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08-21-2013, 06:56 AM
A punch isn't just a violent thing, it's dangerous. It puts you in range of retaliation, it's not guaranteed to render the target unconscious (and unconsciousness from a blow to the head is usually brief), and the thing movies always overlook is that teeth and some face bones are harder than hand bones and there's a good chance you'll hurt yourself worse than the target.

The pinch can be delievered quickly from behind, reliably causes extended unconsciousness, and carries no risk of self injury. Higher reliability and lower risk sounds pretty logical to me.

If they'd stuck to the original concept it was also something unique to Vulcans - it wasn't just a pinch but the same sort of energy used to initiate a mind meld applied offensively. Then Kirk learned to use it so that idea was out.

Last edited by hevach; 08-21-2013 at 07:00 AM.