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Rayna October 25 2013 02:56 AM

Sleeping on the Enterprise
 
This question has been bothering me for such a long time.. And there's probably an obvious answer for it.. But when does the crew sleep? And when they do, who takes their place?

We could assume that Spock, Sulu, and Scotty could sit in the captain's chair just like every other time Kirk is away, but the problem is they are always working at the same time. So wouldn't they need to sleep around the same time, too?

Is there some replacement crew that works the graveyard shift on NCC-1701?? :wtf:

LMFAOschwarz October 25 2013 03:07 AM

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It's a good question. Yes, presumably they did rotate shifts: in Is There in Truth No Beauty, we even heard all the "Goodnight, Jim", "Goodnight, Bones" and "Goodnight, Spock" stuff after the "IDIC dinner". Who was on the bridge?

Melakon October 25 2013 03:20 AM

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That's when the bridge has a soon-to-be-skeleton crew of redshirts.

Or it's when all those guys we only saw only once or twice or a few times (Leslie, Kyle, Riley, Galloway, etc.) take over. Then there's all those episodes where we only saw Chekov because George was working on The Green Beret, so maybe Sulu was waiting for his shift to start.

LMFAOschwarz October 25 2013 03:27 AM

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Melakon wrote: (Post 8811430)
...soon-to-be-skeleton crew of redshirts.

:guffaw:

Maybe they had overlapping shifts? We have that at work: when "our guys" show up, a bunch of guys are already there doing their thing, and they leave before we do, so maybe that's what we see when the crew is all together on the bridge. This is coincidentally when all the interesting things happen, but what can ya do?

Melakon October 25 2013 03:42 AM

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If we assume that the 3 seasons are just the first 3 years of the 5 year mission, we can then assume that something interesting happened only 79 days (roughly) out of 1,095. Coincidentally, those 79 days were when we had the TV on.

SignGuyHPW October 25 2013 06:51 AM

Re: Sleeping on the Enterprise
 
We saw the crew in the their quarters some times so that would be off duty/sleeping time for them. When something important was happening then the bridge crew would get recalled. That's why Kirk would be called to the bridge some times when he was in his quarters or taking a physical.

LMFAOschwarz October 25 2013 07:09 AM

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To tell the truth, I'm not sure how anything could be scheduled on the ship. In What are Little Girls Made Of?, we see evidence of the ship's manifest, from which Korby chooses his subject planet for his scheme. Now, sleep schedules aside, how could the ship possibly keep a plan of any kind? One distress call or planetary disaster, and they'd have to accelerate the schedule to keep up. Then, suddenly comes a Klingon attack. While trying to make up the lost time from that, along comes an energy cloud with plans of it's own for the ship. They'd never, ever be able to keep up with any schedule!! :wtf:

teacake October 25 2013 07:10 AM

Re: Sleeping on the Enterprise
 
You know what looks awful, those bunks in VI.

ZapBrannigan October 25 2013 07:13 AM

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Star Trek had two things going on that, taken together, lead to Rayna's question.

One is that the show assigned Star Fleet ranks in roughly the same order that the regular actors were billed. So the top actors seemed to account for the ship's whole senior staff. There were some exceptions, when a small-part guy would have commander's sleeves, but that was rare.

The other thing is that the show generally needed all its top actors already at their stations as each adventure began. This saved time getting them into the story, but it also left an unseen senior staff who ran the ship "at night."

Rayna October 25 2013 07:19 AM

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SignGuyHPW wrote: (Post 8811949)
We saw the crew in the their quarters some times so that would be off duty/sleeping time for them. When something important was happening then the bridge crew would get recalled. That's why Kirk would be called to the bridge some times when he was in his quarters or taking a physical.

That's a good point, and it answers at least part of the mystery.

Rayna October 25 2013 07:21 AM

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ZapBrannigan wrote: (Post 8811985)
This saved time getting them into the story, but it also left an unseen senior staff who ran the ship "at night."

I think someone should write a story about this elusive Night Staff of the Enterprise:techman:

scotpens October 25 2013 08:02 AM

Re: Sleeping on the Enterprise
 
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SignGuyHPW wrote: (Post 8811949)
We saw the crew in the their quarters some times so that would be off duty/sleeping time for them. When something important was happening then the bridge crew would get recalled. That's why Kirk would be called to the bridge some times when he was in his quarters or taking a physical.

And frequently when he just happened to have his shirt off.

Melakon October 25 2013 08:19 AM

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What a cheat. We never got to see Uhura changing her shirt.

Mario de Monti October 25 2013 08:34 AM

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There probably is a watch officer that takes over when the regular command crew goes off-duty. He or she will not be qualified to really command the ship, but qualified enough to supervise its normal operation. Whenever there is an emergency or some other situation that goes beyond the capabilites of the watch officer, the captain can be called to the bridge at short notice. AFAIK this is the way it was/is handled in our real-life navies.

Mario

teacake October 25 2013 09:24 AM

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Melakon wrote: (Post 8812129)
What a cheat. We never got to see Uhura changing her shirt.

We had to wait 45 years for that.

SEXISM.


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