Did You See What They’re Wearing?

Log owner:

Victoria Radbourne

December 11, 2022

Captain’s Log, Stardate 11345.5

No matter how serious the conversation regarding Star Trek – any Star Trek – the subject usually migrates to the uniforms and fashion eventually. And that’s exactly what Star Trek Sundays have done with our ultimate podcast for Season 1. 

Did you see what they’re wearing? We asked our crew as we examined the following movie and episodes curated by T. 

  1. Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, Film 6 of 13, TOS 6, Release date: 6 December 1991
  2. Friday’s Child, The Original Series, S02, Ep03, First aired: 1 December 1967
  3. The Way of the Warrior, Deep Space 9, S04, Ep01/02, First aired: 2 October 1995

First, let me give some room here for us to really appreciate the nauga whose lives were sacrificed for all the naugahyde the Klingons wired in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country. You could hear every move the Klingons made because of this sort of leatherette rubbing against itself as they navigated through each scene. And I wondered if anyone else thought they some of these Klingon uniforms reminded them of Eddie Murphy’s red leather suit in his 1980s show Delirious. 

Seeing Christopher Plummer (my first celebrity crush) playing a villain with that incredible eye patch was awesome. Be still my heart! 

In this episode, everyone was incredibly expressive with their outfits, with the Klingons in particular really going out of their way to express themselves. We asked the crew: Do you have a favorite outfit, and what do you think it says about you when you wear it? 

And the answers the crew gave were personal and funny. 

And this brings us to Friday’s Child… Come on!! Please! Who were the costume designers in this one and what were they taking? I’m a seamstress and have made hundreds of pieces of clothing for myself and others and this was just offensive – on one hand.

On the other hand, it was totally hilarious. Because, while the 60s were wild, no one was wearing window fringe and fake rug strips as clothing.

Just a note about the storyline. Bones. The misogyny and condescension was heavy in this one and it’s something we’ll likely discuss in Season 2.

In The Way of the Warrior, a Klingon fleet under General Martok arrives at the station ostensibly to protect the Alpha Quadrant from the Dominion, and Sisko recruits Lieutenant Commander Worf to discover the Klingons’ true intentions.

I am obsessed with Quark. This is Star Trek’s best dressed person, in my opinion. Whereas the costume designers in Friday’s Child were knockin’ back speedballs, the costume designers for Deep Space 9 are in line with Edith Head – a designer for movies whose designs were gorgeous but could easily be adapted for real life. 

Star Trek Sundays Episode 18 Crew: 

First Officer T, Lt. Gella, Lt. Charlotte, Lt. Steve, Lt. Heretic, Lt. Joshua, Ensign Nicoline, Lt. Joanna, Ensign Dave

Thank you to all the crew who participated in Season 1 of Star Trek Sundays. Your contributions being so authentic and vulnerable made the show far more enlightening than we could have expected. And the humour and love with which you live life and share has been an absolute joy and highlight in my year. 

We wish you all a wonderful 2023 and hope to see you in Season 2!

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