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From: Colin H
Well imagine my shock... Is shock the right word?, maybe not but it will fit. Anyway digression aside, imagine my shock when Tracy referred to my lack of email. I quickly opened my email and there it was sitting in the draft box. Obviously I had neglected to hit the send button. Or had it succumbed to the same anomaly that had affected Alan. So I will now try and cover both. But as both a very weak, well two halves will make a whole. So the S & M empath special, what is it with trek and bondage? It appears almost as frequently as the Roman salute. But I'm sure Kirk enjoyed it he does seem to enjoy a good whipping, plus the bonus is McCoy got to hypo someone. What I did not get was why the rack would probably kill McCoy, but only brain damage Spock. Do Vulcans get a different reaction from whips and Chains?. Obviously not a Rhianna fan. So for once Kirk does not get the girl, plus in a reversal of the norm the woman saves the day. That and the fact that a so called advanced civilisation uses torture as a means to an end, well I guess that about sums it up. So to the second half. Thankfully for the Tholian assembly this was not there last appearance. They got treated far better in Enterprise. But to return to the episode at hand. There are a few interesting points in here. Spock refers to Tholian punctuality, obviously this states that the Federation or the Vulcans at the very least had previous contact with the Tholians. That said what type of space faring race comes up with a defence that involves two ships touching there asses together, which I thought Tracy might like as she likes ass. But seriously, let's do some ass mating. Then take a freaking age building a web around our adversary. It's cool if we do it quite like they will not notice!. Then you have the wonderful site of Uhura looking in the mirror and ....not seeing herself again!. She must be beginning to think she is a vampire or something. I am amazed she has any concept of what she actually looks like. I have to say the escape method for the enterprise was unique. Was this the first recorded Space jump. Why didt Picard not use the same method to get away from Q?. Why don't Star Fleet ever use a "jump drive" in other combat situations. All these questions and more never to be answered! Have to love a crap script. Still the episode had some nice moments, Spocks hand held computer, which look like someone had been raiding the Lego box. McCoy completely going against type and arguing with Spock about what to do. Because as everyone knows at medical academy they also reach command. Then there was the fly sheet space suit, oh and Klingon nerve tonics, with booze as a cure. Who would have thought McCoy would have come up with a booze related cure. Actually I am amazed he came up with a cure what with all them people strapped down in his sickbay. It must have seemed like Christmas . Anyway I will close here as I'm off to continue to grind the wheels of industry, hopefully Vaughn will get the release from work to go to China. For as Spock said," only Tron can go to China". Live long and podcast my friends Colin