Geek moment

While watching Rizzoli & Isles last night, my wife hit the pause button to fetch something from the kitchen, leaving me in front of a static screen. In the scene, one of the police detectives was typing in commands to trace an IP address to its physical address. For just a second or two, his computer screen was shown, and that’s where we happened to freeze it.

I took one look at that screen and started to laugh. When my wife returned, I pointed and said, “Read that line!”

Trek babble

If you can’t quite make it out in this screen capture, it says: “Reverse neutron flow polarity.”

I am reasonably sure that tracing an IP address does not involve a command to reverse neutron flow polarity. Somebody is either a Star Trek fan, or a World of Warcraft fan (and World of Warcraft got that terminology from Star Trek).

It’s a total geek moment that we’d never have noticed but for a fortuitous press of the pause button. I wonder if anyone at the TNT studio picked up on it?


About Fletcher DeLancey

Socialist heathen and Mac-using author of the Chronicles of Alsea, who enjoys pondering science, politics, well-honed satire (though sarcastic humor can work, too) and all things geeky.
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5 Responses to Geek moment

  1. liamwrites says:

    Okay. That is hilarious. Having read your novel (s)…as soon as I read that line I laughed and everyone just stared.

    Sent from Samsung Mobile

  2. Alma says:

    Haha! That’s lovely. The person responsible for this must have been thrilled that no one edited it out!
    One of the early Doctor Who Doctors was also fond of saying “Reverse the polarity of the neutron flow!” Slightly different turn of phrase, but still. I wonder who got it from whom?

  3. I actually noticed this while the episode was going regular speed (I’m a fast and somewhat compulsive reader — by “compulsive” I mean that I automatically read any text I see). I Googled the phrase plus “Rizzoli & Isles” expecting an avalanche of mentions, but yours appears to be the only one. Anyway, it’s great to know someone else is sharing in my amusement at this.

    For Alma, I will add that in addition to its use by Jon Pertwee (the Third Doctor) in Doctor Who, the phrase “reverse the polarity of the neutron flow” comes up a couple of times in Star Trek (TOS).

    Happy geeking, all!

  4. Inge says:

    Ahhh.. i miss Star Trek… off to read some star trek stories..

  5. Wishin4aTARDIS says:

    Im a committed Whovian, and a “compulsive reader” (although wasn’t aware of term ’til now). To date, you’re still the only person writing about the connection. Would love to hear from R&I people!

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