Discussion in 'Star Trek: Discovery' started by WarpFactorZ, Apr 19, 2019.
Or his nickname being "Bones" because that's all his ex-wife left him with?
Don't remind me of that!
Divorce lawyers in the 23rd century are pretty quick to give custody of planets.
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.
I just assumed the Bones nickname was a shortening of "Sawbones", which is another way of saying "Doctor".
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.
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.
I thought that was a very inventive origin for "Bones" in the Trek universe.
I've never heard it outside of Star Trek. When was the last time someone called a Doctor "Sawbones"? The 19th Century?
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.
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.).
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.
He was called bones because he was good at sex and did it a lot. Was kind of confirmed by Dax.
I'm really curious: what's the thinking behind making a choice like this?
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".
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.
Also established "patty-cake" as a term alive and well.
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.
Separate names with a comma.