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Old October 12 2012, 12:54 PM   #15
Re: exterior surface markings of Kirk's Enterprise

How does something the size of the running light jeapordize the ship when the other running lights of the same size and protrusion do not?
It was always dubious that any part of the ship could be a built-in hazard in any way. But if we disregard that odd idea, and instead interpret that it was the procedure that jeopardized the ship, things make sense again.

That is, an ion storm is a deadly threat to a ship. But Starfleet insists that ion storms be studied, so ships fly deep into them, and among the study procedures is the launching of an ion pod. If the pod is not launched/jettisoned in time, the ship spends excess time in the storm and may be lost - hence, the pod may place the entire ship in jeopardy while being no more dangerous than yer average recorder marker or garbage bag. Too bad that the preparation for the jettison is such a time-consuming process requiring the skills of an expert officer, and that it cannot be performed long in advance because of the unpredictable nature of the storm...

The lighted bulb next to the shuttlebay is ideal in many respects. It's certainly small enough to involve only one person, but large enough to accommodate him (if we assume a horizontal mushroom-shaped pod in a deployment chute, with that big camera-facing bulb thing its sensor head). It looks like other known or suspected sensor emplacements on the ship. It's ideally placed in a part of the ship we know to be almost deserted in most circumstances, and close to the part of the ship where Finney would eventually hide. If it's a launchable craft, this is where it belongs anyway (perhaps with other chute-launched special craft waiting alongside, or on the other side).

"Space Seed" happens in Season 1.
But quite possibly on Kirk's third mission year, judging by the stardate.

15 years go by and we have "The Wrath of Khan".
Why is there a need to make this 17 or 18 years instead?
Chiefly because the next movie, taking place immediately thereafter, calls for the refitted ship to be twenty years old. Both "15" and "20" can be taken for approximations for us base ten -using folks, and an average of sorts is quite helpful here.

2283 is only a problem if you attempt to use TNG/VOY timeline for TOS (2270 being the Voyager established end of Kirk's 5-year mission.)
The idea of different timelines for different fragments of Trek is pretty silly. It's all falling apart at the seams in TOS already; no reason to make it any worse.

Timo Saloniemi
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