08-07-2014, 11:33 AM
The thing is, the ship design aesthetics in Star Trek have always been changeable. The Reliant in Wrath of Khan looked nothing like the Enterprise, except in having a saucer and a couple of nacelles. The Bird of Prey in Search for Spock looks nothing like the TOS D7s. The D'deridex class look nothing like the Romulan ships in TOS. The Galaxy class, while having the same basic configuration as the Constitution, is far more organic-looking, with no sharp angles anywhere and a non-circular saucer. The Sovereign and Intrepid classes are far more enlongated and streamlined than anything we've seen out of Starfleet before, and the Defiant is more closely related, visually speaking, to the Romulan ship from Balance of Terror than anything that came out of Utopia Planitia.