Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by RickAgresta, Jun 17, 2008.
I think I'd really struggle with that 4th one.
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You need to do some more reading - a little bit of escapism will take your mind off some of the more painful issues we're all currently experiencing.
thoughts from the workplace...
Forwarding since I shouldn’t be the only one getting this nonsense…
Burnout? Who, me? is the smoke showing..?!
Today I made an interesting discovery. I've been a fan of Star Trek for decades (that's not the discovery, but some back story is needed). This week I've been revisiting Data's history, and first I watched the episode Brothers, where Data is summoned to Dr. Noonian Soong's lab to receive the emotion chip which is then stolen by Lore. Then I remembered that I didn't quite remember how Lore was reactivated, so I began watching the episode Datalore, where the Enterprise visits the planet where Data was created. After the away party beams down and finds the underground lab, they start marveling at the high tech they find there. Data seems intrigued by this device:
Maybe he's wondering what purpose could have a device consisting of red lights that keep moving back and forth ... Wait, what? That triggered a very strong memory. A quick Youtube search later, yes, I knew I'd seen that device before:
The above is a screenshot from Airplane 2: The Sequel, a not-very-good comedy which however features William Shatner as Commander Murdock, the somewhat incompetent and maybe dim-witted Commander of Lunar Base Alpha Beta. This is one of my favorite Shatner performances, where he even makes fun of his own portrayal of Captain (then Admiral, then again Captain ) James T. Kirk of Star Trek fame.
The sequence introducing Commander Murdock is very worth watching. Alas, I couldn't find an HD version, but this one should do:
The scene with the red lights thingy is about half way through the clip.
Ok, back to the topic, it's the exact same device on both the Airplane movie and the TNG episode. How can that be possible? Could it mean that Star Trek and Airplane belong to the same universe? If so, maybe Commander Murdock is Kirk's great-great-great-great grandfather! This could explain why they look so similar. Airplane seems to be set around mid-21th century, meaning the device remains in use into the 24th century. And it's located more or less in the same place, just after entering a room, a bit to the character's right. Maybe in the 24th century they still haven't found the real purpose of the device and simply keep placing it in the same spot, just in case it self-activates or something.
I'm sure what Spock would say about this:
RA wonders if this would be improved with captions & word balloons…
IDK. I think it's pretty perfect as is!
Sorry - I saw this & couldn't resist...
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