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Let’s Play Star Trek: Elite Force II: Part 8


Welcome to the last level on the doomed USS Dallas.  We hope you enjoyed your stay.

I didn’t mention this in the video, but the thing with the transporters introduces an inconsistency.  You see, as I said in the notes for the last episode, this particular trick has been used at least three times in the show.  It appears twice in TNG and at least once in Voyager.  This is important, because Captain Picard (TNG) and most of the hazard team (Voyager) would have been around for those incidents, yet they all act like they’ve never heard of such a thing.  It’s a mark of lazy writing to steal a plot point from the source materiel and then act like you’ve invented something new in a situation where that doesn’t make sense.

While I’m on the subject, why would people be dehydrated after their bodies were broken down and stored digitally in a computer?  Does “pattern buffer degradation” affect water first?  I understand that transporters are powered by a mixture of technobabble and magic, but does it have to be so stupid?

Catarina (Katarina?) Scott’s accent makes me rage.  I wouldn’t mind it’s fake-y-ness, but it’s also constantly changing.  They didn’t even need to give her an accent at all, but apparently they did because Scotty had one.  Before you say, “maybe it was her real accent,” I checked.  B J Ward is an American actress, and a rather accomplished one, but I don’t see any other roles where she used a Scottish accent.  It’s just one more that makes it seem like the devs didn’t care.  

And did you notice that we just met our ex-girlfriend again?  I foresee awkwardness.

EDIT: A viewer alerted me to a problem with the video.  That problem has now been fixed.


  1. Everyone knows that accents are passed on genetically and also that if you use them for more than a sentence or two they rapidly degrade into an accent called “vaguely foreign.” That’s anthropology 101… right?

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