TOS Enterprise WIP

Discussion in 'Fan Art' started by blssdwlf, Apr 24, 2010.

  1. Robert Comsol

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    I've tried myself to rationalize these insets as shelves, but each time I look at these, my unconscious tells me instantly window. As "Mark of Gideon" suggested, some outside windows do have shutters (compare to your post # 355), so what we are seeing here
    http://tos.trekcore.com/hd/albums/1x06hd/muddswomenhd146.jpg
    http://tos.trekcore.com/hd/albums/1x06hd/muddswomenhd395.jpg
    http://tos.trekcore.com/hd/albums/1x05hd/theenemywithinhd141.jpg
    looks like windows with shutters closed (below the flight deck given the angle of the walls) on deck 12 or lower.

    Most interestingly, Kirk's (temporary) quarters are on deck 12 in "Mudd's Women" and so are probably Mudd's quarters (nice allusion: Who's in charge in this episode - The captain on the port or the captain on the starboard side?).

    Spock receives the guests in the transporter room (deck 14?) and brings them to deck 12 via turbo lift or shaft 7. Now, according to "Enemy Within" turboshaft 7 is near "engineering" to the (temporary) quarters, but Mudd and company arrive from the other side. It appears Spock has taken them up to deck 12 but first showed them their quarters (port side) and took a counter-clockwise corridor tour. This is suggested by Kirk's order to the security guard to take Mudd to "his quarters". How does the guy know which quarters his captain is talking about unless this has (previously) been established?

    If we seriously suggested, these windows were merely shelves, the inevitable question has to be why we don't see these (used as shelves) in later episodes and seasons? They were covered up with these Axanar Peace Panels or whatever these are (to hide Kirk's collection of porn?). To me it seems rather simple: Originally they had Kirk's quarters on deck 12 (and with windows) but then realized his quarters would have to be on deck 5 and there are no windows.

    Regarding "Mark of Gideon" we all seem to agree that this window should be in the engineering hull. However, after Odana has collapsed in the window room, Kirk carries her straight into a circular corridor: http://tos.trekcore.com/hd/albums/3x16hd/themarkofgideonhd0872.jpg

    Since there also is a circular corridor in the engineering hull according to "Ultimate Computer" I'm unable to believe in rationalizing options that ignore a circular corridor.

    I'll take your last suggestion into consideration. Thanks for the discussion.

    Bob
     
  2. blssdwlf

    blssdwlf Commodore Commodore

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    Of those insets as in the three samples you've shown:

    • Do not have any stars visible through them.
    • If they were shutters and that was an exterior wall the only place they (and every other cabin seen) could go is the rim of the saucer or the lower bottom of the engineering hull due to the slant of the wall
    • In other cabins, those insets are used for other things.
    Because of those considerations I think we'll have to agree to disagree on the interpretations of those insets.

    All I can tell after the guard takes Mudd to his quarters is that the camera doesn't follow them when the door closes and it cuts to the bridge. We don't know where Mudd's quarters are. As to how the security guy knows, it would be safe to assume that they've already worked out the logistics of where to house visitors beforehand, IMHO. As to the pattern of Turbolifts and where they go, those are last on my list as I'm dropping in the big rooms first, then the small rooms and see where the lifts end up afterwards.

    You just answered your own question. If they were windows, we would not see these covered up by artwork or some other decoration. They need not be shelves, but they definitely are not windows without further evidence.

    If you watch the episode, after Odana collapses, the camera cuts to the Council Chamber for a bit and then cuts back to Kirk entering the circular corridor. Because of that cut, it is not definite that the circular corridor is directly connected to that observation room.

    There is the engine room in the primary hull which will easily accommodate the circular corridor. That's where I put that engine room at.
     
  3. blssdwlf

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  4. Mytran

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    It looks like there might be an already open door there, running vertically near the right of that pic. However, there's no doubt that that corridor area outside is completely dissimilar to the one that Kirk wanders out into later, carrying his fainting bride.

    Also, he seems to be carrying Odana to his quarters. Via another door (it's the briefing room set door, but that reality-info is irrelevant here). So, was the viewing corridor accessed through there, or was it on another deck and Kirk used a turbolift to transport her to his boudoir?

    FWIW, I pop for the observation room being on the upper hull of the saucer. The angles are not too far off, and the exterior hatch means that the window could literally be located anywhere. It's alsoonly a short walk to his cabin.
     
  5. blssdwlf

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    Good spotting there Mytran. I see the edge of the yellow pocket door on the right!

    It's because of these hallway differences that the observation deck can be anywhere on the ship but the shape of the window does limit it to either the upper hull of the saucer or above the middle section of the engineering hull :)
     
  6. Mytran

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    Indeed - I just popped for the saucer because a trip all the way down to the engineering hull from Deck 5 seemed odd given Kirk's urgency to stargaze (unless he moved his quarters again!)
     
  7. blssdwlf

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    @Mytran - True - that seems the most likely place give the shape of the window (ignoring the inner wall curve).

    @ Bob - Sorry if I'm being very specific on the details but that's the aim of this project is to go over TOS with a fine-toothed comb without using any additional knowledge of the production crew or writers. "What Would The Thermians Do?" :)
     
  8. Robert Comsol

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    Gentlemen,
    regarding the window issue in Kirk's (provisional) quarters on deck 12 in Mudd's Women, I'll have to ask that you put your video recording in and watch the first scene in Kirk's quarter before Mudd's Women enter (oddly enough, this important screencap is not part of the Trekcore collection!).

    You can clearly see a multi-layered structure that resembles the structure of an airplane window and not of a wall shell or insert.
    Of course we do not see stars through it, because such a VFX couldn't be produced, then, so the cameramen simply shot in an angle according to Matt Jefferies' credo "identification through association."

    Given the angle of the walls these provisional quarters would indeed be in the engineering hull ("deck 12") and since Mudd's quarters have the exact same angle it is fair to assume that his quarters are also on deck 12 (guest quarters). My deck plans to illustrate these possibilities are ready soon, worked much better out than I had originally dared to imagine.
    The only problem is that you can have only two quarters with exterior windows on deck 12, so Janice Rand's quarters are excluded but in her case they covered the windows with these panels.

    If I'm not mistaken, the only Season One shots showing the exterior of Kirk's quarters are all early on. One of the problems insisting that Kirk's quarters had always been on deck 5 is this: One outer wall of his corridor set in Season One is next to the mysterious dead-end corridor.
    From Season Two on, they enlarged the set and put another room next to this wall, in between the (former dead-end) corridor and Kirk's quarters (on deck 5).
    There was a good visualization of the problem on page 3 in post # 39.
    According to "What Would Brandon Do?" (the young man in "Galaxy Quest" who was part of a fan group figuring out the schematics of NSE Protector) I'm confident he would think that we are looking at two different kinds of quarters for James T. Kirk. ;)

    Bob
     
  9. Albertese

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    Well, "What Would Brandon Do?" and "What Would The Thermians Do?" are two different questions. The Thermians have only the show to go from. Whereas, Brandon and his buddies, like us, have access to behind the scenes materials which explain creators intent. We know what short-cuts the producers made and why, but the Thermians wouldn't have that context.

    I'm just sayin'.

    --Alex
     
  10. blssdwlf

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    And there lies my difficulty. I do not see stars through it. It is also lit with a blue glow light from the top which is also inconsistent with the other two examples of windows into space ("The Conscience of the King" and "The Mark of Gideon") that simply show black space and stars. Even if it has a structure to (which is nice detail) it still doesn't lead to an outside view.

    It's interesting to know the reasoning why something was filmed that way, but for the purposes of this project, it is the end product that counts :)

    Actually, there is another problem. Almost all of the scenes where the cabin is featured you can make out this same angled wall. The problem is that there is only one deck, somewhere below the flight deck, that can possibly support the angle of the wall for windows to line up to the exterior skin. That would make all the other cabin instances, such as those on deck 5, etc, have the exact same "insets" but are no longer called windows still present. Or that means that all cabins are in the engineering hull, below the flight deck. Again, that works against the idea that they are windows as other decks could not possibly use them because of the different exterior angles of different decks, IMO.

    I don't believe I've insisted Kirk's quarters being "always on Deck 5". IIRC, I've posted that I believe Kirk was on Deck 12 early on and moved to Deck 5. He may also have moved around on Deck 5 through the series.
     
  11. BK613

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    Probably doesn't fit in the WWTTD theme but why must the interior walls line up with the hull at all? The cabins could be standardized builds with the window-to-hull bits customized to fit. From the interior. with the inner "blinds" closed, the rooms would look the same.
     
  12. blssdwlf

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    The main reason in this project in the WWTTD thinking the interior window must conform to the exterior is mostly to be consistent with the other two examples of TOS windows. Secondly, knowing the spacing between the inside and outside of the window frame gives us a max clearance between the interior wall and the exterior wall.

    If we assumed that theses were windows, then the window-to-hull bits can be excessively long, especially on other decks where the angle differences are greater and these windows tend to be more skylight or dungeon-style windows (the long tunnel looking out) which I think would make it feel more claustrophobic...

    I'll have to mock up a picture when I get home.
     
  13. Robert Comsol

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    Looks to me like they may have tried using blue screen, found out it looked like crap and instead went for a black drape with holes in "Conscience of the King" and "Mark of Gideon" (and in TNG).

    :confused: But you said yourself that you assumed, too, Kirk's quarters had originally been on deck 12 and that the wall angle is also compatible with the outer skin of the engineering hull?

    I'm not sure I see the problem. Other than Season One (or deck 12) I do not recall having seen windows (or insets) in the crew's quarters (established to be in the saucer hull) ever again.

    We all know that re-using existing sets was standard procedure for the series. The interesting thing about the crew quarters cabin is that you can either put it on deck 12 (angled-in wall) or deck 5 (curvature of ceiling seems to correspond with curvature of upper side on saucer). As for the angled-in wall I assume there's plenty of plumbing and GNDNs running through or the (hidden and angled-in) struts support framework stability of the upper side.

    Bob
     
  14. blssdwlf

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    That's possible, although with their use of colored lights all over the sets its hard to tell what their actual intention was.

    I did a search through this thread and couldn't find where I said that. I do mention those insets as "possible windows but was not convinced that they were." Now, I'm pretty sure they are not windows given the other two examples to work from.

    http://www.trekbbs.com/showthread.php?p=4058831&highlight=deck#post4058831

    http://www.trekbbs.com/showthread.php?p=5090541&highlight=deck#post5090541

    The curvature of the ceiling reveals that it goes up further than the curving brace itself. It unfortunately is seen in many episodes afterwards.

    But just to clarify, I don't have a problem with Kirk's cabin on Deck 12 being in the engineering hull above the flight deck levels. I'm just not putting the cabin against an exterior wall and not treating the insets as windows due to lack of stars visible and incompatible inset angle to exterior hull angle. :)
     
  15. Robert Comsol

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    :confused: According to the Making of Star Trek there are 16 decks in the engineering hull and according to your own cutaway http://www.trekbbs.com/showthread.php?t=119751&page=9
    there are 16 decks there, according to which Deck 12 would be below and not above the flight deck level.

    Bob
     
  16. blssdwlf

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    @Bob - Aaahhh you're using the neck and engineering decks to count down. I really need to post up my conjectural deck count as my Deck 1 is the bridge going down. Deck 12 would be something like above the 2 story engine room (or the 2nd full deck from the top of the engineering hull, +/- 1 deck.
     
  17. BK613

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    ^ I'm sure the Thermians would be content to place the Bridge on Deck 13 if it made all the other deck numbers work. ;):lol:
     
  18. blssdwlf

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    Only as a last resort ;)
     
  19. Robert Comsol

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    Yes, there's no way decks 12 or 14 as seen in Season One could ever fit inside the neck. It's another one of those idiotic things where fans take Franz Joseph as canon and consider the information from the actual episodes erroneous. :rofl:

    If I read you correct, you do not acknowledge the decks in the neck to be decks with a number? But you continue with the saucer's deck numbering once you're inside the engineering hull?

    I believe there are a couple of problems with this approach: There's not that much space in the top deck of the Engineering Hull to begin with (apologies that I insist but Kirk's provisional quarters on deck 12 in "Mudd's Women" and "The Enemy Within" do connect to a circular corridor which has a turbo lift at its end near Kirk's quarters IMHO).

    Then there is the issue with the Auxilary Control Room from "Doomsday Machine" which "I, Mudd" locates on (engineering) deck 8. The forward strut structure of the Auxilary Control Room seems to correspond rather well with the upper bow of the engineering hull: http://tos.trekcore.com/hd/albums/2x03hd/thechangelinghd0428.jpg

    It appears the landing party arrives on (engineering) deck 8 in "Doomsday Machine" from where Scotty and his technicians descend to the upper level of the engineering section: http://tos.trekcore.com/hd/albums/2x06hd/thedoomsdaymachinehd0207.jpg

    Where there's a turbo lift door in "Journey to Babel" next to the main door to engineering section there's just a corridor (because that high up there's no more running space for lateral turbo lifts). Also notice that there are pipes and cables hanging from the ceiling. In my view this is usually (in Star Trek) the result of weapon fire impact on the outer surface of a vessel and the space just below.

    Bob
     
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  20. blssdwlf

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    Okay, here's my current WIP for decks on the TOS Enterprise.

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