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Shik
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Damn if that pod didn't make me think of the shape of the Galaxy-class battle bridge. The main bridge shape reminds me of the Ambassador-class one, too.

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Daniel
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Well, in reference to a deflection crystal, you remember that the warp core is horizontal and the whole deflection crysal thing relied on the crystal having a vertical core to connect to, so it could deflect plasma into the impulse reactors. So it may/may not work.

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The_Tom
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Actually, the whole concept behind the deflection crystal strikes me as quite odd, especially post-TNGTM, given that it's directly above the deuterium injector and nowhere near the warp plasma.

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Ryan McReynolds
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Based on Andy Probert's designs, the refit Enterprise didn't have a matter injector at the top of the warp core. The injectors were at the bottom of the core, and the reaction occureed along its length. Some of the resulting plasma was used for impulse drive, "deflected" by the crystal. There is some canon support for this in The Motion Picture, when the warp core (incidentally, never called "warp core" until The Next Generation) is brought online for the ship's impulse acceleration, and sublight speeds are called "warp point-five" and so on. In later years, they returned to fusion reactors, presumably easier to use at impulse speeds. It is unclear if the original series Enterprise had this sort of setup or if she had seperate fusion reactors for impulse. There was never any mention of the reactors, but the series bible described impulse as "rocket" power, which would support a traditional fusion setup more than a deflected warp plasma setup. I propose that the plasma-deflection idea was briefly flirted with in the late 2260s and lasted through, perhaps, the 2310s.

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The Mighty Monkey of Mim
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Apparently I was under a mis-impression of what the "impulse deflector crystal" was. I had always thought it was a miniature deflector-shield generator, designed to protect the impulse engines from damage. Sorry about that...
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TSN
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What's the point of the crystal, anyway? Wouldn't a bend in the conduit through which the plasma is flowing do the exact same thing?
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Good point. But which looks better, a bent pipe or a sky blue crystal dome?

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Why not just have a rope down the center of the catamarans in zero gee like the bad guy used in Final Fantasy The Spirits Within. That might work, but i think it would get expensive to doo all those shots for every episode.

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