Captain Vs. XO Giving Orders
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Join Date: Jun 2012
12-11-2012, 12:49 PM
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I remember hearing that originally all battles were going to be conducted from the battle bridge after saucer separation but it slowed down the pace of the episode too much.
Also, sometimes you'd just be flying through space and start getting pelted by disruptors and so have to conduct things from the main bridge.
One thought that comes to mind: since we insist on putting the command center of the ship in the most vulnerable spot, wouldn't it make sense to have a back up command crew manning the battle bridge at all times or at least at yellow alert in the event of a can-opener shot a la ENT: Twilight?
The original point was that every battle was to involve saucer separation. However, they realized that it's a little difficult to have the ship basically fly at warp for two minutes, dump the saucer and fly back to courageously fight the bad guy. Very, very cumbersome. Plus as I recall, the saucer separation-capable model wasn't as good/useful as the other Enterprise model they used. And, yes, massive story slowdown. Although for some of this I thought the problem would be self-evident, considering the saucer has no known independent warp capability (except maybe using the impulse engines as warp field sustainers for a while).
I was, however, referring to using the Battle Bridge as just that - the Battle Bridge. I personally imagine my captains, when commanding Odysseys, conducting the ENTIRE battle from the Battle Bridge, so that they can immediately separate and fight.