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Old April 3 2013, 09:44 PM   #42
Re: Deanna driving the ship...

On the "objective facts" side of things (or, rather, the "lack thereof" side), neither the dialogue nor the visuals establish that the shockwave of the explosion would actually have pushed the saucer into the planet. The shockwave shakes the saucer first, without giving her appreciable extra speed; the flight into the atmosphere happens a moment later, with the saucer supposedly spinning whichever way.

So, a disorientation scenario certainly remains possible, and even likely: the blast of an exploding boat doesn't actually push our heroic character to the bottom of the bay, but merely confuses him so that he starts swimming downward, thinking surface and salvation lies that way.

Timo Saloniemi
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