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Steve DeHaven
Sat, May 16, 2015, 8:58pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: The Chase

Simply from the standpoint of DNA, this episode contains several glaring flaws:

1) Why haven't biologists on multiple worlds already figured out that these humanoid species have a common ancestor? After all, they're able to interbreed and create fertile offspring. Nothing says common heritage like makin' babies!

2) If we did all share common DNA, the evidence of our common ancestor would be seen in that DNA, as it is on all life on earth.

3) Did the progenitors seed worlds that already had life? If so, then why would the DNA that evolved into humans match all the other DNA on earth?

4) If the progenitors only seeded worlds that had no life, then there is still no explanation for spacefaring species all looking so similar after having evolved on different worlds. After all, look at all the non-quadruped animal life on earth, from insects to jellyfish to mussels to earthworms to crabs to slugs. There's no reason to assume that the dominant or intelligent life forms on other worlds would have a quadruped form.

5) And if I may inject one non-DNA based flaw in the plot...why was following Galen going to cost Picard a year of his career, yet after Galen died the puzzle was solved in a matter of (I presume) days? Was Galen holding up progress?
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