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Shocking flaws in Star Trek

From Memory Alpha on the Menagerie:

Now, confined to a wheelchair, Pike is disfigured and cannot speak, though his mind is unimpaired. His sole means of communication is a flashing light with an accompanying beep: once for yes, twice for no.

You know, given that this was made in 1966, and that Gene Roddenberry had served extensively in the military, I would bet good money that someone involved in production had heard of Morse code.

(The episode description gives no hint of his communicating anything other than Yes or No.)

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harimad
Jan. 11th, 2016 02:09 am (UTC)
That was my thought as well, when I saw that episode.
mindstalk
Jan. 11th, 2016 02:19 am (UTC)
Yeah, I see I'm totally not original here, unsurprisingly.

I do see fan suggestions that maybe he had Broca region damage, so could comprehend language but not generate it. I think that could work.
rfmcdpei
Jan. 11th, 2016 03:18 am (UTC)
I was going to say something like that had to be the explanation, some inability on Pike's part to use language.
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