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Series: Starfleet Corps of Engineers, No. 40
Author(s): David Mack
Publication information
Published: eBook - May 2004
ISBN: ISBN 0743480872
Omnibus: Grand Designs


Introduction (blurb)

When a cultural observation probe malfunctions and crash-lands on a pre-warp world, the S.C.E. is sent in to destroy it before the technology falls into the hands of a civilization not prepared for it. Unfortunately, when Commander Gomez and her team arrive, they find that the device has already been captured by terrorist forces who intend to reverse-engineer the technology into a weapon that will change the balance of power on their world to deadly effect!

Now it's a race against time for the S.C.E. to find and destroy the probe before it's too late!


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Up to date as of February 07, 2010
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The fail-safe was a mechanism in the Swan which, when triggered by the turn of a key, would terminate the electromagnetic anomaly. The switch was located in a large crawlspace beneath the station accessible by one of a number of grates in the floor. Kelvin, drunk and looking for an escape from pushing the button, revealed the fail-safe to Desmond, saying that it was the only other way out, and that turning the key would make it "all go away". ("Live Together, Die Alone")



The fail-safe key on Kelvin's neck

On the day of the system failure coinciding with the crash of Flight 815, Desmond acquired the fail-safe key by ripping it off of Kelvin's neck, after having accidentally killed him. The key was imprinted with the Swan's logo, and Desmond kept it inside his copy of Our Mutual Friend. It is unknown how many DHARMA Initiative personnel were aware of the fail-safe, although it is highly likely at least Radzinsky, as the station architect, was aware of its existence. ("Live Together, Die Alone")

Desmond turning the failsafe key under the Swan station.


After Locke caused another system failure by destroying the computer, Desmond retrieved the key and triggered the fail-safe mechanism, finally terminating the electromagnetic anomaly. This action resulted in the events of the discharge, the complete destruction of the station and Desmond unstuck in time. ("Live Together, Die Alone")  ("Flashes Before Your Eyes")

An unofficial, common fan-made fail-safe key replica, a large number of which were once sold on eBay

The producers later clarified that the turning of the key by Desmond prevented a potential "global catastrophe." ("Lost: The Answers")

Cultural references

Fail-Safe is a 1964 film directed by Sidney Lumet about a fictional Cold War nuclear crisis, and the US President's attempt to end it. The catch line on the original movie poster reads, "'Fail Safe' will have you standing on the brink of eternity!" [1]

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Unanswered questions

Unanswered questions
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For fan theories about these unanswered questions, see: Fail-safe/Theories
  • Why didn't Desmond use the fail-safe when the computer was damaged in "Orientation"?

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Up to date as of February 05, 2010

From Teletraan I: The Transformers Wiki

Failsafe is a Mini-Con from the video game version of the Unicron Trilogy.
Hello, little friend.

Failsafe is one of many power-enhancing Mini-Cons scattered across Earth. A member of the Green Mini-Con Team, when Powerlinxed to a larger Transformer, Failsafe fires homing missiles that can track opponents over long distances and deliver massive damage.



Transformers Playstation 2 Game

Failsafe's Mini-Con storage panel was found inside a rusted storage tank at a human settlement on the Pacific Island. Following the defeat of Megatron, he and the other Mini-Cons returned to Cybertron and helped form the Matrix Cannon, Nemesis Shield and Vanguard Booster, giving the Autobots the power needed to destroy Unicron.


External Links

  • Transformers (PS2) walkthrough at GameFAQs

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