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Old November 8 2013, 06:51 AM   #76
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The sun? I always thought it was the Neural Neutralizer's radial emitter.


I thought about that too, Zap, but I thought it'd be reaching. But it would suggest a bird help in flight under its' influence, i.e. "stabilizing" it!
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Old November 8 2013, 07:57 AM   #77
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OMG, you guys are freaking me out!
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Old November 8 2013, 11:31 AM   #78
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The bird is actually a gigantic space-bird that's about to devour the sun. The hand is from the perspective of a crazy person on one of the sun's planets, who's pretending to squeeze the sun-devouring bird between his fingers.
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Old November 8 2013, 12:38 PM   #79
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The sun? I always thought it was the Neural Neutralizer's radial emitter.
I see, so the hand protects the bird from getting too close to it: "no children or animals were harmed in testing the Neural Neutralizer".

Just tells us how big the American Humane Association got by the 23rd Century.

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Old November 8 2013, 02:42 PM   #80
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It's clear now that the emblem was meant to be the sun, and the helping hand of space psychiatry is freeing the bird of mental health.

I'm just saying, on the old standard def CRT TVs I grew up watching, it really looked like the emitter. So much so that I think it was meant to, as the visual equivalent of dialog with a double meaning. Or it could be accidental.
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Old November 8 2013, 03:01 PM   #81
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Accidental or not, that this seemingly trivial detail of Dagger of the Mind can be read as symbolizing the neutral neutralizer is both stunning and surprising to me.

As I see it, there are two main ways to read this, assuming it is deliberate. The first is that the neutralizer is a hidden meaning in the more familiar and expected sun-symbol. The second is much subtler, as a sort of summary of the fact that Dr. Adams perverted his own profession.

However it was arrived at, this really gives extra depth to the episode. Bravo!

It's clear now that the emblem was meant to be the sun, and the helping hand of space psychiatry is freeing the bird of mental health.
I assume you mean to say "...of mental illness."
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Old November 8 2013, 03:24 PM   #82
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I assume you mean to say "...of mental illness."
"And this bird can never change..."
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The 'Kirk's middle initial' thing in Where No Man... has never bothered me. Oftentimes, a person will say of someone "Procrastination is his middle name" or something like that. I assumed it went back to the Academy, where Mitchell may have said something similar of the 'stack of books with legs' Kirk. Also, I used to jokingly "loan" my middle initial to a friend who had no middle name.
Michael Jan Friedman has the middle initial game as a running gag between Kirk and Mitchell throughout the novel trilogy, "My Brother's Keeper". Funny stuff!
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