Fortunately, this is not totally a "panic at the sight of aliens" episode
Jun 20, 2010
In the classic mathematical/satirical novel "Flatland" by Edwin Abbott, the fundamental properties of two-dimensional creatures is explored. The limits of their perception and how they would perceive any interaction with three-dimensional creatures is also explained. A three-dimensional creature visits Flatland and the two-dimensional creatures are astounded at the sudden appearance, how what they see changes as the three-dimensional creature passes through their universe and how it then mysteriously vanishes. The situation is reversed in this episode; a two-dimensional creature called Eck uses a time portal to travel from his universe to ours. Humans can only see Eck when they are wearing glasses made from meteoric crystal and a brilliant optometrist made those glasses. His brother is a scientist involved in national security operations so the optometrist consults him. While this episode has some of the traditional, "the alien is a monster and must be destroyed" aspects, there are people that keep a level head. The scientist and the associated authorities take the position that Eck must be destroyed, but the optometrist and his secretary do not. They strive to help Eck get back to his universe by making him a pair of special glasses. Eck can see things in the three-dimensional world, but not well enough to find the time portal so that he can return. One excellent aspect of this episode is that the female is not depicted as being hysterical, screaming and prone to fainting. She is very intelligent and resourceful, she does not get frightened when she sees Eck and she often speaks to the optometrist as an equal and he responds in kind. Although this is not one of the greatest episodes of the series, the fact that the woman is a strong personality alone is enough to make it a good one. Abbott wrote "Flatland" as a satire against the perception of women as being inherently weak and unintelligent, so it is ironic that a show based on his book would depict a woman as a strong personality.
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