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Old September 22 2013, 12:32 AM   #1
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What do you think Kirk is having to sign for all the time?

It just doesn't seem to matter whats going on, from crew abduction to Klingon attack, there is the Yeoman at Kirks chair with another black pad to sign.

If it happened on occasion then ok, but its going on all the time, im not sure if its in every episode but it certainly seems so. Is this based on some military procedure that Roddenberry witnessed, do captains on ships sign reports throughout the day? Or was it a parody of something, a comment on the endless paperwork no matter what the situation that a former military man and cop like Roddenberry would be very familiar?

Or was Kirk just getting a sneak look at the galley menu?
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Old September 22 2013, 12:37 AM   #2
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Re: What do you think Kirk is having to sign for all the time?

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Old September 22 2013, 12:37 AM   #3
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Higher ranking military officers have a lot of paperwork IRL. I assume it was an effort to reflect that.
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Old September 22 2013, 12:38 AM   #4
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It just doesn't seem to matter whats going on, from crew abduction to Klingon attack, there is the Yeoman at Kirks chair with another black pad to sign.

If it happened on occasion then ok, but its going on all the time, im not sure if its in every episode but it certainly seems so. Is this based on some military procedure that Roddenberry witnessed, do captains on ships sign reports throughout the day? Or was it a parody of something, a comment on the endless paperwork no matter what the situation that a former military man and cop like Roddenberry would be very familiar?

Or was Kirk just getting a sneak look at the galley menu?
Probably these two. One of the gags in M*A*S*H was Col. Blake signing all sorts of paperwork handed to him by Radar.
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Old September 22 2013, 01:00 AM   #5
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Re: What do you think Kirk is having to sign for all the time?

The captain probably has to sign off on repair reports and diagnostics or transfers of precious cargo or dignitaries and stuff like that all the time.
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Old September 22 2013, 01:07 AM   #6
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Re: What do you think Kirk is having to sign for all the time?

He was authorizing payments for refuelling. Starships aren't very economical.

He also probably had to authorize the dolling out of the booze since synthehol didn't exist yet.
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Old September 22 2013, 01:12 AM   #7
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My thought is that Scotty is absolutely paranoid about the amount of deuterium and antimatter left in the tanks, so he sends Kirk (or the watch officer) a fuel depletion rate report every hour.

Kirk: "But Scotty the board shows the deletion rate."

Scotty: "I didn't ask you to look at the board !!!"


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Old September 22 2013, 01:12 AM   #8
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Re: What do you think Kirk is having to sign for all the time?

Of course these days, it ST was filmed today would be a fingerprint scan rather than a signature.
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Old September 22 2013, 02:03 AM   #9
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Re: What do you think Kirk is having to sign for all the time?

Fuel consumption reports. Important Orders (just watching "The Deadly Years")

Actually I wonder what Picard did on long intervals between planets. I mean Kirk had all these reports to sign, Janeway was working out ways to go faster, Archer was getting used to his ship.
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Old September 22 2013, 02:28 AM   #10
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Fuel consumption reports. Important Orders (just watching "The Deadly Years")

Actually I wonder what Picard did on long intervals between planets. I mean Kirk had all these reports to sign, Janeway was working out ways to go faster, Archer was getting used to his ship.
Sipped tea, listened to classical music and composed speeches.
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Old September 22 2013, 03:45 AM   #11
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Fuel consumption reports. Important Orders (just watching "The Deadly Years")

Actually I wonder what Picard did on long intervals between planets. I mean Kirk had all these reports to sign, Janeway was working out ways to go faster, Archer was getting used to his ship.
Sipped tea, listened to classical music and composed speeches.
Picard could always nip down to the holodeck to play some Dixon Hill for an hour. Or he could read a book.

I suspect Picard and Janeway wouldn't care for each others' holodeck choices: "You play THAT garbage?!!"
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Old September 22 2013, 03:50 AM   #12
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Old September 22 2013, 05:52 AM   #13
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Re: What do you think Kirk is having to sign for all the time?

Also in "Deadly Years" at Kirk's trial Spock points out that Kirk initialled a report about the Romulans breaking Code 2.

So I suppose those things like that are signed all the time on the bridge, though I agree you wouldn't something important signed off during a Romulan attack say.
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Old September 22 2013, 10:21 AM   #14
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Old September 22 2013, 02:16 PM   #15
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Autographs. He makes quite a bit of money that way.
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