That's a friggin' clever way to get around the illogic of the ship seemingly having only one Transporter Room. Works for me!
|Posted: 18 August 2017 at 4:00am | IP Logged | 10
I suspect that the logistics simply weren't a consideration, at the time. After all, we saw that long line of crewmen waiting to beam down in "This Side of Paradise", and were basically left to assume that everyone was using that one and only Transporter.
Of course, one of the great advantages of the fact that the ship wasn't planned out in great detail is that it leaves lots of room to the imagination for filling in gaps and "fixing" mistakes. There have been countless interpretations of the Enterprise's interior layout, over the years (both official and fanmade), and none of them are "wrong", per se.
Fans have been discussing the location of Engineering, whether the Bridge is offset 37 degrees, and how many Transporter Rooms there are for decades. It's all part of the fun, really.
By the way, I recently learned one of the artists (Matt Cushman) who worked on the officially-licensed Enterprise cutaway poster from the mid-90s (which I still have a copy of) has been working on an all-new and revised cutaway poster as a (now-belated) part of the 50th anniversary celebration. He's posted some teaser images on Facebook. There are lots of little Easter Eggs and whatnot from various episodes sprinkled throughout. Looks like it's gonna be a must-buy, for me.
The original Enterprise just possesses a magic--inside and out--that no other fictional vehicle has ever quite been able to match. It vexes, thrills, and captivates all at the same time.