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The Ten Most Popular Live Action Versions Of The Starship Enterprise, According To Reddit

Series like Star Trek: Picard and Star Trek: Lower Decks have shown that there’s still plenty of life in the Star Trek IP. The Starship Enterprise is one of the most recognizable and iconic science fiction vehicles ever conceived. The flagship of the Federation has been the setting for hundreds of hours of adventures in Star Trek television shows and feature films dating back to 1966.

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The mighty vessel, in various forms, symbolizes the hopes and dreams of the human race who creator Gene Roddenberry imagined would be enlightened dramatically hundreds of years from today. Recently, a Reddit thread created by u/ZomCom13 asked fellow r/startrek members what their favorite live-action USS Enterprise is.


The Future Enterprise-D

The heavily armored Enterprise-D, from one of the best The Next Generation episodes“All Good Things, rescued retired Admiral Jean Luc Picard, Captain Beverly Crusher, Geordi, Data, and Worf from Klingons attacking the USS Pasteur in one of three time periods Picard was traversing in the story.

The “beautiful” enhanced Enterprise-D featured advanced phaser cannons and a third nacelle providing the ability to travel at warp 10, making it a “big and powerful” dreadnought, according to Redditor SteveBliss88 in response to another Redditor, Radamand‘s description of the one “in the final episode where Riker was captain of the Enterprise.”

The Enterprise-C

The Enterprise-C’s presence in the 24th century, as the result of traveling through a temporal anomaly, caused an entirely new timeline to emerge. “Yesterday” welcomed back a fallen crew member, Natasha Yar, in one of Star Trek‘s best time-travel stories.  Enterprise-C’s absence from its own time spawned a 22-year war between the Federation and the Klingon Empire in which Starfleet believed it was doomed to defeat.

The C’s sole appearance in Star Trek motion picture made an impression on Redditor Unpleasant_Grape who felt its basic design distinguished it from other efforts with its “proportions and perfect circles.” Redditor rtwoctwo felt a similar sentiment adding it “bridges the gap between the original and Next Generation design very well.”

The Kelvin Universe Enterprise

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The reimagined flagship and pride of Starfleet in JJ Abrams’ Star Trek universe appears relatively small on screen but features a realistic interpretation of weapons deployment and its hybrid of hydroelectric and nuclear-powered engines. She managed to survive a black hole and decaying orbit in its first two outings but succumbed to a swarm attack from a mutated Starfleet crew in 2016’s Star Trek Beyond.

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Redditor pi2madhatter reacted to the modified classic starship for JJ Abram’s 2009-2016 trilogy with mixed analysis. They felt the overall design was progressive “which gives the ship a sleeker look,” while at the same time, writing “it looks so awkward especially supporting those bulbous nacelles.”

The NX-01

Enterprise NX-01 in Star Trek: Enterprise

The NX-01 Enterprise was the first warp-five capable human starship made possible by the inventor of warp drive, Zefram Cochrane and Henry Archer, the father of the eventual captain, Jonathan Archer for four seasons of Star Trek: Enterprise. The NX-01 ushered in a new era for United Earth’s space travel program that led to the formation of the United Federation of Planets.

The NX-01’s impression of realism struck Redditor gerusz, who theorized it is likely the most accurate depiction of a present-day effort to construct the Enterprise that “if you gave those technologies to a modern space agency, that is exactly what they would come up with,” with perhaps some modifications to the living quarters.

The Enterprise-B

Enterprise B leaves drydock

The Enterprise-B was commanded by Captain John Harriman during its shakedown run when it received a distress call from two El-Aurian ships trapped in a void that would later come to be known as The Nexus in Star Trek Generations. Its lack of a tractor beam and photon torpedoes made the rescue tricky and resulted in the apparent death of James T. Kirk.

The design of the Excelsior-class starship was aesthetically pleasing to a Redditor nicknamed jimmyray01 who thought the model displayed was “on par with other Starfleet ship designs,” adding “I really wish we’d been able to see it for more than just 10 minutes in one movie.”

The Original NCC-1701

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The heavy cruiser that embarked on several five-year missions ending with the James T. Kirk era was the hub of the original 1966-1969 Star Trek series and was in service for twenty years. Its multicultural crew included a Pacific Islander helmsman, a Russian-born navigator, a Scottish chief engineer, a southern American chief surgeon, an African American linguist, and a Vulcanian first officer named Spock.

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The very first NCC-1701 USS Enterprise’s “proportions really work,” according to Redditor Fenriswolf_9 because they’re “original and iconic.” With the emergence of the Disco-prise, they “would love to see one of the 3D artists who make models of the various Star Trek ships apply the Discovery surface detail and lighting aesthetic to the TOS original without changing the proportions, angles, and configuration.”

The Disco-prise

The Enterprise in Star Trek Discovery

The graphically updated Constitution-class USS Enterprise from the pre-Kirk era of Star Trek is set to embark on new missions into the Final Frontier when Star Trek: Strange New Worlds debuts on Paramount+ in May 2022. It will be under the command of Captain Christopher Pike, Kirk’s predecessor.

Redditor Guyver0 was taken back with the simplicity of the new original Enterprise design first seen in Discovery writing it “feels like the best of both worlds.” Additionally, Redditor SixIsNotANumber agreed, labeling it “gorgeous, and has me really looking forward to the release of Strange New Worlds.”

The Enterprise-E

Enterprise-E Enterprise E in Star Trek: First Contact.

One year after losing the galaxy-class Enterprise-D, Jean Luc Picard took command of the sovereign-class Enterprise-E. It saw action against the Borg in the 21st century, the Sona in the Briar Patch, and was nearly destroyed by a Reman-born Romulan praetor named Shinzon, a clone of Picard. Thanks to Mr. Data’s sacrifice at the climax of Star Trek: Nemesis, the ship remained in service.

Redditor earth2chercomeincher praised it as “the sexiest starships Starfleet ever commissioned,” citing its intimidating design that SirJiggart simplified as it “looks like a shark and bites like one.” Furthermore, thread creator u/ZomCom13 called it “the most powerful but practical of” all the Enterprises to date.

The Enterprise-D

For seven seasons of Next Generation and one feature film, the Enterprise-D traveled to every corner of the Alpha Quadrant “to seek out new life and new civilizations; to boldly go where no one’s gone before.” The saucer section impacted and was entombed on the surface of Veridian III following an engagement with rogue Klingons under the command of the Duras Sisters in Generations.

The stylish appearance of the reimagined Enterprise won over Redditor Fragraham because “when you see all the tiny windows lit up on the neck, evoking the image of a skyscraper in space,” the audience discovers “it’s a straight up flying city.” Redditor Frogman1480 agreed “it’s basically a luxury cruise ship in space,” adding its “a perfect ship to host delegates and species on diplomatic missions.”

The Refitted NCC-1701 (A)

Beginning with its launch in Star Trek: The Motion Picture, the refitted NCC-1701 USS Enterprise investigated an approaching hostile intelligence in search of its creator on Earth. Later, it competed in an epic cat and mouse hunt with Khan Noonian Singh before being destroyed intentionally by Admiral James T. Kirk above the Genesis Planet. By the end of Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, the crew was back aboard the new NCC-1701-A.

Thread administrator u/ZomCom13 admires the refitted big screen interpretation of the original NCC-1701 (and later A) USS Enterprise after its destruction in Star Trek III: The Search For Spock. “I like the refit model because it is the most aesthetically pleasing to me.” Fellow Redditor, mathazar felt sentimental summarizing it as a “classy looking ship that I built a model of it as a kid.”

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