|The intrepid Dr. McCoy operates with help from his trusty Biobed Monitor|
|The Monitor with its various readings helped tell the story.|
|Even the Mirror Universe had Monitors!|
|The first of the "updated" Monitors in TMP.|
|The Monitors get a power surge in TWOK.|
|The Monitors are bequeathed to The Next Generation with TWOK graphics.|
|A couple of Monitors get a facelift for 1991's Star Trek VI.|
When I received the Monitor, I was a bit surprised at its bulk and weight (30+ pounds). The fiberglass housing contained an array of light sockets, wires, and wood and metal pieces. Two curved brackets on each side of the housing were held in place by large silver threaded knobs, allowing for adjustment of the display angle. The lower portion of each bracket was flat, allowing the monitor to be bolted onto the biobed itself. A black plexi-covered graphic with large static readout bars paralleled those of the original series, but with two less bars than their TOS counterparts: one on the left labeled "BRAIN" with three on the right labeled, "CIRC," "RESP," and "TEMP." Also unlike the TOS monitors, the triangle-shaped arrows pointing to the readout bars were also static. Although just to the right of the "BRAIN" readout were several small square and circular areas where red, green, or yellow film had been attached to the plexi. These areas were illuminated from behind by small flasher bulbs, adding to the illusion that the Monitor was "working."
|My Biobed Monitor – ready to be installed in Sickbay.|
|Dr. Crusher using a Monitor in "Dark Page" – a perfect match for mine!|
|Even when out of focus, the vivid red WOK style shows through on TNG.|
|Voyager Monitors were close cousins but not a match.|
|My style of Monitor – mostly green – only shows up in a few episodes.|
While admittedly arcane, it's these kinds of details that can help spot a favorite prop or costume, and enhance the enjoyment of episodes and movies some of us have loved for decades. Productions have come and gone, and dumpsters have been filled and emptied. Thankfully, a prop that helped our fictional heroes survive through the years is a survivor itself. As a Trek fan, history buff, and medical professional, it’s a special treat to help preserve this bit of Trek history.