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Old August 1 2013, 01:41 PM   #46
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The whole Yorktown story was nothing more than Roddenberry's vanity speaking because that's what the ship was named in the original TOS draft.
Actually, it was Roddenberry's attempt to explain why there was another Constitution-class ship conveniently there and ready to go for Kirk. Having it previously been the old Yorktown made sense for Roddenberry.
I'm inclined to disbelieve it for the simple reason that, as somebody already said, the actual Yorktown was in the same movie and likely had a full crew aboard (the captain was putting all "non-essential personnel" into stasis when the power went out).
Most of the Yorktown's crew could have been stayed after the renaming or reassigned to a brand-new USS Yorktown launched sometime after the Enterprise-A. The same thing could have happened to the conveniently existing Sovereign-class ship that became the Enterprise-E.
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Old August 1 2013, 03:25 PM   #47
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Actually, it was Roddenberry's attempt to explain why there was another Constitution-class ship conveniently there and ready to go for Kirk. Having it previously been the old Yorktown made sense for Roddenberry.
It may have made sense to Roddenberry; that doesn't mean it actually makes sense.

If the Yorktown at the beginning of ST4 had a full crew aboard, then it had to be a fully operational ship. The E-A at the beginning of ST5 quite obviously is not, even after what appears to be several weeks of work.

Kirk: "You told me you could make this ship operational in two weeks. I gave you three. What happened?

Then there's this:

Scott: "All I can say is they don't make them like they used to."

Doesn't sound like he's talking about a ship that's been around for a number of years here.
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Old August 1 2013, 06:39 PM   #48
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Supposedly, the Yorktown was not operational when the Probe departed. The silencing of the Saratoga involved fireworks going off on the bridge; if she and the Yorktown ever were salvaged, then installation of all-new bridge consoles and other fried components would be quite likely. And something of an integration nightmare, no doubt.

Sure, the E-A is different from the E-nil-refit. But not necessarily "newer" in the specifics. Rather, she could be a hodgepodge of older, "less refitted" tech inherited from the Yorktown years (the old-fashioned shuttlebay and the GNDN tubing), and modern duotronics replacing the stuff fried by the Probe. Plus some new vanity covers in the corridors, the old ones having had to go to remove the stench of the corpses.

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Old August 1 2013, 06:51 PM   #49
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Actually, it was Roddenberry's attempt to explain why there was another Constitution-class ship conveniently there and ready to go for Kirk. Having it previously been the old Yorktown made sense for Roddenberry.
It may have made sense to Roddenberry; that doesn't mean it actually makes sense.
Actually, it does.

If the Yorktown was severely crippled by the "whalesong probe," then she was out of commission for repairs. It's definitely plausible that most of her crew are either recovering from the ordeal, and/or have been reassigned elsewhere during its downtime. Eventually, the Yorktown becomes a quickly-patched up Constitution-class ship just sitting there in Spacedock awaiting a new crew and a new mission. Starfleet decides to rename the ship Enterprise-A and assign it to Kirk's command.
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Supposedly, the Yorktown was not operational when the Probe departed. The silencing of the Saratoga involved fireworks going off on the bridge; if she and the Yorktown ever were salvaged, then installation of all-new bridge consoles and other fried components would be quite likely. And something of an integration nightmare, no doubt.

Sure, the E-A is different from the E-nil-refit. But not necessarily "newer" in the specifics. Rather, she could be a hodgepodge of older, "less refitted" tech inherited from the Yorktown years (the old-fashioned shuttlebay and the GNDN tubing), and modern duotronics replacing the stuff fried by the Probe.
Exactly. The Yorktown idea is just as plausible as any other for the Enterprise-A.
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Old August 1 2013, 11:17 PM   #50
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If the Yorktown was severely crippled by the "whalesong probe," then she was out of commission for repairs. It's definitely plausible that most of her crew are either recovering from the ordeal, and/or have been reassigned elsewhere during its downtime. Eventually, the Yorktown becomes a quickly-patched up Constitution-class ship just sitting there in Spacedock awaiting a new crew and a new mission. Starfleet decides to rename the ship Enterprise-A and assign it to Kirk's command.
The main problem with this is the time issue. With all that was going on, it doesn't seem to me that Starfleet would've been able to salvage the Yorktown, tow her to spacedock, decommission, rebuild/refurbish, then make the decision to recomission all in the span of a few days. Not if it was that badly damaged. We are talking about government agencies and beaurecrats here, after all.

In addition, the Saratoga didn't appear to have damage that extreme from the probe's effect. So why would the Yorktown?

Also take the corridors and other sets that more closely resemble the Enterprise-D...ie more modern. I doubt the Probe's energies would've damaged the Yorktown to the point where it needed new corridors.

The Ti-Ho theory makes much more sense, as do some others. "Because Gene said so" is not good enough reason to me, considering his history of arbitrarily canon-izing and de-canonizing whenever it suited his fancy or because he didn't "like" something.
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Old August 1 2013, 11:45 PM   #51
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<Khan> Time is a problem you don't have, Admiral... </Khan>

There's no indication how much time passes between Kirk's trial and the day he gets the E-A. Could be years for all we know. Certainly there's no indication it would be mere days.

In addition, the Saratoga didn't appear to have damage that extreme from the probe's effect.
The Saratoga was completely destroyed and everybody aboard killed for all we know. Just because her exterior was pristine doesn't mean a thing.

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Old August 2 2013, 08:14 AM   #52
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If the Yorktown was severely crippled by the "whalesong probe," then she was out of commission for repairs. It's definitely plausible that most of her crew are either recovering from the ordeal, and/or have been reassigned elsewhere during its downtime. Eventually, the Yorktown becomes a quickly-patched up Constitution-class ship just sitting there in Spacedock awaiting a new crew and a new mission. Starfleet decides to rename the ship Enterprise-A and assign it to Kirk's command.
The main problem with this is the time issue. With all that was going on, it doesn't seem to me that Starfleet would've been able to salvage the Yorktown, tow her to spacedock, decommission, rebuild/refurbish, then make the decision to recomission all in the span of a few days. Not if it was that badly damaged. We are talking about government agencies and beaurecrats here, after all.
As Timo already mentioned, the time between the trial and the time the Enterprise-A was launched could have been more than a few days. Long enough for the Yorktown to be recovered, somewhat repaired, and then renamed.
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Old August 2 2013, 08:38 AM   #53
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Re: Was the Enterprise A actually the Yorktown?

Just out of curiosity, can anyone post a link to the Gene Roddenberry quote saying that it is the Yorktown?

And would we be having this conversation if anyone else had made this kind of comment, especially anyone not directly involved with the making of the movies?
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Old August 2 2013, 09:20 AM   #54
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Just out of curiosity, can anyone post a link to the Gene Roddenberry quote saying that it is the Yorktown?
Like so many things in the pre-internet era, it was cited from a variety of different sources, but Memory Alpha listed most of them.
Memory Alpha article:
Gene Roddenberry, in a nod to his original name choice from 1964, suggested that the Yorktown was renamed USS Enterprise-A at the end of Star Trek IV, explaining why the latter ship seemed to be launched so quickly at the end of the movie. The Next Generation fourth season writer's technical manual also indicated this to be the case. This was further validated when, in the [Star Trek] Encyclopedia, Mike Okuda described the Yorktown in 2293 as [the renamed Enterprise-A].
http://en.memory-alpha.org/wiki/USS_..._(23rd_century
And would we be having this conversation if anyone else had made this kind of comment, especially anyone not directly involved with the making of the movies?
Definitely, because it's still a very plausible idea that the Enterprise-A was a renamed existing vessel (be it the Yorktown or some other Constitution-class ship).
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Old August 2 2013, 02:13 PM   #55
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It was probably in one of his hundreds of random "I think we should..." gripe letters to the studio that he wrote during filming. IIRC, he didn't much of how any of the movies after TMP were written and went to great lengths to be a burr in the sides of the other writers, directors and producers working on them. I think by this time the studio relegated him to the emeritus status of "Executive Consultant", or something, and he had been fighting a losing battle for control over the property for years. I think he lightened the pressure over the films once he got TNG, but he still sniped at them on occasion when he thought the situation warranted it. Shatner's "Movie Memories" went into some detail about it.
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Just out of curiosity, can anyone post a link to the Gene Roddenberry quote saying that it is the Yorktown?
Like so many things in the pre-internet era, it was cited from a variety of different sources, but Memory Alpha listed most of them.
Memory Alpha article:
Gene Roddenberry, in a nod to his original name choice from 1964, suggested that the Yorktown was renamed USS Enterprise-A at the end of Star Trek IV, explaining why the latter ship seemed to be launched so quickly at the end of the movie. The Next Generation fourth season writer's technical manual also indicated this to be the case. This was further validated when, in the [Star Trek] Encyclopedia, Mike Okuda described the Yorktown in 2293 as [the renamed Enterprise-A].
http://en.memory-alpha.org/wiki/USS_..._(23rd_century)
Yes I have read all of that stuff too but I have yet to find anything other than someone else saying he said it. Now, don't misunderstand me; I am not doubting the veracity but I am interested in the context. A flippant answer at a convention, a TNG staffer asking him about it, and him originating the idea himself each could have led to this discussion.
And would we be having this conversation if anyone else had made this kind of comment, especially anyone not directly involved with the making of the movies?
Definitely, because it's still a very plausible idea that the Enterprise-A was a renamed existing vessel (be it the Yorktown or some other Constitution-class ship).
New build vs. existing is a different discussion than Yorktown vs. any other ship name. I was referring to the latter (per the thread title.) Sans Roddenberry's opinion, I think we would be talking up the former but the later? Not so sure about that...
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Re: Was the Enterprise A actually the Yorktown?

If it was the Yorktown, then it was likely Roddenberry's idea, based on the known fact that that was supposed to be his ship's original name, despite the actual existence of said vessel in a probe-damaged state earlier in the film.

And I agree that, unless someone can show a date-correct pic of an ash/coffee bespeckled memo with his signature on it proving it was his idea, then it's just as valid (or not) as Ti-Ho, Atlantis or any other theory.
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Just out of curiosity, can anyone post a link to the Gene Roddenberry quote saying that it is the Yorktown?
Like so many things in the pre-internet era, it was cited from a variety of different sources, but Memory Alpha listed most of them.
Memory Alpha article:
Gene Roddenberry, in a nod to his original name choice from 1964, suggested that the Yorktown was renamed USS Enterprise-A at the end of Star Trek IV, explaining why the latter ship seemed to be launched so quickly at the end of the movie. The Next Generation fourth season writer's technical manual also indicated this to be the case. This was further validated when, in the [Star Trek] Encyclopedia, Mike Okuda described the Yorktown in 2293 as [the renamed Enterprise-A].
http://en.memory-alpha.org/wiki/USS_..._(23rd_century)
Yes I have read all of that stuff too but I have yet to find anything other than someone else saying he said it. Now, don't misunderstand me; I am not doubting the veracity but I am interested in the context. A flippant answer at a convention, a TNG staffer asking him about it, and him originating the idea himself each could have led to this discussion.
In the end, it really doesn't matter. It was really just a harmless suggestion on Roddenberry's part, but it's as good an idea as any other.
And would we be having this conversation if anyone else had made this kind of comment, especially anyone not directly involved with the making of the movies?
Definitely, because it's still a very plausible idea that the Enterprise-A was a renamed existing vessel (be it the Yorktown or some other Constitution-class ship).
New build vs. existing is a different discussion than Yorktown vs. any other ship name. I was referring to the latter (per the thread title.) Sans Roddenberry's opinion, I think we would be talking up the former but the later? Not so sure about that...
As I said earlier, some of us would still be talking about the Enterprise-A being a renamed earlier ship, and I do think it's likely the Yorktown might have been brought up by a few as a possible contender. It's as plausible a concept as the Enterprise-A being an all-new build.
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If it was the Yorktown, then it was likely Roddenberry's idea, based on the known fact that that was supposed to be his ship's original name, despite the actual existence of said vessel in a probe-damaged state earlier in the film.

And I agree that, unless someone can show a date-correct pic of an ash/coffee bespeckled memo with his signature on it proving it was his idea, then it's just as valid (or not) as Ti-Ho, Atlantis or any other theory.
That's the thing, more than one theory will work (and some have already been presented here). All Roddenberry did was suggest that the Enterprise-A was originally the Yorktown, and that theory can work too.
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To be fair, though, Scotty's comment still leaves room for the new Enterprise-A to have been previously the Yorktown, the Ti-Ho, or whatever.

Agree.
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if the Enterprise A is actually a new ship, why they bother to build a new constitution refit class when the Excelsior is already available?
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