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Old August 25 2012, 10:34 PM   #31
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Indeed I got these TOS DVDs back in the early summer time for about 20 dollars each new, the old ones with out the remasters from Suncoast, and I watched em pretty much in order. (sometimes I'd fall asleep and go back or something, or some i could not get thru mudds women was one. it was so slow)

But as I rewatch this series, it has been fun. but it never occured to me to watch it any other way than the order listed on the DVDS i think thats what the little number are then the production number i wreckoned.

Neat little show, and yeah the Rand rape thing was scary, and some of the other things are off but its a fun and way better than that Star Track Voyager crap.

Enterprise reminds me of TOS. I like all the treks but Voyager, but this original series takes the taco! Its fun and action pact and color ful! I think Deep Space is the best serious show, and TNG is the easiest to watch without thinking, and its easy on the eyes just the one that is my first trek series. Voyager as i said is bad, and I recently watched the new one Enterprise on cbs dot come and that one is neat too! So anyway I'm on the blue box second season of STAR TREK The original SERies. And your comments , by the original poster, are many of the same thing I thought. !
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Old August 25 2012, 10:37 PM   #32
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I'm going to disagree because I don't think it was an ensemble show even by the standards of the time. For instance The Beverly Hillbillies and The Dick Van Dyke Show were ensemble shows, as every character had plots about them at various points, and they all featured in virtually every episode.
Okay, I think we're having a vocabulary issue here. A show can have an ensemble without being an "ensemble show." "Ensemble show" has come to be a term for a show that uses all its cast equally, but that's actually a change in the meaning of the word; according to the dictionary, "ensemble" means the supporting cast aside from the principals. So no, TOS was not an "ensemble show" in the modern sense of the word, but it did have an ensemble in the more traditional sense, a continuing group of supporting players. And my point is that the early episodes of TOS focus more on that ensemble than the later episodes do. I'm not comparing Star Trek to other shows, I'm simply comparing the first, ohh, dozen episodes of Star Trek to the rest of Star Trek (TOS).


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Riley was big in two eps. Rand had a decent part in a couple. Chapel had "Little Girls"; there were the rec dec, botany, gym scenes all showing us a level of casual interplay among the crew (aside from big 3) that clearly declined from the midpoint of S1 onwards.

Ditch the term "ensemble" if you like, but you cannot deny the change. Probably due to GR becoming less hands-on and GCoon wanting fewer crewman of note to confuse us, and leave us with a core "tv family" to hang our hats on. Maybe smart from a ratings standpoint in 1967, but I prefer the earlier feel.
An interesting analysis, but keep in mind that it was a common practice in the '60s to focus individual episodes on prominent guest stars. The show that Roddenberry used as his template when pitching ST, Wagon Train, was famous for this; there was a regular cast, but mainly they were there to support the episodes about the featured guest wagon train members of the week. You can see the same thing in something like The Fugitive, where the show wasn't so much about Kimble and his quest for the one-armed man as it was about the dramas and problems of the guest characters he got involved with week after week. The original ST pitch document actually says that the ship "is a whole community in which we can anytime take our camera down a passageway and find a guest star or secondary character... who can propel us into a story."

So we had episodes whose focus characters were visitors to the ship, like Harry and Eve or Charlie Evans, or outsiders like the Romulan Commander or Miri, but we also had some episodes where the featured guest characters were members of the crew, like Bailey or Stiles or Boma. Kevin Riley was originally a one-shot character, and the Kodos survivor in "The Conscience of the King" was originally going to be a separate character, Robert Leighton, until they cast Bruce Hyde in the role and decided to call the character Riley instead. So it's kind of an accident that Riley ended up having two focus episodes. Rand is different, because she was meant to be part of the ensemble (in the supporting sense) from the start, though she didn't last long. Chapel is sort of an in-between case, since she wasn't intended to be part of the ensemble from the start, but Roddenberry surely didn't intend her to be a one-shot role either, since he wanted Majel Barrett to be a part of the show one way or another.
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Old August 27 2012, 03:30 PM   #33
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James Blish had Riley down as Daiken in the novelization. He was going by the earlier drafts. Leighton was Kirk's friend, the poor schmuck with the black patch on his face.

What I like about very early Trek are the little bits they tried out but didn't do again for whatever reason. Like the computer "face" in Mudd's Women. It wasn't anything more than a cine wave, but it gave the characters and the audience a focal point rather than just a audio presence. Or that cool "screen saver" seen in Where No Man Has Gone Before (might have been in another episode, but hardly glipsed). That required the use of rear projection which they didn't usually have time for. Also a shame they never used the phaser rifle in the series after the pilot. It was a nice prop.
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Old August 27 2012, 04:11 PM   #34
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Cranked out a few more episodes over the weekend.

Miri more chilling than I remembered, a very dark episode with not many opportunities for humor. The "other Earth" is a much discussed throwaway which is all but forgotten and pointless. Some great character bits throughout as the landing party marches toward death. Seeing Janice have a big part is nice, it's a shame she had to leave the series. Spock continues his coldness (he keeps hanging up on Farrell - "people don't say goodbye in the 23rd century?").

The whole opening up to the finding of Miri is great. Awesome atmosphere and buildup, with the dying "child" and his tricycle. Later, when we see the horror shot of Louise, it's another pretty chill. When Miri screams, it looks to genuinely startle Shatner. I love how Kirk uses his charm on her. Again, it's another time, but today, Kirk would come off pretty creepy.

Transition period for the props: the security guards wear the leather belts, but use the newer phasers. The main guys have the black belts and the phaser 1. Janice is unarmed. She runs great, though.

One niggle: the Enterprise has it down to the second how long they have to live. Everyone will react simultaneously? Wouldn't McCoy drop first being oldest? Janice last? Or was it the deadline before they were past a point of no return? Seems a little odd.

Dagger of the Mind - a middling episode which becomes important because of the introduction of the Vulcan Mind Meld; it is only called this in Spectre of the Gun and "a sort of mind meld" in Is There in Truth No Beauty? by the way. Nearly every time they use it, it's called something else. The Vulcan Mind Touch, the mind fusion, the Vulcan technique of the joining of two minds, and the mind probe (twice). I wonder who settled on the official name of "mind meld" after the fact?

The funny thing about the end of act one is that Kirk asks Bones for someone with psychiatric and penology experience (if possible). The music gets all romantic and McCoy give him a sly double take but the audience has no way to know what's going on. It's just a sort of weird ending that only really makes sense when you see it a second time. Then when we come back, we get a shot of the Enterprise we've never seen before or will again; it looks like an outtake from the 2nd pilot showing the ship approaching Delta Vega. It's terrible, actually. This was cut out of the WPIX syndie runs in the 70's, but I caught it on a Connecticut rerun and it always stuck with me because it was unique and very awkward. It starts out fine, but then it becomes a still shots that is made smaller. It reminds me of the Filmation Animated Series in technique. Also weird, the entire mind meld scene was missing from my area's syndie run until the 80s revamp.

Helen Noel is gorgeous, but extremely unprofessional. Kirk asks her real questions and she usually fires off some sort of double entendre or reference to that damned Christmas party. She turns out to be fine, but for the first half, she's something of an annoyance to me. James Gregory saves this episode. Spock is once again a background player. Why did he turn the power back on, anyway?

Corbomite Maneuver and The Menagerie - I actually skipped these because I've seen them too often to too recently. Besides, the audio cock ups in The Menagerie annoy the hell out of me. Either way, these are classics and favorites and let's move on.

Conscience of the King - here's an underrated episode. Another dark tale with Kirk in the foreground. Shatner does the material justice. There's only one action sequence, the phaser overload scene, and this was also always cut out of my local syndication station's reruns. This made the following scene where Kirk mentions it nonsensical. McCoy comes across annoyingly in his first scene with Spock, dismissing everything he's saying and trying to get the Vulcan drunk. I understand that Bones may not agree with Spock's concerns, but it’s weird to see him be completely dismissive of them. Thankfully, this doesn't last long. McCoy is something of a dumbass, though. Everyone is trying to keep the truth from Riley, but Bones decides to log Kirk's decision and the full exposition about Reilly's family murder nice and loudly in sick bay with the Lt. standing just a few feet away. Bruce Hyde was excellent with the other side of the coin version of the character. Arnold Moss brings great class to Karidian/Kodos and to the series in general. He's an asset to every production I've seen him in. Kirk is manipulative and sneaky, doing what he has to in order to solve this mystery. The Joseph Mullendore score is atypical for the series and very nice. Overall, a really fine episode.
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Old August 27 2012, 05:16 PM   #35
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James Blish had Riley down as Daiken in the novelization. He was going by the earlier drafts. Leighton was Kirk's friend, the poor schmuck with the black patch on his face.
Oh, right, sorry. Robert Daiken.


Or that cool "screen saver" seen in Where No Man Has Gone Before (might have been in another episode, but hardly glipsed). That required the use of rear projection which they didn't usually have time for.
You mean the lights moving up and down on the main viewscreen in our first look at the bridge? They actually did that all the time -- it was to cue the actors on the set that there was something happening on the viewscreen that they should be paying attention to. It was actually kind of a production error that we got to see it in the clear in that shot. (Sometimes if you look really closely around the borders of a matted-in viewscreen image, you can see a hint of the undulating lights that it's covering up.)

What's really interesting about that first shot coming out onto the bridge in "Where No Man" is that you can actually see nearly the full domed roof of the bridge, something that I don't think was ever seen again because usually the roof was open to accommodate the stage lights.


Also a shame they never used the phaser rifle in the series after the pilot. It was a nice prop.
I've always found it a bit cheesy-looking. Its aesthetic is more consistent with the pilot-era laser/phaser pistols, with the blocky design and cylinders, and it doesn't really fit with the sleeker, Art Deco look of the series phasers.


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Miri more chilling than I remembered, a very dark episode with not many opportunities for humor. The "other Earth" is a much discussed throwaway which is all but forgotten and pointless.
Yup, just a lame excuse to shoot on the Culver City backlot and use ordinary props and costumes instead of having to design alien stuff. The Blish adaptation completely ignored it and had Miri's planet instead be a long-lost Earth colony (which would've required TOS to take place in the early 27th century, going by the date references in the adaptation). The Pocket novel The Cry of the Onlies from 1989 also ignored the Earth-duplicate stuff. Since that was when Roddenberry's assistant Richard Arnold was vetting the novels for consistency with "Gene's vision," I'd bet that GR was embarrassed about the whole duplicate-Earth thing in "Miri" and was trying to pretend it hadn't happened.

More recently, in my own novel Star Trek: Department of Temporal Investigations: Forgotten History, I made use of a hypothesis I came up with years ago, that the Onlies' Earth was a parallel-timeline Earth that had somehow been transposed into our timeline. The book actually visits that other timeline and explores how interstellar history unfolded without humanity being present.

Although I tried to avoid specific references to "Miri" as much as possible. Personally I think it's one of the worst episodes of the series.


Dagger of the Mind - a middling episode which becomes important because of the introduction of the Vulcan Mind Meld; it is only called this in Spectre of the Gun and "a sort of mind meld" in Is There in Truth No Beauty? by the way. Nearly every time they use it, it's called something else. The Vulcan Mind Touch, the mind fusion, the Vulcan technique of the joining of two minds, and the mind probe (twice). I wonder who settled on the official name of "mind meld" after the fact?
Hmm, interesting. In the Star Trek Concordance, "mind touch" is the primary, most inclusive entry, and "meld" and "fusion" get shorter entries.

"Meld" had become standard by the time of the movies, since it's used in TMP, TSFS, and TVH. But I also find it used as the preferred term in at least two stories in the Star Trek: The New Voyages fanfiction anthology from 1976, and in Joe Haldeman's Planet of Judgment from 1977. And the professionally published edition of the Concordance also came out in 1976. So it's hard to tell when or how the transition happened.


Helen Noel is gorgeous, but extremely unprofessional. Kirk asks her real questions and she usually fires off some sort of double entendre or reference to that damned Christmas party.
Oh, that's the least of her unprofessionalism. When she has Kirk under hypnotic control, she manipulates him into believing they're lovers and remembering a nonexistent sexual encounter with her. That's a gross abuse of professional ethics, effectively a sexual assault.

It's also been a huge source of confusion, because many fans have come away with the false idea that Kirk and Helen actually had been intimate, even though the dialogue makes it clear that all they'd done was dance and talk about the stars, and that the whole point of creating the sex fantasy was to test the neural neutralizer's ability to make people believe things that weren't real.

Although it really shows how different (and more Pike-like) Kirk's characterization was this early in the series than it became later on when he evolved into a more conventional romantic lead. Even though he initially believes the conditioning that he loves Helen, he's able to shake it off very easily, become a complete duty-obsessed professional again, and quite callously send his "beloved" Helen into a shaft lined with dangerous live wires that could kill her instantly.


Spock is once again a background player. Why did he turn the power back on, anyway?
So that he and the security team could see what they were doing?


Corbomite Maneuver and The Menagerie - I actually skipped these because I've seen them too often to too recently. Besides, the audio cock ups in The Menagerie annoy the hell out of me. Either way, these are classics and favorites and let's move on.
Too bad you're skipping "Corbomite." It was the first Trek episode ever I saw, when I was five years old, and still my favorite TOS episode to this day.


Conscience of the King - here's an underrated episode. Another dark tale with Kirk in the foreground. Shatner does the material justice. There's only one action sequence, the phaser overload scene, and this was also always cut out of my local syndication station's reruns.
Hmm, I think my syndication package included the phaser overload but cut the whole subplot of Spock digging into Kirk's past to figure out why he was acting oddly, including his scenes with McCoy. (And the part establishing that Vulcans never had alcohol until they contacted humans, which led to a continuity problem when later series mention Vulcan brandy -- but I like to think that's something that was only created after first contact. Maybe Zefram Cochrane's keen interest in alcoholic beverages made the Vulcans think they needed to study the principle for themselves in order to understand humans better.)


Kirk is manipulative and sneaky, doing what he has to in order to solve this mystery.
Yeah, this is another example of how early Kirk differs from his later womanizer image. He's romancing Lenore, but it's an act, a cold, manipulative strategy to try to unearth the truth about Karidian.

It's an effective episode, but it's very dated, since it raises questions about why they couldn't use DNA or some other forensic method beyond voiceprint analysis to match Karidian and Kodos.
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Old August 27 2012, 05:17 PM   #36
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The Laserdiscs released in the 80s had the episodes in airdate order
The 1985-88 videocassettes were released in batches according to airdate, but were numbered on the spine by production order (except the all-color Cage)
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You mean the lights moving up and down on the main viewscreen in our first look at the bridge? They actually did that all the time -- it was to cue the actors on the set that there was something happening on the viewscreen that they should be paying attention to. It was actually kind of a production error that we got to see it in the clear in that shot. (Sometimes if you look really closely around the borders of a matted-in viewscreen image, you can see a hint of the undulating lights that it's covering up.)

What's really interesting about that first shot coming out onto the bridge in "Where No Man" is that you can actually see nearly the full domed roof of the bridge, something that I don't think was ever seen again because usually the roof was open to accommodate the stage lights.
Really? I was totally unaware of this. That explains the pulsating light reflected off the red bannisters beneath the screen. Well it looked cool anyway. You can also see a bit of stafe lighting at the top of the set were the apex of the dome should be. Oops.

So that he and the security team could see what they were doing?
Okay, but flashlights would have worked too. I loved Spock's expression when he walked in on Kirk and Helen. Nimoy had that down pat early on.

Too bad you're skipping "Corbomite." It was the first Trek episode ever I saw, when I was five years old, and still my favorite TOS episode to this day.
Well, I only skipped it in this go around mainly because I watched it as recently as a few weeks ago. It is an excellent episode and one of the best examples of what the series was going for.

So hey, I'll talk about it. No prob.

The Corbomite Maneuver

I find it interesting that Kirk isn't seen until after the opening credits, giving Spock and the bridge crew some time in the spotlight. This scene was filmed after the "shear away" scene. You can see the finger prints in the dust above Uhura's station. Once I saw it, I could never un-see it.

Kirk is, as you said, Pike-like at this point, grumbling about having a female yeoman. McCoy's jab about "trusting himself" is a great illustration of their relationship. McCoy makes the remark with an "I'm screwing with you" look on his face, but Kirk takes it seriously for a moment. McCoy doesn't flinch or change his expression in the slightest and Kirk lightens up. I always liked that.

Bailey's jitteriness on the bridge is something I'm hot and cold over. It seems a little over the top, but on the other hand, I like Bailey and Anthony Call is really quite good. His breakdown is extremely well acted. "He's doing a countdown!" always brings a laugh from me, but not a laugh "at" him. Tension remains high and McCoy steps on a nerve, giving him his first snapping from Kirk. It's all very well done and human. As soon as Balok balks at destroying the Enterprise, he loses his superiority and even Scotty is blowing him off. Some great character stuff. I especially like the scene of Spock aborting an apology (another great scene cut in my area in the 70's).

The "shear away" scene: back in the day, warp speed was just a speed. Not some "warping of space" or at least, that's how it seemed to me. Impulse power was their sub-warp drive. Kirk was pushing the warp engines to they could break out of Balok's tractor beam and finally Kirk orders "impulse power, too!" This seemed to do the trick, but it seemed odd that adding "less than warp one" would give them that push.

Scotty tells Kirk and the others to bend low because "it reads pretty cramped over there." So it is - until they walk a few feet to the left where the ceiling was high enough for them.

Oh and I really loved the quick shot of the Enterprise firing at the cube. The beams look great, animated with a glow and pulsation, with a muscular sound effect that really gave them power. This reminds me of the hand phaser effects in The Man Trap. Same sort of thing, kind of Wrath of Khan-ish. Much more realistic than a static blew or orange drawing seen in some episodes.

Mention must be made of Fred Steiner's outstanding, legendary score. It's a partial, the episode is tracked with other episode music, but the main score is outstanding.

Good direction, fine performances, some "works in progress" like Spock's behavior and Uhura's uniform. However, this is an exceptionally strong episode.

Might as well talk about The Menagerie while I'm here.

The envelope, while it has its logic gaps, is well done on a surface level. One of my favorite scenes is between Kirk and McCoy as Kirk starts to suspect Spock. McCoy leaps to Spock's defense, strongly arguing that it's impossible for Spock to be behind it. Of course, he's totally wrong and I'm kind of sorry this wasn't played up more. Bones should be doubly upset at the betrayal. He's not even in the second part to see the explanation. The Cage works well as a flashback. Everything is so different it feels like relative ancient history. Once the old footage starts, the envelope becomes filler and places to stick commercials. There's one in part two that shows Spock being hung out to dry by the Talosians, who suddenly refuse to run more clips. Spock is pronounced "guilty as charged" by everyone and off we go. When we get back, the show resumes with no explanation why the Talosians were screwing with Spock.

Watching this, it struck me that it must have been really impressive for audiences of the day who were not in the know. It could almost be seen that new costumes were made and the set redressed just for this episode.
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So that he and the security team could see what they were doing?
Okay, but flashlights would have worked too.
Maybe they needed to get the lifts going again, or get air circulation back online. Anyway, Spock had no way of knowing why the switch was off or that there'd be any harm in replacing it. And given his logical, orderly, high-functon-autistic way of thinking, I wouldn't put it past him to just notice "Oh, that switch is off, that's wrong" and feel compelled to "fix" it.


The Corbomite Maneuver

I find it interesting that Kirk isn't seen until after the opening credits, giving Spock and the bridge crew some time in the spotlight. This scene was filmed after the "shear away" scene. You can see the finger prints in the dust above Uhura's station. Once I saw it, I could never un-see it.
I don't think I ever noticed that. But I've never seen it in HD.


Kirk is, as you said, Pike-like at this point, grumbling about having a female yeoman. McCoy's jab about "trusting himself" is a great illustration of their relationship.
In retrospect, Pike and Kirk's discomfort at having female yeomen is incongruous, given that TOS went on to make all its yeomen female.


Bailey's jitteriness on the bridge is something I'm hot and cold over. It seems a little over the top, but on the other hand, I like Bailey and Anthony Call is really quite good. His breakdown is extremely well acted. "He's doing a countdown!" always brings a laugh from me, but not a laugh "at" him.
My favorite bit there is "You have an annoying fascination for timepieces, Mister Sulu." That's the sort of thing I was talking about earlier in the thread, the focus on the banter and interplay among the supporting characters. This episode really showcases the whole main crew well -- except for Uhura, of course, who was stuck in as an afterthought just to look pretty on camera. I wish the whole series had been more like that (the showcasing part, not the wasting-Uhura part).


The "shear away" scene: back in the day, warp speed was just a speed. Not some "warping of space" or at least, that's how it seemed to me. Impulse power was their sub-warp drive. Kirk was pushing the warp engines to they could break out of Balok's tractor beam and finally Kirk orders "impulse power, too!" This seemed to do the trick, but it seemed odd that adding "less than warp one" would give them that push.
Yeah, I don't think they had it fully sorted out yet. Although I suppose it could be taken to mean that the impulse reactors' output was being fed into the warp engines.

Scotty tells Kirk and the others to bend low because "it reads pretty cramped over there." So it is - until they walk a few feet to the left where the ceiling was high enough for them.
They needed to build the set high enough to accommodate the crew and equipment, I guess.


Oh and I really loved the quick shot of the Enterprise firing at the cube.
What bugs me is that the buoy is supposed to be 107 meters on a side, but it's shown as being just about the same thickness as the edge of the Enterprise's saucer, which is less than a tenth that. And similarly, the Fesarius is supposed to be a mile across but it looks much huger than that when it looms in front of the Enterprise. The scale irregularities go in both directions, then, so we can't even assume that they intended the Enterprise to be bigger than it ended up being. What bugs me more is that they didn't fix either mistake in TOS Remastered. I mean, I appreciate the goal of being true to the look and feel of the original shot designs, but still.


Mention must be made of Fred Steiner's outstanding, legendary score. It's a partial, the episode is tracked with other episode music, but the main score is outstanding.
Yup. Really good action/suspense music, and they made a lot of use of it in later episodes.


Might as well talk about The Menagerie while I'm here.
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Watching this, it struck me that it must have been really impressive for audiences of the day who were not in the know. It could almost be seen that new costumes were made and the set redressed just for this episode.
It does give a nice sense of history to the universe, the feeling that the world and the ship were around before the adventures we see. It may have been the first thing that started to give fans the sense of the Trek universe as something bigger than just the adventure of the week.
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The "shear away" scene: back in the day, warp speed was just a speed. Not some "warping of space" or at least, that's how it seemed to me. Impulse power was their sub-warp drive.
This passage from the de Forest Research Report for "Errand of Mercy" might be of interest (dated January 11, 1967):

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Many science fiction writers, when dealing with speeds in excess of light speed, have chosen to assume that spacial and/or temporal displacements will be necessary in order to avoid confronting Einstein head on and trying to explain away his conviction that speed in excess of light speed is impossible. These processes have been variously called: space warp, hyper-space, ultra-space, etc, the list is a long one. Other writers have simply assumed that when the time comes, hyper-light speeds will be possible. May we point out that all former scripts have taken this latter position. This is the first time that the concept of “hyper-space” has been brought up in a script, despite the brief mention in the Writer-Director Information. On the contrary, several scripts have dramatized pursuits at faster than light speeds where no difficulty in tracking was encountered. Among those scripts is one by the present writer, Gene Coon. In “Arena” he shows us the pursuit of the Gorn ship’s deceleration from Warp seven to “dead in space” while the Enterprise is travelling at Warp 8. If this is the kind of tracking possible in one script, we submit that it is possible in all scripts unless explained. As a final note may we point out that “hyper-space” when used in science-fiction almost always presupposes the blanking out of the entire visible universe, including the stars, which is not in accord with Star Trek’s visual presentation. Suggest delete references to hyper-space.
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Gee, I wonder what the hyperspace reference was in the "Errand" script. Part of the Klingon combat scenes, presumably.
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Old August 27 2012, 07:24 PM   #41
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Gee, I wonder what the hyperspace reference was in the "Errand" script. Part of the Klingon combat scenes, presumably.
It pops up a few times in the draft the memo is commenting on (scenes 7, 20, 36). The line being commented on for the last scene is, "A large number of Klingon vessels just warped out of hyper-space."
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Old August 28 2012, 02:30 AM   #42
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One interesting thing about The Menagerie and airdate order is that this was the first time the audience saw a shuttlecraft. The shot they used (twice) didn't show any markings, so there was nothing to betray it as stock footage from another episode. And again, I could see fans at the time, the ones who ate up every new piece of equipment, agog that the production created a new model and set for two short scenes.
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Old August 28 2012, 02:07 PM   #43
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I've been going through my old VHS collection and paying attention to many of these things again, too.

[viewscreen lightshow] was actually kind of a production error that we got to see it in the clear in that shot.
...But in retrospect, it nicely established that what our heroes have in front of them is not a window - it's a display screen! A sudden no image -> image transition, especially if off camera, might have given a less obvious interpretation to Kirk's "Screen on" command and left the viewers confused for generations to come.

Why did he turn the power back on, anyway?
Maybe they needed to get the lifts going again, or get air circulation back online.
As we saw on Elba II, there are upsides to placing your incarceration facility in an environment that doesn't exactly cater for shirtsleeves escapes. Quite possibly, power was a life-or-death matter for Tantalus V as well.

Scotty tells Kirk and the others to bend low because "it reads pretty cramped over there." So it is - until they walk a few feet to the left where the ceiling was high enough for them.
Well, that's the location Balok specified for them... Quite possibly Scotty wasn't allowed to "read" the other spaces.

What bugs me is that the buoy is supposed to be 107 meters on a side, but it's shown as being just about the same thickness as the edge of the Enterprise's saucer, which is less than a tenth that.
This holds true if the cube is dead ahead (as suggested by the viewscreen shots). However, it's specified as being a mile away from the ship, too. Combining these two and placing the cube 1.593 meters off to port in that fwd quarter view solves the scaling problem, then! Kirk then turns to face his opponent, giving us the view from astern, again with the cube a mile away and more or less correctly scaled. In short, a completely unintentional, extremely rare instance of dialogue matching visuals.

And similarly, the Fesarius is supposed to be a mile across but it looks much huger than that when it looms in front of the Enterprise.
Well, "must be a mile in diameter" is essentially a minimum estimate voiced by Spock after his instruments have left him without a definite mass reading. Apparently, he knows is that scale of his instrument ends at spherical ships greater than a mile in diameter. Why he fails to measure the diameter directly on some other instrument, we don't know - but a series of instrument failures is no less credible than an individual failure, and may even be a sign of Balok jamming things.

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Old August 29 2012, 04:44 AM   #44
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Scotty tells Kirk and the others to bend low because "it reads pretty cramped over there." So it is - until they walk a few feet to the left where the ceiling was high enough for them.
Well, that's the location Balok specified for them... Quite possibly Scotty wasn't allowed to "read" the other spaces.
Balok didn't specify anything. All they knew was his power was low and he was in trouble when Uhura intercepted the (bogus) message he sent. Kirk made his own decision to board and Scotty took the readings himself. Kirk didn't even try to contact Balok.

Another interesting thing; Kirk puts on the orange belt as Scotty passes over the equipment (helpfully identifying them for us - even specifying "phaser weapon"). Kirk attaches on his stuff and gets on the platform. Bones only has his medical pouch. While Kirk is getting kitted up, Bailey puts on his own belt. However, he never takes a communicator or phaser. He even puts his tunic over the belt so it is mostly hidden from view. After they beam over, we get another look at Baily's belt and there's nothing on it. So...why did he take a belt? It's like a cop putting on his holster but leaving his gun at home.

Interesting thing I never noticed until Memory Alpha pointed it out: the transporter console is black instead of the usual orange. I'm surprised I never saw that before.
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Old August 29 2012, 06:35 AM   #45
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Balok didn't specify anything.
Oh, true, my mistake. It's Scotty's choice - but apparently, he isn't entirely sure about his own footing here, as he thinks it's "risky" beaming into what "appears" to be the main deck. The environment doesn't pose a risk as such, so Scotty is worrying either about his ability to transport or about Balok waiting with his gun drawn. And I sort of think it's supposed to be the former.

After they beam over, we get another look at Baily's belt and there's nothing on it.
I'm not quite sure what you mean. As the pouches are on the inside, the only thing visible on such belts would be the Type 2 phaser; the Type 1 and the communicator are invisible when carried. Kirk's belt never has anything visible on it, either.

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