NX class ship in DS9?

Discussion in 'Star Trek: Deep Space Nine' started by los2188, Feb 28, 2013.

  1. los2188

    los2188 Commander Red Shirt

    Jul 3, 2011
    North Carolina
    I was watching the DS9 episode Tears of the Prophets recently and in the scene where the Federation was about to conquer Cardassia, I noticed that one of the ships looked exactly like an NX class ship. Has anyone else noticed that, or am I just mistaken. I'm sorry that I don't have a screen shot of it, but I was hoping that there might be someone that can confirm or deny this for me. Thanks!
  2. Pavonis

    Pavonis Commodore Commodore

    Apr 26, 2001
    It was probably an Akira-class ship.
  3. C.E. Evans

    C.E. Evans Admiral Admiral

    Nov 22, 2001
    Saint Louis, Missouri, USA
    DS9 ended two years before ENT debuted, so the odds of an NX-class ship in the former is kinda, well, zero.

    As Pavonis said, you might have seen an Akira-class ship since the NX-class was based on that design and modified.
  4. Deranged Nasat

    Deranged Nasat Vice Admiral Admiral

    Akira-class ships were indeed visible in Tears of the Prophets. :)

    In-universe, I suppose we have to assume that the Akira design was a homage on the part of Starfleet to the NX-class?

    In reality, the NX-01 was based on the Akira design, which was first introduced in First Contact.
  5. Timo

    Timo Fleet Admiral Admiral

    Aug 26, 2003
    Starfleet does homages? Doesn't sound all that likely.

    The common design features between the two would appear to be the use of twin booms, the inclusion of "turbocharger caps" on top of those, and a bow cut in the saucer. The last is the least "homage"-like of the features, as it is typical of all the ships we first saw in ST:FC, and has for several decades been a fan favorite for making the neutrally round saucers look more menacing...

    Twin booms are found in many fan or RPG designs, too, and indeed NX most closely resembles FASA's Loknar class in configuration (although Loknar had the forward ends of the booms underneath the saucer rather than atop). So the "turbochargers" (a feature borrowed from the twin-boom P-38 Lightning fighterplane of WWII for purely aesthetic reasons) are the one unique connection between the ENT and ST:FC/DS9 ships. A deliberate one in Paramount terms, of course, but do these fancy shapes perhaps also fill the same fictional function in NX and Akira in in-universe terms?

    As could be expected, those features were never assigned a clear on-screen role in either version. At one point, the Enterprise spat phase beams out of them, FWIW...

    Timo Saloniemi
  6. heavy lids

    heavy lids Lieutenant Commander Red Shirt

    Jan 29, 2013
    Probably an Akira.
  7. TheGodBen

    TheGodBen Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Nov 30, 2008
  8. Dick_Valentine

    Dick_Valentine Commander Red Shirt

    Aug 6, 2011
    Birmingham, UK (Not Alabama)
    You probably saw an Akira....

    Upside down...
  9. Mr. Laser Beam

    Mr. Laser Beam Fleet Admiral Admiral

    May 10, 2005
    The visitor's bullpen
    I have no problem with that.