I meant verisimilitude meaning more realistic than the standard Star Trek approach of everyone wears the exact same thing on away missions as they do when walking around the ship, and where what everyone seems to wear walking around the ship is a comfy terry cloth shirt or a Lycra outfit depending on the era. Here there was at least a sense of “we’re going out on an away mission, we should don something more durable that can provide protection and have handy places to put equipment”.
Does Star Trek actually have marines? That’s mostly the role of the Security Red Shirts isn’t it, and they did have the Security Chief with them along with a Red Shirt (who in fact got Red Shirted). I did like the fact that the security personnel were carrying around what IIRC looked like bullpup rifles.
I do agree it would have made more sense to get more security personnel there as soon as they started running into bodies — in fact, I’m not seeing much reason why they didn’t send more personnel in the shuttle, seems like more people is always better than less in this situation, unless they’re worried about biological contamination. I do like the fact that they didn’t send the Captain down there. I heard some speculation that the reason why Lorca has his eyes injured is so that he can be a bad-ass but has an excuse for not actually going on away missions.
Did they have a reason why they didn’t use the teleporter this episode? I don’t recall hearing one.