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Abhiroop Basu
Wed, May 20, 2009, 9:32pm (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S4: The Killing Game

Another "holodecks can do anything you want them to" episode. Really annoys me everytime I see the things in the holodeck being able to basically become 100% real (once the safeties are off of course - why would you even have this option? Who in their right minds would want to switch of the safeties?)
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Abhiroop Basu
Wed, May 20, 2009, 9:25pm (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S5: Nothing Human


While it is certainly not unprecedented to create a hologram like that, and it is arguable relatively easy to create it, but look at all the gaping holes.

1. How on earth would they have such technical information about Krell? I mean at best they'd have his medical information (even that is doubtful). As for creating other characters I guess the argument is that the characters we see are extrapolations of characters. So, for example in "Concerning Flight" the Da Vinci character is not ANYTHING like the real Da Vinci as we don't have accurate records of his personality. All we have are his paintings, inventions, etc. So, I guess it could be argued that Krell's personality is just one that is programmed by Harry (albeit it is done very quickly).

2. If they can create one hologram why don't they have a whole medical team? Or equip other regions of the ship with holo-emittors and create another crew. I accept this would take a lot of energy but would it not be useful to have a Capt. Kirk and all his experience? Or just a hologram in important parts of the ship, so that if something happens (e.g. life-support fails) there is a backup. There have been many times where the doctor has been essential because he's not human and not limited.

3. A general critique of hologram tech is "the safeties are off". What? How on earth could a simulated projectile cause injury? THis is the most contrived invention. Remember from First Contact where Picard shoots the Borg with a tommy gun. Very cool scene but highly implausible. If you get shot by the holographic bullet wouldn't it dissapear as soon as you leave the holodeck? This is another argument that can be used for the action sequences in "The Killing Game".

Anyway holo tech needs to be taken with a big grain of salt.
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