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TNG Season 6, Ep# 136: "Chain of Command Part 1"

NECHAYEV: We've decided to send the Enterprise to meet with a Cardassian representative and open talks. We're hoping that the presence of the Federation flagship on the border will send a message to their leadership about how seriously we view this situation.

Size and Scope: a single warship is considered an important show of strength. Contrast this with the Trade Federation blockade of Naboo, in which thousands of blockading warships were dismissed by Qui-Gon Jinn as a "trivial" trade dispute.

TNG Season 6, Ep# 136: "Chain of Command Part 1"

NECHAYEV: We've decided to send the Enterprise to meet with a Cardassian representative and open talks. We're hoping that the presence of the Federation flagship on the border will send a message to their leadership about how seriously we view this situation.

Command Structure: more of this "Federation flagship" nonsense, this time from Admiral Nechayev herself.

TNG Season 6, Ep# 136: "Chain of Command Part 1"

JELLICO: I prefer a certain... formality on the Bridge. I would appreciate it if you wore a standard uniform when you're on duty.

TROI: Of course, sir.

Command Structure: Jellico politely requests that Troi wear a uniform when on duty. Since when does any officer have to be asked to wear a uniform when on duty? Picard isn't running a military ship; he's running the Love Boat in space. Actually, wait a minute ... even Captain Stubing made his subordinates wear uniforms. Picard runs things looser than the Love Boat in space!

TNG Season 6, Ep# 136: "Chain of Command Part 1"

PICARD: Starfleet Intelligence believes the Cardassians are developing metagenic weapons.

BEVERLY: Oh my God.

WORF: I am not familiar with metagenics.

BEVERLY: They're genetically engineered viruses which are designed to destroy entire eco-systems. The metagenic toxins are released into the atmosphere of a planet and immediately begin mutating. They seek out and destroy every form of DNA they encounter. In a few days, everything is dead.

PICARD: Within a month, the metagenic agent itself breaks down and dissipates completely... leaving every city, road, and piece of equipment perfectly intact.

WORF: Leaving the planet safe to be conquered. Wouldn't using such a weapon pose as great a risk to the attacker as it does to the target?

BEVERLY: That's why metagenics and other biological weapons were outlawed years ago. Even the Romulans abide by those agreements.

Culture: an advanced form of biological weapon has been outlawed in the 24th century, in much the same way that chemical and biological weapons are outlawed today.

However, their shock and outrage at the notion of continued development is a bit surprising. The harsh reality is that since those weapons exist, a certain amount of research will always go on; both the United States and Russia have large stockpiles of chemical and biological weapons, public denials notwithstanding (former researchers have publicly come forward from both countries).

Their outrage at Cardassian research into this field is probably very similar to modern superpower outrage at third-world acquisition of nuclear and biological weapons technology. The superpowers already have it, and they not going to give it up, but they don't want anyone else to get it.

TNG Season 6, Ep# 136: "Chain of Command Part 1"

SCREENPLAY: There is a small hole, about one foot in diameter in the wall which is directly in front of them.

PICARD: We need to get through here. This lava tube runs southwest for 70 meters before running into another chamber. The tube opens up a little more beyond this entrance. If we can widen the opening, we should be able to crawl through.

WORF: A phaser set to level 16 should suffice.

PICARD: Make it so.

(Worf fires)

SCREENPLAY: it is revealed that the phaser has widened the entrance to the lava tube by about two feet. We can now see more of the tube ...

PICARD: Very good, Mister Worf.

(Picard climbs into the tube)

Ground Combat: Worf is able to widen the entrance to a 70m long lava tube by a couple of feet with a level 16 phaser blast at close range. We don't know how deep the obstruction at the entrance was, but even if it extended ten feet in, we would still be talking about opening up a hole from 0.15 metres diameter to 0.45 metres (assuming the televised episode was in agreement with the screenplay), so they would have to blast less than half a cubic metre of rock.

This incident clearly disproves certain Trekkies' ridiculous claims about blasting 650 m³ of rock with a split-second level 16 phaser shot. If the TM's claims were true, Worf's blast should have blown the passage out to a 6 foot diameter in a quarter of a second. A sustained 5-second beam should have blasted out a 25 foot wide hole!

Wayne Poe points out that the televised episode reduces the magnitude of this feat even further, because the opening to the lava tube was merely obscured with a jumble of loose rocks rather than a solid obstruction, so instead of opening up the mouth of the hole, Worf only had to blast some loose debris out of the way.

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