Do you think the Enterprise D was going to be renamed anyway?

Discussion in 'The Next Generation' started by Lance, Feb 14, 2013.

  1. Ar-Pharazon

    Ar-Pharazon Vice Admiral Premium Member

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    I don't know. The Dominion was 1 for 1 against ships named Defiant.

    It might have been a morale booster for the bad guys as much as the good guys :lol:
     
  2. Dukhat

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    You have an interesting theory there; however, I'm not sure it applies to the Enterprise-D. I just don't think it would have been renamed, and I certainly don't think that that Sovereign class ship would have been an Enterprise had the previous ship not been destroyed. Even "All Good Things" makes it clear that the Ent-D, while considered an old ship in the anti-time future, was still named the same and had been given significant upgrades in its technology over time.

    However, I think your theory has merit for a previous Enterprise, namely the Enterprise-A. Here's what I theorize:

    In Star Trek III, Admiral Morrow states that the original Enterprise was going to be decommissioned, and that ships like the Excelsior were the future. I believe at this early point there were plans to build a new Excelsior-class Enterprise and have it be the Enterprise-A, which was why Starfleet wanted the former ship mothballed.

    However, because of Kirk's actions in STIV, Starfleet decided to give Kirk an "intermediate" Enterprise (since construction hadn't been started on the new ship yet), and let him fly it around for a few years until the Enterprise-B was completed. This would explain why the ship was decommissioned at the end of STVI.

    But what happened to the Enterprise-A? While there's no canon confirmation of this, there's every indication that the Enterprise-A was a brand-new ship. So why build a new Constitution class ship just to decommission it a few years later? Well, because there were already plans to build the Excelsior-class Enterprise, the A needed to be out of the picture by the time the new ship was commissioned. It's my personal opinion that the Enterprise-A was then recommissioned with a different name, and lived out its normal lifespan as another ship.

    There's also speculation that the Enterprise-A was in fact an older ship that had been renamed the Enterprise. If that's the case, then I would surmise that after those few years as the Enterprise, it was given back its original name, whatever that was.
     
  3. C.E. Evans

    C.E. Evans Admiral Admiral

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    And yet there was still a Defiant to hound the Dominion.
    Explain, please.
    :confused:
     
  4. Ar-Pharazon

    Ar-Pharazon Vice Admiral Premium Member

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    ^ As in "look, we get to blow up another one!", depending how quick they noticed there was another one.

    It wouldn't surprise anyone that it was just another Defiant-class renamed.
     
  5. C.E. Evans

    C.E. Evans Admiral Admiral

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    Um...okay.
    :vulcan:

    But I think it probably still meant more to Starfleet, particularly those forces fighting in the Bajor Sector and to the crew of DS9 in particular.
     
  6. BillJ

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    Should've left it named Sao Paulo.
     
  7. C.E. Evans

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    I'm glad they didn't.
     
  8. Lance

    Lance Commodore Commodore

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    I've long held the theory that the Enterprise-A was a kind of "reserve ship", rather than being part of an active duty roster, and that the crew were usually off in semi-retirement doing their own things except on the few occasions when Starfleet needs their particular experience for a special mission (ie. Nimbus III and the Klingon peace meeting). But to avoid taking this thread off-topic in that direction, I'll just link to my earlier thread on the subject: http://www.trekbbs.com/showthread.php?t=176002
     
  9. tomswift2002

    tomswift2002 Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

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    Don't forget that some staff at Paramount were also thinking that the Enterprise-E would be another Galaxy, as we saw in the special feature on TNG Season 2 DVD.
     
  10. Squiggy

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  11. BillJ

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    If only?

    I really miss the Galaxy-class and really wished the Enterprise-E would've been one as well. The ship looked really good on the big screen.
     
  12. USS Firefly

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    I agree that the Galaxy class looked beautiful on the big screen, it still hurts how she went down in "Generations".