QuestionIn Star Trek 2009, a few drops of the red blob could obliterate a whole star. Why the hell did the Vulcans make a huge blob of it instead of several liters?
      – BorgClown, 2009-12-30 at 03:39:58   (7 comments)

On 2009-12-30 at 03:42:14, BorgClown wrote...
I only see two feasible explanations: <li> The red matter is not that expensive to make <li> They made all that could be made to prevent others from making more This one was a nice question Wonko made on FaceBook, it got me thinking all day...
On 2009-12-30 at 12:09:33, Lee J Haywood wrote...
Ugh, litres. Having read up on the subject, it seems that the red matter was originally intended to prevent a supernova which wiped out Nero's home world (as mentioned in the film). Note that the supernova wiped out this world, not the red matter. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Star_Trek:_Countdown In the movie, the red matter was used to destroy a mere planet, with a fraction of the mass, so it's possible that much less is required yet they're still carrying around the original payload. They presumably intended to terrorise the galaxy with the remaining red matter if they got away with destroying Vulcan. Also, the big red ball is a nod to the one seen in Alias - also by J J Abrams - which is basically intended to provoke a 'WTF?' reaction in viewers.
On 2009-12-30 at 12:12:57, Lee J Haywood wrote...
@BorgClown: Did you ever see the Nitpickers' guides? It's good fun to try and come up with (semi-plausible) explanations for all the plot holes - you can explain away anything if you try hard enough.
On 2009-12-31 at 06:32:59, BorgClown wrote...
@Lee J Haywood: Litre has always been a problem word for me, probably because it's too close to the Spanish litro. The (US EN) spell checker made the decision for me.
On 2009-12-31 at 06:36:19, BorgClown wrote...
Damn, now I gotta read them. I need vacations!
On 2009-12-31 at 09:59:55, Lee J Haywood wrote...
The Nitpickers' guides? There's no point reading them unless you're actually watching the episodes at the same time.
On 2010-01-02 at 02:51:39, BorgClown wrote...
I'll trust you on that, one less thing to read.