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

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Old January 28 2014, 03:20 AM   #16
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Re: doors to quarters have no locks / crew have no expectation of priv

In defense of a pioneering wacky neighbor, Norton only came down after Ralph shouted up the fire escape at him....
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Old January 29 2014, 09:07 PM   #17
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If there are scenes of people just coming into quarters uninvited, that's just dramatic shorthand to get the scene moving. You can see the same thing on countless sitcoms -- nobody in sitcoms ever seems to lock their front door, because going through the business of knocking and giving permission and opening the door would throw off the comic timing so it's better just to have the wacky neighbor barge in on cue.
The notable exception of one Doctor Sheldon Cooper notwithstanding of course.


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Old January 29 2014, 09:44 PM   #18
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If there are scenes of people just coming into quarters uninvited, that's just dramatic shorthand to get the scene moving. You can see the same thing on countless sitcoms -- nobody in sitcoms ever seems to lock their front door, because going through the business of knocking and giving permission and opening the door would throw off the comic timing so it's better just to have the wacky neighbor barge in on cue.
The notable exception of one Doctor Sheldon Cooper notwithstanding of course.


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Old January 30 2014, 05:00 AM   #19
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Yes... if the doors were locked, Lenny & Squiggy would not be able to barge in unexpectedly on Beverly & Deanna.....
Well, both Lenny and Squiggy have actually appeared on Star Trek...
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Old January 30 2014, 08:27 PM   #20
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One thing I've noticed after watching some TNG episodes is that crew members can enter their fellow officers' quarters without permission. The episodes "The Outrageous Okona" and "Measure of a Man" come to mind. It's almost as if people aboard the Enterprise have no expectation of privacy.

Is this ever touched upon? I mean, do the doors to quarters not have locks? Do crew really trust each other to the point that they keep their quarters unlocked? Or do senior officers have some sort of ability to override security?
In 'The Outrageous Okona', it was Worf who had to get the freighter captain. Its easy to assume the ship's chief of security would be able to open pretty much anyone's door. And it was an emergency at the time, and Worf was under orders from Picard to get the guy.

And in 'The Measure of a Man', Maddox didn't consider Data to be an individual at the time he entered Data's quarters unannounced, and Data called him on his bullshit.

Pretty much any other time I can think of, there was a door chime or an emergency override involved, so yeah, the doors do lock on the Big E.
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