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IMDB notes the oddity, but has no explanation. Does anyone know if this perhaps occurred in another version of the script, or a deleted scene, or know of another explanation?

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    It's technically not firing on the station. The phasers are set to "Tickle Mode" in an attempt to get everyone there to giggle. You can tell by the shade of orange that the beams are.
    – John O
    Sep 28, 2012 at 15:51
  • and when did they move the phasers to the top of the saucer? Sep 28, 2012 at 16:25
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    And why the hell is khan a hundred foot tall?!
    – Stefan
    Sep 28, 2012 at 21:59
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    Enterprise has had phasers on top of the saucer since the movie-era refit. There are 6 pairs of phaser emitters on the saucer: 9 o'clock, 12 o'clock, and 3 o'clock, top and bottom (essentially doubling the firepower from the Franz Joseph design). The top ones are visible in this model: kintaro164.deviantart.com/art/… Apr 14, 2014 at 23:04

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Good question. I can offer only speculation, and I have never read anything to suggest this was in an alternate version of the script.

  1. It's certainly possible that the artist didn't fully understand what was happening in the movie and was just shooting for something "sufficiently sci fi". Also, the Reliant was certainly "Treky looking" but not as recognizable as the Enterprise, which is one of Science Fictions most well known icons. Back then it was probably crazy not to include the Enterprise on a Star Trek movie poster.

  2. In the movie Dr Marcus (the elder) sends a message to Kirk asking "why are you allowing them to take Genesis?", which leaves Kirk confused. Later Dr Marcus the younger will also pick a fight with Kirk and accuse him of allowing Genesis to be used for military purposes Perhaps one or both of these scenes was part of the preview, and the poster was created as a sort of companion with the preview?

  3. Sometimes comic books use, for lack of a better term, "gimmick covers". They depict events that not only do not take place in the story, but sometimes counter it. I seem to remember a cover for what I think was Ghost Rider shortly after the Nightstalkers stuff. It depicted Morbius - a "good" vampire and member of the Nightstalkers- attacking a human on the cover and had some sort of shocking tag line. Of course Morbius was an ally to Ghost Rider in the comic and it was some other vampire doing the work. I wonder if whatever drove that sort of design was at work here?

  4. Someone deliberately did not want to show the Enterprise and the Reliant battling on the poster, saving that for the movie?


The Reliant was originally a Constitution class ship like the Enterprise, but they redesigned it to differentiate it on screen as they felt it would confuse people during the space battles. I wouldn't be surprised if the poster was designed prior to the change.

  • This doesn’t really answer why the Enterprise was firing in the poster, though.
    – Obsidia
    May 1, 2018 at 19:01
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    @Bellatrix - I think this answer is saying the poster is not showing the Enterprise but the (original version of the) Reliant. May 1, 2018 at 19:09
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    @Wikis Ah okay! That makes more sense!
    – Obsidia
    May 1, 2018 at 19:12
  • You should post some quotes from Memory Alpha to back your answer up
    – Machavity
    May 1, 2018 at 19:36

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