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Old March 24 2012, 03:54 AM   #1
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Errand of Mercy - 45th Anniversary

The TOS episode "Errand of Mercy", which introduced the Klingons to the world, celebrates its 45th anniversary. This TOS classic was first aired on NBC on 23 March 1967.

Maybe its just me, but the Organians were far more interesting than the Klingons in this story. I loved the actors that were cast as the Council of Elders. "Eight space vehicles has assumed orbit around our planet... they are activating their material transmission units!" All served up with TOS' signature music.
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Old March 24 2012, 04:49 AM   #2
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To this day, despite watching the sequence many times, I'm unable to make out what Kirk yells while he and Spock are clinging to the bridge railing during the Klingon torpedo salvos.

The most I can make out is the word "function".
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Old March 24 2012, 10:06 PM   #3
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Hooray for the Klingons! Happy anniversary!
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Old March 24 2012, 10:26 PM   #4
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My all time favorite Trek Quote "I don't trust men who smile too much". Comes in very handy in life.
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Old March 24 2012, 10:27 PM   #5
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There goes half the men in my old church. They smiled way too much there.
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Old March 25 2012, 03:15 AM   #6
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To this day, despite watching the sequence many times, I'm unable to make out what Kirk yells while he and Spock are clinging to the bridge railing during the Klingon torpedo salvos.

The most I can make out is the word "function".
I've often wondered myself.

The music in that scene is fabulous... pure time-capsule Sixties.
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Old March 25 2012, 04:56 AM   #7
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Knight Templar wrote: View Post
To this day, despite watching the sequence many times, I'm unable to make out what Kirk yells while he and Spock are clinging to the bridge railing during the Klingon torpedo salvos.

The most I can make out is the word "function".
I've often wondered myself.

The music in that scene is fabulous... pure time-capsule Sixties.
It sounds to me like "Automatic functions!"

(The actual script is no help; there is no scripted line from Kirk right at this point. It was either an on-set change or an ad lib.)
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Old March 25 2012, 05:13 AM   #8
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A simply awesome episode. The exchanges between Kor and Kirk are priceless. And Kor remains my absolute favourite Klingon. :tech man:

TOS' Kang runs a close second.
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Old March 25 2012, 05:30 AM   #9
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To this day, despite watching the sequence many times, I'm unable to make out what Kirk yells while he and Spock are clinging to the bridge railing during the Klingon torpedo salvos.

The most I can make out is the word "function".
I've often wondered myself.

The music in that scene is fabulous... pure time-capsule Sixties.
It sounds to me like "Automatic functions!"

(The actual script is no help; there is no scripted line from Kirk right at this point. It was either an on-set change or an ad lib.)
Does closed captioning have anything?
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Old March 25 2012, 05:36 AM   #10
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I've often wondered myself.

The music in that scene is fabulous... pure time-capsule Sixties.
It sounds to me like "Automatic functions!"

(The actual script is no help; there is no scripted line from Kirk right at this point. It was either an on-set change or an ad lib.)
Does closed captioning have anything?
No. Closed captioning for the episode on the DVDs provides no captioning at all for whatever it is that Kirk yells.
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Old March 25 2012, 04:50 PM   #11
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The online transcript is no help, either.
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Old March 25 2012, 05:18 PM   #12
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The online transcript is no help, either.
Right: the various online transcripts are pulled from the closed captioning. So missing or incorrect closed captions will result in missing or incorrect transcriptions on these websites.
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Old March 25 2012, 06:43 PM   #13
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I've nailed it down to two multi syllable words.

I'm fairly certain the second word is "function".

I thought the first word started with an "m".

Perhaps "maintain", "maintaining" or even "magnetic".

Actually "magnetic function" might make some sense tech babblewise.
Or it is possible instead of "function" Kirk is saying "fluctuation".
In that case "magnetic fluctuation" makes a lot of sense and ties in with Spock's damage report just a few seconds later of "buckling in the antimatter pods". Though, I've always thought damage in the antimatter pods was a horrendous emergency.
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Old March 26 2012, 03:44 AM   #14
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It sounds like "magnetic function" to me. Since he's clinging to the rail, perhaps it's a poorly phrased command to turn the artificial gravity back on.
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Old March 28 2012, 12:31 AM   #15
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This is a very fine episode and Colicos was a great Klingon. It is his portrayal that had made Kor a Klingon to remember.
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