Re: exterior surface markings of Kirk's Enterprise
Terror Grin wrote:
"It's a blinking light bulb, which is even visible in the opening original FX for Court Martial as Kirk's log recounts the severe ion storm."
We are ditched! You are aware that the ion pod advocates will now tell us that once the pod has been jettisoned there's a blinking light that visually signals repair personnel that a new ion pod needs to be installed.
And the rationalization that we see this blinking light in every shot of he original footage with the post-Pike Enterprise will be that they lost another ion pod but hadn't yet the time to replace it...
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