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Phaser Control Room

Spock, Tomlinson, and Stiles in the Enterprise's forward phaser room

The phaser control room was a section aboard Constitution-class starships responsible for the coordination and maintenance of the ship's phaser weapons. These rooms were manned by phaser gun crews. They controlled the phasers from a phaser station. These rooms were located on Deck 5. (TOS: "The Corbomite Maneuver", "Balance of Terror")

In 2266, the forward phaser room of the USS Enterprise sustained heavy damage in battle with a Romulan Bird-of-Prey, causing the majority of the crewmembers stationed there to be injured and require treatment in sickbay. This left Lieutenant Robert Tomlinson manning the room alone, although he was later supplemented by Lieutenant Stiles. Due to the battle damage, a phaser coolant seal was breached, causing the room to fill up with the toxic substance. This resulted in Tomlinson and Stiles both losing consciousness. Although Stiles was saved by Spock, Tomlinson died as a result of his exposure. (TOS: "Balance of Terror")

The phaser control room was a redress of the engineering set. The phaser station was borrowed from the same set – it was the station at which Kevin Riley sat at both of his series appearances and it was also the station Kirk used to disable Khan's planned destruction of the ship in "Space Seed". This panel was moved in season two, when an alcove and doorway replaced this spot.

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