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Re: Darmok beyond the pale; was: criteria

From:Sally Caves <scaves@...>
Date:Tuesday, December 12, 2006, 3:33
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From: "Mark J. Reed" <markjreed@...>

> Speaking of "Darmok", our friend the Tensor just today posted a timely > blog entry about that episode here: > > > > Includes an episode summary and the predictably negative linguistic > analysis.
Yes, "Darkmok"! hee! ;) What's even more amusing about his snippet is that he's way behind the game. Not a reference in our family (or among my students I've shown it to) comes up that we haven't noted exactly that very defect in linguistic credibility. But the UT is even more lacking in credibility, and I like the fact that they finally proposed something unique and difficult for that sorry little instrument. What I loved about 'Darmok' (the episode, not the language) was the Gilgamesh symbolism, actually. The play was about a test: finding a common enemy for two men of different races and philosophies to bond around, and a means to communicate, even if one of them dies for the sake of making that connection. Yeah, you can't really say "there's a problem with the power converter" in Tamarian, or "pass the cranberries," at least not as it was presented on that show, but come on, Tensor! He's missed the point, and he's really about fifteen years too late! Sally and Issytra at the Great Lake, their eyes wide! A snippet I found amusing:
> >> If all you're doing is arguing about a general course of action, >> [Tamarese] might be >> enough, but how can you run a starship using it? When the captain wants >> to tell the >> helmsman to go to warp factor five, does he say, "Darmok...uh...that time >> he went warp >> factor five"? At the end of the episode, in fact, the first officer >> orders his ship to warp out >> of orbit with "Mirab, with sails unfurled", which is used several times >> in the episode to >> mean something like 'go'. Shouldn't the helmsman reply, >> "Mirab-with-sails-unfurled factor >> what, sir?". > > -- > Mark J. Reed <markjreed@...> >