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Old March 13 2013, 09:13 PM   #1
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Uniforms color switch between TOS and TNG

As long as I've been a Trek fan I've always wondered why they switched colors between command and engineering/security from TOS to TNG, and I've never been able to find an answer. Does anyone know?
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Old March 13 2013, 09:14 PM   #2
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Re: Uniforms color switch between TOS and TNG

Patrick Stewart looked better in red.
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Old March 13 2013, 09:16 PM   #3
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Patrick Stewart looked better in red.
Pretty much it.

They also put Brent Spiner in gold because Data looked better in that color too.
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Old March 13 2013, 09:17 PM   #4
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Really? That's so boring! Well, I was afraid it was something like that.
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Old March 13 2013, 09:57 PM   #5
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I think Data looks way better in RED or BLUE. Better contrast than gold.
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Old March 13 2013, 10:55 PM   #6
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^I thought Data looked good in red in "Future Imperfect"


Remember when Spock wore yellow in the second pilot of The Original Series? That still looks weird to me.
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Old March 13 2013, 10:56 PM   #7
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Yeah that's pretty much it.

I'll also add other theories I've heard
(that may or may not be true)--

Since TWOK, the Starfleet uniform was red. TNG wanted to at least keep some continuity with seeing captains in red (explains why TNG red is not TOS red but more TWOK red).

Also, to change up the running gag of expendable redshirts. Now security wore gold instead.
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Old March 14 2013, 12:49 AM   #8
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Re: Uniforms color switch between TOS and TNG

I'm loathed to criticise, especially given TNG S1 on Blu ray was pretty phenomenal, but I don't remember this topic cropping up in any of the documentaries. Perhaps it's mentioned in a commentary I've maybe skimmed over or is yet to come.

Then again if it only boiled down to what colour a producer thought looked good on Patrick Stewart... not the most interesting story ever! Not compared to how they decided on whether he needed a hairpiece or not.

There's something like a decade spent at the movies, where department colours didn't play such a large part in Star Trek at all. Just a collar here or strip of cloth or bit of braid there.
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Old March 14 2013, 01:38 AM   #9
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^^^ One of the many ways TNG felt like a follow-up to TOS,
rather than an evolution from TOS-->movies-->TNG.
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Old March 14 2013, 01:40 AM   #10
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I think Data looks way better in RED or BLUE. Better contrast than gold.
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Old March 14 2013, 01:48 AM   #11
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Re: Uniforms color switch between TOS and TNG

A few years ago I did this crummy Photoshop job for a similar thread, just to get any idea of what everyone would look like if they kept the TOS scheme.

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Old March 14 2013, 03:44 AM   #12
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If TNG were filmed today, the producers would kill to keep Data's costume blue, you'd "naturally" have the blue/orange(gold) compliments that plague movies like none-other

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.ph...geBlueContrast
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Old March 14 2013, 04:10 AM   #13
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A few years ago I did this crummy Photoshop job for a similar thread, just to get any idea of what everyone would look like if they kept the TOS scheme.

Not crummy at all. Now, can you get to work on the actual episodes? That would be fun.
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Old March 14 2013, 04:11 AM   #14
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The comm badges have gone blue.
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Old March 14 2013, 04:13 AM   #15
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The comm badges have gone blue.
That's how they look in the source image.
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