STAR TREK Experience 1996-2008
September 1 was the last day for the STAR TREK Experience in Las Vegas. This was the coolest ride in town, even for people who didn't enjoy the TV show. More than an amusement park ride, this attraction involved us in the adventure. Quark's Bar, Promenade shops and the "Klingon Experience" opened in 1996. Participants were part of an adventure that took them through the Transporter room, Bridge and a wild ride on a shuttlecraft. The "Borg 4D" Experience in 1996 added 3-dimensional effects. Captive audiences enjoyed the sensations of being assimilated before being rescued by USS Voyager. Afterwards we could relax at Quark's and enjoy the steaming "Warp Core" drink. Last Thursday, while the writer also enjoyed the Excalbian Enchiladas, the place seemed successful as ever. We will sorely miss the Experience, and wonder why it had to close.
Red uniform is from the classic episode: MIRROR, MIRROR. An alternate Universe was ruled by a conquering Empire, the Enterprise was run like a pirate ship and the women all had flat bellies. In the year 2008 mainstream scientists have given up on explaining the Universe, saying that it is just one of countless "multiverses." Each of these multiple universes would have different physical parameters. We all have our wicked side.
In "THE Nth DEGREE" ultra-advanced aliens turn unaccomplished Lt. Barclay into a super-brain, the most advanced human alive. Soon he has outperformed Einstein on a blackboard and found unsuspected applications of Space/Time. After beams of light fuse him to the ship's computer, his disembodied voice proudly announces:
"I perceive the Universe as a single equation, and it is so simple,.."
According to STAR TREK, even by the 24th century humans will not have figured out a simple equation like GM = tc^3. If that is not simple enough, in Planck units M = R = t. After they are gone discoverers will, like Zefram Cochrane, be immortalised as statues with their human failings forgotten. STAR TREK reminds us that the humanity is capable of far more.
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