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Q Who Edit

In the ep Q Who, Worf informs the crew that the cutting beam is a Laser, so I made a few changes to show that that it is a Laser. The preceding unsigned comment was added by Bk777 (talk • contribs).

Info from "Regeneration" Edit

I'm unsure why info from "Regeneration" has been added to this article, moved from particle beam. Apparently, there are no sources that call the beam in "Regeneration" a "cutting beam", and only 1 source that calls it anything else: the scripted reference to it as a "particle beam". What we also have is apparently an account from Mike Sussman which differentiates the beam in "Regeneration" from the cutting beam in "The Best of Both Worlds" two-parter. As a result, I'd opt for moving the "Regeneration" info back to the particle beam page (as long as I'm understanding this issue correctly, which I admit I might not be). --Defiant (talk) 15:39, January 25, 2016 (UTC)

I am oppose a move back. In the audio commentary Sussman says they planned the same effect as in TNG but to build the core model was too expensive. He previously said "cutting" regarding the beam. No word of particle. As far as I understand this, the beam was a cutting beam without the effect of a core cut out. To use in-universe logic: The beam clearly cuts a circular section of the hull twice. First of the Tarkalean freighter and then of Enterprise. This duplicates the same effect seen in TNG. The Borg drones and their technology are from the 24th century. Why would you name the same effect with the same procedure, done with the same technology by the same species different in the 22nd century than in the 24th when the effect was established before? I read your script note and included it to the bg section of the article. That's what we do with most of the script references which describe something which was established before. Tom (talk) 16:39, January 25, 2016 (UTC)

Thanks for explaining some more. I didn't realize they're so similar, so thanks for pointing that out. :) --Defiant (talk) 17:06, January 25, 2016 (UTC)

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