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TThe transport of matter has always been a priest’s egg for the sci-fi writer. Kurt Neumann’s 1958 film The Fly created gruesome horror footage when the protagonist found subatomic particles sliced ​​and diced with those of an insect after tampering with untested technology. But it also contained a gruesome conspiracy hole: Why did the machine divide our scientist into a small human-fly and a large fly-man, both parts of the hybrid being appropriately scaled, if only swapping a few atoms?

David Cronenberg partly solved this riddle with Jeff Goldblum’s unbearably cold 1986 version, in which the eccentric scientist finds him genetically fused with a passing housefly and slowly begins to transform into a giant insect. This version had its problems, though: Given the sheer number of tiny non-human organisms living in each human body, the poor man could probably become something much more complex than a hybrid of a human and a fly.

Star Trek has always carefully tinkered around the details of carrier technology. We assume that every time the machine moves a person from one place to another, it saves a copy of that person before downloading it to a new location. Occasionally, as in The Enemy Within episode of the Original Series (and Star Trek: The Next Generation’s Second Chances from Star Trek: The Next Generation), the quirks of matter transport have been used to suggest that it’s possible for multiple versions of the same person to be pumped out by others. . same machine. But if that’s the case, why didn’t Kirk download a healthy new version of Spock after he succumbed to Spock’s radiation exposure in 1982’s The Wrath of Khan? Instead, they had to go through all this resurrection crap on the planet Genesis in the sequel, The Search for Spock, to bring back the venerable Vulcan, and none of us will ever get those two hours of our lives back.

Next up… Jeff Goldblum in David Cronenberg’s 1986 movie The Fly. Photo: Movie Store Collection/REX

It seems that the deeper these Star Trek steps go, the more complicated the issue becomes. So it’s probably a good thing that Rings of Power creators JD Payne and Patrick McKay never completed the script for the now-abandoned Star Trek movie, in which Chris Pine and Chris Hemsworth will play James T Kirk and his character. resurrected father George. The duo of writers have finally revealed how they propose to bring the latter back from the dead (after being killed while trying to fend off rogue Romulans in JJ Abrams’ 2009 reboot). And yes, you guessed it… the plan was to resurrect the Starship pilot with the teleporter’s magic.

“There’s an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation called The Remains, where they find Scotty, who has been stranded in a transporter for several decades, and can have a great adventure with him,” Payne told Esquire. “Our arrogance was like, ‘What if just before Kelvin crashed into that huge mining ship, George Kirk had tried to teleport to the shuttle of his son Jim Kirk’s newborn wife? What if the ship hadn’t completely exploded – leaving some space junk?’ “Imagine when you send a text message and you type it in, but you don’t quite hit the send. On the other side, they see those three little dots that someone wrote. It’s as if the teleporter had pulled the pattern into the stencil buffer but didn’t spit it out on the other side. It was actually a saved copy of it on the computer.”

McKay added: “So the adventure is that Chris Pine and the crew of the Enterprise are forced to search the wreckage of the ship where his father died due to a mystery and a new villain. They come across his father’s pattern on the ship. They teleport him out and he doesn’t know that time has passed and he’s staring at his son. Then the adventure continues from there.”

Given how badly Star Trek fans reacted to the downcast plot holes in 2013’s Star Trek Into Darkness, you have to wonder how well this insane hubris would go, if not more than those loopy Original Series episodes. Wouldn’t it make fans ask even weirder questions about carrier technology? If every machine keeps a copy of every human that passes through it, couldn’t the enemies that have taken the Federation ships out, in some cases, the entire crew filled with dangerous military secrets? How would Kirk deal with a clone tortured by the Klingons on one of those giant space screens, or worse, the living, breathing, twin of one of his beloved crew members?

All of a sudden, the carriers have become not only a viable way to land on the planet below without spending huge sums on special effects (which is why Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry originally created them), but also terrible tools for the destruction of mankind. civilization! It’s even scarier than waking up to discover you’re a tiny fly-man about to be swallowed by a hideous giant spider. Even the prospect of an interesting cosmic friend movie starring the two Chrises as father and son Kirks wasn’t worth it.