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  1. And flip-phones were inspired by Star Trek communicators.That was pretty widely known back when flip-phones were a thing.

    On top of that, Kirk isn’t driving. He’s just telling the driver (presumably Mr. Sulu) where to go.

  2. He doesn’t use the flipping communicator while he’s sitting in the bridge! …fail, fail, fail!

  3. Does it seem like they have a limited colour palette? Like the crew is all wearing gold (same colour as the cop badges), the cops are in blue, and we have Caucasian fleshtone. Everything else is black and white.

    It’s sort of halfway between a B&W comic and a colour comic…like the illustrations I used to see in elementary schoolbooks or in brochures.

  4. “He doesn’t use the flipping communicator while he’s sitting in the bridge!”

    Except when he does. For example, “The Doomsday Machine”, he uses one to talk to Scott down in engineering and to the Decker and Spock. Maybe also in “The Mark of Gideon”. Kirk uses his communicator throughout the “ship”, don’t remember if the bridge was one of the places shown or not, but since the set is already built, I’d be surprised if they didn’t use it. The point of having a bottle episode is to cut costs by using sets and props that already exist.

  5. And Star Trek takes place in the 22nd century, not 1967. If it’s 1967, they’re in a (stationary) film studio. They’re not texting OR driving.

  6. Not to mention that their Federation badges are pointing down rather than up.

    That means that it’s an Admiralty Court and those cops have No Jurisdiction!!!

  7. “And Star Trek takes place in the 22nd century, not 1967.”

    Except for when it takes place in the 1960s, which is two different episodes. In one, they beam up a fighter pilot, and in the other, they beam up Gary 7.

  8. There was a color scheme to Star Trek shirts. It may have varied from season to season and in the movies, but in general, the people on the bridge wore gold shirts, the people running the rest of ship wore blue shirts, and the person who was going to die in the first three minutes of the episode wore a red shirt.

  9. Gold (supposedly greenish in person, before the post production people got hold of the film) was for command and operations, blue was for sciences, and red was for engineering and dying on strange planets. On The Next Generation, they switched the red and gold.

  10. I thought red was operations and blue was science. The guy to get killed right off the bat wore red, but so did Scotty, Uhura and Yeoman Janis Rand. Science officer Spock and also medical staff wore science blue.
    I always wondered what made Sulu and Chekov command gold instead of operations red, as they literally operated the ship.

  11. According to one source, the command shirts were originally green, and this color is still seen in some scenes. The “gold” wasn’t intentional post-processing, but rather an accidental effect of the set lighting on a certain velour used for the costumes.

  12. James: In Doomsday Machine, Kirk was on a *different ship* when he was using his communicator. Best episode ever, BTW.

  13. Gold or green: are we going to have another one of those “what color is this dress” things?

  14. I never knew that about the gold being green. That does explain Kirk’s green wraparound shirt that he wore when Shatner put on too much weight to look good in the standard shirt.

  15. @ DemetriosX – That wasn’t a weight problem (or at least not entirely a weight problem). In “The Making of Star Trek“, Whitfield (or Roddenberry) explained that the costumes were drycleaned every day, and the velour fabric suffered from progressive shrinkage. Since there wasn’t time (or money) to make new costumes, they occasionally had to resort to ad hoc solutions, such as sewing actors into their outfits, which of course then had to be unstitched whenever they needed to go to the bathroom.

  16. “In Doomsday Machine, Kirk was on a *different ship* when he was using his communicator.”

    Yes, I know. He was on the BRIDGE of that ship, where he used his COMMUNICATOR. Thus, Kirk used his communicator on the bridge, which is what I said he did. In the other episode I cited, Kirk beams down to the planet… into a replica of a Constitution-class starship, only without any of the crew. (Didn’t make much sense, dramatically, but the point was to make a bottle episode and not require the construction of any new sets, so they wrote an episode where the planet Kirk beamed to had surroundings that looked just like the sets they already had.)

  17. Off the subject – interesting, short interview with George Takei on last page of TIme magazine this week in reference to the TV show “The Terror” that he is in and he talks about being in an internment camp as a child. Quick read and can be quickly found inside the rear cover if you don’t subscribe.

  18. @ Meryl A – That was a gimmick that was added in the “Next Generation” series. In the original series (and movies), the insignia was just a sewn-on patch.

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