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Poor Mr. Scott

You know I feel kinda bad for Scotty from the original Star Trek series. In the transporter room they didn't really give him much to work with. If something went wrong with the transporter, all he could do was slide this set of dimmer switches up or down. Not a hell of a lot of control for something that controls taking a person apart and putting them back together again. The controls on the bridge were a heck of a lot more complex and by comparisson, the yreally didn't have to do much. Steer, fire weapons and communicate. That could have been take care of with a joystick and a couple of buttons. If I was Scotty, I would have bitched about that.

Wander

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dragoneerl
Feb. 27th, 2006 10:18 pm (UTC)
What amazes me about the whole thing is that the ship had an incredibly sophisticated computer system to handle the complexities of interstellar navigation, yet there was that one dimmer switch operation that they just didn't feel like they could trust in the hands of a computer. Had to have that human there, ya know, in case something went wrong with the dimmer switch.

Seriously, I think that in the future, Scottish people must be terribly oppressed and Starfleet just "created" the transporter chief job for him as a measure of affirmative action.
wander
Feb. 27th, 2006 10:23 pm (UTC)
I notice he seems to be the only Scottish person on that series. Not too many Irish either.

W
ryl
Feb. 28th, 2006 01:23 pm (UTC)
Well there's O'Brien and...um...O'Brien.
dragoneerl
Feb. 28th, 2006 02:07 pm (UTC)
Uh-huh, and what lowly demeaning job does O'Brien get to do? That's right...transporter chief. Sure they added a few bells and whistles to his console, but you can't hide the stink of rampant anti-Scotism.
ryl
Feb. 28th, 2006 07:21 pm (UTC)
He does become the chief engineer of the Deep Space Nine station, but yeah, they do seem to be sticking the Celts in engineering. Of course, the flip side of that is who controls the ship? The engineers! The captain may think it's his ship, but he's not down there working the engines and environmental systems.
wander
Feb. 28th, 2006 03:31 pm (UTC)
So, what? We get one Scottish or Irish person per series? And they have to be in Engineering right? Are they big drinkers and golfers too? Maybe we can have a Welsh Engineer in the next incarnation of Star Trek.

W
ryl
Feb. 28th, 2006 07:22 pm (UTC)
Or Cornish. Nobody ever thinks of poor Cornwall.
wander
Feb. 28th, 2006 07:26 pm (UTC)
Sounds like there needs to be a Celtic revolt in the Federation.

W
dragoneerl
Feb. 28th, 2006 09:45 pm (UTC)
They would, but where would you ever find enough of them to revolt??? The closest Celt has got to be 50 light years away!
wander
Feb. 28th, 2006 09:49 pm (UTC)
But isn't Earth part of the Federation? surely they have Federation offices all over the planet.

W
dragoneerl
Feb. 28th, 2006 09:54 pm (UTC)
You know, if we were going for stereotypes, we really should have the ship's token Irish person be the ship's constable.
wander
Feb. 28th, 2006 10:02 pm (UTC)
Head of security Shamus O'Leary.

W
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