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Old March 14 2013, 11:50 PM   #31
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Re: Uniforms color switch between TOS and TNG

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Didn't it start off as pretty clearly & specifically blue
It was always a teal in Season One of TNG. We had Susan Sackett visit Sydney just after the season ended and, when asked about the colour, she picked out an audience member at a gathering and said that her eyes were "Just the right colour." Bluish green.

and got greener with every revision until you hit the ST:FC uniforms, whose undershirt was more green than blue...
Again, it wasn't just a dye variation but was dependent on overhead lights, which can be different for filming and for still shots.

We had a weird experience with DS9 in Australia. We got to see "Emissary" on US broadcast copies on VHS, airmailed by penpals, and then both PAL and NTSC commercial home video copies, and the teal uniforms appeared totally different in each version! One was a very blue blue, one was a green green, and one was in between.
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Old March 15 2013, 09:05 AM   #32
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Re: Uniforms color switch between TOS and TNG

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A few years ago I did this crummy Photoshop job for a similar thread, just to get any idea of what everyone would look like if they kept the TOS scheme.


Skywalker I think this is an impressive image. Proving the color switch was a mistake between TOS and TNG.
No, I'm glad they switched the colors.
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Old March 15 2013, 09:40 AM   #33
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Re: Uniforms color switch between TOS and TNG

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No, I'm glad they switched the colors.
Me too.

TNG needed to establish its own identity to make it different from TOS, and switching the colors was part of that. It also wisely didn't go for a Kirk wannabe and went in the opposite directing by giving us Picard, a very different type of captain.
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Old March 15 2013, 12:37 PM   #34
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Re: Uniforms color switch between TOS and TNG

Here's another take, not straight vanilla.



It's sort of a TOS upgrade, that addresses some issues I have with the three color scheme. Medical (sea green) is split from sciences and security (brown) is split from operations. Picard is wearing the captain's prerogative olive drab. Troi is wearing uniform colors at least, and Wesley is sent back to gray.
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Old March 15 2013, 12:43 PM   #35
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anyone ever done one with tmp random disco-brown and greys and picard in white?
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Old March 15 2013, 01:26 PM   #36
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How about this? Officers in red with collar piping to indicate division. Exceptions: Medical = blue, Security = black. Wesley doesn't really count, but let's give him cadet gray with red piping so he can feel special.


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Old March 15 2013, 05:50 PM   #37
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Nice photoshop work, but the division piping on the officer uniforms is too subtle. I can barely tell the piping is even there.

It's cool to see the cast in alternate uniforms. It would've been neat to see more uniform colors in the show.
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Old March 15 2013, 05:56 PM   #38
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Or how about no color for no-one?

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Old March 15 2013, 06:09 PM   #39
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Ooh, velvet.
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Old March 15 2013, 06:29 PM   #40
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Or how about no color for no-one?

Looks like a Babylon 5 rip off!

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Old March 17 2013, 08:29 PM   #41
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Re: Uniforms color switch between TOS and TNG

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Here's another take, not straight vanilla.



It's sort of a TOS upgrade, that addresses some issues I have with the three color scheme. Medical (sea green) is split from sciences and security (brown) is split from operations. Picard is wearing the captain's prerogative olive drab. Troi is wearing uniform colors at least, and Wesley is sent back to gray.
Y'know, there comes a point when uniforms stop being, well, uniform. I'm pretty sure sticking the whole cast in either different colours or different clothes qualifies!
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Old March 17 2013, 08:33 PM   #42
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Re: Uniforms color switch between TOS and TNG

US Navy flight deck crews use at least seven colors [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uniform...vy#Flight_deck]. Nice picture there, too.
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Old March 17 2013, 08:40 PM   #43
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US Navy flight deck crews use at least seven colors [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uniform...vy#Flight_deck]. Nice picture there, too.
Yeah, but you have to reflect the fact that this is a TV show where there were only seven regulars who wore uniforms as standard. To get more than three - or four at a push - colours in, you have to go down the TWoK route and reduce the division colours to a small detail, or else it looks chaotic to the average viewer. Imagine the TWoK uniforms in division colours rather than maroon.

[Also, there would be the extra cost of making uniforms for extras and guest stars to account for...]
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Old March 18 2013, 07:01 AM   #44
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Plus, they look like bag of skittles ...
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Old March 18 2013, 09:17 AM   #45
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[Also, there would be the extra cost of making uniforms for extras and guest stars to account for...]
Yeah, that's pretty much what I said over in this thread, in the context of TOS.
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