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  1. Maybe it was a war like the war on Isis but more widespread. There could have been a bunch of groups like Isis that were all under Khans control without anyone knowing it. Each one killed hundreds of thousands of people. They also let out plagues that killed millions but it wasn't proven until years later. The war went on for decades. Khan was a genus who was an important part of the movement at 6 years old and its leader in his teens. He slowly replaced the leaders of countries like Russia one by one with puppets he controlled. He kept them fighting against his own people to keep up the facade but they never seemed to be able to kill anyone important. No one realized until near the end of his rule that there was only one person who controlled both thousands of small terrorist groups and many many governments. It wasn't considered a world war because there weren't two big armies fighting each other like WWII. It was more like thousands of small armies and a war of disinformation.
  2. How about we leave Pluto as it is but we finally discover that large planet that subtle orbit changes strongly suggest exists far out in the solar system. Then there will once again be 9 planets. Just a different 9. Leaving Pluto as a planet because it always has been one is like believing whales are fish because they always have been viewed that way.
  3. To be a planet, the object must be roughly spherical because of its own gravity. Ceres is the only object in the asteroid belt large enough to be spherical because of its own gravity. Objects that just happen to be spherical don't count. Currently, there are 8 planets and 5 dwarf planets. I'm sure there are many more dwarf planets and maybe another major planet out there but I doubt there would be thousands of objects that large in the Solar System. Hundreds, maybe. The moon does not orbit around the Earth. Both orbit around a common point. But because the Earth is much more massive the common point is inside the Earth but not at the Earths center. Perhaps they should be considered dual planets if the common point is not within one of the objects.
  4. I think that anything that is roughly spherical and orbits the sun is a planet. But there are two types of planets, major and minor. There are 8 major planets, if you include Mercury. Pluto, Sedna, Ceres etc. are all minor planets. The moon is 1/4 as big as the Earth. I wonder how big a moon has to get for the system to be considered a dual planets?
  5. Would the miners admit that they were having problems? The most likely response would be to force them down there anyway and just bring in new slaves. If the miners were forced to solve their own problems and weren't allowed to call for help and didn't have the resources to kill the Horta, maybe they would have found a way to talk. Of course, a bunch more people would have died first.
  6. If the humans start acting like 21st century humans they could easily destroy the Federation from within.
  7. Could it be one of those flashback stories? The Shenzou is destroyed in the first episode and the Discovery is sent out to find out what happened. Then through the first season there are flashbacks to the Shenzou so the audience can see step by step what happened to the ship. What the audience doesn't know is the fate of the crew of the Shenzou. There is an order to abandon ship but the results aren't shown until the final episode.
  8. I'm sorry. For some reason, I thought this was the KM section. My error. There's no easy way to tell when you're near the bottom of the screen.
  9. I don't have as much problem when the good guy kills someone who you know is already a serial killer. There's a difference between feeling good about stopping a serial killer and making a joke about brutally murdering a minion. It's like rooting for the death of a red shirt. It's like the difference between cheering when Osama Bin Laden was killed and a bunch of sociopaths laughing as they beat a homeless person to death. Its humor vs a grim satisfaction.
  10. One thought. One hour network shows generally run for 42 minutes with 18 minutes of commercials. But hour long shows made by Netflix sometimes last the whole hour. Do we know what the running time for Discovery will be? 13 one hour episodes has about the same amount of time as 18 42 minute episodes.
  11. The show Buffy always had a season long arc. But the first third of the season were generally stand alone episodes where there were hints about what the arc would be in every episode. The middle third had a mix of stand alone with a fair amount of time dedicated to the main story line as well as main arc stories. The stories weren't strictly season arc stories until the near the end of the season. There's no reason why Discovery has to follow the trend of one 14 hour story.
  12. If they have to have one season long story, there's no reason why they couldn't have two or three story lines going. One story line is the season story which starts small but gets more and more important. The second and third story lines only last a few episodes, some of them only one. Luke Cage had multiple stories going. There's no reason that some of them couldn't be told in just one episode. I think Star Trek would be well served with a more complicated story line.
  13. I would like that format for Discovery. Have stand alone stories at first with a second or third plot geared towards the series arc. Then have a three or four part arc at the end devoted to the series arc. That way you would have the best of both worlds.
  14. Many serialized shows have episodes or small arcs that stand apart from the main story line. There will still be some, remember when opportunities. Another thing that is different now is the public's expectation. During the sixties and seventies, serialized shows were looked down upon. The only serialized shows on prime time were shows like Dallas, or Knot's Landing basically soap opera's. There was a stigma against serialized shows and many people would not watch them. There was also the problem in an era without time shifting ability like VCR's. It was very difficult to watch a show if you missed an episode or two. Even then many people didn't like being tied down. "We can't go out. It's Tuesday night. My show is on." There is no reason Star Trek shouldn't be serialized now. They can still do the story/lesson/parable in an episode while exploring bigger themes in more detail over the course of a season.
  15. I always thought there were at least 3 levels of canon. Level one is things like the basic personalities of Vulcans and Klingons and the basic setup of the Federation, Klingon Empire, etc. I also include things like Vulcan's blood is green since it was mentioned so many times in TOS. They really shouldn't mess around with stuff like this. Level two are things that are important but can be bent a little if the story line requires it. I put Section 31 in that category. The Federation is surrounded by enemies. High ideals are awesome but they tend to disappear under a pointed weapon. The Federation should do its best to live up to its ideals but it also needs to defend itself. Would the Federation use section 31 in peacetime or casually, no way. Would it exist to be used only in an all out war situation, maybe. Level three are things casually mentioned in an episode or two. I don't have any problem canonwise if they find Kirk's long lost half brother that they never mentioned before. I wouldn't like it for other reasons but not because it goes against canon.