#10: The Galaxy Class
The Galaxy Class is the big mama of all the Federation’s ships. Large, powerful, basically a battleship. With children used as ballast. I can understand wanting to take a ship that’s going to be used for long-term exploration and putting families aboard, but personally, ask anyone who actually serves in the military if they’d want their families traveling along on dangerous missions where the ship may be destroyed. 1000 people aboard, most of them civilians, on a ship that may be built for exploration but can be deployed for war. Sure, the civilians may be off-loaded during especially dangerous missions, but what about situations likeBest of Both Worlds, where there was no time to off-load the civilians? The design is cool and I like the aesthetic, just not the idea that civilians are sitting around waiting to die.
#9:The Defiant Class
It was SF Debris who described the Defiant as “Ben Sisko’s Motherfuckin Pimp Hand”, and the name is pretty much sums up the Defiant to a T. Sisko used his 2 years at the Utopia Planetia to design a gun with engines, used to fight the Borg. It’s small, cheap to build, and a mean little bastard in a fight. Plus, unlike the Galaxy, it’s a ship that’s built strictly for war, meaning there’s no elaborate science suite aboard, no laboratories, no families. Just a crew who are there to fight. Too bad her only on-screen appearance fighting Borg showed her getting owned… damnit Worf!
#8: The Constellation Class
TheConstellationcan be summed up by two words: Four Nacelles. I don’t know if it’s the concept of More Engines = Faster Speed or what, but it’s nice to see a bit of divergence from the standard two nacelle design. It seems kind of awkward compared to some of the other ships, but I guess it’s just because we’re so used to the standard two nacelles that anything else just seems kinda silly. Damn you Pavlov!
#7: The Miranda Class
I remember first seeing the Relianton screen during Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, and it always struck me how different it appears to the Enterprise in the same movie. Both were built by the same people with a similar layout, yet they look very different. TheMiranda looks boxy, small, compact. Like at any moment it’s going to get into a boxing match with anything that comes its way. Plus, the fact that it can go toe to toe with a much larger ship like theEnterprise hints that maybe there’s a reason it looks the way it does. I can see now why everyone just sort of accepted that it was a destroyer.
#6: The Kelvin
I’m not sure if the Kelvinis the name of her class or not, but the design looks interesting none the less. The traditional saucer mounted above a single engineering hull, just like the Enterprise, but with a smaller one mounted above as well. The design was our first introduction to the more industrial, working-class starships of JJ Abram’s Star Trek, and it did a hell of a job. Especially considering it held off the Naradafor a few solid minutes.
#5: The Constitution Class (Refit)
While I wasn’t a big fan of the originalEnterprise, the first time I saw the ship in, again, Wrath of Khan, I was impressed. It actually looked like a functional starship that they would fly around and explore the galaxy with, while also possessing clear weapon ports to show that yes, this ship means business. Considering the ship was meant to be the workhorse of Starfleet for the better part of a century, it’s clear why the image would leave a lasting impression on how starships were built well into the next century.
#4: The Nova Class
If theSovereignclass and theIntrepidclass ever got fused together and shrunk, it would definitely produce theNova. Small, neat and compact, the Nova shows off the new design of a more angled, triangular prow with the elongated nacelles that were becoming common as well. The result was a tiny ship that seems to be built mainly for scouting, since that’s the only thing we see her doing while on screen. Which is fine with me, considering it’s a nice little ship that doesn’t look like it’d hold up much against a big baddie, but could scurry in, look around, and bug out before anyone was wiser.
#3: The Sovereign Class
First sweeping into view in Star Trek: First Contact, the Sovereign is a wonderful looking ship that actually appears to be a warship, something that hasn’t really been seen on Star Trek before. Her sleek lines and elegance made her look beautiful, and then we saw her in a fight against the Borg. She took whatever the Borg threw at her and returned it in spades, telling the Borg to piss off back to the Delta Quadrant. Ah if only that had worked.
#2: The Excelsior Class
I was never a big fan of theExcelsiorin Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, so it came as quite a surprise when she reappeared in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country. Sure, it was the same model, but the change in command coupled with the difference in shots made all the difference. I’m always a fan of the original though, since ILM sullied the original model with those ugly flaps to make Star Trek: Generations. Damn you ILM!
#1: The Abram’s Enterprise
When I first saw this ship… I was blown away. It seemed like there was absolutely nothing, and I mean nothing, that could ruin it. Soft, rounded edges, big bulky engines, it all just seemed so graceful and elegant, especially after we saw theKelvinearlier. Again, it goes back to the wholeReliant/Enterprisething earlier. Same people making the same ships, yet one is vastly more beautiful than the other. Regardless, I’ll take what I can get, so I’m happy to say the Abram’sEnterprisegets to be the best.
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