Star Trek: The Next Generation

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Corrected entry: If time is suspended on both of the ships, the communication signal would also be suspended between the ships and the runabout, meaning they shouldn't be able to talk to each other.

Correction: Geordie explains that the communication runs through the subspace-relays which prevents the away team from getting frozen in time too.

Timescape - S6-E25

Corrected entry: Didn't Geordi die? When he goes into neural shock and Troi removes his arm-band, he becomes part of the frozen time. What happens when that time moves in reverse? Also, I don't think they ever talk about getting him some medical assistance before the Romulan ship disappears? But he's back in the next episode.

Correction: Geordi doesn't die. He is alive when his arm band is removed, which would place him in the other timeframe. Very soon after Data "fixes" time, Picard tells Riker to continue the evacuation. He then says "you will find Geordi on the Romulan ship, beam him directly to sick bay." At that point, it is safe to assume that he was in fact beamed to sick bay, and that Beverly did her job as a doctor.

Timescape - S6-E25

Corrected entry: In the scene with the rotting fruit, it would be impossible for the fruit to age as shown. The problem is, in order for the fruit to rot, oxygen would have to supply the needed nutrients to microrganisms in the fruit that cause it to rot at the accelerated rate. Since the life support generator is in normal time, being away from the bowl of fruit, there is no way the fruit could have rotted like that - the generator is only supplying a normal-time-continuum's worth of oxygen. There is no evidence of any wind or vortex so the air cannot be entering the time bubble at a greater rate than it is being created.

Rlvlk

Correction: Microorganisms have extremely low oxygen consumption (relative to the amount used by an organism the size of a human). It would not take a particularly large area within the accelerated time-space for there to be enough oxygen to supply microorganisms long enough to cause the decay observed. Additionally there are microorganisms which can contribute to the processes of decay which do not require oxygen (anaerobes).

Timescape - S6-E25

Corrected entry: Geordi, Troi, data and Picard learn that they are able to interact with "objects" within the bubble of extremely slow moving time. This is to allow them to open doors and move throughout the ships. Problem is it would be impossible. By Newtonian physics, to move an object you must overcome the force holding it in place. To lift an object, you must overcome its weight: its mass times the acceleration due to gravity (roughly 9.8 meters per second per second) The problem is that with time moving extremely slow, any object would be extremely heavy because the acceleration due to gravity just increased ( a second in the bubble would seem to equal an hour, maybe even more, outside the bubble).

Rlvlk

Correction: Actually, if what normally takes a second to fall takes an hour, acceleration *decreases*. So assuming normal physics apply, objects would be lighter.

JC Fernandez

Timescape - S6-E25

Corrected entry: After Troi sees the effects of the first time bubble, Data comments that his internal chronometer is in synch with the runabout's computer. That would mean the first bubble also enveloped the computer, but nothing it controls was affected: gravity, navigation, attitude control, inertial dampers, life support, etc. These systems are normally controlled by the computer, only when something significant changes do they require crew input.

Rlvlk

Correction: The first bubble only affected Troi; in this particular bubble, time moved more quickly, giving her the appearance that everything outside the bubble was "frozen." But the others and the ship were actually unaffected, which is why Data's internal chronometer is in synch with the ship's computer.

JC Fernandez

Timescape - S6-E25

Corrected entry: Part of Absolute Zero, 0 degrees Kelvin, deals with the stoppage of time. As long as an atom is in motion, it is generating heat. Lasers are being used today not to remove heat from molecules, but to slow them down to the point of almost stopping and that is the closest to Absolute Zero scientists have been able to hit. That being said: The temperature in the Enterprise and Romulan ship would be far colder than that, and very much closer to 0 than the temperature of space, to Picard, Troi, Geordi and Data. They have an isolation field around them, but that is not a life support generator providing them with neither heat nor oxygen. They would quickly freeze to death in that time bubble and slowly suffocate since the atmosphere would nearly be solid to them.

Rlvlk

Correction: Geordi and Data built the isolation field, they surely would have taken this into account, the field might very well provide both. Without actually being able to nearly stop time around normal people, I don't think we can say what its effects will be on them. The science on Trek constantly violates today's "known" physics, just as a 747 violates the "known" physics of the late 1800's ie. "man will never fly".

Grumpy Scot

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In the beginning of this episode, Riker orders Geordi (who was navigator at the time) to increase to Warp 6. In response, Geordi replies, "Aye sir, full impulse."

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The cast really are very good friends. At LeVar Burton's wedding in 1992, the best man was Brent Spiner and the ushers were Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes and Michael Dorn. And when Brent Spiner recorded an album (Ol' Yellow Eyes is Back), the backing groups listed as The Sunspots are again the male members of the bridge crew.

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