"Academy" Medical Patch
Wednesday, February 15, 2006

A quick work-up of a medical logo I saw on a prop from SERENITY.



Wednesday, February 15, 2006 6:13 AM


Looks too Trek like. Most Starfleet emblems are shaped exactly like that.

One example:

Wednesday, February 15, 2006 6:30 AM


Well, if we're talking Academy... probably would look a little "Trekkie"


Wednesday, February 15, 2006 11:12 AM


Uh....why? The Feseration and the Alliance have almost nothing in common. The alliance is a view (Joss') of facist government. The Federation is a utopian ideal (Roddenberry's) of Socicalism. Unrealistic, yes, but noble in cause.

The sad reality is, someone involved in the movie, got lazy and decided to steal a graphic idea from Trek.

Wednesday, February 15, 2006 11:18 AM


Very nice.

Darin (Zol.)

Wednesday, February 15, 2006 12:17 PM



Still, it was on a Serenity prop, but I see what you're saying. I was quietly thinking the same thing myself.

Still, like most things in the 'verse, someone else thought of it first. Firefly is rooted in "The Killer Angels", for example, so here we are! :)

Wednesday, February 15, 2006 6:37 PM


I usually don't respond to someone hiding behind the Anon handle, but there's a big difference between the Illuminati symbol or coat of arms (not a logo) which is a true triangle, and the logo design used here. The points are rounded, and a bold edge line is used just like the Trek design. It's also a true "LOGO" with a simple two color design, again just like Trek logo.

Given all of the unique logos normally used in Firefly (BLUE SUN!!!) this logo was a lazy ripoff! At the very least, the designer could have added a Chinese character or two, and changed the shape a little more.

Wednesday, February 15, 2006 6:42 PM


Here's a better example:

Take this logo

and then add this logo

And tada, Serenity movie prop logo! It's pretty obvious!

Wednesday, February 15, 2006 6:49 PM


A few more Trek logos, using the same shape and simple design:

Wednesday, February 15, 2006 7:57 PM


Apparently we're all forgetting the column in the morgue in Ariel that wasn't even changed from when they got it from the prop rental place - the Trek "computer interface" was clearly visible on it.

Still, I'd like to see a vectorized version of this emblem. No matter how "cliched" it might be, it's still pretty shiny.

Thursday, February 16, 2006 11:09 AM


The column in Ariel was more excusable, TV budgets and all, but a BDM and the prop dept. couldn't come up with an original looking verse type logo?

I do agree that TenthCrewMember did a nice job on this, just wish it was more Firefly canon, not Trek canon.

Saturday, February 18, 2006 2:41 PM


Well, for what it's worth, the guy who did these images also did a lot for the later Star Trek shows, so I'm not too surprised at the similarity.

And I'd argue that the Alliance and the Federation actually DO have a lot in common. The Alliance also is based on a utopian vision, everyone so cultured and well "cared for." Joss just shows us the underbelly of such a society we don't see in Trek.

(It's been ages since I've seen Trek, but I seem to recall the Federation also wasn't too keen on letting some border planets go their own way once upon a time, and was more than willing to fire on 'em. )


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