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Old September 18 2012, 03:17 PM   #3
Re: life-extension technology in Star Trek (or lack thereof)

The episode "Rascals" is telling: none of the unexpectedly rejuvenated characters cherishes the idea of having extra years to live, thanks to the younger bodies. Instead, all want to get quickly back to their adult selves - save for the naturally long-lived Guinan and those people she manages to corrupt with her thinking.

Of course, our heroes might be more informed about this sort of thing than the audience: they might be aware that rejuvenation does not add any years into their lives (indeed, it may actually shorten them), and thus there's no real point in reliving the painful years of adolescence.

Timo Saloniemi
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