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Ranchoth
10-21-2010, 03:01 AM
Something I've been curious about for awhile, and it seems harmless enough...what's your favorite Star Trek uniform style?

In order of on-screen appearance (roughly):

• Original pilot (and early episodes, w/modifications) uniform. (http://memory-alpha.org/wiki/Starfleet_uniform_%28mid_23rd_century-2265%29)
• The Original Series uniforms (http://memory-alpha.org/wiki/Starfleet_uniform_%282265-2270s%29)
•Star Trek: The Motion Picture uniforms (http://memory-alpha.org/wiki/Starfleet_uniform_%28early_2270s%29)
• Original cast Movie uniforms (2270s-2350s) (http://memory-alpha.org/wiki/Starfleet_uniform_%28late_2270s-2350s%29)
•Next Generation uniforms (First Season) (http://memory-alpha.org/wiki/Starfleet_uniform_%282350s-2360s%29)
• TNG Uniforms (With collar, season 2—onwards) (http://memory-alpha.org/wiki/Starfleet_uniform_%282366-2370s%29)
• Deep Space Nine/Voyager era uniforms (http://memory-alpha.org/wiki/File:Kathryn_Janeway,_2371.jpg)
• TNG cast movie/late DS9 uniforms (http://memory-alpha.org/wiki/Starfleet_uniform_%282373%29)
• Star Trek: Enterprise uniforms (http://memory-alpha.org/wiki/Starfleet_uniform_%2822nd_century%29)
• Star Trek reboot uniforms (http://memory-alpha.org/wiki/Starfleet_uniform_%28alternate_reality_2250s%29)

Mirror universe uniforms not included, so as not to skew the results too much. :)

I kinda wish the poll system would let us rank the uniforms, but ah well.

Paul in Qatar
10-21-2010, 03:03 AM
Anything Tasha Yarr wore.

Odesio
10-21-2010, 04:50 AM
You're missing the uniform from Wrath of Khan through Generations (crew of Enterprise B). Those were some sharp looking uniforms.

Grumman
10-21-2010, 05:25 AM
I like the original cast movie uniforms (http://memory-alpha.org/wiki/Starfleet_uniform_%28late_2270s-2350s%29) for style, TNG cast movie uniforms (http://memory-alpha.org/wiki/Starfleet_uniform_%282373%29), and the Enterprise uniforms (http://memory-alpha.org/wiki/Starfleet_uniform_%2822nd_century%29) for looking like a space program.

BMalion
10-21-2010, 05:51 AM
The original series was always my favorite.

Although I have a soft spot in my heart for the uniform that Sally Kellerman wore. :D

Maus Magill
10-21-2010, 07:19 AM
You're missing the uniform from Wrath of Khan through Generations (crew of Enterprise B). Those were some sharp looking uniforms.
You mean this one?

• Original cast Movie uniforms (2270s-2350s) (http://memory-alpha.org/wiki/Starfleet_uniform_%28late_2270s-2350s%29)

UncleRojelio
10-21-2010, 07:37 AM
Yeoman Rand in her mini skirt was da bomb.

Wheelz
10-21-2010, 07:41 AM
TOS.
Sure, they were the product of the lowest budget of all the Treks, and looked the least like something a quasi-military organization like Starfleet might actually choose as its uniform.
But the design is clean and simple, and the actors generally looked pretty good in them (cough * Nichelle Nichols * cough). Plus, these are arguably the most iconic of all the Trek uniforms.

RikWriter
10-21-2010, 10:12 AM
Star Trek II. The jackets were especially cool.

Skald the Rhymer
10-21-2010, 10:15 AM
Are we talking in terms of aesthetics or usefulness?

I suspect that the Enterprise uniforms are the most practical for a working environment. Lots of zippered pockets, two piece, etc. If I were working on a starship, I'd want to wear that.

On pure aesthetics, I loved the black & grey uniforms from the late DS9 seasons/latter three TNG movies. They looked uncomfortably warm, though. The uniforms from Wrath of Khan were also very nice, though they also looked warm.

I've also a fondness for the two-piece TNG uniforms, most especially Picard's backup ensemble with the jacket.

Skald the Rhymer
10-21-2010, 10:17 AM
TOS.
Sure, they were the product of the lowest budget of all the Treks, and looked the least like something a quasi-military organization like Starfleet might actually choose as its uniform.
But the design is clean and simple, and the actors generally looked pretty good in them (cough * Nichelle Nichols * cough). Plus, these are arguably the most iconic of all the Trek uniforms.

Having recently watched TOS for the first time in at least a decade, I was pleasantly reminded of how smoking Nichols was in the late 60s. Diana Muldaur also filled out her uniform well. And my little sister fell in love with Leonard Nimoy in just his black pants and black t-shirt.

aceplace57
10-21-2010, 10:35 AM
I liked the Ds9/Voyager uniforms best. They seemed more practical and they didn't constantly ride up like the TNG ones did.

The movie uniforms looked like costumes. Not something peple would actually wear.

The best uniforms were the mini skirts worn by Yeoman Rand and other ladies in the original show.

bouv
10-21-2010, 10:40 AM
The best uniforms were the mini skirts worn by Yeoman Rand and other ladies in the original show.

What about the mini-skirts worn by the men from the first season of TNG? Oh, how we all would like to forget about that.

silenus
10-21-2010, 10:43 AM
Yeoman Rand wins it for TOS.

Pleonast
10-21-2010, 11:29 AM
While I like TOS uniforms (but not the movie ones--too frilly), my favorites are TNG uniforms, with the collared ones slightly better. They're so elegant--clean cuts, color and black pattern, clear but not overbearing rank insignia. Personally, I'd replace all that dark black with a bright white, but black was cool at that time.

Irishman
10-21-2010, 11:33 AM
The original cast movie uniforms (Wrath of Khan) are the best for style. (Later movies were similar but had variations that weren't quite the same.) As far as wearability on a daily basis, Enterprise or late DS9 uniforms.

A lot of the jumpsuit varieties don't flatter most body types.

The miniskirts were great for showing off legs, but not much good for conveying professionalism or military bearing or functionality.

TOS shirts/pants, the pants seemed okay (if no pockets), shirts kinda rode up.

Elendil's Heir
10-21-2010, 11:38 AM
I voted for the later ST:TNG uniforms, although I have a sentimental attachment to the TOS uniforms, esp. Kirk's Captain's-discretion wraparound shirt: http://images.yuku.com/image/jpeg/c9c36808568726bf7e10569a9742ddaca0a51a7a.jpg

What about the mini-skirts worn by the men from the first season of TNG? Oh, how we all would like to forget about that.

Ah, yes, the fortunately seldom-seen Starfleet skant:

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2109/2474005973_46d0b8dc5c.jpg?v=0
http://media.photobucket.com/image/starfleet%20skant/Raiinya/F979CC5E-7CC4-4312-A436-6E0ED7C96CC.png

kenobi 65
10-21-2010, 11:48 AM
I liked the Ds9/Voyager uniforms best. They seemed more practical and they didn't constantly ride up like the TNG ones did.

Which led to the "Picard Maneuver", the act of pulling your jacket back down after standing (so named because Picard did it all the time).

cochrane
10-21-2010, 12:44 PM
I like both the later DS9 uniforms and the original cast motion picture uniforms (WOK to TUC) for style, the Enterprise uniforms for practicality, and the TOS uniforms for sheer nostalgia.

Intergalactic Gladiator
10-21-2010, 01:19 PM
A crud, I lost everything I wrote when I voted. D'OH! :smack:

Very quickly:

TOS -- classic and iconic, but they shirt and pants ride up during the fight scenes and looks kind of goofy.

TMP -- Great look, like an update of TOS. I don't think this design gets a lot of love and I thought I read somewhere that they were so uncomfortable that all the cast could do is stand around stiffly. I think they look good though and it has the added benefit of Kirk and Scotty not looking like they're stashing a meteor under their shirts.

WOK on -- A little too dressy for a naval uniform. It looks OK, but it's a little too much.

TNG 1st Season -- Nice try, but like a bad marksman, you keep missing the target.

TNG 2nd on -- These look good. The two piece unis don't look like Halloween costumes and they look good but also appear functional for work. Plus the Captain gets his awesome smoking jacket. Is my love for that getting old yet?

DS9/ Voyager -- Nice update to the previous look. I like that they look like Starfleet uniforms, but they look like you can work in them.

TNG movie -- Now you went a little too far. The movie uniforms with the red coats lasted about 100 years or so, but then Star Fleet decides to change uniforms about 8 times within 10 years. A little too much change without bringing anything to the table.

Enterprise unis -- Good work clothes. This is what I'd think a space navy would wear.

Reboot -- Harkens back decently to the TOS togs, but they seem a little too sparkly or something. That mesh look on the colored uniforms don't quite work for me.

All that being said, I voted for DS9/ Voyager uniforms. They look like futuristic space navy work wear to me. TMP uniforms are a close second, maybe they could have used just a dash of color somewhere.

MovieMogul
10-21-2010, 02:07 PM
Star Trek II. The jackets were especially cool.All the officers looked sharp (as did engineering), but the jumpsuits for everyone else kills that vote for me.

I like the collared TNG movie uniforms--clean and streamlined, pretty comfortable and not too ornate, plus the color pallette suits me better than the overly-bright TOS versions.

Elendil's Heir
10-21-2010, 02:29 PM
Anything Tasha Yar[] wore.

Especially this, I'm guessing: http://www.blogcdn.com/www.tvsquad.com/media/2006/09/tasha_yar,_polywater_intoxication.jpg

Although it looks, er, non-regulation....

Skald the Rhymer
10-21-2010, 02:39 PM
Especially this, I'm guessing: http://www.blogcdn.com/www.tvsquad.com/media/2006/09/tasha_yar,_polywater_intoxication.jpg

Although it looks, er, non-regulation....

That is not an officer's uniform, sir. That is a hooker's uniform.

Elendil's Heir
10-21-2010, 02:49 PM
You got a problem widdat?

alphaboi867
10-21-2010, 03:00 PM
My favourite is the original cast movie uniforms (Star Trek II to VI). I did not meant to vote for the Motion Picture uniforms :smack:; those were just plain awful.

Skald the Rhymer
10-21-2010, 03:04 PM
You got a problem widdat?

I am simply endeavoring to be precise.

I do wish Yar had stayed longer. Wesley Crusher has much to answer for.

ETA: On further consideration, "hooker's uniform" is a bit harsh and would earn me a beatdown from Yar. It's a let's make monkey love uniform.

antonio107
10-21-2010, 03:31 PM
I voted for the wrong one. I like the Original Cast movie one the most!

kunilou
10-21-2010, 04:52 PM
The miniskirts were great for showing off legs, but not much good for conveying professionalism or military bearing or functionality.

Your point being?

AncientHumanoid
10-21-2010, 04:55 PM
You forgot the skant.

TBG
10-21-2010, 06:24 PM
Nitpick, TNG uniforms changed for season 3, not season 2. Riker's beard showed up for season 2, maybe that's causing the confusion. Or maybe Geordi and Worf changing colors. Anyway, season 2 was still the original ones, and the new ones showed up on the main cast for season 3, though the old ones showed up on background characters for quite a while after that.

FordTaurusSHO94
10-21-2010, 07:09 PM
Season 3 got a couple of versions of new uniforms. The first ones had vertical lines in the colored part of the torso. They disappeared some time during that season.

The fun uniform question is why do they switch back and forth between the TNG and DS9 uniforms so much? In Generations, they change back and forth between the 2 and throughout DS9 they use both. There's no clear cut reason why, either. In S4 of DS9, Worf and Sisko both wear the TNG era uniforms for an episode or two. Nog even wears one in a future episode. My guess is that they have a period where they can use either uniform until the switch to the new one is mandatory. Didn't the US military have a period where soldiers could wear old camo or digital camo?

The worst are a toss up between The Motion Picture, early TNG, and the gap between The Undiscovered Country and TNG. You know, the ones that looked like Kahn-type suits, but without the undershirt or a collar.

I chose the DS9/Voyager uniforms.

BrainGlutton
10-21-2010, 07:26 PM
Original Series Mirror Universe Uniforms. (http://memory-alpha.org/wiki/File:Uhura_distracts_Hikaru_Sulu_%28mirror%29.jpg)

I win.

AncientHumanoid
10-21-2010, 07:37 PM
Original Series Mirror Universe Uniforms. (http://memory-alpha.org/wiki/File:Uhura_distracts_Hikaru_Sulu_%28mirror%29.jpg)

I win.


Close the thread. Hand me your agonizer.

carlb
10-21-2010, 08:01 PM
The fun uniform question is why do they switch back and forth between the TNG and DS9 uniforms so much? In Generations, they change back and forth between the 2 and throughout DS9 they use both. There's no clear cut reason why, either. In S4 of DS9, Worf and Sisko both wear the TNG era uniforms for an episode or two. Nog even wears one in a future episode. My guess is that they have a period where they can use either uniform until the switch to the new one is mandatory. Didn't the US military have a period where soldiers could wear old camo or digital camo?
I wish they had kept both uniforms. The DS9-style uniform works as a day-to-day work uniform, whereas the TNG Season 3-style is a dressier version. Sort of like a Class A and a Class C uniform.

I voted for the later TNG movie uniform. I liked the fact that the majority of the uniform was the same color for all departments, with just a little color provided by the undershirt. Most importantly, they had the first dress uniform that really looked like a dress uniform, and not a satin sweatshirt, or a dress.

GuanoLad
10-21-2010, 08:54 PM
I like the DS9 uniforms, especially with the splashes of colour they'd occasionally augment them with. But I do wish the miniskirts had taken precedence over the jumpsuit for the women.

Annie
10-21-2010, 11:24 PM
No option for Enterprise blue underwears? Alas and alak! Well, how about:

Snazzy: TNG S3 and onward, Picard Maneuver not withstanding
Function, and kinda styl'n: Enterprise coveralls, except-one piece? You have to disrobe to go to the head? But hey, on ENT, they didn't have problems with dropping trou.
Functional, and kinda meh- TOS/reboot- Perfectly useful service attire, as long as you didn't mind wearing flood pants or having your shirt riding up when you tried to pound the Acting Captain through the helm controls.
Honorable mention: Mirror Universe T'pol. I'd switch teams (http://images1.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20060622001434/memoryalpha/en/images/thumb/b/b8/TPol_on_Avenger.jpg/292px-TPol_on_Avenger.jpg)

The worst? The Academy uniforms from the reboot movie. Some horrid love child of the TOS movies, and my grandma's sofa (http://img.trekmovie.com/images/merchandise/st09-academy-2.jpg). And this? (http://cache.gawker.com/assets/images/io9/2009/05/kobyashi.jpg) I just put my baby niece in one of those for bedtime!

alphaboi867
10-22-2010, 12:45 AM
It's a shame Enterprise didn't get a 5th season. The writers had plans to revisit the Mirror Universe. I'd love to have seen the Imperial Terran Starfleet uniforms for men with Empress Hoshi on the throne. :D

anyrose
10-22-2010, 02:58 PM
TNG Season 2 forward. Hands down.

TBG
10-23-2010, 10:30 PM
The fun uniform question is why do they switch back and forth between the TNG and DS9 uniforms so much? In Generations, they change back and forth between the 2 and throughout DS9 they use both. There's no clear cut reason why, either. In S4 of DS9, Worf and Sisko both wear the TNG era uniforms for an episode or two.

I have no explanation for Generations, and neither has anyone else that I've asked, but DS9 was reasonably consistent about who wore which style. It was supposed to be the one style was for space stations, and the other style for star ships and earth postings.

Sisko wore the TNG style at the beginning of the first ep, when he was arriving to take over then switched to the DS9/Voy. Likewise, at first Worf wasn't assigned to DS9, so until he was he used the TNG style, then he switched. And when Sisko was recalled to earth to root out changeling infiltrators, he switched to TNG style for that time.

This distinction even continued when DS9 switched to the First Contact uniforms, and there are episodes where they're interacting with guys from star ships still wearing old TNG style.

This of course doesn't jibe with what was going on in the movies and Voyager, where they used uniforms on star ships that DS9 was treating as a space station uniform, but hey, whatcha gonna do. [shrug smiley here]

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