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Old December 16 2012, 11:19 AM   #47
Robert Comsol
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Re: TOS Microtapes: help me settle a debate!

Greg Cox wrote: View Post
"Why exactly is that yeoman stumbling across the bridge in the middle of a space battle just to transfer a microtape from one station to another? "
If I remember correctly to pick up tapes to put these in the ship's flight recorder (e.g. "The Corbomite Maneuver", "Balance of Terror").

I presume these square chips to consist of some extremely wheather-, temperature-, shock- and radiation resistant materials. Thus the scene in "The Doomsday Machine" with Commodore Decker chewing on the microtape squares might be a deliberate analogy to what's happening on the viewscreen: Just as he can't dent the planet killer with the ship's phasers his teeth will leave no marks whatsoever on these durable chip tapes.

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