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Old May 17 2010, 10:23 PM   #129
Captain Robert April
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Re: Where did Spock go?

KingDaniel wrote: View Post
I still don't hear anyone "proving" to me that TOS is all set in the same universe. The same circumstancial evidence used against STXI works the other way too.
You asked for it...

Kirk's middle initial,
Typo/inside joke on Mitchell's part. You never heard Kirk identify himself as "James R. Kirk", did you?

Spock's uniform colour, the uniforms in general, the bridge crew and the Enterprise interior and exterior design are wrong in the "Where No Man..." universe.
Uniforms and equipment change all the time in the real world, why should Star Trek be exempt?

Shuttles clearly don't exist in "The Enemy Within" universe.
Just because they weren't referenced doesn't mean they weren't there (besides the fact that those big honking hangar doors have always been there). This can be chalked up to the atmospheric conditions and the terrain making the use of the shuttlecraft impractical.

Antimatter, in other Treks known as starship fuel, threatened to destroy the universe in "The Alternative Factor" universe.
We saw an ounce of antimatter rip away half the atmosphere of a Class M planet. Imagine what two hundred pounds would do, particularly within close proximity of a dimensional portal.

TOS is 200 years ahead of today in the "Space Seed" universe, and 900 in "The Squire of Gothos" universe.
Some things you just have to squint at as you go by, especially if they have no real impact on the story being told, like those two examples.

Lasers and Time Warp drive are on the Enterprise in "The Cage" universe.
Terminology changes even more often than technology and uniforms.

Photon Torpedoes don't exist and phasers act like torpedoes in the "Balance of Terror" universe.
Again, just because they didn't mention them doesn't mean they didn't have them. And it's cited in the Writer's Guide that phasers can be set to emit bursts and pulses.

If all these obvious contradictions and altered premises can co-exist in the same universe, then it can easily be that universe's Spock who falls though a black hole and watches Vulcan die in STXI.
The above examples don't detract from the credibility of the story. ST09's problems undermine the whole plot.
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