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Old August 25 2014, 07:36 PM   #31
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Re: Question About the Ship's Phasers

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And speaking of ship phaser fire and the typical use of two beams....why were the phasers mere ball-like bursts for Balance of Terror (I am a new convert to this episode) as opposed to the generally used dual streams of ray?
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I'd chalk it up to being early in the production before how they were supposed to work was figured out.
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The actual script called for the phasers to be set to "proximity blasts," basically turning them into depth charges against a Romulan ship the Enterprise couldn't see.
The script actually describes the weapons effect thusly:
91 EXT. SPACE - COMET TAIL

The Enterprise suddenly zooms into sight through the
comet's semi-transparent tail -- cutting loose with
energy "blips" from its phaser weapons.
So it was planned to be like this, not a VFX error.
The aforementioned proximity blasts. A way of either quickly fishing out an enemy out of hiding or rapidly bombing an entire area where an enemy might be hiding.
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Old August 30 2014, 07:58 PM   #32
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Re: Question About the Ship's Phasers

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Because it looks cool. I doubt there is any other reason.
I agree. Also in The Doomsday Machine, when Kirk and Scotty got the trashed ship fixed up a little, it fired one beam. It was a great visual illustrating the fact that the other ship was barely operational.
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Old September 7 2014, 09:05 PM   #33
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Re: Question About the Ship's Phasers

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I'd chalk it up to being early in the production before how they were supposed to work was figured out.

Only "Corbomite" preceeded it as an episode showing the main phasers being fired, and the phaser effects for each episode were done by different post-production companies.
Explaining the look of the phasers on Arena

I always thought the phasers and photon torpedoes were related somehow, before the deal with anti-matter came about
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