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Old March 11 2013, 10:43 AM   #26
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Re: The jello in Allegiance

Mott the barber wrote: View Post
I'd just like to go on the record and say I love how this is its own topic.
Me too. I hadn't thought about that episode in ages, and now I'm actually curious as to what was used to make the stuff.

Maxwell Everett wrote: View Post
Not many people know this (though probably many here I'd bet), but gelatin is made from collagen, which comes from animal bones and skin. Looking it up on Google/Wikipedia, it's derived from pork skins, pork, horses, and cattle bones, or split cattle hides. Its composition is 84%-90% protein, 1%-2% mineral salts and 8%-15% water. Gelatin contains no fat and has about 95 calories per ounce. An ounce of gelatin satisfies about 2% of your daily needs for iron and calcium. By itself, it's essentially odorless and tasteless.

Personally, I always assumed that the gelatin discs in "Allegiance" were made from the collagen from the bodies of the previous inhabitants of the prison cell! Brings a whole new darker spin to the episode, huh? What would've happened to them if Picard hadn't discovered that the Starfleet cadet was an imposter and the aliens ended the experiment?
swaaye wrote: View Post
For that matter, those slices were pinkish red too. Gelled puree of prisoner.
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