Hi everyone, I have a (hopefully) quick question about "Spectre of the Gun". The whole point in the climax was that this world operates according to Kirk, Bones, Spock, Scotty, and Chekov's inherent beliefs and expectations. Because Chekov believed the bullets were real, he was "killed". But they figure this out because the tranquilizer device fails to work, and that's what I don't understand.
By the very rules of this world, shouldn't the tranquilizer still have worked, since both McCoy and Scotty were absolutely certain that it would? Scotty should have believed that he was being sedated and dropped to the ground accordingly. Heck, such a phenomenon exists in our reality - the placebo effect.
can anyone help clear this up for me? Thanks!