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Old September 19 2012, 07:53 PM   #31
Re: Galileo 7 Was it Boma, Spock or is it me?

Well, clearly you've forgotten the time frame. It's no more than 2 days.
...After which Kirk can trivially return. In a week.

Kirk can also choose not to depart, for that matter. Or to leave shuttles behind to search for the survivors. The castaways are not left to their own devices by any stretch of imagination: their discovery is only a matter of time.

Well, sensibly speaking any energy weapon has a charge limit, so it's only logical to assume they are discharged in use and faster with higher settings.
Quite so - but "Omega Glory" shows us the orders of magnitude involved, so this doesn't appear to really be a problem.

Spock could also always decide to use one phaser for effective defense and only drain the rest, which would mean leaving one further person behind. He was prepared to do that from the very start, remember.

You're forgetting that there are at least three lethal phaser settings.
To the contrary, I'm using it as an explanation as to why there are hundreds of bodies standing as evidence for thousands of kills...

There's no "partial" vaporization ever shown in TOS, TNG, or DS9.
There are in DS9 some settings that kill by leaving visible scorch marks, though. These in addition to the settings that kill without leaving a mark, and those that kill without leaving a body.

If you stick to that argument, forget about making any assumptions beyond what is stated in the episode, something you've taken great liberty of in many, many other discussions.
Touche. But my point here is that energy conservation is an offscreen excuse we can use for explaining Spock's odd choices; it's not something that automatically dictates that Spock made a right choice.

Spock knew that the effects of the Murasaki quasar would make a search nearly fruitless.
Which would mean the shuttle would be all the less likely to be found if it were taken away from the planet! Its visibility would only increase if Spock did that flare trick - and it appeared to be an afterthought only. Spock could just as well have concentrated on setting up a comparable flare on the surface of the planet, which he knew would be under scrutiny already, Murasaki effect or not.

Timo Saloniemi
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