In Star Trek technobabble
, Jefferies Tubes were these crawlspaces between decks and all around any place where theoretically somebody sometime would have to do something more than stare at a screen and punch a bunch of buttons. Supposedly the average starship
in the 25th century would be mostly automated and self-maintained. However eventually either something would get really broke, or the something that was supposed to fix the something would get really broke, so a normal average human (or alien
) would have to climb up in there and actually get his hands dirty. Scotty
knew about his Jefferies Tubes
intimately, as did Geordi LaForge
and Chief Miles O'Brien
. And I hear B'Elanna Torres
got to know Tom Paris
intimately in the Jefferies Tube.
Jefferies Tubes were originally concieved by Star Trek: The Original Series
art director Matt Jefferies
, who logically
figured that no engineer
worth his weight in scotch
would venture into space on any ship that didn't have some equivalent of a car hood
. These tubes also come in handy for Star Trek writers
, because whenever aliens try to take over the ship, the characters have some place to run.
Update: April 6th, 2005
says Re: Matt Jefferies
, Jefferies Tube
- These were not named *by* Jefferies - they were named by other people *in honor* of him, cause he designed the original USS Enterprise model. Please correct when you have time.