Thread: TOS Phasers
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Old February 8 2013, 06:13 PM   #36
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Re: TOS Phasers

Timo wrote: View Post
Doesn't sound likely. A heater does heat things - surely a phaser will phase them!

We even see it doing that very thing. That is, whenever our heroes or villains describe something as being "phased", the same thing happens to it that happens to the victims of phasers: invisibility, more or less permanent removal from this realm of existence.

Timo Saloniemi
CorporalCaptain wrote: View Post
Timo wrote: View Post
Doesn't sound likely. A heater does heat things - surely a phaser will phase them!
Au contraire.

A laser doesn't lase things; it itself lases.

ETA: To clarify, while Wiktionary recognizes both transitive and intransitive forms of lase [http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/lase], Merriam-Webster recognizes only the intransitive form [http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lase], which is my point.
Timo wrote: View Post
Both interpretations are possible for "phaser" - but when we note that the same device is called a "phase disruptor" on occasion (say, "Return to Grace"), and seems to be pretty much the same as "disruptor" elsewhere, and we witness the target being the party being disrupted or phased (by the usual definition of the former word, by the common Treknobabble definition of the latter), one of the interpretations would seem to take precedence.

In any case, it would be a bit awkward and confusing for a device called "phaser" to exist independent of the (visually closely related) phenomenon of "phasing". "Awkward" and "confusing" are things we'd expect to find in the real world, not in a fictional construct...

Timo Saloniemi
To add to the confusion:
It's assumed by the name that the "phase pistol" in ENT is a technological precursor to the phaser, but it does not appear able to remove targets from this universe.

Malcolm Reed: "They have two settings, stun and kill. It would be best not to confuse them."

If we assume it uses the same technology as a phaser, then it's better to assume that "phasing" is something done to the ammo, not the target.
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