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Old January 16 2014, 07:02 AM   #1
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Name your imponderables for Star Trek

There are always confounders in scripts, things that happen over and over, and make you smack your head...why oh why?

Here's my first one:

Why in the world have they not locked out the shuttlepods with serious safeguards so they cannot be stolen. It's pretty hard to lock out a door, for maintenance reasons, for if jammed or a power outage, then it's pretty tough to gain access. But it only makes sense to have multiple layers of security protocol, perhaps a bioscan of officers for admittance, or something even better.
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Old January 17 2014, 02:20 PM   #2
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Re: Name your imponderables for Star Trek

"And the tribbles had nothing to do with it?"

Kirk has just gotten Arne Darvin to admit that he poisoned the grain. Why is he so interested in exonerating the tribbles?



(Edit: I just realized that this thread is supposed to be for "things that happen over and over." In my defense, I can say that Kirk asks this every time I watch the episode.)

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Old January 17 2014, 06:37 PM   #3
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Re: Name your imponderables for Star Trek

The holodeck is primarily an entertainment device. Why does it have no external main power cable?
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Old January 17 2014, 07:11 PM   #4
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If Vulcans follow the path of logic and controlled emotions as dictated by Surak, then why do they often come across as angry and hostile and not serene?
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Old January 17 2014, 07:33 PM   #5
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Re: Name your imponderables for Star Trek

We, in this barbaric time of the 20th/21st century know to put in stairwells in addition to elevators. Why is there no stairs/ladders access on any of the starship bridges?
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Old January 17 2014, 07:44 PM   #6
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Why do they go out on potentially dangerous missions without any kind of protective clothing or equipment apart from phasers, certainly in the 24th century? (They remedied this somewhat in ENT.)

Why do the computer consoles require such strong voltages that they're apt to give off sparks at the least excuse?

Why are there no seatbelts in the shuttles?
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Old January 17 2014, 08:52 PM   #7
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Maybe this fits here, maybe not.

Why is it, in The Enemy Within, that when Evil Kirk materializes in the transporter room his tunic has no delta insignia?
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Old January 17 2014, 09:14 PM   #8
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Re: Name your imponderables for Star Trek

Does Geordi LaForge in effect have the ability to see everyone naked?

Do Andorian children don mittens on their antenae?

I can't comment on Lt. Data's abilities given he's been programmed in multiple methods of sexual techniques and what that means.....not without breaking the rules of the forum.
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Old January 17 2014, 09:46 PM   #9
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Re: Name your imponderables for Star Trek

Mine are all in my sig
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Old January 17 2014, 09:58 PM   #10
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King Daniel Into Darkness wrote: View Post
Mine are all in my sig
Ugh, sorry I thought "imponderables" was a good original word choice until I saw your sig. I hope I didn't step on your toes. Going to check out your site now.
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Old January 17 2014, 10:04 PM   #11
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No worries. I didn't even come up with the name, it was former TBBS'er Jenee. I hope you enjoy my vids!
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Old January 17 2014, 10:11 PM   #12
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No worries. I didn't even come up with the name, it was former TBBS'er Jenee. I hope you enjoy my vids!
The first one was genuinely funny!

David Gerrolds, the writer of the Trouble with Tribbles, wrote an early Star Trek commentary. His imponderable was "Is it really true Klingons fart in airlocks on purpose?"

EDIT: Actually the first one is very helpful! Your calculation for the Voyager incident has been a really troublesome aspect of making a galactic map that would be accurately scaled. I'd been wanting to make a complete map for the mod in my sig (it's for GalCiv2, Twilight of the Arnor, a computer strategic war game. Anyway, since the premise of Voyager was knocking the crew so far off, it meant it was logically impossible to place that quadrant on the same map.

Maybe now it really isn't though canonically it is....???

Everyone else can ignore this tangental conversation. We return to our regularly scheduled broadcast.
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Old January 17 2014, 10:29 PM   #13
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Re: Name your imponderables for Star Trek

How the hell can they sleep on those beds? And C'mon. The Captain doesn't get a bigger bed?

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Old January 17 2014, 10:56 PM   #14
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How the hell can they sleep on those beds? And C'mon. The Captain doesn't get a bigger bed?

I don't know how it is today in the US Navy, but at one time, sailors actually shared beds. They took shifts and one sailor used the bunk bed, then another got up to do their shift, and switched out. Hard to believe, but essential due to space limitations.

I actually saw some of those style mattresses once at an old conference center. It's hard to believe anyone would have chosen them at all.
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Old January 18 2014, 12:10 AM   #15
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How the hell can they sleep on those beds? And C'mon. The Captain doesn't get a bigger bed?

And they always lie down on their backs, on what looks like a rock hard pillow.
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