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Old July 4 2010, 02:53 AM   #1
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What exactly was Spock's Moire Pattern Thing supposed to indicate?

I've always wondered this. Whenever you watch TOS, the moire pattern is sitting there, just spinning away, and nobody stops to gawk at its coolness.

Certainly it meant something to Spock. It must have served some function. Has it ever been explained? If so, what did it do?
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Old July 4 2010, 03:40 AM   #2
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Re: What exactly was Spock's Moire Pattern Thing supposed to indicate?

The closet thing I can think of is some variant of waterfall-type display like on a submarine sonar panel. Either that or a futuristic screen saver.
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Old July 4 2010, 04:40 AM   #3
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Re: What exactly was Spock's Moire Pattern Thing supposed to indicate?

I thought it went ding when there was...stuff.
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Old July 4 2010, 05:49 AM   #4
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Re: What exactly was Spock's Moire Pattern Thing supposed to indicate?

Based on Balance of Terror I'd say it's some sort of display for an active sensor.



If it were a passive sensor, there's be no way for the Romulans to know Spock had hit the button.
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Old July 4 2010, 06:10 PM   #5
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Re: What exactly was Spock's Moire Pattern Thing supposed to indicate?

It was an indicator that this week's episode of "The Green Hornet" is ready for viewing.
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Old July 4 2010, 08:55 PM   #6
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Re: What exactly was Spock's Moire Pattern Thing supposed to indicate?

If you shine a blacklight on it - secret message!!
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Old July 4 2010, 11:37 PM   #7
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Re: What exactly was Spock's Moire Pattern Thing supposed to indicate?

shatnertage wrote: View Post
I thought it went ding when there was...stuff.
I didn't think that the Enterprise had a Timey-Wimey detector!
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Old July 5 2010, 12:03 AM   #8
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Re: What exactly was Spock's Moire Pattern Thing supposed to indicate?

Perhaps it's just a screensaver.
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Old July 5 2010, 01:58 AM   #9
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Re: What exactly was Spock's Moire Pattern Thing supposed to indicate?

Kind of reminds me of when the Simpsons parodied Lost in Space and the Lisa Robot says "Danger! Danger! My arms are flailing wildly!" Ah, vintage Simpsons.

I'm not really sure what that particular display is for, other than to perhaps look science fictiony.
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Old July 5 2010, 03:42 PM   #10
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Re: What exactly was Spock's Moire Pattern Thing supposed to indicate?

I think it was supposed to be like a futuristic version of a radio wave indicator (futuristic for the 60s), which makes sense because in the 60s radio waves were still being used more and more for advanced technology, radio was very popular and television was still a new technology, plus there were more advances in radio and telephone communication.
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Old July 6 2010, 03:28 AM   #11
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Re: What exactly was Spock's Moire Pattern Thing supposed to indicate?

mtblillie wrote: View Post
I think it was supposed to be like a futuristic version of a radio wave indicator (futuristic for the 60s), which makes sense because in the 60s radio waves were still being used more and more for advanced technology, radio was very popular and television was still a new technology, plus there were more advances in radio and telephone communication.
Right, it was probably thought that a spinning moiré pattern looked more “futuristic” than waveforms on an oscilloscope (like in the opening titles of the original Outer Limits), which were already becoming a sci-fi cliché by Star Trek's time. The spinning moiré thingy was a simple, cheap but cool-looking mechanical effect.

Or maybe Spock just stared at the thing and tripped out when he had nothing else to do.
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Old July 6 2010, 03:49 AM   #12
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Re: What exactly was Spock's Moire Pattern Thing supposed to indicate?

Captain, sensors indicate that things are...groovy.
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Old July 6 2010, 08:38 AM   #13
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Re: What exactly was Spock's Moire Pattern Thing supposed to indicate?

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Captain, sensors indicate that things are...groovy.
We've got a red...thingy...coming towards a green thingy. I think we're the green thingy.
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Old July 9 2010, 01:32 AM   #14
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Re: What exactly was Spock's Moire Pattern Thing supposed to indicate?

I think it just showing some kind of violent & sexy electromagnetic field... cause it looks like a spinning one for sure!
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Old July 9 2010, 02:33 AM   #15
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Re: What exactly was Spock's Moire Pattern Thing supposed to indicate?

I have a background as an electronics technician and this was the kind of thing we used to joke about. All those colored lights flashing seemingly at random. What the heck did they indicate?

They could have done LCARS on TOS for not much more money than they did all the colored chicklet buttons, flashing lights, scopes and LSD displays. They just didn't think like that in the 60s and even if they did, most of the audience would not have gotten it.
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