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Bear Bibeault
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It makes for a good password.


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Seriously, these are among the coolest aliens ever put on screen. And considering they were created for a low-budget TV pilot over 40 years ago, this says a lot. The real brilliance was in casting small, delicate-featured older women to play these parts!

In many cases, I think working with small budgets can really be an advantage, because it prompts thoughtful innovation rather than simply throwing money into massive overkill of "gee-whiz" effects.

Another good example of an innovative, inexpensive effect is the communicators' moir´┐Ż -- a moving image created by rotating a simple graphic underneath another transparent graphic layer. On the original props, this was accomplished by putting a spring-wound stopwatch inside the communicator so that the second hand rotated the lower pattern. (A large version of this same effect was used at Spock's station on the bridge.)

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PS: Yes, I am a TOS prop geek. Photos of original and replica props were among the first albums I transferred to my iPhone.

Here's a photo of the main "hero" prop (designated "Alpha" by collectors) with the back removed to show the stopwatch...


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I prefer:


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I like it. But in line with other "inspirational posters" I'd further shorten it to just "Like being stuck in an office cubicle for like, but with virtual sex".
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Similarly, I'd improve:



with: "Guess who's not coming back?"
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How about...


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He's also the only with with the larger (type II) phaser. Maybe that's what gets him in trouble.
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If you were a red-shirt, wouldn't you want the bigger weapon?
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Originally posted by Bear Bibeault:
If you were a red-shirt, wouldn't you want the bigger weapon?


Definitely not. Considering how many times I've seen the red shirt guy killed by a hostile alien. I would tend to think hostile aliens would respond better to less violent approaches.
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I'm not sure that either a bigger weapon, or your pacifist approach would work for many of the poor red-shirts, who were:

1) Zapped by the Gorn
2) Cooked by a Horta
3) Demolished by an exploding rock
4) Crushed after being reduced to a styrofoam tetrahedron
5) Vaporized by m5
6) Whatevered by Losira
7) Tantalus'd

and so on.

They were doomed regardless....
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It must be painful for the Talos IV women to give birth, with those big heads!


And... "Guess who's not coming back"...
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In that photo, I see three type I phasers, one type II phaser, a tricorder, and the medical kit. Can you imagine what that lot would be worth today? The last known sale of a presumably authentic communicator was $37,500, and that was a background "dummy" model, without any stopwatch mechanism.

(Note: The prop geek in me just drools over these and obsesses over the details. I do not own any TOS originals.)
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