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Old February 16 2014, 01:03 AM   #46
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Re: Fridge horror for The Apple

OK if it is agreed that the did feed exploding rocks to Vaal then my original point stands.
Its too dangerous to raise children on the Apple planet if these rocks are still lying around. Unless they are only activated by Vaal's presence. I'm going to have to read that new book coming out to find out aren't I? What a shame.
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Old February 16 2014, 01:21 AM   #47
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One does wonder why anyone (aliens? ancestors? alien ancestors?) would design an idyllic, self-sustaining "paradise" and fill it full of land mines and poison-spitting plants? Which is why I finally decided that the explosive rocks were an accidental side-effect that developed over the course of millennia.

At least that's my story and I'm sticking to it.
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Old February 16 2014, 01:29 AM   #48
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One does wonder why anyone (aliens? ancestors? alien ancestors?) would design an idyllic, self-sustaining "paradise" and fill it full of land mines and poison-spitting plants?
When the natives are intentionally conditioned not to walk all over them, of course.
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Old February 16 2014, 06:23 PM   #49
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I don't think she was security. It would have been interesting if she was though. If security had a hand to hand tournament like they did in TNG, she probably would have KO', pinned, or submitted all the other security guards. Especially with guys like the ones in Dagger of the Mind, Doomsday Machine, Turnabout Intruder, Charlie X, and The Children Shall Lead. She wouldhave beaten all those guys!

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Zahra was a yeoman.

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Old February 17 2014, 12:34 AM   #50
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Clearly the real Vaal was a Goa'uld system lord and this was his place of worship -- and those exploding rocks were Naquida, which Vaal forced the Vaalians to bring to the temple - he eventually left and took the planet's stargate with him, leaving his temple there.
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Old February 17 2014, 12:52 AM   #51
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The rocks' function in the story is very clearly set up, even if the show's editing leaves it unclear that the rocks are Vaal's food.
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Interesting. Extremely low specific gravity, some uraninite,
hornblende, quartz.
(breaks it in half)
Fragile, good cleavage. An analysis should prove
interesting.

He throws one half away, and it explodes when it hits the ground.

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Would you mind being careful where you throw your
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Obviously highly unstable, Captain. This could be a find
of some importance. In large quantities, it could be
a considerable source of power.

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Old February 17 2014, 12:57 AM   #52
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Re: Fridge horror for The Apple

It would've been more interesting, to me, at least, if Vaal didn't use explosive rocks, but regular vegetation as fuel. Especially if they'd been able to get inside, at all, or at least hear Spock theorize on how it might've worked. What a shame that little misunderstanding had to be cleared up. I liked it better the "other" way, better ...
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Old February 17 2014, 01:55 AM   #53
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Re: Fridge horror for The Apple

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She got to go "Emma Peel" and I don't recall there being ANY female security officers in TOS. In the new fan series "Star Trek Continues" there is a female security team member who gets in on some action. Cool.
Wasn't Zahra security? Or am I confusing her with her IDW NuTrek counterpart?
Zahra wasn't in The Apple, Martha Landon was.

Zahra was from Operation Annihilate.
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Old February 17 2014, 02:13 AM   #54
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Laser Beam-

I think its time for a new quote. I light of the current disgrace of of an administration the nation suffers under, how about "With oppressive, corrupt government, success is derided, without prosperity, society dies, without healthy society, "freedom" is hollow sustenance"
or
"With oppressive, corrupt government individual rights are lost, without rights men are made automatons, when men are automatons, life is useless"

How about those...?
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Old February 17 2014, 02:14 AM   #55
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^ As soon as it starts having anything to do with "The Apple", I'll think about it.
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Old February 17 2014, 02:14 AM   #56
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Seriously, we're critiquing people's sigs now?

Getting back to "The Apple," I was kinda working from the idea (loosely based on the comic-book story) that the Vaalians were not native to the planet but had been deposited there by some more advanced ancestors who had wanted to engineer a pristine "paradise" that would never be "corrupted" by the dangers of progress . . . .

I also flirted with the notion that the Vaalians themselves had created Vaal and had then contrived to have their memories wiped in order to restore their "innocence"--although this seemed too complicated to get into.
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Old February 17 2014, 06:19 AM   #57
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She got to go "Emma Peel" and I don't recall there being ANY female security officers in TOS. In the new fan series "Star Trek Continues" there is a female security team member who gets in on some action. Cool.
Wasn't Zahra security? Or am I confusing her with her IDW NuTrek counterpart?
Zahra wasn't in The Apple, Martha Landon was.

Zahra was from Operation Annihilate.
Um... OK. I was responding to the part about "I don't recall there being ANY female security officers in TOS". I knew she wasn't in The Apple.

As a few people have pointed out, I was wrong: Zahra wasn't in security. But I have since checked, and it looks like her IDW NuTrek counterpart is, which is probably what lead to my misunderstanding in the first place.
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Old February 17 2014, 08:28 AM   #58
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The rocks' function in the story is very clearly set up, even if the show's editing leaves it unclear that the rocks are Vaal's food.
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Interesting. Extremely low specific gravity, some uraninite,
hornblende, quartz.
(breaks it in half)
Fragile, good cleavage. An analysis should prove
interesting.

He throws one half away, and it explodes when it hits the ground.

KIRK
Would you mind being careful where you throw your
rocks, Mister Spock?

SPOCK
Obviously highly unstable, Captain. This could be a find
of some importance. In large quantities, it could be
a considerable source of power.

Poor Spock really takes a beating in this episode.
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Old February 18 2014, 06:06 PM   #59
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I always thought that those who set up Vaal did so to ensure their own personal immortality--or possibly that of their children--in an enforced pastoral setting--and nothing more. As old as Akuta and the other Gamma Trianguli 6'ers are, they are still not the original builders (pretty obviously). Akuta mentions "the Dim Time," but has no memories of high technology, etc., so I'm thinking they're the builders' kids.

But those builders would have had nothing in mind but personal immortality, or the closest thing to. No higher (or at least more complex) purpose, such as artificially directing evolution by creating isolated sub-populations that would inbreed, fix advantageous mutations, and then outbreed with other small pops for hybrid vigor. That would have required, as an earlier poster mentioned, more Vaals scattered across the planet, which we know there cannot have been, because the Enterprise's sensors would have detected them, just as they had no problem sensing Vaal.

Although I suppose it's equally possible that the whole thing was set up by sentients alien to Gamma Trianguli 6, performing some sort of experiment.
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Old February 18 2014, 06:09 PM   #60
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Christopher, in response to your earlier post: I fully concede that, if Vaal was constructed by an external force to enslave the population of this world, the PD would be null and void. But that strikes me as being a bigger leap into assumptions than the idea that it was a solution (to what problem I do not know nor do I really need to--nor does Kirk) arrived at by the ancestors of the inhabitants.
I don't agree, since there's not a shred of evidence to suggest that the inhabitants' ancestors had any such capability. Conversely, the Trek galaxy is littered with advanced aliens who go around playing god on various primitive planets, including Earth. I think I've always assumed that Vaal was imposed by aliens -- although maybe that's because the climax is so similar to that of "Who Mourns for Adonais?" right down to the same music.

And I still say that even if it was the people's own ancient ancestors, that doesn't make much difference. That's still essentially an alien culture relative to the villagers -- an extremely remote civilization, one with entirely different technology and values, one that made a choice that the villagers themselves had no say in and no ability to understand. I think it's a double standard to say that a society has a greater right to impose oppression on its distant descendants thousands of years in the future than it does to impose it on aliens from another world. Either way, the people in question are being deprived of any right to choose their fate.


However, the rest of your argument--that development should not have an end-point and that an alien race, in its superior wisdom (those aliens, in this case, being human) should be able to come in and change things--is precisely the kind of thinking the PD seems designed to prevent (well, not the thinking so much as the acting on that thought).
Please don't twist my words. I deeply resent that characterization of my point, because it's a profound misreading. I'm absolutely not saying that we should assume our wisdom is superior. I'm saying that it's never right to follow any law mindlessly, to use it as an excuse to avoid thinking or making a choice. No, we are not superior by default to another race, but that doesn't mean there can't ever be a situation where offering help could be useful. The Prime Directive is meant to keep Starfleet officers responsible and careful in their decisions, to ensure that they remember the priority of the local culture's understanding of their own civilization, values, and needs. It's not meant as a way to avoid responsibility altogether by just rigidly following a literalistic interpretation of the rules. Every situation is unique and needs to be assessed on its own merits -- with the Prime Directive as a vital consideration, of course, but with the understanding that there may occasionally be times when it, like any wisely applied rule, must be bent or interpreted.


It still boils down to saying essentially "As a Starfleet officer, your prime directive is to refrain from interfering with the internal affairs of other cultures--unless you really, really, really don't like what they are doing."
No. I reject the glib assumption that it's impossible for an intelligent, careful, responsible individual to make a choice that is based on an appreciation of other people's needs above one's own prejudices. It is certainly possible to look beyond blind egotism, to apply one's imagination to put oneself in someone else's shoes and understand the validity of a decision that goes against one's personal beliefs. The Prime Directive is a way to ensure that Starfleet personnel do just that -- look beyond their own perspective to consider that of others. But it is not impossible that that approach to decision-making would occasionally lead to the recognition that a people need help making their own choices. Of course there's a risk involved in such a choice, but refusing to make the choice at all can be damaging as well.

Captain Kirk's speech from DTI: Forgotten History:
ďAnd thatís why Starfleet sends men and women out there instead of machines. Because doing the right thing isnít about blind, robotic obedience to a programmed set of rules. Itís about making choices. Choices informed by laws and regulations but tempered by wisdom and compassion, adapted to the unique right and wrong of every situation.
ďAre those choices always right, always free from bias or impulse? No. Weíre fallible beings. We make mistakes. Thatís why we need a Prime Directive in the first placeóto warn us against getting too sure of our own rightness, to stop us before we make well-intentioned mistakes that can devastate a culture we donít fully understand. The Prime Directive isnít about protecting other cultures from their weaknesses, but from ours. But they can make mistakes too. They arenít always right about whatís best for them any more than we are. So we need the latitude to make choices of our own. Itís a latitude that needs to be used sparingly and with careful thought. Believe me, Iíve seen what can happen when itís abused.
ďBut our laws were made by beings just as imperfect as we are, and they have their limits. We canít trust in them blindly, any more than we can trust blindly in ourselves. We need our laws and our individual judgments to balance each other, so that, hopefully, they can cancel out the worst of each otherís imperfections.Ē
I don't see how the PD applies at all in The Apple, since the Enterprise was under direct attack from Vaal.
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