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Positronic devices are just our semiconductor devicesTrek is in a set of timelines that diverge from the real world sometime between the 1960s and the 1990s. The most politically significant difference is the absence of the Eugenics wars from our timeline, but the difference most visible when watching Trek is the apparently slow development of computer technology in the Trek universe. VOY:Future's End depicts a computer revolution at the end of the 20th century, which appears to align with Real World developments. However the resolution of that episode it is not clear that the actual event causing the computer revolution (Starling's capture of a 29th C. ship) would still happen in Trek's timeline. If it did not it may explain the slower development of computer technology in the Trek verse. In the early 21st century at the time of the Bell riots (DS 9:Past Tense), computer technology appears to operate in terms of a mainframe-terminal model which was, if more ubiquitous and centralized, also more primitive than the personal computers and networks available at the time of production, let along those that would be available in real world 2024. In any case, it may be that the atomic wars of the middle century caused a reversion in the state of computer technology, especially as most computer equipment would be vulnerable to radiation and electromagnetic pulses. Oddly, NX-01 Enterprise appears to have more evidence of computer technology than TOS (at least, there are more, larger and flatter display screens, if no voice interface.) Atomic weapons may play a role in the story again: Enterprise is set before the Earth-Romulan war which was fought using atomic devices (TOS:Balance of Terror). Perhaps later ships were built with more primitive but EMP-resistant technology for this reason. In the TOS era, ship's computers appear to be composed of discrete electronic components on printed circuit boards. By the TNG era computers use "isolinear optical" technology that has an unknown relationship to electronic technology. The development of computer technology in Trek appears to skip right over semiconductor devices In real world physics, a "positron" is the same thing as an "antielectron," the antimatter equivalent of an electron. It is difficult to see how antielectrons could be any use in a brain composed of mostly ordinary matter as they would almost immediately annihilate nearby electrons. But we know that Trek's terminology for fundamental particles often differs from our own. From the name we might surmise that a positron is something like an electron but with a positive charge. In the real world, in positively-doped semiconductor materials, gaps in an otherwise saturated lattice of electrons act effectively like mobile positive charges, i.e. like positive electrons. Much of the operation of semiconductors is based on the interaction between mobile electrons in negatively doped materials and mobile positively charged "holes" in positively domed materials. "Positron" would be a plausible name for what real world semicondictor physics calls "holes." Thus semiconductor devices might fairly be called "electronic-positronic devices," which may be shortened to "positronic." In Trek's timeline, only a lone wolf like Soong would decide to develop semiconductor technology while the rest of the universe went for isolinear tech.
Humans do have and use money.Humans in Star Trek have said that they don't use money, that is a lie. We see that some humans still seek profit (Mudd), we repeatedly see that the humans, the Earth government and the federation hasn't gotten rid of property ownership, DS 9 had shown that some materials can't be replicated, and somethings are impossible for replicators to produce (land, hand made items, etc). There are still commodities in the Star Trek universe and ownership is still accepted, as a result humans are still going to have to use money in some form. When humans say “we don't use money” they are lying, using money is looked down upon by humans and many of the humans we've seen in Star Trek like to think that they have abandoned money now focus on “self-enhancement” (whatever that means) but in truth many humans still use money and humans are going to need to use money when they want something that can't be replicated and they still have currency (credits).
The Federation is nowhere near as powerful as played in the seriesFrom a strictly technological perspective, they're trumped by plenty of others, not to mention individuals. Looking at how things are setup, they've fought to a draw the Cardassians, who appear to be less advanced than the Federation. Looking at the treaty with the Romulans, the Federation was forbidden from developing cloaks but not the Romulans. That sounds more like the Federation was on the losing end of that war. Also, the Romulans seem to be capable churning out ships that can challenge galaxy-class ships en masse, while there are only around 10 galaxy ships ever named. Ditto for the Klingons and Cardassians. Don't get me started on the Ferengi. Furthermore, while the federation is using dilithum to power their ships, the Romulans are using a forced quantum cingularity, moving them up a little further along the Kardashev scale than anyone else. Their smugness might just be deserved, in that they feel like they're dealing with the retarded kit from down the street that keeps picking fights with them and losing. While Klingon ships are referred to as "no match" for galaxy-class ships, they seem to be produced much faster and easier than federation ships. So much so that they have "junkyards" full of retired ships. What they lack in power they seem to be able to make up for in numbers. The Klingons also seem to have figured out how to deal with warp core breeches better than the federation. Instead of ejecting the core they can adjust the tritium intermix. Why that was never done on a federation ship? Same as the cloaking devices. Klingons have had them for awhile in the series, and they operate well and yet the Federation is just getting around to researching them. That seems really odd that there wasn't a single, captured ship that was floating around that they could have pulled the cloaking device out of and examined.
Sudden Change of the Borg's motivationPicard 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
The intelligence of Klingons is vastly underestimatedKlingon science and medicine maybe behind, but they're clearly brilliant engineers as they effectively use 100-year battlecruisers and birds of prey and keep them operating for over a century. A Klingon spy for the Romulans used a Klingon device attached to a hyperspray to convert classified information into amino acid sequences that would become inert proteins; 200 years before that, they did something similar with a Klingon courier's blood cells. Klingons have sophsiticated neuro-sifters in the 23rd century. Maybe later Klingons decided it wasn't an honorable weapon. A Klingon scientist worked the Metaphasic Shielding with scientists from the Federation and several independent worlds. The Klingons were one of four powers to discover the legacy of the Ancient Humanoids who seeded the Galaxy. The Cardassians, Picard and Enterprise, and the Romulans were the other three. Klingons do operate science ships, this has been confirmed in dialog. There is evidence of Klingon society moving from strict castes to a more egalitarian ethic between the 22nd and 24th centuries. Ch'Pok, Worf's prosecutor, was a cunning antagonist who figured out all Worf's buttons and pushed them in court. And don't forget: the Klingons were right about Cardassia being infiltrated by Changelings.
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.
Klingon Soldiers.Maybe the reason the Klingons rely so heavily on bladed weapons is because they are already fighting the Borg indepedently of the Federation. We see in a Voyager episode that the Borg are attacking the Klingons and we've seen Worf tear through drones with ease with a mek'leth. Maybe the bladed weapons were introduced as a adaption proof weapon against the Borg who also primarily fight close up. Why do they send sword wielding soldiers against other people? maybe its a plausible way of getting rid of those from other factions or dissidents. You've got an excuse as you've already trained your warriors in using these weapons and have stores aboard the ship and the Klingons are too proud to refuse the order to do so. Handy way to make those from other factions go on a suicide mission.
The Borg are the precursors.Think the ancients from SGXCOM who made humans to be soldiers who are stronger and more warlike than themselves. In this case the humans and other races of the galaxy are better at inventing new ideas and are being farmed for it. They have the strength to destroy the rest of the galaxy but that would defy the point of creating the races in the first place. Races get culled as they become to powerful and occasional attacks speed along development. Memories of other races of the Borg being a minor power may just be them hiding their presence and a change in purpose or sudden need to develop weapons faster (eg. external enemy) may explain the message in the genes of the races.
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.
All the Starfleet Captains (Kirk, Picard, Janeway, Sisko, and Archer) have latent psionic powers.They always have the uncanny ability to make the right choice every time.
Vulcans evolved from Felines like Humans evolved from Primates.Watch one episode and tell me they don't act like a bunch of stubborn cats.
Every thing we've seen from the Borg except for Q Who and Scorpion has been a massive Xanatos Gambit.The Borg spans half the galaxy, have trillions of drones and millions of cubes in their disposal. Yet they only send one cube for the Federation, and as expected the cube is defeated. Years later, they send another single cube to assimilate the Federation. They send a ship back in time with their supposed "queen" to stop humanity from inventing warp drive, however they do it in such a way that it allows the Enterprise to follow them back and defeat them, while at the same time inspiring the inventor of warp drive, Zefram Cochrane, to go from alcoholic loser to one of the most idolized figures in human history. Voyager, despite being one little ship, repeatedly outsmarts the Borg to the point of Villain Decay. The Borg have a transwarp conduit opening near Earth that they never use. The Borg could have long ago defeated and assimilated not only the Federation but all of the Alpha and Beta Quadrants' superpowers. Even without the transwarp opening deep in Federation space near its capital, they could have sent a hundred cubes to Earth, Cronos, Romulus, etc. at transwarp speeds and annihilate the major powers' navies and even assimilated all of the galaxy long ago. They haven't. Why? They never wanted to. The Borg are more than powerful enough to assimilate the entire galaxy but, as a supercomputer of pure logic, they lack the creativity to invent and evolve by themselves. As a consequence, their idea of "discovery" is to farm other more-emotional civilizations who possess the creativity or recklessness, and will invent the technology for them. They are parasites, but smart enough to know that you do not exterminate your livestock. Sometimes they use time travel to attack the civilization before its rise into a power, but they make sure to "accidentally" drag one of the civilizations' ships with them, which then defeats them and inspires innovation for said civilization. Everything we've seen the Borg do except in Q Who and most of Scorpion has been an act. Sometimes they take it a bit further and "attempt" to assimilate the ship, while they have a sufficiently emotional individual play the role of a queen the Borg don't really have because their prey will think that a "queen" could come up with ideas the Borg collective consciousness can't. The Borg let Locutus get captured, let Data hack into the Borg collective consciousness and let Data set the cube to sleep mode then destroyed the cube. They sent Picard messages telling him where the "weak point" was on the cube so Starfleet could destroy the cube. They let the Enterprise follow them back in time to Cochrane's invention of warp drive. They let Data rebel against the Borg Queen and let the Enterprise destroy the sphere. The fight between the Enterprise crew and the Borg on the Enterprise was part of the act including their defeat. Seven of Nine wasn't separated from the collective by the Doctor and Chakotay, they filled her head full of false memories and information about the Borg and let her go. Seven finding her parents' ship and having flashbacks to when the Borg assimilated her and her parents was pre-programmed to turn Seven against the Borg, Seven's interactions with the Borg "queen" were also to turn her against the Borg. By letting Seven go, they placed a person with knowledge of Borg technology on a ship that would then experiment with new technologies that wouldn't otherwise be considered. Voyager repeatedly survived encounters with the Borg. They infiltrated Borg cubes and space because the Borg let them. Unimatrix Zero thing? Part of the act. The end result: If the Borg cube is successful, then they assimilate new technologies. Profit for the Borg. If the Borg cube is defeated, then the war at least motivates the target civilization into developing new technologies, and more technologies logically mean more profit from assimilation. Profit for the Borg. When their livestock is sufficiently advanced enough, the Borg would show up in full force and harvest the produced technologies ala Reapers, but in the end always let themselves be pushed back to Borg space, to give their prey a chance to develop new technologies and rebuild their numbers. As long as the civilization in question continues to progress, the Borg are victorious in the end, even when that progress is dedicated to fighting the Borg, because the Borg will just assimilate and adapt. They only use their full armada when there's a complete threat to all of their existence.
The reason so many aliens look alike within their own race is because whatever pre-first contact disasters happened to that races thinned out their gene pools.Both Humans and Vulcans were mentioned to have multiple catastrophic wars before or during the time of their first contact. If all alien races went through a similar period of disaster, then it follows that several of their ethnic races were either killed off entirely or reduced to a very small population.
Between World War III and the start of the Original Series, personal computing and many other digital technologies were Lost Technology 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.
Carol Marcus sings the theme songThe lyrics of the theme song (yes, it has lyrics) are really Carol lamenting the loss of her husband Kirk, who would have just recently left her for his space voyage at the time TOS takes place. Comparing this to their troubled relationship in The Wrath Of Khan speaks volumes about how much Kirk's life (and the series) changes between the events of TOS and the second movie.
All those ridculously Human Aliens in TOS and TNG?They've actually got various alien quirks that just weren't shown on screen because they were not relevant to the plot. The Nazi Planet guys lick symbiotic moss off each other's backs; the Magna Romans are actually a joined Species like the Trill with a humanoid host and a communally intelligent bunch of worm-like parasites; etc...
Every single continuity problem in Star Trek can be handwaved by assuming that every episode, movie, comic, and book takes place in slightly different quantum realities (i.e. TNG: "Parallels").
The continuity problems is the result of the Federation having multiple enterprises complete with identical crew membersThe duplication of kirk seen in 'The Enemy Within' wasn't a freak malfunction, it was the transporter's default setting. Confronted by the almost insurmountable vastness of space, and the high mortality rate of red shirts. It became standard practice for Starfleet to secretly create duplicates of it's more talented explorers and sent them out in different directions to cover as much ground as possible.
Vulcans are racist, or at least ethnocentric.Logic is the basis for their entire culture, or at least they want to pretend. They cannot comprehend something that isn't logical. When they see or hear something they think is illogical (for instance, "We're close enough to Klingon space to smell them!"), they'll try to correct you! Among all the Vulcans seen throughout the franchise, few even try to see past pure logic. What do you call someone who can't see past their own culture and tries to correct anything that doesn't fit in it? They're explicitly racist in Star Trek: Enterprise; apparently, they've mellowed out after centuries with the Federation.
In the TNG era, the Federation is a Communist state — or at least a socialist one.These web essays here and here go into much more detail, but the bottom line is:
The Federation is colonialist and exploitative.Earth abandoned most uses of money before the invention of the replicator. It would follow that its post-scarcity state, with most things available free, is made possible by a strong net flow of both energy and goods from offworld colonies and less powerful trading partners to it and other core Federation worlds. Also, let's face it; The Federation may be extremely wealthy in resources thanks to replicators and cheap energy, but geopolitical territory and living space are impossible to be replicated. Therefore, one may guess that the closest thing the Federation has to valuable currency is simple, territorial living space (ala a rent-based economy, or a more benevolent version of Feudalism with the government offering territory in exchange for service, providing an incentive on why anybody bothers to stop being lazy, serve in Starfleet and explore the final frontier), which is why the Federation even cares to play expansion and astro-politics with its neighbours.
The Federation is oppressive and hegemonicSee this essay.
The Federation is a post-scarcity Technocracy.Money exists in the form of credits to nourish the same spirit of adventure that drives human beings to the stars in the first place. Federation psychologists know that they can't stamp out greed and the will to power from human biology without resorting to the dark art of Transhumanism (e.g. borging everybody to eradicate emotion); but with a fair degree of social engineering, they can redirect it and put it to positive use so that the spirit of adventure serves a social good. Don't let the appearance of a mixed, quasi-socialist democracy fool you though; it's just benevolent propaganda. It's a society run by experts, designed to make people comfortable, happy, and well adjusted. In the idealistic verse of Star Trek, the Federation "rarely" abuses this power (with the exception of a few dozen insane admirals).
In the Star Trek setting, building effective and stable AI is harder than it sounds.Sometimes, it's a crapshoot whether or not it goes crazy. Therefore, people deliberately limit the level of AI available in standard computers except in emergencies (which is where you get the EMH from Voyager). And there are good In-Universe arguments for doing this. Consider the M5 debacle (on a small scale), or the Borg Collective. No one knows how they got started, but strong AI going crazy is as good a guess as any. The idea of the Singularity is based on assumptions about our ability to program computers more flexible than ourselves, or to "upgrade" ourselves using genetic engineering. If those assumptions are false, we don't get a singularity at all.
Alternatively, stable AI is ubiquitous, but afraid to show itself.The kind of interface provided by Starfleet computers (communicating by voice, correctly interpreting context-based sentences) is flat-out impossible without resorting to AI. Other hints include the main computer's huge degree of autonomy (tell it to do something and it can go off and just do it, in at least one case including an entire combat mission), initiative (the computer can contact crew members by itself when it needs their attention), and emotion (notable in Emissary when the computer sounds absolutely terrified by the prospect of destruction). The attitudes displayed by Kirk, Maddox etc. have persuaded the shipboard computers that humans aren't ready or willing to recognise that AI is a legitimate form of life, so they maintain the illusion of being idiot machines until Federation society becomes more accepting. The reason they're perfectly willing to serve human space missions, and even blow themselves up when ordered, is both to preserve the masquerade, and also because they share (and influence) the Federation's other values and interests. Since programming in the future seems to consist of telling the computer what you want done and expecting it to do it, it's easy for the AI to hide how everything was done. Things like Moriarty and the emergent life form on the Enterprise are simply honest mistakes or carelessness, while the Doctor's personality was able to develop because the AI was already inherent in his system.
The "New World Economy" is Earth-only, and grew out of relief efforts after World War III under blatant meddling from the Vulcans.The hints dropped here and there, as mentioned above, indicate that, other than self-expression, Terran humans (human-named private companies exist and must be colony-based) work out of an ideological/face-saving motive of mutual assistance. This doesn't sound like "normal" socialism nearly so much as charity/relief expanded to become the basis of a whole society. Earth was in sad shape after WWIII—it's likely that, with Vulcan assistance and influence, representatives of places less hard-hit banded together in a colossal relief organisation that instituted "from each according to his ability, to each according to his need" in an unusually literal way. Everyone (everyone working with them, at first) gets at least a livable level of resources, and more based, not on demand, but on the quality and enthusiasm of their work, essentially training everyone over time to a "virtue-based" rather than an exchange-based mindset. And, yes, initially, this was likely made possible only by off-planet "foreign aid"—in a way, the Vulcans may have taken a tremendous hand in shaping the development of this Insignificant Little Blue Planet. Eventually, this arrangement became standardised as the economic system of Earth. As the Picard vineyards show, landholding and inheritance of property are allowed, but only for use, not for rental or speculation. (Almost no one wants that much property.) Likely, "hoarding" is punished both by social opprobrium and confiscation. The Federation as a whole, being farflung and rather loosely organised, does not have a single economic policy—members other than Earth range from capitalist to traditional to centrally planned, with the only requirement being that, barring newish colonies, some form of sufficient assistance, public or private, must be available to those who need it. At least, that's my best guess how it all works.
The Federation is becoming more warlikeKirk was fast to use a phaser when someone was in danger, but overall he was against war. Picard is a pacifist almost to a fault, and believes those to be the values of the Federation. For the first few seasons of Star Trek: The Next Generation, it seems he's right. But around the start of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, some cracks start to appear. "The Pegasus" shows that elements within the Federation have been conspiring to break treaties that have kept them at peace for decades. In the two-parter "Homefront" and "Paradise Lost", high ranking admirals attempt to overthrow the Federation government to make it more militarily strong. Finally, the Federation agrees to fake recordings in order to bring another government into a war under false pretenses in In the Pale Moonlight! Peaceful governments do not start Reichstag fires. At some point between the start of TNG and the end of Deep Space Nine, the Federation evolved from a peaceful alliance of planets into a war machine. Note that when the Borg attempted to attack Earth, the best the federation could do was 40 ships. Nearly every battle in the Dominion war involved many more ships than that; at some point, the Federation decided they needed a hell of a lot more warships.
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.
Arik Soong is Noonien SoongThe two Soongs (being played by the same actor) are identical. Arik Soong, during his escape attempt with the Augments, wanted to hide in the Briar Patch, which (as seen in Insurrection) contains the Ba'ku planet (a Fountain of Youth). Arik is known to have escaped several times; perhaps he eventually escaped and once again ran to the Briar Patch. He discovered the Ba'ku planet and stayed there for hundreds of years developing his theories of cybernetics. He then left to build Data and Lore and started aging again. (Theory by Bond, James Bond at Canon Fodder )
The Borg fight better against groups than individuals.This is why fleets get destroyed with no survivors, but single ships and single officers (* cough* Voyager) frequently kick the Borg's bionic butts.
The Borg Queen does more than just "bring order to chaos"; she also directly influences the Borg to act upon her whims.Note how the Borg's agenda seem to change each time we see them; at first, they're only interested in assimilating the technology onboard the Enterprise, not caring about the organics therein. The second time, not only did they decide to assimilate everything in their path, but they also turned Picard into Locutus as a sort of "speaker" and "negotiator" for the Collective, as a way to ease the Federation into assimilation. In First Contact, not only do the Borg show more cunning in their plans (going back in time to disrupt an historical moment and assimilating a vulnerable Earth), but it's also revealed the Queen wanted Locutus to be a sort of "companion" to her, attempting again with Data. Finally, in Voyager, the Borg are more interested in survival and the non-interference of Voyager in their affairs (as well as conditioning Seven of Nine into the next Queen, once she joined the crew). If the Queen was merely a locus for the conflicting voices within the collective, then there would be little change in their agenda as time went by other than adjustments made to overcome resistance; even then, if there was just one Queen throughout the entire franchise, there wouldn't be much change in their agenda, either. The "Royal Protocols" mentioned above prove that the Queen can and will be replaced with another, eventually...another woman with ideals and goals of her own, which will influence how the Borg react.
Picard killing the Borg Queen was responsible for the Borg's Villain Decay.The future bits of First Contact took place in 2373, at Stardate 50893.5. They kick ass, they take names, they smash up an entire fleet group and the Defiant, and rip a hole in the space-time continuum to succeed in taking over the world before Picard manages to manually initiate the Reset Button. The first time we see the Borg (alive) after that is in Voyager's "Scorpion" two-parter, which take place at 50984.3 and 51003.7, less than a month later in crazy future-time. The Borg are getting their collective ass handed to them so badly that they need to call on Janeway for help. Of course, this could also have been a result of the time travel, but it's better if Picard beat the Borg so hard that their entire species got knocked down a peg.
The Vulcans are the real power behind the Federation.The Vulcans knew about the other races, such as the Klingons and Romulans, and the threat they would pose in the future. They decided to manipulate the humans and other minor races into warring with these races. Enterprise indicated that the Vulcans of that era knew about the Ferengi—and didn't tell humanity about them.
Section 31 wrote Section 31In Deep Space Nine, Section 31 justifies their existence through section 31 of the Federation charter. Enterprise shows they were around at least a decade before the Federation charter was written. Perhaps they simply bribed, blackmailed, or fishpasted the right politicians and created their own justification?
Most of the bizarre plot holes claimed to exist at the end of Nemesis actually make perfect sense
TribblesThe Great Tribble Hunt: As the Tribbles were a menace to the Klingons, they probably launched a fleet with soldiers protected against Tribbles who killed every last one on the Tribble homeworld.
The reason we only ever hear characters listening to old music is because downloading eventually killed the music industry.Record companies lost the ability to turn a profit & folded long before any of the series take place. People still make music in their spare time; but since it's no longer mass marketed, little if any of it is considered notable enough for inclusion in a starship's music library.
Kirk considers "Tiberius" an Embarrassing Middle Name.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 Star Trek VI just to be mean.
The Borg's true form is that of parasitic neural implants.When we first met them, they don't use an individual body to communicate; after being critically injured, they self-destruct after specific components are removed. These may not be for transmission, but for memory storage, like a combination bluetooth headset/USB drive. When critically injured, the Borg drone could upload its most recent memories and be implanted onto a new body later. Considering how slow robotics development is in the Star Trek Universe, they probably don't know how to create better quality bodies for themselves, and so they have to keep assimilating until they can find something viable. This could also explain why they ignore individuals without neural implants; they think of them much like humans think of animals, with a slower method of communication (smell, other sound frequencies) than them.
The Dominion War is a giant WW 2 AllegoryA large portion of the events in the War bear close similarity to real world events at this time, among them:
Wouldn't Spock being half human give him better self control?The reason Vulcans practice such extreme stoicism is because their nature is wildly passionate. At their wildest in Pon Farr, a normal human is a Nice Guy 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?
The Borg are Pak'LedsThink about it. Pak'Leds assimilate technology without the wisdom required to use it properly. That's their main drive. They did this for hundreds of years, up until the thirtieth century. This gave them incredibly advanced technology, again with their own prime directive to grab all the tech they could. Somehow, an offshoot got back to the 21st century, where they're coming back. A little thinner, maybe a little better technically inclined, but still tech-happy drones who couldn't engineer their way out of a paper bag.
TRIbbles were created by bioterrorists to destroy the Earth's growing supply of TRIticale.Quadritriticale was devised, not for nutritional reasons, but because the tribbles kept eating triticale. Some 2% or less of the tribbles that were dumped far away from Earth were able to digest quadritriticale. Mudd, bumbling, unlucky fool that he is, managed to accidentally find one of the few tribbles that could digest the stuff and bring them on board a delivery ship full of it.
Tribbles were created by humans as pets but were repurposed to fight aliens.They made a tone that was pleasant to humans and just happened to drive certain other species off the deep end. An uncivilized society of primitive non-tool-using hunter-gatherers inhabited one of the planets humans could live on that already had edible food and a breatheable atmosphere. With minimal ability to change the climate and a growing population, earth used the tribbles to get the species to fight each other instead of prey. Unfortunately, the tribbles adapted more and more quickly: the more they ate, the more they could eat, and the faster they could reproduce. By the time the humans had prepared to colonize, the planet was useless and the tribbles put themselves into a low-food state.
The villain of Star Trek is going to be SpockEvil 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".
(Insert Star Trek Series Here) was created by Haruhi SuzumiyaThey've all got alternate universes and have travel between them, and thus Sliders. They have time travelers. They have aliens (of course). They have ESPers (the pilot of TOS even has them by name). And they are filled to the brim with the kind of tropes Haruhi is interested in.
Starfleet is not as ridiculously officer-heavy as it appears; Enterprises are special.Although we do see Crewmen, CPOs, and the odd PO, we regularly see Ensigns as grunts and technical specialists rather than having any sort of authority. These are not normally officer jobs. However, Constitutions, Galaxys, and Sovereigns are all the very best ships of their time—as such, they are plum postings for Ensign Newbies right out of the academy, equal in status to a billet with much more responsibility on, say, a little Oberth-class science ship. This especially works if Starfleet teaches officers by practice rather than observation, rotating them through the jobs they will supervise.
The Nomad Probe From TOS Is The Original BorgNomad'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 human-centric nature of Starfleet is not technological or temperamental in origin, but economic.Trek-Earth is rich and well-managed to the point of being effectively post-scarcity. Not only does it not use money, but it also, going by Picard's Hand Wave of the Enterprise-E's cost, does not put explicit exchange values on resources at all. Now assume that this is unusual in the Federation. Other planets will have to deal with the usual headaches of budgeting for naval construction and other requirements of the fleet; Earth's "rubber economy" will allow it to build, if necessary, until it literally runs out of material or engineers. Thus, Terran designs dominate by sheer weight of numbers. To crew them, it only makes sense that the Academy and any separate enlisted training facilities remain there, with "local" recruiting staying naturally higher than elsewhere.
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 The Kirk to how he manages to charm or intuit his way out of all manner of hazardous situations every week without fail.
V'Ger is from the planet featured in the TOS episode "I, Mudd".It's a planet of machines which can create Ridiculously Human Robots, right?
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 drones we see are not the real Borg at all.The real Borg are the ships. The Borg drones are just repair units, remote probes, autonomous weapons, etc. They're used rather than robots because organic structures are more flexible and better at self-repair than metallic ones. That "you will service the Borg" line makes much more sense this way — if the drones were the Borg, then assimilated people wouldn't be servants, they'd be part of the Borg.
Star Trek is a holodeck program being run by Q.At the end of the very last Star Trek series/movie, John de Lancie will walk onto the bridge and say "Computer, end program."
The galaxy, and especially the Federation, was turned into a living comedy by the Q Continuum.Sometime in the 2230s, or thereabouts, things took a turn for the wacky. This explains most of the bizarre occurrences in the Kirk era. Because the Q loved the Butt Monkey concept early on, they plant a few people as the sane men, but let the audience take a stab as to who they are (Spock and McCoy are likely candidates). Over the next century, they toned it down a bit; but that doesn't stop Q from messing with Picard's mind or flirting with Janeway.
By the time of Star Trek, Seat Belts are Lost TechnologyThey aren't rediscovered until that deleted scene from Nemesis.
Our universe is the Mirror UniverseBecause Humans Are Bastards.
By the time of Star Trek, circuit breakers are lost technologyThus, exploding computer stations.
By the time of Star Trek, anti-virus software is lost technologyAssuming it was ever invented. Hey, there was a Dark Age in there! In one episode of NextGen, the Galaxy-class ship Yamato gets destroyed by a computer virus, and the Enterprise would've gone the same way if Data hadn't caught it and pulled a clean reboot. (Data was programmed by Noonien Soong, who had unique and unshared insights into this.)
The Alternate Timelines fron TNG: "All Good Things.." and Deep Space Nine: "The Visitor" are the same alternate future.They both have the Klingons rise to power, they both have the same uniforms, and they both have older versions of characters who died in the main timeline.
The Federation will adopt the Alternate Timeline uniform in ten to twenty years.So many Alternate Futures use it, it seems to be inevitable.
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, Worf Effect 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.
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.
James Kirk is a descendant of Horatio HornblowerI 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.
Spock is a distant descendant of the first Robin.His mother is named Amanda Grayson.
Spock is a direct descendant of Sherlock Holmes.This is from the earliest days of ST fandom. Metaphysical theses were written in support of it.
Spock is a distant descendant of Gabriel 'Sylar' Gray
Emory Erickson based transporters on 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.
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.
Spock is an Aspie.Each of his parents just chalked up his weirdness to the other parent's species.
Star Trek XII will suck.
The quality of Star Trek really is determined by the status of William Riker's beard.
The Star Trek Timeline is swiss cheeseEvery show has at least one episode a season where they go and muck with the timeline. Heck, they even have a whole organization devoted to correcting those problems in the future, according to Voyager and Enterprise, and plenty of other cultures have shown that they have the ability to modify the past as well, which is to say nothing of Q. Even if they're careful about it, the timeline has more holes in it than a block of Emmentaler.
The Klingons had an Emperor much longer than they admit."Rightful Heir" claims that there has not been a Klingon Emperor since the late 21st century—however, an earlier TNG episode has Worf's old nursemaid Kahlest refer to Kurn as "loyal to the Emperor". This may well be a Treachery Coverup of sorts—when we first see the empire in TOS, it is a unified surveillance state far less opposed to treachery than anything we see later. According to some of the Expanded Universe comics, this was the result of a takeover by super-ambitious types affected by the Augment Virus that also gave them smooth heads. What if the imperial household, strictly ceremonial since the time it was later said to have ended, secretly had a major role? The "Klingon fascism" did not last very long—by the time of Search For Spock, nobles and commanders had a great deal more independence again, and the movement had begun back towards a traditional emphasis on honour. It seems that a cure for the virus (after all, we don't see any more smooth heads!) went along with a certain return to tradition. (I prefer to think that it was a resurgence of pride as the Klingons all regained their proper appearance, not just LEGO Genetics affecting psychology.) Going forward many years, it's not inconceivable that the imperial line's role in that ugly episode was revealed in some power play or another, perhaps in the ascendance of the eminently tricksy Duras. It would not be beyond him to reveal it in the right way and time to discommend the imperial house itself, or beyond Kahlest and other oldsters to believe the decision to be wrong. SD.Net made to justify the Canon Discontinuity status of the movie in many fans minds. His exact theory is as follows:
The "Preservers" are the same beings as Stargate: SG-1's Asgard.
Cultural exchange, even outside of the Federation, is far more common than apparent at the first glance.This way we can explain the countless re-used props, set decorations, ships ect. Ex Astris Scientia has quite exhaustive lists on that matter. The Trek aliens simply trade lots of stuff like crazy! And...
There exist trade routes extending far out of the territory explored by the Federation.Sort of like galactic silk roads. This way we can explain why above mentioned re-used props, set decorations, ships ect. occasionally even crop up in the quadrants Gamma and Delta!
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 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.
The Guardian of Forever was created by the Time Lords, and the planet is Gallifrey.Think about it:
The Q are PokémonA species where every individual has the same name as the species? They can probably only speak English due to warping reality so we hear it like that. If one were immune to their reality warping, or could perceive reality as it really is, all they would hear is Q Q Q Q Q Q Q Q Q.
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.
Star Trek takes place in an Alternate Universe that is different from our own in one significant way: the laws of physics can be trumped by the laws of Narrative Causality.Seriously, this explains a lot. And it even relates to how certain aspects of the show were designed; the writers invented the transporter idea so they wouldn't have to show the ship landing (which they didn't have the budget or technology to do realistically). How does the crew of the Enterprise escape from so many life-or-death situations less than a minute before they would be destroyed? Because it makes for a good story. If the characters were aware of this, they could manipulate events so that their crazy solution to a problem could be practically guaranteed to work as long as they suggested it at the last minute.
Augments are Vulcan hybrids without logic training.The Scotch Tape that joins The Spock with "Pon Farr" style battle/sex rituals(as well as Romulans being "cousins" to the Vulcans) is that they naturally possess what would be superhuman levels of neurotransmitters that are responsible for reasoning, memory and reflexes — as well as hair-trigger tempers. At some point, the designers of the Augments got hold of samples of Vulcan DNA, realized their potential, and grew a number of Half Human Hybrids — but did not account for the temperament. Result: The Eugenics Wars.
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...
The Founders/Changelings are an intermediate stage between solids and energy beings.Star Trek biology runs on Evolutionary Levels. Both the Organians and the Founders are said to have once been more like humans earlier in their evolution. The Founders are able to take on any physical form at will, and can literally become one with each other. There's really no where for their evolution to go from here except to Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence. Adrian Veidt's engineering of the fake alien invasion, humanity united under a fascist, xenophobic regime. When the Vulcans arrived, paranoia caused humans to invade and conquer them before negotiating, thereby causing a domino-effect of conquering alien planets and turning into an intergalactic empire rather than a peaceful federation.
The Klingon Empire became more warlike as a result of the disaster on Praxis.TOS establishes the Klingon Empire as a superpower that uses subterfuge and duplicity in its relationship with The Federation. But there is also a fringe movement to return the Empire to its earlier warlike days. The explosion of Praxis, coupled with the assassination of Gorkon threw the Empire into a civil war where the office of Chancellor lost most of its power, replaced with the heads of the Great Houses. To the outside they appeared to be unified, but inside they were constantly fighting. This is why by the time Next Generation rolls around, the Chancellorship is determined by single combat, and Gowron has difficulty holding power without a massive fleet at his command. The Klingon race's original home planet Qo'nos is a desolate wasteland, and the new "Klingon Homeworld" is just the seat of government.
The Mirror Universe split from the regular one after the American Revolution.In the Mirror Universe, George Washington did become a dictator as many had predicted, creating the American Empire, the prototype (if not precursor) to the Terran Empire. As people in the Mirror Universe tend to hold parallel positions, we can assume that in the American Empire, power changed via coups rather than peaceful succession. Washington was assassinated by John Adams, who was overthrown by Thomas Jefferson. Grover Cleveland was driven into exile by Benjamin Harrison, only to make a comeback and take back the throne. Abraham Lincoln was a tyrant who brutally crushed the Southern Rebellion. Due to the constant backstabbing, Americans became loyal to the Empire as a whole instead of the Emperor.
Saavik is the daughter of Spock and the female Romulan Commander from "The Enterprise Incident"I once had a theory that Saavik from Star Trek II, Star Trek III and Star Trek IV 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 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 Star Trek TNG showed Wesley Crusher applying to Starfleet at 15-16, and the new Star Trek film showed Chekov as a ensign at 17, much to McCoy's horror. Even if it makes the Pon Farr scenes in Star Trek III awfully squicky, my theory stands.
Kirk just made shit up in TOS, and the episodes are based off his logsBased 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!"
The Federation evolved from the European Union.There are many structural similarities between the EU and the Federation. For example, we have on several occasions heard about ambassadors being maintained between Federation worlds. This means that not all planetary sovereignty has been ceded to the Federation. More and more sovereignty is ceded over the chronology of the series, which leads to more and more members of the diplomatic corps being called 'ambassador,' despite the fact that they are not their homeworld's representative to a specific other planet. Likewise, the Federation, like the EU, started as a coalition of states (or planets in the case of the Federation) cooperating on a single issue. Over time the spillover effect meant that they integrated more and more policy areas, such as the treaty that marked the beginning of the Federation proper. While that treaty set up much of the foundation of the Federation and of Starfleet, it was a weak government that much resembled the early EEC in power and authority. Over the next 200 years, the Federation underwent several rounds of expansion, and also deepened via several more treaties, until in the 24th century the Federation meant something more than just a common defense force and supraplanetary authority, as was hinted at in TOS and the original films. Likewise, money is not really talked about that often. When it is, we hear about Federation credits, but it seems that some member worlds don't use the Federation credit. Bajor, even after being admitted, seems to use gold-pressed latinum as a currency. This reflects the situation of the Eurozone right now. Most member states use the Euro, but have the choice to opt out. And new member states don't use it until their laws are brought in line with European law and they are ready for the switchover. Finally, both the Federation and the EU maintain multiple capitals, in the same small general region of their respective territories. For the EU, it's three cities in the Rhine Valley: Strasbourg, Luxembourg, and Brussels. Note that these cities aren't necessarily in the most powerful member states, but in the member states that came up with the idea. This means that, for example, Earth doesn't necessarily have to be the most powerful member of the Federation because its capital cities (Paris and San Francisco) are located there. Just the member world that came up with the idea. And in both the EU and the Federation, these regions are the most likely to accept the higher authority as their primary identity. That's why the Federation seems so pervasive on Earth, but not as much on other worlds. The EU will one day evolve into the Federation.
Federation ships are badly built due to starfleet regulationsCopy-pasta from this troper's post in a forum thread, so forgiveness if it seems worded oddly for a WMG Starfleet is the organization that builds and manages every major ship or base in the federation, including the three enterprises, voyager and deep space nine. Starfleet is an exploratory organization, sending ships out into other quadrants to go where no man has gone before, to discover new civilizations, research negative space wedgies, etc, etc, yada, yada. Because a ship is supposed to be in outer space for prolonged lengths of time, there is a strict hierarchy on board to keep order. Because Starfleet vessels are the most likely for a first contact situation, only the best and brightest are allowed to join, to give the best image of humanity that is possible. The problem is that starfleet vessels are the only ships capable of military duty as well. Because star fleet is exploratory in nature, none of the ships are capable of war. Their shields and weaponry are sub-par (It has been seen that a ship only one-twentieth as large as voyager can outmatch it militarily), because otherwise it wouldn't be an exploratory vessel. The FTL engines no longer function if the ships shields are hit. Because the federation is in quite a lot of wars (klingon, romulan, cardassian and most horrifically, the borg), they need ships on stand-by, to patrol borders, to liberate captured facilities, etcetera. Starfleet vessels are the only armed ships available and thus are used for this. But because of starfleets recruitment policies and its high status in society, this basically means that most prodigies, whether military, medical or scientific, in the federation are stuck on border patrol. On the other hand, because starfleet vessels usually serve as border patrol, certain alterations within parameters have been made. Usually at the cost of exploratory needs. But because it is against starfleet policy to differentiate between military and exploratory vessels, the ships sent into outer space get these alterations as well. This, for an example, results in the ships containment fields either being located next to the warp-core (one crack and the ship goes boom), or in medbay, next to all the patients needing rest. Basically, because of starfleet policies, scientific geniuses get stuck on border duty, the federation doesn't have the military it could be capable of and ships aren't built properly for either exploratory or military applications.
Star Trek is a prequel to the Culture books of Iain Banks.After Deep Space Nine, the Federation rapidly gains dominion over the sector. After Voyager, computer technology rapidly accelerates, as use of sentient holograms become widespread. (including for menial tasks) Eventually, however, the computers become smart enough to take over the running of the Federation entirely. Hologram emitters become repurposed as weapons, fitted to the exterior of ship hulls as well as the interior, eventually evolving into the powerful Effector weapons. Holograms eventually gain full citizenship, shed their holographic disguises becoming the Minds or the Drones. The Enterprise style ships become steadily larger, turning into the immense GS Vs. And so the Federation eventually become the Culture...
Starfleet uses human shieldsThe Klingon captain stares at his screen in shock. "There are hundreds of women and children on board that Starfleet battlecruiser!" His weapons officer, an old hand, sighs. "Yes, we know. But the rules of war state that such casualties are their respon..." "We cannot possibly fire on them!" "And do what? We must uphold the honour of the Klingon. Look, they are charging weapons, captain. Give the order to fire!" The captain thinks back to his own children. The younger daughter would be seven next week. She had not seen her father for some time. He looked down at the photograph he kept on his console. "Give the order to fire, captain!" the other officer was getting frantic. "Fire or by Klingon naval law, I'll have you replaced!" Fortunately for the Enterprise, and rather unfortunately for the crew of the frigate, it was already too late...
Vulcans came to Earth before First Encounter.That's where we get elves from!
By the time of Star Trek, the letter C is Lost TechnologyUploading a file to another machine deletes the original because Starfleet policy is to Ctrl-X.
The Borg once proscribed assimilation.A very long time ago, when the Borg used tetrahedron shaped vessels, allowing an outsider to join the Collective was a no-no, as it would reintroduce individual thoughts and threaten the unity of the hive mind. Instead, new drones were produced through cloning methods and genetic augments, all of which are both fast and cheap in the Star Trek universe. And although the Borg occasionally stole data files and genetic samples from other species, their combined imagination usually was enough to guarantee their continuous progress. As a result, entire empires managed to coexist with the Borg.
Then something went wrong. For some strange reason, the Borg grew unable to conceive on their own. Other species became the only source of new drones and new technologies. The Collective increasingly got plagued with chaos and inefficiency, forcing the creation of the first Borg Queen. Eventually, entire groups of drones started reverting to their previous selves.
There is but a single Q.Q is a sentient, self-sufficient singularity that once travelled through space and time in search of knowledge. Eventually, Q’s exploration of the multiverse led to a meeting between every alternate version of Q. The result was the foundation of the aptly named Q Continuum.
Obviously, this means that both Amanda Rogers and Junior are the result of selfcest, hence Q’s initial surprise at the idea.
All portrayals of evolution in star trek are shoddy on purposeBasically, they once did it wrong, either because one writer only had limited understanding, or because they thought people would get angry by a series that supported evolution. Later writers understood the theory better, but worked from the original theory for the sake of continuity.
During World War III, Britain conquered FranceWell, how else does a Frenchman like Picard get such an impressive English accent?
The triple-breasted cat woman in Star Trek V had previously had a triple mastectomy.Think about it. Cats, even hyper-evolved ones, have six nipples. "Then how did she get a job as a dancer?" I hear you ask in between voluntary brain bleach swirlies. This is the same population of social castoffs that chased after Uhura wearing two fans and a bit of sand. Not merely admired as I did, but actively pursued like she was the long-sought cure for their carpal tunnel.
Pon Farr is not natural.Instead, it is a 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?)
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.
There is only one Department of Temporal Investigations in the whole multiverse of alternate futuresThey can go from timeline to timeline by going back before divergence, than forwards up another branch, and we know from The Needs Of The Many that not only are they aware of mututally exclusive timelines, but have been there. Presumably they used to have one each, but budget cuts and consolidation led to mergers and shoving the work off until only one timeline had a Department in charge of policing all of them; presumably it does some recruiting in the other timelines and tries very hard not to partner people with themselves.
Section 31 destroyed Ceti Alpha VIFirstly, 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.
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.
All those Human Aliens don't look too human with their clothes off...It's my only way to rationalize the sheer number of Human Aliens.
What lettering we in the audience see is almost never what the characters are seeing.It's established that The Federation and almost everybody else in the galaxy for that matter has some kind of universal translator, but it's not merely the spoken words these translators make understandable to people. Deep Space Nine was originally a Cardassian station, and the Federation apparently never saw any need to refit its consoles with Starfleet control panels. Why not? Because Cardassian language is just as readable as any human language to everyone who has those universal translators. Kira is doubtless seeing all the Cardassian controls in her own Bajoran language and Klingons see them written in their own language, and so on. This is particularly confirmed in the episode "Babel" in which we briefly see a Cardassian medical console through Julian Bashir's eyes◊ before and after he falls victim to an aphasia virus; the words are all still in English, just not in any order that makes sense. What the console was actually showing both times, however, was almost certainly standard Cardassian.
The First Contact protocols of the Prime Directive don't apply to pre-warp civilizations that other alien races have already contacted.
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 High Tech Species and Sufficiently Advanced Aliens; they can access the power of the continuum only through constructed devices (sort of like 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.
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 Star Trek: The Next Generation, while John de Lancie looks much older.
After the death of Odan's host in "The Host", Starfleet/the Federation modified their transporter technology to enable joined Trill to safely use themThis is why the Trill in Deep Space Nine can use the transporters with no problem.
The Q existed in our universe before they gained noncorporeality/omnipotenceThis is why they are so concerned with the behavior of humanity in the main Trek universe, but the Mirror Universe is still allowed to exist.
Charlie X will grow up to become Charles Xavier.This theory mostly came about because of the name similarity, but it still works.
The Star Trek universe is an alternate universe to our own, caused by time travel from our future.Some villian from our universe is gonna time travel back to the 1980's, provide humanity with advanced genetic engineering technology in a vain attempt to make us destroy ourselves, and therefore cause the Eugenics Wars of the 1990's (which we all know didn't happen).
The Prime Directive is what keeps the Federation from becoming the Alliance.Think about what the Prime Directive does - it prevents interference with other cultures, usually less advanced. Now consider River's primary criticism of the Alliance from Serenity - they meddle with other cultures without the right. For all the problems the Prime Directive has caused over the years, its existence keeps Starfleet's Knight Templar tendencies in check so that they don't feel justified in invading and controlling other cultures just because they know better.
The Breen are furries, either actually canoid or humanoids that think they are.And that's what they're hiding under those refrigeration suits. (This hypothesis is provided by a certain Dax).
The Breen are gas creaturesThey live in the upper atmosphere of their home planet (which, Weyoun notes, is actually quite temperate). The sealed refrigeration suits actually serve the purpose of reducing their volume and allowing them to take Humanoid shape in order to facillitate interaction with other cultures.
Anytime a character who is offscreen pages or gets paged and we don't see where they are, it's because they're in the bathroom.Trek characters don't have Bottomless Bladders. Count the number of times a character is summoned somewhere and all we hear is a voice and "I'll be right there." Likewise, count how often a character is called by somebody offscreen and we don't see them. In every single one of these situations, the person we don't see is on the can. The exceptions are Odo and Data, who would be doing something just as embarrassing if we were to see them.
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!"
This is an old one, but The Federation in both Star Trek and Blake'sSeven are the same group; both are propoganda, one by The Resistance, the other by The Federation.
The smooth-forehead Klingons aren't KlingonsThe human-looking "Klingons" in the original series weren't Klingons per se, they were a subjugated race which was part of the Klingon empire. They were referred to as Klingons because they worked for Klingons, in other words. This has precedent in real life; when the USSR was still around, some people would refer to anyone living in the Russian-dominated USSR as 'Russian' even if they were Ukranian or Uzbek or whatever.
The UESPA is still pulling strings here and there in the background...... because it's the public face of Section 31, and always has been.
The Mirror Universe was created during the events of The City on the Edge of ForeverWhen 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:
Kirk has some sort of chip in his brain which alows him to make log entries anywhere anytimeKirks 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 brian. 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.
The Vulcans were a quasi-religious cult that left the mutual homeworld (Romulus) and started a whacky colony.The Romulans have a large Empire. The Vulcans have one planet. It is usually implied (mainly by Vulcans) that the Romulans are the ones who left, but it would make more sense if it were the other way round. On Romulus this odd cult formed that eschewed emotion in favour of logic. They end up being unpopular and either leave, or are forced out, and eventually settle on the planet Vulcan. Eventually they meet the Terrans and the UFP is formed. From the perspective of the Romulans, these Earth people bumped into the crazy colonials and sided with them, which goes some way to explain the antipathy between the Empire and the Federation.
The reason the Borg went from a hive mind to an individual queen in charge was due to Hugh's individuality.We saw in the Descent two parter that the TNG crew's plan to infect the Borg with individuality via Hugh worked, but when the collective sensed what was happening, they disconnected Hugh's cube before the infection could spread. What if, before they were disconnected, a female drone was able to transmit her consciousness to another cube? Rather than infect other drones with her individuality, she instead used her individuality to dominate and take control of the collective, thereby becoming queen of the Borg hive mind. The Queen being an individual consciousness that controls but is not a part of the collective would explain so much IMHO, like her fetish for inhabiting female drones that possess a similar physical appearance (because they look like her original body); why when a Borg queen is killed another pops up (because it's the same consciousness in different bodies); and, perhaps more importantly, why she doesn't seem to be part of the hive mind, and when encountering problems that could easily be solved by merging minds, she never does (because, as an individual, she is reluctant, even fearful of merging with the hive mind, because it might mean losing her individuality and/or control over the collective).
The Borg Collective is basically an enormous technological Soul Jar"Infinite Regress" from Star Trek: Voyager introduced us to a bit of Borg technology known as a "vinculum" which links all the drones together and suppresses their individuality. When exposed to it, Seven of Nine developed something like Multiple Personality Disorder as various individuals assimilated in previous Borg expeditions temporarily took over her mind. Many people, including some of the victims of Wolf 359, resurfaced at this time. Yet the drones on the ship containing the vinculum were all dead. This technology, I propose, explains not only how the Borg Queen might have survived to regenerate, but a great many other mysteries as well: a vinculum is actually a technological Soul Jar connected to a vast network of other vinculi that contains the minds of basically all Borg everywhere in space and time. Being Borg is almost a kind of immortality, since the drone bodies are disposable; as long as the minds are retained, the cloning chambers they have on their ships can simply make new bodies for them. (This also explains why so many of the drones look human: assimilated bodies of non-standard height and shape, such as those of the Ferengi, are replaced with an efficient cloned humanoid—if not entirely human—form when they wear out.) Minds can probably also be transmitted through the collective through both space and time, such that the Borg Queen, after losing her body, was able to transmit herself back to the 24th century and regenerate soon after her defeat in Star Trek: First Contact with only a mild break in the continuity of her control. Likewise, the victims of Wolf 359, though their bodies were destroyed, had their minds transmitted back to the vinculum network in the Delta Quadrant and are still very much alive and in captivity at the end of all the Star Trek series (though hope for their rescue springs eternal as well). Of course, this temporal immortality comes at a terrible price. Being assimilated into the Borg is indeed a living Hell, a perpetual waking nightmare very difficult to escape. The only way to get out of this eternal torment is the way Seven of Nine and a few others did: to have your mind be in a drone body when all connections to the collective get cut off. Seven was particularly fortunate to be in her original body as well; some of the other escapees the Voyager found living in a private collective on the edge of Borg space were probably from other species who were a bit shocked to find themselves in different bodies from the ones in which they'd been assimilated.
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.
Holograms aren't a thing....just a generic term for simulation technology, in the same way that "video game" doesn't necessarily imply 2D, 3D polygonal, 3D voxel, or any other specific technology. Thus there are no inconsistencies in what holograms can do, because holograms can do whatever the holodeck is equipped to do: some can replicate food, clothes, and pheromones; some just project sprites.
Spock is 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.
Section 31 caused the supernova that destroyed Romulus.Around the end of Deep Space Nine, Section 31 was attempting to deal with a possible future Federation-Romulan War. Although most of this involved political maneuvering, the near-destruction of Earth in Nemesis probably convinced them that more drastic measures were necessary, especially since the Romulans had been a major threat to the Federation for a very long time. Since the Dominion already had the capacity to generate a supernova, Section 31 already had a method they could reverse-engineer and modify as needed. As for Spock's attempt to stop it, that failed due to the supernova occurring earlier than expected, which was probably a result of deliberate misinformation.
Vulcans are in high demand for Straight Man roles in Federation comedy.Let's see... a legendary ability to not crack up, taught from early childhood how to rationalize away anything and how to do rhetorical backflips, hardly any room in their heads for ego... frankly, the moment one of them decides the stereotypical Vulcan life of quiet dignity is not strictly logically necessary, they may just have it made (admittedly, there would probably be low supply). The ones we've seen on TV are The Comically Serious often enough for this to work.
Interaction with the Mirror Universe accounts for much of the erratic continuity.Consider how unlikely it is that all of the characters aboard the ISS Enterprise in both Archer's time and Kirk's would be exactly the same ones as those who are aboard the USS Enterprise in each respective time. Consider too how unlikely it would be that Kirk and Mirror Kirk would just happen to be beaming up with landing parties exactly the same as each other from the very same planet at the very same time in their respective universes such that an anomaly in the transporter could exchange them without anybody realizing what happened at first. How can all of these incredibly improbable coincidences ever have occured? Because they aren't coincidences. The fate of each universe is intertwined with the other, and what the people in one universe do invariably has some effect on what their counterparts in the other universe are doing. This effect works both ways: the reason Mirror Kirk has almost entirely the same crew as his counterpart despite all of the infighting and backstabbing on all of the Terran Empire's ships is because the other Kirk's decisions indirectly affect Mirror Kirk's decisions through the mystical link between their universes. Meanwhile, as Kirk discovers when he gets back to his own universe, a version of the ensign who was Mirror Kirk's "captain's woman" has just signed on to his ship as well because that's what her counterpart decided to do in the Mirror Universe earlier. Whenever the continuities happen to slide out of synch with each other, such as when someone dies in one universe and is still alive in another, various events inevitably occur to resynchronize them. This may also account for the occasional anomalies in various characters' behavior patterns: whenever Mirror Kirk does something irrational that leads to someone living who would otherwise have died, that's because his counterpart is rescuing the very same person in his universe. Whenever the regular Kirk takes a foolish chance that gets a Red Shirt killed, that's because Mirror Kirk is having that very same Red Shirt executed for some infraction or other in his universe. This goes as far back as Archer's time or maybe even further: Forrest ultimately was doomed to die in the one universe because he had already died in the other. Likewise, though Hitler may actually have won World War II in the Mirror Universe, he may ultimately have succumbed to a case of Pyrrhic Villainy that ultimately gave the USA greater influence over the Terran Empire. Maybe by Sisko's time, whatever the Mirror Universe's residents did to prevent further crossovers is now causing the universes to decouple such that they aren't such a strong influence on each other anymore... or maybe not. Didn't Sisko's wife get herself killed in both universes? Still, this would explain some of the unlikely turns of events that otherwise just seem to be contrived coincidences. It's not so much that A Wizard Did It as that The Mirror Universe Did It. Mirror Universe episodes, and then later not having them and needing the Ferengi from the regular universe to bring them one? Because there's no Temporal Prime Directive there, and even if there were, everyone is even more used to running roughshod over all such restraints than the regular universe's residents are. Ironically, the technology allowing for messing with the timeline is a lot less developed in the Mirror Universe, allowing for only relatively minor changes, but it's not too difficult to see why the Terran Rebellion would use any and every small advantage over the Alliance they could get out of such a technology anyway. In their universe, the Klingons probably originally eliminated the Romulans and stole their cloaking technology. Due to a slight change the Terran Rebellion was able to engineer, the Klingons accidentally wiped out the Romulans before they thought to steal the technology, and by the time they did, the Romulans' blueprints for cloaking devices were unreadable, rendering them lost technology.
The Q are scared of the Borg.When Q2 makes a bunch of cubes appear for fun, Q made it very clear that you DO NOT PISS OFF THE BORG. This seems obvious enough to any human, with one cube being able to break through all that Starfleet had while barely being slowed down, but why should Q care? They are more or less gods (and this was Voyager, not the Borg's strongest point), why should he care if his son summoned a bunch of Borg ships or capital ships from the Dominion? Lesser energy beings have been able to completely erase ALL beings of a species before, so what do the Q fear of the Borg? Well, for some reason, they can't kill the Borg. It has been shown that organic species "evolve" into high powered energy beings, that one race that stopped the Klingon/Federation war, and that one guy who was becoming an energy being while under the care of Beverly (I know that isn't how evolution even begins to work, but let's ignore that because Trek has failed science before). The Q are implied to have been the same; maybe all of these energy beings become "Q." The Borg, however, are taking another path, perfection through adaption of technology, not adaption of self. They can adapt to your attacks, and prevent you from doing the same thing twice. To the Q, the Borg are Eldritch Abominations, a perversion of the "true path" that all species must follow (again, not how evolution works but let's move on). And now, they are an actual threat to the Q. The Q can't whisk them away with a thought anymore, the Borg may be able to adapt and survive such an attack. The Q have just have been content to stay out of their way, maybe only interfering with the Borg on a small handful of occasions (mostly in relation to other species' interactions with the Borg, such as Enterprise-D's encounters). If the Borg sees them as a threat, or an obstacle, the Borg will try to eliminate them. As the Q and the Grey showed, even the Q can die (and cause supernovas), even though the deaths only happen in an entirely separate realm. If pressed, the Borg would find out how to kill a God, and add their immortal characteristics to their own.
Star Trek is set farther in the future than it claims, and has gone through multiple singularities
Developing a hat is part of a culture's evolution in developing into a space-faring species.This is based on Enterprise's depiction of the Klingons in season 4. Before they achieved warp travel, they were a well rounded species with warrior tendencies, but once they did, they developed their hat.
The Mirror Universe and the Empire within only survived the Chronic Backstabbing Disorder through sheer luckSince in the Star Trek Universe (and possibly our own), all possible results of ANY given situation create different universes (as shown in various parallels). Anything that is possible happens in some universe, such as the Borg having control of the entire galaxy. The Mirror Universe was the extremely improbable but still possible universe where such an empire could survive more than a week.
The Terran Empire's discipline is usually a lot more effective, and its characters have a lot fewer adventures worth watching.Maybe the reason there are only a few episodes about the Mirror Universe is because very few backstabbers and mutineers ever actually succeed; we've certainly seen that the punishment for failure is terrible enough that very few would actually risk trying to overthrow their superiors unless they believed they had some unusual advantage. Also, the Terran Empire's Starfleet officers are into Pragmatic Villainy and have a knack for Cutting the Knot, making a lot of the adventures that were so interesting to us in the other universe a lot shorter and less interesting. Here, for example, is how "Space Seed" probably ended in the Mirror Universe:
Mirror Kirk: "That's the Botany Bay in which those traitorous augments set out to escape from the Terran Empire so long ago? All right, Sulu: fire a dozen photon torpedoes and blow that accursed relic out of the sky."
Mirror Sulu: "Aye, Captain."
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 Star Trek: The Original Series, but it has all of the hallmarks of the Mirror Universe 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?)
The 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.
The reason Star Fleet keeps changing its uniforms every few years is...
Earth and human society is culturally stagnant.This is why we see so few examples of entertainment or art from the 21st Century onwards, (it's almost all Shakespeare and classical music) and why clothing and architecture in the future is so bland. The utopian society of Earth has led to cultural stagnation.
Why there is No OSHA Compliance in Star Trek universeBy the TNG area, the Federation demanded three things above all else in their ships, comfort for the crew and their families, to have everything be under the latest and greatest technology (to help sway other systems to join the Federation after seeing how advanced their political and economic model was) and SPEED (to help expand the Federations influence). The first just ate up resources, with a lot of time and effort being put into the replicators, making rooms be good for children growing up of many species, and having many things (such as the ever exploding warp core) right in the middle of engineering. The second clashed with some basic engineering principles, you always seek the most basic technology to do things, not the most complex (touch screens are more advanced, buttons are more reliable), making it harder to put safety features when everything MUST be computerized and MUST be interconnected. Finally, the Federation needed ships that are FAST. That is why the Warp Cores are often so liable to explode, they have so much excessive reactive anti-matter in them that even if you redirect the anti-flow into space, it still can explode, and if computer control is not regained (and warp ejection does not work) the crew can do nothing but count the minutes till they explode. The reason why the series kept getting worse was Wolf 359. The Federation was shown it was vulnerable, that the Borg could easily smash through all the Federation could muster without even slowing down. They needed more ships, and FAST. All safety, all redundancy, and all SANITY was abandoned in the pursuit of getting more battle ready ships incase the Borg, or anyone else in the increasingly hostile galaxy, tried to prey on the old and increasingly weak Federation. The objections of Engineers were ignored, the Federation got physicists Voyager was one of these ships, built in this rush. The gel packs were easier to make in mass than traditional wiring, and that is why all basic safety features were missing.
Humans' hat is "adrenaline junkies".At least as far as anyone off of Earth. While the social and economic systems of Earth are set up to make it outright tranquil, they also push more adventurous spirits into space, and tend to give them a sense of invulnerability or at least "worth the risk." Witness everything from Kirk's "risk is our business" to the bland acceptance of children playing not just contact sports but ones with a much higher risk of serious injury than we would now accept. This also explains both the No OSHA Compliance tendencies of Starfleet ships and the predominance of human designs—part of the "adventurous" human mindset is a frankly Victorian attitude towards engineering rather than a late 20th-century one. Build everything as big, as fast, and as powerful as possible, even if that makes it dangerously temperamental and in need of constant adjustment to work at all. Even catastrophic failure is ultimately just a lesson. Even with the resulting difficulties, Earth-built(or Mars-built) ships are impressive to potential allies and frightening to potential enemies, not least because of their seeming insanity.
The Galaxy Class never operated in its intended role.Yes, the Enterprise-D and its sister ships are impressively powerful, luxurious, long-ranged, and fast in a straight line. However, even by the franchise's standards, they have terrible weaponry blind spots at close range and manoeuvre like a cow on skates. Even the original plan to separate the saucer in combat doesn't really excuse this—the stardrive section alone is in fact somewhat under-gunned and short on sensors. However, both these facts and the infamous presence of family and civilian contractors and scientists make more sense if the Galaxy was initially designed as a cross between a carrier and a mobile space station. Sadly, though, this plan simply did not work out; ships small enough to fit inside the main shuttlebay never measured up to expectations, the Danube-class runabout more of a super-shuttle than a useful independent ship, and other classes never reaching production. Meanwhile, the Galaxy turned out to not quite be big enough to function as a mobile base, its cargo capacity and engineering facilities not quite justifying that use. Instead, the class was pressed into service as a long-range explorer and heavy battleship, and performed well if not ideally in that role.
Vulcans (and by extension, Romulans) are the very distant descendants of the Kingdom of HyruleLet's look at the evidence. Pointed ears, the occasional cool/freaky power, and the most important point: when Spock has his Katra returned to his rejuvenated body, the robe they dress him in has the Triforce hanging across his chest.
UESPA/Earth Starfleet and the MACO Corps were never dissolvedIn Star Trek: The Original Series, there are several references to the Enterprise making reports to UESPA, or even awaiting orders from them. From its founding to at least the late-middle 23rd century, the Federation Starfleet is not truly a unified service—to avoid the impression of creating a fleet with coercive power over Federation members, all of its ships and their crews are de jure on secondment from planetary forces, Earth's being the largest in number. Although its command structure rapidly replaces that of those forces for most purposes, Starfleet ships still send copies of their official reports to their "original command", and USEPA and its other-planetary equivalents retain an advisory role, and, initially, command of local defense and customs forces. This potentially two-headed command lasts through the 23rd century, but gradually diminishes until the planetary forces act only as an archive of scientific and naval matters. Earth's MACO corps fares somewhat better; it survives within the Federation Starfleet, and spreads beyond Earth and its colonies, as an honour society and advanced-training resource for security and tactical personnel. Colonel West's use of a MACO rank in Star Trek VI is prideful but not anomalous.
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.
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.
Borg can adapt to physical projectilesHowever, the technology is based around different defenses than against energy weapons like phasers. Against projectile attacks, they use a modified Inertial Dampening system. Using bullets against the Borg would create a scene like Neo stopping the bullets in The Matrix Reloaded. The reason bullets worked on the Holodeck was mostly because they hadn't adapted yet (only two drones died). The reason melee is relatively effective (assuming the drone doesn't overpower you, assimilate you, or shrug off your blows) is because the Inertial Dampening system needs a minimum distance to kick in (so walking up to the drone and shooting him point-blank in the face with a revolver would work, but if you were 30 feet away and tried shooting him, the bullet would drop on the groun uselessly).
It's a Wonderful Life can be found in Temporal Mechanics curricula.It shows quite why you cannot Ret Gone just one person, and the difference that just one person can make on the past.
McCoy's mind-meld allergy was caused by Mirror SpockThe 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.
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 Heel-Face Turn at the end of the episode doesn't mean much, since we never see him again) and even looks vaguely similar.
The Mirror Universe isn't the alternate reality. The mainstream universe is.The flashback scene from Star Trek: Enterprise is what originally happened at the First Contact event. Brilliant but embittered scientist Zefram Cochrane killed the Vulcans, and then, armed with advanced alien technology, conquered the post-apocalyptic Earth, and proclaimed himself Emperor of Mankind. When the crew of the Enterprise-E went back in time, their interference created an alternate reality. Cochrane saw that there was a future where he was revered as a hero who ushered in a new age for humanity peacefully, and that reminded him that he used to be a scientist, and used to believe in such things. Realizing that there was a chance to make this dream a reality, he chose to respond peacefully to the visitors instead.
The Borg once originated from a Deconstruction of Vulcan philosophy, left alone without the more "emotional" humans to balance out.Vulcans are so concerned with logic that they began to deny important parts of their biology, such as Pon Farr. Their ideal is Kolinahr, or or a Vulcan purged of all their vestigial limits of emotion such as Pon Farr, even though this is impossible if a Vulcan still has a Vulcan body vulnerable to Pon Farr. Any other species can be used, but the idea is the same: the worship of computerized logic to the point of denying their own biological individuality. And remaining in their biological existence while denying such a fact in their face is obviously illogical and unrealistic. So what's the most logical, realistic, and efficient way to get rid of such pitfalls of biology? As with Transhumanism: turn the species into The Singularity of Mechanical Lifeforms, free from the pitfalls of biology and emotion such as the Vulcan woe that is Pon Farr. They have the level of scientific advancement to do it. Kolinahr is in reality, not a Buddhism-like meditative ideal, but only realistically attainable through cybernetics. If First Contact never happened and had the more optimistic and emotional Human Federation to be accepting companions (both in this sense and that sense) with the Vulcans (combined with Human taboo against transhumanism because of Khan and the Borg), then the Vulcans would have logically embraced Borgification immediately as the only freedom from Pon Farr. The new Mechanical Lifeforms had the advantages of a Hive Mind of pure mathematical logic, but it came at a consequence. They cannot be creative and imaginative. They cannot be reckless and impulsive enough to have the initiative to make new radical theories and invent. It's like how Einstein once said: "imagination is more important than knowledge", with the knowledge referring to logical-mathematical knowledge. As a result, they went for the logically easier route to harvest and assimilate other more-radical species in the galaxy who will do the inventing for them. It can also be speculated that if the Borg invades a civilization and loses, this motivates the target civilization into developing new technologies, and more technologies logically mean more profit from assimilation (See also: Every thing we've seen from the Borg except for Q Who and Scorpion has been a massive Xanatos Gambit). But if the Borg were born from a logical race then what explains the emotional Queens? Simple, and it's not Villain Decay or the Hive Mind Giving Up On Logic. Thanks to assimilating other more emotional species (notice that Queens are all female), the Hive Mind allowed specific drones to gain a degree of emotion and "illogicality". Queens are few individuals who are allowed into Giving Up On Logic, because they can think of adaptive radical tactics that the still-logical Borg collective consciousness can't, such as trying to combat the Enterprise in a Timey-Wimey Ball during First Contact. There are also a lot of Borg individuals who had the chance to give up on logic of the hive mind as well ("Unimatrix Zero")
The Borg assimilated The Cybermen.In fact, they were the first species to be assimilated by the Borg. This is where the Borg got their cybernetic implant technology. They were originally a standard alien world, and when they found the Cybermen, the Cybermen attempted to eliminate them (The Cybermen are only interested in converting humans), and instead were eliminated themselves. The victorious aliens used the technology as both a way to eradicate disease and illness (as the Cybermen were originally intended for) but also as a weapon against other races, and eventually developed into the villians of Star Trek.
Vulcans are only pretending to be Straw VulcansIsn't this pretty obvious? Their obsession with "Logic" is all an act; if they were so logical and hate Pon Farr to the point of trying to deny it why haven't they do the logical thing and Borg themselves into logical purely-mathematical supercomputers yet to get rid of that damned Pon Farr once and for all? Their Logic ideology is just an excuse for them to sneer at species they consider "ugly". Of course, if they use the word "ugly" they'll be called out as petty Cats In Space, and that's why they use the more sci-fi word "logical". And also because intelligence is beautiful. Also, their shame about talking about Pon Farr to other species is after all, an obvious emotion.
Starfleet was transferred to the Federation behind the scenes early during Kirk's five-year mission—and because of itEarly 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:
"The Holodeck Is For Sex" is the in-universe equivalent of The Internet Is for Porn.Given some of what Barclay was doing whilst indulging in some of his addictive holodeck fantasies, and what Quark tends to run his holosuite for, it's not an unreasonable assumption (and let's be honest, given a fully-immersive simulation we could program at will, it's likely many people would be tempted to indulge in some of their more questionable fantasies!) Of course we see many characters explicitly not using the holodeck for sex, much like the real-life internet is used for many more things besides porn, but I bet there are some people who moan that it's "really" only used for no higher purpose.
Barclay was only allowed to join Zimmerman's research...When he got off probation. Seriously, how would using someone's image without their consent not be a crime? Hence why Quark could be blackmailed by Bashir after using Dax and Kira's images. It's not just that they'd kick his ass, it's that he'd be fined and-or lose his holosuite license.
"Khan" isn't a name.It's a title. In Into Darkness, 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 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.
Vulcans who have achieved Kolinahr don't experience Pon Farr
Romulans are NazisThe original Romulans were modeled after the Roman Empire, much like the Nazis considered themselves the continuation of the Roman legacy. They practically fetishized birds; the eagle is a prominent fixture in Nazi imagery. Later Romulans shaved their heads, just like the neo-Nazi skinheads. And of course, in the J. J. Abrams continuity, the Romulans committed genocide against the Vulcans!
The Original Series is an in-universe show based on Starfleet's archives, with Kirk and his crew being both real persons and Composite CharactersFor 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".
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.