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Old September 10 2012, 12:43 PM   #42
Re: Why the lack of personal protection?

Vulcan science officers may be partial to catsuits, but their special forces people wear jackets just like everyone else. So do the Andorians, as it happens.
And that's the thing I find so unrealistic. But it's something I have to live with, even if it's not sufficiently futuristic to my tastes.

Except that the high tech solution is subject to random plot devices that render it somehow useless.
Which is another highly unrealistic aspect of Trek. In reality, it's more typical for high tech render low tech useless (say, through the use of armor that cannot be pierced by primitive weapons ).

More to the point: along with an extra layer of clothing comes an extra layer of POCKETS.
...Making the lower layer inaccessible.

In any case, the TNG uniforms appear capable of sprouting pockets wherever and whenever needed. Yeah, the quasi-polatronic jammatron beam of the Weirdomites might neutralize that technology, making Torres drop her hammer on her toes at an awkward moment - but somehow I don't see the Trek writers bothering.

Timo Saloniemi
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