"The siege of ar-558" showed us ground-based warfare (with limited supplies) for the times.
And it was pretty crappy. Mimicking past/present war movies doesn't work for technology that should be well beyond that (power cells akin to quickly depleted bullet clips was annoying to watch, among other things.)
Trek has never been good with that sort of thing.
Personally, after watching the Abrams movies I'm still trying to figure out how the minidress once again became the official uniform for female Star Fleet officers. Not that I'm complaining (though, there are probably some women's groups out there that are). Apparently, space exploration requires the showing of a fair bit of leg.
In general, I'd say it's about striking the proper balance between Starfleet looking like idealistic explorers and a military power.
Which isn't mutually exclusive, of course.
"I came to the conclusion that the optimist thought everything good except the pessimist, and the pessimist thought everything bad, except himself." -- G.K. Chesterton
That, and of course the real reason that somethings are just hard to do on a weekly television show's budget.
Always remember this stuff isn't real.
Why doesn't Star Fleet have armor/shields/etc for its crews???
Cause Star Fleet is run by a bunch of Liberal Space Hippies.
Diplomacy and Peaceful negotiations solve problems......YEAH RIGHT!!!!!
They should also have helmets, not to mention body armor - our navies have that, so Starfleet should have the same thing.
In search of Claire...or Libby Hoeler :D
"What is illness to the body of a knight-errant? What matter wounds? For each time he falls, he shall rise again, and woe to the wicked.
Well, firstly Starfleet is mostly a diplomats/explorers/scientists organization. They have a military capacity cause sometimes they have to defend themselves and the federation but that's it. And secondly armors are completely useless against phasers.
And that's also why they don't need big guns, they have phasers. You can destroy anything with a phaser.
But more generally ground weapons and warfare don't seem to be all that important in that universe. You put a ship in orbit with phasers, you can destroy whatever you want on a planet. Simple as that.
Last edited by Nico Olvia; 07-06-2013 at 01:43 AM.