STAR TREK has established Star Fleet as having a far greater propensity for altering the designs of its regulation attire than just about any military service in the history of, well, history!
|Posted: 04 March 2010 at 9:39am | IP Logged | 1
Much of this, of course, is due to the fading away of the "Old Guard" -- that generation who had actually served in the military, and who had some sense of what it was like to be part of such organizations. That kind of thinking has been almost totally eclipsed by the "Wouldn't It Be Cool…" approach to designing the Future, both in the clothing/uniforms and the technology. (That's how we go from Sulu driving the boat with a few buttons on a shiny black panel to later "more advanced" ships needing all kinds of bells and whistles to do the same job.)
As I find myself drifting deeper into TREK "lore", thru my IDW work, I find myself wondering about which elements should really be considered canonical. And that's where the question of the uniforms comes up.
In the first pilot, the crew (male and female) wore charcoal gray slacks with a hint of "sparkle" woven in, and tunics with knitted, crew-style collars. For the second pilot, these uniforms were recycled, so Kirk and Spock dressed as had Pike and Spock.
When the show went to full series, however, the uniforms were modified. The slack became black, and the collars likewise. This was a smart move, as black is almost always a stronger element, visually, than any other color. However, a few episodes in, we got to meet one of Jim Kirk's classmates from the Academy, and altho their time there would have predated the second pilot, this character, Finnegan, wore black slack and a tunic with a black collar. (His "cadet" uniform tunic also had a sparkle effect, to distinguish it from the uniforms worn by Kirk and his crew.)
In an upcoming TREK miniseries, I will be wandering briefly thru Kirk's time at the Academy (my stories being set in -- sigh -- TREK Prime, remember), followed by some exploits after graduation. This raises the question of how the uniforms should be portrayed. Should pre-TOS uniforms be as seen on the first and second pilots, with the cadet uniforms somehow looking like TOS uniforms? Should Finnegan's uniform be considered an aberration? Or should the uniforms worn in the second pilot be ignored?
I wonder -- is the best approach the one I have taken with the Klingons, to simple "mix and match" the different styles and make no comment about it in the stories?