I'm undecided about Harve Bennett's legacy. Was his intention to replace the Enterprise with the Excelsior misguided? I understand this was his plan. Did he show a lack of understanding towards the notion of the big E as another character? Yet he produced ST3 where we see the big E go out with a flourish in one of the best scenes in a ST movie ever. Could the Excelsior ever replace the Enterprise? Or would it have been the metaphorical 'empty vessel?'