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Birds of Canada
Wed, Feb 13, 2019, 6:50pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S3: The Vengeance Factor

My single biggest Star Trek pet peeve--preposterous one-off applications of immortality, with this episode being the second worst offender after "Battle Lines".

It can work in fantasy because magic is generally supposed to act in a purposeful way, so immortality being an integral part of some otherwise horrible package deal makes sense--trying to devise some way to get the immortality on its own while weaseling out on the rest is liable to be a dangerous and foolhardy exercise.

In sci-fi OTOH nature is generally depicted as blind to purpose or intent, so it's never going to be plausible unless you can come up with a REALLY good reason why something like that doesn't immediately get seized on and exploited out the wazoo by everybody.

"But it makes you feel numb inside" just doesn't cut it, heck for Vulcans it would actually be a selling point.
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