Wednesday, May 13, 2009

The Mysterious Cities of Gold - Episode Seven

Ahh, back out to sea. Familiar but strange in their lovely ancient but futuristic vessel, which somehow still has plushly decorated living quarters untouched by the ravages of time. Obviously whatever material the ship is made from doesn't rust, either. Tau turns out to be an incredible nerd, running around everywhere with his nose in a book.

One thing that struck me was the comment about the wheel on the ship. Sure, we're used to seeing a convenient wheel for steering sailing ships, but apparently that was a relatively recent invention, requiring mechanical or even hydraulic systems to operate. There's no doubt that the Solaris is mechanical, and more. Despite this attention to historical detail, Mendoza anachronistically declares that the sound coming from inside the sealed metal block is mechanical in nature. So much for accuracy.

Favorite parts:

Esteban insisting that the toggle on the block was more than just a decoration.

The solar sail rising to replace the cloth one.

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