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Type 2 Hand Phaser (SD 1308.9) (DSC 08)

Type 2 Hand Phaser (SD 1308.9) (DSC 08)
First Appearance TOS 05 (8 Sep 1966)

Variable energy weapons, phasers[1] came in a variety of sizes that ranged from handheld units to ship-based batteries.[2]

Hand Phasers

Type 1

See: Type 1 phaser

Type 2

See: Type 2 phaser

Type 3

See: Type 3 phaser

Phaser Cannons

See: phaser cannon

Shipboard Phasers

See: shipboard phasers

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).