The Revised Starfleet Technical Manual/ Starship Enterprise (NCC-1701)

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  1. BorgusFrat

    BorgusFrat Lieutenant Red Shirt

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    Re: The Revised Starfleet Technical Manual/ Starship Enterprise (NCC-1

    Actually, all he said was "it takes 430 people to man a starship". And it was Daystrom talking. He may have designed the starship's computers,but he wasn't a commander. He was a scientist. The shortcomings of a scientist was one of the subtexts of the episode script: that "command" is a thing best left to human beings, and that a scientist really couldn't "get" or understand what was needed for command that easily. But his line is essentially a throwaway anyway -- what the hell does "man" a starship actually mean?

    Answer: it could still easily fall under the umbrella of the original concept -- that many, maybe even most, of the people onboard are either redundant (shift changes) or scientific specialists who maybe couldn't "run" the ship in an emergency if their lives depended on it (except maybe for some sort of short-term "auto-pilot" setting).

    As for Kirk, he only says that he "can't run a starship with twenty crew". Point is, we never find out how many it takes to really "run" that kind of starship. Never in the series, I think. Don't be too slavish to some random onscreen dialogue, spoken by a character who was losing his mind! :lol:

    The original concept still works. The weakest part of the episode isn't this aspect anyway. The weakest part is that those other Class One starships were all pulled off patrol / exploration / active duty to participate in a war game. But even this could be rationalized by the fact that M-5 was such a monumental step forward in computer power and such a potential sea-change that it was a rare occurence that might justify the situation.

    Plus, they had to keep blowing smoke up Doctor Daystrom's hiney cuz he was so important. :guffaw:
     
  2. Irishman

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    Re: The Revised Starfleet Technical Manual/ Starship Enterprise (NCC-1

    Do we have an official transliteration of the word? So that I can write it in English?
     
  3. feek61

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    I was speaking only from a TV production point-of-view; not anything having to do with actual show stories. The miniatures were modified to reflect the 430 crewmen by adding additional windows and other things like lowering the bridge to keep it in scale as much as they could for a model that was already built. Sorry for any confusion
     
  4. FormerLurker

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    Re: The Revised Starfleet Technical Manual/ Starship Enterprise (NCC-1

    As I understand it, "Ahn Woon" is the spelling from the shooting script. At any rate, that is the spelling from James Blish's adaptation, and he probably used the one he found in the script he was given to adapt.
     
  5. jaygibson77

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    Re: The Revised Starfleet Technical Manual/ Starship Enterprise (NCC-1

    I want Scotty's engineering ruler, that tuning fork wrench of his, and that trident looking machine.
     
  6. Irishman

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    Re: The Revised Starfleet Technical Manual/ Starship Enterprise (NCC-1

    Guys, I'm going to be busy with some other projects for the next couple weeks likely, and won't have any new updates to the thread.

    Sorry for those who were looking for my substantive start.
     
  7. publiusr

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    Re: The Revised Starfleet Technical Manual/ Starship Enterprise (NCC-1

    I've always enjoyed your work over the years. With Aridas site gone, keep us in mind.
     
  8. Irishman

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    Re: The Revised Starfleet Technical Manual/ Starship Enterprise (NCC-1

    I always do. There are too few of us left!