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Interviews | Marina Sirtis
Techno Babble

How easy was it to say the technical words and make yourself believe you knew what you were talking about?

Picture I never had to say many technical words, because I was a psychologist, and - I decided - a Freudian psychologist, so all I had to do was say things like, 'So what do you think?'

There was one episode where I was suddenly the expert on Romulan technology, because I'd been kidnapped by the Romulans. I went down with an away team and had a line - 'That's impossible, Sir, the Romulans use an artificial quantum singularity as their power source.' Because it's the only technical line I've had to say, I remember it still, because it took me three weeks to learn it.

I was always amazed at LeVar, who not only learned all the stuff but said it fast. Fortunately, I didn't have to do the techno-babble.

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