Monday, December 10, 2018


Star Trek is a thrilling adventure which began in 1966. Heres a list of Top Ten tongue twisting - Technobabbles which Star Trek actors use in films and the tv series. We usually see medical or engineering teasers unraveling aboard these federation starships. At least 10 technobabbles are going to melt your brain because we've had 13 Star Trek movies soon to be 14, with six tv shows or seven including the animated one. So lets boldly explore scientific phenomena where no trekkers have geeked out before.

Technobabble sounds so right only because the pseudo-scientific lingo conveys such a realistic meaning (which many actors dread) but really technobabble is good only because its full of baloney still..... Treknobabble works. Treknobabble is impressive. Lets face it, treknobabble gives fans enough Star Treknical sophistication to geek out with at Star Trek conventions because its fun!

Have you got enough Positronic analytical prowess to try out these tongue twister top ten technobabbles?

Here a taste:

10. SCOTTY: The emergency bypass control of the matter anti-matter integrator is fused. (ST TOS; That Which Survives)

Matter integrator..... duh what?


9. DATA: It seems to be a highly focused aperture in the space time continuum. Its energy signature matches that of the temporal fragments we observed earlier. However it is about 1.2 million times as intense. I believe this may be the origin of the temporal fragmentation. (Timescape: STTNG)

Understand any of that? I think I got lost after the  aperture thing.....


8. DATA: Are you using a polymer based neuro-relay to transmit the organic nerve impulses to the central processor of my positronic net? If that is the case, how have you solved the problem of increased signal degradation inherent to organic synthetic transfer.... (ST FIRST CONTACT)

7.LAFORGE:It uses trionic initiators in the warp coil . They have a reputation of strange side effects, especially when you start playing around with them.

DATA: There have been reports of warp bubbles and other subspace deformations.

LAFORGE: So, what if that's what happened? Not a warp bubble, but a subspace transistor funnel.
RIKER: Connecting two points through subspace?



6. DATA: Let us also assume he has initiated an tachyon pulse at the same coordinates in space in all three time periods. In that case, it is possible that the convergence of three tachyon pulses could've ruptured the subspace barrier and created an anti-time reaction.
LAFORGE: I see where you're going, Data. And because anti-time operates opposite the way normal time does, the effects would travel backwards through the space-time continuum.

5. RIKER: Mister Barclay. Everyone's still trying to figure out exactly how you did it.
BARCLAY: Well, it just occurred to me that I could set up a frequency harmonic between the deflector and the shield grid using the warp field generator as a power flow anti-attenuator, and that of course naturally created an amplification of the inherent energy output.
RIKER: Uh huh. I see that.

4.EMH MARK II: The Secondary gyrodyne relays and the propulsion field intermatrix have depolarized. STAT TREK VGR (MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE)

3. RIKER: Okay, Morta. The Enterprise computer system is controlled by three primary main processing cores cross-linked with a redundant melacortz ramistat and fourteen kiloquad interface modules. The core element is based on an FTL nanoprocessor with twenty five bilateral kelilactirals, with twenty of those units being slaved to the primary heisenfram terminal. Now you do know what a bilateral kelilactiral is?
MORTA: Well, of course I do, human. I am not stupid. (RASCALS)

Warning: Repeated viewing could trigger some kind of psychosis.
2. ARTURIS: ".....Its a simple matter of extracting the iconometric elements, and triaxilating a recursion matrix" ST VOYAGER (Hope and Fear)



DATA: Computer, establish a security code for access to all functions previously transferred to Bridge.
COMPUTER: Enter code.
DATA: One seven three four six seven three two one four seven six Charlie three two seven eight nine seven seven seven six four three Tango seven three two Victor seven three one one seven eight eight eight seven three two four seven six seven eight nine seven six four three seven six. Lock.
COMPUTER: Security code intact for all specified inquiries and orders.
DATA: Computer, initiate cascade sequence, accepting instructions from Commander Data en route. (STAR TREK TNG BROTHERS)

Ah ha, so my trekker friends, not all technobabble requires confusing big words - just a good ole positronic brain like Datas!

Which series gets your No1 vote for the best treknobabble?

1. Classic
2. TNG
3. Voyager
4. DS9
5. Enterprise
6. TAS
7. Discovery



Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Warp bubbles!
Next Gen had some of the best just because of Data. He tended to spout that stuff often.

Spacer Guy said...

It is because of Datas talents Alex, that Carnegie Mellon have added him to the Robot Hall of Fame

Liz A. said...

Treknobabble... *snort* Great word.

Spacer Guy said...

Thanks Liz, treknobabble, technobabble. Its the perfect trekkie patter with so many battles waged taking us around the cosmos.

Elephant's Child said...

And I am also smirking at Treknobabble.

Donna K. Weaver said...

Haha. These are great. Just trying saying some of those fast three times.

Tanza Erlambang - Every Day Issues said...

thank you for sharing of Lovely videos.
have a great day

Tony Laplume said...

I just read a Doctor Who book with a lot of technology babble. I guess it's inherent to this kind of storytelling.

Susan Kane said...

When my husband starts "explaining" math or bridge or astronomy, a switch in my brain clicks off. My "eyes glaze over", known a E.G.O.

Technobabble, yup, EGO is my response.

How in the world did you manage to write all those unintelligible words, pull them out their sources?

L. Diane Wolfe said...

I think Barclay wins for the most in one breath.

The Armchair Squid said...

It's all in the delivery. If it sounds natural to the character, it works.

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