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Old March 11 2013, 09:07 PM   #1
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Was ANYTHING retained when the Enterprise was refit?

From the looks of things, they replaced the bridge, the hull and bulkhead panels, the warp core, the nacelles.

Was ANYTHING left over from the original design?

I think we might be getting into a "ship of Theseus" paradox here:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ship_of_Theseus
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Old March 11 2013, 09:37 PM   #2
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Re: Was ANYTHING retained when the Enterprise was refit?

Well, how much of what was on TV screens in the 1960s was simply seen at higher resolution in the 1970s on film? Some of the shapes are different, but isn't the bulk of the saucer the same? The corridors are narrower on the refit, so perhaps more equipment was introduced by lining the original corridors and covering it up with new panels. The bulk of the space frame may be original, with new warp engines, deflector dish, and a bridge module.
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Old March 11 2013, 09:38 PM   #3
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Re: Was ANYTHING retained when the Enterprise was refit?

The dedication plaque on the bridge, and maybe the toilet seats? (You know those government toilet seat prices are ridiculous.)
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Old March 11 2013, 10:00 PM   #4
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Re: Was ANYTHING retained when the Enterprise was refit?

They re-imagined the Enterprise, just like they re-imagined the Klingons. The "refit" is just a vague in-universe handwave acknowledgement that things look a little different.

If Kirstie Alley and Robin Curtis look the same in-universe as Saavik, and the bad-rubber-suit Gorn is "really" a fearsome lizard monster, then how much did the Enterprise really change? Certainly it wasn't as radical a change in-universe as the shift from a 1960's TV show to a 1979 big budget movie was in real life.
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Old March 11 2013, 10:14 PM   #5
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Re: Was ANYTHING retained when the Enterprise was refit?

I believe that in Mr. Scott's Guide to the Enterprise, it was stated that only some of the core structural support elements in the saucer section survived the refit. I can't really imagine much else making it. There are very few external congruences between the TV ship and the TMP ship, other than the basic overall shape.
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Old March 11 2013, 10:30 PM   #6
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Re: Was ANYTHING retained when the Enterprise was refit?

I think it would be fairly hard to find stuff--deck plates, some bulkheads, internal spaceframe members--and even then they would be modified with some new stuff added to them.

I do like the idea in Mr. Scott's Guide to the Enterprise that the refit originally was supposed to be just an upgrade to her engines, but one thing led to another and it turned into a total shipwide redesign.
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Old March 11 2013, 11:01 PM   #7
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Re: Was ANYTHING retained when the Enterprise was refit?

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I do like the idea in Mr. Scott's Guide to the Enterprise that the refit originally was supposed to be just an upgrade to her engines, but one thing led to another and it turned into a total shipwide redesign.
That was always my thought as well. If they knew from the get-go that they were going to change everything, surely it would have been easier to build a new ship from scratch? Because that's basically what the refit was.

It reminds me of the IMAX film Super Speedway which has a thread about one of Mario Andretti's old roadsters being restored. At the start, it was literally a pile of junk, and at the end, it's a brand new car. You can't tell me that anything from the old car survived into the rebuilding--so in a very real sense it wasn't restored, it was built from scratch. Same for the refit 1701, I would think.
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Old March 11 2013, 11:19 PM   #8
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Re: Was ANYTHING retained when the Enterprise was refit?

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Was ANYTHING left over from the original design?
Uhura's communications earpiece!

When they started filming TMP on the bridge, Day #1 of principal photography, Nichelle Nichols asked Robert Wise, "Where's Uhura's earpiece?"

No one had thought to make one. The props guy ran down to the Paramount props storage and located a box with two TOS earpiece props in it that had sat there since the 60s, and brought it straight to her.

For ST II, the earpiece was replaced with a newly-designed prop.
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Old March 12 2013, 11:11 PM   #9
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Re: Was ANYTHING retained when the Enterprise was refit?

I like to imagine there's just one bathroom somewhere on a lower deck which has been left completely unaltered. You'd literally walk through a door in one of those swish new TMP corridors, and find yourself in a room which is still decked out in bright primary colors. The only addition, of course, being a sign that says "Do not use while in spacedock".
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Old March 13 2013, 12:25 AM   #10
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Re: Was ANYTHING retained when the Enterprise was refit?

The NCC-1701 is the Ship of Theseus.
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Old March 13 2013, 01:35 AM   #11
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Re: Was ANYTHING retained when the Enterprise was refit?

The name and number.
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Old March 13 2013, 02:02 AM   #12
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Re: Was ANYTHING retained when the Enterprise was refit?

Perhaps the refit was from the very beginning more or less a new ship, only called refit to avoid some kind of restrictions in Shipbuilding or ship designs?

Perhaps it was a clause in the Organian Peace treaty which forbade or restricted number of shipbuilds per year or so. When when Starfleet came up to the limit mentioned in Treaty, they decided that by tearing the ship apart and rebuilding it with as much a use of old materials possible they could argue to Organians and the Klingons that those were mere routine refits or whatever and could not be counted against the number of builds.

This might also be a reason why the rebuilt she maintained Constitution Class name and why the designed was retired less than two decade later.
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Old March 13 2013, 03:01 AM   #13
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Re: Was ANYTHING retained when the Enterprise was refit?

From a certain point of view a lot of the original 1701's spaceframe might be in the spaceframe of the refit: just in the form of materials recycled into new construction materials. Save a few key parts for the museums or spares for prerefit ships still on the line, and anything else cut out is "melted down" or "rereplicated" for use as new parts.
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Old March 20 2013, 12:26 AM   #14
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The dedication plaque on the bridge, and maybe the toilet seats? (You know those government toilet seat prices are ridiculous.)
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Old March 20 2013, 11:54 AM   #15
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Re: Was ANYTHING retained when the Enterprise was refit?

I always liked the fact that something that looks very much like the dilithium intermix chamber from TOS is still visible in the wall of Engineering in that footage shot for Phase II. Gave a nice feeling of "This is still the same ship underneath all the cosmetic additions". I'm not so sure if it survived to the TMP version of the sets, though.
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