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The use of colors

Ghostmojo

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Report this Jun. 17 2011, 12:35 pm

Interestingly - in both pilots there were NO redshirts!


They arrived with the third show.


Prior to that in both The Cage and Where No Man Has Gone Before there are these green-mustard shirts, the pale blues ones and some odd pale chocolate kind of colour ... but no red

FleetAdmiral_BamBam

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Report this Jun. 19 2011, 7:42 pm

Everytime I see the title of this thread, I think about the colors of uniforms, not everything else... 


Ghostmojo

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Report this Jun. 20 2011, 12:51 pm

Not only were there no redshirts in the two pilots but even after they did appear the reality is that all the deaths in the first half-dozen episodes were actually of gold and blue shirts!!!


Obviously, at some point this all changed ...

Ghostmojo

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Report this Jun. 22 2011, 12:59 pm

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>Must have been when they started to have some attention given to the show's continuity.

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Don't get me going on that one! On The Corbomite Manoeuvre McCoy enters the bridge wearing his regular blue shirt - minutes later he is wearing his sparkly medical overshirt - then minutes after that he is back to his first appearance! And better still Kirk (can't remember which episode) is wearing his gold shirt with no badge - then minutes later the badge reappears ...


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Ghostmojo

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Report this Jul. 17 2011, 3:22 am

Another odd thing has struck me about the colours.


There are distinct roles for crewmen - sciences / engineering / security / command etc. and that is why they wear either gold, blue or red.


And yet in many episodes the colour ident seems to be abandoned altogether. More often than not when Chekov or Sulu vacate the piloting desk a red or blue clad individual will replace them. This could of course be because they want individuals to get varied experience, but somebody like Uhura (trained in communications) surely is not going to be a competent navigator - and yet often she steps into that role (sits in that seat).


Some of the crew even change colour from time to time (Uhura/Kyle/Sulu), and they never quite seemed to make up their mind about which shirt Kirk was going to wear - changing from week to week - gold to green.


Occasionally we get individuals turning up claiming that "I am a scientist and my speciality is ..." as they stand there in their red or gold shirt, and so on.


My guess is that there was a desire to balance out the colours visually in any given scene and therefore the actual colour code/professional role went out of the window!


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starworlds

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Report this Jul. 19 2011, 1:09 am

Use of colors, especially the TOS crew shirts created uniformality and divided department from one another - Yellow (Command and Bridge), Blue (Science and Medical), and Red (Engineering and Security)! It also enhanced colors to give a so called flavors looks to the crew overall - but all emerging as a one unit in time of need...! ^+^

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