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From: Marc Thomas
Hi trekTV Friends Did you know that between the age of candles and electricity, a briefly extant infrastructure served towns and cities by providing a lumminant gas piped into homes and other architecture which could be safely ignited to provide light? You did. Oh.Well, it was news to me Also Apparently... A 1938 stage play that got cinemafied a couple o' times was named "Gaslight" and this became a shorthanded idiom for "making someone think they’d gone crazy" kinda This episode is about Wesley using science to gaslight his own mother, SIGH, kids today. Wesley Crusher is the Mad Scientist on aboard the 1701 D, as he here he creates the Static Warp Bubble, hot on the heels of his Nanites at the start of season 3... I can't think of another to round out the rules of three so maybe this entire thesis is flawed. Nevermind. No matter...a point if not the point is... I do love a trek plot driven by happenstance rather than say...villainy Wee wittle Wesly didn't do it on perpose and that matters what does matter is This episode has some serious DI-Fi to it, I dig it. This is what Trek is for, mind bending speculation, in this instance, instances inter-dimensionality itself are under scrutiny. A far assed cry from most of the other sci fi recommended by the various Web-bourn algorithms that think that because I like this I'll like other sci fi which I won't cuz it's, likely as not, dumb fun, maybe, if guns and speed are yer kink but dumb as fuck and then some. Ok, not fair. In the last decade dramatized A/V scifi's, at long last, allowed the smart stuff in.....but as a well seasoned audiant it's hard for me for to let go of old gripes. Suffice to say, that while there are other sci fis out there, of comparable quality now, there sure weren't back in the 90’s. Not on screens anyway. Ok, maybe there were but non that caught my eye. Maybe Bab 5 Shut up, Matrix’ not sci fi. No space, no xeno bi...if it aint got Tang it dont mean a dang Speaking of xeno bi might the micro-scopic fart monsters of Venus gas light their homes with phosphine? Nope, say's that grumpy old Doc Fritz. Hopefully, further research won't have thrown a wet blanket over that potentially paradigm shifting observation which made headlines mid September. Recently a gas named posphine was discovered then independantly confirmed to exist in the upper atmosphere of Venus. On Earth this gas need life to get made. Big planets like Jupiter can produce phosphine, but rocky terresials like earth, mars and venus, it has been assumed, cannot. Not without something metabolic. Author Ben Bova hypothosized such aeriel germs 20 years ago in his book 'Venus’…part of his “Grand Tour “ series which pre-date The Ex-Pants that sort of sci fi thing Join the Trek TV Fans Facebook page…’k? k! https://www.facebook.com/Trek-TV-Fans-106672104521460/ Marc