it's mugato season (shoot to kill, shoot to kill, shoot to kill)!

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  1. gratone

    gratone Lieutenant Junior Grade Red Shirt

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    In "A Private Little War," does anyone else find it odd that both McCoy and Kirk kill the attacking mugatos? Not only kill them, but vaporize them (ie, phasers set at maximum)! What's all the more odd is that McCoy initially throws a rock at the first mugato, presumably to AVOID having to shoot it at all. Seems needlessly brutal for explorers.

    Also, were the phasers already set at maximum or did they dial up the settings before firing?
     
  2. Ssosmcin

    Ssosmcin Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

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    I feel McCoy threw the rock to get it off Kirk so he wouldn't be vaporized along with the animal.

    Sure, he could have stunned it. But Kirk's life is at stake, so he couldn't gamble on stun being effective.
     
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  4. Foxhot

    Foxhot Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

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    Set them for stun when the security guards are slashed to death.
     
  5. dupersuper

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    What security guards?
     
  6. Foxhot

    Foxhot Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

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    They were an ancient complement prone to accidents commonly used in the pre-''Kirkspockenmccoy'' landing party era. They never secured a damn thing to my knowledge, and were instantly obsolete since Kirk and Spock never ordered them to take any meaningful successful action save ''check out the star-free area and report back if you make it.''
     
  7. M'Sharak

    M'Sharak Definitely Herbert. Maybe. Moderator

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    The thread title made me do it.
     
  8. Shawnster

    Shawnster Commodore Commodore

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    Would the stun setting work in a mugato? Did McCoy want to take the time to see?
     
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    Herbert Commodore Commodore

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    It's TOS. With TOS there frequently isn't a reason. Just accept it and enjoy the ride. Kirk chops, punches and phasers his way to superstardom.
     
  10. PCz911

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    Contrast this vs Galileo 5 where Spock specifically has them not fire to kill.

    Personally, I’ve been influenced by too many Alien movies and sheepishly confess I’d be using the olde kill setting…. Sorry.
     
  11. ZapBrannigan

    ZapBrannigan Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

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    By the end, they are The Galileo Five. Is this the only episode whose title changes midway through?
     
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  12. PCz911

    PCz911 Captain Captain

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    Lol…sorry. Had a major brain fart. “I picked the wrong week to stop sniffing glue”
     
  13. Khan Jr

    Khan Jr Lieutenant Red Shirt

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    Seeing the mugatu brought forth a raw, atavistic memory in Kirk; he could almost see himself being accosted by a similar creature from the wing of a primitive flying vehicle...
     
  14. UnknownSample

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    When TOS settles in and gets more consistent, there's only one kill setting that also vaporizes. Besides stun. In Conscience of the King I cringe at the climactic death without phasing, because it was so clearly contrived so his daughter could get all dramatic with the body.
     
  15. dupersuper

    dupersuper Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

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    ...There is??
     
  16. ZapBrannigan

    ZapBrannigan Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

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    I don't cringe there. It was better drama and better science fiction for Lenore's phaser to kill without vaporizing:
     
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    Henoch Rear Admiral Premium Member

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    The same in The Man Trap which has McCoy phaser killing his fake love interest, Nancy-Salt Vampire.
     
  18. Grant

    Grant Commodore Commodore

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    So cringy
     
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    In my fanfic sequel ("The Salt Vampire Ate My Parents!"), I named the Salt Vampire "Sharon." In-universe, it was after an old girlfriend of Crater's. Real world, after a magazine article that got Sandra Gimpel's name wrong.
     
  20. Haggis and tatties

    Haggis and tatties Vice Admiral Admiral

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    At least in TOS when someone or something is vaperised, it all seemed very clinical, quick and clean, with no suffering, so quick in fact the never even got any chance to react in any way.........wheras starting from TWOK it seems the Federation has decided a few seconds of screaming in a slow agony death was the way to go when being vaperised from a fed weapon. Lol
     
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