May 19th, 2013, 09:57
I remember that episode and your right it was low. I suppose they did this so they could allow a fighter to reach it. But if it were sitting on the ground how the heck would you get it in orbit? The engine is at the back of the saucer section pointing aft, start it and you slide across the ground, there is no lift. It's just dumb.
Want another example look near the beginning of Star Trek 5. Kirk falls off the side of a mountain, Spock wearing rocket powered boots dives down to catch him. When he grabs Kirk he is horizontal and stationary. The thrust from the boots is clearly shown pointing horizontal. The people that made this scene were idiots. Sorry, it just torques my jaw when they have a total disregard for physics when it is not necessary.