Ima Firin' My Phasers

28th Mar 2014, 12:00 AM in The Cage
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Ima Firin' My Phasers
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Apprenticebard 28th Mar 2014, 12:00 AM edit delete
Whoops, there's nothing resembling a punchline in this script. Let's talk about how Number One is the coolest character in the pilot instead. Pike is OK, of course, but space heroes are a dime a dozen. Vina is even a pretty interesting guest character, at least compared to some of the women in later episodes. Number One, though, embodies the spirit of Star Trek, matter-of-factly doing her job while being a woman. Nobody really comments on it. Nobody doubts her. The majority of her characterization is being logical and practical, which serves her well even though she isn't the episode's central character.

The coolest thing about Number One is that unlike the Yeoman or Vina, her presence is utterly unremarkable- if we look at her today, she's not offensive, but she's also not particularly noteworthy. In other words, Star Trek succeeded in its mission. What was considered outrageous then is now commonplace, in part thanks to TOS and its spin-off series. Well done, Mr. Roddenberry.
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plymayer 28th Mar 2014, 1:09 AM edit delete reply
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Don't remember anyone ever calling her by name. The captain refers to her as "number one" because she's his chief officer. Like Picard does later. A British navy thing.
Apprenticebard 28th Mar 2014, 6:28 AM edit delete reply
Yeah, I'm pretty sure nobody does. She's just called "Number One" throughout. She doesn't even have much characterization (nobody does, other than arguably Pike), but I did always like the no-nonsense way that she leads the crew during a disaster. They all have their little personality traits. Spock is like the Spock we know (extremely presise, willing to leave Pike and the others behind to protect the rest of the crew), except that he hasn't quite got the level of emotionlessness that he will later. The helmsman is always running around, the most energetic of the crew members. The doctor spends most of the plot concerned that everything is an illusion (which is basically true), so I guess we could mark him as cautious or suspicious. The yeoman is mostly just nervous and new. Pike gets his backstory explored (lived in Texas or someplace and had a horse), and distinguishes himself by his single-minded pursuit of escape, as well as his concern for his crew.

They're not as cool as the crew we actually got, in my opinion, but they're alright.