Starfleet Starship Insignia was all supposed to be the same?

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  1. BillJ

    BillJ Fleet Admiral Admiral

    Kirk was also part of the administrative branch when he was Starfleet Chief of Operations. Just because one is currently part of the administrative branch doesn't mean they lack starship experience.
     
  2. CorporalCaptain

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    Yep. Wesley could easily have been the captain of his own starship back in the day, before he got promoted. After all, besides Kirk, Commodore Stone was, too.
     
  3. Robert Comsol

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    From "The Doomsday Machine":

    KIRK: Matt. Matt, listen to me. You can't throw your life away like this. Matt, you're a starship commander. That makes you a valuable commodity.

    From "The Ultimate Computer":

    SPOCK: Commodore Wesley is a dedicated commander. I should regret serving aboard the instrument of his death.

    Spock didn't say "dedicated officer" but "dedicated commander" which could be the same context as in "The Doomsday Machine". i.e. "[starship] commander" (since a commodore obviously is not just a starship captain but in both cases the commander of a starship).

    It's also interesting that the reply to Wesley's request for permission to destroy the Enterprise is not asking Commodore Wesley for acknowledgement but "Lexington".

    IIRC the Star Trek 9 novelization of James Blish featured the early script for "The Ultimate Computer". In that case there is probably information useful for this debate?

    Bob
     
  4. Warped9

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    Oooo, I rather like that.
     
  5. BillJ

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    Thanks. :techman:

    It's up to personal interpretation, but I do think it makes sense in context of the two times we see the character.

    My thinking: If he was just a fellow starship commander, why would he be so gung-ho for these trials? He would be eliminating his own occupation.
     
  6. Robert Comsol

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    Good point! He is not just a fellow starship captain but a commodore and older than Kirk, so his days of commanding a starship may be over soon. So he looks forward to a promotion to admiral and contributing to "a revolution in space technology as great as warp drive" may be his ticket.

    Apparently, him and James Kirk know each other well enough to almost call each other friends, yet this doesn't prevent Wesley from being outright mean to Kirk when he called him "Captain Dunsel", especially since Kirk hadn't volunteered for these tests. It's almost like "The M-5 is going to end your career but I don't mind."

    For all we know Wesley is looking forward to orchestrate a fleet of M-5 controlled starships and his familiarity with the system puts him on the top of the promotion list.

    It's interesting that he never considers that M-5 may have lost its marbles. I'd say that as a starship commander he should have taken that possibility into account but failure to do (and report) so may have been an issue in a hearing. And what about this "I'm going to take a chance he's not just laying a trap"? Was he hoping he could save the Enterprise or was he mostly interested to see Dr. Daystrom and the M-5 survive intact?

    I can imagine that Wesley had to listen to the same stuff as Kirk did in "Court-Martial":

    "I'm thinking of the service. I won't have it smeared. Either you accept a permanent ground assignment, or the whole disciplinary weight of Starfleet command is going to light right on your neck."

    Looks to me that Wesley chose exile on Mantilles...

    Bob
     
  7. CorporalCaptain

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    Lest the point be lost in the shuffle discussing starship emblems, IMO this memo doesn't explain why Kirk isn't wearing the flower insignia at the beginning of TMP, before he gets command of the Enterprise back.

    What's even more incongruous is that the Epsilon IX station personnel wear a "telecommunications" emblem, so its not like Starfleet was all under a single kind of emblem.
     
  8. Shawnster

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  9. Robert Comsol

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    At the time of writing nobody knew that there was going to be TMP, but I presume you wondered, too, why that memo didn't address
    • Decker's insignia in "The Doomsday Machine"
    • Wesley's insignia in "The Ultimate Computer"
    USS Constellation was a "starship", so the insignia of the Antares wasn't the only one of a vessel shown prior to "The Omega Glory".

    (Justman didn't mention the outpost insignias from "Balance of Terror" and "Arena" nor the small starburst/flower worn by Finnegan in "Shore Leave" because that might have gotten confusing)

    Good Point! But are you sure it's a "telecommunications" emblem?
    Almost looks like these characters have already been "tagged" by V'ger and just haven't noticed that, yet. ;)

    Bob
     
  10. Maurice

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    Again, it's right there in the memo. Non-Starship personnel don't necessarily wear the same insignia, so starbase and comm station personnel wearing something else makes logical sense and is consistent with with we saw. Really, only Decker and the couple of guys in "The Omega Glory" are at odds with that. Finnegan was a cadet.

    Now, as to why some starbase personnel might wear the arrowhead, that's a different question.
     
  11. CorporalCaptain

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    Regarding TMP, that's the issue, yes.

    And, given that the arrowhead had apparently crept into the starbase area, so that Kirk isn't wearing a flower at first, why not also every area, including Epsilon IX as well?
     
  12. Christopher

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    That's where my fleet-divisions scheme comes in handy. Although presumably by 2273 there had been an organizational rearrangement and the former UESPA emblem -- or rather, an emblem combining the UESPA arrowhead with a circle -- had become the fleetwide insignia.
     
  13. Robert Comsol

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    Possible, conjectural answers:
    • From Bob Justman's point of view: Commodore Mendez is the Starbase 11 commander-in-chief and as such he has several secretaries: Miss Piper (with the flower insignia) and a secretary taking care of issues concerning starships exclusively, hence the delta on her uniform.
    • From an in-universe point of view: The flower insignia had just been introduced in "Court-Martial", the episode before "The Menagerie" (both in production and stardate order). The delta is in the process of being phased out and replaced by the flower.
    Just noticed a riddle I found interesting: Commodore Mendez aboard the Enterprise was a Talosian illusion, yet it's interesting that no one wondered at least where he got his medals on this dress uniform from. ;)

    Bob
     
  14. CorporalCaptain

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    I suspect that that secretary or whatever with the arrowhead in "The Menagerie" was just a costuming blunder that fell through the cracks, and even if someone along the line caught it, it wasn't considered important enough to fix and/or they decided no viewer would notice or care.
     
  15. Maurice

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    Or, the ship's laundry just makes you a uniform with all the appropriate insignia and ribbons.

    We never really get to see the results of Justman's memo because it came at the tail end of Season 2 production, and the only Season 3 non-Enterprise Starfleet people we see (if I recall correctly) are the dead crew of the Defiant.
     
  16. CorporalCaptain

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    Yep, this is what I always assumed.
     
  17. Robert Comsol

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    Actually I think that what we saw or actually didn't see in "The Tholian Web" was a straight result from this memo.

    All the extras were positioned not to show the insignia (two bodies in sickbay, however, show the delta).
    Either that's a compromise they agreed upon to appease Bob Justman or he just said :p - no more budget for new costumes...

    Bob
     
  18. CrazyMatt

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    The latter must have played a factor... a number of the Defiant crew are seen in velour shirts, which were no longer in regular use in Season 3.
     
  19. Maurice

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    As Justman said "no more new insignia for Starships" then there was no reason to hide anything, and the fact that we see a few bodies where the insignia is visible when they could easily have hidden it indicates there was likely no effort to hide it at all. I swear, sometimes people read too much intent into things like how bodies are laid around. :)
     
  20. Robert Comsol

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    Please feel free to help yourself and check out the "Tholian Web" screencaps at Trekcore.

    The one thing that is obvious, is that they carefully positioned the overwhelming majorities of extras in a fashion to hide the insignia. That's a red thread from Defiant's bridge down to sickbay and from there to "life-support" and engineering.

    There are only two extras in sickbay where the delta is discernible in HD, but on a standard TV set of the 1960's it was practically impossible or difficult to see.

    Since a different starship insignia had been shown in "The Omega Glory" (inspiring the infamous Justman memo), not to reveal the insignia of the Defiant was obviously a perfect solution to the issue, left for future generations to be discussed. (:lol:)

    Bob