Okay, just did an exploration mission...and the idea behind this one was that we were investigating a meteor impact on a planet. Beamed down, the planet had a lovely blue-ish fog effect going on...very pretty. Found a bit of meteor, scanned it, and my science officer excitedly says that it contains...ferro-magnetic material! Le gasp! You mean...this meteor had iron and nickel and such in it? Gee, go figure. Silly science officer.
But then things got sillier.
The local rubber forehead aliens decided to beam down and interfere, because they wanted the meteor fragments for themselves. My helpful yet ditzy science officer piped up with the fun little factoid that these aliens were known to be attempting to develop a new weapon utilizing ferro-magnetic materials.
At this point, I stopped and stared at her. Literally. I swiveled my toon around and just sort of looked at her there in the away team. To her credit, she did seem to fidget a little.
For those of you who are wondering why I'm so incredulous here, "ferromagnetic" materials are, basically, materials that can be made into magnets. Like, say, iron. Or nickel. Or cobalt. Or any of a number of other fairly common compounds. Oh, sure, they could be looking for some of the more complex compounds, but those would be man-made and referred to as "ferrite".
So, essentially, my poor little science officer was convinced that if we didn't get to these fragments before the aliens did, they would...um...discover iron. Or more likely nickel. Considering that they have their own starships, somehow I doubt this is a major problem for them, really. (Although they did defend the fragments with quite a lot of fervor...) ^_^;;
Anyhoo, after defeating the annoying little buggers, up pops the science officer again, spouting about how it was a good thing we "secured these valuable resources for the war effort" before the aliens could.
So now we have a bunch of meteoric iron and nickel. I guess we could make some really scary fridge magnets, but I wasn't aware that Klingons were vulnerable to magnetism...
Anyway, thought I'd share that fun little bit of mission technobabble failure with you all. I'm not really complaining, as such, it's just that it was so freaking bizarre that I just had to mention it. XD
Remember when they had the Enterprise in some kind of "carwash" where she was supposed to be cleaned from barionic matter?
Yeah well, barionic matter is pretty much all the stuff in and around us. So if you take that away, there wouldn't be a ship left.
Gotta admit, it's very Star Trek though. I stopped watching Voyager mainly because the technobabble was getting too dumb for words - just couldn't suspend disbelief any farther without breaking my brain.
Yup, this mission bugged the hell out of me.
When it was relayed back to me why these meteors were so important I stood up walked away shaking my head and sat down 15 feet away... staring at my computer, utterly perplexed.
I eventually returned, my hunger for skillpoints so great that I slaughtered the lot of the funny looking alien dudes to get my hands on the... iron.
What's worse is that this is not the last time ferro-magnetic material gets placed on the alter of importance along side anti-mater and subspace weaponry.