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Type II Hand Phaser (SD 1308.9) (DSC 08)
Type II Hand Phaser (SD 1308.9) (DSC 08)

The crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701 used phasers[1] during an attempt to rescue Captain Christopher Pike from the Talosians in 2254.[2]

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Notes and References

  1. Although the script and dialogue for "The Cage" referred to the energy weapons as "lasers," this was changed retroactively to "phasers" when the series went into production, as the properties of lasers were already a known quantity in the real world, and the writers and production team did not want to restrict future stories. The design of the "lasers" from The Cage was echoed in Star Trek: Discovery, where the weapons were referred to as phasers, reinforcing this retcon.
  2. Roddenberry, Gene (Executive Producer). "The Cage." Star Trek, Season 0, Episode 0. Directed by Robert Butler. Written by Gene Roddenberry. Desilu Productions, 1965 (Released 1986).