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* The Borg are often criticized for attacking the Federation with only one cube (and trying it twice), while at the same time doing things against humanity that they do not do against other species (messing around with time travel, trying to "seduce" people like Locutus of Borg and Seven of Nine to rejoin the Collective, etc.) However, the Borg are not actually interested in humanity. Like the Kazon, humanity is described as inferior and its technology pales before the Collective's. However, the Borg ARE interested in Q. Q first brought them into the line of sight of a Borg cube, and saved them right as they were about to be assimilated. The Borg want to know more about Q (since being semi-omnipotent puts you pretty high on the Collective wishlist) but at the same time they know they can't fight Q directly and thus want to cut their losses by only sending one cube at a time. The Borg, in a sense, are right that doing things like traveling through time and picking specific human representatives attract Q's attention, if the game ''Star Trek: Borg'' is to be believed. - Tropers/{{Freiberg}}

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* The Borg are often criticized for attacking the Federation with only one cube (and trying it twice), while at the same time doing things against humanity that they do not do against other species (messing around with time travel, trying to "seduce" people like Locutus of Borg and Seven of Nine to rejoin the Collective, etc.) However, the Borg are not actually interested in humanity. Like the Kazon, humanity is described as inferior and its technology pales before the Collective's. However, the Borg ARE interested in Q. Q first brought them into the line of sight of a Borg cube, and saved them right as they were about to be assimilated. The Borg want to know more about Q (since being semi-omnipotent puts you pretty high on the Collective wishlist) but at the same time they know they can't fight Q directly and thus want to cut their losses by only sending one cube at a time. The Borg, in a sense, are right that doing things like traveling through time and picking specific human representatives attract Q's attention, if the game ''Star Trek: Borg'' is to be believed. - Tropers/{{Freiberg}}



* Kirk's overt reaction to Spock on the bridge, and Spock's flight to Gol in the first place, in ''Film/StarTrekTheMotionPicture'' never quite made sense to me, until I heard a theory that [[HoYay Something Of A Romantic Nature]] had happened between them after the end of the five-year mission. ''That's'' what sent Spock fleeing to a place centered around purging all emotion. ''That's'' why Kirk looks like the sun has just come out for the first time in years when Spock shows up. And that scene in Sickbay, with Spock's admission of "this simple feeling"? ''That was them getting back together... for good.'' Thank you, ''WebVideo/TheShipsCloset''. ~@/AcrossTheStars

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* Kirk's overt reaction to Spock on the bridge, and Spock's flight to Gol in the first place, in ''Film/StarTrekTheMotionPicture'' never quite made sense to me, until I heard a theory that [[HoYay Something Of A Romantic Nature]] had happened between them after the end of the five-year mission. ''That's'' what sent Spock fleeing to a place centered around purging all emotion. ''That's'' why Kirk looks like the sun has just come out for the first time in years when Spock shows up. And that scene in Sickbay, with Spock's admission of "this simple feeling"? ''That was them getting back together... for good.'' Thank you, ''WebVideo/TheShipsCloset''. ~@/AcrossTheStars



* For years, I'd been confused about a line in ''Film/StarTrekGenerations''. When Picard first meets Soren, Soren wants to get back to the outpost. Picard stonewalls him for a while, and Soren becomes more insistent. Picard continues to stonewall, and Soren says "They say time is the fire in which we burn." Picard is visibly affected by this and has an immediate change of heart. Now, '''we''' know why Picard is affected by this ([[spoiler:His brother and nephew just burned to death in a fire.]]), but did Soren know about that, and if so, how? My first thought was that Soren had something to do with it. However, upon examination, that doesn't hold up. Soren is only just meeting Picard, and prior to this, his entire life has been dedicated to his quest. He would have no reason to look up Picard or do anything that would affect Picard. So, no... Soren wasn't involved in it. After dismissing that theory, I just figured that it was a coincidence that happened to fall his way. Coincidences ''do'' happen. But then, just yesterday, something clicked in my head. What is Soren? ''El-Aurian''. Who's the other El-Aurian we know? Guinan. What's Guinan said her about her race? They're a race of ''listeners''. Where did Picard find Soren? 10 Forward. What's 10 Forward? A social area for off-duty officers. What happens in off-duty places, like bars? Gossip. Putting this all together, I realized that we're finally seeing the evil side of this gift. Guinan uses the gift as a friend and therapist. Soren uses it to manipulate and extort for his own gain. He's been taken away from his experiments, and wants to get back. He knows Picard is the one who can get him back where he wants. So, he goes to 10 Forward and covertly listens to the conversations of the crew. Picard's issue has obviously entered the gossip grapevine somehow, people are talking about it, and Soren's particularly listening for information about Picard. He hears this tidbit and realizes he can use it to get an upper hand in his conversation with Picard.

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* For years, I'd been confused about a line in ''Film/StarTrekGenerations''. When Picard first meets Soren, Soren wants to get back to the outpost. Picard stonewalls him for a while, and Soren becomes more insistent. Picard continues to stonewall, and Soren says "They say time is the fire in which we burn." Picard is visibly affected by this and has an immediate change of heart. Now, '''we''' know why Picard is affected by this ([[spoiler:His (His brother and nephew just burned to death in a fire.]]), ), but did Soren know about that, and if so, how? My first thought was that Soren had something to do with it. However, upon examination, that doesn't hold up. Soren is only just meeting Picard, and prior to this, his entire life has been dedicated to his quest. He would have no reason to look up Picard or do anything that would affect Picard. So, no... Soren wasn't involved in it. After dismissing that theory, I just figured that it was a coincidence that happened to fall his way. Coincidences ''do'' happen. But then, just yesterday, something clicked in my head. What is Soren? ''El-Aurian''. Who's the other El-Aurian we know? Guinan. What's Guinan said her about her race? They're a race of ''listeners''. Where did Picard find Soren? 10 Forward. What's 10 Forward? A social area for off-duty officers. What happens in off-duty places, like bars? Gossip. Putting this all together, I realized that we're finally seeing the evil side of this gift. Guinan uses the gift as a friend and therapist. Soren uses it to manipulate and extort for his own gain. He's been taken away from his experiments, and wants to get back. He knows Picard is the one who can get him back where he wants. So, he goes to 10 Forward and covertly listens to the conversations of the crew. Picard's issue has obviously entered the gossip grapevine somehow, people are talking about it, and Soren's particularly listening for information about Picard. He hears this tidbit and realizes he can use it to get an upper hand in his conversation with Picard.

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* ''Fridge/StarTrekBeyond''


* The [[RubberForeheadAliens similarity of aliens]] because of budgeting and time constraints is often mocked, however there is precedent for this in the real world, albeit on a much smaller scale, known as [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Convergent_evolution convergent evolution]]. Since most of the humanoid races come from planets with similar environments (M-class, in Star Trek's terminology), it makes them more likely to evolve similar features.

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* The [[RubberForeheadAliens similarity of aliens]] because of budgeting and time constraints is often mocked, however there is precedent for this in the real world, albeit on a much smaller scale, known as [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Convergent_evolution convergent evolution]]. Since most of the humanoid races come from planets with similar environments (M-class, in Star Trek's terminology), it makes them more likely to evolve similar features.features, especially after [[Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS6E18TheChase The Chase]] suggested that at least some of them share a deliberately engineered common ancestry.



* The Star Trek Reboot timeline has changes from the original timeline that couldn't have been caused by Nero or Spock's time-travelling (e.g. the design of the Kelvin, which doesn't fit with the Federation's aesthetics from that time period.). But, actually, there is a good explanation for this: Because of the change in the timeline, the events of ''Film/StarTrekIVTheVoyageHome'' and ''Film/StarTrekFirstContact'' happened differently, causing the changes they caused to the timeline to be different, causing things in the timeline to change even before Nero's appearance. This, and other time-travelling could cause [[ForWantOfANail minor changes to the timeline]], which could add up and explain the differences between the original timeline and the reboot timeline.

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\n** The Baku had every right to be there, ''it's their home planet''. What the admiral was doing in ''Insurrection'' was ridiculously illegal by Federation standards, his only real hope was to present the advancements to the Federation as a done deal, and brush away any questions about how he did it. Picard leads the titular insurrection because, given where the planet is located, long-range communication is all but impossible, and by the time the ''Enterprise'' gets out, tells Starfleet what's going on, and gets help, it'll be too late. The Baku are protected under Federation law, they should be in no danger.

* The Star Trek Reboot timeline has changes from the original timeline that couldn't have been caused by Nero or Spock's time-travelling (e.g. the design of the Kelvin, which doesn't fit with the Federation's aesthetics from that time period.). But, actually, there is a good explanation for this: Because of the change in the timeline, the events of ''Film/StarTrekIVTheVoyageHome'' and ''Film/StarTrekFirstContact'' happened differently, causing the changes they caused to the timeline to be different, causing things in the timeline to change even before Nero's appearance. This, and other time-travelling could cause [[ForWantOfANail minor changes to the timeline]], which could add up and explain the differences between the original timeline and the reboot timeline. timeline.
** Explains why the Department of Temporal Investigations people are so sticky about time travel. Ripples from a temporal event can move not only forwards, but ''backwards'', either just by virtue of a TimeyWimeyBall or because one temporal event alters others that were initiated later but occurred earlier.


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* The Star Trek Reboot timeline has changes from the original timeline that couldn't have been caused by Nero or Spock's time-travelling (e.g. the design of the Kelvin, which doesn't fit with the Federation's aesthetics from that time period.). But, actually, there is a good explanation for this: Because of the change in the timeline, the events of ''Film/StarTrekIVTheVoyageHome'' and StarTrekFirstContact happened differently, causing the changes they caused to the timeline to be different, causing things in the timeline to change even before Nero's appearance. This, and other time-travelling could cause [[ForWantOfANail minor changes to the timeline]], which could add up and explain the differences between the original timeline and the reboot timeline.

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* The Star Trek Reboot timeline has changes from the original timeline that couldn't have been caused by Nero or Spock's time-travelling (e.g. the design of the Kelvin, which doesn't fit with the Federation's aesthetics from that time period.). But, actually, there is a good explanation for this: Because of the change in the timeline, the events of ''Film/StarTrekIVTheVoyageHome'' and StarTrekFirstContact ''Film/StarTrekFirstContact'' happened differently, causing the changes they caused to the timeline to be different, causing things in the timeline to change even before Nero's appearance. This, and other time-travelling could cause [[ForWantOfANail minor changes to the timeline]], which could add up and explain the differences between the original timeline and the reboot timeline.

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* ''Fridge/StarTrekDiscovery''


* The verity of aliens and the "evolution" in Star Trek is always mocked, and it was just "hay, add some spots" because of costs, and the need for sexy aliens, however it works scientifically, as the eye was evolved 3 separate times on earth so it makes sense that the basic bi-pedal form has taken hold on most minshara - class planets as it is the most effective way of surviving to civilization the superficial differences visually can be explained by slight variations in the non-essential parts of the chromosome. This is known as [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Convergent_evolution convergent evolution]].
** The eye has evolved three separate, distinct times? That sounds very unlikely. It makes far more sense that they just evolved from the same root creature.

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* The verity [[RubberForeheadAliens similarity of aliens and the "evolution" in Star Trek is always mocked, and it was just "hay, add some spots" aliens]] because of costs, budgeting and the need for sexy aliens, time constraints is often mocked, however it works scientifically, as the eye was evolved 3 separate times on earth so it makes sense that the basic bi-pedal form has taken hold on most minshara - class planets as it there is the most effective way of surviving to civilization the superficial differences visually can be explained by slight variations precedent for this in the non-essential parts of the chromosome. This is real world, albeit on a much smaller scale, known as [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Convergent_evolution convergent evolution]].
** The eye has evolved three separate, distinct times? That sounds very unlikely. It
evolution]]. Since most of the humanoid races come from planets with similar environments (M-class, in Star Trek's terminology), it makes far them more sense that they just evolved from the same root creature.likely to evolve similar features.

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** The eye has evolved three separate, distinct times? That sounds very unlikely. It makes far more sense that they just evolved from the same root creature.


* The verity of aliens and the "evolution" in Star Trek is always mocked, and it was just "hay, add some spots" because of costs, and the need for sexy aliens, however it works scientifically, as the eye was evolved 3 separate times on earth so it makes sense that the basic bi-pedal form has taken hold on most minshara - class planets as it is the most effective way of surviving to civilization the superficial differences visually can be explained by slight variations in the non-essential parts of the chromosome.

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* The verity of aliens and the "evolution" in Star Trek is always mocked, and it was just "hay, add some spots" because of costs, and the need for sexy aliens, however it works scientifically, as the eye was evolved 3 separate times on earth so it makes sense that the basic bi-pedal form has taken hold on most minshara - class planets as it is the most effective way of surviving to civilization the superficial differences visually can be explained by slight variations in the non-essential parts of the chromosome. This is known as [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Convergent_evolution convergent evolution]].



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* Each spacefaring race has a distinct style in their ship design (notably, the Klingons and Romulans both model their starships after birds of prey). There is something amusing in the fact that the humans seem to be the only ones who insist on traveling in {{Flying Saucer}}s. Especially since there was at least one instance of a Federation starship accidentally time-traveling to 20th century Earth and [[AlienAbduction abducting someone]].


** In both TNG and DS9 it's mentioned that the Federation has a treaty with the Romulans prohibiting the Federation developing or using cloaking devices, however it's never said when the Treaty was signed, so it's possible it was signed shortly after this episode. Also figuring out how the device works and building your own is not the same thing as figuring out how to turn it on (unless I'm misremembering, all Scotty does is figure out how to plug it into the Enterprise's systems). Think of it like this - you know how to fuel a car, turn it on and drive it, but not everyone knows the exact details of how the engine works, let alone be able to build one from scratch. Now obviously this isn't a perfect analogy as Star Fleet engineers have far more training/education in such matters than the average person trying to reverse engineer a car, but it could still take them time and in that time the treaty could have been signed. And even if they could perfectly replicate the device without understanding the exact science behind it, maybe Federation Health and Safty would prevent them being employed until they do, giving further time in which the treaty could be signed. And on top of this, the. Enterprise often operates on the frontier, away from where Federation cloaking devices would be developed/built meaning that even if they were going into full scale production prior to the treaty, the Enterprise may not have made it back to be fitted for one before the treaty got signed. Also, unless I'm misremembering, the episode in question happened in the third season; in universe there are nearly ten years between season 3 ending and The Motion Picture meaning that in that time Federation starships might have operated with cloaking devices and the treaty got signed while the Enterprise was being refitted. Yet another also, we don't know how cloaking devices operate; for all we know they require special crystals/metals/etc that are only found on worlds controlled by the Romulans and Klingons meaning that even if the Federation could figure everything out, they wouldn't be able to build any until they got hold of such materials (and considering the hostility between those three powers, it would be hard for them to do so legally until after The Undescovered Country)

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** In both TNG and DS9 [=DS9=] it's mentioned that the Federation has a treaty with the Romulans prohibiting the Federation developing or using cloaking devices, however it's never said when the Treaty was signed, so it's possible it was signed shortly after this episode. Also figuring out how the device works and building your own is not the same thing as figuring out how to turn it on (unless I'm misremembering, all Scotty does is figure out how to plug it into the Enterprise's systems). Think of it like this - you know how to fuel a car, turn it on and drive it, but not everyone knows the exact details of how the engine works, let alone be able to build one from scratch. Now obviously this isn't a perfect analogy as Star Fleet engineers have far more training/education in such matters than the average person trying to reverse engineer a car, but it could still take them time and in that time the treaty could have been signed. And even if they could perfectly replicate the device without understanding the exact science behind it, maybe Federation Health and Safty Safety would prevent them being employed until they do, giving further time in which the treaty could be signed. And on top of this, the. Enterprise often operates on the frontier, away from where Federation cloaking devices would be developed/built meaning that even if they were going into full scale production prior to the treaty, the Enterprise may not have made it back to be fitted for one before the treaty got signed. Also, unless I'm misremembering, the episode in question happened in the third season; in universe there are nearly ten years between season 3 ending and The Motion Picture meaning that in that time Federation starships might have operated with cloaking devices and the treaty got signed while the Enterprise was being refitted. Yet another also, we don't know how cloaking devices operate; for all we know they require special crystals/metals/etc that are only found on worlds controlled by the Romulans and Klingons meaning that even if the Federation could figure everything out, they wouldn't be able to build any until they got hold of such materials (and considering the hostility between those three powers, it would be hard for them to do so legally until after The Undescovered Country)''The Undiscovered Country''.)


*** Real life: Taffey. In WW2, a destroyer group engaged the Japanese fleet and the Yamato to stall them long enough for the real Enterprise and her air wing.

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*** Real life: Taffey. In WW2, [=WW2=], a destroyer group engaged the Japanese fleet and the Yamato to stall them long enough for the real Enterprise and her air wing.

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* It is often questioned among fans how the rigidly-logical Vulcans can have a religion, whereas the emotional humans leans towards atheism. However, it is repeatedly emphasized in the various series that, no matter how much humans dislike this fact, "thought" ''does'' actually have a ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve power to influence reality in this universe. Especially the thoughts of those with PsychicPowers (like the Vulcans). The Vulcans may well have scientifically accepted this fact, and thus regard things like prayer as having actual power to potentially affect reality.

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