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Old October 22 2012, 01:55 PM   #56
Re: exterior surface markings of Kirk's Enterprise

Timo wrote: View Post
Hmm - which one was that?
"Where No Man" probably has the most iconic appearance:

A nice bow shot with lots of illumination, including the bridge front panel glow - and the centermost of the three round things at the saucer rim is blinking, while the other two are dark.
Awesome. Thanks for the shot info, Timo.

Timo wrote: View Post
TOS-R never identifies that cavity and replacement cover as an ion pod. Ever. As far as the episode goes, it could be just a blown light bulb that is part of the "considerable damage". TOS-R's Ion Pod still will remain a mystery.
Hmm, true enough. But identifying this odd fixture as an ion pod is an excellent match for what we are being told about ion pods, and the fanprint precedent and its possible connection to author intent exists, so I'm ready to declare the mystery solved for the TOS-R part. But far be it from me to close down venues of speculation: the more interpretations I can loudly declare plausible, the better.
The funny thing is looking at TOS-R without the extra knowledge of being told that it is where the ion pod supposedly was (from an Okuda interview?) we don't know what that is. When we first see the cavity in TOS-R, Kirk's dialogue mentions a dead crewman and "the damage is considerable". The most the casual observer could draw from those shots is that a light bulb got damaged and/or the light bulb exploded, killing a crewmember on the other side. Since no character in TOS-R points out what the ion pod looked like or where it it was makes that bulb even a less likely target location and we're just left with guys in space suits repairing a broken light bulb.
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