Type 2 phaser

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Type 2 phaser
Type 2 Hand Phaser (SD 1308.9) (DSC08)

Type 2 Hand Phaser (SD 1308.9) (DSC08)
First Appearance TOS06 (8 Sep 1966)
Prime Timeline
(The root of all realities)

The crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701 used hand phasers[1] during an attempt to rescue Captain Christopher Pike from the Talosians in 2254. Phasers could be set to overload, causing an explosion.[2] In the 2260s, Type 1 phasers (sometimes called "Phaser 1") could be attached to a larger mounting frame that increased its capabilities, turning the unit into a Type 2 phaser (aka "Phaser 2"). On Stardate 1672.1, Lieutenant Sulu used a phaser to heat rocks in order to provide warmth in the subzero temperatures of planet Alfa 177.[3]

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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 (Production number 01). Directed by Robert Butler. Written by Gene Roddenberry. Released 1986. Desilu Productions. 1965.
  3. Roddenberry, Gene (Executive Producer). "The Enemy Within". Star Trek, season 1, episode 5 (Production number 05). Directed by Leo Penn. Written by Richard Matheson. Desilu Productions. 6 October 1966.