Jul 13, 2009
Star Trek: Voyager “The Fight” (part 5 of 5)
Janeway orders the ship to stop, and then pops down to Astrometrics to visit with Seven. Seven reports that she “applied 10,053 algorithms” to their surroundings, and has thus found “an isolinear frequency”. She points at a purple blob on the screen, which Janeway manages to recognize. In fact, what she sees was a question on her “exo-genetics” final during her senior year at the Academy. She missed the question, and that one miss kept her from getting an A, and here she is, able to instantly recall it thirty years later. Bitter much?
So, professors at the Academy use questions on their finals based on previously unknown areas of space where the rules of physics don’t apply? And if their students miss just one of these questions—based on something no human has ever encountered or experienced—they don’t get a top mark? Hot damn, that’s pure academic evil! I’m going to have to file that one away for use on my spring exams. Captain, my students thank you in advance for the “chaotic space” bonus question.
[Editor’s Note: And it’s also reassuring to know that B students still get to be starship captains. There’s hope for me yet. —Albert]
Turns out the signal Janeway recognizes is designed to activate DNA. While it was pretty obvious that the chaotic space aliens were responsible for Chakotay’s hallucinations, now we have a technobabble mechanism for it. The episode makes so much more sense now.