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The Next Generation All Good Things come to an end...but not here.

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Old February 10 2013, 09:32 AM   #31
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Re: Away Teams

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The thing that was always more baffling to me, was why the away teams (in this super advanced 24th century of theirs) never took along a freakin camera and transmitted what they were seeing to the Enterprise. Instead of having to give Picard some vague and not very helpful verbal description all the time.

The closest they ever got was Geordi's crazy kaleidescope vision in the first season, and that was more for kicks than anything else.

Or why not just beam down some sort of probe/camera before sending any people down. They could get some idea of what they were heading into.
Geordie once did that but it was risky.
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Old February 10 2013, 08:57 PM   #32
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Re: Away Teams

In TOS, this was not a big problem, as typically the ship was not all that interested in what the landing party was doing. After all, the commander of the team was also the commander of the ship and the overall mission, and was on the spot already.

TOS also gave us every reason to believe that visual records were being made - we saw some, e.g. in the teaser of "Friday's Child". Apparently, and in all simplicity, the tricorder was also a camcorder. Whether the capacity existed to send the imagery to the ship in real time... Well, why not? "Miri" suggested that uplinking was technologically somewhat challenging, but only to the degree of involving the hand communicators as a mediating agent.

TNG should really have thought this through when introducing the all-new dramatic element of communication between away teams and the mission commander.

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Old February 11 2013, 12:33 AM   #33
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Re: Away Teams

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The thing that was always more baffling to me, was why the away teams (in this super advanced 24th century of theirs) never took along a freakin camera and transmitted what they were seeing to the Enterprise. Instead of having to give Picard some vague and not very helpful verbal description all the time.

The closest they ever got was Geordi's crazy kaleidescope vision in the first season, and that was more for kicks than anything else.

Or why not just beam down some sort of probe/camera before sending any people down. They could get some idea of what they were heading into.
They generally use the ship's sensors to do that.
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Old February 11 2013, 05:31 AM   #34
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Re: Away Teams

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The thing that was always more baffling to me, was why the away teams (in this super advanced 24th century of theirs) never took along a freakin camera and transmitted what they were seeing to the Enterprise. Instead of having to give Picard some vague and not very helpful verbal description all the time.

The closest they ever got was Geordi's crazy kaleidescope vision in the first season, and that was more for kicks than anything else.

Or why not just beam down some sort of probe/camera before sending any people down. They could get some idea of what they were heading into.
Because it's a TV show. People don't tune in to see probes.
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Old February 11 2013, 09:18 AM   #35
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Re: Away Teams

The MALP in Stargate was only used to assess conditions around the gate at the other end. Once conditions were established as "safe", the team went through and marched out of range into danger.

IIRC, they did use aerial drones once or maybe in a few episodes, but those didn't solve all the problems.
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