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Old January 29 2012, 11:24 AM   #46
Re: Duplicate Earth from the episode "Miri"

Spock was making a vague guess about 1960. I doubt there's any real difference in his mind between 1940 and 1980, say...
Spock was specifically disputing Kirk's suggestion that it's the "early 1900s". So, contrary to all the visual evidence, he seems to be quite deliberately ruling against 1940!

It's not as if Spock getting it wrong would be implausible. It's rather that Spock having the audacity to pretend he might be right is implausible...

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Old February 5 2012, 02:42 AM   #47
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Re: Duplicate Earth from the episode "Miri"

This episode has always bothered me for this reason, no explanation and after the initial surprise of finding a planet identical to Earth, even the characters do not seem to take the duplicate planet as any sort or shock or surprise and they fixate on the virus and the kids instead.

This kind of "selective surprise factor" also occurs in a later episode "Shore Leave". After finding Sulu firing the revolver, Kirk plainly asks where he got it and then confiscates the pistol, never asking why the devil is an ancient Earth weapon doing on this distant, lonely planet(this is the first physical anomaly Kirks encounters in the episode I believe, so at this point this should really weird him out, yet he shows little interest in the origins or the gun).
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