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Fisher was a male Human Starfleet crewmember in the 23rd century. He served in the sciences division aboard the USS Enterprise in 2266 under the command of Captain James T. Kirk, while the starship was undertaking an historic five-year mission. He was a geological technician.

Biographical record Edit

Scott and Fisher with sensor device

The ore-covered Fisher with Chief Engineer Montgomery Scott

In 2266, Fisher participated in a specimen-gathering mission on the surface of planet Alfa 177. During the mission, he fell off a rock bank, becoming covered in an exotic magnetic ore. This ore caused a transporter malfunction when Fisher was beamed back to the ship, which resulted in Captain Kirk being split into two distinctly different versions of him, one of whom was weak and indecisive whereas the other was possessed of all of Kirk's dark tendencies and animal instincts.

Fisher later witnessed the psychologically bestial manifestation of Kirk trying to sexually assault Yeoman Janice Rand in her quarters, and was incapacitated by him while attempting to contact Lieutenant Commander Spock. Fisher subsequently supported Yeoman Rand asserting, in the Enterprise's sickbay, that her attack had been committed by Captain Kirk. (TOS: "The Enemy Within")

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Background information Edit

Identity Edit

Fisher was played by Ed Madden. Madden also played a geologist in "The Cage", which took place in 2254, a dozen years before his appearance as Fisher. It seems unlikely the production team could have intended this to be the same man, as there would presumably be some changes in appearance over a decade of time.

The character of Fisher was originally called Pollard. He was named that in two drafts of the story outline for "The Enemy Within", the second of which additionally referred to him as a "crew technician". The character was also called Pollard in the first draft and a revised draft of the episode's script (the latter dated 31 May 1966). He wasn't renamed Fisher until the final draft of the teleplay was issued (on 8 June 1966). Thereafter, in a set of research notes that Kellam de Forest wrote about the teleplay (on 15 June 1966), de Forest concluded there were "no conflicts" with the name Fisher.

The duty jumpsuit Fisher wore had no indication of rank and was worn by both non-commissioned and commissioned officers; therefore, his rank cannot be determined from his uniform.

The novel Present Tense gives Fisher's first name as "Edward".

Depictions in story outlines Edit

In the first draft story outline of "The Enemy Within", Pollard was bludgeoned by the violent Kirk duplicate using the receiver of a wall phone aboard the Enterprise. Robert Justman proposed, in a memo of story notes from him to Gene Roddenberry (on 8 April 1966), that they omit the wall phone and that Pollard therefore be assaulted by either some other implement or the Kirk duplicate's bare hands. Justman also observed in that memo, "The character of Pollard becomes confusing to me. The instability that he displays would certainly seem to me to disqualify him from service on board the USS Enterprise."

In the revised story outline for "The Enemy Within", it was an unnamed male "crew member" who was wounded while collecting some ore. The nature of his injury was also different, in that he was grazed by "a falling rock." Pollard first appeared in the narrative while passing by Rand's quarters during her sexual assault. Stunned by the sight, Pollard rushed to the nearest "Transicator" (an early name for the Enterprise's communication devices). He was shoved against a bulkhead by Kirk's double, though, and Pollard's face was then slammed against the door to an empty cabin, an act which knocked him unconsciousness. Moments later, he was found inside the cabin, his face described as "a mask of blood," and, with a gasp before losing consciousness again, he identified the captain as his attacker. Pollard was then taken to the Enterprise's "hospital", where he was referred to as being in serious condition. After regaining consciousness, the hospitalized Pollard, whose face was still bruised and puffy, was personally visited by the real Kirk, who informed him the duplicate had been arrested. Despite the real Kirk apologizing for what had happened, Pollard eyed his visitor with distrust and, as Kirk left, nearly contempt.

Robert Justman, in a memo of story notes to John D.F. Black on 22 April 1966, suggested that, since the doors aboard the Enterprise weren't hinged, the writing staff would need to devise some other way of "disposing of Pollard." He also critiqued, "I think it's all right for Pollard to be distrustful of the real Captain Kirk, but I don't think Pollard should eye Kirk with contempt as Kirk exits. I think his expression should be more the expression of uncertainty, rather than downright dislike of his leader."

In a memo of story comments Gene Roddenberry wrote Richard Matheson (dated 26 April 1966) – in preparation for Matheson writing the first draft script of "The Enemy Within" – Roddenberry advised, "We must clearly explain why the first man who was beamed up through the Transporter did not come out a double as happens to Kirk." In the same memo, Roddenberry relayed to Matheson that Pollard would have to be injured and knocked out some other way, as the Enterprise's doors weren't hinged.

Scripted portrayals Edit

In the first draft script of "The Enemy Within", Pollard was whacked by the Kirk duplicate using a communicator. Robert Justman considered that implement too small and light-weight to be used as a weapon realistically. In a memo he wrote John D.F. Black (on 23 May 1966), Justman suggested Pollard's assault instead could be committed off-camera, Justman commenting, "We need never see Pollard getting belted by Kirk's Double. We can hear it start to happen in the Bridge and then the audience will naturally assume that something terrible is happening to poor old Pollard."

In a revised draft of the script of "The Enemy Within" (issued shortly prior to 3 June 1966), Pollard was discovered in a storage room with a brandy bottle after the Kirk double's attack on him, Pollard having been stowed there by the vicious duplicate (the scene was referenced in a 3 June 1966 memo from John D.F. Black to Gene Roddenberry). By the time the final draft teleplay was submitted (on 8 June 1966), the character was no longer found to have been stowed in a storage room by the Kirk double.

In the final draft script of "The Enemy Within", the newly renamed Fisher, after having fallen off a rock bank in the episode's teaser, was advised by McCoy not to hurry back to work. Fisher agreed to comply with that instruction, despite admitting (unknowingly to Kirk's violent double) that his injured hand was "not too bad." This was changed in the revised final draft of the teleplay, in which Fisher received and accepted McCoy's medical advice to return to duty but didn't admit that the hand was "much better."

In both the final draft and revised final draft of the script, Fisher was established as making his way from sickbay to his quarters when he witnessed the duplicate Kirk's attack on Rand. Also in both drafts, Fisher repeatedly made exclaimed requests to the bridge for help while being assaulted, himself, by the assailant. In the final edit of the installment, though, he is shown making only the first of those pleas, with the duplicate Kirk then shoving him to the ground.

In the aftermath of the attack, Fisher was scripted (again in both drafts) to be found, by Spock, inside Rand's quarters, lying near where Rand herself was sitting. The script's stage directions described him as "near unconscious, crumpled on the deck; his face a mask of blood and bruises." In the final draft teleplay, Fisher then told Spock, when he asked who the attacker had been, that Kirk was the culprit. However, in the revised final draft, Fisher's reply was edited out, leaving only Spock's question, before cutting to the other "half" of Kirk in the next scene, asking incredulously, "Me?" In the final edit of the outing, Fisher doesn't appear following the assault until he accuses that version of Kirk face-to-face, in sickbay, of the beating. Fisher didn't do that in the final draft, wherein he was being tended to by McCoy in sickbay but didn't say anything. However, he did have dialogue in the depiction of the scene from the revised final draft, acting exactly as he does in the final version of the scene (although, in that revised draft but not on-screen, his presence elsewhere in sickbay was revealed by Rand before he appeared). During the sickbay scene, Fisher was characterized in the final draft as looking at Kirk "with cold suspicion," whereas the revised final draft said he was "eyeing Kirk coldly."

Filming the character Edit

For the filming of his scenes as Fisher in "The Enemy Within", Ed Madden was assigned to work for seven days, starting on 13 June 1966. On that first day of the episode's production, the immediate aftermath of Fisher's fall was shot, as was his subsequent arrival in the Enterprise's transporter room. Madden wore, for these initial scenes, some makeup on his hand, to make it seem bruised and at first slightly bleeding, as well as patches of yellow dust on his jumpsuit costume to resemble the ore. The scene in which Fisher's voice-over is heard on the ship's bridge while he is being attacked by the Kirk double was filmed on the third day of the shooting schedule, on 15 June 1966. The next day's filming began with the scene wherein Fisher's injury is tended by McCoy prior to the Kirk duplicate interrupting. For that scene, Madden again wore bruised makeup on his hand, and now had very slight yellow detritus on his costume. Fisher accusing Kirk in sickbay was shot later that day, despite it taking place chronologically later than the attack itself, and involved Madden wearing bruise makeup on his face.

The scene in which Fisher firstly witnesses a rape attempt on Janice Rand and is then actually assaulted himself wasn't filmed until the sixth day of shooting: 20 June 1966. In both that scene and from then on, Fisher's hand was to be in a bandage. Though the scene to be filmed straight thereafter was planned to be the immediate aftermath of the attack – with Spock arriving at the scene of the incident – the episode's shooting schedule pondered if Fisher would be included in that ultimately discarded scene at all and, if so, whether his face would be "bloody & bruised." The last scene described in the shooting schedule to include Fisher was the one in which he helps identify Kirk as the wrongdoer. As the scene was referred to in the shooting schedule, Fisher's face was, without question, to look "bruised-bloody."

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