The operational status of NCC 1701-A...?

Discussion in 'Star Trek Movies I-X' started by Lance, May 14, 2012.

  1. AggieJohn

    AggieJohn Lieutenant Red Shirt

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    I don't think Star Trek would work like that. Its just not in the story's nature to KILL the entire crew of the Yorktown. Especially considering if the TiHo was in space dock it would have also been effected by the probe also generating problems.

    Really too, if the entire crew of the Yorktown was killed that would be 600ish dead. Something tells me that Starfleet would want to honor their memories. I don't think renaming their ship and giving it to Kirk would be right. I mean I could see Kirk commanding it but one would assume that it would be the Yorktown still. There is a weird connection between Kirk and the Enterprise, as if they both HAVE to be together. Other people commanded the Enterprise and Kirk was stationed on other ships as well. I just don't see Starfleet renaming a ship just so Kirk could continue commanding a "Enterprise." Hence no matter what it seems odd they did that with the NCC-1701 A.
     
  2. Timo

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    Well, Nimoy once claimed that nobody died in ST4:TVH, this being part of the charm of the movie.

    He was simply wrong. Millions must have perished in the extreme conditions shown. It's just something inherent in the setup, a necessary corner the writers wrote themselves into.

    If so, Starfleet would be radically different from real military services. Yet, Starfleet in TOS was the archetype of military services - sometimes a caricature, even.

    The 600 dead might get a memorial somewhere; possibly a fancium-forged plaque on the wall of some mess hall. There might be a commemorative coin or something. But if there also was a spare starship lying around unused, it would be put to use without much ceremony. And while Starfleet would not be interested in having another Enterprise, the PR folks of the UFP would be telling them to have one so that people would be a bit happier about the more relevant million or so dead - so this spare starship would be a pretty nifty solution.

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  3. Kup1986

    Kup1986 Ensign Newbie

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    Are you referring to TVH or TOS? Because if you're referring to TOS, remember the Excalibur or the Intrepid? Both ships were completely wiped out, with the Excalibur left adrift. I'm sure Starfleet had to consider repairing her though, despite loss of all hands (Intrepid was destroyed if I recall correctly)
     
  4. T'Girl

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    It doesn't sound like the Enterprise is going to be retired at the end of TUC, rather Kirk is going to transfer command to another Captain, and then Kirk (and not the Enterprise) is going to retire.

    :)
     
  5. EliyahuQeoni

    EliyahuQeoni Commodore Commodore

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    That was always how I took those lines at the end of TUC until Generations came along with 1701-B being launched maybe a year later...
     
  6. C.E. Evans

    C.E. Evans Admiral Admiral

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    I saw it a bit differently. With the earlier orders by Starfleet for the Enterprise-A to immediately return to spacedock for decommissioning, Kirk's statements in his final log entry (for me) was in reference to the Enterprise-B and her crew continuing the Enterprise legacy. It could very well be that the Enterprise-B was in the final three months of her construction at the time of Star Trek VI.
     
  7. EliyahuQeoni

    EliyahuQeoni Commodore Commodore

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    See, that's what always confused me about that last scene. On the one hand we have the fairly clear order from Starfleet Command ordering the Enterprise to spacedock to be decomissioned. Yet, in his last log entry, Kirk says "This ship and her history will shortly become the care of another crew." Which seems clear that he is talking about another crew on the 1701-A. If he'd just said "This ship's history will become the care of another crew..." I could understand, but the two statements in the same scene seem at odds with each other. I'd really like to know what TPTB were thinking with that...
     
  8. AggieJohn

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    Yeah but wasn't that a symbolic gesture meaning the "enterprise" not necessarily that that enterprise. I mean he also say "no one" has gone before. I saw it as a link to TNG.
     
  9. Uxi

    Uxi Lieutenant Commander Red Shirt

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    It was meant as symbolic handoff to TNG as that was supposed to be the last TOS movie.
     
  10. King Daniel Beyond

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    It was an awkward Next Generation reference. Supposedly the STVI writers were so clueless about Star Trek lore (and if you've read Denny Martin Flynn's follow-up novel The Fearful Summons you'll have little trouble believing this) that they originally planned an ending where the Enterprise was handed over to Captain Picard and the Next Generation crew.

    Recall also that "Yesterday's Enterprise" has already established the Klingon/Federation peace beginning 22 years prior to TNG with the sacrifice of the Enterprise-C. STVI ignored this. It also made McCoy and Uhura deeply incompetent, Kirk into a racist and Spock into a mind rapist. While also introducing a Klingon ability to fire while cloaked which they.... never bothered to try again.

    IMO, STVI is a deeply flawed movie.
     
  11. BillJ

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    I have no doubt that Federation/Klingon peace wasn't driven by a single event. They're simply too different culturally, so peace was likely achieved in pieces over a long period of time.

    How were McCoy and Uhura incompetent?

    Having deep seated feelings of anger towards a group responsible for the brutal death of your son? Astonishing! Since the Klingons never renounced Kruge's actions in regards to Genesis, it would be easy for a person to be angry at a group based on those actions.

    Spock the mind-rapist? Valeris was part of a cabal that was working to set off a war that could kill millions. The needs of the many...
     
  12. BillJ

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    We have no evidence that the crew of the Yorktown was killed or even displaced.
     
  13. C.E. Evans

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    Actually, it still works because treaties are not set in stone (the Klingons briefly pulled out of the Khitomer Accords in DS9--in the "Yesterday's Enterprise" timeline, a situation may have caused them to do that sometime prior to TNG and declare war on the Federation).
     
  14. King Daniel Beyond

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    It's a plausable excuse, but it cheapens the importance of both STVI and YE's stories. Most likely the writers simply didn't do their research.
    Didn't know Klingon anatomy, didn't know Klingon language. Compare with the McCoy and Uhura of the pre-STVI novels or STXI's Uhura.
    He bore no animosity toward Maltz at the end of STIII and drank with the Klingons in STV. That's the Kirk I know (see also: "Day of the Dove"), not Mister "Let them die!"
    Another way should have been found, one that didn't ruin Spock's character. And that the entire crew just sat and watched... :barf2:
     
  15. starburst

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    Keeping in mind this isn't the "whats wrong with Star Trek VI" or the "was Spock justified" thread, personally I don't have much of an issue with forcing a mind meld under these circumstances and can't think of any other way of getting her to tell them the information without resorting to another form of torture (if you can please suggest it).

    As the Uhura and McCoy, it did make them seem a little daft seeming the history of the Klingons and Federation:

    At no point has there ever been a study of Klingon anatomy through giving those either captured or killed a medical scan?

    I get that Meyer wanted real books on the Bridge for the translation scene but it just seemed daft that they didn't have it in digital form and have the computer display what the border guard was saying and allow them to quickly compose a response without going through a phrase book.

    The fact that an experienced communications officer should know how to speak basic Klingon is another point entirely, one which I am glad they have addressed in the new films as if she is can distinguish between 3 dialects of Romulan we could safely assume she can also understand Klingon.

    Back to the Enterprise, Starfleet orders do suggest the decommission of the ship (unless Uhura meant the command crew) where as Kirks final log suggests the ship would go on. I think it likely that he knew that there was to be another Enterprise and he was referring to her as an entity and spirit instead of one physical ship, in Generations he refers to Picard as Captain of 'the' Enterprise not 'an' Enterprise (which may or may not really mean anything)
     
  16. BillJ

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    I don't want to derail this thread completely... but...

    Or they realized that peace seldom comes in one grand swoop. It is usually the result of years upon years of painstaking work.
    This isn't a comic book and the crew are not super-heroes. McCoy could spend every waking moment studying anatomy of species from across the galaxy and barely scratch the surface of available knowledge. Same goes for Uhura with languages.

    The Star Trek 2009 script required Uhura to know Romulan, so she did. The Undiscovered Country script required Uhura to not know Klingon, so she didn't. And Uhura not knowing Klingon violates nothing that came before it, same with Bones not knowing Klingon anatomy. But the whole point is that the series nor movies had ever shown Uhura to be a language whiz to begin with.

    Kirk was probably in shock at the end of The Search for Spock, he just lost his ship and his son. So using those actions as a barometer on his feelings towards Klingons is meaningless. In The Final Frontier, he isn't exactly buddying around with the Klingons. Looking at the transcript, Kirk doesn't utter a word to the Klingons.

    I don't see taking an action that could save millions of innocent people on both sides of the border as ruining the character. But your mileage may vary.

    EDIT: Thinking about it, Spock from the new timeline does the very same thing to Gary Mitchell in the first story from the ongoing comic.
     
  17. Captaindemotion

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    Nah, it's merely symbolic, meant to acknowledge the TNG crew to audiences. It's not to be taken literally. I mean, do you think that they also expected us to think that Colonel Worf, who defended Kirk and McCoy in the show trial, was meant to be the same guy from Picard's crew?

    With you on The Fearful Summons, aka The Dreadful Summons, though.
     
  18. EliyahuQeoni

    EliyahuQeoni Commodore Commodore

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    Oh I know that, but in story it makes very little sense. Kirk says very specifically "This ship" will be handed over to a new crew.
     
  19. Captaindemotion

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    ^How do we know it wasn't?
     
  20. zephramc

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    If it was, it would have been galloping around the cosmos with a different name as well as a different crew. U.S.S. Enterprise, NCC-1701-B launched about a year after the events on Khitomer.