I haven't seen much Star Trek TOS in quite a long time, but I am pretty sure I remember consoles on the bridge exploding - or at least throwing sparks, making noise and injuring crew. See this question and answer for reference.

For this question let's limit to consoles on the Enterprise's or other Starfleet vessels' bridge, and maybe at the navigation station of a shuttlecraft. It seems I'm assuming here that on the bridge at least those were controls the actual power being activated, shunted, etc was elsewhere.

Are there any episodes of TOS where a bridge console explodes? Bonus points if it injured someone.

  • Oh, I see. You're asking "in which episode/s of TOS did a bridge console explode? ". Right. Gotcha. – Valorum Apr 25 '16 at 8:38
  • @Richard that would be a bonus for sure - if it happened, which I don't know yet. An answer in the positive would probably bring at least one example, but if I ask "which episodes" I'm scared that it will be considered asking for a list and I got called on that once already :) so I'm trying to be really careful by simply asking for a boolean. – uhoh Apr 25 '16 at 8:39
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    Nah, if it's a question of something being notably rare, asking in which episodes it happened is perfectly acceptable. – Valorum Apr 25 '16 at 8:45
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    "Bonus points if it injured someone." Hehehe – Lightness Races in Orbit Apr 25 '16 at 10:27

As you can see, the consoles did indeed explode in TOS

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TOS: Where No Man Has Gone Before

And for the bonus point (which I'll have to share with Hypnosofil) we have someone getting injured by an exploding console...

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TOS: City on the Edge of Forever

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  • Aha, the pilot! (I mean pilot episode, not the person). Wow, I want that GIF as my desktop! – uhoh Apr 25 '16 at 9:20
  • Technically Charlie gets zapped a few seconds afterwards, but that's not really a console effect. – Valorum Apr 25 '16 at 9:23
  • Oh - Charlie! It's not the pilot-pilot, got it. It's the "you wouldn't like me when I'm angry" episode. – uhoh Apr 25 '16 at 9:31
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    I guess the technology to make optical isolators was lost during WWIII. – Joe L. Apr 25 '16 at 11:57
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    Just to show this wasn't the sole example in TOS, here's a shot from City on the Edge of Forever. – Hypnosifl Apr 25 '16 at 15:20

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