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Mission: Impossible – Fallout Things You Only Notice After Watching It More Than Once

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You may know Simon Pegg, who plays technician and field worker Benji Dunn, from his role as Scotty in the new Star Trek movies. As Mission: Impossible Fallout begins, it seems the writers have thrown in a little Easter egg for Star Trek fans. You’ll find it in the scene where Benji confirms that the plutonium the IMF team is trying to buy is the real deal. Benji holds a piece of metal to the plutonium core and identifies it as a “beryllium rod” which reacts with the plutonium to prick the geiger counter app Benji has on his phone.

“Beryllium” may seem like a “Star Trek” reference, but die-hard sci-fi aficionados might recognize that it’s actually taken from “Galaxy Quest,” the cult-classic spoof of Star Trek. In “Galaxy Quest” there is a key point in the plot that involves acquiring a “Beryllium Sphere” to repair a damaged starship. It’s easy to make the mistake as Galaxy Quest is a loving ode to the inherent positivity of Star Trek fandom.

Or maybe the authors in “Fallout” were just trying to establish scientific credibility: beryllium has many uses in nuclear science because of its “neutron multiplying capacity” (via Taylor & Francis Online).



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