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Old March 26 2013, 06:21 PM   #16
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Re: Why didn't any of the Exeter's crew beam down to the planet?

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I also wonder what they did with Exeter, it wasn't damaged. Did anyone ever say?
For that, you delve into the realm of the fan film:

http://starshipexeter.com/
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Old March 26 2013, 08:02 PM   #17
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Re: Why didn't any of the Exeter's crew beam down to the planet?

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(also, it's a bad episode)
I think the fright of the initial tease, and the conflict with Tracey are among the best of TOS; Woodward's intensity as villain and Starfleet captain are a prefect contrast to Kirk, and one can imagine that he was one of the best captains in the field.

So, what did happen to Capt. Tracey? Did he get greedy and was to exploit the youth properties of the planet or did he go nutty realizing his entire crew was dead? That could have a negative impact on your mental state. Maybe a combination of both.
He was not nutty. He simply uncovered the natrual immunization process of the planet, and--as the episode--explains--its properties were of a nature unknown to earth. He did not know how long it would be before a recon vessel would arrive, so he wanted to protect his discovery.

As a Starfleet officer trained to deal with potential and real loss, the death of his crew does not necessarily mean he would suffer a mental breakdown (ex. Matt Decker). Sure, he was grim when recalling the fate of his crew to the Enterprise landing party, but he was practical--aware of the bigger picture. That's why he could turn tragedy into a scheme to extend his own life / profit from the Federation.

I also wonder what they did with Exeter, it wasn't damaged. Did anyone ever say?
Nothing official. The last time anyone hears of the ship is in this episode.
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Old March 26 2013, 08:12 PM   #18
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Re: Why didn't any of the Exeter's crew beam down to the planet?

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That doctor might've been the last person alive.
Which doesn't make sense either. When people started getting sick and turning into powder, you would think the doctor would have been the first one notified, so therefore he should have been one of the earliest ones infected and die before the others.

Unless he was hiding in a closet somewhere and only came out after everyone else died.
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Old March 26 2013, 09:11 PM   #19
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Re: Why didn't any of the Exeter's crew beam down to the planet?

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I also wonder what they did with Exeter, it wasn't damaged. Did anyone ever say?
For that, you delve into the realm of the fan film:

http://starshipexeter.com/
Well, actually, we're still waiting to find out what happened to the Starship Exeter.
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Old March 26 2013, 09:38 PM   #20
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Re: Why didn't any of the Exeter's crew beam down to the planet?

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That doctor might've been the last person alive.
Which doesn't make sense either. When people started getting sick and turning into powder, you would think the doctor would have been the first one notified, so therefore he should have been one of the earliest ones infected and die before the others.

Unless he was hiding in a closet somewhere and only came out after everyone else died.
He would have been one of many doctors on board. Like McCoy, he could've been hanging around the bridge when the outbreak swept the ship. If the symptoms came on suddenly and death by crystallization occurred after a few minutes I doubt there would be any cohesive response to it. The doctor might've thought he had time to send a distress signal after making a quick log entry and miscalculated the timing. IMHO.
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Old March 26 2013, 09:47 PM   #21
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Re: Why didn't any of the Exeter's crew beam down to the planet?

Actually, at least one crew member, the captain, did beam down. Maybe others did, too.
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Old March 26 2013, 10:57 PM   #22
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Re: Why didn't any of the Exeter's crew beam down to the planet?

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But still after 6 months nobody cared what had happened to the [I wrote:

Exeter[/I].
Could it be she had been on a top secret mission that would have taken that long or longer?

Bob
Maybe. Remember what happend with USS Inidanapolis at the end of WW2? Secret mission plus screwed-up paperwork. ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Ind...of_the_sinking )

Crew basically got found by chance. What was left of them.
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Old March 26 2013, 11:31 PM   #23
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Re: Why didn't any of the Exeter's crew beam down to the planet?

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Actually, at least one crew member, the captain, did beam down. Maybe others did, too.
The entire landing party beamed down and then back up to the ship; Tracy stayed down on the planet surface "to arrange for a planet survey with the village elders." It was the landing party took the disease back up to the Exeter. The captain never returned to the ship after the initial beam-down.
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Old March 27 2013, 11:59 AM   #24
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When people started getting sick and turning into powder, you would think the doctor would have been the first one notified, so therefore he should have been one of the earliest ones infected and die before the others.
But the CMO would also be the one person with the skills to avoid infection.

What sort of a timescale could we be talking about here? The time from first symptoms to total loss of mobility and cognition could be something like fifteen minutes, or two hours - but this would not be a significant factor in comparison with how fast the infection moves from victim to victim. The medical team could be monitoring the fate of a handful of patients at first, and by the time they realized the matter was out of hand (no matter whether 10 minutes or 2 hours into the process), propagation speed would decide whether they could "react" to it - say, send a distress call, organize an evacuation, whatever - because they could handle twenty patients and do the "reacting", but they could not handle 400 people all in the mid- or late phases of the infection, nor could they do any "reacting" at that point any more.

As for Tracey going nuts, it's remarkable IMHO how not nuts he was after being stranded for half a year in a village besieged by genocidal savages and blaming himself for the death of his crew. And how nuts it sounds in comparison that Kirk and Spock would refuse to consider his plea to arm the villagers to prevent genocidal slaughter.

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