For the most part, I spend my time worrying about props that we are likely to use in one of our productions. So this means trying to find things we’d likely see around the Enterprise. I try not to be too interested in props that would see little use; these things can get expensive and we have a limited budget. But once in a while, something nice comes along that’s just too good to pass up–even if it’s not likely to be used.
With that as a set-up, there was a prop that we saw just once–‘way back in the first pilot episode “The Cage.” We see that the Geologist (that’s what this guy is called in the script: “Geologist”–played by Ed Madden) has some kind of device slung over his shoulder. Some Old Timers might recognize the device as a 1950’s-era “scintillator” (Geiger counter/radiation detector).
We never get a really good look at it. But here’s a shot from the transporter room before the landing party beams down:
Once they get down to the surface, you get a few more angles of this thing:
The scanner itself snaps onto the battery case. It, of course, unsnaps, too:
I don’t know if this old “Cage”-era device is still in use on board the Kirk-era Enterprise. Similarly, I don’t know when or if we might see this thing in one of our productions.
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