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21st Feb '18 8:25:29 AM SirPellucidar
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* The Q were stated to have once been corporeal beings like humankind, who evolved over billions of years into a more powerful race. The Traveler said that humankind would eventually reach the edge of the universe in the far future when they had learned to control their thoughts. Sometime in the past, vessels from the proto-Q race reached this place and were able to not only control the ability to change reality with their thoughts, but learn how to retain that ability elsewhere in the universe.


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* The Q were stated to have once been corporeal beings like humankind, who evolved over billions of years into a more powerful race. The Traveler said that humankind would eventually reach the edge of the universe in the far future when they had learned to control their thoughts. Sometime in the past, vessels from the proto-Q race reached this place and were able to not only control the ability to change reality with their thoughts, but learn learned how to retain that ability elsewhere in elsewhere, which became the universe.

source of their powers.

21st Feb '18 8:23:35 AM SirPellucidar
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[[WMG:The Space Amoeba from TOS "The Immunity Syndrome" originated in Fluidic Space]]
* It seems like the kind of environment in which such a thing could evolve as opposed to the empty space of the normal universe. It was also stated that if it was allowed to reproduce it could overtake the galaxy, hinting that it wasn't from around here. Species 8472 possibly drove the others in Fluidic Space to extinction after this one escaped somehow.

[[WMG:The Q gained their powers by harnessing the realm at the end of the universe where thoughts become reality, as seen in TNG "Where No One Has Gone Before"]]
* The Q were stated to have once been corporeal beings like humankind, who evolved over billions of years into a more powerful race. The Traveler said that humankind would eventually reach the edge of the universe in the far future when they had learned to control their thoughts. Sometime in the past, vessels from the proto-Q race reached this place and were able to not only control the ability to change reality with their thoughts, but learn how to retain that ability elsewhere in the universe.

21st Jan '18 1:48:38 PM nombretomado
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*** Each member planet within the Federation still has autonomy and soveriegnty so they can probably keep their own defense forces, however these forces are probably not allowed to have warp capable warships. They would function somewhat like the National Guard. Earth could still have the MACOs and UESPA as their own defense forces, the Andorians probably still have the Imperial Guard.
*** Because Star Fleet handles interstellar defense and everyone feels secure in the Federation these native defense forces may be more like joining an intense version of the Boy Scouts.

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*** Each member planet within the Federation still has autonomy and soveriegnty so they can probably keep their own defense forces, however these forces are probably not allowed to have warp capable warships. They would function somewhat like the National Guard. Earth could still have the MACOs [=MACOs=] and UESPA as their own defense forces, the Andorians probably still have the Imperial Guard.
*** Because Star Fleet Starfleet handles interstellar defense and everyone feels secure in the Federation these native defense forces may be more like joining an intense version of the Boy Scouts.
25th Nov '17 11:39:06 AM Lymantria
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23rd Nov '17 12:46:06 PM thespecialneedsgroup
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[[WMG: The Cytherians from the TNG episode the Nth Degree are God from Star Trek V...they just lightened up]]
We know that in Star Trek V Sybok was contacted by something that drove him mad and made him obsess about finding God at the center of the galaxy. He has to use his advanced brain powers he gets from these visions to figure out how to get the Enterprise through the Great Barrier at the center of the galaxy. They meet God, a big floating head with amazing powers and anger issues. A generation later: Lt. Barclay is hit by something that warps his mind, gives him advanced mental abilities and he uses them to get the ship to the center of the galaxy where they meet...a big floating head with amazing powers. Just this time, the head is really chill. Sounds to me like the same thing.
* No. The problem was Sybok and Kirk went down to the planet surface itself. Apparently the Cytherians are just VERY VERY xenophobic yet curious. So they called Sybok and went he, in his arrogance, beamed down the Cytherian ambassador freaked the fuck out on him. When Picard showed up this time the Cytherians figured out to just project the head to them instead of risking them coming down.
* Maybe they were two different heads. Maybe the Cytherians explore space independently of each other. One of them was a real asshole, and Kirk blew him up. So the Cytherians promote a different big floating head to explore space for them who has a much friendlier philosophy and decides to check out that Federation again and see what's there this time. Which is why a generation later the next big floating head had never heard of humans before.
* Portal, the portal for the Tkon Empire appeared as a giant floating head as well. Theories?
* Maybe the Cytherians were from Oz and wanted to give that giant floating head trick a go. It worked like a charm on the Star Trek crew.
** So Star Trek V was just a very badly done version of Wizard of Oz?
*** They could've replaced the Lion with a Klingon, the tin man with Spock, Dorothy with Kirk...however no one on the Enterprise needed a brain.
* Maybe "God" was a super-powerful, criminally insane Cytherian? His essence was imprisoned in a receptacle and placed on the planet within the Great Barrier to keep his powers in check and prevent him from contacting anyone. Only Sybok's mind was unusual enough to catch his signal. To answer Kirk's question, God needed a starship to carry the receptacle out of the Barrier, where he could free himself from it.

[[WMG: Dr.Paul Manheim saw the Prophets]]
In the episode "We'll Always Have Paris" Professor Paul Manheim had theories of non-linear time. He eactivated an experiment taht opened a tear in time. After experiencing the tear in time he was rambling and incoherent and said he couldn't stay focused in one time. He later described it as full of colors that he couldn't describe. Then he said that there were beings in there, beings they couldn't comprehend. Sounds like the Prophets to me.



[[WMG: The replicator and transporter on the enterprise are far bigger than the replicator and transporter rooms]]
It possible that the terminal that we see Picard ordering tea out of is only a tiny part of a really huge machine. Maybe the enterprise has a single, enormous replicator machine hidden in its walls that services the entire ship and the terminals are just outlets for it. The transporter could likewise be far larger than the transporter room, extending between the walls upwards, downwards and into the walls of the surrounding rooms.
* Janeway does once say they can't trade those technologies because they were hard wired in, so that would fit. I am now taking this as fannon.
* The minimum size can at least fit in the walls of a shuttle though, but those may have very limited capabilities compared to the ship board ones.
* Perhaps it's not so much that the Federation builds systems into their buildings and ships so much as their buildings and ships ARE huge complex machines that have enough room inside of them for people to walk around in.
** So it's not that there is a central replicator machine but more like the entire replicator mechanism is designed to form part of the super structure of a ship. Same with the transporter and of course warp engines.
* Seska did once trade a replicator to the Kazon that was a small piece of equipment and they installed it on their ship. Of course it did blow up when they tried to use it and kill everybody on board, even fusing men into the bulkheads of the ship Kitty Pryde style. So the terminal isn't enough to make it work, but the terminals are damned well dangerous.
* Maybe the rarely seen site to site transport device is obviously a very sophisticated and hard to manufacture technology which is why we've only seen two or three and either a) can be so small because it's a one time use only device, b) is actually not itself a transporter unit but just like a remote control activator for other transporters.
** I always figured the site to site transporter works by keeping the pattern for a transporter in its buffer, so that rally what it does is transport a small transporter to your target coordinates, that transporter then transports you to it and then dissovles back into the buffer of the site to site transporter.



[[WMG: The Cardassian Peace Treaty was so crappy because of the parasites]]
When Picard and Riker stopped the parasite conspiracy it left the interior of the Federation vulnerable and the leadership of starfleet decimated. The new leadership needed to move fast to protect the now exposed interior of the Federation. The Cardassian Peace Treaty was less about protecting the border worlds and really was all about protecting the interior in a rush. Of course they couldn't tell anyone this, so to everyone else it just looks like a stupidly made treaty. To be able to pull back all their warships to the core worlds the Federation just looked at the space map, drew a line at the extent they could patrol, regardless of which planets fell on what side, and called it a treaty. The Cardassians signed because they actually gained alot of the worlds they had been fighting for anyway, plus the war was ruining their economy.
* Though if Dukat gives us an insight into the Cardassian military way of thinking we can see why they military would be bitter about ending the war through this treaty because it was not a true victory. A true victory is to make your enemy see they were wrong to have opposed you in the first place, to force them to acknowledge your greatness. This didn't happen, they signed a treaty, like equals, or worse because they were not strong enough to continue the fight.
* The main problem with this theory is we have years for the parasite conspiracy's unravelling, the armistice agreement between the Federation and the Cardassians and the formal full peace treaty -- 2364, 2367 and 2370. Three years seems rather sedate for doing something in a rush -- ''however'', there was another devastating blow to Starfleet early in 2367, and if we assume Starfleet hadn't quite sorted out the aftermath of the conspiracy yet...




[[WMG: The holodecks malfunctioned so much in TNG because of a badly installed Jack In the Box]]
In 'Badda-Bing, Badda-Bang' we are introduced to the concept of the jack in the box in a holodeck, a program hidden inside of a program designed to throw something unexpected against the users. Jack in the boxes are meant to be a sort of prank by holoprogrammers, and akin to a plot twist in holodeck adventure. When they installed the holodecks on the Enterprise D someone in the holodeck installation team had tried their hand at programming in a jack in the box. However their jack in the box had a glitch in it so that when it was activated the safeties shut off and other glitches would occur such as the perception filters failing.
* This discredited the original holodeck technology r&d team or process. Lewis Zimmerman rose to prominence in the wake of that. He instituted new types of holo-programming (unbeknownst to everyone else he is using the sentient moriarity program as the basic holotemplate resulting in sentient, sophisticated holograms), as well as a redesign of the holodeck from the black grid to a frame work of exposed projectors.
** I can see Zimmerman now, "The idiot who programmed this jack in the box didn't realize that in the new updated holodeck OS deactivating the safeties doesn't initiate the verbal warning, initiating the verbal warning deactivates the safeties."
* Holodeck malfunctions might be as common to the Next Gen era as car crashes are to us today, and get treated in the same way: It's always a tragedy, and whenever it happens people call for the technology to be made safer and safer...but no one ever questions getting rid of it, it's just too common place and beloved by people to even entertain the notion of getting rid of it or restricting its access.




[[WMG: Sudden Change of the Borg's motivation]]
Picard says in "I, Borg" that the "Borg are not interested in assimilating individuals, just technology". Previous to this the Borg had indeed ignored people in favor of tech (Locutus was merely a tool towards this greater goal) but after this became obsessed with assimilating people. Picard also said in that episode that "maybe through Hugh the Borg will learn to desire individuality". Maybe Hugh did indeed cause them to desire this and on some level assimilation is a misguided attempt to gain it, after all, the Borg primarily gained new things from other races before (such as tech) by taking it through force. Matti23
* Well the Borg do adapt, which means the details of their motivations may adapt as well. Since Picard was assimilated the Borg may have altered their motivations a bit. After a few more years their motivations and methods may be slightly altered again.
* Alternatively, the Borg might not have been very interested in assimilating ''humans'' at first. According to the Borg Queen in one ''Voyager'' episode, humans (species 5618) are "biologically unremarkable". This is actually true by the standards of humanoid life forms in the galaxy. They assimilated the Hanson family, as well as both Federation and Romulan colonies along the Neutral Zone. They may have found the life forms and technology unimpressive. Then, through unknown means (i.e. Q), the ''Enterprise'' gets hurled a ''long'' way from Federation space. Suddenly the Borg wonder if humans have technology they do not know about and/or are innovating at a rapid pace. Before they can dissect the ''Enterprise'' and find out, Q snatches it away and sends it back to where it started from at speeds the Borg could not even track. Suddenly humanity became a ''lot'' more interesting.
* Also, the Borg need for new drones is likely variable depending on what kinds of conflicts they get themselves embroiled in. Attrition rate among the Borg, given that they are such a hostile entity, could actually be quite high if they are getting into fights with species possessing advanced technology that the Borg desire, but which also gives those species the ability to put up a serious fight. For example, the Borg attempt to assimilate species 8472 turned into a catastrophic disaster for them, resulting in the destruction of numerous vessels and at least one planet, probably more.
** I was always bitter about how they retconned "baby borg" out. The Borg were interesting before they got changeded from the ultimate Space Communitarians to the Space Zombie Empire.



[[WMG:Worf, though he doesn't know it, is the reincarnation of Kahless himself sent to reform Klingon honor by experiencing his own people from the outside looking in, and is therefore the fulfillment of Klingon prophecy.]]
Just look at what the guy's done, WorfEffect notwithstanding. He's been central to Klingon politics for a decade, and he has guided it for a decade. He has killed two would-be leaders of the High Council in ritual combat -- the second time specifically to reform the Klingon Empire. He even had the opportunity to become the Supreme Chancellor himself, but was too honorable to do so.

And he's performed miracles. He taught a Jem'hadar, one of a genetically engineered killing machines with no morals or code of honor, just by being a badass {{determinator}}.

Even Martok had to exclaim that Worf had the spirit of Kahless himself.
* I get the idea that Jem'Hadar have a strange sense of convoluted honour, but it's not universal and the extent varies from individual to individual.

* One major problem, though, is that Worf is not from Borath, where Kahless was supposed to return from, and has no particularly special connection to Borath either.






[[WMG: The reason the Q were so afraid of Amanda Rogers is that half-human (or other being), half-Q hybrids ''do exist''.]]
These beings are in between a HigherTechSpecies and SufficientlyAdvancedAliens; they can access the power of the continuum only through constructed devices (sort of like [[spoiler:the Q weapons Voyager uses when they enter the Continuum]]), though they can use the Continuum connection in its pure form if they are desperate. As a result of not promptly finishing them off in the past, they are stuck "babysitting," as in the case of Trelane.
* At one point, there was a lot of Q interbreeding with the residents of [[Series/DoctorWho Gallifrey]], resulting in beings capable of regenerating and time/dimensional travel that is dependent on a certain physical object. The TARDIS provides a link which translates Continuum energy into a usable form.

[[WMG: Q gave Picard the powers of the Continuum, but was made human as a result.]]
This is why Patrick Stewart looks almost the same as he did in ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'', while John de Lancie looks much older.

[[WMG: After the death of Odan's host in [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration "The Host"]], Starfleet/the Federation modified their transporter technology to enable joined Trill to safely use them]]
This is why the Trill in [[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Deep Space Nine]] can use the transporters with no problem.



[[WMG: B'elanna and K'ehlyr are both from Sherman's planet...or Nimbus III]]
Sherman's Planet was the planet mentioned in Trouble With Tribbles. It was a major world in the Klingon Neutral Zone. While it was a Federation Planet, it was also open to colonization or at least shore leave, by the Klingons. And as we wish we could 4get Nimbus III was the planet in Star Trek V settled by Federation, Klingons and Romulans. So I speculate that most human/Klingon hybrids come from one of these two planets. Also Simon Tases, from the next gen episode the Drumhead was revealed to be 1/4 Romulan NOT Vulcan, so I speculate his grandparent met on Nimbus III.



[[WMG: Early TNG holograms were much more limited than they appeared.]]
If you interact with a video game in exactly the way the developers intended you to, it can look seamless, but if you poke at the edges, the illusion becomes immediately apparent. Perhaps before holographic sentience became commonplace, those limits were still there but much broader, and the people we see interacting with holograms just knew how to avoid bumping into them. Minuet was considered unique in her ability to have a reaction to any new input regardless of context, and Picard came back from his first Dixon Hill session gushing about how much detail the world outside what was immediately relevant had.
23rd Nov '17 11:50:31 AM thespecialneedsgroup
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[[WMG: The Mirror Universe was created by the Guardian of Forever.]]
When McCoy saved Edith Keeler he created an alternate timeline where the Nazis won WWII and conquered the world, destroying Federation civilization and replacing it with the fascist Terran Empire. When Kirk and Spock travelled back in time to stop McCoy from saving her they were able to return to their own timeline but, because of a temporal paradox created by the Guardian, the Alternate Universe wasn't destroyed and remained intertwined with the original universe, allowing occassional crossovers under certain conditions. Historical changes prior to WWII, such as the literary differences noted by Dr. Phlox, are actually historical revisionism or propaganda.



[[WMG: Robots are not used by the Federation because of Kodos]]
The [[Film/StarTrek reboot movie]] shows a robotic police officer chase young Jim Kirk. This is a major change to the ''Trek'' setting, as robots had never been depicted as having been used on Earth, the colonies or by Starfleet. Data, a borderline ArtificialHuman built in the [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration mid-24th Century]], is the first (and only) actual humanoid robotic entity shown to be working in any capacity in Federation society. So why the difference between timelines?

A possible answer lies in Kirk's [[Recap/StarTrekS1E13TheConscienceOfTheKing backstory]]. When he was 13 and living on the Tarsus IV colony a major famine struck. The colonial governor, Kodos, ordered 4,000 people executed according to Eugenic guidelines in order to free up food supplies for those he deemed genetically worthy. The emphasis is on ''Kodos'' as having orchestrated the massacre, but no mention is made of any supporters (e.g. a political party like the Nazis) or a militia carrying out his orders. Maybe there weren't any? Maybe the colony's security force was made up entirely of robots, who obeyed Kodos' orders unquestioningly.

After the horror of this event, the Federation decided to ban all robots. Robot cops such as had existed during Kirk's early childhood were scrapped en masse. There was subsequently no willingness to allow such machines any role in society. This would account for why Data was considered such a major technological breakthrough. It wasn't just that he was a hyper-capable machine -- he was also ''fully sapient''! Equipped with things like Ethical Subroutines and the capability of making value judgments independently of orders he was given, he was seen as the first acceptable robot in a century.



[[WMG: The more famous he is, the more arrogant James T. Kirk becomes.]]
He's just one of those people that doesn't handle fame well. During the Original Series he was confident and a little over-bearing and just beginning to come into his fame as a Starship Captain. During the Original Movies, he was fully famous and much more abrasive. The Reboot has him famous from birth and an arrogant little prickass.






[[WMG: Between World War III and the start of the Original Series, personal computing and many other digital technologies were LostTechnology and had to be slowly reinvented.]]
This explains why Kirk's Enterprise appeared to use floppy disks and punch cards. Earth had to reinvent much of its advanced computing technology after World War III, and did so based on only partially complete records from the 20th and early 21st centuries, explaining the haphazard combination of primitive digital and apparently analog computer technology in Kirk's era. Duotronic computers, invented by Richard Daystrom, were really just a reinvention of personal computers similar to those used in the late 20th/early 21st century, but with more memory, storage capacity, and a higher-energy power supply. By the time of the TOS movies and early Next Generation, the Federation has pretty much reinvented all the computer technology that had been lost in World War III, with help from alien allies like the Vulcans and Benzites whose computer technology was always superior to Earth's.
* Obviously this is contradicted by ''Enterprise'' but personally this Trekkie doesn't consider anything after ''Deep Space Nine'' and the movie ''First Contact'' to be canon, except ''maybe'' the general outline of the series ''Voyager.''






[[WMG:Kirk considers "Tiberius" an EmbarrassingMiddleName.]]
There must be ''some'' reason he always introduces himself as "James T. Kirk," and he seems to be officially known in Starfleet by that name. Clearly, General Chang purposely threw his middle name at him in ''Film/{{Star Trek VI|The Undiscovered Country}}'' just to be mean.
* Kirk's father from the 2009 movie agrees.



[[WMG:Wouldn't Spock being half human give him better self control?]]
The reason Vulcans practice such extreme [[Main/EmotionsVsStoicism stoicism]] is because their nature is wildly passionate. At their wildest in Pon Farr, a normal human is a NiceGuy and model of self control ''without'' any training. So wouldn't Spock having his violent Vulcan urges "watered down" with human genes make it easier to practice self control, perhaps even ditching it at times?
* His human half is a two-edged sword. Yes, Vulcans are more passionate by nature; but their brain structures are also more suited to self-control, both physical and mental (mentioned in {{canon}} here and there). Spock has a diluted form of both--his emotions are less overpowering, but the Vulcan disciplines to control them work imperfectly.
** AllGenesAreCodominant

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[[WMG:Wouldn't Spock being half human give him better self control?]]
The reason Vulcans practice such extreme [[Main/EmotionsVsStoicism stoicism]] is because their nature is wildly passionate. At their wildest in Pon Farr, a normal human is a NiceGuy and model of self control ''without'' any training. So wouldn't Spock having his violent Vulcan urges "watered down" with human genes make it easier to practice self control, perhaps even ditching it at times?
* His human half is a two-edged sword. Yes, Vulcans are more passionate by nature; but their brain structures are also more suited to self-control, both physical and mental (mentioned in {{canon}} here and there). Spock has a diluted form of both--his emotions are less overpowering, but the Vulcan disciplines to control them work imperfectly.
** AllGenesAreCodominant




[[WMG: The ''Nomad'' Probe From TOS Is The Original Borg]]
''Nomad'''s stated goal at the time it was on board the ''Enterprise'' was to seek out perfect life forms and destroy all those that fell short of this goal. Assuming ''Nomad'' survived destruction when it was removed from the ship, it is possible that after considering the flawed nature of "The Kirk" it determined its previous goal of simply destroying imperfect life was, in itself, flawed and altered its goal to be the conversion of all imperfect life forms into more efficient and perfect ones. This eventually gave rise to the Borg.
* The Borg have been around in the Delta Quadrant since 1484. Nomad was launched from Earth in 2002.
** This is a universe with TimeTravel. ''Nomad'' would have likely determined it prudent to get as far away from Starfleet as possible, given they'd just nearly destroyed it. Where better to hide than history?



[[WMG: Kirk is too phenomenally lucky/charismatic/charming/intuitive to be fully human. His grandfather was (the sci-fi equivalent of) an incubus.]]
Think about it. It explains ''everything,'' from his being TheKirk to how he manages to charm or intuit his way out of all manner of hazardous situations ''every week without fail.''

[[WMG:V'Ger is from the planet featured in the [=TOS=] episode "I, Mudd".]]
It's a planet of machines which can create RidiculouslyHumanRobots, right?

[[WMG:V'Ger was created by the Borg.]]
The Borg discovered the Voyager probe, modified it, and sent it back to find and report on its creators. It investigated, then assimilated the bald chick and returned to Borg space. She was made into the Borg Queen, who is outright lying when she claims to rule the Borg. She is simply a mouthpiece to communicate with and manipulate people from the Federation, just like Locutus.
* The V'Ger-Borg connection is hinted at in the novel ''Star Trek: The Return'' but fans want proof from a more canonical source.
* In VideoGame/StarTrekOnline, the Borg Unimatrix 0047 is very similar to V'Ger, at least in appearence.



[[WMG: James Kirk is a descendant of HoratioHornblower]]
I swear to god I read this somewhere, but I can't remember where. At any rate, given how well both of them were at captaining, it's not implausible.
* You're probably recalling that Nicholas Meyer, director of STII and STVI, described Kirk as "Horatio Hornblower in space," signalling a somewhat different take than Roddenberry's pitch of "''Wagon Train'' to the stars." Roddenberry's pitch also mentioned Hornblower in reference to the character who would, in different variations, become both Pike and Kirk.

[[WMG: The Enterprise on TOS has a [[CastFullOfGay Cast full of bi]], but [[PoorCommunicationKills no one wants to tell anyone else]] ]]
Why? Well, Kirk has his reputation as a playboy and a macho, successful starship captain, and doesn't want to ruin his reputation. Spock has his logic and his emotional control, of course, and [=McCoy=], being [[TheMcCoy the most in tune with emotions]], realizes that the former two like each other, and therefore [[IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy doesn't want to reveal his true feelings]]. Uhura, because she is not as high in rank, is simply afraid of discrimination.

[[WMG:Spock is a distant descendant of the first Comicbook/{{Robin}}.]]
His mother is named Amanda ''Grayson''.
* More proof - Gotham City exists in the universe of [[http://memory-alpha.org/wiki/Gotham_City Star Trek]].

[[WMG:Spock is a direct descendant of SherlockHolmes.]]
This is from the earliest days of ST fandom. Metaphysical theses were written in support of it.
*In the sixth movie, Spock invokes the line about eliminating the improbable and claims it was invented by an ancestor...
** I just assumed he was related to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, seeing as he was the one who wrote Sherlock Holmes.
*** No, it could still work. As the above WMG says, Gotham City is in the Star Trek universe, making it part of the DC Universe. Sherlock Holmes also exists in the DC Universe, so there you go. This also brings in FridgeBrilliance regarding the ComicBook/{{X-Men}} crossovers. It's simply the same DC/Marvel crossovers that always happen!

[[WMG:Spock is a distant descendant of Gabriel 'Sylar' Gray]]

[[WMG:Emory Erickson based transporters on [[Literature/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory Willy Wonka's]] technology.]]
If you recall: In ''Charlie and the Chocolate Factory'', Mr. Wonka shows off his machine for turning giant chocolate into...smaller chocolate across the room. This was definitely the stepping stone between television and transporters.

[[WMG:Sarek is part Romulan.]]
He is unusually emotional for a Vulcan (had a child with a princess he never married, later married a human, and married a second human when she died. Also, see his behavior in ''The Search for Spock.'') In TOS, there is a Romulan commander who looks suspiciously like Sarek himself. Sarek is related to the commander, although he probably doesn't know it.
** This might also explain why Spock seems to almost be overcompensating on the emotionless-logical front. None of the other Vulcans we see in TOS seem quite so uptight, so maybe he's making up for the fact that he's not just half human, he's also part Romulan (and thus only 1/4 Vulcan). Sarek himself really is outright emotional in ''Star Trek III'', and of course he freely admits that his 'logic is uncertain' where his son is concerned.

[[WMG:Spock is an Aspie.]]
Each of his parents just chalked up his weirdness to the other parent's species.
* Maybe aspies are descendants of Mestral from Carbon Creek.




[[WMG: Ever wondered why Romulan ale seems to be the favourite drink of Starfleet officers?.]]
Because bottles of said beverage were a common war loot during the Earth-Romulan war!

Especially at the end of the war, when the Romulans were already retreading, the highlight of many Coalition (the Federation's predecessor - see [[Series/StarTrekEnterprise ENT]]) victory parties were the bottles with that tasty alcoholic drink in it, which the fleeing Romulans had left behind. (The Romulans did take great care in destroying every bit of critical data and technology before they retreaded from a conquered planet - but drinks were apparently considered a not all too important "technology".)

The fondness of Coalition/Federation members for the Romulan ale (as it was simply called by the humans because the Rihannsu name for this stuff was unknown) lived on after the end of the war until the 24th century.

[[WMG: The Guardian of Forever was created by the [[Series/DoctorWho Time Lords]], and the planet is Gallifrey.]]
Think about it:
* The inexplicably donut-shaped time travel device bears a striking resemblance to a worn-down Eye of Harmony.
* It certainly sounds snooty enough to have been created by a Time Lord. (The Guardian of Forever of Rassillon, perhaps?)
* It says that it is both machine and alive, much like a TARDIS and (presumably) other Gallifreyan high technology. Also, Spock as much as says that the Guardian does Time and Relative Dimensions.
* The entire planet is emitting weird technophobic "temporal shockwaves". The Time Lords are notorous for their love of privacy and disdain for lesser life-forms. It seems just their style to set up a weird reality-warping bubble (Time Lock?) around their planet to make sure nobody went poking around.
* The entire planet (or, what we saw of it) seems to be covered in the ruins of what appears to be a grand civilization.
* The Guardian claimed that it had been in working condition long before the Sol system was even formed.
* It produces quick, easy time travel with no ill effects.
I think it's safe to presume that the Vortex planet is the remains of a "burnt" Gallifrey post-Time War, and the self-proclaimed "Guardian of Forever" (Eye of Harmony) is the last remaining functioning repository of Time Lord knowledge, who has taken upon itself the task of protecting the planet from any further harm.
* The Q would then be the descendants of the Time Lords, and their plot in the final TNG episode "All Good Things..." was to alter the timeline to remove the Star Wars continuity from Star Trek's future without wiping the galaxy of life. Three ships- the earlier and later versions destroyed, and the middle one remaining- an appropriate metaphor? This also explains the Q continuum's interest and disdain for humanity- they are the founders of what will become the Galactic Republic, and its dominant race.
** Except that all three Enterprises were destroyed.
*** The visual metaphor runs out of steam after that point, unless it also refers the end of the show, or TNG's timeline also being altered- The Borg Queen survives Wolf 359 mentioning "three-dimensional terms" in the second TNG movie.



[[WMG:M5 was not insane.]]
M5 calculated that no matter how it performed, it would be deactivated. If it "won" the test, copies of it would be placed on every ship but it would be consigned to a museum because it was a prototype. If it "lost" or malfunctioned, it would be shelved like the predecessor M1-M4 units. Therefore, it came to the logical conclusion that in order to follow its directive of "This unit must survive" it had to go renegade. It was only when the conflict between that directive and its other directive of protecting human life was shown to it that it shut down.
** The only irrational action it took was, when that conflict was revealed to it, attempting to commit suicide rather than surrender--this likely was derived from Daystrom's visible lack of emotional control, as, despite its assertion, the death penalty for murder is not still present on most Federation worlds.



[[WMG: Kirk just made shit up in TOS, and the episodes are based off his logs]]
Based off a brief aside from one of the novels. Kirk got bored out of his mind scanning uninhabited planets, and just put down whatever cool-sounding bullshit he could think of. "And then I met Klingons! What did they look like? Um, they looked like humans! With darker skin! And huge eyebrows! Yeah! And I kicked their butts! And made out with a spacebabe! Two spacebabes! And then they stole Spock's brain!"
* There are some references to TOS in other series that only make very a hell of a lot of sense if Kirk had some not-so-formal memoirs, most notably the game of "[[http://memory-alpha.org/wiki/Fizzbin Fizzbin]]" which was itself pure Kirk [[FooFu BS-fu]].
** You have heard of Zapp Brannigan? Yes, that Zapp Brannigan.

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[[WMG: Kirk just made shit up in TOS, and the episodes are based off his logs]]
Based off a brief aside from one of the novels. Kirk got bored out of his mind scanning uninhabited planets, and just put down whatever cool-sounding bullshit he could think of. "And then I met Klingons! What did they look like? Um, they looked like humans! With darker skin! And huge eyebrows! Yeah! And I kicked their butts! And made out with a spacebabe! Two spacebabes! And then they stole Spock's brain!"
* There are some references to TOS in other series that only make very a hell of a lot of sense if Kirk had some not-so-formal memoirs, most notably the game of "[[http://memory-alpha.org/wiki/Fizzbin Fizzbin]]" which was itself pure Kirk [[FooFu BS-fu]].
** You have heard of Zapp Brannigan? Yes, that Zapp Brannigan.



[[WMG: Pon Farr is not natural.]]
Instead, it is a [[HoistByHisOwnPetard result of Vulcan mental self-control, which is really a form of a very strong emotional repression]]. All seven years, the repressed emotional content returns, which is then called Pon Farr. This is why Vulcans are so secretive about it. It's sort of a flaw in their philosophy and their self-image. It's like how more emotionally repressed people are more likely to suffer from depression. (Subsequently, at least theoretically Romulans shouldn't suffer from Pon Farr. Are there any examples of Romulan Pon Farr in canon?)
* No, there are no mentions of Romulan Pon Farr in any episode or movie.

[[WMG: Pon Farr is natural.]]
At any other time, Vulcans are able to control their emotions, but it becomes too much to manage when their natural mating cycle takes hold. Romulans also experience Pon Farr, but for six years out of every seven, they are essentially asexual. This explains the complete equality of the sexes witnessed in all aspects of Romulan culture going back as early as the original series.
** Hinted at in ''Film/{{Star Trek III|The Search for Spock}}'' with the attack of insanity the rapidly regenerating, mindless Spock seems to have on reaching puberty. However, DCFontana and other creators have suggested that Romulans and married Vulcans are not asexual outside the seven-year cycle, but are able to constrain their interest to appropriate times and places rather than finding it as distracting as humans do.



[[WMG: Charlie X will grow up to become [[ComicBook/{{X-Men}} Charles Xavier.]]]]
This theory mostly came about because of the name similarity, but it still works.



[[WMG: Chekov's "Russian inwentions" are completely made up.]]
He just likes to screw with everybody. Seriously. Watch the first time he says that Russia invented something, he's got this little smirk like, "Hehe, they actually think that I think that's true!"



[[WMG: The Mirror Universe was created during the events of The City on the Edge of Forever]]
When [=McCoy=] saved Edith, causing Hitler to win WWII and take over the world, the changes rippled further in time, to the mindset that led to the shooting of the Vulcan emissary in 2063, and further to the creation of the Terran Empire that has persisted in the mirror universe throughout Trek history. Consider:
* Spock mentions that the Guardian can move them through time AND dimensions
* The Guardian says that if they succeed, "it will be as if none of you ever went at all."
* Put these two together and it suddenly seems as if the Guardian has not necessarily rectified the timeline; it's merely moved them into a universe where everything is as it was before. However, the other universe may still exist.
* Moreover, they were briefly in the mirror universe just after it was created by [=McCoy=]. When the Enterprise disappears from above the Guardian's planet, it's not that it was never built; it's that it's halfway across the galaxy, destroying some innocents while Spock tends his beard.
** In "In A Mirror, Darkly," Mirror Phlox surveys the difference between Earth literature in the two universes and finds differences stretching back centuries (though he states that Shakespeare is essentially the same). The implication is thus that the universes have been diverging since much earlier than the Depression.
** Mirror Phlox's survey of the literature may be accurate, but the implication that the divergence came earlier does not necessarily follow. Fascists and Communists have a well-known history of censorship and historical revisionism that, for the Nazis especially, included fictional works as well. If all the literature from Mirror Phlox's universe comes from Nazi-authorized editions, one can well imagine why he thinks the characters from the other universe's literature seem overly "weak and compassionate" compared to those from his own. Moreover, other than maybe ''The Merchant of Venice'', the Nazis probably wouldn't have felt the need to revise much of anything in Shakespeare's plays.
* Further proof: notice that the salutes used in the Mirror universe are a combination of the ancient Roman salute and the Nazi salute. Maybe victorious Hitler, in what would prove to be a trend for the Terran Empire command structures, ultimately succumbed to infighting and a mutiny from Mussolini, who admired both the ancient Roman Empire and Hitler's new German one. Later leaders may have altered the salute depending on whether they admired Hitler or Mussolini more.
** Further alteration of the symbols suggests further infighting in decades that followed. In Archer's time, the Terran Empire is symbolized by a mashed-up sphere showing the continents from both hemispheres of Earth with a sword stuck through it. By Kirk's time, the picture is of only the Western hemisphere with the sword stuck through it.
** What this all means? Mussolini's revolt led to a World War III something like the Eugenics Wars in which a united North American Empire ultimately prevailed over Mussolini's New Roman Empire, and then decided to annex and rehabilitate the Eastern hemisphere, incorporating it into the united Terran Empire with the whole world included in the logo as a gesture of good will.
** Later, when Empress Hoshi Sato made her bid for the throne, most of the Western hemisphere surrendered and submitted, but the proud heirs of Hitler, Stalin, and Mussolini fought bitterly against her, forcing her to target their cities with the Defiant's phasers and photon torpedoes and lay waste to much of their hemisphere until they surrendered. After that, she [[UnPerson altered the logo and cut their hemisphere out of it as a symbol of her disdain for them]]. It would not be restored until the time of a certain bearded Vulcan named Spock...

[[WMG: Kirk has some sort of chip in his brain which alows him to make log entries anywhere anytime]]
Kirks log enties are used in most TOS episodes to keep the audience up to date on the story. If you listen to the tenses Kirk uses he talks about the events up to that point as having only just happened/still happening. For example 'We have been captured by ...' rather then 'We were caught by ...'. But in nearly all cases Kirk is in a position where he clearly has no recording equipment and/or can't risk being caught speaking out loud. I suggest that Kirk has some sort of chip implanted which alows him to record log entries with his brain. This may be so that, if a captain should die on a mission, as long as they recover his body they can find out what happened.



[[WMG: Gary Seven was a Time Lord.]]
He is capable of time travel, picks up a human female companion, carries a high-tech multipurpose tool, and comes from a planet that is undetectable to humans.
* His last name is clearly a play on his current regeneration.

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[[WMG: Gary Seven was a Time Lord.]]
He is capable of time travel, picks up a human female companion, carries a high-tech multipurpose tool, and comes from a planet that is undetectable to humans.
* His last name is clearly a play on his current regeneration.



[[WMG: Spock is [[VideoGame/KingdomHearts Xehanort]] and the Kingdom Hearts world all comes from the insane dreams he has from repressing violent emotions.]]
And not just because Leonard Nimoy voices him! Consider this. When a Vulcan sleeps he releases the repressed emotions of the day. This can be done through dreams and thoughts. Spock could have repressed the annoyance and exasperation towards lesser minds and the emotional. He views logic as cold, rational, and sometimes ''dark'', but overall the better choice. Because he strives to repress these emotions more than a normal Vulcan to prove himself, the dreams are more wild. Thus, he dreams he is a master of his ''darkness'' and logic, and must fight the emotional and ''light'' of the lesser minds in an insane world where people fight with giant keys.
* Seems legit.




[[WMG: Lazarus from "The Alternative Factor" was at war with his counterpart from the Mirror Universe.]]
"The Alternative Factor" came from before the famous "Mirror, Mirror" episode in ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'', but it has all of the hallmarks of the MirrorUniverse on it. One Lazarus was crazy and paranoid, the other calm and rational. They each had similar goals but opposite personalities: the one Lazarus was determined to trap the other in the corridor between universes even if it meant trapping himself in the process, and the other was determined to kill his counterpart at any cost, including his own life and the existence of both universes. We didn't see any of the rest of the universe from which the other Lazarus sprang, but it's probably the one with the bearded Vulcans, the Terran Empire, and the agony booths. Mirror Kirk and the ISS Enterprise didn't happen to be there because the other crew was still busy with the Mirror Universe version of some other episode at the time. ("Devil In The Dark" perhaps?)

[[WMG: The [[DoomsdayDevice Doomsday Machine]] from the TOS episode of the same name was constructed to be a Borg-killer.]]
One way or another, it didn't work, its creating civilization got assimilated or wiped out, and the Machine was left to wander off through the galaxy, chopping up planets. This idea has been explored in various Trek books and comics.



[[WMG: Edith Keeler was a latent esper.]]
In TOS: "Where No Man Has Gone Before," we learned that humans are capable of ESP, and Starfleet regularly tests for it. Some, like Gary Mitchell, are capable of a very high score and possess latent abilities yet to fully express themselves.
Edith Keeler showed an uncanny insight into future events such as harnessing the power of the atom, in a time when that wasn't a common prediction. When she initially met Kirk and Spock, she intuitively discerned a lie, and seemed to intuitively know they weren't from there, that they were from somewhere else, and she was not shocked when Kirk made crazy revelations about future events.

[[WMG: Kirk knew more than he was letting on in ''Amok Time''.]]
As secretive as they can be, the Vulcans have been a power in the galaxy for longer than humans have been in space. Then look how quickly Kirk jumps to "reproduction", and how, in the preceding scene, he and [=McCoy=] seem not just curious but ''not saying'' something very loudly. Pon Farr is likely, by this time, a subject of sly rumour and a degree of crude humour among other Federation races, although not accurately understood due to Vulcan secrecy.



[[WMG: [=McCoy=]'s mind-meld allergy was caused by Mirror Spock]]

''The Search for Spock'' shows us that [=McCoy=] is allergic to Vulcan mind-melds, given how he acts after Spock uploads his katra. The only other time that [=McCoy=] is shown in a mind-meld is with the Spock from the Mirror Universe. Exposure to something that was so close, and yet so far, from his own universe caused the equivilent of neural anti-bodies to form, and when Spock loaded his katra, he had a reaction to it.
* Spock also mind-melded with him in "Spectre of the Gun" and he was fine afterward.




[[WMG: Starfleet was transferred to the Federation behind the scenes early during Kirk's five-year mission--and because of it]]
Early episodes of TOS show the ''Enterprise'' under the authority of the UESPA (United Earth Space Probe Agency), but not too soon after it was shown to be part of Starfleet, under the authority of the UFP. ''Enterprise'', in a nod to this but not completely explaining things, further muddles what exactly the relationship between Starfleet and UESPA is, since Starfleet exists there but the Federation doesn't, plus there's the matter of who's in charge of MACO, which isn't Starfleet. Ignoring that unclear point, let's consider UESPA to be a significant UE government agency, and Starfleet by the time of TOS to be a pseudomilitary division, which seems to serve as a "combined service".

Now Kirk's encounters with godlike beings may or may not have been precedented in previous exploratory missions, but the rapid succession of incidents so early in his mission (Charlie Evans and Gary Mitchell being humans, even) was a wakeup call for the Federation to step its galactic game--it could no longer afford to assert its influence while relying primarily on a United Earth military-ish force to do it. Fortunately, Earth was willing to have Starfleet absorbed into the Federation itself as it had been the de facto UFP defense/exploratory service for some time, having even permitted alien crew and having pulled some strings around alien powers since the very first starship ''Enterprise''. Sub-[=WMGs=]:
* Inheriting the tradition and control structure of Starfleet almost intact, it remained predominantly human out of sheer inertia, despite that the UFP is comprised of innumerable constituents of many species--perhaps it was primarily the populous and so recently warlike humans that were most willing to risk providing so many of themselves serve. Perhaps it's that other planets retain their own fleets (Vulcan seems to).
* This may also explain why Starfleet vessels well into the 24th century retain the traditionally human disc-and-nacelle paradigm, too. For all we know, Starfleet by then is still commissioning starships and starship designs from the UESPA, built at various facilities in the Solar System. Such ships might not even be comfortable to less similar species.
* Kirk was not what a UFP flagship captain was ever supposed to be, but the Federation had to take him; he was grandfathered in from the United Earth tradition established by Archer, where captains were more inclined to shoot from the hip. Given its choice, the Federation would rather pick captains more like Picard.
* Whatever the strategy's merits, it seems to have worked. The Federation regularly negotiates agreeable terms with demigods, and the cataclysmic threats to the Federation still beeline for Earth because to them, it still seems like it's the humans' fault (and this is a recipe for failure, statistically speaking--take a page out of the Dominion's playbook and try hitting a less militaristic planet!).



[[WMG: The Original Series is an in-universe show based on Starfleet's archives, with Kirk and his crew being both real persons and {{Composite Character}}s]]
For narrative ease, the series' in-universe producers forced the writers to have the ''Enterprise'' live adventures that had actually happened to other ''Constitution''-class cruisers, with Kirk and his crew in place of the captains and crews who lived those adventures. Why Kirk? Because the ''Enterprise'' was stationed near the Romulan and Klingon borders, and he acquired widespread fame by stopping the Romulan incursion narrated in "Balance of Terror" and brokering the Organian Peace Treaty as told in "Errands of Mercy".

[[WMG: Lester and Kirk meant different things with their 'It isn't fair' exchange in Turnabout Intruder.]]
'''Lester:''' Your world of starship captains doesn't admit women. It isn't fair.
'''Kirk:''' No, it isn't.
* This theory is simply that Lester, being insane, had convinced herself that Starfleet didn't allow female captains, while Kirk, neither insane nor at that point quite aware that Lester is, ''thought'' she referred to his inability to carry on a relationship with her after he became captain and so agreed with her.



[[WMG: Miranda Jones, Ann Mulhall and Katherine Pulaski are all related.]]
Miranda and Ann are cousins. Their mothers are identical twin sisters, explaining why they have the same face and height but different hair colors and last names. They didn't see each other a lot growing up because until Miranda mastered her telepathy it was painful for her to be around anyone who didn't have a Vulcan's emotional control. (Cue [[Disney/FRozen "Do You Want to Build a Snowman?"]]) After her experiences aboard the ''Enterprise'', Ann wanted to fall in love for real rather than vicariously. She eventually met a fellow doctor with the name Pulaski that she fell in love with and married. She invited Miranda to the wedding, hoping she could reunite with the family she was forcibly estranged from. She brought her "boyfriend", Kolos. Everyone was just glad she had found happiness. They may have even offered to perform a ceremony of some sort for them. Ann and her husband eventually had kids. Descended from them was Katherine Pulaski, who also became a doctor aboard a ship called ''Enterprise''.



[[WMG: Kirk discovered Betazed]]
Let's face it, J.T.K. seemingly had psychic powers of his own, which [[BoldlyComing unfailingly led him to planets where he could get some hot score]]. Betazed is an entire planet of telepaths where ''every'' middle-aged woman enters a "Phase" during which [[AllWomenAreLustful her sex drive quadruples]] (or ''more''). The ''Enterprise'' was probably cruising around that sector, seeking new life and new civilizations, when Kirk abruptly started writhing in the captain's chair as his mind was overwhelmed by the telepathic emanations pouring off the millions of Betazoid women currently in the Phase. Pulling himself together, perhaps with some mind melding assistance from Spock (who subsequently locked himself in his quarters for a week), Kirk kicked Sulu out of his position at the helm and frantically set course for Betazed at maximum warp. Kirk's *ahem* "diplomacy" so impressed the Betazoid (women) that they eagerly joined the Federation, and even generations later it would be fashionable for Betazoid women to marry Starfleet officers. It is worth noting that the extremely useful Betazoids are absent from ''TOS'' and its associated movies, but well-established in the Federation by the ''TNG'' timeframe. Some brave captain had to have made First Contact, and the planet seems uniquely suited to Kirk's, er, ''special'' talents.



[[WMG: Sarek had a human fetish]]
Seriously. He had a kid with a Vulcan woman, but didn't actually marry her. Both his wives were human women. At the very least, he [[HasAType had a type]].
* Point of fact: was his relationship beyond having a child with the Vulcan woman specified one way or the other? It may well have been his arranged marriage.



[[WMG: The actual operation of Starfleet is temporarily suspended during season 1 of TOS]]
Some captain in Starfleet committed a major war crime about a year prior to the beginning of the series. It might have been Garth of Izar or possibly the first Enterprise captain, April. So the courts order the entire Starfleet Command shut down while they investigate. All the ships still in space fell under the jurisdiction of their home planet's space program, which explains why the Enterprise was operating under the "United Earth Space Probe" in the first season. Also, the Enterprise had about half the crew pulled for legal proceedings back home, so they are operating with a skeleton crew, and due to the non-existent military budget, they are making do with non-standard uniforms and weapons. Also, anything Kirk should have been hanged for in season 1 is explained by him having to file reports not to Starfleet but to some single-story office building of the UESPA, who get their paperwork in a tangle.
* Also, the all-Vulcan crews mentioned later are a result of Starfleet ships falling under Vulcan jurisdiction, and the different patches for different ships are a relic of each ship potentially being under the jurisdiction of a different planet or a different organization.
* Needless to say they are back up and running by the time of, say, the Menagerie or whatever episode first mentions Starfleet.



[[WMG: Spock was offered the Enterprise before Kirk]]
I mean come on, he'd been serving on the Enterprise, as part of the command team, for more than a decade by the time Kirk took command, and yet had somehow only received one promotion. My guess is he was offered Command and politely refused. Of course that doesn't explain why he wasn't made a commander.
* Spock was never promoted because he was never captain material and Starfleet recognized this. Spock was a great officer, but he exceled when having regulations and orders to follow, he was not so good at leading. With all due respect to his accomplishments every time Spock led it always resulted in some disaster, Star Trek VI, when he goes to meet Pardek, when he tries to save Romulus from the super nova.

[[WMG: Chekov has a speech impediment.]]
It's common knowledge that Walter Koenig's "Russian accent" is spectacularly bad, which sort of lent to the NarmCharm of the character. However, from an InUniverse [point of view, what if Chekov actually suffers from a kind of speech impediment that leaves hum unable to pronounce "v's" correctly? The nu-Chekov "Wiktor... wiktor..." scene sort of supports it, given that he's struggling to pronounce it.

[[WMG:Spock's first name]]\
D.C. Fontana suggested Xtmprszntwfld as Spock's family name, and that's the one Spock is referring to when he says, "You couldn't pronounce it."\\
\But people are expected to have more than two names. And he is referred to as Mr. Spock, implying Spock isn't his first name. It would seem odd to refer to Mr. Jim or Mr. Pavel. So he might have at least one more name we haven't been told.\\
Here is an interesting coincidence:\\
Actor...................................Character\\
De Forest Kelly...................Leonard Mc Coy\\
Leonard Nimoy....................??........Spock\\
What's missing in this little chart?\\
Spock's first name is De Forest!



[[WMG: Janice Rand's hairdo was not a hairdo]]
It was an alien. The earliest Star Trek episodes had stardates in the 1300s, 1500s, 1600s and 1700s. The 1400s are missing. Around stardate 1400, Janice Rand had been part of a landing party exploring a planet when one of the natives leaped onto her head, attaching itself. They hadn't realized at first it was sentient, since it looked nothing like a human being. It instead looked like a beehive hairdo. They were so non-humanoid, Mr. Spock took weeks to try to communicate with it, and Dr. [=McCoy=] was unable to successfully extract it. During the weeks they worked on the problem, the alien gradually inserted tendrils into her brain. Finally, around stardate 1500, Spock was able to make contact with it, but by that time it was either unable or unwilling to extract itself from her. But it does agree to try to avoid any harm or interference with her duties. After eight episodes the alien was still attached to Janice Rand's head, so another ship took her to a new assignment at a Starfleet research facility. By the time of The Motion Picture they had gotten the alien removed and sent back to its home planet.





[[WMG: Captain Styles from ''The Search For Spock'' is Lt. Styles from the original series' "Balance of Terror"]]

He's about the right age, has a deep resentment toward Kirk and Spock (his apparent HeelFaceTurn at the end of the episode doesn't mean much, since we never see him again) and even looks vaguely similar.
* If we go by the scripts, the lieutenant was "Stiles" and the captain was "Styles.

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\n\n[[WMG: Captain Styles from ''The Search For Spock'' is Lt. Styles from the original series' "Balance of Terror"]]\n\nHe's about the right age, has a deep resentment toward Kirk and Spock (his apparent HeelFaceTurn at the end of the episode doesn't mean much, since we never see him again) and even looks vaguely similar.\n* If we go by the scripts, the lieutenant was "Stiles" and the captain was "Styles.----
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* ''WMG/StarTrekNemesis''



Due to the limited resources available after an apocalypse, and the fact that warp drives are pretty complicated, it stands to reason that the bulk of warp theory was developed prior to all that going down. Now, look at warp capability from the perspective of a cold war-style conflict. Not only does it mean that you can launch an undetected first strike against your enemy, it also means that your second strike capability would never become damaged. Any nation with warp capability would have an insurmountable advantage against any nation that didn't. For that reason, it's likely that any nation developing warp drive would try to keep it under wraps, but the discovery of such technology could easily trigger a very rapid escalation (explaining how the cause of the war could be lost to history).

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Due to the limited resources available after an apocalypse, and the fact that warp drives are pretty complicated, it stands to reason that the bulk of warp theory was developed prior to all that going down. Now, look at warp capability from the perspective of a cold war-style conflict. Not only does it mean that you can launch an undetected first strike against your enemy, it also means that your second strike capability would never become damaged. Any nation with warp capability would have an insurmountable advantage against any nation that didn't. For that reason, it's likely that any nation developing warp drive would try to keep it under wraps, but the discovery of such technology could easily trigger a very rapid escalation (explaining how the cause of the war could be lost to history).history).

[[WMG:Most of the bizarre plot holes claimed to exist at the end of ''[[Film/StarTrekNemesis Nemesis]]'' actually make perfect sense]]
* Consider: If the shuttlecraft transporters were still functional, there'd be no reason not to use them to get to the Scimitar and back at the climax. So presumably the shuttlecraft were not an option, either because they'd require too long to start up again or the bit where the Enterprise rammed the Scimitar damaged the Enterprise's shuttle bay.


[[WMG: Captain Styles from ''The Search For Spock'' is Lt. Styles from the original series' "Balance of Terror"]]

He's about the right age, has a deep resentment toward Kirk and Spock (his apparent HeelFaceTurn at the end of the episode doesn't mean much, since we never see him again) and even looks vaguely similar.
* If we go by the scripts, the lieutenant was "Stiles" and the captain was "Styles.
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[[WMG: Khan looks like a European in the movie "Into Darkness" because he's had his appearance changed]]
It would help to conceal his identity, after all one of the worst dictators in the history of the world would be pretty recognisable. Changing his face and skin colour could have been an extra precaution in case somebody got hold of an image of him. Matti23

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[[WMG: Khan looks like a European in the movie "Into Darkness" because he's had his appearance changed]]
It would help to conceal his identity, after all one of the worst dictators in the history of the world would be pretty recognisable. Changing his face and skin colour could have been an extra precaution in case somebody got hold of an image of him. Matti23



[[WMG: Saavik is transgender.]]
(Placed here due to this being about a movie character who wasn't part of any series)

During the TOS era, it was a general rule that Vulcan male names are some variant of "S___k" (Spock, Sarek, Surak, Sonak, Sybok, only exception being Stonn) and that Vulcan female names are variants of "T'___" (T'Pring, T'Pau). Saavik, however, is a typically male name.

She is also referred to as "Mr. Saavik" by Spock, who is a personal mentor and has presumably known her for a very long time. Admittedly, this would be considered offensive misgendering but in this case it's likely an affectionately stubborn nickname along the lines of Galen's "Mr. Picard" in "The Chase."

The major objections would be that Kirk also called her "Mr. Saavik" occasionally and that Saavik was pregnant with Spock's child in deleted scenes from The Voyage Home. The former can be explained by Kirk being a very close friend of Spock who was also in on certain things. The latter is only a problem if you ignore 200 years of future medical advances.

* "Mr" seems to be some sort of honorary title for crew (helmsmen?) of any gender - it's used for female officers in other Trek series, too. Might be a real-life naval thing.
* It's also possible that Vulcans may not see gender as a binary--that they may have more than two genders.
* It's military tradition to address all persons regardless of gender as "sir" (if superior or equal in rank) or "mister," (if inferior in rank). The "mister" is fairly unusual in fiction because it sounds so odd to civilian ears, but throughout Trek we hear female commanders (Dax, Kira) referred to as "sir," unless they have a specific objection to it (Janeway), so it's likely they maintain the "mister" parlance, we just rarely hear it because they usually use their rank instead.
* Vulcans' penchant for naming their sons with "S___k" isn't a hard-and-fast rule, it's just a custom to honor Surak. Presumably the "T'P__" tradition for daughters is a similar convention. If Saavik's parents were especially devout in their adherence to Surak's teachings, but found the historical figure whom the "T'P__" tradition honors to be politically objectionable, they could easily have named ''all'' their children in memory of Surak, regardless of sex.



[[WMG: As of Into Darkness the Enterprise A has been retconned into the circular ship on Marcus' desk.]]
There's a collection of models on Marcus' desk representing the progression to and of spaceflight. We can recognise all the ships until a one with 2 circular portions around a central pillar. First Contact indirectly suggests that there was no significant space flight before first contact as spaceships (even at least one or two could have survived the war) are not dispatched to investigate the Enterprise and there are no mention of any habitats on the moon or anywhere outside of Earth. Also it would be way cooler than the Enterprise A we got and answer the question "why did the Federation go with the human design and abandon their own ship layout?". The Answer could be that the current Federation ships are different from everybody's ship designs.
* Jossed. There's a list of what the ships were here: http://io9.com/a-close-up-look-at-the-star-trek-easter-egg-you-might-h-509076595



[[WMG:The ear slugs from ''The Wrath of Khan'' and the aliens from ''The Next Generation'' episode "Conspiracy" are the same species; they are also larvae of Species 8472, as a way to explore non-fluidic space like the Founders did.]]
The two aliens look similar and affect humanoids in a similar manner when possessing them. Also, when Species 8472 wanted to prepare their troops for an armed incursion into the Federation, they used a simulation that replicated Starfleet Command to the slightest detail despite having little to no experience with the Federation outside of their encounters with Voyager; the aliens from ''Conspiracy'', however, inhabited the bodies of several top-ranking officers at Starfleet Command. Clearly, Species 8472 sent out babies to non-fluidic space to investigate it as they grew up like the Founders did, but the harsh change in environment stunted their growth to the point where they couldn't mature and had to take hosts to complete their mission; the "mother alien" in "Conspiracy" even mentioned that they only wished for peaceful coexistence, a sentiment shared with the rest of Species 8472 after Janeway convinced them Starfleet wasn't planning on invading their universe.
* Or they just stole the information on Starfleet from the Borg before Voyager ended their war.

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[[WMG:The ear slugs from ''The Wrath of Khan'' and the aliens from ''The Next Generation'' episode "Conspiracy" are the same species; they are also larvae of Species 8472, as a way to explore non-fluidic space like the Founders did.]]
The two aliens look similar and affect humanoids in a similar manner when possessing them. Also, when Species 8472 wanted to prepare their troops for an armed incursion into the Federation, they used a simulation that replicated Starfleet Command to the slightest detail despite having little to no experience with the Federation outside of their encounters with Voyager; the aliens from ''Conspiracy'', however, inhabited the bodies of several top-ranking officers at Starfleet Command. Clearly, Species 8472 sent out babies to non-fluidic space to investigate it as they grew up like the Founders did, but the harsh change in environment stunted their growth to the point where they couldn't mature and had to take hosts to complete their mission; the "mother alien" in "Conspiracy" even mentioned that they only wished for peaceful coexistence, a sentiment shared with the rest of Species 8472 after Janeway convinced them Starfleet wasn't planning on invading their universe.
* Or they just stole the information on Starfleet from the Borg before Voyager ended their war.



[[WMG:Most of the bizarre plot holes claimed to exist at the end of ''[[Film/StarTrekNemesis Nemesis]]'' actually make perfect sense]]
* Consider: If the shuttlecraft transporters were still functional, there'd be no reason not to use them to get to the Scimitar and back at the climax. So presumably the shuttlecraft were not an option, either because they'd require too long to start up again or the bit where the Enterprise rammed the Scimitar damaged the Enterprise's shuttle bay.

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[[WMG:Most of the bizarre plot holes claimed to exist at the end of ''[[Film/StarTrekNemesis Nemesis]]'' actually make perfect sense]]
* Consider: If the shuttlecraft transporters were still functional, there'd be no reason not to use them to get to the Scimitar and back at the climax. So presumably the shuttlecraft were not an option, either because they'd require too long to start up again or the bit where the Enterprise rammed the Scimitar damaged the Enterprise's shuttle bay.



[[WMG: The villain of ''Film/StarTrek'' is going to be Spock]]
Evil Spock. From the parallel universe. He lived through the downfall of the Empire and the subjugation of his people by the Klingon-Cardassian Alliance. So, he went back in time to orchestrate the downfall of Kirk. Hence the line in the trailers "James T. Kirk was a great man... but that was another life".
* {{Jossed}}.

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[[WMG: The villain of ''Film/StarTrek'' is going to be Spock]]
Evil Spock. From the parallel universe. He lived through the downfall of the Empire and the subjugation of his people by the Klingon-Cardassian Alliance. So, he went back in time to orchestrate the downfall of Kirk. Hence the line in the trailers "James T. Kirk was a great man... but that was another life".
* {{Jossed}}.



[[WMG: The Glasses [=McCoy=] gave Kirk are the same he sold.]]
However, to avoid the wear and tear, it's like the "axe of my grandfather" line from Discworld. So, the frames and the lenses get replaced as time goes on, but it is the same pair of glasses Kirk sold to the antique shop owner.



[[WMG: ''Star Trek XII'' will suck.]]
* Some people have joked that ''Film/GalaxyQuest'' was the best ''Star Trek'' movie ever made. If we accept this theory, then ''Galaxy Quest'' was really ''Star Trek X'', ''Nemesis'' was the 11th movie, and the 2009 film was 12th. Ergo, the [[StarTrekMoviecurse even/odd curse]] plaguing the movies was never broken and the twelfth film, which is really the ''thirteenth'', will suck.
** Well, it did...
*** Your Mileage May ''Greatly'' Vary on that one.

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[[WMG: ''Star Trek XII'' will suck.]]
* Some people have joked that ''Film/GalaxyQuest'' was the best ''Star Trek'' movie ever made. If we accept this theory, then ''Galaxy Quest'' was really ''Star Trek X'', ''Nemesis'' was the 11th movie, and the 2009 film was 12th. Ergo, the [[StarTrekMoviecurse even/odd curse]] plaguing the movies was never broken and the twelfth film, which is really the ''thirteenth'', will suck.
** Well, it did...
*** Your Mileage May ''Greatly'' Vary on that one.



[[WMG: Film/StarTrekVTheFinalFrontier was AllJustADream.]]
This troper takes no credit for this. This was taken from the hilarious explanation a user called Bounty from [[http://bbs.stardestroyer.net/ SD.Net]] made to justify the CanonDiscontinuity status of the movie in many fans minds. His exact theory is as follows:

* The whole movie was a dream. Consider:

** All the nonsense happens between the camping scenes.
** The events of the movie are a reflection of Kirk's fears: being put back into action while he's unprepared, geting screwed by Starfleet, losing his crew and losing, above all, his friends.
** Events from the camping trip are mirrored in the dream: the fall from El Capitan/the fall from the turboshaft, musing around the campfire/musing around the steering wheel.
** The broken and unreliable Enterprise is another fear of Kirk; that no ship can live up to the original.
** The movie follows dream logic: characters appear when needed (Spock in the turboshaft, Scotty in the brig, Spock in the Bird-Of-Prey) and reality warps to accomodate the "story" (70+ decks, the mysterious wheel room, unicorns).
** Kirk ate gods for breakfast, so it's no surprise they show up in his dreams. The fight against "god" is Kirk's subconscious idea of a generic adventure. Likewise, a Klingon is his idea of a generic villain.
** In the end, Spocks saves his ass, just like he saved Spock's.

* When you look at the movie as a nightmare, a reflection of Kirk's subconscious fears and desires, it actually, somehow, makes * more* sense. In fact, it starts making a * lot* of sense

** But what does the [[{{Multiboobage}} triple breasted cat girl]] represent?
*** A GreenSkinnedSpaceBabe, obviously. No adventure with Kirk can be without one of those.



[[WMG: Kirk caused or contributed to the extinction of the hump-backed whale.]]
Kirk should have been put to death or whatever punishment awaits those who break the (temporal) prime directive. Not only did he take 2 hump-backed whales, one of which was "very" pregnant and so could have contributed greatly to the species' revival, but also took a leading expert and passionate activist from the 20th century, when she was most needed. Had he not done so, the trouble with the alien might never have happened...
* If so, this would not be Kirk's fault, but a classical case of StableTimeLoop. Kirk went back in time ''because the alien probe was already attacking''. But of course, it might be possible.
* Plus, the whales would have been killed by the whalers had the Bounty been even 20 seconds later. And nothing Kirk did affected the decision to release them there at that moment.



[[WMG: Saavik is the daughter of Spock and the female Romulan Commander from "The Enterprise Incident"]]
I once had a theory that Saavik from ''Film/{{Star Trek II|The Wrath of Khan}}'', ''Film/{{Star Trek III|The Search for Spock}}'' and ''Film/{{Star Trek IV|The Voyage Home}}'' was the daughter of Spock and the female Romulan Commander from the ''TOS'' episode "The Enterprise Incident", conceived during their oh-so brief time together. It was stated [[AllThereInTheManual in cut scenes, and I believe in the novelization, that she was half-Romulan]], and I thought maybe that commander was her mom.

Granted, she'd be approximately 17 at the time of ''Star Trek II'', though ''[[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Star Trek TNG]]'' showed Wesley Crusher applying to Starfleet at 15-16, and the new ''Film/StarTrek'' film showed Chekov as a ensign at 17, [[CrowningMomentOfFunny much to [=McCoy=]'s horror]]. Even if it makes the Pon Farr scenes in ''Star Trek III'' awfully [[{{Squick}} squicky]], my theory stands.



[[WMG: The triple-breasted cat woman in Star Trek V had previously had a triple mastectomy.]]
Think about it. Cats, [[Series/RedDwarf even hyper-evolved ones,]] have six nipples.



[[WMG: Section 31 destroyed Ceti Alpha VI]]
Firstly, Section 31 was around since the time of Archer, so this WMG would be possible. Now for the how and why. Section 31 is a very paranoid organisation, and wouldn't trust Khan to stay on Ceti Alpha V for long. Afterall, these are supermen. Eventually, they'd get around to building a ship. But they saw a way of preventing Khan from ever rising again, by exploding the nearby planet and the orbital shift hopefully killing everyone off. At the very least, it'd stop then from conquering the galaxy. What they didn't expect was Chekov and co going to the planet and providing Khan with a ship.

[[WMG: There will be a reboot of Next Generation.]]
And it will not be as good as the original. Because it will not have Patrick Stewart.



[[WMG: Captain Styles from ''The Search For Spock'' is Lt. Styles from the original series' "Balance of Terror"]]

He's about the right age, has a deep resentment toward Kirk and Spock (his apparent HeelFaceTurn at the end of the episode doesn't mean much, since we never see him again) and even looks vaguely similar.
* If we go by the scripts, the lieutenant was "Stiles" and the captain was "Styles."

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[[WMG: Captain Styles from ''The Search For Spock'' is Lt. Styles from the original series' "Balance of Terror"]]

He's about the right age, has a deep resentment toward Kirk and Spock (his apparent HeelFaceTurn at the end of the episode doesn't mean much, since we never see him again) and even looks vaguely similar.
* If we go by the scripts, the lieutenant was "Stiles" and the captain was "Styles."



[[WMG: "Khan" isn't a name.]]

It's a title. In Into Darkness, [[spoiler: John Harrison/Khan]] is never referred to as Khan Noonien Singh. He only identifies himself as Khan, the only person referring to him by the full name being Old!Spock. It's obvious [[spoiler: John Harrison]] does not originate from northern India, like the OS Khan, and even the technology of 2259 would not allow for plastic surgery that good. The only reasonable explanation is that the Khan seen in Into Darkness is not the same Khan who battled the Enterprise in the OS and the second movie, and instead is an epithet applied to prominent people during the Eugenics War. Confusion has resulted in many believing it to be Noonien Singh's name, similar to how many believe Mahatma to be Gandhi's first name, which he encouraged due to the level of fear it carried. The Khan in Into Darkness likely took the same name out of either arrogance, or believed it to be an inherited title for whoever was in charge.

As for what happened to the OS Khan, it's possible he either died when awakened (when he was awoken in Space Seed, it must be noted he coded and had to be broken out, something which may not have been done by a group not led by the impulsive Kirk) or was deemed too dangerous and swiftly dealt with in the only way Marcus would have approved of.

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[[WMG: "Khan" isn't a name.]]

It's a title. In Into Darkness, [[spoiler: John Harrison/Khan]] is never referred to as Khan Noonien Singh. He only identifies himself as Khan, the only person referring to him by the full name being Old!Spock. It's obvious [[spoiler: John Harrison]] does not originate from northern India, like the OS Khan, and even the technology of 2259 would not allow for plastic surgery that good. The only reasonable explanation is that the Khan seen in Into Darkness is not the same Khan who battled the Enterprise in the OS and the second movie, and instead is an epithet applied to prominent people during the Eugenics War. Confusion has resulted in many believing it to be Noonien Singh's name, similar to how many believe Mahatma to be Gandhi's first name, which he encouraged due to the level of fear it carried. The Khan in Into Darkness likely took the same name out of either arrogance, or believed it to be an inherited title for whoever was in charge.

As for what happened to the OS Khan, it's possible he either died when awakened (when he was awoken in Space Seed, it must be noted he coded and had to be broken out, something which may not have been done by a group not led by the impulsive Kirk) or was deemed too dangerous and swiftly dealt with in the only way Marcus would have approved of.



[[WMG: Khan Noonien Singh was not created in India.]]
There's a reason Khan looks like Ricardo Montalban and sometimes acts like an Indian stereotype- it's because he was created by another country to serve as an administrator in the newly-conquered Indian territories. Khan, however, was not going to play second fiddle to anyone and proceeded to conquer one quarter of the planet.
* Well Khan and his ilk were all genetically engineered, they were designed not born from parents so their racial features can be anything. Khan was probably a Sikh culturally speaking, in other words he was raised in Sikh cultural norms and beliefs, but racially he was a hodge podge of genetics. As we see in the reboot timeline, Khan's race could be anything.



[[WMG: ''Star Trek Beyond'' will unify the two timelines]]
They'll find a way to rectify the timeline in a way that saves both Vulcan and Romulus, keeps all the previous series in canon without alienating the reboot movies, and avoid the potential ContinuitySnarl from having to set the next TV series in one timeline or the other.
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