Senator Richard Adams wraps up a short press conference extolling the virtues of Sendrax Corporation’s new fuel additive BE85. Despite oil lobby opposition the Senator supports the new additive and the cleaner air it will foster. He leaves Sendrax’ Dave Pettigrew to answer questions. On his way to the car reporter Kyle Haller tosses a final question: isn’t Sendrax as special interest group, too? Didn’t they contribute heavily to his campaign? Adams points out that dozens of environmental groups also contributed to his campaign before walking away. En route to the car Adams’ aide Evan Branch reads him a complex schedule of personal appearances before they drive off...Read the full recap
Control Voice: (opening narration) The Roman philosopher Boethius said, “In other living creatures, the ignorance of themselves is nature. But in men, it is a vice.” Imagine treading into the deep recesses of one Senator and finding someone you never knew existed.
Peter Tennyson: Don’t you know how dangerous it is, letting them run all these tests? You want medical attention, you come to us!
Dave Pettigrew: You fool! Don’t you realize that your entire race is counting on you!!
Control Voice: (closing narration) People have long feared invasion by forces from other worlds. If that horror comes to pass, our leaders will stand as our first line of defense. Unless, of course, our leaders are the invaders.
Your skull is how large?
There is very little extra room inside a human skull. It would be impossible to fit two additional lobes of brain inside the skull in the manner depicted. In addition, the extra lobes cannot be human brain tissue as stated, for human neurons would not survive in a methane based metabolism without considerable genetic tampering.
You can’t terraform Earth!
Dave Pettigrew claims the aliens intend to terraform Earth. But that word literally means “Earth-shaping”. What he really meant was they intended to Torshaform Earth to make it like their own world.
The plot of this episode is somewhat hackneyed, to the point where most viewers will realize what must be going on fairly quickly. Decent performances somewhat compensate for this, and the episode is told from an interesting perspective –