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Old March 6 2014, 11:40 PM   #16
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Re: Nomad vs The Doomsday Machine

NOMAD would decide that the DM was a "perfect lifeform" and pass it by.

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Old March 9 2014, 10:39 PM   #17
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A scarier thought for the Federation is if Nomad MERGED with the DM (like it did with the alien probe). That would cause some problems!!!

There is a fan story to be told, splicing voice work over the maw of the DM
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Old March 23 2014, 01:02 PM   #18
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The space amoeba from "The Immunity Syndrome" would swallow them both without a burp. Nomad destroyed all life on planets, leaving behind the planets. The DM destroyed the planets, leaving behind the stars. The space amoeba swallowed whole star systems, and had its own energy damping/subspace interfering field, as well.

Yet the Enterprise took out all of them. Don't pick a fight with Kirk and company. (Actually, Nomad, Norman, Landru and the M5 all met the same end—Kirk talked them under the table.)
"No, I better not look. I just might be in there."
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Old March 23 2014, 11:30 PM   #19
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Another possibility is that Nomad might be able to find an access port to the DM, and take control of it, maybe "merge" with it the same way the original Nomad merged with Tan-ru.
Wow, nomad seizing control of the Doomsday Machine: talk about the ultimate cliffhanger ending!
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Old March 24 2014, 03:34 PM   #20
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The DDM damping field seemed to do zip against the phasers of the two starships, yet for some reason neither of the ships was seen attempting to use their photon torpedoes. It was also told the DDM "neutralized antimatter" in some manner that was a mystery even to Scotty. This would nicely account for the inability to use photon torpedoes and the difficulty of using warp to defeat the clumsy opponent.

Now, should we assume that the NOMAD weapon was comparable to photon torpedoes and therefore especially susceptible to DDM jamming? Our heroes did seem to want to compare the weapon to photon torpedoes specifically, rather than, say, to phasers or some abstract unit of power output. Obviously, this was for reasons of drama (counting photon torpedoes is audience-friendly, speaking of terawatts is not), but still...

As for the ability of NOMAD to assimilate DDM, I think that train already sailed. Tan Ru must have been something special to be able to merge with a stupid old Earth probe in a "collision" situation; NOMAD itself did not look like a good candidate for such special powers. Sure, it's nice to be able to interface wirelessly with alien computers and all, but Tan Ru appeared capable of more "physical" manipulation - it somehow fundamentally altered the appearance of NOMAD, after all.

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