This is only a proposal. No promises are made or
- This is a proposal for a flashy TV game show to
challenge reasoning skills rather than rote memory ability. Marketing and
promotion both as entertainment and through educational institutions.
- Slogan: "Is your Logic commanding? Are you a
true Vulcan Master?"
- Beginning informal banter introducing the topic of the day, different
themes for each segment, ranging from Sophistry, Scientific and Pseudo
Scientific claims and political demagoguery to advertising hype and common
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academic marketing as part of
- Meet the Mentat Acolytes, the studio contestants,
each declaring their own unique devotion to prove themselves true Vulcan
Masters, and giving correct straight answers to the trick questions of an
abusive drill sergeant.
- Even now, Mentat Acolytes are eliminated, drummed out
from the core!
- Opening credits.
- The Logic Probe
- Set on a Geodesic high tech bridge, a standard quiz show, but with the challenge of
"shooting down", i.e., spotting, identifying and concisely
explaining standard logical falsities from topical video and sound bytes, quotations
and passages, bearing down on them on the main view screen!
- The Warped Core
- Like some gigantic puzzle box or transformers toy,
the bridge undergoes modular reconfiguration from a circle of outward facing
consoles, into a cluster of stations facing inward around a pulsing blue
glowing cylinder rising from the deck.
- Failed Mentat Acolytes are swallowed up, falling
between the deck plates in great bursts of dry ice fog and strobe lights, into
the arms of stunt coordinators costumed as deadly alien predators!
- At their computer consoles clustered about the
glowing and scintillating Warped Core, the remaining Mentat Acolytes must derive conclusions from major and minor premi,
beginning from the sensible and straight forward, but progressively more
bizarre conclusions from increasingly unusual or even dubious premi.
- The Polemical Clinic "It's moot,
- More failed Mentat Acolytes are swallowed up, falling
between the deck plates in great bursts of dry ice fog, as the Warped Core
retracts again, replaced by a digital whiteboard table. In the Polemical Clinic, the
surviving Mentat Acolytes must
find and improve the weak arguments they will find there surviving only on
debatable life support!
- Until, suddenly, there comes an invasion of marching
militarists, and the motif changes yet again, to a futuristic Fascist theme,
as in the next round of elimination, the contestants are challenged to
identify and counter various propaganda devices, while fending off peer
pressure from cyborg leather fetishist zombies.
- In particular,
a theme of common lies and
rationalizations of bullies will make a good tie in with a
show or movie.
And as a fake-news spin-off, there can even be Vulcan
Master special coverage and lightening rounds counterpointing live televised
political debates and addresses.
- With the next modular transformation, remaining Mentat
Acolytes seat themselves the Ready Room, where they are to discuss the theme
of the day and must strategize for the Away Mission before a paternally
longwinded authority figure.
- The Away Mission
- Yet more failed Mentat Acolytes are swallowed up,
falling between the deck plates in great bursts of dry ice fog, as the initial
modular reconfiguration then reverses itself. Back on the bridge, the remaining
serve as the Bridge Crew, remotely feeding
Socratic Dialectics, argumentative
questions, to the Drop Captain, a TV viewer
out in the field with a lipstick video camera
who has requested help with some vexing
argument that they need to win in real life.
- This is where any
enters. From the personality and the situation of the Drop Captain, and how
that motivates the Bridge Crew.
- Points are to be scored not only for convincing the other
party, but failing that, squeezing from them cogent explanation of their
opposing position and identifying points of disagreement.
- The Drop Captain must then appoint from among the
Bridge Crew the Jump Captain, to face the concluding challenge. And the Jump
Captain, in turn, must choose from among the reigning Vulcan Masters presented
by Palas Athena, to challenge for the laurel of Vulcan Master.
- The Seduction of the Irrational
- The Jump Captain must then be taken to be suspended
in mid air against a spectacular starscape high above the Bridge, in bondage, lashed to a
set of cross bars, back to back with the reigning Vulcan Master he or she has
chosen to challenge.
- The Jump Captain and the Vulcan Master must give correct straight answers to
loaded questions breathed into the ears of the Jump Captain, by an extremely
attractive, languorous and seductively vamping Interlocutor of the appropriate
gender, perhaps a celebrity guest (wearing a safety harness, if little else),
perched upon and moving about the cross bars at extremely close quarters to
the Jump Captain and/or the Vulcan Master.
- As close to a lapdance with pole tricks and
gymnastics, as Standards and Practices will allow. And in case the Jump
Captain has challenged a Vulcan Master of different gender to the Jump
Captain, then there must be two Interlocutors of appropriate gender for each.
- The Jump Captain must either claim from his/her
captor the prize, to be set free ascending to his/her place in the pantheon, at last,
as the day's Vulcan
Master, dethroning the reigning Vulcan Master he or she has challenged, or else fail the challenge, "kirking
out", and be dragged down by the interlocutor as they are cast loose
tumbling into the Cosmos, to fall into the mists (and
safety net) below!
- But even if the Jump Captain fails, the Vulcan Master
must still defend his or her laurels as Vulcan Master, and can still fail
before his or her interlocutor, to also be cast from the pantheon of the
- In such a case, the search must begin by the
remaining Vulcan Masters to elect a new Vulcan Master as a replacement. A
contest that will be open to the public, to nominate anyone including or
- Roll closing credits.
- Vulcan Master parodies all the standard 'Star Trek'
melodramatic elements, with all the 'Wrestlmania' bombast of 'Iron Chef' and
the spectacle of 'American Gladiator', even beginning in boot camp like many
'Survivor' type shows.
- The Logic Probe is conceived to resemble the space
battles derivative of submarine warfare, while the Warped Core must mirror the
standard engineering room
scene and the Polemical Clinic parodies the
melodrama. And then there is to be the briefing in the Away
Room, a talk show set up parodying the often mocked long-windedness of 'Star Trek: The Next Generation' management style, in preparation for the Away
Mission, but with the
bathetic lowered stakes of day to day life. This is to be
followed, in turn, by The Seduction of the Irrational, a send up of the
obligatory Cerci like love interest, inevitably such a threat to
the hero's vaunted authority and prowess.
- And since the exercise is more analytical than the
boring arbitrary rote memory of 'Jeopardy' ET AL, 'Vulcan Master' should be
that much more... fascinating! - reaching even beyond the average game
- Known competition/strategic partnership prospect: