This infographic appeared on Facebook having been posted by RevolutionSF.
I thought, "nice". Then I started looking at it. 'He's dead, Jim' was said 22 times...? Having made my own "He's dead, Jim" t-shirt in the the 1970s, I know that one is wrong.
Trouble This Side of Paradise
In Star Trek, "He's dead, Jim" is said four (4) times. The rest are some variation of [S|He|This man]'s dead [sir|captain]. Even then the grand total of individual death pronouncements is something like 17. The only way you get to 22 is if you count the times that somebody other than McCoy pronounces someone dead. Uhura, Kirk, and Chapel all said "he's dead", and McCoy himself was pronounced dead by Yeoman Barrows in Shore Leave.
Here are the episodes in which McCoy says, "He's dead, Jim":
- The Enemy Within
- The Changeling
- Wolf in the Fold
- Is There in Truth No Beauty
Where No Clone Has Gone Before
Now I became skeptical about the rest of it and decided to explore it a bit to confirm or dispel my suspicions. Unfortunately, they were confirmed.
For instance, Kirk being cloned requires a very broad definition of "clone" that doesn't involve any cloning.
- He was duplicated by an android in What are Little Girls Made Of?
- In Mirror, Mirror, the alternate universe version of him that was Kirk, not a clone.
- A transporter accident split Kirk into two beings in The Enemy Within... I'd let that one go, except that they were both imperfect halves of one whole.
- In Whom Gods Destroy, Garth of Izar was a shape-changer, but there's no evidence that his DNA was altered as he changed shape.
Assignment: Time Travel
Next, the graphic states that the Enterprise traveled back in time on five separate occasions.
Not in the original series, it didn't. The Enterprise only traveled back in time 3 times in the original series, excluding movies: in The Naked Time, Tomorrow is Yesterday, and Assignment: Earth. Not five.
I assume the other two times they're thinking of must be The City at the Edge of Forever and All Our Yesterdays, but the ship didn't go back those times... just select members of the crew. On both occasions it was the same members: Kirk, Spock, and McCoy.
(As an aside, the librarian in All Our Yesterdays had the best librarian name evah... "Mr. Atoz" (A to Z)
The Lights of Studio
|You don't have to take my word for it.|
Nope. "Gold Shirts".
In the original series the shirts were actually more green than gold, but the lighting and film processing altered the color on-screen. Some shirts (like Kirk's wrap-around tunic) were made of a different material and showed up on-screen as the original green.
Yes, "gold" may have been made canon in later media (i.e. the Animated Series), but we're talking about Original Series Fandom here... no retcons and revisionist history allowed.
Speaking of green, I think I'm going to need a jolt of Scotty's Aldebaran whiskey to get through the rest of the infographic.
Is There In Truth No Accuracy?
Also, Kirk never romanced a Vulcan. You can fudge that if you allow that he loved his best friend, Spock. (I'm talking love, not romance; though I'm sure some will score this one as a win for slash fiction.)
I must admit I'm wracking my brain about the "Zeta" thing... there was an episode called The Lights of Zetar, but the romance there was Scotty's, and lettuce all agree that Mira Romaine was decidedly human. (See what I did there?)
Dagger of the Meld
As for mind melds, I count nine in the following episodes: Dagger of the Mind; The Devil in the Dark; The Changeling; Mirror, Mirror; Turnabout Intruder; Is There In Truth No Beauty, and Spectre of the Gun. A whopping three of them were in Spectre of the Gun alone. Why only four are counted in the infographic is a mystery.
Operation: Annihilate the Crew!
Hell, I'll even challenge the number of crew. That's the standard complement of a Constitution class starship, but they either killed or left behind crew members so often that it was unlikely that this number was accurate within hours of leaving spacedock.
So far, everything I've bothered to fact-check prior to breaking off to write this post has been inaccurate in some way. This severely affects the probability that these errors were inadvertent. After all, the author did spend some time on this. Why be so publicly wrong in so many ways for such a high-profile property with such an attentive fanbase... unless it was your intent to be wrong?
Therefore, I choose to believe that this is deliberately constructed as a "busy box" for genuine TOS fans. The object isn't to accept the "facts" as given, nor even to find out whether they're right... it's to determine how they're wrong.
It's devious, it's ingenious, it's clever... and if you're the person who put that infographic together, I suggest you adopt it as your official story and stick to it.
With that in mind, I'll turn my attention to the remainder of this puzzle in private and allow you to do the same, dear Reader.