Tuesday, April 02, 2013

Beam Me Up, Scotty.

B is for "Beam Me Up, Scotty" The transporter is one of the most exciting concepts in Star Trek. It gives our interstellar heroes speed and the element of surprise without taking up too much "story" time. The way it works is a real sweetie. Take the USS Enterprise NCC 1701 transporters which are entrusted daily to separate life form energy patterns, (thats us) by de-materializing and re-materializing humans into a perfectly stable matter stream.

Without air, trapped starfleet crew members will suffer from boiling blood, radiation poisoning, loss of consciousness and asphyxiation. Sounds lovely doesn't it? Well, try imaging what it was like for Decker being gobbled up by the "Doomsday Machine." So its a good idea The Transporter Chief, is on the ball when energizing.

Here are some top tips from Scotty!

1. Target Scan and Co-ordinate lock. Necessary to avoid beaming the Enterprise crew into solid rock formations or inhospitable environments.
2. Energize and De-materializing is a little tricky sometimes but transporting really is the safest way to travel. The trick is keeping the subjects molecular pattern image intact while the transporter "coils" convert "you," hehe. Fingers crossed.
3. Its reassuring to know there are several safety error checking systems to ensure you get from A to B. For instance each transporter has four molecular imaging scanners which act independently of each other. The next time you're on the Enterprise take it easy and relax with a romulan ale: This might be your big chance to get away from it all!

The burning question has to be did Captain James T. Kirk ever say "Beam me up, Scotty," on Star Trek the original series? He did say, "Two to beam up," and other variations but the best remembered bit of trek dialogue is boldly energizing the hearts of fans everywhere.

Beam Long and Prosper, Trekkies and Trekkers.


  1. I wonder if we'll ever see that sort of technology in our lifetime? I'm still waiting for my jetpack :)

  2. The transporter could be a little scary when things went wrong, which is why you want someone as skilled as Scotty beaming you up!

  3. And pray you don't reappear inside out. And explode!

  4. I cry for this technology... I could work in my crappy town and eat in Vegas... though that will have to be a very large pad... after awhile?

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  5. Every time I have to fly somewhere, I long to be able to beam myself there.
    Katie atBankerchick Scratchings

  6. I imagine the legend began because Kirk WOULD have said something like "Beam us up, Mr. Scott," but because the famed miracle-worker was so well-known as Scotty, fans just combined two different elements into what seemed like an iconic statement.

  7. Oh I didn't think they'd be able to beam him up in time. The suspense was killing me. Good work Scotty! (;

    A-Z participant blogging from Elise Fallson

  8. I am fairly confident I would NOT try transport technology....the scene in TMP and the one episode of TNG haunt me to this day!!!

  9. I'd love to have a transporter. It would save on gas and be so much faster! I don't like to travel. Did he ever say it? I thought he said it in one of the original Star Trek movies. Maybe I'm wrong. :)

  10. Just found your blog via the A to Z Challenge. I knew I was going to follow as soon as I saw the title.

    I'm in the process of watching all the Star Treks again (thanks Netflix). Just finished the first season (TOS) and have watched the first episode of the 2nd season.

    I only watch them while my wife isn't home or is sleeping because she doesn't share the love.

    Looking forward to following through the challenge and after.

  11. What an iconic line. Even if they never did say it on the show or in the movies. I think Shatner has said it in a TV commercial somewhere though...

  12. Thanks for breaking down how to run a transporter Spacerguy!


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