Star Trek fans are notoriously nitpicky and an Australian news site found that out this week and went so far as to publish an apology for getting their facts wrong in an article talking about Enterprises.
How many Enterprises?
On Tuesday Australian news site news.com.au (Australia’s 3rd biggest news site) ran an article about the new Haynes Guide to the USS Enterprise (reviewed at TrekMovie on Monday). The news.com.au article contained this passage:
The 160-page guide covers the entire range of USS Enterprise models, from Captain Jonathan Archer’s original NX-01 from the most recent TV series through to the NCC-1701 under the control of Captain Kirk and her replacement, the NCC-1701-E.
Clearly this is inaccurate. In fact, the book cover (which is in the same article), lists all the Enterprises in the manual: "(NX-01, NCC-1701, NCC-1701-A to NCC-1701-E)".
News.com.au gets nitpicked over article about news Haynes guide.
This error was pointed out in the comments and the editors decided to have some fun with it and issued an apology yesterday titled "We’re sorry for claiming Captain Kirk was in Command of Captain Picard’s starship", and the article starts with these mea culpas
There were many USS Enterprises Kirk didn’t captain them all Patrick Stewart is handsome
The article goes on to say that "news.com.au apologises unreservedly" for the mix-up and for using the term "hyperspace" instead of "warp". Unfortunately news.com.au decided to use one of the comments to correct the record on the history of the Enterprise, noting:
User "Your Mum’s Lunch" led the charge of those who correctly pointed out that after losing the original Enterprise to the Klingons, Captain Kirk was given the Excelsior Class Enterprise-B as a stop-gap measure until the refit of the Enterprise-A was completed.
Enterprise-D and Enterprise-E were in fact, the first of the Galaxy Class models and were under the command of Captain Picard.
So even in their apology they got a number of things wrong, so to nitpick the nitpick and set the record straight:
- In the DC Star Trek comic books from the mid 80’s (following the destruction of the NCC-1701 in Star Trek III and before being handed the NCC-1701-A in Star Trek IV) Kirk was given command of the actual USS Excelsior, the USS Enterprise-B was not launched until years later under the command of Capt. Harriman (and comics don’t count as canon anyway)
- The Enterprise-E is a Sovereign class and not a Galaxy class (like the D)
Star Trek comics bridged gap between Star Trek III & IV with Kirk in command of the USS Excelsior (seen on these covers)
However news.com.au covered themselves and bought some goodwill by saying:
We also agree that Patrick Stewart is a handsome man, a sentiment expressed by several readers.
Addendum – We’re also sorry for any errors in this apology"
So we will let that all slide.