If you look at a lot of Alternian tech, you'll notice it's all biology-based. What most fans believe (as do I) is that it's not eating him, it's growing into him and making him part of the ship. The idea of being enslaved and not having the slightest way of rebelling at all is what freaks me out.
How delightful. Let me just whack my head against the wall a few times to get rid of that mental image of pain and horror that that tidbit of insight brings.
*Whacks head on wall*
It's an honor to die brave and bold...
--Alexa Wilkonson, singing 1974