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21 Jan 2023

25th Anniversary of EAS

The world of Star Trek was a very different one in the mid-1990's, a full generation of fans ago. I will always remember this as the one and only Golden Age, although after the end of TNG "only" two series, DS9 and Voyager, were on the air at the same time. I had to wait for the episodes at least half a year until they were released on VHS, but it didn't feel like I was left behind. It was a great time to be a Trek fan, especially if you were a nerd. The emerging internet was populated by tech-savvy people like me, who were sitting in front of bulky CRT monitors and were more or less patiently waiting for their downloads to complete. I personally had the advantage of a much faster connection at my university, but generally video streaming and most of the bandwidth-consuming pastimes of today were still a dream in the age of the 28.8 kBit/s modem. Every byte of data we could obtain was somehow precious. Smartphones or social networks would not exist until a decade later. Yet, information on Star Trek was relatively easy to come by if Altavista was your friend. While the studio and the network still mostly relied on traditional communication channels, plenty of fan websites provided pictures, episode reviews, production news and links to other sites. Star Trek in Sound and Vision, Sector 0-0-1, The STArchive, Maximum Defiant, Star Trek: The Next Generation and Mr. Video Productions were among my early favorites.

Following the previews and the speculation on the upcoming feature film "Star Trek: First Contact" and particularly the evolution of the Enterprise-E design in 1996 was my probably most impactful early internet experience. My real-life friends and I used to look up the news almost every day. This arguably fueled our anticipation of a new movie like never before and never again. Then "First Contact" was released, and we loved it! And that was just the start of the madness. It may be hard to believe in the digital age, but after purchasing the VHS cassette, my friend Thorsten and I knelt in front of TV, freeze-framed the movie and tried to sketch up the new ships with pencil and paper. After discussing the ship classes from "First Contact" and other technical issues with other fans in newsgroups and forums, some time in 1997 I felt like sharing my Trek knowledge and creating my own site. Incidentally, I had just started a job as a research assistant in the field of microelectronics. I argued that our university institute shouldn't be the last one without a website, and so my professor assigned the task to me. I began to learn a bit of HTML, or rather how to use the WYSIWYG editor Microsoft Frontpage, so I could kill two birds with one stone.

On 21 January 1998, I uploaded an effectively nameless site "Star Trek - by Bernd Schneider" to the university server - actually to an obscure sub-directory of the new institute website so it wouldn't raise too much unwanted attention. This initial version of the site consisted of pictures of six starships designed by me, a review of the Enterprise-E model (which I had bought in the NASM shop on a trip to an electronic devices conference in Washington D.C.), an outline of my later time travel analysis, a short list of inconsistencies (not even including the Klingon foreheads) and a few jokes. There were 43 files with a total size of 314 kilobytes.

Read the rest of the story: 25th Anniversary of EAS.

Bernd Schneider


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  • 12 Jun 2024

    Technically the Syracuse is now canon as a Galaxy Class, and may or may not have been the ship Pacelli was posted to during Eye Of The Beholder. Whether or not it should be removed from the "Unknown Starfleet Class" section is entirely up to you.

  • 09 Jun 2024

    Simple solution:

    The NX class performed well, but was too expensive to mass produce and with the looming Romulan War, Starfleet needed a LOT of ships, NOW. The Daedalus class fit that role and the NX was shelved indefinitely. At a fraction of the cost, using very simple building patterns, the ship could be prefabbed and assembled in a fraction of the time. Hundreds of ships were made and almost as many were lost -- while there was nothing stopping them from surviving to Kirk's time, the Humans were simply outgunned by the Romulans and only one by sheer numbers, perseverance and the backing of a world insanely rich in resources. But that meant for every hundred built, only a few survived.

    We don't know how long the war lasted or how much was lost, but the Daedalus didn't have a long shelf life and was obsoleted rather quick. Surviving ships remained in service relegated to in-system policing duty.

    As the Daedalus class was being removed from service, a new ship was needed. Something that took the novel ideas of the NX programme and the cost-effectiveness of the Daedalus while being more versatile and universal overall. Starfleet deprecated the "Spacecraft" line and started the "Starship" line. By the 2190's the first ships were launched and would go on to become one of the most iconic shapes of all time ending in the late 2200's with the Constitution class.

    These weren't all the "same ship" or "same class", they were only superficially the same on the outside. You might think the Defiant, Enterprise, Constellation and Eagle are all the same class, but they aren't. There were only twelve Constitution class starships made and signified the end of the Starship class era. Even a major refit couldn't save the design which was going on a century old by then, and the Miranda, Oberth and Excelsior were her replacement.

    Because class names were never used, the whole line DID get posthumously known as the Constitution class, but the hundreds of ships made covered dozens of classes -- minor revisions along the way from warp engines, cores and computers. Even Decker notes how much more powerful the Enterprise is than the Constellation.

    SNW revealed that we did in fact have the Ptolemy (the USS Faragut) and Saladin types as well, though contrary to Franz Joseph, they aren't "kit bashes", they're both smaller than the Constitution class. The USS Faragut by only a little bit, but the Saladin is clearly Oberth-sized (and probably comparable combat wise). Since these are semi-canon, it's a nice inclusion with accompanying visual improvements.

    Anyway, this explains why a) there's an apparent visual step-back from the first NX series and the Daedalus class and why b) the Enterprise has more similarities to the Daedalus than the NX in terms of style and technology. Of course, SNW kind of retcons this and make the "Disco-prise" look much more like a successor to the NX-01, but I think this would still work.

  • 09 Jun 2024

    Nice sleuthing!

  • 09 Jun 2024

    Indeed, you are right! I heard it misreported then. Having just watched the episode, though, the guy looks just like Saru- I can see how the mistake was made!

  • 09 Jun 2024

    I wonder if we ever will learn just what the heck the "Holy Rings of Betazed" even are.
    Seems like a good subject for an episode or even a story arc.

  • 09 Jun 2024

    On the Impulse Warbird, I think Impulse and Warp POWER are different than Impulse and Warp DRIVE and aren't always consistently applied in-scripts. Impulse (Fusion) and Warp (Antimatter) differ by more than a magnitude, so Scotty's more speaking of the relative power of the ship -- like Kruge's comment about the Enterprise outgunning them ten-to-one. Impulse power is about 1/20th as efficient as warp and has the useful/annoying feature of creating some thrust, so it's easy to understand why they might be confused, but there's nothing stating a ship on impulse only can't go FTL.

    In fact, it's the only way that's plausible if we accept the TOS and TMP Enterprise could perform a saucer separation. If the saucer section only has impulse power then they're doomed and the utility of separation would be specious at-best. If we assume it's practical, then the saucer must have some limited warp-speed capabilities -- enough to limp back to the nearest outpost or starbase, and certainly enough to flee the scene of battle.

    In fact, this may be canon since in TMP, under only Impulse power (as the Enterprise CANNOT use Warp yet), the ship still zips by Jupiter a short time after leaving dry-dock around Earth. Without FTL, this scene and sequence of events would basically be impossible. Warp is just a magnitude beyond what Impulse can do.

  • 09 Jun 2024

    If we're talking canon, NCC has more to do with commissioning than a contract. "Contract" makes no sense when Starfleet makes their own ship. Commission does though and when they recommission a ship, it gets a new (or old + A, B, C...) NCC.

    In terms of class, the NX-01 dedication plaque shows "Spacecraft Class" and the NCC-1701 is "Starship Class". Sometime between the Enterprise and Defiant, this was changed as the Defiant's dedication plaque DOES say "Constitution Class."

    Conjecture: So maybe Naval Commission Code (NCC) and Non-Commissioned (NX) respectively. When using NX, they can give it any name/number, it's "not official." NX-01 and -02 never get an NCC which is why some in the centuries to come didn't regard it as one of the "former ships named Enterprise."

  • 08 Jun 2024

    how the f**k do u not include - shades of grey, code of honour, threshold, move along home, Sub Rosa or, the fight. ds9 move along home is atrocious, code of honour is a mildly racist and ffs terribly written, the fight is one of the most boring trek episodes ever. and the episodes u listed aren't all that bad. apart from maybe profit and lace, which at least has some crappy humour to fall back on

  • 08 Jun 2024

    Added VISORs from DIS and LOW.

  • 07 Jun 2024

    K fr this was a whole season of childish, stolen-from-star wars crap and now they're wasting time and money on a second season. Pleae no. Just stop. No more, dear God, please stop making garbage.

  • 08 Jun 2024
    Jörg's new article The History of the Betazoid Emblem describes how a fan design accidentally became canon in Star Trek Picard in 2020 and has appeared repeatedly since then.
  • 06 Jun 2024
    Everything is set at EAS for Prodigy season 2, all 20 episodes of which will be released on July 1 - which is insane. There is no way I will binge-watch the show (or myself) to death. It will take several months to catch up with the reviews and updates, and I will limit my social media activities until then.
  • 02 Jun 2024
    I have been so busy with the updates related to the final Discovery season the past three days that I need to relax and watch Voyager. Here are two more retro reviews: VOY: "Juggernaut" and VOY: "Someone to Watch Over Me".
  • 01 Jun 2024
    And here are the Federation starships from Discovery season 5.
  • 31 May 2024
    I have added the alien ships from Discovery season 5 to the starship database. There are also various other updates with facts from the latest episodes, such as about time travel in DIS.
  • 30 May 2024
    Star Trek Discovery ends with an episode that is action-loaded and ties up most of the loose ends but is also verbose at times without telling a lot. Here is my review of "Life, Itself".
  • 24 May 2024
    Discovery doesn't take a break from action in its penultimate episode. Here is my review of "Lagrange Point".
  • 17 May 2024
    This week's episode comes with an exciting and a contemplative plot thread, of which one fails to convince me. Read my review of DIS: "Labyrinths".
  • 12 May 2024
    The upgrade of the oldest TNG Observations continues with "Hide and Q" and "Too Short a Season": better pictures, more references, some additions and error corrections. There are also quite a few new chairs. Special thanks to Josh Hardgrove!
  • 11 May 2024
    There are many new observations by Jörg and better pictures in the article on Observations in TNG: "Reunion".
  • 09 May 2024
    Here is my review of DIS: "Erigah", a solid mid-season finale that brings one arc to a preliminary conclusion and establishes a new, more dangerous adversary.
  • 04 May 2024
    Another old article supplemented with new observations by Jörg and better pictures: Observations in TNG: "Legacy".
  • 03 May 2024
    It looks for a while like DIS: "Whistlespeak" could become a classic in the vein of "Who Watches the Watchers", until massive problems in the back story become obvious.
  • 25 Apr 2024
    Read my review of DIS: "Mirrors". The episode comes with two big reveals, of which the second one works a lot better.
  • 24 Apr 2024
    Over 60 new or significantly improved images of Alpha and Beta Quadrant Starships, Part 1 and Part 2. I have also updated over 20 articles in the past couple of days, such as Appearances of the Romulan Warbird (animated Warbirds), Analysis of the Qualor II Surplus Depot (summary and new HD images), Commercially Available Chairs in Star Trek (a few new finds) and several more that now have references to recent episodes.
  • 19 Apr 2024
    Here are my review of DIS: "Face the Strange" and my analysis of the time travel effects in this fun episode.
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  • 25 Oct 2023
    The USS Stargazer cautiously investigates a spatial anomaly that appears to be bending space-time. Slowly engulfing the vessel with bursts of light and a cacophony of indecipherable noise. Is this really a natural phenomena or generated by a sinister force?


  • 16 Oct 2023
    Presenting my interpretation of the delightfully mean-spirited little Exocomp, the mathematically perfect Peanut Hamper. She is one of the best things that happened to Trek :D

    Model by me

  • 11 Feb 2023
    This Engineering complex was commissioned by Ray9012. In an emergency situation the heavy door seals of the warp core area from the rest of main engineering.

    Background info:
    "The USS ENDURANCE (NCC-1914-A) was constructed following the conclusion of the Dominion War as Starfleet attempted to step down from its war footing and return to its primary mission of peaceful exploration. As one of the final Galaxy-Class starships built, Endurance is a test platform for new technologies intended for future classes. She was specifically designed for long range, deep space exploration, the original mission intended for the Galaxy-Class but one that was seldomly realized. Her new matter / anti-matter reactor incorporates advancements from the Sovereign and Intrepid designs and provides almost 30% more power output with nearly double the efficiency of the original USS GALAXY. Second-generation Bio-Neural computer cores with a dedicated Engineering core further increases the efficiency and automation of ENDURANCE’s engineering systems. Additionally, Engineering Design Labs and industrial replicators located in Main Engineering and several cargo bays increase the ship’s ability to repair itself, provide large-scale assistance to starships and outposts."

    You can see the bridge of the Endurance-A here, created by Rekkert : USS Endurance-A Bridge Cutaway

    All Endurance-A interior images

    Modelled and rendered with Blender. Computer display textures made with Inkscape.
    Based on and inspired by original designs from:
    - Ray9012 (layout and concepts)
    - Rekkert (LCARS colour scheme)
    -Star Trek (Paramount)

    Resources used:
    - Galaxy class model by rossrobotics (licensed under Creative Commons Attribution)

    Commission date: July 2022

  • 13 Aug 2023
    Emblem of Starfleet, late 2370s. (Well.... their badges....)

    The Star Trek franchise is owned by Paramount and CBS.

Jörg Hillebrand @ Mastodon
  • 13 Jun 2024

    It's interesting how the light wall in Troi's office is lit differently in each episode it has been seen so far. Compare 's "The Icarus Factor"↖️, "The Price"↗️, "Hollow Pursuits"↙️ and "The Loss"↘️.

  • 12 Jun 2024

    Here's a comparison of the 6-foot model of the USS Enterprise-D, as seen in "Conspiracy"⬆️ and a shot of the 4-foot model, as seen in 's "The Loss"⬇️.

  • 12 Jun 2024

    We get a really good look at Troi's office in 's "The Loss". Should anybody ever want to recreate the set as a 3D model, this is the episode they should check out! Notice: carpet! :-)

  • 12 Jun 2024

    Notice how the Turkana IV map from 's "Legacy"⬇️ is still seen on the aft bridge station in "The Loss"⬆️. Maybe some reshoots were taken place at that time?

  • 11 Jun 2024

    Troi likes these round, pastel wall decorations, as they appear in her office way before they are regularly seen in the crew quarters on . After changing them around ("The Price"↖️, "Hollow Pursuits"↗️), she now sticks to the same one ("Sarek"↙️, "The Loss"↘️).

  • 11 Jun 2024

    Both the Romulan pistols and rifles seen in the episode "Masquerade"⬆️ are the ones also used in season 1 of ("Remembrance"⬇️). In the former, they fire green beams, in the latter, they fire red beams.

  • 11 Jun 2024

    Here's a comparison of the 2-foot ("Manhunt"⬆️), 4-foot ("The Loss"➡️) and 6-foot ("Evolution"⬇️) model of the USS Enterprise-D as seen on . From this angle, they can best be told apart by the windows in the neck.

  • 11 Jun 2024

    Nothing better to wake up in the morning, shedding some tears of joy while watching this and then going to work, proud to be a fan and contributor. So happy that Bjo was at the Peabody Awards, too! 🖖🤩 youtu.be/p_ii_G1_pzQ?feature=s

  • 10 Jun 2024

    These familiar lamps in Troi's office are interesting. In "The Icarus factor"↖️, they are not illuminated yet, that first appears in "The price"↗️. In "Hollow pursuits"↙️, they appear a little off-kilter and in "The loss"↘️, they are replaced by a completely new, smaller design.

  • 10 Jun 2024

    In the LCARS display in "Sins of the Father"↖️ and on Dr. Crusher's medical case (created for season 3) in "The High Ground"↗️ and better seen in "The Loss"↘️, her middle initial is "G" (for Gates), while in her personnel file in "Conundrum"↙️, it's "C" (for Cheryl).

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