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Star Trek Movies I-X Discuss the first ten big screen outings in this forum!

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Old June 24 2013, 10:39 PM   #1
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Security or Marines?

That's what I've been wondering about the officers in the security holding pen in these scene from Star Trek III: The Search For Spock. Are they the standard cops/security, or Marines on a special detail? Here's a reminder from the movie:

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Old June 24 2013, 10:40 PM   #2
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Re: Security or Marines?

I always thought that guy was a civilian security guard or police officer.
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Old June 25 2013, 10:17 AM   #3
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Confess that you created this thread only because it created the opportunity for us to see the "don't call me tiny" clip!

I don't know how many times I've seen ST III in my life, but this was the first time I noticed that Kirk gave McCoy the Vulcan salute when he asked him how many fingers he was holding up. I need to start paying attention in life.
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Old June 25 2013, 01:53 PM   #4
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Re: Security or Marines?

"That ain't a shepherd," and it ain't a Marine, either. Those guys in red with the helmets look far more dangerous than the rent-a-cops "guarding" the cell.
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Old June 25 2013, 03:00 PM   #5
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I was referring to the guys in blue and white, actually and wondering if they were Marines, but I guess maybe you're right.
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Old June 25 2013, 05:41 PM   #6
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Re: Security or Marines?

They must be Starfleet. Their uniforms have all the pins and patchs and emblems as the red ones

LOL now I see the jackets have zippers in the back! must be difficult for them to dress for work.
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Old June 25 2013, 06:47 PM   #7
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I thought it was just Starfleet jail guards.
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Old June 25 2013, 08:36 PM   #8
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Yep just security of some sort.

We've never seen confirmed marines in Trek, the closest we've come to sort of marines are the MACOs from the much later production of the Enterprise TV series.

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Old June 25 2013, 08:43 PM   #9
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Does anyone else find it funny that the guards are ordering around Kirk and Sulu as though they're nothing? Kirk was a flag officer, and Sulu was only a few steps away from a command of his own at this point in time. Those guys must have been suffering from some sort of complex.

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Old June 25 2013, 08:45 PM   #10
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Does anyone else find it funny that the guards are ordering around Kirk and Sulu as though they're nothing? Kirk was a flag officer, and Sulu was only a few steps away from a command of his own at this point in time. Those guys must have been suffering from some sort of complex.

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But then they had a job which Kirk and Sula had no jurisdiction over.

They were there to guard the prisoner. Kirk and sulu were potential threats to that job.
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Old June 25 2013, 08:49 PM   #11
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Does anyone else find it funny that the guards are ordering around Kirk and Sulu as though they're nothing? Kirk was a flag officer, and Sulu was only a few steps away from a command of his own at this point in time. Those guys must have been suffering from some sort of complex.

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Now that you mention it. At that point in time Kirk and company beside being high ranking officers, had done nothing but save Earth time and again. The guys should be celebrities.

The two assholes deserved the beating Kirk and Sulu gave them.

The Terran government seems to be very totalitarian. Look how they locked McCoy --a frail old man on meds!-- just for saying a word out loud.

And the Mirror Universe though they had it bad.
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Old June 25 2013, 08:55 PM   #12
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just for saying a word out loud.
Well we all know how tetchy goverments can get over classified information *cough* *cough*
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Old June 25 2013, 09:13 PM   #13
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But then they had a job which Kirk and Sula had no jurisdiction over.

They were there to guard the prisoner. Kirk and sulu were potential threats to that job.
How? Kirk and Sulu were Starfleet officers. The guards were also in Starfleet. Whatever their assignment may have been, they were still subject to the same chain of command that anyone else would be. If an admiral- a highly decorated admiral, no less- asks to visit his friend in a prison cell, there's no reason for a guard to give him attitude about it.

And how were Kirk and Sulu threats to the guards? They didn't take action until they were just about to take McCoy out of the detention area. Yet we have the first guard ordering Kirk around, and the second calls a superior officer a name because of a height difference.

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Old June 25 2013, 09:31 PM   #14
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But then they had a job which Kirk and Sula had no jurisdiction over.

They were there to guard the prisoner. Kirk and sulu were potential threats to that job.
How? Kirk and Sulu were Starfleet officers. The guards were also in Starfleet. Whatever their assignment may have been, they were still subject to the same chain of command that anyone else would be. If an admiral- a highly decorated admiral, no less- asks to visit his friend in a prison cell, there's no reason for a guard to give him attitude about it.

And how were Kirk and Sulu threats to the guards? They didn't take action until they were just about to take McCoy out of the detention area. Yet we have the first guard ordering Kirk around, and the second calls a superior officer a name because of a height difference.

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Well all I can say is that they knew they were McCoys freinds and they knew Kirks mavorick personality.

No doubt they may have been warned before hand to keep a eye out on them if they turned up.
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Old June 25 2013, 09:36 PM   #15
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Well all I can say is that they knew they were McCoys freinds and they knew Kirks mavorick personality.

No doubt they may have been warned before hand to keep a eye out on them if they turned up.
I think that's a stretch. Kirk had no maverick personality until the events in question. It was only after TSFS that his reputation as a rule-breaker came to light. Before that, he'd been a respected member of Starfleet, albeit something of a dinosaur.

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