thealternativeisburning said: Hi, uhmm I was wondering if you could tell me what those weird package sort of belt things were that were on the uniforms in the motion picture and what they did? Because I still haven't figured it out hah
They’re medical sensors known as Perscans!
(This was taken from the Sunday, April 13, 1980 installment of the Star Trek newspaper strip, written and drawn by Thomas Warkentin. It was previously featured on this Tumblr here.)
On finishing Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Douglas Trumball told Cinefex's Don Shay: "Oh, I think we surpassed what I expected to achieve by quite a margin. I felt that coming in with the amount of time we had and the amount of work that needed to be done, the major thrust had to be toward just saving it. The big question was never whether or not it was going to be good; but rather whether or not we were even going to have a picture to release."
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52inakangol said: What was his status when he was witness to Kodos The Executioner's crime?
He was a teen. A space teen. (“Conscience of the King”)
Anonymous said: But was Kirk a science officer? Security? Tactical? Engineering? Helmsman?
Jim Kirk worked with Ben Finney in Engineering on board the Republic (“Court Martial”), but I imagine (which means “I am making it up with no real evidence”) that command-track officers work in multiple disciplines on Starfleet vessels in order to familiarize themselves with operations.
MITCHELL: Well, I’m getting a chance to read some of that longhair stuff you like. Hey man, I remember you back at the academy. A stack of books with legs. The first thing I ever heard from upperclassmen was, Watch out for Lieutenant Kirk. In his class, you either think or sink.So it looks like he taught at least one class at the Academy while a Lieutenant. Maybe between assignments? However, this is the same episode that gave us this notable flub…
So, you know.
You might be thinking about the fact that he became friends with Ben Finney while the latter was a Lieutenant who taught at the academy and JTK was a student. (“Court Martial.”)
At the beginning of Star Trek II, he was supervising command-track cadets at Starfleet Academy, but there’s no mention of him teaching prior to commanding Enterprise in any of the episodes or movies. (I’m sure there’s a novel that mentions it; those aren’t canon, so I’m gonna have to say that they never happened except in the hearts and minds of readers that enjoyed them.)