TMP Epsilon 9 radio chatter

Discussion in 'Trek Tech' started by Wingsley, Jul 18, 2012.

  1. Captain Rob

    Captain Rob Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Mar 9, 2010
    I still have mine!
  2. Harvey

    Harvey Admiral Admiral

    Oct 8, 2005
    Los Angeles, California
    I agree that the dialogue probably wasn't given much thought, especially due to the film's rushed post-production schedule.

    I think it's less likely that the makers of the film were under the shroud of ignorance offered the makers of the television series when it came to realizing that fans would spend their lives belaboring every last detail. Fans had already been in the practice of recording episode audio from television broadcasts for use in (over)analysis. The same practice had to be expected of the feature film -- if not when it was in theatres, then when it aired on television, the rights of which had been pre-sold to ABC before the film's box office debut.
  3. Christopher

    Christopher Writer Admiral

    Mar 15, 2001
    While Data Holmes's characterization of the matter is a little lacking in objectivity, I agree that back then there was no polarization between "official" work and "fan" work. Heck, there wasn't really very much Star Trek material out there, period, and it hadn't gotten to the point where portions of the official and licensed material were contradicted by other portions (except for things like the Gold Key comics getting the details of the show hugely wrong). So naturally they were going to draw on whatever supplemental material existed at the time.

    It's kind of like the reason Lucasfilm counts all Star Wars tie-ins: because there really isn't that much screen canon to work with, relatively speaking, so if you want to flesh out the broader universe, it helps to draw on the tie-in material that may have already done so. The FJ manual was an available resource for background material about the Trek universe, and it was one of the only available resources in existence at the time, so they found it useful to draw on it. There was no thought given to the idea of "canon" at the time; that didn't become a bugaboo in Trekdom until the TNG era. (Although there were some lively debates before then about whether the animated series counted as "real" Trek or not. Some people dismissed it, and lots of people had never seen it.)

    Even so, those fans would be a tiny percentage of the movie's audience, and the filmmakers wouldn't change the way they did things just to cater to that small fringe. Even decades later, you still have movies and TV shows recycling old props and putting gibberish or in-jokes in onscreen text and the like.
  4. Therin of Andor

    Therin of Andor Admiral Admiral

    Jun 30, 2004
    New Therin Park, Andor (via Australia)
    Most of the people working on ST:TMP tended to be avid fans-turned-pros of TOS, making their Star Trek dream come true.

    Well, I bought a second copy, sold off the inside book, replaced it with my "Medical Reference Manual" - and slipped the silver cover slick into the outside vinyl pocket!
  5. Ian Keldon

    Ian Keldon Fleet Captain

    Dec 22, 2011
    As an aside, there is an excellent interview with FJ's daughter over at Trekplace where she goes into great detail about how and why that GR attitude came about. Long story short, blame the studio for most of it:
  6. SchwEnt

    SchwEnt Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

    Jan 5, 2005
    I agree. Random background filler. No big deal, so why not make up some Starfleet lorem ipsum? Instead someone used FJ work word-for-word. Why even take the trouble to look it up? Who had the TM copy handy?
    Did they have it on set to consult for other things? Was it a reference for other aspects of the production? Who was using it for this but not that?

    When someone just grabbed whatever was handy, who was that "someone"? A fan on the production? Was this approved or encouraged by others? Povill? GR? Wise? Folks at Abel?

    Just really curious how the TM came into the production as it did.
  7. CorporalCaptain

    CorporalCaptain Admiral Admiral

    Feb 12, 2011
    Taking up space
    I always liked how (when you take the cover card out of the plastic pocket on front) you see the title in gold letters and it resembles the Table of Comets book used in Balance of Terror, as if those two books have the same publisher. :lol:

    (I seem to recall there being another episode when a black hardcover book was used, I think in the briefing room, but I can't remember which episode. Thanks to anyone who can help with this.)

    I think Albertese wins the thread, though:
    Good catch. :techman:
  8. Christopher

    Christopher Writer Admiral

    Mar 15, 2001
    As stated in Ian Keldon's link above, some members of the production crew were fans, and they used it because they wanted to acknowledge FJ's work, which they were fond of. But no more should be read into it than some fan/creators trying to pay tribute to the work of another creator. Nothing to do with "establishing canon," because canon wasn't something anybody thought about back then.

    I don't think that's anything surprising. Like I said, at the time, there simply wasn't very much Star Trek material in existence, not compared to the mountains of it we have today. When it came to professionally published Star Trek-related "nonfiction"/technical material, you had portions of The Making of Star Trek, the FJ manual and blueprints, and the Medical Reference Manual, and that was it (unless you count some bits of information offered in Roddenberry's Inside Star Trek record album, and the first Signet Best of Trek collection from 1978). Pretty much anyone who was a serious Trek fan would've been aware of at least the FJ material. And there were certainly some big Trek fans on TMP's production team.
  9. Wingsley

    Wingsley Commodore Commodore

    Feb 18, 2007
    "Starfleet lorem ipsum". I love that! :techman:
  10. 137th Gebirg

    137th Gebirg Vice Admiral Premium Member

    Aug 31, 2000
    42 miles west of COVFEFE
    Wow - first time I ever read this and it's over 10 years old! A very interesting perspective of FJ's and the early days of the Tech Manual/Blueprints production. It's truly a shame that things turned out the way they did and FJ's work was never fully accepted into the "canon". Oh, well. It's probably the best bit of Trek apocrypha out there! The Dead Sea Scrolls and Gnostic Gospels for Trekkers. :)
  11. FreddyE

    FreddyE Captain Captain

    Oct 15, 2009
    I never knew that there is so much more going on in that scene. In the german dub the only thing left is a voice saying "Come in Columbia, Columbia...please answer" Or something to that effect. The german voice actor plays it in a way that makes it seem that the Columbia was destroyed by VĀ“Ger or something.
  12. Maurice

    Maurice Vice Admiral Admiral

    Oct 17, 2005
    Walking distance from Starfleet HQ
    Actually, Andy Probert came up with that comm chatter. If I recall correctly, he told me he came up with several versions, and in the shortest one he tossed his name in as a lark, and that's the one that got used. Andy's was a Star Trek fan before he worked on it, so he probably had the tech manual handy.