November 01, 2017

A World Record? Really?

Okay....okay....I know it's been a while since I posted anything but then again, time is relative.  If you consider the big picture of the universe, it really hasn't been that long.  I practically posted just a few minutes ago. But I digress, as I have a tendency to do, and probably should get to the real reason I am posting.
I turned the television on the other day and I heard something that got me thinking.  Not only did it get me thinking, it raised questions that need to be answered.  Questions that are driving me insane.  Now anyone who knows me, knows that I am an ubergeek from way back in the day.  So needless to say, when I turned the television on, it was on the BBC America Network and Star Trek Voyager was on.  It was Season 4's Episode 12 titled "Mortal Coil" and it's the episode where Neelix dies on an away-mission.  Luckily, he is brought back to life by the Doctor with the help of Seven of Nine and her Borg nanoprobes. 

Now this is where my question comes in.  When the Doctor tells Neelix what happened and how he was dead for a while but is now alive, he says, "Congratulations, Mr. Neelix, you just set a new world record." It was those ten simple words that sent my mind into overdrive and spinning out of control.  How could the Doctor say something like that? A new world record, huh? And what world would that be? Earth? Voyager is more than 70,000 light years away from Earth so it would be hard to set a world record here.  Hmm....Neelix is Talaxian so maybe the Doctor was referring to Talax? Could be but then again, Neelix is from the Talaxian moon Rinax so does he qualify for the world record there? I don't know.  Is Rinax independent or is it a "territory" of Talax? Also, Voyager is nowhere near Talax or Rinax so how can any achievement he accomplishes on Voyager count as a record (world or otherwise) there? Maybe its a world record for whatever world they are near at that time? Could be but that raises some serious questions as well. How does the Doctor know what the current record is on the nearest world? Is there a galactic almanac with this info readily available? Maybe in this time frame, Guinness no longer has a book of world records but is the Guinness Anthology of Universal Records? You know, like The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy except for records and stuff? If it was the record for just the current world, would that mean that he could lose the record just by orbiting another planet?
Come on people, these are serious questions that need answers! Then again, maybe it's all like time and it's just relative to their position in space.  Speaking of time, I'm out of it for now but I promise I'll be back soon with more random neural firings from behind the curtain, down the rabbit hole and through the looking glass. Until then, remember, don't blink!!