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Old July 11 2014, 01:01 AM   #1
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Macguffins in Trek

Hi everyone. We're talking about the Nexus in a thread and I was thinking about a poll on the greatest Macguffins in Trek movies. I'd like to turn this into a poll, but I'd like some seed ideas first. The Genesis device comes to mind. What do you think?
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Old July 11 2014, 01:08 AM   #2
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Re: Macguffins in Trek

Red matter!
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Old July 11 2014, 12:00 PM   #3
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T&A
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Old July 11 2014, 01:06 PM   #4
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Re: Macguffins in Trek

Bajoran Orbs

Morphogenic Matrix

Q

Section 31
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Old July 12 2014, 07:22 PM   #5
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Genesis Device.
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Old July 12 2014, 07:26 PM   #6
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Spock's brain.
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Old July 15 2014, 03:01 AM   #7
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No, there's something worse than red matter:

The fact that traveling at warp 10 turns you into a salamander.
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Old July 15 2014, 03:06 AM   #8
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Spock's brain.
You win.
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Old July 15 2014, 03:15 AM   #9
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Spock's brain.
You win.
Maybe I just don't see it, but what's wrong with Spock's Brain?

I thought it was inline with the theme of most TOS episodes, and it had some gems in it:

"Brain and brain!!!! what is brain?!?!"
"Jim! it's so simple! A child could do it!"

DeForest Kelley was awesome

For a really horrid episode, try "Catspaw"
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Old July 15 2014, 02:11 PM   #10
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Spock's brain, Q, the Orbs and the morphogenic matrix didn't appear in the movies. Should I move this to GTD?
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Old July 15 2014, 03:53 PM   #11
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Spock's brain.
You win.
Maybe I just don't see it, but what's wrong with Spock's Brain?

I thought it was inline with the theme of most TOS episodes, and it had some gems in it:

"Brain and brain!!!! what is brain?!?!"
"Jim! it's so simple! A child could do it!"

DeForest Kelley was awesome

For a really horrid episode, try "Catspaw"
Naw, I meant it literally, Spock's brain itself is a MacGuffin in the episode "Spock's Brain".

Meta on so many levels!
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Old July 16 2014, 02:03 AM   #12
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Re: Macguffins in Trek

austen_pierce wrote: View Post
Hi everyone. We're talking about the Nexus in a thread and I was thinking about a poll on the greatest Macguffins in Trek movies. I'd like to turn this into a poll, but I'd like some seed ideas first. The Genesis device comes to mind. What do you think?
I'm going to reject the idea of the Genesis device being a macguffin (even though I don't really know what a macguffin is).
Terraforming a planet has been a concept used in quite a few science fiction movies - Alien, Blade Runner, Avatar, Total Recall (original). I gotta think the 'device' being able to have the power to transform an entire planet in minutes was done to keep the interest of the viewer.
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Old July 16 2014, 02:16 AM   #13
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Spock's brain, Q, the Orbs and the morphogenic matrix didn't appear in the movies. Should I move this to GTD?
Sure!

Lance already won the thread.

Other candidates from TOS:

- The (di)lithium crystals in "Mudd's Women"
- The cloaking device in "The Enterprise Incident"
- The zenite in "The Cloud Minders"
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Old July 16 2014, 02:20 AM   #14
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Vger, and to some extent the Enterprise herself.

The Genesis device

Spock's Katra

Whales

God

Valeris (as an unknown conspirator) and Chang's BoP
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Old July 16 2014, 02:28 AM   #15
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I thought about naming the whales, but I think they are somewhat of an exception, because an integral part of TVH was the anti-whaling message. You can't have an anti-whaling message, if the nature of the whales is irrelevant. On every other level, though, I agree that they're a MacGuffin ....
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