On Stardate 1512.1, during a tense First Contact with the First Federation, Yeoman Janice Rand used a hand phaser to heat a pot of coffee. The boarding party sent to the Fesarius also carried Type 1 hand phasers.
The crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701 used hand phasers during an attempt to rescue Captain Christopher Pike from the Talosians in 2254. 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.
The Type 3 phaser rifle was a more robust and powerful version of the phaser for individual use. When Lieutenant Commander Gary Mitchell was mutating after exposure to the Galactic Barrier, Lieutenant Commander Spock had a phaser rifle beamed down to his location; Captain Kirk ultimately used the weapon against Mitchell, but by that point he had grown too powerful, and it had little effect.
The crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701 used a phaser cannon during an attempt to rescue Captain Christopher Pike from the Talosians in 2254. The cannon successfully destroyed the entrance to their underground facility, but the Talosians' telepathic abilities rendered the Enterprise crew unable to perceive the damage that had been done.
Notes and References
- Roddenberry, Gene (Executive Producer). "The Corbomite Maneuver." Star Trek, Season 1, Episode 2. Directed by Joseph Sargent. Written by Jerry Sohl. Desilu Productions, 10 November 1966.
- 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.
- 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).
- Roddenberry, Gene (Executive Producer). "The Enemy Within." Star Trek, Season 1, Episode 4. Directed by Leo Penn. Written by Richard Matheson. Desilu Productions, 6 October 1966.
- Roddenberry, Gene (Executive Producer). "Where No Man Has Gone Before." Star Trek, Season 1, Episode 1. Directed by James Goldstone. Written by Samuel A. Peeples. Desilu Productions, 22 September 1966.