Court Martial - Ion Pod revisited

Discussion in 'Star Trek - The Original & Animated Series' started by MarsWeeps, Mar 2, 2013.

  1. Timo

    Timo Fleet Admiral Admiral

    Aug 26, 2003
    Perhaps - but apparently also at the exact intersection point of the beams in the image you linked to, which would be the ring above the ventral dome, to port and thus just behind the dome when viewed from starboard. ;)

    Seriously, forks, having a phaser emitter (capable of spitting out two beams) at the bottom of the dome plus at each of the three little pimples on that ring would nicely account for the existence of four distinct phasers, enumerated in "Paradise Syndrome", firing twin beams from the general area of the lower dome. If the ring rotates, we have a number of firing angles plus a Gatling action of sorts to take care of the unfortunate overheating problem of these weapons ("Balance of Terror"). And a tetrahedron of emitters is an appealing geometry in many ways.

    Then again, the "Gatling ring" would make the existence of things like starboard phasers somewhat redundant. And we have seen that the aft phasers of the Defiant weren't on a Gatling ring around the dome atop the shuttlebay. And the top saucer dome lacks rings and pimples of any sort...

    As regards the ion pod, many a thing was left unexplained and may safely remain so. But the idea that the very existence of this pod would pose a danger to the entire ship is quite an absurdity that transcends the McGuffin nature of this pod and yells for an explanation. Yet we get none - even though the plot hinges on Kirk being accused of jettisoning the pod. How could he possibly be blamed for this action even if it cost the life of Finney? If so much is at risk, then a few fumbled warnings or mistimed keypresses should not lead to a murder charge, merely to an inquest and reprimand for carelessness in handling a deadly crisis. And Finney could be buried in absentia after being stripped of rank and publicly disgraced, for having had the indecency to die in a way that jeopardized the safety of the ship.

    This is the main reason I prefer to think that the pod posed no danger whatsoever, and had to be jettisoned only because this was the way to get the ship out of the danger posed by the storm. Kirk would have had options, then: jettison and escape, or not jettison and escape. The former would get the mission accomplished and justify the damage and risk to the ship; the latter would mean embarrassing and expensive mission failure, but at least Finney would be alive.

    If Kirk were committing premeditated murder here, and the pod itself posed a risk to the ship, the charge should not be one of jettisoning Finney to his death. It should be choosing a particularly monstrous means of murder that threatened the lives of 428 innocents. If the pod plays a minor role here, merely being the murder weapon, then the approach taken in the trial is fully justified and understandable. It all deals with whether Kirk jettisoned Finney in an understandable accident or in sinister murderous deliberation, after all, never touching upon the wider repercussions of the act.

    Timo Saloniemi
  2. ZapBrannigan

    ZapBrannigan Commodore Commodore

    Jan 7, 2013
    New York State

    The ship's color varied a lot in the original version, depending on lighting and the vagaries of fx film processing:


    Dull white



    Dark gray

    The odd thing is, the TOS-R ship is a shade of gray we never saw before among all the choices.
  3. blssdwlf

    blssdwlf Commodore Commodore

    Feb 26, 2010
    Yeah - that struck me as well. Even when I use Gary Kerr's color swatch I do have to do some color post-processing or colored lighting to get the same color variations as seen in the original FX.
  4. plynch

    plynch Commodore Commodore

    Apr 28, 2007
    Outer Graceland
    I always thought it was silver when I was a kid. Even painted one AMT silver, which was a very "soft" (mushy) testors color, if you know what I mean.
  5. ZapBrannigan

    ZapBrannigan Commodore Commodore

    Jan 7, 2013
    New York State
    I left mine white and it looked okay, but not just right.

    My first Klingon battlecruiser came molded in gray plastic and it looked right on. I loved that: it was just like the aired version. My second AMT Klingon ship, to my shock, was molded in black plastic. That was just weird.
  6. Metryq

    Metryq Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

    Jan 23, 2013
    Early stealth version, just prior to acquisition of the Romulan-made cloaking device. And the plastic itself absorbed radar.
  7. Robert Comsol

    Robert Comsol Commodore Commodore

    Sep 10, 2012
    USS Berlin
    :lol: With a white molded Enterprise model kit the manufacturers may have wanted to create a black and white contrast.

    Come to think of it it would make a great chess game with a white Enterprise king and a black Klingon Battlecruiser one.

  8. BK613

    BK613 Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

    Sep 3, 2008
    Perhaps the most influential image for me in constructing the AMT model in the 1970s was the blue-gray side view on Franz Joseph's Blueprints.

    As for the injection plastic colors, the reasons varied over the years. Nice article about the model here for those who are interested.
  9. Doug Otte

    Doug Otte Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

    Jan 6, 2003
    As I remember, the new HD-DVD/blu-ray versions were mastered from the original negatives. This implies that the two previous DVD versions (both from the same masters?) were made from lower-generation prints.

    Both transfers could have been HD. Those who compared the new (third, concurrent w/ the HD-DVD/blu-ray versions) DVD versions to the first two versions (I haven't) claim they look better. As to whether they truly used the negatives, or just had better mastering (contrast, color timing, etc.) is open to debate, AFAIK.