Monday, September 18, 2006

Actual Odd News

And just when I thought I had heard of no odd news lately, meet Quorn the fungal protein!

7 comments:

BuffySquirrel said...

meh

Low in cholesterol...it isn't eating cholesterol that's the problem, it's eating fats that are converted into cholesterol in the body.

Joe said...

I'd have a hard time eating anything that sounds like an alien from Star Trek.

jonathanCresswell said...

But Quorn was my favorite recurring character! Who could forget that nail-biting scene in “The Measure of a Mycoprotein”, when the antagonistic Starfleet prosecutor arranges for a portion of Commander Quorn to be removed, cooked, and served to the entire court-martial board? The touchy issue of endogenetic bias against the vat-grown, leading to Quorn’s moving question to the court: “Isn’t a womb just a vat with sound effects?” The deep moral issues of intraservice cannibalism explored for the first time on network TV? Or Quorn’s deft touch with light comedy, in “There’s a Fungus Amok Among Us”, when Quorn’s body undergoes its once-every-three-year fermentation cycle and leaves the Commander amusingly inebriated?

Of course the producers never felt comfortable discussing their falling out with Harlan Ellison over script changes to “A Soy and its Blog”, which fell short of its real potential. Quorn-oriented scripts definitely declined after that point. I still thought he’d been written out far too soon, although it’s true that Quorn’s death at the hands of Dr. Scholl was a moving and fitting end (“A Burgher of the Soy Distant Lands” being the peak episode of the seventh season).

Kiwi said...

Thoroughly good read, jonathancresswell, want to see more from you here. Perhaps a regular Star Trek take on 'Odd News'?

jonathancresswell said...

Love to, but it would conflict with regular column deadlines -- following up on my interview in The Onion last month, Area Man Finds Life Really Is Like Star Trek, they signed for a weekly guest column, and it's an exclusive contract. ;) But I'll keep an eye on Odd News just the same; it's fun.

Kiwi said...

Congratulations, that's awesome!

Catja (green_knight) said...

The stuff is widely available in the UK, and despite sounding strange, is a great addition to vegetarian cuisine because it has a texture comparable to chicken (everything tastes like chicken...).

Worth trying!

(I wandered in from a link and browsed... sorry I'm late commenting, but I couldn't let this pass)