Is There In Truth No Beauty
The ugliest thing almost no one has ever seen – a Medusan – is brought aboard the Enterprise. His handler is gorgeous, and not just a little nutty. Smiling Spock makes an appearance, and we know things won’t go totally smoothly as we put “Is There in Truth No Beauty” in the Mission Log.
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Spock & IDIC symbol : As seen in Trek 365
It does seem as though the Medusans should have been able to find a way to disable the vision of humans and others working with them (without poking their eyes out, of course). Maybe some sort of hypnosis or something that could block visual stimulus from being transmitted to the brain without permanently affecting the optic nerve, etc. Even a non removable eye cover of some sort could work.
Which begs the question, would a view of the Medusans in other spectra cause the same issue? Could Geordi look at one through his VISOR, using any of the other ranges it functions in and be okay?
Another great podcast, and funny too – I’m getting looks from the other people on the bus when I’m l sitting there giggling to myself…
I wondered exactly what advantage the Medusan brought to the metaphorical table in possessing Spock to navigate the ship out of the void. It wasn’t some extrasensory perception, as he was basically piloting Spock, with his senses. It wasn’t knowledge, as they didn’t know where they were and if the Medusan did, he could have just passed on that little tidbit to the crew. And it wasn’t some technical upgrade. I think he just got lucky…
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Not a messages, meanings & morals comment here, but another case of Star Trek being way ahead of its time portending future science in the form of tech-embedded apparel. This does presently include a range of nonsense pseudoscience gimmicks but there are also real-deal products like athletic wear embedded with sophisticated biometric & gyroscopic sensors and accelerometers. There’s even one company that is close to receiving the first FDA approval for a fabric, embedded with a mineral recipe that takes conductive body heat and radiates it back out as infrared, which increases vasodilation. Love this idea of a garment that augments or replaces a lost or missing sense.