In ‘Star Trek Discovery’ a group of people beam over to a disabled ship to determine what has happened to it. There is no power to the ship so there are no overhead lights. A creature has killed all the inhabitants but one. It soon kills that one. It takes the crew a few minutes to find the creature in the dark because their flashlights only have one narrow beam. Similar scenes are repeated in all the ‘Star Trek’ spinoffs, ‘Lost in Space’ and in almost all the rest of the futuristic shows.
A 100-watt bulb puts out approximately 1600 lumens. As of this writing the world’s brightest flashlight can put out over 100,000 lumens. So why would anyone dare to explore space with such a weak light? It’s not realistic. I do, however, understand the reasoning of the writers. It’s a lot more suspenseful if you can’t see the dangers ahead of you. Or, to use a narrow beam of light to suddenly spotlight something unexpected. Even so it still grates on me.
In one of my stories I also have a protagonist using a regular flashlight to make the story more suspenseful. In this case it’s modern times and the protagonist had not anticipated having to use the flashlight as much. This was in the start of the book ‘The coming of dark’.
Speaking of ‘The coming of dark’, it is now listed on a site called Wiki.ezvid.com under 10 unsettling mysteries with a touch of the supernatural. To be frank I had never heard of the company until they contacted me. Checking them out on the internet I found that they are dominant on YouTube and other sites giving their reviews of multiple products. They seem reputable to me, but you can check them out for yourself.
Also, in a couple of months I hope to be publishing my second book of the coming of dark. It will be a continuation of the first one but in a little different direction. I haven’t decided on a title yet.
This is where you can find my book on the site Wiki