So here’s the origin (in part) of the hybrids who have been reaping havoc upon our heroes. The “accident” that created Brelvis was of course really more of an own goal of stupidity from Brian Lonsdale, Professor George Lonsdale’s son (see 1.081.09).

My logic around the being nekkid for the blending process is that one doesn’t want any clothing getting in the way of the molecular disassembly/reassembly process. How that wasn’t a problem for Seth Brundle (Jeff Goldblum) in The Fly 1,2 or for Neelix and Tuvok in the  Star Trek: Voyager episode Tuvix 3 is beyond me! Essentially Lonsdale has created a sort of teleporter but geared towards combining living things together.

[1 It’s been a loooong time since I watched Cronenberg’s The Fly, I can’t remember if Brundle tests his transporter out naked or not, I’m presuming not but please correct me if I’m wrong; 2 I was just reading in the The Fly wiki entry linked to above that a deleted scene has Brundle intentionally blending a cat and baboon together as a possible means of finding a cure, wow I had no idea!; 3 I actually preferred Tuvix over both Neelix (especially) and Tuvok, hated the “everything goes back to normal ending” and would have been happy to keep Tuvix on crew instead!!] [I’m such a nerd!]

When I first started writing for Morgana/”Rat Lady” I thought having the “rR” for every “R” would be kind of cool as a way of indicating she speaks in a growly voice. Little did I realise she’d be narrating an entire sequence of exposition and that the “rR” gets annoying very quickly. Sorry!

Just a biology note related to this update, the Thorny Devil is an Australian lizard.