In the scene from "The Cage" where the officers agree to use the ship's power to destroy the entrance to the Talosians' underground complex, Dr. Boyce can be seen holding an object that looks grey with a blue tip. It looks like a pen, kind of like a sharpie. Is this an error or is this meant to represent an actual in-universe item?

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  • There's nothing in the script that explains it; knowitalljoe.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/…
    – Valorum
    Feb 1, 2022 at 22:31
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    It's worth noting that the captain also has a circa 1960s TV set in his quarters so this isn't the only anachronistic item on display. Bellisario's maxim applies in full force here, that this show was made to a small budget, under extreme time pressure by people who were overworked.
    – Valorum
    Feb 1, 2022 at 22:36
  • Note, the Wikipedia entry for Uhura has her wielding a pen-like object as precedent. Feb 1, 2022 at 22:38
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    It was probably a pen IRL, and likely a pen in-universe. I don't think they had a "paperless future" mindset when this was shot. IIRC, there is at least one device on the bridge which delivers a report on something by spewing a bit of paper... either this episode or the second pilot "Where No Man Has Gone Before".
    – Anthony X
    Feb 1, 2022 at 22:55
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    I think it's a pen that represents a pen. Feb 2, 2022 at 1:47


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