|Posted: 29 June 2010 at 9:45pm | IP Logged | 10
Agreed. Nothing beats the original!
However, I do also like the Refit/A, since it retains the same BASIC look and feel, while adding additional "realistic" details deemed necessary at the time. I don't mind the extra detailing on this version. But not one of the other, over-detailed designs does anything for me.
And, as stated, I like the original, jokey Excelsior, but the Enterprise-B revision is rather ugly.
Some people say that the original Enterprise is part of the outdated, old-fashioned, "smooth rocketship" wave of the 30s-50s, but it really does represent a lot of careful planning and stylistic choices. Matt Jefferies was an engineer and an airman long before TOS, and he brought a clean, functional, futuristic look to everything he did.
Most--if not all--of the later designers were, well, movie and TV production designers.
Excelsior/Enterprise-B was designed as a parody of the Refit Enterprise.
Enterprise-C was designed as a transitional step between Excelsior and D.
D's design was based on a "future starship" concept painting.
E's design was a mix between an elongated version of D and the original Jefferies design (the long nacelles, etc.).
NX-01 is a*koff*ripoff*koff* variation of the Akira class design, with elements from TOS, TMP, and TNG mixed in.
Nu-1701 is a curvy kitbash of TOS and TMP.
The TOS Enterprise exterior is clean and simple because space is so unforgiving, and thus essential parts are kept on the inside for ease of maintenance. And the simple design makes it look like major parts (like the nacelles) can be swapped out with ease. There are no visible weapons, reaction-control thrusters, etc. Aside from the windows, navigation lights, and technical markings/hatches, the exterior is very simple.
The Refit (initially redesigned by Jefferies as smooth and simple), while still pretty sleek, has visible phaser banks, visible torpedo tubes, gangway and personnel hatches, docking ports, deflector gridlines, lots of navigation blinkers, and spotlights for the registry markings.
The later ships, added even more detail, and the components are so curvy and integrated that it's hard to imagine an easy job of swapping them out.