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The large model of the Enterprise used to film those shots was rather unfinished on the port (left) side and had plugs for the power cables for the lights on the port side. So the big 11 foot model was always photographed from the starboard or right side and thus with the stern (back) on the left and the bow (front) on the right, and thus travelling from ...


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In western cultures, we typically read from left to right (and from top to bottom). Therefore, going from left to right is often subconsciously interpreted as "going forward", whereas going from right to left is often interpreted as "going back" or "retreating". For example, it has been demonstrated that people look at websites ...


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TNG had the benefit of a large model (and better video editing) to work with at Image G (the company that did all the special effects for the series). Levar Burton's other series, Reading Rainbow, had a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at how they did it (they talk about the ship itself around 11:04) The TL;DR there is they ...


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I know in the original series Kirk ordered Scotty to set the ships phasers on a strong stun setting towards the end of "A Piece of the Action" episode. Which knocked out the gangsters in the street as they battled it out. So I would think the same could be done on the Enterprise-D.


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Although the OP is satisfied with the answer to their question, @henning-kockerbeck also nails it on the head, but for a different reason. It's a question of which came first, and in this case, the Enterprise being filmed left to right came last, and film theory as taught in Western culture, came first. With regards to the Enterprise TOS model, someone had ...


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In the TOS episode "A Piece of the Action" the main phasers of Kirk's Enterprise fire on stun setting and knock out people in several square blocks of city on the planet Iota below the ship. Does the Enterprise D retain that useful feature? In the first TNG episode "Encounter at Farpoint": PICARD: Thank you. That was the missing part. ...


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Well if you can only have one the Vor'cha class is the battle cruiser of the TNG era. https://memory-alpha.fandom.com/wiki/Vor%27cha_class I'd opt against the bird of prey as those were introduced in star trek III and are not uniquely TNG era. Vor'cha was the first new klingon class on screen meant to be in the lineage of the classic era D7 and movie era K'...


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