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Reference materials for Star Trek spell the visual aide used by character Geordi LaForge as the acronym VISOR, instead of the word visor. Was this also the case in the scripts for the television show? Or were there some scripts (particularly early ones) where the prop is spelled in lower-case?

What I wonder is whether the producers took ideas from third-party merchandise and retroactively applied them to the television show, instead of coming up with the ideas themselves. If the term appeared in lower-case early in the show's scripts, before it appeared in upper-case in third party merchandise, that becomes strong evidence that the producers ret-conned material from third-party sources.

Star Wars is notorious for this practice (Palpatine's name, Coruscant, kyber crystals, etc.). Did the producers of Star Trek also do this?

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It's standard notation for scripts to capitalize important props, so I'm not sure that upper or lower case in the script has any special significance, even if a contrived acronym was created before or after the script was written. Longshank's answer seems to follow the script-writing convention that important plot and prop items are capitalized in scripts.

Generally, text in a screenplay’s actions or stage directions will be in ALL CAPS when something deserves special attention.

Some common all caps examples:

  • The first time a character is introduced, his or her name should be in all caps. This is the one steadfast all caps rule.

  • Visual or special effects will often be in all caps.

  • Specific, important sounds that either have to be captured during filming or added in during post.

  • Any integral or specifically important props, wardrobe, or other details the first time it is mentioned.

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    It sounds like you are saying that caps are used in places that we would now use italics. That would make sense, given that TV and movies originated in an era when writers had typewriters that could do uppercase, but not italics. – DrSheldon Jul 24 at 16:47
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    I think CAPS are important here as they stand out more than italics do. It's a clear instruction to the producers that certain props/effects/stage layouts are required as part of the plot. – Snow Jul 24 at 17:02
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There are what appear to be shooting scripts for TNG episodes here: Star Trek Minutiae

The script for season 1, episode 4 "Code of Honor" contains the first mention of VISOR I could find, written as all capitals:

ACT FOUR

FADE IN:

47 INT. ENTERPRISE - GEORDI'S QUARTERS

Geordi is standing alone in his room, his glasses on a table. Without his VISOR his eyes are dead grey. He holds a glowing 2-inch blue cube in his hand which he moves up, down and across his face an inch or so away from the skin. He is shaving. There is a CHIME from his door.

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There is at least one instance where it is both upper and lowercase, in season 7's The Descent:

DATA Give me your Visor.

GEORDI (disbelieving) Why?

Data raises his Borg WEAPON threateningly.

DATA Give it to me or I will take it by force.

Geordi has no choice but to surrender it. He takes the VISOR and EXITS the cell. The Borg Guard activates the force-field, which FRITZES on and is visible for only a moment. Data turns and regards his old friends with a cold eye.

  • There had been an answer with another lowercase reference, but I cannot see that answer now. Presumably, the answer was deleted and I do not have enough rep on this particular SE site to see deleted posts. Would you mind adding that episode to your answer? Thanks. – DrSheldon Jul 24 at 16:44
  • @DrSheldon The older answer refers to a transcription site as a source, the kind where people listen to the programs and type whatever they hear. – Snow Jul 24 at 16:59

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