Comic Sans, really?!?
Anyway, I love the idea of spaceship pace pets. While not a Star Trek tradition, you see it in just about every other space-genre storyline:
Galactica = player ship, fleet = pace pets.
Luke Skywalker's X-wing = player ship, the rest of Red Wing = pace pets.
Dr. Who = player character, K-9 (and in most episodes, all the other companions) = pace pet.
In BSG the fleet always was something that had to to be protected, which is (fortunately) not the case at Space pets and since space pets are completely useless i don't see them as something like a fighter squad. Dr. who... not my cup of tea.
I like the idea of one ship, one crew, one captain, a tiny (and useless) space ship zipping around is just too goofy imo.
I think it just doesn't suit to the atmosphere of a Star Trek game. Other games with a more children friendly atmosphere like WOW or something like that, are ok to have pets.
NX and Connie can be "recreated using 2409 tech" yet the Phoenix cannot?
I agree that the Phoenix works better as a pet than a flyable ship but the line of reasoning that it "doesn't make sense" is totally bogus, given the selection of available and upcoming ships in the game.
where the hell would they put all the tech? the warp core and engines alone would take up a majority of the missile. where would they stick the deflector array? the sensors? shields?