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Old December 22 2013, 03:17 AM   #38
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Re: The TWOK Enterprise's torpedo bay revisited

Robert Comsol wrote: View Post
From "Journey to Babel":

CHEKOV: Fire control locked into the computers, Captain.
KIRK: On my order, fire photon torpedoes two, four and six. Widest possible scatter.
CHEKOV: Aye, sir.
KIRK: Fire.
CHEKOV: Full spread missed, sir. They're moving too fast for us.

Six photon torpedo tubes for that little area looks like quite a lot and too much, doesn't it?

Bob

This sounds like the writer was envisioning tubes when writing the line. The even numbers sound like carryover from naval convention of numbering tubes with even numbers on one side and odd on the other. Otherwise, he would have called for torpedos 1, 2 and 3 or something more sequential. Plus, it seems like it would make more sense to specify which tube or turret was fired than naming the particular round to be used.
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