate?
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Old June 30 2009, 04:58 PM   #107
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I'm partial to the NX01, Defiant, and now the Kelvin bridge. I'm not certain of this, but I think I read somewhere that the NX01 bridge was partial leftover and redresses of the Excaliber bridge set, from the B5 spinoff. Anyone know if that is accurate?
My understanding is that the NX-01 sets were completely, 100% new. The Trek soundstages had been in constant use for a long time and were in poor shape. Some of the ST movie sets were transformed into the TNG sets, which were then transformed into the VOY sets. So by the time VOY wrapped, the sets weren't really salvageable. Everything was torn down, the soundstage was overhauled, and then brand new sets were created for ENT. I don't think anything was a re-dress.
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Old June 30 2009, 05:32 PM   #108
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Re: What bridge design do you like?

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Actually, I'm kinda liking the Kelvin bridge a lot, after seeing the whole thing there...
I agree with you on the Kelvin bridge design. From the pictures, It is actually more like the TOS bridge than any of the other bridges. Perhaps that is why I like it. TOS was my first bridge so it always has a special place in my heart.

I still think that without the blinding make-up lights (and hostess stations), the NuEnt is a great design.
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Old July 16 2009, 07:16 AM   #109
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Re: What bridge design do you like?

Okay, I have a new favorite bridge design.

http://spectreblofeld.googlepages.co...dgeconcept.jpg

This was concept art for the Excelsior's proposed bridge design in the production of STIII.

That wraparound viewscreen is AWESOME!

I'd have the turbolift in the back sunk down below viewscreen level, with the bridge sloping down to it via a ramp, so as not to obstruct a full 360 degree view.
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Old July 16 2009, 07:17 PM   #110
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Re: What bridge design do you like?

A page stretching one, unfortunately
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Old July 16 2009, 07:21 PM   #111
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Okay, I have a new favorite bridge design.

http://spectreblofeld.googlepages.co...dgeconcept.jpg

This was concept art for the Excelsior's proposed bridge design in the production of STIII.

That wraparound viewscreen is AWESOME!

I'd have the turbolift in the back sunk down below viewscreen level, with the bridge sloping down to it via a ramp, so as not to obstruct a full 360 degree view.
That looks very cool, though the interface on the screen really needs work.

But I can see a few problems with it: at warp, the view would become disorienting at best, and if you're out in deep space for some time, it could become quite depressing.

On the other hand, if you split it up into a few sections where each bridge station has their own 'space' to display stuff, it would become quite interesting. A sort of astrometrics, just for more people.
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Old July 16 2009, 09:05 PM   #112
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Re: What bridge design do you like?

The Enteprise-E.
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Old July 16 2009, 10:37 PM   #113
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I like the Enterprise E's design with the new movie one coming in second.
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Old July 16 2009, 10:58 PM   #114
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I like the Enterprise E's design with the new movie one coming in second.
Oh snap. Lookingglassman likes the new bridge; now it has to be crap.

And to think that I liked the bridge; what was I thinking...
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Old July 16 2009, 11:16 PM   #115
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I like the Excelsior bridge from Star Trek III for the lower command deck, and then above and behind, a flag deck that can serve as a fleet operations center. Stairs on one side, turbolift access on two other sides of each level, and a nice guardrail that can be leaned over to shout things down to the lower deck, if needed - or for a crewperson to dramatically fall over.

The walls would be capable of going transparent with a semi-opaque wireframe view of the seems of the walls. And there would be NO stupid display of the ship showing vital areas and where the ship is already damaged behind the captain's chair or anywhere else that would be picked up during visual communications with other ships.
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Oh snap. Lookingglassman likes the new bridge; now it has to be crap.

And to think that I liked the bridge; what was I thinking...
Stop flirting.
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Old July 16 2009, 11:33 PM   #116
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And there would be NO stupid display of the ship showing vital areas and where the ship is already damaged behind the captain's chair or anywhere else that would be picked up during visual communications with other ships.
You know, I hadn't thought of this before.

It might be just as easy to edit that out of the signal, though.

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Okay, I have a new favorite bridge design.

http://spectreblofeld.googlepages.co...dgeconcept.jpg

This was concept art for the Excelsior's proposed bridge design in the production of STIII.

That wraparound viewscreen is AWESOME!

I'd have the turbolift in the back sunk down below viewscreen level, with the bridge sloping down to it via a ramp, so as not to obstruct a full 360 degree view.
I rather like this too.
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Old July 17 2009, 12:00 AM   #117
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You know, I hadn't thought of this before.
I can't help but think about it - one of my other Trekkie friends actually gets angry whenever he sees this on TNG or wherever and starts ranting on and on about it.

I've actually mentioned editing it out of the signal before - just seems to make it worse, usually. Which is part of why I do it.
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Old July 17 2009, 01:14 AM   #118
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I've always thought the Captain could use a console or display screen in front of his chair, too, so he can tell ship status with a glance instead of some officer having to bark it out loud to him. It never happens onscreen of course, but what if after a taking a weapons blow, Sulu, Spock, and Chekov all belt out various damage reports at the same time? Awkward....
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Old July 17 2009, 01:28 AM   #119
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That's what the main viewer is for. It doesn't seem to be of benefit to anyone else.
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Old July 17 2009, 01:31 AM   #120
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I've always thought the Captain could use a console or display screen in front of his chair, too, so he can tell ship status with a glance ....
That is actually a pretty good point. I know I like seeing things myself rather than having to ask someone or have them report to me. How do actual navies handle bridge design now?

What about the NASA mission control centers? That's kind of similar; many specialists in one room with a mission director who makes decisions. From my Apollo recollections, each has a station, with all oriented towards the big screens. Flight director is in the back (wearing a vest), right?

In resposnse to the actual OP, I like bridge designs where each specialist does not face foward (for the tv cameras). So TOS, TFF are both good ones in that vein.
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