When comparing Captain Kirk’s original Enterprise to Captain Picard’s Enterprise-D, one sees a lot of differences. The older ship, for one, is much, much smaller. It’s also constructed with a lot of sharp angles and jutting pylons. It has a submarine-like quality. The Enterprise-D, meanwhile, is all ovals, sweeps, and smooth curves. It looks comparatively loungey and a lot more comfortable.
Matalas went to great lengths to restore the Enterprise-D for the finale of “Picard.” The Enterprise-D was destroyed in the 1994 film “Star Trek: Generations, but the resourceful Geordi La Forge (LeVar Burton) spent several decades rebuilding it as a hobby. The reveal of the D was a blast of nostalgia for many Trekkies, and the climax of the season. Despite all this, though, Matalas admitted that he preferred Kirk’s Enterprise. Matalas assured fans that the Titan name would live on, but that the blocky, sharp angles of the Titan-A were a perfect fit for the Enterprise name. He said:
“I love seeing the origin story of the new Enterprise. At the same time […] I would be clear to the fans that the Titan name will live on. There will be another ship, the Titan-B, that will go on, and probably be a cool version of a new Luna-class out there. But this ship is definitely a Constitution-class throwback, and we wanted it to feel like a scrappy Enterprise. It wasn’t as bulky as the E, and it wasn’t a battleship like the E or the F. It was an underdog like Kirk’s ship was.
Riker’s original Titan looked quite a bit different from the alien-centric-crewed Titan-A, and was a different class of ship altogether.