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  1. So they need to get cracking and build a lunar station observatory that would be free of interference, scan the whole spectrum, and sill is some alien tv. But since spam is the universal constant on the current digital internet, they would likely send us theirs in return, and their shipping stories and cat videos. But what they call a cat might be a 9 foot teddy bear with six inch fangs.
  2. The USS Nelson was lost or destroyed by the later 2260s and replaced with another class ship. The Constellation might or might not be named into the later Constellation class, but since that era ship would have been post 2330, it was considerably newer. It seems to be a one off, although the design is similar to this later class, but would ultimately have an unstable warp field if all four were on.
  3. I was 9 when TMP came out. I fell asleep. Ha. Later on I saw it on VHS. Anyway, even on second viewing at about 12, before TWOK came out, I thought, if they could literally beam up anything, why couldn't they have just descrambled those two people back into people, and they didn't die? They have their patterns from before they left. I suppose it got corrupted though, and they couldn't just fax a copy down, ala 'duplicate Riker' in TNG, years later. And what happens to your soul or personality if that happens? Are you evil and good like the two Kirks, or human and alien like Torres in that one episode where she got separated, ur merging people like Tuvix? Using the transporter to totally kill someone could be possible. Your invading army is going to beam down to the planet, but you lock onto them and beam them into particles and light, and make them simply dissintegrate into atomic nothingness. That could be easily turned into a horror show. Enemies would simply decloak their ships and lock the beam onto the bridge, beaming all of the crew into space, but not reassembling them. Maybe they have some safeguard for using the transporter like that, or for enemies doing similar things. In the awesome book The Physics of Star Trek, they go into the transporter and what it could be used as. Kraus also points out that the ridiculous amount of energy the ship would need to even atomically dismantle a person would be greater than a G type star's output, and then there's the reassembling him or her whole somewhere else, with not one iota of interference., If they so much as lose some atoms, the person is dead. Even if the Enterprise D could 'fax just protons' it would still have to have a Jupiter's worth of matter conversion power, and you'd end up with a corpse, missing a lot of basic elements. "It's not just the whales, it's the water." Scotty, TVH But yeah, even ruthless aliens would want such a weapon, capable of old style disintegration. You would literally be able to destroy something without leaving a single trace. They likely do have some rule or convention against actually using the transporter to kill. I know some of the novels did something like this. Wasn't there a plot in the classic Vulcan Academy Murders book that did that? Also an enemy could break into the transporter unit of the enemy ship via some kind of future hacking, and mess with it, unless it was shielded, and make just bits of it malfunction, which would take out anyone that would try to beam in. And what would happen if one day transporter officer Joe Smithie was drunk or on drugs, and accidentally pressed the wrong button, utterly cooking Captain Unicorn and his away team? You wouldn't just have the mortality of a red shirt on a landing party, but a gloriously gory mess on the other end.
  4. In physics, a theory is not like a theory in literature, but is a testable series of opinions based on educated guessing, or something like that. The Drake Equation is outdated as back then nobody had actually confirmed any extrasolar planets. Of the thousands we have measured by the two basic methods, the orbits (transit?) and wobbles of stars and dip in light (brightness?) ones, only a few are in line with us to see, well not see, detect, and even fewer are in the habitable zone. This equation is mathematical, but I am not so good at math. Anyway, I figure the equation is part of a theory about the presence of life in the universe. Since it is a thought experiment, until ET shows up there is no way to prove it. Even if ET did show up, it would be one species, making it possible for there to be many more. (I am ignoring the conspiracies about UFO's because that would not enter into the equation, as it is not theory but is just not provable, ergo nobody has actually captured an alien saucer or pilot, not really). It would not be applied to the equation. Given the tens of millions of stars in our barred spiral galaxy, and given the location that the sun orbits within it, in a green zone of its own, not too far out, not too close to the center, there should be thousands if not tens of thousands of stars with some form of life, if not more, and on some of them, maybe hundreds, maybe more, advanced civilizations beyond us. However, civilizations like ours, 0 on the Karashev scale, there are likely hundreds of thousands, never able to visit us but out there. I have wondered if the SETI group is just not using the right instruments to detect them. Surely one of those close by stars used something like radio, but what if they didn't?
  5. Ha, that's some funny stuff, Prom! Dax was pan sexual, not of the transgender type (not a noun? well it is a noun, as a 'type of person'), but they still didn't know what to do with her character, so eventually she was paired with that super macho Worf to the end of, now they won't get any funny ideas, only to be killed stupidly later on. But why did they have to make the pansexual Kira only in the 'evil mirror universe"? Well it was the 1990s. In the 'prime timeline' she was never interested in other women, or if she was, it was clearly as friends and professionals. Crusher had a handful of relationships that never led to the lover dying. Riker had dozens of relationships ending with the lover dying. Worf had a handful of relationships, some of which ended with his lover dying, but most not. Garak had a number of relationship,s some of which ended in death, but most did not. Picard had a few relationships usually ending in the lover surviving or never being seen again. Troi had many relations, most of which did not appear again later. Neelix and Kes was just wrong. Sisko had the most stable relationships and appeared to buck the trend. O'Brien was constantly feuding but bucked the trend. Bashir and Ezri in the final episodes was dumb. Odo and Kira was just awkward. Seems most of the straight relationships were messed up more so than any gay ones!!! Also don't blame the writers for the lack of transparency and not wanting to push the gender issues. They had to answer to the editors. The writers are not given a say in the writer's room about that. The editor would choose which story to block and they would follow the head writer on that. The editor is to follow the director and to the producers. The director films the story and blocks out the details for each episode. Oh my!
  6. I met him at a convention in 2014 where he talked about new BSG and some about then new Axanar trivia. He was cool. He will be missed.
  7. They used to call the program video toaster when it was done a decade ago.
  8. Enterprise was not marketed well. The actual episodes do stand out and are not that flawed. Many diehard fans fuss over the minutia of early Ferengi or early Borg or Vulcans being wrong. Having been there, the term franchise fatigue did not enter into it until 2005, after the show was cancelled, and was not originally anything Berman and Bragga initially said. It was in the fan zines then, and on sites like TrekWeb and TrekMovie, but was not commonly used. The studio certainly could have kept going with new and original ideas and not all of the ideas were copies of Voyager or 'Voyager light' as they called in in 2004 and 2005 in the trades. It did not help that Enterprise was the only Trek show on air then, post Voyager, and that it had to live up to so many expectations, and not actually be it's own show. They were thinking of the Star Wars prequel that made a lot of money, TFM, 1999, which meant prequels were in around 2001, and the studio wanted the prequel idea, not the other way around. The temporal cold war idea, that was Berman and Braga. Originally the future guy was going to turn out to be Shatner, which would have been amazing but ultimately they passed on it. The rise of internet boards meant that they got instant reactions to episode they wouldn't normally even hear about. They may be making the same 'mistake' with Discovery being a prequel. Ultimately it was in hindsight not a good idea to do an Enterprise prequel. That episode finale is what made everyone, I mean everyone, mad because they decided on forcing TNG into Ent where it didn't belong. That is where this tired story idea emerged from, whereas the rest of season 4 was fan service, but fun. Were it our say back then, after season 4 fans would have said, no we're not cancelling this. We're going to do a fifth season. Ignore that finale. It was the a bad holodeck fantasy. The studio made it and the studio then drove it to cancellation because it was too soon, This was not fatigue. This was just a bad idea. The stories however do hold up and aren't that bad really. Once you get past the horrible marketing (steamy scenes and lasers, pew, pew), it was actually a decent show that broke free in season 4,. as TNG did, as DS9 did, and even Voy did. Times were changing for that formula though, and studios wanted episodic shorter seasons, cheaper reality TV shows, and less creativity in writing. You can kind of tell. Creative stories will only die if we let them. Vie is right though, Ent is not this timeline. It's another timeline created by First Contact, or even before it. Zeph doesn't even look right. Rigel X (Rigel Kentaurus B, seen in Broken Bow, or Proxima) is part of the Alpha Centauri (with the worlds of A and B being livable planets), colonies first founded in the 2070s by Cochrane's first warp colony ships. In honor of his discovery, they made him an honorary first citizen, and hence he is honorarily called Zephram Cochrane of Alpha Centauri. It cannot be the star Rigel, (over 860 light years off, a blue giant) as that is too far off at warp one (4.22 light years or four years and some weeks off). Most of the Rigels mentioned in the TOS era were probably in the Centuari system.
  9. My two cents. The Host was flawed, but perhaps we are overly misjudging Beverly. She clearly doesn't want 'any relationship'. Her character never dates. It is unusual for her to be dating in this episode. It was only in some later stories where she had to be either possessed by an alien ghost thing, or linked telepathically to Picard, to even admit, she seems to like relationships sometimes. So I do not take it as so much a slap to Trans people, as this was clearly the early 1990s and all they had then on TV like that was stereotyped 'gay characters' and 'men cross dressing' on comedy shows. A cross dresser is not a Trans person, but just someone who likes to wear the opposite gender's clothing. In effect, Odan was a cross dressing Trill (of a different species than Dax), or the host was, as the body is merely his or her 'clothing. The fact that she even falls in love in this episode is remarkable for the character, who up until then had no romantic inclinations, except maybe for Jean Luc (sorry Mr. Picard, ha). She was even put off with the symbiot being in Riker, because she had a friendship with him, as a shipmate. The Trill could have been a fascinating look into gender politics, but at the time that was not the intent at all. They were not brazen enough to go there in about 1991. Beverly prevented the end of episode relationship death from taking place. The Outcast had gone there, but it was more of a genderless society, not one that had opposing genders. That too was flawed because of the decisions Riker made, although like Beverly, in doing so he prevented the 'end of episode relationship death' that usually happened to his dates! This was because the writers would not be including the character ever again, and usually killed them off. It was a unique flip side story, if not flawed, whereas gender was actually shunned. It could have been very Star Trek. Dax was too confident from the get go, with her many lives, and when we finally got something resembling gender issues with her, they were cheapened by it being just 'another ex relationship' that just happens to be a woman. The symbiot is genderless. The skin of the host is not. Still this was flawed. Why did the evil Kira have to be bisexual when the clearly evident intonations of the prime Garak was that he too was bisexual and a spy, ergo evil in some way? That is not very progressive. They were avoiding the end of episode death. So the end of relationship death by the end of episode was commuted with The Host and the other stories. Basically the TNG writers had a hard time with proper (as in realistic not on any moral grounds) relationships even when they were straight, so they would surely have a tough time with LGBT stories. This is weird though because the writers would sneak bisexual references in there all the time, and even gay ones, and get away with it. Pairings were obvious. Quark and Odo, Bashir and Garak and O'Brien, Data and La Forge and Picard, Picard and Riker, even at one point Troi and Crusher, Traveler and academy age Wesley, etc. They were all male suggestions. They had trouble with the female involved ones, always making them uncomfortable, like Neelix and Kes, Seven and Kim, Seven and Chakotay, B'Elanna and Paris, Odo and Kira, Troi and Riker, Bashir and Ezri (right out of left field), and Kira and Dukat (impossible). Dax the symbiot was multi gendered, not trans. Technically Odo could have become a woman. Why did they have gender? Eh? And the most interesting pairing of all, Q and Picard, made more sense than Q and Janeway. I don't think this one failed though, because Q and Picard is cosmically interesting. Could Picard even handle it? That one worked.
  10. Interesting looking ships. The TrekYards web site also has a lot of reviews of designs of various scifi ships, including Trek, and interviews the designers from the shows, and fan designers also. Maybe they might do yours. One of the ships seems a little dark, but with some tweaking it could look pretty cool. Tjhe space lego megablocks looking one reminds me of the Star Wars Lego ships. Are you using a video toaster starship creator?
  11. It's from a fan film, and is a bit too busy, but it's nice that the fan film is using something kind of original. It was also called Discovery, but it's from a few years ago. The fan is probbly amused that someone out there thinks this is the score, or is putting it in himself claiming it is, which it is not. As some of you figured, they will not be working on a theme until late in production. Musical scores need to match scenes. You can't just put in something jumpy for a somber scene, or vise versa. A lot of fan films just crib songs from the series, which tends to annoy me because it make you want to watch the movie they're riffing it from instead.
  12. Hence... the Great Tribble Hunt. Quaplah! It was a glorious day for the Empire! We Klingons of Quonos fought hard against the fuzzy tyranny of their ilk!
  13. Ha, the tribbles! Yes, the most lethal and dangerous enemy, are cute on the off set, but they eat everything, and multiply like vermin. The Federation would be overrun in a year. Mwahaha. The Dominion and their space crack smoking clone army and their businessmen mafia were kind of silly, but lethal. They also were on the other side of a wormhole the Emissary could effectively close by contacting the aliens that ran it, which was done in that one season. They also made one of the Jem Hadar fleets vanish. Why didn't they ask them to close it off just to their ships? The war is over. Starved for energy and new ships, with their shipyards blasted by the Romulans or Klingons, they would effectively be cut off, like a resistance from one country, which has one port. Why the Federation didn't just hold up a blockade in front of it for 3 years and shoot any Founder ship passing through is not known. They would eventually get the hint. Still they did get around this on the show, DS9, and tried to make it make some sense, except for the ending where they basically bribe the Founder lady into an armistice for the cure from Odo, which he gives to the link, of a retrovirus the section 31 invented. And who's to say the Founder queen was even redeemed at the end? She could just recover, turn around and kick Odo out and get back to business as usual. So no, the Dominion could not have finished off the Federation. It had too many issues. Section 31 in leu of this, pulled the strings and could have made a more powerful virus, wiping them out. And another thing, in TV and movies you can have a shape shifter behave like you and he acts just like you, without even knowing your subtleties, movements, motions or any of that, when in the real world you would easily spot a clone fake. He or she woul not act or behave like you, or would be off somehow, being an alien. Also he or she could not possibly smell like you, so you could catch him, or your close relations would, in some way. Besides, if you finish off the heroes you have brooding dark series where nobody wins and evil triumphs. You excluded the Borg, but clearly the early idea of them being like insects with no gender, an unstoppable terminator like force, would have utterly destroyed the Federation if they were inclined to. The later incarnations where they became more humanized were weakening to them, to the point that even the Voyager could stop a cube. That was some serious bad writing! No, Voyager would have been not only assimilated but torn to bits. This is probably why you did not want to use the Borg. Heh. The Federation's strength is in it being varied and made up of a collective of worlds, and allies, like a socialite space UN. Even if you blew up Earth, there would still be something. They are also para military or even pseudo military. They also have science and diplomacy. It is always better to outsmart your enemy than to fight them.
  14. He could play just about anyone.
  15. The BvS extended cut explains more, but so far I have not slugged through the almost 3 hour version. I saw the first twice, once on a special screening. My first review might be tainted by the fact that it was a special screening. (I've seen a lot of Disney and Marvel movies that way too). Even so, it was half a good movie. So was SS. It just needed a rewrite and no studio interference. If Affleck wasn't good with the script, it was probably not a good script, as we know he can write some good stuff, Oscar worthy stuff even. He also did some of the comics art, so he totally knows Batman. It seemed too good to be true, or at least, jumping the gun, so to speak, and they didn't actually have a good story. If they got the JLA guy, esh, more of the same. Now if they got the animated JLU writers, what would have been acceptable. Although JLU is brooding it is at least good in spirit. Also if it was a bad script, a good actor can sometimes rise above it, and that half a good movie was usually Affleck in the flick. The studio really only cares about the money, and if it makes money, they're happy. That might be the case with most studios, not just WB. The audience will buy tickets even if you chuck up some colorful barf onto the screen as art sometimes, and if that makes them money, they are okay with it. The difference seems to be that the Marvel audience tends to be family friendly, all ages but still comic book or fantasy lovers, going to a broad end, whereas the DC movie crowd seems angrier and less family friendly and more fringe, the disenchanted fans that dislike most other fantasy. Maybe the suits are looking to drawn in those who, gasp, dislike Marvel? That's not a good plan. The DC did kind of blow it with Killing Joke this past year also, but per special screening, it was supposed to be liked because it was dark or different. Marvel is liked because it is fun and has similar stories, repeating the classic theme of a team rising above to stop a big bad. No, I was wrong on Keaton, as he will be in Spider Man Homecoming, not in the Batman, and he is playing the villain. It seems it was a fan rumor. It would have been a little too perfect if they cast a former Batman as a villain, although if they do get someone to be Slade, they should not cast another trendy Game of Thrones guy (never seen any of GoT but still) and have it be Kevin Spacey, because that guy is a good villain.