The enemy was encoding secret messages in plant DNA, so they “captured” a greenhouse.
The first decoded messages were recipes for various dishes.
It was slow going: the greenhouse only grew savory herbs.
The Leader asked, “Have you found anything good, yet?”
The lab tech said, “Only thyme will tell.”
He knew more than anyone else.
Uncounted vistas of knowledge, coupled with instant recall.
A walking, talking encyclopedia.
An unbeaten master at Trivial Pursuit.
So they captured him, modified him. Plugged him in.
Turns out, he knew enough to supply electricity to half the country.
After all, knowledge is power!