They did not have neural communicators unless you count the remote-control brainless Spock or Pike's life support chair, which would be a stretch at best. Some of the aliens did have it though, such as the temporary teaching machine in the same "Spock's Brain" episode that had the Spock drone.
azrael605 wrote: »
I have a copy of "The Making of Star Trek" on a shelf 3 feet away from me, along with I Am Not Spock, Star Trek Memories and many other things. Thing is many of the claims made in those books are called out as false in the documentaries, especially any notions of a "plan" or "vision" ever existing. To put it bluntly, Gene made any planning impossible as his behavior alienated writers producers directors and actors.
Gene talked up his supposed plans and visions in later years, but they never existed. Star Trek is no different than any other TV/Film franchise and it never has been. There are no special rules, it does not have a noble purpose, it exists to make money, nothing else. What it is, what it looks like, who the characters are, and everything else are 100 percent in the control of the owner of the IP (which was never Gene BTW) and can be used and/or changed in any way they see fit. The same as any other IP.
Yang Xiao Long wrote:
I can't take it anymore! Could everyone just chill out for two seconds before something CRAZY happens again?!
Passion and Serenity are one.
I gain power by understanding both.
In the chaos of their battle, I bring order.
I am a shadow, darkness born from light.
The Force is united within me.
ryan218 wrote: »
Then off course there's the (possibly anecdotal) time Kirk kissed Uhura and the network apparently forced a rewrite of the scene to avoid enraging the Deep South; at which point Shatner deliberately hammed up his new takes for the rest of the shooting time for that scene so the producers had to put the take with the kiss in. Seriously, sometimes the BTS events compete with the actual episodes for cowboyism.
shadowfang240 wrote: »
and then once he did it, EVERYONE started doing multi-part TRIBBLE far and beyond 2-parters...*cough*MMPR Green with Evil 5-parter*cough*
iamjmph wrote: »
well this got off topic fast...
gonna throw one thing i find interesting out there and then say Mods you can close this if you want( i dont think i can).
So i was watching Star Trek(2009) yesterday and i noticed something i've never noticed or seen mentioned before. There was apparently an engineering miracle worker before Scotty(I'm pretty sure Tucker was more along the lines of La Forge, amazing but not on par with dear Mr. Scott) .
Here's a clip: https://youtube.com/watch?v=TzzC5ASyXBI
At @ 35 seconds in the Engineer(i am going to quote from the transcripts) tells the captain: "
ENGINEERING OFFICER: Weapons are offline. Main power is 38%."
At @ 40 seconds in we see an outside view which shows... the Kelvin firing phasers at incoming missiles!
Weapons were fixed in about 5 seconds, i don't even think Scotty could have pulled it off!
rattler2 wrote: »
That triple viewscreen...
Lines up with what do look like bridge windows.
So Starfleet was toying around with window viewscreen tech as far back as 2233 at least.
I don't see it as a retcon. One thing that has been a common element in viewscreens is that, other than the holographic one on the Enterprise-E in First Contact, they've ALWAYS been on and most of the time showing what's ahead of a ship.
Frankly if the Enterprise in Wrath of Khan had a window style viewscreen it might have made spotting the Reliant easier because while the Mutara Nebula interferes with sensors, sometimes it would just be easier to look out the window with a Mk. 1 Eyeball.
Some might see the window style as a structural weakness, but you have to consider that maybe its some kind of transparent metal like the normal viewports on the ship.
jonsills wrote: »
I don't recall the refractive index of transparent aluminum being mentioned in dialog, just its ability to withstand pressure (they'd specified the dimensions of Plexiglass needed to withstand a certain mass of water, then offered to show the engineer a way to manufacture something that would "do the same job" at half the thickness). Also, transparent aluminum isn't aluminum, any more than tritanium is titanium. We have no idea what its melting point is, nor its ability to withstand impact.
jonsills wrote: »
The substance called "transparent aluminum" in reality is not the substance called "transparent aluminum" in Trek, any more than the real dilithium is a crystalline substance that focuses warp drives (real dilithium, Li2, is a diatomic molecule composed of two lithium atoms, and it's a gas).
For that matter, you're assuming that those screens are constructed of Trekian transparent aluminum, something which is never established. Again, we have no information - all we can be certain of is that they aren't empty spaces held by force fields, because losing power doesn't cause the bridge to vent all its air to space.