Was the reveal of the Enterprise-A a big surprise?

Discussion in 'Star Trek Movies I-X' started by Amasov, May 25, 2013.

  1. C.E. Evans

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    The thing about opinions is that they don't have to be remotely true. Some can even be total nonsense, but if it works for that person, then it's their thing.
     
  2. Belz...

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    In fact, I'd argue that by their very nature, they aren't. :)
     
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  4. C.E. Evans

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    Indeed, that's why it's important for people to see them as such.
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  5. Belz...

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    Well at least we can agree on that.
     
  6. Captain Clark Terrell

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    And we're back to square one.

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  7. C.E. Evans

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    Earlier posts indicate that we don't at all.
    :lol:
     
  8. Belz...

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    That's not necessarily a bad thing, though. ;)
     
  9. C.E. Evans

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    Now that we agree on.
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  10. publiusr

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    I loved the Starlog art contest about what the 1701-A should be. Lots of good designs.
     
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    Do you have a link to those ?
     
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  13. Praetor

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    My pet theory was always that the Enterprise-A was built from 'spare parts' left over from the Constituion refit cycle, similar to the space shuttle Endeavour. It's based on nothing but supposition, of course. A pulled-from-mothballs Constitution about to be retired works too. I think we all know the Yorktown tale from Gene comes from the Enterprise originally being called Yorktown in his initial treatments.
     
  14. Mr. Hengist

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    The real star of Star Trek, at least TOS, at least to a 60's kid, was always the "classic Enterprise." (Constitution class)

    Just like the real star of the American space program wasn't any of the individual astronauts, it was always the hardware...the Saturn V rocket + Apollo module + LM.

    There's almost an Art Deco quality to classic Enterprise. I would analogize it to the Chrysler building. There are lots of other skyscrapers that are bigger, more modern, more bells and whistles, but there's only one Chrysler building.

    What do we see in the opening credits of TOS?

    Enterprise slowly transiting Vulcan--the "beauty" shot--Enterprise flashing back and forth to the theme music--the show is all about the Enterprise.

    Who was the space chick that Kirk always carried his biggest torch for? Enterprise.
     
  15. SeerSGB

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    I like this theory. Works well with the Enterprise-A being a glitchy mess in STV.
     
  16. elliott_baty

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    I remember several gasps in the audience at that moment and a few cheers that it wasn't 'that other ship' as a friend put it.
     
  17. Praetor

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    Thank you. I thought it was a happy compromise. I would assume they built it, did whatever tests they meant (having never intended it for full service) and then it sat quietly in some drydock for a while collecting dust.