Spoilers Revealed! Number One's name is...

Discussion in 'Star Trek: Discovery' started by WarpFactorZ, Apr 19, 2019.

  1. David cgc

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    Or his nickname being "Bones" because that's all his ex-wife left him with?
     
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  2. Longinus

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    Don't remind me of that!
     
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  3. Kemaiku

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    Divorce lawyers in the 23rd century are pretty quick to give custody of planets.
     
  4. Doc Mugatu

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    Hate to burst bubbles but Number One's name has been reveled in James Blish's lost manuscript for the original novelization of The Cage. Number One's true name is Zahava Katzenellenbogen.
     
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  5. Succubint

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    I just assumed the Bones nickname was a shortening of "Sawbones", which is another way of saying "Doctor".
     
  6. Longinus

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    YES!
     
  7. SeamusShameless

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    No stupider than her name being Una, or Primus, or any other derivation of the number 1. I'd be more inclined to keep her name a mystery as it has been for the last 55 years, but I don't write Star Trek so my opinion on the subject doesn't really matter in the grand scheme of things.
     
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  8. Longinus

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    Well, Una or Úna is a real name, so whilst it might be somewhat unnecessarily amusing coincidence that a person with such a name ends up as a first officer, it is not blatantly silly. Certainly no worse than having a Scottish engineer whose name is Scott. As long as her last name isn't 'Numero' or something like that, Una is fine.As for keeping the name as a mystery, first of, it is a fucking lame mystery, and secondly, if they make a full series it would be impossible without becoming comically contrived.
     
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  9. King Bob!

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    I thought that was a very inventive origin for "Bones" in the Trek universe.
     
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  10. Mr. Adventure

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    I've never heard it outside of Star Trek. When was the last time someone called a Doctor "Sawbones"? The 19th Century?
     
  11. David cgc

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    It delighted me back in 2009, and still does. I'm also very pro-Number One, and all the various specifics that have been suggested for how a woman came to be named that.
     
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  12. Ar-Pharazon

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    Yep. From a time when all they could do for a seriously wounded limb was to saw it off.

    sawbones. "surgeon," 1837, slang, from verbal phrase; see saw (v.) + bone (n.).
     
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  13. Mr. Adventure

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    As a kid, I knew it wasn't really the case but I thought maybe they called him that because there wasn't much to him but bones, he was a pretty slim guy.
     
  14. Cyrus

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    He was called bones because he was good at sex and did it a lot. Was kind of confirmed by Dax.
     
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  15. Deledrius

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    I'm really curious: what's the thinking behind making a choice like this?
     
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  17. Eleven Days of Christmas

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    I totally missed this in the episode. But it reminds me of the time people claimed Kirk called Uhura "Nyota" (pronounced incorrectly as "en-yota") in TSFS. Since I was primed to expect it, when I checked the scene myself, I heard it too.

    I think I am going to call him Commodore Tamzarian.

    The 23rd. Kirk called McCoy "sawbones" in "A Piece of the Action".
     
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  18. GaryH

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    The idea is that she picked a name humans could pronounce to refer to herself when off duty. It sounded like one (uno), and homaged Una McCormack.
     
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  19. Cult Classic

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    Also established "patty-cake" as a term alive and well.
     
  20. SpocksOddSocks

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    Agreed, and in those circumstances, the idea that the captain and crew refer to her almost exclusively as number one as a personal joke is quite believable.
     
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