Star Trek: The Animated Series (TAS) has a number of noteworthy franchise milestones—for better or worse. We were introduced to the three-legged, three-armed, three fingered (but not three eyed) Edosian Lieutenant Arex and the feline Caitian Lieutenant M’Ress.
We’ve seen, periodically, small, colorful “Feinberger Blocks”–officially known as “jumper” blocks. We see these small engineering/circuitry devices a few times throughout Star Trek The Original Series. The first time we see them is in the episode “The Naked Time.
The November 20th, 1964 Final Draft script for “The Cage” written by Gene Roddenberry (from back in that very narrow window of time when the Captain wasn’t named “April” anymore and he wasn’t yet named “Pike,” he was “James Winter”) has some script direction that clarifies what’s going on: From Scene 4: Ship’s Science Officer, MISTER SPOCK, nursing a foot injury, limps onto scene to stand beside Winter, watching the viewing screen, too.
On the night of Monday, November 1, 1880 (135 years ago), astronomer (and astronomical artist) Étienne Léopold Trouvelot made some observations of the planet Jupiter using the 26-inch refractor telescope at the U.S. Naval Observatory at Foggy Bottom (in Washington, D.
Folks may heard the story of how Gene Roddenberry wanted some salt shakers for “The Man Trap”–which ended up not being appropriate for use as salt shakers–so Gene asked that they be pressed into service as medical and surgical instruments for Doctor McCoy. Gene Roddenberry had this to say in the book The Making of Star Trek by Stephen E. Whitfield & Gene Roddenberry:
There is a prop we’ve seen occasionally in Star Trek The Original Series that seems to be some type of electronic device used for testing shipboard equipment. This Equipment Tester is first seen very briefly in “The Corbomite Maneuver.” Some unnamed crewmember is using it to check one of the plant-ons on one of the bulkheads in the ship’s corridors:
There is a hand tool we saw periodically starting in the second season that seems to do double-duty as both an engineering tool and a medical tool. I’m not even sure what to call this thing. It’s about the size of a wrench but its shape is something like a two-pronged fork–like a tuning fork.
One item you’ll probably instantly recognize is a small tabletop bell (and an accompanying striker/mallet) used in court martial proceedings. It is used by the officer presiding over the court to call the court to order—usually with a series of three or four double taps to the bell: (“Ding-ding!