Seat belts.

Discussion in 'Star Trek: Voyager' started by wolf123450, Mar 28, 2013.

  1. wolf123450

    wolf123450 Ensign Newbie

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    Okay having watched a couple seasons of Voyager in the last week or so, I've noticed something... Why don't they have any seat belts? (or harnesses, etc.) Everything's going well until they get hit by unexpected phaser/photon/spacial charges/borg weapons/space debris, and then everyone gets thrown out of their seat, and no one can press the "fire" button for at least the 40 seconds it takes to get from halfway across the room where they were just thrown. I know they are supposed to have inertial dampening fields but from what I can see a lot of problems(read "dramatic tension") in a battle could be fixed by a simple 20th century invention.
     
  2. Melakon

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    Not Voyager, but...

    [yt]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k4EebZxwhls[/yt]
     
  3. Captain Kathryn

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    OMG I have thought this EVERY TIME they bump around and get thrown all over the bridge. Thank you for saying this! lol.

    I am sure there is a reason they do not, but I think it every time they get knocked around on the bridge. :lol:
     
  4. teacake

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    No starship has seatbelts. The Enterprise D's saucer was crash landing for what felt like 5 minutes of film time and everyone is gripping on to it like grim death but no seat belts.

    Maybe in the future they've evolved past seatbelts?
     
  5. Dream

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    Starfleet officers are allergic to seat belts! :p
     
  6. teacake

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    It's because the medicine is so good in the future. It's gone to their heads. Seat belts are for primitives who can't get their broken bones fixed with some magic tech.
     
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  7. wolf123450

    wolf123450 Ensign Newbie

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    Any sufficiently advanced medical technology creates a condition indistinguishable from stupidity...
     
  8. scotpens

    scotpens Vice Admiral Admiral

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    If they had seat belts on the chairs, then the actors couldn't get thrown out of them. Where would the fun be in that?
     
  9. CorporalClegg

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    I've always wondered what Ralph Nader would have to say about this.
     
  10. teacake

    teacake Fleet Admiral Admiral

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    He would have told them that the windows were too small.
     
  11. King Daniel Beyond

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    It must be a lost and forgotten technology, like the concept of rebooting a computer when it's frozen up, which was rediscovered by Geordi in Next Gen's "Contagion"
     
  12. Captain Kathryn

    Captain Kathryn Commodore Commodore

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    Seatbelts are soooo 4 centuries ago.
     
  13. Pondwater

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  14. R. Star

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    [yt]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6b8jsrDl89M[/yt]

    Seatbelt relevance starts at about 1:30... took the franchise 30 plus years, but they got around to catching on. :p
     
  15. teacake

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    OH look it's R. Star!
     
  16. lurok

    lurok Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

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    Indeed :)
     
  17. JirinPanthosa

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    Inertial dampeners!

    Plus if your console is about to explode in your face you don't want to have to unbuckle first.
     
  18. CorporalClegg

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    That's a good point. Before Starfleets starts installing seatbelts in its ships, it should probably invest in some better circuitry. Some breakers and well-placed surge protectors would go a long way, also.
     
  19. R. Star

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    Yeah.. it's funny how my laptop is more safe than their super bioneural computers in the future. It won't explode and cheese doesn't cause it to malfunction.
     
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