“POBs” AND OTHER EXISTENTIAL THREATS – BY TOM CURLEY

I’m sorry, but I haven’t gotten all my renewed Star Trek fever out of my system. I’m having too much fun.

So here’s another thing I’ve noticed that was popular in the original series, but not so much in the later ones.  The “POB”. Or “PESKY OMNIPOTENT BEING.”

POBs were usually alien races that were once normal biological beings. Like us. Except of course for the mandatory differences in their foreheads, ears or noses.

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But after millions of years of evolution they no longer needed their biological forms and became pure energy. For some reason never explained, this seems to give them omnipotent powers.

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There are two basic groups of POBs. POKs. Pesky Omnipotent Kids. And POAs. Pesky Omnipotent Assholes. The first category made sense. Omnipotent children would build their own planets, capture the Enterprise, annoy the crap out of the whole crew, break the ship and kill a few Red Shirts.

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At the last minute, the parents would show up, fix the ship, bring the Red Shirts back to life, apologize profusely and disappear in a cheap special effect. The crew would all be like WTF? And life would go on to the next episode.

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Later shows, especially Star Trek The Next Generation featured the POA. The most popular one was “Q”.

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He was part of something called “The Q Continuum.” Whatever the hell that was. For some reason, he was obsessed with screwing around with The Enterprise and Jean Luc Picard.  In some ways it sort of made sense. I mean think of it. You’re omnipotent. You’re omnipresent. You know everything. You’ve done everything. You know everything you are going to do. After a while. Say a few billion years, you’d probably get pretty bored.

“What am I going to do today? Oh who am I kidding? I already know what I’m going to do and I’ve already done it.  A TRILLION TIMES!” Looking at it in that light, I might find it fun to screw up Jean Luc Picard’s weekend too.

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Of course if Star Trek The Next Generation was on the air today it might be just a little bit different.


POA (Star ship Enterprise): . You are now under the command and the judgement of the all-knowing, all-powerful “T” from the “TRUMP CONTINUUM”.

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PICARD: Oh crap.

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ENSIGN CRUSHER: Captain is this a POB? We studied them at the academy. I can’t believe I’m actually in the presence of a Pesky Omnipotent Being!

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PICARD: No you’re not. He’s just a Trumpulan. We’ve dealt with this jerk before. His real name is Donnie. He likes to sneak up on Federation ships, beam aboard and try to convince them he’s a POB.

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DONNIE: No I don’t.  My name is not Donnie!  I hate that name! It’s “T ! And I have no ship. I need no ship. I am all-powerful!

PICARD: Oh for God’s sake Donnie. Your ship is parked right outside. We can see it right there on the view screen.

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DONNIE: That’s not my ship.

PICARD: Yes it is. Look, it says TRUMP in huge  letters right there on the hull.

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ex-astris-scientia.org

DONNIE: No it doesn’t. You’re listening to the lying media again!

PICARD: No, we’re not. We’re looking right at the damn thing!

WORF:  Sir, I’ve locked all weapons on the ship. I can destroy it on your order.

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PICARD: Don’t tempt me. Look Donnie, I  don’t have time for this. We have to start an episode. Worf, beam him back to his ship and get us out of here. Warp factor two.

DONNIE (as he fades out in a special effect):  You can’t do this! Only I can save you! I’m being treated very unfairly! SAD! Buy my daughters clothes! What a world, what a world.

PICARD:  I never thought I’d say this. But, I miss Q.

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We all miss Q. 

21 thoughts on ““POBs” AND OTHER EXISTENTIAL THREATS – BY TOM CURLEY

  1. I thought, when I was younger and I looked at the demographics, we would be IT. We were huge. So many people, all the same age, and whatever we were busy doing, the whole world would be doing it too. We were hot on finding ways out of this berg into the great wide world up there in the skies.

    So, here we are. We’re old and we’re still cool … but we didn’t realize how many of those OLD BORING NASTY MEAN OLD WHITE GUYS would be working on trashing the planet and giggling into their scotch and milk about how they are going to get EVEN RICHER while the rest of us — don’t.

    WE were going to do it all. Fly into the sky. Tread new worlds. And we would, we could, except the guys at NASA never found that great fuel that would have let them do all that stuff.

    I’m still waiting, you know. I have often warned Garry if The Big Ship comes for me, I’m outta here. I said I’d take him and I think he figures “Well, what the hell, maybe it’l be like Cocoon, you know? Yeah. Cocoon. And then we can blow the damned Trumpulons to some tiny, dark world where they can wear strange animals on their heads.

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    • I’ve been saying the same thing. Looking back to “the good old days” of Tricky Dick. I’m even looking back on “the good old days” of GWB.

      You know what is REALLY weird? If 45 had just put some “normal” people into office … not even GOOD people, just “normal” ones who weren’t probably guilty of treason or some other gigantic issue, we’d still be sitting around waiting to see what this was going to mean. But he went in there and he put all these horrendous, bad, evil people into office … after which there was NO choice for the rest of us.

      The media is doing a decent job, though they are doing it with a lot fewer people than they had 30 years ago. Even the reporters on Fox are getting pissed off — and that’s saying something. They aren’t necessarily bad reporters: they just have their orders. But at a certain point, they get really angry, no matter what their orders are.

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      • Nixon, yes, but it’s too soon for me to actually miss W, Tom – the memories are too fresh. :0

        However, having to chose one over the other, I’d probably pick the one who seems to be a tad saner – not that a large chunk of the rest of America would agree, obviously.
        xx,
        mgh

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  2. The Chinese curse seems to have landed upon us; these are indeed “interesting times” in which we are living. 45 certainly is polarizing the country. I wonder if he even realizes how inappropriate his impulsive comments seem out here in logic-land – but surely some of the party pundits must. Those back room conversations must be intense.

    I recently wrote an article briefly outlining the science on confirmation bias and cognitive dissonance, attempting to propose a theory to explain what we’re seeing from his supporters as well as from him, but unless 45 stops to take a breath, the rabble will continue to be roused.

    I’m sure much is designed to smoke-screen Party agenda, keeping our attention away from environmental, health care and social security concerns. However, with some new disclosure or comment daily, it’s easy for me to suspect some machiavelian rationale that will begin with Marshal Law. It becomes increasingly difficult not to worry about what that might be. “Following the money” says nothing about unintended consequences, and that’s concerning.
    xx,
    mgh

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