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TNG Season 7, Ep# 173: "Firstborn"

K'MTAR: I'll send Kurn a message telling him what happened, but it will be days before he receives it -- he's gone to the Hitora colony as Gowron's representative.

Communications: it will take days for Gowron to receive a subspace message.

TNG Season 7, Ep# 173: "Firstborn"

QUARK: How could I forget the only man ever to win triple down dabo at one of my tables?

RIKER: And how could I forget that you didn't have enough latinum to cover my winnings?

QUARK: I thought I explained that my brother had misplaced the key to the safe. Besides, those vouchers I gave you are every bit as good as latinum.

RIKER: Not exactly. You can spend latinum just about anywhere. Those vouchers are only good at your bar.

Culture: latinum is what passes for a universal currency in Star Trek. In other words, they've reverted to something similar to the precious-metal currency system (ie- glorified barter) that was prevalent on Earth before the appearance of modern financial systems.

TNG Season 7, Ep# 173: "Firstborn"

QUARK: I believe the rumor was that the sisters were trying to buy some second-hand mining equipment.

RIKER: What for?

QUARK: They learned of a magnesite deposit in the Kalla system... it belongs to the Pakleds, but those fools don't even know it's there. Your friends were trying to get at it.

Replicators: the Duras sisters have replicator technology, but they were still running around trying to buy mining equipment in order to steal some magnesite ore from the Pakleds. Obviously, magnesite is beyond the capabilities of their replicators.

Neil Carr pointed out that magnesite is simply magnesium carbonate, which is an unremarkable material, thus highlighting the limitations of Federation replicators.

TNG Season 7, Ep# 173: "Firstborn"

RIKER: Life signs?

DATA: It is difficult to say. The magnesite is interfering with bioreadings.

Sensors: as before, the presence of naturally occurring "magnesite" interferes with their sensors.

Neil Carr pointed out that magnesite is simply magnesium carbonate, and is neither rare or physically remarkable. Any starship could block Federation sensors by simply putting bricks of this material on their bulkheads!

TNG Season 7, Ep# 173: "Firstborn"

K'MTAR: It is. The only way you'll ever feel like you really belong, is if you leave here and go live with your own kind.

Culture: K'mtar is, of course, Alexander himself, having travelled back in time to meet himself as a child and change his life history. He has to convince Alexander to "embrace his Klingon heritage" because his life will fall apart if he doesn't.

The moral of this story seems to be that after all the travails of Alexander's life, he finally learned to embrace the dogma of racial separatism that infuses Star Trek and much of popular culture today. How wonderful.

Unfortunately, there are a lot of real-life people (both white and non-white) who feel the same way; who counsel separatism as a solution to racial discord. It would be nice if Star Trek actively resisted this disturbing cultural movement instead of cheerfully going along with it, but as I've said before, they've become trend-followers rather than trend-setters.

TNG Season 7, Ep# 173: "Firstborn"

RIKER: Where's this... Corvallen now? I have orders to acquire some magnesite.

YRIDIAN: He is gone ... Where? I don't know.

RIKER: Wouldn't you be interested in selling me the ore you're carrying?

YRIDIAN: No, I have a buyer.

RIKER: You haven't heard my offer.

RIKER: Half a gram of Anjoran bio-mimetic gel.

YRIDIAN: Done.

Replicators: the terms of this barter make it obvious that neither "Anjoran bio-mimetic gel" or even ordinary magnesite (as previously noted) can be replicated.

TNG Season 7, Ep# 173: "Firstborn"

RIKER: Where's this... Corvallen now? I have orders to acquire some magnesite.

YRIDIAN: He is gone ... Where? I don't know.

RIKER: Wouldn't you be interested in selling me the ore you're carrying?

YRIDIAN: No, I have a buyer.

RIKER: You haven't heard my offer.

RIKER: Half a gram of Anjoran bio-mimetic gel.

YRIDIAN: Done.

Culture: notice that Riker has to use primitive barter in order to negotiate a purchase with an independent smuggler, who probably has as little use for Federation credits as a free-market trader would have had for Soviet rubles.

TNG Season 7, Ep# 173: "Firstborn"

WORF: How... have you done this? Come to this time?

K'MTAR: Forty years from now the ways are well known. But few are willing to risk the dangers. I decided I must take the risk.

Misc: Worf doesn't understand how K'mtar could have made his time jump, and K'mtar makes reference to unspecified "dangers". Without knowing how he did it, it's difficult to imagine what those dangers might be, but it certainly sounds like time travel is not as easy as most Trekkies make it out to be.

TNG Season 7, Ep# 173: "Firstborn"

WORF: Who is to say what the future will be now, after you have disrupted time? I may die tomorrow, or I may outlive you. But when I die, I would like an honorable death. And the only way that is possible is for you accept yourself, as you are, and stay true to what you believe. The cause of peace is a worthy one ... go back, and continue to work for it. Your struggle must continue.

K'MTAR: But it is a futile struggle.

WORF: No ... you've already changed things more than you realize.

K'MTAR: The boy I was has not changed.

WORF: I'm talking about myself. You have given me a glimpse into my son's future. I see now that he has his own destiny, and I believe it will be a great one.

Misc: Worf and K'mtar apparently both support the idea of parallel timelines and the "many worlds" theory. Worf believes that K'mtar's intrusion has altered this timeline, but he also believes that K'mtar can go back to his own timeline and continue to work for progress there.

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