If one looks at the picture of Devna at http://en.memory-alpha.org/wiki/Orion
, it does look somewhat on the yellow side, so I can see how some might call that golden, though I'd call it pale green myself.
But I assume that picture is from the DVD, so it doesn't really prove anything about the color before
Oh, you know what? I'm getting forgetful. I just remembered that I still have some very old VHS copies of the original VHS home-video release of TAS. (In fact, I think they're VHS copies of Beta copies of the rented VHS tapes.) I could barely make out the picture, either because the tapes are eroding or the player's heads are covered in dust from disuse, but the space of the Delta Triangle was vivid red -- and Devna was unmistakably light green. So I guess that "golden-skinned" reference was just one of the Concordance
Which just goes to show something about perception, since for ages I believed that Devna had been gold-skinned, even after seeing the episode in color a number of times. I guess I just had that assumption drilled into my head by the Concordance
in those early years when I only saw the show in black-and-white, and even the evidence of my eyes didn't cause me to consciously register the error.
Yeah, not knowing the origin of the Memory Alpha photo would be part of why I said I was offering no definitive
answer, wouldn't it.
And I can't agree that the Concordance was necessarily in error, in the sense of misstating a fact. The point I was making was that if
Devna's color was not altered for the DVD, and if
the Memory Alpha picture is from the DVD, then we are seeing a picture of what Devna originally looked like, which is all plausible to me since it jibes with what I recall her looking like all along. And since that yellow-tinted green shown on Memory Alpha might be characterized as "golden", that's an argument in favor of the Concordance not being factually inaccurate. More below.
Color naming is sometimes a matter of opinion and often a question of perception. I think this was the point that Redfern
was making when he referred to the "avacado valley" (which I took as a reference to Kirk's shirt).
If you ignore the lips and eyes, and isolate just the skin tone in the Memory Alpha picture of Devna, do you still see it as green? Indeed, using the GIMP color picker tool, I find that (at least at one pixel of her skin), her skin color has the hex code #e5fe86
, which looks more than a little golden to me.