How Big is the Freakin’ Enterprise

I went and saw a sneak preview of Star Trek last night (possible spoilers ahead, but only about scale)

The first time the question came up wasin the beginning when a ship that looked more or less like enterprise without nacelles was attacked. The crew escaped, in shuttles. Lots of shuttles, from a hanger deack that looked like the inside of an aircraft carrier. From the Commercials we know that Jim Kirks dad saved the crew, all 800 of them. 800? Enterprise had a compliment of no where near 800. So as to secure my geek cred for another year I’ll point out that in the original Pre Abrams Canon teh crew compliment of Enterprise (TOS and Movies) was in the 430 range. For an idea of scale, Enterprise D from The Next Generation TV show, had a compliment of about 1,000

Jump farther into the movie and several scenes take place in giant cavernous sections of the Enterprise. I’m talking huge! What later appears to be engineering looks like a huge naval reactor room or maybe a boiler room, pipes, all over the place, random terminals in front of huge water cooling tanks, etc.

Then we’re in the Enterprise hanger, again an enormous space with racks for shuttles 2 high. No mention of Enterprise’s crew compliment was made, who knows 2,000? LOL

Oh and the last bit of oddness in scale is a huge spave station that looks much like those seen in the movies, but ginormous, dwarfingthe tiny starships that are docked. I mean it actually took me a second to spot the ships.

I’m not gonna review the movie since there’s a day left before everyone can see it and I don’t want to spoil it, but when you’re watching, see if you can discern the scale? And let me know what you think of the movie.

By John Wilker

I'm a science fiction writer and conference organizer. In 2017 I published my first book, 'Space Rogues', a fun Sci-Fi adventure with a fun cast of characters. I'm also the co-founder of 360|Conferences, a conference and event logistics consulting company.

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