Monday, February 27, 2006

Out Of Phase

The other night, on Stargate SG-1, Carter and Mitchell were messing with an Ancient machine, and got zapped out of phase. They could see and hear everything around them, but no one could see or hear them. Furthermore, they could pass through other people and objects, because they spanning ours and an alternate dimension.

As it turns out, my MythTv box had captured a Star Trek: The Next Generation episode where virtually the same thing happened to Ro and LaForge. While assisting a stricken Romulan vessel, a transporter malfunction caused them to be out of phase with our dimension. Similar effects. Turns out, the Romulan were up to no good (imagine that) and one of the Romulan crew was condition as our heroes. Where as the good guys simply wanted to get back to normal the Romulan wanted to kill them.

In one scene, Ro is running through walls to avoid the Romulan (who would simply run through the same wall. Eventually, the Romulan catches her, and is trying to strangle her. LaForge storms in at just the right moment, and body checks the Romulan baddie, knocking him through an outside bulkhead. Unfortunately, the Romulan is out of phase with that too, and goes careening out into space. Yeah for the good guys.

Now the big question about being out of phase: Why weren't they out of phase with the floor?

Monday, February 20, 2006

The Top Ten Sci-Fi Films That Never Existed

A reverse analysis of sci-fi films, The Top Ten Sci-Fi Films That Never Existed is a clever way to engage your philosophical side.