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Lt. Commander
Join Date: Dec 2007
Posts: 120
# 17
10-16-2011, 02:19 PM
http://en.memory-alpha.org/wiki/Shields

Apparently the shield bubble is something new. Most vessels used skin tight shields until the 24th century when federation ships started to use bubble shields than went back, as seen in nemesis. So it is canon. The only reason I can think of going back to skin tight shields is maybe to save power since stronger armour plating has been made e.g. ablative armour which obviously minimizes damage dealt.