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Old August 16 2012, 12:41 AM   #1
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Watching "Boobytrap" have a minor quibble...

Had does LaForge not know who Doctor Leah Brahams is? obviously she is a well known engineer and wouldn't any Starfleet Engineer worth their salt know of her?
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Old August 16 2012, 12:46 AM   #2
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Re: Watching "Boobytrap" have a minor quibble...

From memory wasn't there a line which stated her actual position was "junior Engineer" or something similiar.
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Old August 16 2012, 12:49 AM   #3
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Re: Watching "Boobytrap" have a minor quibble...

My take was always that since she was established as a "junior member" of one of evidently many design teams, her name was not the one generally associated with the results and systems, a distinction more likely to belong to the leaders of the teams, if not a single overall leader.
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Old August 16 2012, 12:50 AM   #4
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Re: Watching "Boobytrap" have a minor quibble...

I always got the impression she was spouting out a bit of ego with the line, "my engine design."
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Old August 16 2012, 01:04 AM   #5
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Re: Watching "Boobytrap" have a minor quibble...

Gnaa, that part of the episode was horrible. Instead of solving the problem with his team of excellent engineers, he flirts around like a teenager on the holodeck.
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Old August 16 2012, 01:05 AM   #6
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Re: Watching "Boobytrap" have a minor quibble...

Yeah, she was a junior engineer on a team of probably hundreds of people designing and building the ship. It's unlikely LaForge would bother to know about all of the people who designed every circuit on the ship. He needs to know how it works and how to fix it to do his job, not who designed it.
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Old August 16 2012, 01:08 AM   #7
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Re: Watching "Boobytrap" have a minor quibble...

Well, LaForge pulled her name from the logs in engineering, apparently her contribution was pretty noteworthy, for him to have noticed her name out of hundreds that would have been in the file he accessed. which brings me back to my original point....
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Old August 16 2012, 01:54 AM   #8
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Re: Watching "Boobytrap" have a minor quibble...

I assumed he just saw her name repeated a lot.
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Old August 16 2012, 06:57 AM   #9
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Re: Watching "Boobytrap" have a minor quibble...

Considering some of the other laughable lapses in judgement in this episode in the end it's a minor point.
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Old August 16 2012, 08:57 AM   #10
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Re: Watching "Boobytrap" have a minor quibble...

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Gnaa, that part of the episode was horrible. Instead of solving the problem with his team of excellent engineers, he flirts around like a teenager on the holodeck.
I rather liked the episode.

Geordi was not flirting too much, and got the problem taken care of, did he not? And given the fact he got shot down by that one chick in the beginning of the story, I would not blame him. Besides, I doubt working in a Starfleet facility is as cold and sterile as office life today is, where everyone's a robot in a necktie.
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Old August 16 2012, 09:37 AM   #11
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Well, LaForge pulled her name from the logs in engineering, apparently her contribution was pretty noteworthy, for him to have noticed her name out of hundreds that would have been in the file he accessed.
Now that, rather than flirting with a hologram, would be a misuse of computing resources.

Why should LaForge "pick a name", when he could tell the computer to give him an engineer that would be of help in the current problem? He wouldn't have to know they guy (or gal) from Adam (or Eve), because the computer would have all the relevant data on who was the most experienced in this particular problem. The team leader? Most probably not - "particular problems" aren't in their job description.

No, I don't think Brahms was in any way known or celebrated outside perhaps her own little circles. And, like the young Larry Marvick in TOS, she seemed to have been involved in some very late, refining stages of the engine design, or perhaps with the first engine refit. Her age wouldn't allow her to be an original contributor to this supposedly rather old ship class (first ship launched some time before 2363, Tech Manual suggests design history going back at least a decade or two from that).

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Old August 16 2012, 01:00 PM   #12
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Re: Watching "Boobytrap" have a minor quibble...

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Gnaa, that part of the episode was horrible. Instead of solving the problem with his team of excellent engineers, he flirts around like a teenager on the holodeck.
Yeah, and with a hologram that isn't even self-aware, because that shit hasn't even been invented yet. Poor Geordi. He's worse at this shit than Barclay, who ends up having a real-life girlfriend.
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Old August 16 2012, 01:03 PM   #13
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Why wouldn't the technology exist? Moriarty surprised the hell out of our heroes because he wasn't intended to be sentient; nor was Minuet. But there's nothing to say the likes of Bashir's pal Felix wouldn't have been doing recreational AIs for decades already.

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Old August 16 2012, 01:52 PM   #14
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You're right! How on Earth could I have forgotten poor Moriarty? I guess it's due to that Master clone Irish bloke from Sherlock, who blocked out all the others from my memory.

I stand corrected.

But the Brahms hologram wasn't sentient, as far as I saw it.
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Old August 16 2012, 02:17 PM   #15
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Nor, probably, was Minuet. The ability to fake a bit of flirtation could probably be easily programmed in, though. (I mean, real women do that seemingly on autopilot!)

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