Why do Admirals always use Excelsior Class ships?

Discussion in 'Star Trek: The Next Generation' started by Rayleo02, Oct 11, 2018.

  1. Rayleo02

    Rayleo02 Lieutenant Red Shirt

    Sep 10, 2017
    Kansas City, MO
    Every Admiral we see on TNG and DS9 always use Excelsior Class ships. Why?
  2. Kor

    Kor Admiral Admiral

    Jul 31, 2001
    My mansion on Qo'noS
    They're resting on their laurels, eternally stuck in the glory days of their youth.

  3. Brass

    Brass Lieutenant Red Shirt

    Feb 15, 2017
    It would make sense to use older, non "front line" ship for moving them around.

    It's also cheap to re-use that model a lot XD
  4. ALF

    ALF Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Mar 12, 2005
    Program Melmac1 - Holodeck 3
    Well, were I a Starfleet admiral, I'd choose one, too. Long, sleek lines and a beautiful silhouette. Absolute galactic pimpmobiles. The vintage Chevy impala of the Alpha Quadrant. Don't tell Scotty I said this.
  5. F. King Daniel

    F. King Daniel Fleet Admiral Admiral

    Nov 5, 2008
    King Daniel Beyond
    Thet had the stock footage available?
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  6. The ABehrration

    The ABehrration Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Jun 19, 2013
    Bad Thoughts
    It's the 737 of starships.
  7. Jedman67

    Jedman67 Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Jun 18, 2015
    They had a contract with Boeing
  8. Admiral2

    Admiral2 Admiral Admiral

    Sep 14, 2004
    Plus, for visuals' sake they needed a ship that looked different from ENT-D, but not too different. Excelsiors were different but still familiar to the audience.
  9. SolarisOne

    SolarisOne Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

    Jun 7, 2016
    stuck between a rock and a kiss-ass place
  10. The Wormhole

    The Wormhole Fleet Admiral Admiral

    Jul 23, 2001
    I wonder if the knew when they were filming those shots in Farpoint and The Child just how much use they would get out of them?
  11. bolak

    bolak Lieutenant Commander Red Shirt

    Nov 25, 2014
    I sense a story in which we see a non-Federation race's view of the Excelsior. That ubiquitous, ominous shape that looms into view to spoil all the profitable shenanigans. Thousands of the brutes sailing around the galaxy, imposing the Feds' will. Perhaps from the Ferengi pespective?

    It would be as iconic and grudgingly respected as the Huey was in Vietnam, or the F-16 as a symbol of NATO air power.
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  12. Bry_Sinclair

    Bry_Sinclair Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Sep 28, 2009
    Orbiting Urectum
    Because they're the backbone of Starfleet, in service for around a century for good reason and have been a driving force of the Federation across the galaxy, why travel in anything else?
  13. Guy Gardener

    Guy Gardener Fleet Admiral Admiral

    Apr 15, 2000
    In the lap of squalor I assure you.
    The Admiral Games.

    It's hardly a fair competition if they're all in different types of star ships.
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  14. The Green Monster

    The Green Monster Admiral Admiral

    Mar 30, 2006
    Admiral Ross was an outlier...
  15. The Wormhole

    The Wormhole Fleet Admiral Admiral

    Jul 23, 2001
    Was it ever established what Ross's ship was? IIRC, the fleet commander's conference call in WYLB they just used the Defiant bridge filmed at an angle to hide what it was.
  16. USS Firefly

    USS Firefly Commodore Commodore

    Jan 7, 2013
    Wasn't it an Intrepid class, or did he use it only in "Inter arma enim sillent leges"?
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  17. urbandefault

    urbandefault Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Dec 3, 2013
    Sickbay, dammit.
    Because there's no Enterprise Rent-A-Starship in the future. :techman:
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  18. Dr. San Guinary

    Dr. San Guinary Fleet Admiral Admiral

    May 10, 2005
    Mr. Laser Beam is in the visitor's bullpen
    The Bellerophon.

    At least in "Inter Arma..." it was. True, we don't know what ship Ross used in WYLB. But if other Admirals like using Excelsior-class ships...maybe Ross just likes Intrepids? ;)
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  19. The Wormhole

    The Wormhole Fleet Admiral Admiral

    Jul 23, 2001
    My understanding was the Bellerophon was specifically selected for the mission to Romulus. I didn't realize it actually was Ross's flagship.

    I think in the novels his flagship was the Prometheus class USS Cerberus. Which, BTW, is an awesome name for a ship of that class.
  20. Dukhat

    Dukhat Vice Admiral Admiral

    Dec 26, 2007
    Maryland, USA
    Correct on both counts. I for one virulently hate when stock footage is used. In my opinion, it makes Star Trek look cheap. I get the cost-savings, and yes, it isn't always necessary to have a new ship model just for one scene. But let's say that instead of reusing the Excelsior for the scene in "Encounter at Farpoint," they actually had built another new ship for the Hood. We would then be seeing that new ship in all the ad infinitum stock footage shots, and we wouldn't even be having this discussion.
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