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Chris’ Comments: Gotta give thanks to my pal Nate Bellegarde for this one. He pointed out how everyone on Star Trek likes to mention an alien planet before an animal. A fantastic cliché for me to viciously exploit.
Vincent’s Comments: Chris pretty much explained this one. I’ve kind of covered this ground before, but the reason why shows like Star Trek: The Next Generation do this is to try to try to ground themselves in a bigger universe. While at the same time they have to use our own world to complete the metaphor. What’s a Gleeglarkian Smag? No idea, but a Gleeglarkian Razor Wolf? Yeah, we can imagine what that might be.