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Old March 14 2013, 09:36 AM   #19
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Re: Uniforms color switch between TOS and TNG

ChristopherPike wrote: View Post
Then again if it only boiled down to what colour a producer thought looked good on Patrick Stewart... not the most interesting story ever!
Screen testing of the lead actors' costumes is a very typical part in the creation of a TV series. Of course, the other bonus for shifting to the wine colour for the command division was that it supposedly avoided the old redshirt gag, which had become a fairly mainstream joke by 1987.

Problems can be anticipated via screentests, eg:

The Velcro sides of Nimoy's TV pilot shirt collars, allowed easy off without smearing the greasepaint/pancake makeups of the day. Similarly, his black Vulcan undershirt in ST:TMP served a similar preemptive service.

The change from TOS blue for science to orange for ST:TMP (and to a mint green for medical) was to avoid the solid blue patches and epaulets from confusing the then-newish bluescreen technology.

Similarly, when they went back to blue for science/medical in TNG, they shifted it to a blue-green for the same reason.
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