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<   No. 2046   2008-09-02   >

Comic #2046

1 NASA Guy 2: Okay, open up the simulator.
2 {It is revealed that Ishmael and Lorn are in a simulator, as the NASA Engineer walks into shot}
2 Ishmael: Wow, a test to see how we face certain death.
2 Loren: No, that was a perfectly survivable emergency simulation.
3 Loren: Why would we test a certain death situation?
3 Ishmael: You know, like the Kobayashi Maru.
4 Loren: The what?
4 Ishmael: Gak! I'm going into space with someone who knows nothing about space travel!

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Ishmael refers to the famous Kobayashi Maru scenario from the opening of the film Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.

I tell you, if I was going into space with someone, I'd want them to know their Star Trek. How else will they know what to do when confronted by mysterious god-like alien intelligences that treat humans as playthings?

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