BY ANY OTHER NAME: Rojan and the cubes

Discussion in 'Star Trek - The Original & Animated Series' started by Karl Shoottheglass, Jul 3, 2013.

  1. Push The Button

    Push The Button Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

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    Same here, though the process was almost identical to that of the "dehydrator machine" in the 1966 Batman movie, which didn't creep me out at all.
     
  2. Ríu ríu chíu

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    Rojan knew so little of humanity that I doubt he had any idea 'who' he was killing. I'm sure all humans looked exactly the same to him. The native Kelvan form has leathery skin and 100 tentacles, after all.
     
  3. Metryq

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    Leathery? Spock said only 100 limbs resembling tentacles. Although Kelinda might develop a fetish for leather.

    The crushed polyhedron reminded me of the "dehydrated" crew in "The Omega Glory." I wonder if the Kelvins have a controlled effect something like the disease from Omega Four? The disease didn't reduce uniforms and other gear, though.
     
  4. ZapBrannigan

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    What Rojan demonstrates is more like transporter technology. It isn't simply desiccating the victim by removing all the water. It is (as Metryq points out) also reducing clothes and boots.

    I invoke transporter technology because the reduced objects seem to be data storage units-- but with no mechanism. The "cube" itself is the data, stored in the pattern of its molecules.

    There must be a nearby storage place for the missing mass that makes up each person. That mass is later recalled and reassembled according to the data in the cube.
     
  5. Metryq

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    Or maybe the "missing mass" is stored as pure energy (in the "projector" located in Engineering). I always figured the transporter as a derivative of phaser technology. The transportee is "disintegrated" in the chamber. Then a beam of energy projected at a planet is "molded" by the pattern stored in the transporter.

    Perhaps the Kelvin technology is a super "Zip file." No buffer degradation, as with the transporter... unless someone uses your foam polyhedron to arrange flowers.
     
  6. Karl Shoottheglass

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    Of the roughly 60 or so casualties on TOS, limited to Enterprise personnel and leaving out the six films, the only black character to perish----and the last, Stardate-wise----turned out to be Scott's assistant Watkins, from THAT WHICH SURVIVES.

    Many redshirts actually survived their guest appearances, notably in the first season. In Season Two, thanks in part to THE APPLE, THE CHANGELING and OBSESSION, they were dropping like flies. BY ANY OTHER NAME is the rare ''either-or'' dilemma in which you'll get good and bad luck. But what makes this scene especially shocking is that ONLY the security guard gets out alive. The camera work sets up the cliche by seeming to lead to it. So many will assume Shea has bought it, before the shock.
     
  7. Grant

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    I always thought the same thing, just being tossed to the ground would have probably knocked a few really tiny pieces off the block. How cool would it have been to have a few tiny holes in his shirt/pants and a couple of little bleeding spots on his skin?
     
  8. Karl Shoottheglass

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    Being tossed onto the grass while landing on the ''original'' one out of fourteen sides is defying the odds beyond belief. That indicates the restored position will automatically match the previous position of the restoree. Which is good for Shea, but bad for Chekov and Uhura if they are brought back away from their chairs.
     
  9. Timewalker

    Timewalker Cat-lovin', Star Trekkin' Time Lady Premium Member

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    So make sure that if they fall on their backsides, they're already on a mat of some kind.
     
  10. Karl Shoottheglass

    Karl Shoottheglass Commodore Commodore

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    Where's the fun in that?
     
  11. scotpens

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    Barbara Bouchet in leather . . . :drool:
     
  12. Gov Kodos

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    That's what egg cartons are for.
     
  13. Metryq

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    Or maybe waffles. I'm sure Kelinda will want to try it all. More syrup, Rojan?

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    Imagine the Kelvin devices turning the entire crew into waffles. ("Tampopo" Trek)

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  14. Karl Shoottheglass

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    Use extra caution while storing. One of those 430 waffles is Helen Noel, remember.
     
  15. Ríu ríu chíu

    Ríu ríu chíu Fleet Admiral Admiral

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    Generic "leggo my Eggo" joke goes here.