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Mark_Nguyen September 25 2013 05:01 AM

"Personal Relaxation Light"
 
From "11001001":

PICARD: ... Well, I have a little work to finish up, then I'm going to my cabin. I'm going to put my feet up, I'm going to turn on my personal relaxation light and I'm going to lose myself in the pages of some old novel. What about you, Number One? You've earned a rest.

I was rewatching this one and this line really stuck out for some reason. What is a "personal relaxation light"? Some sort of spacey lava lamp? Glow-in-the-dark mobile? Maybe a pair of goggles that flashes light into your eyes for no real effect?

Anyone ever wonder that the heck some sort of special light would be that Picard would want to mention it specifically? Was there actually some sort of technology people used to relax? While reading? Thoughts?

(Granted, this was the first season and the show was still finding its footing even technologically - so this was most likely just a writer's attempt at inventing a futuristic term for "turn down the lights". After all, in another episode Riker was apparently using a personal holoprojector to watch porn, which was not seen since...)

Mark

Crazy Eddie September 25 2013 05:11 AM

Re: "Personal Relaxation Light"
 
Quote:

Mark_Nguyen wrote: (Post 8688823)
From "11001001":

PICARD: ... Well, I have a little work to finish up, then I'm going to my cabin. I'm going to put my feet up, I'm going to turn on my personal relaxation light and I'm going to lose myself in the pages of some old novel. What about you, Number One? You've earned a rest.

I was rewatching this one and this line really stuck out for some reason. What is a "personal relaxation light"?

It's a euphemism for "porn"

Which, in context, makes the line more than a little dirty when you consider what Picard probably means by "lose myself in the pages of an old novel."

Nob Akimoto September 25 2013 05:28 AM

Re: "Personal Relaxation Light"
 
Can I admit that I initially thought this thread was spam?

Shawnster September 25 2013 08:18 AM

Re: "Personal Relaxation Light"
 
Picard suffered from Seasonal Affective Disorder.

http://www.amazon.com/Uplift-Technologies-DL930-Day-Light-Affective/dp/B0009MFUWC


Uplift Technologies DL930 Day-Light 10,000 Lux SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) Lamp

  • Helps to ease seasonal mood swings and winter depression, and help improve sleeping patterns
  • Features three fluorescent light tubes that combine to emit 10,000 lux of light
  • Makes an exceptional task or reading lamp, and provides ambient lighting
  • UV filtered and safe, glare free, flicker free and has two light settings
  • Can ease symptoms of SAD within one to two weeks of regular use

King Daniel Into Darkness September 25 2013 09:00 AM

Re: "Personal Relaxation Light"
 
I was thinking of that episode of Stargate SG-1 where they all get hooked staring at the soothing white beam of light.

Mytran September 25 2013 01:41 PM

Re: "Personal Relaxation Light"
 
This "personal relaxation light" things dates all the way back to the series pilot, The Cage.

In Pike's cabin by the bed is an alcove which has a rather interesting inset panel above it. The producers of the CGI remastered series turned this into a window which is a shame, as its original function seems clear:

1) Doctor Boyce enters and sees that Pike is stressed & troubled.
2) He sets about making a martini, but first switches on the perspex tube "emitter" mounted on the pedestal chair adjacent.
3) Throughout the exchange with Doctor Boyce the inset panel behind Pike pulsates with an alternating green/white glow. This effect is mirrored by the perspex tube on the chair

I think the intention was that the panel and emitter form some of futuristic "de-stresser" (Pike could certainly use the help). Like much of the tech in TOS it is subtle and treated in a casual everyday manner. So casual in fact that neither character bothers to mention it!
Finally, compared to later windows that we see the wall is almost paper-thin. Definitely not exterior bulkhead material, IMHO.

JarodRussell September 25 2013 03:21 PM

Re: "Personal Relaxation Light"
 
Light temperature and frequency affects your mood.

JHoffman555 September 25 2013 09:01 PM

Re: "Personal Relaxation Light"
 
Quote:

Mytran wrote: (Post 8689690)
This "personal relaxation light" things dates all the way back to the series pilot, The Cage.

In Pike's cabin by the bed is an alcove which has a rather interesting inset panel above it. The producers of the CGI remastered series turned this into a window which is a shame, as its original function seems clear:

1) Doctor Boyce enters and sees that Pike is stressed & troubled.
2) He sets about making a martini, but first switches on the perspex tube "emitter" mounted on the pedestal chair adjacent.
3) Throughout the exchange with Doctor Boyce the inset panel behind Pike pulsates with an alternating green/white glow. This effect is mirrored by the perspex tube on the chair

I think the intention was that the panel and emitter form some of futuristic "de-stresser" (Pike could certainly use the help). Like much of the tech in TOS it is subtle and treated in a casual everyday manner. So casual in fact that neither character bothers to mention it!
Finally, compared to later windows that we see the wall is almost paper-thin. Definitely not exterior bulkhead material, IMHO.


Good call on this. Never noticed.

Here is the original -
http://tos.trekcore.com/gallery/albu...thecage050.jpg

Here is the updated -
http://tos.trekcore.com/hd/albums/1x...part1hd400.jpg

WarpFactorZ September 26 2013 03:34 AM

Re: "Personal Relaxation Light"
 
Turn on a personal relaxation light = light up and personally relax.

The Librarian September 26 2013 12:28 PM

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Clearly the light wasn't properly calibrated in the first couple seasons, which is why he's so cranky all the time.

Forbin September 26 2013 01:50 PM

Re: "Personal Relaxation Light"
 
I especially like the way he delivered that line, with a wistful slyness.

Mark_Nguyen September 27 2013 11:45 PM

Re: "Personal Relaxation Light"
 
Probably a hit of sarcasm from Stewart, as if he were saying "What the f*** is a personal relaxation light?!" per that Reddit meme everyone loves.

Good catch on Boyce's relaxation techniques! I wouldn't have made that connection, and while I really doubt whoever wrote that knew about it too, but it's instantly explained.

Mark

Saturn0660 September 28 2013 11:17 PM

Re: "Personal Relaxation Light"
 
Quote:

Shawnster wrote: (Post 8689159)
Picard suffered from Seasonal Affective Disorder.

http://www.amazon.com/Uplift-Technologies-DL930-Day-Light-Affective/dp/B0009MFUWC


Uplift Technologies DL930 Day-Light 10,000 Lux SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) Lamp

  • Helps to ease seasonal mood swings and winter depression, and help improve sleeping patterns
  • Features three fluorescent light tubes that combine to emit 10,000 lux of light
  • Makes an exceptional task or reading lamp, and provides ambient lighting
  • UV filtered and safe, glare free, flicker free and has two light settings
  • Can ease symptoms of SAD within one to two weeks of regular use

Looks to me like a bright ass light that just shines in your face..

Shawnster September 29 2013 02:29 AM

Re: "Personal Relaxation Light"
 
I don't think you sit facing the light. Unless you're being held by Cardassians.

Mister_Atoz September 29 2013 02:33 AM

Re: "Personal Relaxation Light"
 
Quote:

Mytran wrote: (Post 8689690)
In Pike's cabin by the bed is an alcove which has a rather interesting inset panel above it. The producers of the CGI remastered series turned this into a window which is a shame, as its original function seems clear:

We could always say that it isn't a real window either, given how thin it makes the Enterprise's hull look. I like to think of it as a viewscreen that gives the impression of being a window so the crew members will feel less "cooped up". If this is the case, it could just as easily be this "relaxation light" as well.


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