History Headscratchers / StarTrekNemesis

15th Jul '17 10:50:24 AM nombretomado
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*** Both Khan Noonien Singh and Noonien Soong were named after a real person named Kim Noonien Singh, a pilot that Gene Roddenberry served with during WW2. Taken from Wikipedia: Khan's full name was based on that of Kim Noonien Singh, a pilot Gene Roddenberry served with during the Second World War. Roddenberry lost touch with his friend and had hoped that Khan's similar name might attract his attention and renew his old acquaintance.

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*** Both Khan Noonien Singh and Noonien Soong were named after a real person named Kim Noonien Singh, a pilot that Gene Roddenberry served with during WW2.UsefulNotes/WW2. Taken from Wikipedia: Khan's full name was based on that of Kim Noonien Singh, a pilot Gene Roddenberry served with during the Second World War. Roddenberry lost touch with his friend and had hoped that Khan's similar name might attract his attention and renew his old acquaintance.



*** Mind you, when Wolf 359 happened, the Alpha and Beta Quadrants were more or less at peace. Starships are probably ''expensive'', space socialist utopia or not, and that's a ''lot'' of people that could be occupying themselves with doing something useful instead of crowding the cosmos. Around the time when the Borg attacked, Starfleet would quite possibly have been more like a cross between the Coast Guard and NASA than the Pacific Fleet of WorldWarII. The Borg attacked, cleaned Starfleet's clocks, and along with the Romulans and Cardassians stirring up trouble in later seasons and leading into ''Deep Space Nine'', Starfleet has probably been on a huge expansion program until we see the massed fleets mixing it up on ''[[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Deep Space Nine]]''. But back at Wolf 359? We probably saw quite a bit of Starfleet's experienced cadre of officers get atomized and assimilated there.

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*** Mind you, when Wolf 359 happened, the Alpha and Beta Quadrants were more or less at peace. Starships are probably ''expensive'', space socialist utopia or not, and that's a ''lot'' of people that could be occupying themselves with doing something useful instead of crowding the cosmos. Around the time when the Borg attacked, Starfleet would quite possibly have been more like a cross between the Coast Guard and NASA than the Pacific Fleet of WorldWarII.UsefulNotes/WorldWarII. The Borg attacked, cleaned Starfleet's clocks, and along with the Romulans and Cardassians stirring up trouble in later seasons and leading into ''Deep Space Nine'', Starfleet has probably been on a huge expansion program until we see the massed fleets mixing it up on ''[[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Deep Space Nine]]''. But back at Wolf 359? We probably saw quite a bit of Starfleet's experienced cadre of officers get atomized and assimilated there.
28th Jun '17 7:25:11 AM Ohio9
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* Why does the Reman boarding party only consist of like 6 guys? Wouldn't you want a larger boarding party to go to a ship with more then 1,000 people on it? Also, why were they transported to the lower decks of the ship? It's well established that trasporters are very precise. Couldn't they have transported directly to the bridge of the Enterprise so they could snag the Captain and make a quick escape?

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* Why does the Reman boarding party only consist of like 6 guys? Wouldn't you want a larger boarding party to go to a ship with more then 1,000 people on it? Also, why were they transported to the lower decks of the ship? It's well established that trasporters transporters are very precise. Couldn't they have transported directly to the bridge of the Enterprise so they could snag the Captain and make a quick escape?
28th Jun '17 7:24:30 AM Ohio9
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* Why does the Reman boarding party only consist of like 6 guys? Wouldn't you want a larger boarding party to go to a ship with more then 1,000 people on it? Also, why were they transported to the lower decks of the ship? It's well established that trasporters are very precise. Couldn't they have transported directly to the bridge of the Enterprise so they could snag the Captain and make a quick escape?
6th Jun '17 9:30:20 PM DevinMeenan
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** The scenes that would have explained Shinzon's motive were actually chopped out. According to those scenes, even if Shinzon had gotten the transplant he needed, it would have added another decade or so at most to his life, since his genetics were still pretty badly warped. Therefore he wanted to do something '''big''' in the time that he did have, to ensure that his name would go down in history. His plan was to use his big badass ship to take out the Federation government and Starfleet Command on Earth, then launch a full-scale invasion. It's not a particularly original motive, but it shows that the screenwriter had at least put some thought into it - it just so happens that the producer and director thought it wasn't really ''that'' important to give their villain ("The best since Khan!") a backstory and a motive.

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** The scenes that would have explained Shinzon's motive were actually chopped out. According to those scenes, even if Shinzon had gotten the transplant he needed, it would have added only another decade or so at most to his life, since his genetics were still pretty badly warped. Therefore he wanted to do something '''big''' in the time that he did have, to ensure that his name would go down in history. His plan was to use his big badass ship to take out the Federation government and Starfleet Command on Earth, then launch a full-scale invasion. It's not a particularly original motive, but it shows that the screenwriter had at least put some thought into it - it just so happens that the producer and director thought it wasn't really ''that'' important to give their villain ("The best since Khan!") a backstory and a motive.
25th May '17 4:00:35 AM thespecialneedsgroup
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*** There are also several examples of hostile aliens with the ability to make copies of Starfleet officers so perfect, it takes through, detailed medical scans to identify them as imposters. Several species have also been shown to be able to possess starship personnel--to the point that it's almost a right of passage for Starfleet officers. This makes requiring more than biometric authentication is uncharacteristically savvy of Starfleet.

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*** There are also several examples of hostile aliens with the ability to make copies of Starfleet officers so perfect, it takes through, thorough, detailed medical scans to identify them as imposters. Several species have also been shown to be able to possess starship personnel--to the point that it's it almost seems like a right of passage for Starfleet officers. This makes requiring more than biometric authentication is uncharacteristically savvy of Starfleet.
25th May '17 3:58:40 AM thespecialneedsgroup
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*** There are also several examples of hostile aliens with the ability to make copies of Starfleet officers so perfect, it takes through, detailed medical scans to identify them as imposters. Several species have also been shown to be able to possess starship personnel--to the point that it's almost a right of passage for Starfleet officers. This makes requiring more than biometric authentication is uncharacteristically savvy of Starfleet.
25th May '17 2:29:55 AM MitchellTF
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*** Actually, the Spock answer was precisely it. Spock's death was meant to be 'we kill him...but can bring him back easily'. So, the idea was to kill off Data in a way they didn't' have to use him, but with an 'out' so they could bring him back fast. It's just that the out was so OBVIOUS, that everyone assumes it's canon.
19th May '17 3:06:50 PM thatsnumberwang
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* Does The Enterprise-E even have a Chief Tactical officer? The poor man or woman seems to get immediately demoted every time Worf comes on board. Arguably it made sense in ''First Contact'' as Picard's line of ''Mr Worf, we could use some help at tactical'' implies that their previous Tactical officer was injured or too inexperienced to fight the Borg. But in ''Insurrection'' in ''Nemesis'' Worf is just there on the bridge with very little reason given.
22nd Feb '17 12:03:16 PM kyojikasshu
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*** The above point is supported within TNG itself, by the presence of Ten Forward (and Guinan herself) on board the alternate 1701-D in "Yesterday's Enterprise". It was more crowded (due to the ''Galaxy''-class being repurposed as a battleship/troop carrier), but still it was important to have a place to catch a break on an otherwise fully-militarized ship. And Starfleet never got ''as'' militarized in the Dominion War as they did in that timeline.



** It was explicitly stated that the effect wouldn't be permanent once [=LaForge=] was no longer under the planet's influence. Of course, why his optic nerves would degenerate for no reason ater being repaired is never explained; it would be getting your car fixed, but having it break down again as soon as you leave the shop. But whatever.

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** It was explicitly stated that the effect wouldn't be permanent once [=LaForge=] was no longer under the planet's influence. Of course, why his optic nerves would degenerate for no reason ater after being repaired is never explained; it would be getting your car fixed, but having it break down again as soon as you leave the shop. But whatever.
13th Dec '16 9:05:38 AM costanton11
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** Alternatively, considering its a major tactical situation, maybe it was more efficient? The battle was unlikely to be decided by that one shot, so as soon as the Scimitar decloaked, Worf would have to take back over anyway and they'd lose valuable seconds in Troi stepping aside and him stepping up compared to her just taking her hand away. Also, if the Scimitar was able to recloak again, they'd have to do it all over again, costing more seconds. Also, iirc (unless I'm remembering fanon as canon) - doesn't the LCARS interface used in TNG era ships mean that each officer can reconfigure the interface to their personal preferences? Maybe Worf's preferences are non-standard and to avoid confusion, Troi was also using her abilities on Worf to direct him rather than trying to figure out the consol herself.

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** Alternatively, considering its a major tactical situation, maybe it was more efficient? The battle was unlikely to be decided by that one shot, so as soon as the Scimitar decloaked, Worf would have to take back over anyway and they'd lose valuable seconds in Troi stepping aside and him stepping up compared to her just taking her hand away. Also, if the Scimitar was able to recloak again, they'd have to do it all over again, costing more seconds. Also, iirc (unless I'm remembering fanon as canon) - doesn't the LCARS interface used in TNG era ships mean that each officer can reconfigure the interface to their personal preferences? Maybe Worf's preferences are non-standard and to avoid confusion, Troi was also using her abilities on Worf to direct him rather than trying to figure out the consol console herself.



** Because he was still fighting off the Reman boarding partym and in the novelization, a bad disruptor hit forced him into Sickbay; he was completely occupied in either case. Plus, he wasn't even on the bridge when Picard announced this decision, so he couldn't object even if he wanted to.

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** Because he was still fighting off the Reman boarding partym party and in the novelization, a bad disruptor hit forced him into Sickbay; he was completely occupied in either case. Plus, he wasn't even on the bridge when Picard announced this decision, so he couldn't object even if he wanted to.



* Admittedly, he doesn't want the promotion, but in what just universe is Captain Jean-Luc Picard, saviour of the Federation on more than one occasion, taking orders from a two-bit vice-admiral who was ''not even born'' when he was promoted to Captain and managed to screw up the one mission she had been officially given by Starfleet in seven years of Captaincy? (That is, search, locate, and apprehend a ship containing marquis and crew.) What does this say about the quality of Starfleet's Admirals???

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* Admittedly, he doesn't want the promotion, but in what just universe is Captain Jean-Luc Picard, saviour savior of the Federation on more than one occasion, taking orders from a two-bit vice-admiral who was ''not even born'' when he was promoted to Captain and managed to screw up the one mission she had been officially given by Starfleet in seven years of Captaincy? (That is, search, locate, and apprehend a ship containing marquis and crew.) What does this say about the quality of Starfleet's Admirals???



*** If Shinzon was reasonably intelligent he could have easily taken what he wanted from Picard and the movie would be 10 minutes long. Just think about it. He has a ship that can fire when cloaked, so all he needed to do to get Picard was fire on the entireprise when cloaked taking out it's shields, beam picard aboard and warp away.

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*** If Shinzon was reasonably intelligent he could have easily taken what he wanted from Picard and the movie would be 10 minutes long. Just think about it. He has a ship that can fire when cloaked, so all he needed to do to get Picard was fire on the entireprise enterprise when cloaked taking out it's shields, beam picard Picard aboard and warp away.



*** Among very bad and poorly written ones. It's not like with Khan, who also made much smaller mistakes due to his own ego and desire for vengeance, because he was still very competent and clever and our heroes still had to earn their victory. Shinzon's over confidence is so huge, he's absolutely incapable to get anything done and the only actual menace he creates comes from plot convienience and stupidity of our heroes. We never see him do anything actually clever, that would prove he isn't really that stupid and it's just his hubris that is preventing him from achieving his goals.

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*** Among very bad and poorly written ones. It's not like with Khan, who also made much smaller mistakes due to his own ego and desire for vengeance, because he was still very competent and clever and our heroes still had to earn their victory. Shinzon's over confidence is so huge, he's absolutely incapable to get anything done and the only actual menace he creates comes from plot convienience convenience and stupidity of our heroes. We never see him do anything actually clever, that would prove he isn't really that stupid and it's just his hubris that is preventing him from achieving his goals.



*** Both Khan Noonien Singh and Noonien Soong were named after a real person named Kim Noonien Singh, a pilot that Gene Roddenberry served with during WW2. Taken from Wikipedia: Khan's full name was based on that of Kim Noonien Singh, a pilot Gene Roddenbery served with during the Second World War. Roddenbery lost touch with his friend and had hoped that Khan's similar name might attract his attention and renew his old acquaintance.

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*** Both Khan Noonien Singh and Noonien Soong were named after a real person named Kim Noonien Singh, a pilot that Gene Roddenberry served with during WW2. Taken from Wikipedia: Khan's full name was based on that of Kim Noonien Singh, a pilot Gene Roddenbery Roddenberry served with during the Second World War. Roddenbery Roddenberry lost touch with his friend and had hoped that Khan's similar name might attract his attention and renew his old acquaintance.



** Very, very easily answered. Say what you like about Janeway, she was able to get what was a small scout/exploration ship across 70,000 light years (effectively crossing half the galaxy) with a small crew supplemented with terrorists without getting most of them killed, made first contact with dozens of species, survived encounters with the Borg (and worse) and mapped a whole chunk of previously-unmapped space to boot. I'm not surprised Starfleet's response was 'that was a hell of a command', recognised that she'd done the best job possible and offered her a promotion. Remember that none of the other ships that went missing from the Badlands ever returned). Janeway struck me as a career-minded officer, unlike Picard or Kirk, who both enjoyed commanding ships but not the idea of desk jobs as Admirals. So it makes sense she'd accept whereas Picard probably turned down more promotion opportunities than Riker did commands. It's even said by an Admiral in Best of Both Worlds (quite an early TNG episode) that they are on ship command offer number three for Riker, he just won't accept because he views any non-Enterprise command of his own as rather a step down (or maybe sideways). Most of the hatred for Janeway being an Admiral was just hot air, it actually made perfect sense. It's also not as if Janeway's lines imply she is Picard's direct superior, she was simply delivering orders (from-the-top orders) via a communication.
** There are good answers below, but come on, this one's easy: [[Film/StarTrekGenerations Picard took Kirk's advice to heart.]] He probably got offered more admiralities than Riker was offered ship commands (and we know that's saying a lot), but he turned it down every single time because Picard realized that, like Kirk, his "first, greatest destiny" is captaining a starship. Meanwhile, after seven years of wandering out in the cold, Janeway would take a desk job at Starfleet HQ in a ''heartbeat''.

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** Very, very easily answered. Say what you like about Janeway, she was able to get what was a small scout/exploration ship across 70,000 light years (effectively crossing half the galaxy) with a small crew supplemented with terrorists without getting most of them killed, made first contact with dozens of species, survived encounters with the Borg (and worse) and mapped a whole chunk of previously-unmapped space to boot. I'm not surprised Starfleet's response was 'that was a hell of a command', recognised recognized that she'd done the best job possible and offered her a promotion. Remember that none of the other ships that went missing from the Badlands ever returned). Janeway struck me as a career-minded officer, unlike Picard or Kirk, who both enjoyed commanding ships but not the idea of desk jobs as Admirals. So it makes sense she'd accept whereas Picard probably turned down more promotion opportunities than Riker did commands. It's even said by an Admiral in Best of Both Worlds (quite an early TNG episode) that they are on ship command offer number three for Riker, he just won't accept because he views any non-Enterprise command of his own as rather a step down (or maybe sideways). Most of the hatred for Janeway being an Admiral was just hot air, it actually made perfect sense. It's also not as if Janeway's lines imply she is Picard's direct superior, she was simply delivering orders (from-the-top orders) via a communication.
** There are good answers below, but come on, this one's easy: [[Film/StarTrekGenerations Picard took Kirk's advice to heart.]] He probably got offered more admiralities admiralties than Riker was offered ship commands (and we know that's saying a lot), but he turned it down every single time because Picard realized that, like Kirk, his "first, greatest destiny" is captaining a starship. Meanwhile, after seven years of wandering out in the cold, Janeway would take a desk job at Starfleet HQ in a ''heartbeat''.



*** "Much of starfleet" is an exageration, caused by the people writing TNG at the time having no idea how big a fleet something like Starfleet would require to be operational over an area as big as the Federation. The Dominion War showed a much better scale of numbers, and from that size, the ships lost at Wolf 359 would not be considered a high amount at all. Plus Picard has been offered promotions, he turns them down.

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*** "Much of starfleet" is an exageration, exaggeration, caused by the people writing TNG at the time having no idea how big a fleet something like Starfleet would require to be operational over an area as big as the Federation. The Dominion War showed a much better scale of numbers, and from that size, the ships lost at Wolf 359 would not be considered a high amount at all. Plus Picard has been offered promotions, he turns them down.



*** She is in the very least guilty of killing a member of her crew for dubious reasons in the episode Tuvix which is almost definately not allowed, she allowed children to be killed because she believed a very clearly bullshit story about how a species ages backwards, and she did work with Vidian pirates in a few episodes which the Federation almost certainly won't approve of.

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*** She is in the very least guilty of killing a member of her crew for dubious reasons in the episode Tuvix which is almost definately definitely not allowed, she allowed children to be killed because she believed a very clearly bullshit story about how a species ages backwards, and she did work with Vidian pirates in a few episodes which the Federation almost certainly won't approve of.



*** This troper I don't think she was in charge of diplomacy anymore then any other branch. She's either just happened to be the one on duty at the time or she just was the one selected to call Picard. Stafleet Command probably recived the Romulan call for a diplomatic meeting, relayed it to the Federation Council and then the Federation Council (doubtlessly after some debate) called up Starfleet Command and told them to send somebody to take the Romulans up on their offer. Janeway just probably happened to be around at the time.

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*** This troper I don't think she was in charge of diplomacy anymore then any other branch. She's either just happened to be the one on duty at the time or she just was the one selected to call Picard. Stafleet Command probably recived received the Romulan call for a diplomatic meeting, relayed it to the Federation Council and then the Federation Council (doubtlessly after some debate) called up Starfleet Command and told them to send somebody to take the Romulans up on their offer. Janeway just probably happened to be around at the time.



*** That pretty much describes what happens everytime I take my car to a mechanic. I swear they break shit on purpose to make you come back.

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*** That pretty much describes what happens everytime every time I take my car to a mechanic. I swear they break shit on purpose to make you come back.



* When the Enterprise picks up B-4's distress signal they soon realise that the pieces are scattered on a planet inhabited by a pre-warp civilisation. As established numerous times in the series and movies, this means the Prime Directive expressly forbids any cultural contamination. No-one must know about the existence of alien worlds or more advanced technologies... except Picard has a new dune buggy he wants to try out. They proceed to race around the desert collecting bits of android and then - when the locals show up with their sub-machine guns - fire energy weapons at them, potentially killing or at least seriously wounding several of their troops before summoning a giant flying shuttle and soaring away into outer space. Court Martials for all!

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* When the Enterprise picks up B-4's distress signal they soon realise realize that the pieces are scattered on a planet inhabited by a pre-warp civilisation.civilization. As established numerous times in the series and movies, this means the Prime Directive expressly forbids any cultural contamination. No-one must know about the existence of alien worlds or more advanced technologies... except Picard has a new dune buggy he wants to try out. They proceed to race around the desert collecting bits of android and then - when the locals show up with their sub-machine guns - fire energy weapons at them, potentially killing or at least seriously wounding several of their troops before summoning a giant flying shuttle and soaring away into outer space. Court Martials for all!



* Riker deals with Shinzon's Viceroy by luring him into a Jefferies Tube, established in all other continuities as being snug crawlspaces sandwiched inbetween the decks of the ship. The two end up fighting on a precarious metal gantry over a huge chasm lit from below by a gigantic white light source. Where on the ship is this, exactly?

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* Riker deals with Shinzon's Viceroy by luring him into a Jefferies Tube, established in all other continuities as being snug crawlspaces sandwiched inbetween in between the decks of the ship. The two end up fighting on a precarious metal gantry over a huge chasm lit from below by a gigantic white light source. Where on the ship is this, exactly?



*** The tactically correct thing to do would have been for Riker to have set his phaser's powerpack to overload and chuck it down the Jeffries tube after the Viceroy. It's not like they have grenades...

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*** The tactically correct thing to do would have been for Riker to have set his phaser's powerpack power pack to overload and chuck it down the Jeffries tube after the Viceroy. It's not like they have grenades...



*** If memory serves, when ''Enterprise'' was boarded, Picard just said "Commander," and gave Riker a significant look. If you want to be charitable, you could argue that the captain never intended to send Riker at all; he just assumed that in a crisis, his XO knew enough to stay at his post. Busy as Picard was, he simply meant to delegate the task of sending in the grunts to deal with the intruders. I like to imagine him facepalming thirty seconds later when he realizes that his second-in-command isn't on the bridge anymore, and double-facepalming when he notices Worf left, too.

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*** If memory serves, when ''Enterprise'' was boarded, Picard just said "Commander," and gave Riker a significant look. If you want to be charitable, you could argue that the captain never intended to send Riker at all; he just assumed that in a crisis, his XO knew enough to stay at his post. Busy as Picard was, he simply meant to delegate the task of sending in the grunts to deal with the intruders. I like to imagine him facepalming face-palming thirty seconds later when he realizes that his second-in-command isn't on the bridge anymore, and double-facepalming double-face palming when he notices Worf left, too.



* The bridge is located on the top of the Enterprise's saucer section. When the viewscreen is destroyed and a large hole forms at the front of the bridge, the view out of the hole is what you'd see if the bridge were at the leading edge of the saucer - given how much bigger the Enterprise-E is than its predecessor you should be able to see the saucer curving away ahead of you.

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* The bridge is located on the top of the Enterprise's saucer section. When the viewscreen view screen is destroyed and a large hole forms at the front of the bridge, the view out of the hole is what you'd see if the bridge were at the leading edge of the saucer - given how much bigger the Enterprise-E is than its predecessor you should be able to see the saucer curving away ahead of you.



** My theory, the new Government of Cardassia realised that it would work out a lot better for them in terms of influence if they could split the Federation off from the Romulans. So they turned to a ''simple'' patriot who just happened to have nigh on incontrovertible proof that the Federation conspired to drag the Romulans into war on false pretences and assassinate a Senator (with help from persons, sadly, unknown, of course). So relations got very frosty very quickly. Maybe that is why they have a superweapon, they were already gearing up for a war on the Federation as soon as they could manage to regenerate their losses from the first war.

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** My theory, the new Government of Cardassia realised realized that it would work out a lot better for them in terms of influence if they could split the Federation off from the Romulans. So they turned to a ''simple'' patriot who just happened to have nigh on incontrovertible proof that the Federation conspired to drag the Romulans into war on false pretences pretenses and assassinate a Senator (with help from persons, sadly, unknown, of course). So relations got very frosty very quickly. Maybe that is why they have a superweapon, they were already gearing up for a war on the Federation as soon as they could manage to regenerate their losses from the first war.



*** Planetary engagements require footsoldiers. These footsoldiers need to be taught how to maintain their advanced weapons, communication equipment and so forth. You might even want them on the front line flying ships in certain obvious suicide missions. Not to mention their use as laborers in shipyards and other construction facilities. It's more unbelievable that they could construct a monster like the Scimitar in secret. That they could construct it in the first place is reasonable. As for switching sides, the Remans would only do that in the face of a better offer. With the Romulans likely maintaining a hold on the space fleet, they could glass Remus if their slaves got out of line.

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*** Planetary engagements require footsoldiers. foot soldiers. These footsoldiers foot soldiers need to be taught how to maintain their advanced weapons, communication equipment and so forth. You might even want them on the front line flying ships in certain obvious suicide missions. Not to mention their use as laborers in shipyards and other construction facilities. It's more unbelievable that they could construct a monster like the Scimitar in secret. That they could construct it in the first place is reasonable. As for switching sides, the Remans would only do that in the face of a better offer. With the Romulans likely maintaining a hold on the space fleet, they could glass Remus if their slaves got out of line.



* So at the start of the film, the entire ''Enterprise'' senior staff is taking time out for a wedding. Okay. Then they get on the ''Enterprise'' and set course for Betazed, for another wedding. Not okay. Who on Earth authorised Picard to use the ''Federation flagship'' as a glorified limousine? This isn't some diplomatic mission, they're literally just ferrying a bunch of people to a wedding. And not even an important wedding, one between two members of the ship's crew! Ever heard of shuttlecraft? Or are we supposed to assume the ''Enterprise'' has some mission out that way afterwards?

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* So at the start of the film, the entire ''Enterprise'' senior staff is taking time out for a wedding. Okay. Then they get on the ''Enterprise'' and set course for Betazed, for another wedding. Not okay. Who on Earth authorised authorized Picard to use the ''Federation flagship'' as a glorified limousine? This isn't some diplomatic mission, they're literally just ferrying a bunch of people to a wedding. And not even an important wedding, one between two members of the ship's crew! Ever heard of shuttlecraft? Or are we supposed to assume the ''Enterprise'' has some mission out that way afterwards?



*** This is something that's bugged the crap out of me about Star Trek for a long time. Wenever the ship has a hiccup, the intercoms go down; right along with, for some reason, the commbadges. We've seen commbadges used for person-to-person communication on away missions before, so you would expect them to be able to work independently of the ship. How is it that there's never a backup system? A pair of simple, been-around-in-the-real-world-for-70-years, sound-powered telephones could ensure that the bridge could always stay in touch with the engine room even if the power was out and all of the batteries on the ship were completely dead.

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*** This is something that's bugged the crap out of me about Star Trek for a long time. Wenever Whenever the ship has a hiccup, the intercoms go down; right along with, for some reason, the commbadges. We've seen commbadges used for person-to-person communication on away missions before, so you would expect them to be able to work independently of the ship. How is it that there's never a backup system? A pair of simple, been-around-in-the-real-world-for-70-years, sound-powered telephones could ensure that the bridge could always stay in touch with the engine room even if the power was out and all of the batteries on the ship were completely dead.
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