What bridge design do you like?

Discussion in 'General Trek Discussion' started by AdmiralSteven, Jun 4, 2009.

  1. AdmiralSteven

    AdmiralSteven Lieutenant Commander Red Shirt

    Oct 17, 2008
    Out of all the bridge designs that have been in the various TV shows and movies, both Federation and Alien, what bridge design do you like the most and would therefore want in your ship? If you don’t like one design in particular, but would rather piece together design elements from different bridges, what elements would you piece together and from what bridge, ship, would they come from?

    As for me, I’m drawn to the bridge of the USS Prometheus for one reason, and that’s the way Ops and the Helm are sunk into the deck so that the Capt. has easy viewing of what’s going on. Wait, there’s a second reason, I lied, sorry. The other reason I like the Prometheus’ bridge is that it doesn’t seem to be over crowded. This is the reason I don’t like the Bridge on Enterprise E, it’s just too crowded with stations and what not. However, over all I like the layout of the bridge on Voyager better. I like how Voyager’s Ops and Tactical stations are in their own little cubby hole (for the lack of a better term) and therefore have a clear view to the main view screen. I also like how Voyager’s bridge is a bit roomier…people just don’t seem to be on top of each other. If I could change one thing about Voyager’s bridge it would be here briefing room; I’d make it wrap around and behind the back wall instead of the way it is now.

    I do have one question about Voyager’s briefing room I’m hoping to get an answer to. There’s the entrance to Voyager’s briefing room via the sliding doors, however, there appears to be another entrance directly across from the main door that leads behind the wall. Does anyone know where that leads to? Here’s a link to the picture of the briefing room: http://www.utopiaplanitia.info/voylounge.html
  2. Kirby

    Kirby Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Mar 16, 2003
    Alt: 5280
    Give me the Defiant's bridge any day. It's small and efficient and doesn't feel like the lobby of an Embassy Suites hotel (I'm looking at you E-D!) Also, I hate bridges with multiple levels, that's just asking for trouble, especially in an emergency.

    Another bridge that looked nice was the Enterprise bridge from TFF. One of the few things that I liked about that movie.
  3. RyanKCR

    RyanKCR Vice Admiral Admiral

    Mar 26, 2001
    RyanKCR is living here in Allentown
    I like two kinds. First is the TMP Enterprise refit and the second is combining the TMP Klingon bridge with the TMP Enterprise refit, basically simplify the bridge stations making it smaller and adding the structual supports from the Klingon bridge.
  4. Hyperspace05

    Hyperspace05 Commodore Commodore

    Jul 18, 2005
    I think the Kelvin bridge is my favorite... Gotta love the three windows/viewscreens. :)
  5. hellsgate

    hellsgate Commodore

    Jan 10, 2002
    Surrey (Vancouver) B.C. Canada
    For me, its a coin-toss tie between the Defiant-Class and the Nova-Class.
  6. RyuRoots

    RyuRoots Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

    Apr 23, 2009
    The Enterprise-E bridge as seen in First Contact (since IIRC, it's not exactly the same in any of the 3 Ent-E movies, like how the Ent refit/A wasn't the same in any of THOSE movies) is probably my favorite, with the Defiant's a close second.
  7. tharpdevenport

    tharpdevenport Admiral Admiral

    Enterprise D. Classy, comfortable, asthetically pleasing, not too "busy" looking, open spaces, smooth, curvy, not bulky & clunky, well lit, pleasing sounds and graphics ... all the way; just a terrific bridge.

    In fact, the Enterprise D is other rooms are all better than other incarnations; Engineering, transporter rooms, halls, so forth.

    Excelsior (Sulu-run design) and Enterprise B bridges are nice on their own.
  8. Lightinspire

    Lightinspire Lieutenant Commander

    Nov 14, 2008
    Charleston, WV
    The Excelsior from Star Trek VI.
  9. Middle Earther

    Middle Earther Commodore Commodore

    Mar 28, 2005
    BC, Canada
    I like the bridge to reflect the purpose of the ship in one shot and Defiant's and Voyager's, I think do the best job. I can't recall all the bridges, but I do know that I absolutely hated how crowded the bridge on nuEnterprise felt. I hope they take another look at that for the next movie.
  10. captcalhoun

    captcalhoun Admiral Admiral

    Apr 29, 2005
    Defiant, Voyager and TOS Ent
  11. AdmiralSteven

    AdmiralSteven Lieutenant Commander Red Shirt

    Oct 17, 2008
    I agree with the bolded part completely. I thought it was too crowded. Didn't like it at all.
  12. Anthony Sabre

    Anthony Sabre Commodore Commodore

    Dec 8, 2001
    Dallas, TX USA
  13. C.E. Evans

    C.E. Evans Admiral Admiral

    Nov 22, 2001
    Saint Louis, Missouri, USA
    I truly wouldn't have said this four years ago, but I actually like the layout of the NX-01 Enterprise bridge. It's very simple and functional, with the stations all facing the captain in the center.
  14. Nerys Myk

    Nerys Myk The Walrus Premium Member

    Nov 4, 2001
    Sitting on a cornflake.
    I like the NX-01 and have a soft spot for the 1701 (original and refit)
  15. Warp Coil

    Warp Coil Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Mar 15, 2001
    MD, USA
    I really disliked the Enterprise-D bridge from the TNG series, but I'm amazed at how nice it looked in GEN. The upgrades really went a long way at making a boring hotel lounge turn into something that resembled a functioning nerve center of a starship. The added consoles, new paint job, video monitors, etc. really made that set look nice.

    The Enterprise-A in TUC also looked really great - it looked real. The details were really nice, and I liked the mix of okudagrams with tacticle buttons (kind of a transitional phase from the 23rd century designs to the 24th century designs). I really liked the elements of realism that directory Nicholas Meyer injected into the films he directed. The ship's sets really looked believable.
  16. nx1701g

    nx1701g Admiral Admiral

    Jun 26, 2001
    2001 - 2016
    The Enterprise-E is my personal favorite.
  17. Anticitizen

    Anticitizen Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

    Nov 16, 2008
    Black Mesa Research Facility
    And fire extinguishers, don't forget those!
  18. trevanian

    trevanian Rear Admiral

    Oct 14, 2004
    Klingon bridge from TMP.

    After that, probably the TFF Ent bridge, and the subsequent rework fof that into the E-B bridge for GEN.
  19. Herkimer Jitty

    Herkimer Jitty Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Jul 4, 2008
    Dayglow, New California Republic
    My favorite's probably the TFF bridge. Sleek and simple. No gimmicky freestanding consoles facing in inneficient directions, no unecessary level changes. A very nice updating of the TOS bridge.
  20. Michael

    Michael Le modérateur de fanart Moderator

    Jul 10, 2007
    Aloha Quadrant
    Technically it's not a bridge, but I love the design of the Ops on Deep Space Nine. That's one huge set (at least it appears to be huge).

    But I guess my favorite will always be the bridge of the original Enterprise. I love the colors, the boxy computers and all the little buttons on the black consoles. I'm also fond of the moiré pattern on Spock's scanner and love Sulu's extendable tactical screen. I must also admit that I'm very much attached to the set for very sentimental reasons. ;)

    Honorable mentions also go to the bridge of the NX-01, which looks very functional, and the bridge of the Enterprise-D, because it introduced the wonderfully clean and sleek look of the Okudagrams.