NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 30: Anson Mount attends the Paramount+'s "Star Trek: Strange New Worlds" Season 1 New York Premiere at AMC Lincoln Square Theater on April 30, 2022 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)
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Captain Pike's Green Uniform Comes Straight From Classic Star Trek
In the fifth episode of "Star Trek: Strange New Worlds," Captain Pike wore a different uniform than his usual gold-yellow Starfleet uniform. It was a dark olive green shirt in a wrap-around cut that had a deep V-neck and shiny material on the sleeves, which was an homage to something Captain Kirk had worn on the original "Star Trek."
While Captain Kirk was usually in his fitted, long-sleeved, and golden-yellow shirt with the Starfleet insignia over the left breast, he occasionally wore an even tighter, neon lime green shirt that had a wrap-around V-neck and gold-seamed accents. While no official explanations were given for the occasional costume changes, fans assumed that the green shirt was for dressy occasions or when his usual uniform was at the cleaners.
However, according to “Star Trek” costume designer William Theiss, Kirk’s yellow shirt was actually more of a green color as well. “Star Trek: The Original Series” was a pioneer of color television, and the combination of the Eastman Kodak film along with the lighting and shirt material made Captain Kirk’s light green suit appear golden yellow to the viewers at home.