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Old July 6 2014, 08:34 PM   #1
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"Storage compartments, storage compartments?"

"The what, what?"

This is a very minor thing that has always irked me a bit. In "The Trouble With Tribbles", Kirk repeats himself, twice. And it sounds like the audio was edited (it sounds a bit clipped). Honestly, it sounded like some sort of video error when I first watched it.

Can anyone explain that?
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Old July 6 2014, 09:26 PM   #2
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Re: "Storage compartments, storage compartments?"

Actor's choice to show confusion and irritation.
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Old July 6 2014, 09:29 PM   #3
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It is the Power of Shatner.
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Old July 6 2014, 09:59 PM   #4
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Re: "Storage compartments, storage compartments?"

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Actor's choice to show confusion and irritation.
I believe David actually scripted those double lines.
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Old July 7 2014, 01:25 AM   #5
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Re: "Storage compartments, storage compartments?"

It sounds edited, though; like they repeated the line in ADR (did they ADR? I never really thought of it) or clipped the line incorrectly in audio editing.
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Old July 7 2014, 01:27 AM   #6
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Re: "Storage compartments, storage compartments?"

It sounds fine to me. I just assumed Kirk was getting flustered because he was only getting half of a conversation.
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Old July 7 2014, 02:07 AM   #7
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Re: "Storage compartments, storage compartments?"

Tribbles is one episode where "Kirk" is about 60% Shatner and 40% Kirk.
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Old July 7 2014, 04:43 AM   #8
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Actor's choice to show confusion and irritation.
I believe David actually scripted those double lines.

From the revised final draft of "The Trouble With Tribbles," dated August 1, 1967:

BARIS: . . . Now, Captain, I want all available security guards. I want them posted around the storage compartments.

KIRK (angry, puzzled): Storage compartments? What storage compartments?

DARVIN: The storage compartments with the quadro-triticale.

KIRK: The what? What is . . . (stumbling over the word) . . . quadro-triticale?
The slight changes in Kirk's lines were either a last-minute rewrite or just Shatner doing his own thing. (David Gerrold noted that he thought Shatner played the line too angry and puzzled.)
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Old July 7 2014, 04:50 AM   #9
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Re: "Storage compartments, storage compartments?"

Talking about storage compartments, why did they put grain in overhead storage compartments?
Is that just a part of the general incompetence of the place?
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Old July 7 2014, 05:23 AM   #10
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Talking about storage compartments, why did they put grain in overhead storage compartments?
I've seen actual grain elevators and silos. My take is those were inspection doors, and that the grain was loaded/unloaded through much larger openings, perhaps directly into a docked ship.

One of the things that doesn't make sense is Mister Lurry said they had "several" tonnes of wheat. Seven tonnes of modern day wheat is only about 12 cubic yards.

Which would plant about 150 acres (again modern day wheat).

That really not that much wheat, not for a whole planet.

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did they ADR?
Yes, but I don't think they were using that term yet, it was simply "dubbing."

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Old July 7 2014, 11:37 AM   #11
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CommishSleer wrote: View Post
Talking about storage compartments, why did they put grain in overhead storage compartments?
Is that just a part of the general incompetence of the place?
I think it's a bit of a DS9 retcon here (where we saw the supposed interior of that storage compartment). In the original episode, not a single grain fell on Kirk but plenty of Tribbles instead (which probably, by that time, had taken up most of the empty space above the actual grain, Kirk first wanted to examine through the lower inspection door).

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Old July 7 2014, 01:37 PM   #12
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I think, without being starship captains, it's hard to imagine how incredibly pissed off and anxious Captain Kirk was because of the priority distress call. The last time there was a similar situation was when the Romulans attacked the outposts along the neutral zone. I think Kirk was fully expecting Klingons to be attacking the station, possibly having destroyed it by the time they got there, and finding nothing wrong, in his opinion, diverted all of that tension and adrenaline into the kind of behavior he had. So, it doesn't seem wrong to me.
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Old July 7 2014, 10:49 PM   #13
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Talking about storage compartments, why did they put grain in overhead storage compartments?
Is that just a part of the general incompetence of the place?
In addition to what the others have said, I think you might be making assumptions about what it means for those compartments to be overhead that may not apply to a place that has artificial gravity plating that may be reversible on demand.
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Old July 8 2014, 07:05 AM   #14
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I think, without being starship captains, it's hard to imagine how incredibly pissed off and anxious Captain Kirk was because of the priority distress call. The last time there was a similar situation was when the Romulans attacked the outposts along the neutral zone. I think Kirk was fully expecting Klingons to be attacking the station, possibly having destroyed it by the time they got there, and finding nothing wrong, in his opinion, diverted all of that tension and adrenaline into the kind of behavior he had. So, it doesn't seem wrong to me.
That's a fair point. His adrenaline had to be running pretty high, so to go from "Klingons decimating an entire station" to "storage compartments for wheat," had to put him on edge.
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Old July 24 2014, 05:15 AM   #15
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Re: "Storage compartments, storage compartments?"

On the topic of weird sounding dialogue,

From Errand of Mercy...


"It's time we did some simple, plain communicating, tonight." The tonight part was either said by Shatner in the most stereotypical Shatner ever, or edited badly.
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