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Old October 10 2013, 12:17 PM   #1
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When Picard gets the ship's doctor to erase Sarjenka's memories, is it ever explained how they can erase specific memories or will there be "collateral damage"?
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Old October 10 2013, 01:34 PM   #2
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Moving to TNG
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Old October 10 2013, 09:40 PM   #3
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When Picard gets the ship's doctor to erase Sarjenka's memories, is it ever explained how they can erase specific memories or will there be "collateral damage"?

Beverly uses a 24th Century technology called a "Plot Device"
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Old October 10 2013, 09:52 PM   #4
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That was Pulaski, not Crusher.

Crusher did later try it in Who Watches the Watchers, but failed.
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Old October 10 2013, 09:53 PM   #5
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Yeah... that incompetent redhead. She clearly didn't take memory washing 101 at Starfleet Medical.
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Old October 10 2013, 10:22 PM   #6
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We can pretty much assume that memory wipes are fairly common in the 24th century, since the same thing was done to Voyager's EMH at one point. Sort of their version of electroshock therapy.

Of course the best answer to the question would be something like "What memory wipe?"
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Old October 10 2013, 11:36 PM   #7
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We can pretty much assume that memory wipes are fairly common in the 24th century, since the same thing was done to Voyager's EMH at one point. Sort of their version of electroshock therapy.

Of course the best answer to the question would be something like "What memory wipe?"
Well the Doctor being a computer program can be explained away... sorta, if you don't believe he's sentient. Another disturbing thing in that episode is that Ensign who the EMH let die. Just imagine her funeral... "Though you may be gone Ensign so and so, you will never be dead so long as you remain in our memory.... the funeral is over, Tuvok... purge all computer records of her existence."
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Old October 10 2013, 11:40 PM   #8
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Erasing short-term memory is "fairly" "easy", hell a good knock to your head will do that NOW. It's the biological equivalent of erasing and Etch-a-Sketch or clearing out your RAM by rebooting a computer. The more complicated part is to erase long-term memory which is like deleting something off of a DVD or... okay there's no equivalent for the Etch-a-Sketch.

Even the "stored" memories of her experiences talking to Data (on biological level) would be "easy" to find since they'd be the most recently created neurons in the part of the brain that stores memories. With a wave of the hand to accept that they've mapped the entire human brain and can scan it at the quantum level it's not too much a stretch to accept they can erase short term and newly created long-term memories.
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Old October 10 2013, 11:58 PM   #9
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The memory wipe is a proud Star Trek tradition. It's as renowned as time travel or warp core breaches





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Old October 11 2013, 12:01 AM   #10
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If memory wiping is commonplace why did Picard ask the aliens in Clues to use their advanced technology to do it?
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Old October 11 2013, 12:02 AM   #11
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Probably because he knew this xenophobic species that wants no evidence of their existence anywhere wouldn't trust outsider to do it.
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Old October 11 2013, 12:04 AM   #12
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Plus, it was a hell of a lot easier than wiping over 1000 people's memories in sickbay
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Old October 11 2013, 12:10 AM   #13
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Probably because he knew this xenophobic species that wants no evidence of their existence anywhere wouldn't trust outsider to do it.
On the other hand Picard is cool with said species tampering with the entire crew's brains
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Old October 11 2013, 12:16 AM   #14
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they were going to execute them otherwise. I vote good call. lol
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Old October 11 2013, 12:31 AM   #15
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I wonder why they had the Sarjenka character as a little girl? Maybe they worried that a little boy wouldn't tug the heartstrings as much?
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