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

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

  1. Timo

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    Can we, really?

    http://movies.trekcore.com/gallery/albums/tvhhd/tvhhd2278.jpg

    Here we see a supposed "transwarp" graphic next to Nimoy's right shoulder, the same as on p.122 of Mr Scott's. The (illegible) white text below the white line at the bottom is the bit that's supposed to say "transwarp" - assuming it extends half the way into the very rightmost column of the bluish strings of numbers above. However, it does not extend that far, but only to about one-third of that column, which would be consistent with the text saying "warp subsys 525" rather than the booklet's suggested "transwarp subsys 525".

    Basically, then, HD confirms that the graphics were never modified with the word "transwarp" for onscreen purposes, merely for the purposes of Mr Scott's.

    Timo Saloniemi
     
  2. EliyahuQeoni

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    Except it must a lot less time than that since the refit seen in TMP.

    TSFS happens maybe weeks after TWOK, which happens approx 15 years after Space Seed. Space Seed was in the first year of the 5YM (assuming a season = a year and season one is year one). The refit was launched to intercept V'Ger 2.5 years after the end of the 5YM.

    Year 1 - 5ym starts, SPace Seed

    Year 8 (or 7.5 to be exact)- Enterprise refit launched to intercept V'Ger

    Year 15 - TWOK/SFS

    So, by this reasoning, the refit was only seven years prior.

    In my head I always either pretend Morrow said "30 years" or "40 Years" or that the annoyed look Kirk gets isn't just about the decommissioning of the Enterprise, but also because his old friend, the Starfleet CO doesn't know what he's talking about.
     
  3. BillJ

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    You just have to fudge in a way that's satisfactory to your view of the universe. :techman:

    Working backwards from the 2364 date given in The Neutral Zone, the trilogy would take place in roughly 2286. The refit was complete somewhere around 2271.

    Khan had been trapped on Ceti Alpha V without access to any kind of time-keeping devices (from the looks of it) and in a perpetual sand storm. I figure he just didn't have an accurate way to gauge exactly how long he'd been there after Ceti Alpha VI exploded.
     
  4. EliyahuQeoni

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    I agree 100%!

    That seems to be similar to what Mike Okuda did in the Official Chronology, which is a generally valid way to see it. My only quibble with this is that Kirk independantly used the 15 year figure as well, so it wasn't only Khan who miscounted ;)
     
  5. BillJ

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    Kirk is a hell of a starship commander, but doesn't know how to read a calendar! That's why he said two hundred years ought to be just about right in Tomorrow is Yesterday. :p
     
  6. C.E. Evans

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    If we go strictly by onscreen material and go with the idea that the Enterprise was a fairly brand-new ship during the Talos IV incident, then the ship was about 13 years old when Kirk first took command of her.
    Add 5 to take her to end of his mission...
    About 3 to take her to TMP...
    Add about 7 to take her to TWOK...

    Um, what were we talking about again?
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  7. King Daniel Beyond

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    :wtf:I'm sure I saw it somewhere. Although until I can find where it was again (maybe a set photo?), disregard what I said.
     
  8. EliyahuQeoni

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    Can't argue with that! :lol:
     
  9. Lenny Nurdbol

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    According to the Treknical timeline (as used by Ships of the Star Fleet, Federation Reference Series, etc.) that 20 year figure is taken literally for the time between ST-TMP and ST III... On the surface that may seem like a long gap in years, BUT it really does make sense when you start to take into account a few other bits... Firstly the 22 year duration limit stated in the ST-TMP Blueprints for the Enterprise refit (and restated in many other blueprints)... Morrow's therefore in the right: refit or scrap!
    And then we have the Planet of Galactic Peace being established 20 years ago...between the UFP, Klingons, AND Romulans...so that pretty much trashes a 15 year gap between the movies and "Space Seed" in the first season...since nobody even knew what they looked like in "Balance of Terror" (and I don't buy all that behind-the-scenes filler in the Vanguard novels)...
     
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  10. Lenny Nurdbol

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    They were speaking within the Spaceflight Chronology/FASA timeline at the time...
     
  11. Lenny Nurdbol

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    Actually if you Really want to know where Class of 78 comes from, it's FASA, the Spaceflight Chronology universe which was, at the time, fully licensed by Paramount and pumping stuff out for them... Don't believe me? Checkout their TNG Officers Manual or sourcebook for TNG RPG... It sets TNG around the turn of the 24th Century (which not too surprisingly ties into all the TV ads about "The 24th Century is coming or is here" for "Encounter at Farpoint" way back when in the 80s)... In other words, Data graduated in 2278 A.D. going by that timeline...
     
  12. BillJ

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    Two pieces of information would seem to work against the 2278 date:

    It seems that by the time of Star Trek, people are no longer using a Gregorian calendar. So while the 'Class of '78' was likely meant to refer to some year ending in 78, it is contradicted by other lines from other episodes/movies. Plus, in order to get Data into the 24th Century where TNG takes place, it means he is at least a twenty-two year veteran of Starfleet. Which I don't buy.

    Which means that he would've had to have entered Starfleet almost immediately upon his discovery and the TNG takes place absolutely no later than 2304.

    The above dates would also seem to work against Decker's line that V'ger was launched from Earth three-hundred years ago. Which would seem to place TOS somewhere in, at the earliest, the early/mid-2270's.
     
  13. Lenny Nurdbol

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    I'm only stating the origin of 78... I firmly take TNG's first season to be set in 2364, the second season in 2365, etc...

    As for TOS, I'd rather not state specifically When I believe that to take place, since I don't want to escalate tensions here and start a fight...
     
  14. BillJ

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    What fight?

    Just sitting here chatting on a Sunday morning. No matter how any person comes to their personal conclusions on when Trek takes place, it requires them to play 'pick-and-choose' with the available material.
     
  15. Lenny Nurdbol

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    Yeah, and those who forget the past are doomed to repeat it, too... Be it here, on Usenet, on Fidonet, on RIME, a men's room stall wall at Paramount, or anywhere, anywhen... I've grown weary of fans quoting from "official" sources and reaming it down my throat as Gene's own word/TPTB/The Owners of the Franchise/Abrams/or just Midget Toad-Face-With-Glasses... One thing leads to another, and the next thing you know I've got a migraine or worse from posting overload and defending my little view... Outnumbered, outgunned, and to the majority In The Wrong... Let everyone believe what she/he/it (shit?) wants to believe...

    Too many decades of this has led me to believe in Trek being a multiverse of many different timelines at work at different times and maybe in parallel... And with the excesses of time travel in Trek...ANYTHING is possible...
    That's one way to reconcile different perspectives and trying to unify all the books... One famous quote in a novel was about how if all the stories were to be believed about the 5-year mission, it would have had to have lasted 50 years... I can believe that, especially if much is split across multiple alternate timelines... The only Treknically good thing to come out of Abrams' flick was a resetting of years for the 5-year mission that brings it shockingly close to an older timeline...


    Besides, let's preserve This thread: the disposition of 1701-A...
     
  16. wingsabre

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    The original Enterprise NCC-1701 was constructed around 2245 under Captain April. April commanded her for a 5 year mission. Captain Pike then commanded the ship for at least 10 -11 years. The ship would be at least 15 years old prior to Kirk’s command.

    Captain Kirk then commanded her for at least 5 years and at the end of his 5 years. The ship was at least 20 years old. Captain Decker took command of an extensive refit of the ship lasting 2.5-3 years. I assume the life expectancy of a ship is anywhere between 40-50 years old. She was already mid-life when we saw the major refit. Sources state that the 5 year mission ended around 2270, and the Motion Picture (TMP) occurred at 2273. This is based on Decker’s statement that Kirk had "not logged a single star-hour in the last two and a half years" and Kirk's line. After TMP, the Ent carried the flag of Admiral Kirk, with Spock as its commanding officer when Kirk was fulfilling his admiralty duties.

    By the start of The Wrath of Khan (2285), the Ent had already been in service for 12 years post refit and was at least 35 years old. Kirk was not in command of it anymore, and Captain Spock was commanding it for cadet training. Ship was likely too old for exploration, and likely regulated to federation territory. By this time, the federation had already developed many ship designs on the Constitution family including the Miranda class, Constellation class, and Soyuz class. The Constitution family was likely older than 40 years old. They also had science specific vessels such as the Oberth class, and were developing the Excelsior family of ship designs. The damage of the Ent post battle with Khan was also likely so extensive that resources required to repair the ship could be too extensive.

    At the end of The Voyage Home (2286), multiple sources stated that the Ent-A was a renamed ship, formerly commissioned as the Yorktown NCC-1717. It was likely a few years younger than the Ent, maybe 2-5 years younger. Background communication in the movie stated that the Yorktown was severely damaged while encountering the probe. So let us assume that it’s 30 years old. In the Final Frontier (2287), it took a year to repair its systems and broke down during its shakedown cruise. By Undiscovered Country (2293) the Ent-A had already completed at least 5 years and could easily be 37 years old or older. Excelsior class vessels had already started full deployment, and the Ent-A just barely survived a battle. Furthermore repairing the ship, or upgrading it may require delaying production of Excelsior class ships, and development of Ambassador style test designs. So Starfleet likely decommissioned the ship or recommissioned it as a museum ship.

    As for the USS Ti-Ho argument, if we accept that argument, we would have to accept that the Constellation class ships were in production for over 40 years as exploration vessels. I believe that’s unlikely as Excelsior class vessels would take its place as exploration vessels. There was also only one source that gave weight to the Ti-Ho argument. In my opinion, refitting the Constellation class was more of a stop gap before new generations of explorer size ships were in commission. Look at DS9’s “Homefront,” the USS Lakota was a refitted Excelsior class ship. It was at least the third major refit of the class since production, and after 80 years of service. It likely stopped serving exploration duties and was utilized as diplomatic duties. At that time, the Galaxy class was in mass production, but mid-size explorer size ships were in need and the Sovereign class ships had not gone into full production. The refit was utilized likely to extend the ship’s line before it gets phased out for a newer class.
     
  17. Maurice

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    Sorry, but not correct. Here's the story according to Shane Johnson himself (link to source page):

     
  18. King Daniel Beyond

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    In that case I stand 100% corrected and apologize. I have no idea what I was thinking of.

    Thanks for that interview! I was a fan of Shane Johnson's work. Nice to hear some stories behind it.
     
  19. xvicente

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    NCC-1701-A crashed into a star near Khitomer and exploded. That's because the ship was sailing with NOBODY at the the helm. (Sulu was in the Excelsior and Valeris in the brig) It is the final scene in the movie, see screencaps:

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  20. King Daniel Beyond

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    :guffaw:I'll never unsee that now.