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Old December 2 2012, 08:35 AM   #1
Albertese
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"Enemy Within" Transporter Question

I have a question about the transporter from the episode "The Enemy Within" and it's not that question!

When Spock nerve pinches Evil-Kirk in the engineering set, Evil Kirk misses his shot on Good-Kirk and instead punched a pretty hole in a big column that was never there before and never appears again. (I suppose we're to assume it was always there but the camera just never panned over that far.)

Scotty evaluates the damage...

Scotty says:
"Mister Scott, sir, on the lower level of the Engineering deck. I've found a new trouble with the transporter. The casing has a wide gap ripped in it. The main circuits have been burned through. The abort control circuit is gone altogether."
So my question is what's the deal with this column? Does it attach to something above or below (or both)? Scotty seems to identify this gadget as the transporter. So what capacity does it serve? There is clearly more than one transporter station aboard the ship, but, presumably, all transporters utilize this column? Which also contains the abort control circuit for all transporter units?

I'm sure I'm not the only one who's thought about this. I've had my ideas before, but I'm working on a project which is making me revisit my earlier musings.

Thoughts?

--Alex
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