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Old August 15 2010, 04:48 AM   #1
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Star Trek VI Enterprise Bridge: What Is That Thing?

In this screen capture from Star Trek VI, we see this... thing... on the floor between the helm console and the captain's chair. The "spine" of the helm console slopes downward and has the "astrogator" display, and then this structure rises up from behind the astrogator display.

What is that thing?
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Old August 15 2010, 04:56 AM   #2
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Re: Star Trek VI Enterprise Bridge: What Is That Thing?

Well, it looks to be too far away to serve as the Captain's foot rest. (Unless the Captain would pass for an NBA player, that is.)

That is odd.

Could it be some kind of extension of the helm/nav console, offering additional controls?

Beats me.
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Old August 15 2010, 05:06 AM   #3
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Re: Star Trek VI Enterprise Bridge: What Is That Thing?

Maybe it's the beer cooler. They didn't have replicators then, after all.
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Old August 15 2010, 05:08 AM   #4
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Re: Star Trek VI Enterprise Bridge: What Is That Thing?

I thought maybe they stuffed Kollos in there, to take over the navigation station whenever Chekov takes a vodka break.
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Old August 15 2010, 06:30 AM   #5
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Re: Star Trek VI Enterprise Bridge: What Is That Thing?

It's the ball return for the bowling alley.
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Old August 15 2010, 07:05 AM   #6
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It's just an empty prop that Shatner can put his foot up on when he stands to say "fire" and blows up the Klingon ship... ya know, to look all cool and dramatic and shit. The Shat probably asked for something like that from the prop department after practicing at home in front of the mirror. And that is literally it's only function, fictional or otherwise. Sulu has something similar on the Excelsior to put his vibrating tea cup on, but his retracts into the floor, cuz Sulu's all classy like that.

It's the same reason they put a convenient little handle on Chekov's space suit in TWOK, just so Montalban can grab it and lift him off the ground all bad ass, no handles on those same suits in TMP you'll notice.

It's all prop wank, sci-fi productions are full of 'em.
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Old August 15 2010, 08:14 PM   #7
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sojourner wrote: View Post
It's the ball return for the bowling alley.
I think this is, clearly, the most plausible explanation.
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Old August 15 2010, 09:20 PM   #8
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Kinda looks like the controls to the ship's music system

But I suppose it'd be more controls and status displays for just the captain. Use to be the ship's chronometer was there but it got moved to the main viewer though.
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Old August 15 2010, 09:38 PM   #9
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Spare Genesis Device?....
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Old August 15 2010, 10:24 PM   #10
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Spare Genesis Device?....
Oh, I could TOTALLY use one of those... my yard is a mess !!
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Old August 16 2010, 12:38 AM   #11
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It covers a part for the gimbal/gimbel?, which they mounted the set on for the vibration and to create a more dramatic/realistic effect during the battle scenes.
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Old August 16 2010, 07:41 PM   #12
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It covers a part for the gimbal/gimbel?, which they mounted the set on for the vibration and to create a more dramatic/realistic effect during the battle scenes.
Yep, thats it! or at least what ive heard.
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Old August 18 2010, 05:46 AM   #13
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It's a joystick steering column.
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Old August 18 2010, 07:41 AM   #14
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Sulu has something similar on the Excelsior to put his vibrating tea cup on, but his retracts into the floor, cuz Sulu's all classy like that.
If the coffee table really retracts, that means there's a hole in the floor of the set at that location. Meaning that when the set is changed from Excelsior bridge to Enterprise bridge, they have to cover that hole somehow... And a simple piece of carpeting won't suffice, because the seams would be way too obvious and reveal the swapping trick. So, the extension to the Enterprise helm console gets its explanation right there and then - fancy manhole cover!

I don't see any evidence of the coffee table retracting, though. It's there even when Sulu goes to battle.

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Old August 18 2010, 12:31 PM   #15
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Timo wrote: View Post
Sulu has something similar on the Excelsior to put his vibrating tea cup on, but his retracts into the floor, cuz Sulu's all classy like that.
If the coffee table really retracts, that means there's a hole in the floor of the set at that location. Meaning that when the set is changed from Excelsior bridge to Enterprise bridge, they have to cover that hole somehow... And a simple piece of carpeting won't suffice, because the seams would be way too obvious and reveal the swapping trick. So, the extension to the Enterprise helm console gets its explanation right there and then - fancy manhole cover!

I don't see any evidence of the coffee table retracting, though. It's there even when Sulu goes to battle.

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Don't be such a square, not only does the table retract, but the workstations in the rear of the bridge revolve around to reveal a full wet bar. The Hi-Fi sound system is the shit too... and guess where the disco ball lowers from.
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