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Old January 26 2014, 04:36 PM   #63
Robert Comsol
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Re: Starfleet Starship Insignia was all supposed to be the same?

From "The Doomsday Machine":

KIRK: Matt. Matt, listen to me. You can't throw your life away like this. Matt, you're a starship commander. That makes you a valuable commodity.

From "The Ultimate Computer":

SPOCK: Commodore Wesley is a dedicated commander. I should regret serving aboard the instrument of his death.

Spock didn't say "dedicated officer" but "dedicated commander" which could be the same context as in "The Doomsday Machine". i.e. "[starship] commander" (since a commodore obviously is not just a starship captain but in both cases the commander of a starship).

It's also interesting that the reply to Wesley's request for permission to destroy the Enterprise is not asking Commodore Wesley for acknowledgement but "Lexington".

IIRC the Star Trek 9 novelization of James Blish featured the early script for "The Ultimate Computer". In that case there is probably information useful for this debate?

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