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koskatta
Mon, Nov 13, 2017, 3:30pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S6: Muse

@Ferdinand Cesarano: I think it's established in the series that by Voyager's time, combadges also serve double-duty as universal translators. So the shuttle's computer being off-line would not have been a problem. That said, I particularly dislike how often the universal translator is misused throughout most of Star Trek. Quite often it's portrayed encountering a totally foreign language, from a newly discovered species, and making perfect translations on the fly.

Not to mention the fact that it most also be somehow using holographic projection to make sure that the alien's lips match perfect English. And it ensures that facial expressions and body language never TOO foreign to the bearer of the UT. It's lazy writing, and only a few episodes actually deal with the concept of first contact, without over reliance on the UT.

It feels like a lazy hand-waving way to get around the actual formidable challenges Voyager or the Enterprise should encounter every time they meet a new species. I get that the writers can't get too bogged down in this kind of detail, but it's never really paid more than just lip service (if you'll forgive the pun).
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