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Ben Ramsey
Wed, May 9, 2018, 3:20pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S6: Blink of an Eye

Everyone has missed the most glaring "plot hole" of all, one that unfortunately makes the entire story impossible I think, or at least very problematic. If the planet experiences a day in the time the outside universe, from low orbit and beyond, experiences one second, then the planet would be spinning at a whirling rate. Voyager would look down and see the planet spinning super fast, all the way around once per second, like a basketball rolling along the ground. But presumably the actual revolution of the planet around its star (for the year) is normal. This means the seasons would not appear accelerated from Voyager's point of view as they did near the beginning of the episode, and from the surface, seasons would actually be 900 years apart, taking 3600 years to fully orbit the star (if it's similar to earth). More importantly, how would light work? How would light from the star reach the planet's surface? There is only so much energy being output from the star, and it would be spread out 1/3600th its normal intensity. It would be basically night always, nothing could grow, the planet would be an iceball, no civilization, no story. Or perhaps the star is actually a large super-giant star, which we know can be at least 1500 times larger than our sun, but in that case Voyager would have noticed the unusually large bright star with a planet orbiting too closely, and the astronauts would be instantly cooked and fried with radiation and heat as soon as they got into orbit.

It's best they ignored this issue, it would be too extreme to try to portray it.

I actually have a bigger problem personally - the civilization would have DEFINITELY discovered the time lag issue with the normal space program development. It's impossible that the first launch of an orbital object would be an advanced manned mission to Voyager. There would be satellites (sputnik?) and other test flights. From the ground, a rocket would go up and up, then the rocket would suddenly freeze it's relative velocity, painted in the sky along with the sun, moon, stars, and Voyager, all relatively motionless to each other. Over the next several years the ground could observe the rocket relatively inching closer and closer to Voyager.

Oh well, it's all a bit heady stuff, and way too hard sci-fi for Star Trek. I still liked the episode, and the fact that it made me even think of stuff like this is a plus in my book.
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Ben Ramsey
Fri, Sep 22, 2017, 11:46pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S3: A Matter of Perspective

Just wanted to mention one thing that I didn't see anyone comment on - why would the Federation put their officers at risk of prison by having any dealings whatsoever with a culture that does "guilty until proven innocent"? To me that's the most unbelievable part of this episode. There would be some sort of diplomatic immunity, at least to some degree, or some negotiated amnesty, all done ahead of time, before being willing to subject themselves to such potential liability.
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