Today we introduce the first Dr. McCoy item to Zach Trek II:
Dr. McCoy is one of my favorite characters from Star Trek (he was the first character I featured on original Zach Trek), and this is one of my favorite Star Trek items from my collection. I have had this card for many years, and originally intended to feature it on original Zach Trek, back when I was still maintaining it. Way back then, I found a link on Rittenhouse’s web site featuring the costumes they used for the costume cards in this series. In the years ensuing, that page became a lot harder to find again, but I did dig it back up:
If you scroll to the bottom of that page, you’ll see the photo for this card, “MC11”, and you can click on the image to enlarge it.
Before we look at more photos of the card, here’s a trivia question to go with it: Can you tell what scene from the movie the photo on the card is from? If you can tell without some research, you’re a bit more serious a Star Trek nerd than I am! (answer at the end of the post)
Now for the answer to the trivia question: This scene is from the Kobayashi Maru simulation at the beginning of the movie. I wasn’t even really thinking about what scene this was, but in reviewing my photos for this post, I noticed the sign behind Dr. McCoy, which appears to say “No smoking at any time on bridge”. I thought that was odd, as I didn’t remember seeing such signs before, and there is a reason for that: According to the “No smoking sign” page (!) on memory-alpha:
In Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, director Nicholas Meyer had “No Smoking” signs posted on the bridge of the Enterprise. According to the text commentary for the film, at Gene Roddenberry’s insistence, they were removed. Roddenberry felt that enlightened future Humans would not have hang-ups or addictions like smoking. The “No Smoking” sign can still be seen on the bridge in the opening “Kobayashi Maru” scene.
I think I agree with Mr. Roddenberry on this.
Next week on Zach Trek: On Tuesday, we’ll introduce a character who sometimes commanded the Enterprise. On Thursday, we’ll introduce the first featured video.