As the usurpers recreate, retcon, reinvent, reimagine the mythos called Star Trek, the original series of three seasons from the 1960s is discarded. Caricatured at worst, misunderstood at best, TOS is perhaps the most poorly-treated of the family of Trek.
Though it was before my time, I feel the original series of trek surpasses all that came after it. So, here's to celebrating the ghost of 41 years- the Original Series of Star Trek.
And here, after being raped so many times and discarded for a wider woman, is the ghost of a ship Matt Jefferies drew a long time ago and revolutionized Science fiction as we knew it.
Though I was born-and-raised in the TNG era, I too felt years later that the evolution of Star Trek had lost something from TOS. Even from a visual standpoint, TNG-era was very much about flash in all of its ships and interior designs, whereas Jefferies TOS Enterprise was very much about function-before-form. (Problem with the Akiraprise- though it tried to recreate this, as it should have- is it had so many other things going against it that many people overlooked that part.) Unfortunately, the glamor of TNG has carried over into the JJverse, which is good in a way, bad in a way.
The cheif problem I have with TNG art direction is the lack of utilitarianism. A lot of the design goes into creature comfort, and while this sets the tone of TNG apart from the other shows, it says to me they weren't taking their space missions seriously. The Motion Picture Era (movies 2-6) had the right balance of grit and function with style and bling.
The JJ aesthetic of trek isn't lost in the creature comforts of TNG, but isn't as bare-bones and functional as TOS or TMP. There's more flash and bling there, but if anything I think it brings the science of Star Trek closer to what we have in the present day. I'm not personally upset by the art direction of Trek, though I do miss the ergonomically intelligent bridge layout from TOS and Early TMP.
I wrote a review of Diamond Select Toys' Starship Legends Enterprise-D for CollectionDX.com [link] , and the comments there were similar to what you and I both said. Someone left a comment there saying the Galaxy-class could be compared to a luxury cruise liner, commissioned in a time of unprecedented peace and balance-of-power for the Federation. While it was still unquestionably a very powerful design (despite losing three of the original six ships inside of eight years for various reasons, and several others during the Dominion War), it was also an experiment in ship-board life- inviting close family members along in the exploration of deep space in a way never tried before.
I still find the TMP-VI movie Enterprise the best successor of the TOS design, and allowed the spirit of the Enterprise to be cleared of the low-budget constraints haunting TOS for its entire run.
The TNG era is definitely a more peaceful era... but I disagree with this premise, and thought an overly diplomatic Federation was just asking to be bulldozed by a belligerent power. This was what happened in DS9 apparently, the peaceful Federation having their asses handed to them by a power that was willing to take instead of talk. If it wasn't for the Borg threat the Federation would have still been a head-in-the-clouds utopia incapable of defending themselves.
Not that the producers would have explored this, since Roddenberry's idea of the humanist future precluded human nature.
Unfortunately I didn't see much of DS9, so I can't give a proper response to that. But as far as I understand, the Federation was slow to respond to threats due to its peace-loving nature. The Battle of Wolf 359 was a desperately-needed wake-up call. But while Roddenberry's message and hope for the future are preserved even in conflict, the Federation was still woefully under-prepared and does strike me as a bit naive. Perhaps after the Khitomer Accords, Starfleet though they could have a breath of fresh air but enjoyed the peace too long and became lax.
From what I understand Roddenberry wanted to emphasize a humanist approach to Next Generation, a departure from conflict and embracing diplomacy and understanding. The Federation was perfect, could do no wrong, and detested the use of Force.
I have a more cynnical view of life (and of my science fiction) than this, and I saw these themes as being overly optimistic and naiive. The Borg were introduced as a new kind of enemy since the Klingons were "changed" by the writers and could no longer be an understandable threat. Compared to the old Klingons even the Borg were not as bad as they could be. They brought up the threat in First contact for theatrics and to develop a menace to pit the heroes against.
In-universe, I saw the Federation as growing lax and stagnant after the Khitomer peace accords. The doves staved the hawks into oblivion and starfleet turned into a totally scientific arm while cultivating a distaste for weapons and violence. Large starships are called "explorers", the Defiant is called an "Escort". Cruisers no longer exist in TNG, all the designations replaced by non-threatening ones as to not offend the aliens.
Lots of people have a cynical view of the future; Roddenberry was one of the loudest voices of optimism. Whether the production teams for DS9 and VOY carried that out is difficult to say.
Yeah, the Defiant-class was the first true Starfleet "warship" in, like 100 years; at least since the Earth-Romulan War established the Neutral Zone. Then larger and dedicated warships designs after Wolf 359 started coming out- Soverign, Prometheus, and Thunderchild.
Nope. The TOS Enterprise was classified as a Heavy Cruiser. If you believe the random screens on the enterprise bridge in Movies 2-3, then the Federation also used Dreadnoughts and destroyers. The Ambassador-class ship (Enterprise-C) was also classified as a heavy cruiser.
Even though these ships weren't built specifically for pure military actions, their designations and roles say that if needed, they could be pressed into those positions if war were to happen. "Explorers", which the Excelsior was re-classed for and the End-D is designated for, don't suggest they can fit the military role if they had to.
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