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Star Trek Movies I-X Discuss the first ten big screen outings in this forum!

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Old October 31 2012, 09:09 PM   #16
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Re: emergency transporter armbands

If the overload isn't good enough, I'll point you to "The Mind's Eye" where they had the weapon set on autofire. If a cell phone half the size of that phaser today is almost as good as a computer, I think in a couple hundred years a phaser would have a delay setting to auto fire.

Though really the concept that death core ican only be damaged by phaser fire somehow and not explosions is a cop out at best. The thing was so unstable that a hand weapon damaging it caused the whole ship to explode. So the 24th century equivalent to a hand grenade which has far more destructive yield(see the episode where Ro and Geordi become ghosts, forgot the name off hand) than a plain phaser bast, should do the job.

There's really no getting around it. The way they killed off Data was clumsy and just made the characters look dumb.
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Old October 31 2012, 09:17 PM   #17
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^"The Next Phase"
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Old October 31 2012, 10:26 PM   #18
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Thank you. I used to know that by memory, I must be getting old.
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Old November 1 2012, 09:02 AM   #19
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One thing we might draw parallels with would be "A Matter of Honor". The emergency signaling device there was essentially doing the job of a commbadge: calling for instant beam-up. It just did that silently.

With a commbadge, one can specify "three to beam up", and somehow O'Brien then manages to beam up the exact right three out of a crowd. Perhaps there's something more to the commbadge (which Riker also had in "AMoH") than meets the eye, then?

And perhaps the doodad from "AMoH" and the somewhat smaller doodad from ST:NEM are one and the same thing, lacking that mysterious something, and therefore only allowing one person without luggage to be sent over, hugging or no hugging?

In any case, regardless of the clumsiness or silliness of the setup, we shouldn't think in terms of "how to rescue Picard", because it's quite possible that rescue was never a serious consideration in that situation. Rescue was just a happy coincidence in the successful completion of the primary mission.

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Old November 2 2012, 09:14 PM   #20
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If other E-E crew members had possessed the ability to jump across vacuum, they would have joined the fray, too.
Yeah. Too bad they didn't have the thruster packs we saw in TMP. And which NASA has today. And which NASA has had since 1984. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manned_Maneuvering_Unit
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Old November 2 2012, 10:18 PM   #21
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^"The Next Phase"
Thank you. I used to know that by memory, I must be getting old.
More likely when that came out there was only a couple of hundred episode titles and plots to remember compared to the ~700 or so that there is now.
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Old November 2 2012, 10:55 PM   #22
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"Captain, the thalaron radiation is disrupting our transporters. We MIGHT be able to beam you over there, but there's no way we can beam you back even if all our systems were functioning."

"What about those fashionably gauche armbands you used to rescue me from the Borg a few years back?"

"Sure, but it'd take too long to modify them to cut through the radiation."

"Captain, I have this funky chip in my arm that can be modified in forty-seven point two--"

"No time for that. Beam me over now."

*schwish*

"Geordi, help me modify this funky chip in my arm. we'll do it while we casually walk to the front of the saucer."

*sigh* Hindsight is 20-20, but still you'd think it wouldn't be THAT tough to do something better than "argh, transporters are out".

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