New Discoveries in Old Star Treks


So like everyone in my age cohort I’ve seen the Original Star Trek episode “Journey to Babel”, where Spock decides all right he’ll save his father from death this time, I’d estimate 136 times. And yet I continue to discover new things in it. Most recent watching, particularly, showed something in the cocktail party scene. You know the one, where they have those two little gold guys in fezzes who’re very excited to drop some of the good sculpted soap that’s for guests only into their drinks. So, this time I spotted:

Cocktail party scene on the starship Enterprise. In the foreground Kirk and McCoy are joking around. In the background a purple woman in sparkling leggings and miniskirt, with a vest the color of her long hair so she doesn't quite look like she's wearing a top, smiles while looking at a guy with short, curly hair who's wearing a blue jumpsuit.
Screen shot from TrekCore. Also, props to the purple woman for managing to wear her hair long enough that NBC didn’t even notice she was topless!

So yeah, look at that purple woman on the far left, who’s heroically managing not to pass out dead while Chief O’Brien explains dogecoin all over her.

And that’s not even the end of her life story, as you can see from the next scene at the cocktail party:

In the foreground Ambassador Sarek pours a drink from a very tall lab cylinder. In the background Ambassador Gav readies his courage to come up and yell at Sarek. In the mid-ground, a purple woman in sparkling tights and miniskirt walks across camera, accompanied by a short-haired man in red Star Fleet uniform.
Screen shot from TrekCore. Is … is her miniskirt made of a low-cut shag carpet?

And how bravely she’s managing to not gnaw her own shoulder off while Other Chief O’Brien explains how to find the buffet table again.

How many Chief O’Briens do they even need in the 23rd century?

Author: Joseph Nebus

I was born 198 years to the day after Johnny Appleseed. The differences between us do not end there. He/him.

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