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- One of the most stunning plot holes in this story is the inexplicable way in which this machine, capable of climate controlling an entire planet and disabling a 23rd century starship could rely on food placed into it by one group of local inhabitants. The only possible explaination for what the machine could be fed to provide it with so much power is the explosive rock, which Spock notes could be a significant source of power in large quantities. However, given the explosive potency demonstrated in the episode, its hard to believe it would provide much more energy per mass than petroleum, still not explaining Vaal's awesome power, or its lack of reserves when the feeding is terminated.
Articles are not for personal speculation or nitpicking. --From Andoria with Love 16:36, 18 March 2006 (UTC)
- Who says? and its a pretty big plot hole. Don't you think it deserves a comment? -<unsigned>
The community says, according to a discussion held at Ten Forward. What one person beleives to be a plot hole and what one person believes is "the only possible explanation" to that plot hole (a.k.a., nitpicking), is irrelevent to the article. We are not here to critique an episode or movie's writing or storylines, we're here to write an Encyclopedia. Also, please sign your posts using four tides (~~~~) at the end of your comment. Thank you. --From Andoria with Love 21:32, 18 March 2006 (UTC)
- Well okay, but first, maybe more than one person thinks this is a plot hole. Look at how much attention was paid to problem in the Matrix with using Human bio energy to power the machine civilization. Not very believable: This one is even worse! A machine capable of so much powered by a few fruits and vegetables thrown into a hole? It doesn't make any sense. Also there is some support for this theory in the script itself where Spock notes that the rocks could be an abundant source of energy in suitable quantities. Federation 02:34, 19 March 2006 (UTC)
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It should be noted that Vaal is a variant of Baal or Ba'al which was the name of one of the gods of the ancient Phoenicians,and was also one of several words for lord in Semitic language cognates.Wejvagh 00:41, 7 February 2008 (UTC)