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moriluk March 14 2013 12:59 AM

The sound of her voice - minor question about record keeping
 
I am rewatching DS9 for the second time. I just watched 'the sound of her voice'. Not sure why I didn't even notice the first time (or remember), but why did they not know until they went to the surface that she was already dead?

Wouldn't it be standard procedure to check the status of the ship she claimed to be on that crashed? With all the crazy stuff in Star Trek universe there are always imposters, changelings, etc... it could be fraud.

But also, & more importantly, to update the status of the ship. Or rather, whether it was reported missing, or if not to report that it is currently in distress, & that it crashed and has one survivor. I'd think Starfleet would like to keep up to date records on everything (especially during war). We do irl. Our militaries do. Even normal businesses do.

I'd think the first moment they get a distress signal they'd check it's validity & update it's status. A few earlier episodes ago "Valiant", they got a distress signal & Sisko immediately knew it's status (off the top of his head though because it was a little more important being a high end war vessel much like the defiant).

In fact, my memory of this episode was wrong (or mixed up with some other Star Trek episode all together) based on this very reason. I thought they figured it out and told her, then went to the surface merely to get her body. I remembered this episode totally wrong because of this very thing.

DS9forever March 14 2013 01:18 AM

Re: The sound of her voice - minor question about record keeping
 
I guess the Olympia could have been out of contact with the Federation; Cusak did mention that they were on a long range exploration mission.

moriluk March 14 2013 01:43 AM

Re: The sound of her voice - minor question about record keeping
 
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DS9forever wrote: (Post 7798708)
I guess the Olympia could have been out of contact with the Federation; Cusak did mention that they were on a long range exploration mission.

Ya.. I thought about that. I guess what triggered my thoughts was that she mentioned that they had been gone 8 years. One quick search in their records would show that it would have been a little longer, like 11 or 12 years.

Upon reflection I think my concern would have made for a decent plot line. Someone (Sisko) would have had to tell her the truth, that they were speaking to her from the future and rescue would be impossible. This is almost similar (almost) to "the Children of Time" where Kira learns that she is/was dead already (or going to be).


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